Adobe Audition 2
Microsoft® Windows® XP
Adobe Audition 2.0
What’s New
Integrated audio
recording, mixing,
editing, and mastering
Adobe Production Studio
Adobe Audition 2.0 is the audioediting component of Adobe
Production Studio Premium
software, which combines:
• Adobe After Effects® 7.0
Professional Edition
• Adobe Premiere® Pro 2.0
• Adobe Photoshop® CS2
• Adobe Audition® 2.0
• Adobe Encore® DVD 2.0
• Adobe Illustrator® CS2
• Adobe Dynamic Link
• Adobe Bridge
Adobe Production Studio
Premium offers a complete and
highly integrated environment
for all your post-production work,
from initial concept through
final delivery.
Top Ten Features
and Enhancements
in Adobe Audition 2.0
• Low-latency mixing engine
(page 2)
• ASIO support (page 2)
• Audible scrubbing (page 5)
• Multiband compressor (page 6)
• Recordable parameter
automation (page 2)
• Mastering Rack in Edit View
(page 6)
• Enhanced video support
(page 4)
• Improved performance
(page 3)
• Improved user interface (page 4)
• Enhanced frequency space
editing (page 7)
Record, mix, edit, and master digital audio files with Adobe Audition 2.0 software, the all-in-one toolset
for professional audio production. Adobe Audition delivers the flexibility you need to produce professional
results for all your audio and video projects, and gives you pinpoint control in an intuitive, easy-to-use
environment. Whether you are composing music, recording and mixing a project, producing a radio spot,
cleaning up production audio for a movie, or designing sound for video games, Adobe Audition 2.0 provides
the flexible, powerful tools you need to get the job done.
Adobe Audition 2.0 boasts many exciting new features, including a low-latency mixing engine and ASIO
hardware support, which together bring more speed and power to your recording and mixing sessions. For
audio-for-video work, tighter integration with Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects software means
more fluid workflow and greater creative possibilities.
Adobe Audition 2.0 is a comprehensive digital audio production system, eliminating the need to patch
together multiple programs to get all the tools you require. The new features in Adobe Audition 2.0 make it
a great upgrade from previous versions, with unlimited track capacity, up to 80 simultaneous live inputs,
integrated waveform editing and mixing, wide-ranging effects and noise reduction tools, CD burning, looping, surround sound, and integrated audio editing for video projects. Adobe Audition 2.0 is also available as
the audio editing component of Adobe Production Studio Premium, the unified post-production software
that combines all of the Adobe post-production applications with the innovative workflow efficiency of
Adobe Dynamic Link.
With Adobe Audition 2.0, you can:
Record and mix. Adobe Audition 2.0 offers a complete solution for recording and mixing high-quality audio.
A new low-latency mixing engine with ASIO hardware support is the foundation of the program. With up to
16 sends per channel, automatic delay compensation, recordable parameter automation, 80 live inputs and
outputs, quick punch-in, and more than 50 effects, you can mix multitrack audio sessions with unlimited
creative power and precision.
Create and arrange. Adobe Audition 2.0 has customizable work areas for building mixes and applying effects
to multitrack sessions and individual waveforms. An improved user interface includes a system of workspace
panels that dock and group for easy organization, matching the workspace system in Adobe After Effects 7.0,
Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0, and Adobe Encore DVD 2.0. You can save favorite layouts as custom workspaces for
future reuse. Tighter integration with the Adobe video applications streamlines the workflow of your audiofor-video projects—import, edit, and create audio for video projects, and then export the projects in a wide
range of video file formats. Build songs from thousands of royalty-free, 32-bit uncompressed music loops, or
use ready-made music beds that come in convenient 15-second and 30-second lengths.
