Audition Fundamentals: An Introduction to Audition CC

3 days

Course Description

Adobe Audition CC software delivers the cross-platform tools that video and film professionals, broadcast engineers, and audio specialists need for recording, editing, mixing, creating soundtracks, and restoring audio. A new, high-performance audio playback engine drastically speeds up operation; enables work on multiple simultaneous audio and multitrack files; and allows effects, noise reduction, and audio sweetening processing in the background. Royalty-free content makes creating sound beds, scores, and soundscapes easy. Native 5.1 surround sound capability and roundtrip editing with Adobe Premiere® Pro CC software promote a smooth video production workflow, while Open Media Format (OMF) and XML support project exchange with Avid Pro Tools and third-party NLEs.

Who Should Attend

This class is designed for those who want to learn music production and composition using Adobe Audition.


  • Practical working knowledge of computers and basic Mac OS X or Windows skills.
  • Basic knowledge of audio terminology is recommended.

Instructor in Action

Course Outline:

Note: The curricula below comprise activities typically covered in a class at this skill level. The instructor may, at his/her discretion, adjust the lesson plan to meet the needs of the class.

Lesson 1: Set up Adobe Audition CC

  • Audio interface basics
  • Mac OS audio setup
  • Windows setup
  • Testing inputs
  • Using external interfaces
  • Keyboard Shortcuts

Lesson 2: The Audition Interface

  • Two applications in one
  • Audition workspaces
  • Explore the interface

Lesson 3: Waveform Editing

  • Open a file
  • Video files
  • Select regions
  • Cut, Copy, and Paste
  • Use multiple clipboards
  • Mix paste
  • Create a loop
  • Showing waveform data under the cursor
  • Add fades

Lesson 4: Effects

  • Effects basics
  • Using the Effects Rack
  • Effect categories
  • Amplitude and Compression effects
  • Delay and echo effects
  • Filter and EQ effects
  • Modulation effects
  • Noise reduction/restoration
  • Reverb effects
  • Special effects
  • Stereo imagery effects
  • Time and Pitch effects
  • Third-party effects (VST and AU)
  • Using the Effects menu
  • Presets and favorites

Lesson 5: Audio Restoration

  • About audio restoration
  • Reducing hiss
  • Reducing crackles
  • Reducing pops and clicks
  • Reducing broadband noise
  • De-humming a file
  • Removing artifacts
  • Manual sound removal
  • The Spot Healing brush
  • Automated sound removal

Lesson 6: Mastering

  • Mastering basics
  • Equalization
  • Dynamics
  • Ambience
  • Stereo imaging
  • Push the drum hits; then apply the changes
  • Mastering diagnostic

Lesson 7: Sound Design

  • About sound design
  • Generate noise, speech, and tones
  • Creating rain sounds
  • Creating a babbling brook
  • Creating insects at night
  • Creating an alien choir
  • Creating sci-fi machine effects
  • Creating an alien drone flyby
  • Extracting frequency bands

Lesson 8: Creating and Recording Files

  • Recording into the Waveform Editor
  • Recording into the Multitrack Editor
  • Checking remaining free space
  • Dragging into an Audition editor
  • Importing tracks as individual files from an audio CD

Lesson 9: Multitrack Sessions

  • About multitrack production
  • Create a multitrack session
  • Multitrack session templates
  • Multitrack and Waveform Editor integration
  • Changing track colors
  • The Tracks panel
  • Loop selections for playback
  • Track controls
  • Channel mapping in the Multitrack Editor
  • The Multitrack Editor Effects Rack

Lesson 10: Multitrack Session Mixing

  • Create a mixtape
  • Mixing or exporting a collection of clips as a single file
  • Merge clips into a single file
  • Editing clip length
  • Clip edits: Split, Trim, Volume
  • Extend a clip via looping
  • Remix

Lesson 11: Automation

  • About automation
  • Clip automation
  • Track automation

Lesson 12: Video Sound Tracks

  • Multitrack session video
  • Audition integration with Adobe Premiere Pro CC
  • Automatic Speech Alignment
  • Adding effects

Lesson 13: The Essential Sound Panel

  • Automating tasks
  • Assigning audio types
  • Essential Sound panel presets

Lesson 14: The Multitrack Mixer

  • Audio Mixer basics

Lesson 15: Creating Music with Sound Libraries

  • About sound libraries
  • Download Adobe sound effects
  • Preparing
  • Building a rhythm track
  • Adding more percussion
  • Adding melodic elements
  • Using loops with different pitch and tempo
  • Adding effects

Lesson 16: Recording and Output in the Multitrack Editor

  • Getting ready to record a track
  • Setting up the metronome
  • File management
  • Recording a part in a track
  • Recording an additional part (overdub)
  • Punching over a mistake
  • Composite recording
  • Exporting a stereo mix of the song
  • Exporting with Adobe Media Encoder