Edit and master. Adobe Audition 2.0 offers powerful editing and mastering tools that allow you to fine-tune
and polish audio with utmost precision. Two new audible scrubbing modes allow you to find edit points with
your ears instead of your eyes. Visually isolate frequency selections of any shape for restoration using the new
Lasso tool in Spectral View. Use new spectral analysis tools to isolate and modify specific sounds in your
audio with pinpoint control. A new Mastering Rack lets you simultaneously preview multiple effects. The
new multiband compressor helps you add more clarity and definition to your mixes.
What’s in the Box
Here’s what you’ll find in the
Adobe Audition 2.0 software
•Adobe Audition 2.0 software,
plus these programs:
—Adobe Reader® software for
viewing PDF files
—Adobe Bridge software for
browsing and managing
creative assets
•Training and support materials,
—Online Help featuring five
—User Guide
•Royalty-free audio content,
including thousands of 32-bit
loops and a variety of music
beds, in lengths of 15 and 30
Record and mix
In Adobe Audition 2.0, a new low-latency mixing engine with ASIO hardware support allows greater creative
flexibility, with real-time effects and input monitoring to keep you in the mix at all times. Automatic delay
compensation keeps everything in sync while you mix an unlimited number of tracks, including up to 80
simultaneous input and output devices. The revamped Mixer panel lets you set up whatever type of routing
you need, using inputs, outputs, sends, and buses. The clear layout allows you to see all your settings at a
glance. Parameter automation can be recorded and adjusted in the mixer itself, or in the new automation
lanes in the timeline. Adobe Audition 2.0 lets you punch into tracks for re-recording new takes on the fly.
Whatever your project—recording a song, mastering an album, or creating a soundtrack—Adobe Audition
2.0 can bring out your best creative ideas and help them come through loud and clear in the mastered mix.
Low-latency mixing engine
With the new low-latency mixing engine built into the core of Adobe Audition 2.0, enjoy outstanding speed
and power in all of your recording and mixing work. Mix your tracks on the fly, hearing changes as you make
them. The new mixing engine offers tremendous routing flexibility using sends and buses, with solid support
for all the effects you want.
ASIO driver support
Work with high-performance audio devices that use the ASIO driver model. ASIO drivers allow hardware to
operate with very low latency, enhancing performance and enabling features such as live input monitoring.
Recordable parameter automation
Adobe Audition 2.0 allows you to record changes as you make them to your mix parameters by using standard
write, touch, and latch modes. Parameter changes are recorded as envelopes in the new automation lanes so
they can be edited later to adjust or create automation changes.
Hardware controller automation
While any operation in Adobe Audition 2.0 can be controlled using the mouse and keyboard, sometimes you
may prefer to use specialized controllers while mixing. If you decide to mix parts of your session with external controllers, Adobe Audition 2.0 supports recordable parameter automation using hardware devices.
Audio mixing sends and inserts
In Adobe Audition 2.0, you can now add up to 16 sends per channel, giving you efficient, flexible techniques
for mixing and monitoring your sessions. Use CPU power more efficiently by creating sends on several tracks
that go to a bus with a reverb or other effects applied. Or use sends and buses to create mixes for specific
purposes, such as a headphone mix for a vocalist.
The revamped Mixer panel lets you set up
inputs, outputs, sends, and buses. The clear
layout shows all of your mix settings at a glance.
Real-time input monitoring
In Adobe Audition 2.0, you can apply an effect while recording and listen in as the track is altered in real
time. For musicians who like hearing a reverb during their performances, real-time input monitoring can be
a valuable tool, allowing them to hear changes as they occur. Real-time input monitoring can also be used to
adjust a track’s volume as a session plays to properly blend it with other tracks.
Quick Punch
Adobe Audition 2.0 lets you punch into tracks on the fly, just like you would on a tape deck. You can quickly
fix recording errors by punching in corrections as you re-record. Toggle the record button to punch in your
new take only where you want it to replace the old one, with no need to enter a special mode. You just
record-enable your tracks and go, punching in and out as many times as you want.
Automatic delay compensation
Adobe Audition 2.0 automatically corrects delays throughout the entire signal chain. This allows you to add
filters and effects without causing synchronization problems.
Effects chain on all channels, buses, and master
Add effects to the master channel and hear the results in real-time. This gives you great flexibility to create
complex mixes and hear your master channel effects as you mix, instead of only after you mix down the
session. Add up to 16 effects to each audio or bus track, either pre-fader (default) or post-fader, and play
them in real time.
Improved recording performance
Enjoy faster performance and more economical use of hard drive space in Adobe Audition 2.0. Sessions are
now saved and recorded directly to the final working file, so there is no need to wait before moving on to
other work. Recording is also now non-destructive. Create multiple takes, and then select the one you want
by right-clicking on the recording area.
Unlimited tracks in Multitrack View
Multitrack file input and management is simple and intuitive because Adobe Audition 2.0 gives you an
unlimited capacity to mix together multilayered sessions. Add and delete tracks to fit the size of your
session, and simply add more tracks as your project grows. Never worry about session time, as the time
limits in Edit View and Multitrack View have been increased and are only limited by your hard drive space.
In Multitrack View, display as
many audio tracks as you need
and precisely synchronize them
with your video clips.
Up to 80 live inputs and outputs
Adobe Audition 2.0 can use 80 simultaneous live inputs and outputs in a multitrack session, giving you
great flexibility and plenty of hardware options while recording and mixing.
Create and arrange
The Adobe Audition 2.0 workspace is completely customizable. Show only the panels you need and hide
the rest. Save commonly used workspace layouts for later recall. Adobe Audition 2.0 supports more video
formats than before, with the ability to import and export AVI, MPEG, WMV, and QuickTime. Integration
with Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro software has also improved. Using After Effects and Adobe
Premiere Pro, you can select any clip and send it to Adobe Audition 2.0 for audio editing by using the Edit in
Adobe Audition command. Explore new creative possibilities with looping tools and thousands of included
uncompressed 32-bit loops that you can add to existing compositions or use to create professional-quality
music from scratch. When you are short on time, 20 ready-to-play music beds are included in 15-second
and 30-second lengths. Adobe Bridge and Adobe XMP metadata allow you to tag and search files for a more
efficient workflow.
Broader video format support
You can import and export an AVI, MPEG, WMV, or QuickTime video file into Adobe Audition 2.0 to edit
its soundtrack or create an entirely new one. When your soundtrack work is finished, you can export the
audio back into the video file without changing the video stream. To make lining up audio cues easier,
imported video shows customizable thumbnails in Multitrack View, and markers in video files that were
created with Adobe Premiere Pro come through to Adobe Audition. (Note: MPEG-2 support is only included
when Adobe Audition is part of Adobe Production Studio.)
Tighter integration with Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects
Using Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects, you can now select any audio clip, regardless of its source, and
send it to Adobe Audition 2.0 for editing by using the Edit in Adobe Audition command. Instead of importing and exporting clips between applications, take advantage of this integration to speed up your editing and
production process.
Improved user interface
Adobe Audition 2.0 offers an updated and streamlined user interface, including new workspace panels that
dock and group for easy desktop organization, a new Mixer panel, and an upgraded Effects Rack. The same
system of workspace panels is found in Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0, After Effects 7.0, and Adobe Encore DVD
2.0, which means that using these applications together is more intuitive than ever before.
Custom workspaces
Adobe Audition 2.0 provides named workspaces—predefined arrangements of user interface panels—to
optimize productivity for different project tasks. For example, you can choose one predefined workspace
for frequency space editing, and another for session mixing. Adjustments you make to any workspace are
automatically saved and appear the next time you choose that workspace. You can revert any workspace to its
original arrangement. You can also save new named workspaces for specific tasks.
Session Mixing (left) and Mastering and Analysis (right) are two of the task-specific named workspaces provided with Adobe Audition 2.0.
Uncompressed 32-bit music loops
Build loop-based tracks in Adobe Audition 2.0 from a library with thousands of royalty-free, 32-bit,
uncompressed music loops. These high-quality samples allow you to build on existing projects or create
compositions from the ground up. Adobe Audition 2.0 keeps the tracks in pitch and tempos in sync.
Ready-to-use music beds
If short on time or not interested in building your own compositions, skip to the finish by using any of the 20
royalty-free music beds included with Adobe Audition 2.0. Beds are provided in 15- and 30-second lengths.
Adobe Bridge
Get fast, efficient access to all your creative assets with Adobe Bridge. Use it to easily locate, browse, and
organize files—Adobe Bridge keeps all your images, video, and audio files at your fingertips. Numerous views
of assets, including Thumbnails, Filmstrip, and Details, and a preview player for audio and video, make it
easy to identify particular assets. Searching for files is also made easier with XMP metadata support.
Use Adobe Bridge to help you
locate and organize all the
multimedia files associated with
your projects.
XMP metadata support
Adobe Audition 2.0 improves your ability to catalog reference information and find files across multiple
applications with the addition of XMP metadata support. When adding files into a session, information about
the contents, copyright status, size, origin, and history will be important to record so you can quickly find
and group files. If you already have content-management systems in place to capture file properties, you can
create custom panels in Adobe Audition 2.0 to allow entry of any type of information you need.
Edit and master
Adobe Audition 2.0 features new and enhanced tools to give you power, control, and flexibility in your
editing and mastering projects. Audible scrubbing helps you scan and find selections in audio files, and listen
in to isolate specific points. Frequency space editing is a unique and powerful method of audio analysis and
editing. Now you have more precise control with the ability to make irregularly shaped frequency selections
using the Lasso tool. The new Spectral Controls panel helps you identify frequencies in low and high amplitudes, with a color bar to help you dynamically bring out contrasts in the spectral display for easier editing.
Use the Spectral Pan and Phase displays to view your audio as a plot of pan position or phase over time to
find problems or edit points. A new Mastering Rack gives you the ability to preview multiple effects simultaneously in Edit View. The multiband compressor helps you add clarity and definition to your audio to balance
out the final mix.
Audible scrubbing
Quickly find the audio you want to edit using two convenient modes of audible scrubbing. Tape-style
scrubbing lets you simulate “rocking the reels” back and forth slower than normal playback to listen for
a hard-to-find edit point. Shuttle-style scrubbing lets you quickly scan through a whole file looking for a
specific section.
Analog-modeled multiband compressor
Control dynamics, adjust overall loudness, and master your finished mixes with multiband precision.
Give bass and drums punch, while allowing your vocals to push through the entire mix.
Use the multiband compressor to apply
unique dynamic settings to individual
bands in your mix.
Mastering Rack in Edit View
Whether you’re creating a professional CD for distribution, a radio spot for broadcast, or a video project
bound for the Web, accurate and detailed mastering is an important part of the process. The new Mastering
Rack in Adobe Audition 2.0 lets you preview multiple effects simultaneously, changing all the parameters so
you can apply them together. Control the amount of effects applied to the entire rack using the global wet/dry
level setting, and use the gain control and metering to set and balance your input and output levels. Save a
set of effects and their parameters as a Preset to apply again to other files.
The new Mastering Rack lets you
control the amount of effects
applied in a mix, and preview
multiple effects simultaneously.
Enhanced frequency space editing
Adobe Audition 2.0 has improved frequency space editing tools to lend more flexibility and control to your
editing process, especially in audio restoration work.
Lasso tool. One of the most powerful features of Adobe Audition 2.0 is the ability to select frequencies
directly in the Spectral Frequency Display to visually analyze, isolate, and repair audio. The new free-form
Lasso tool gives you the flexibility to make selections of any shape. The Marquee tool can be used for quick
selection of rectangular areas.
Here, the two white areas are selections
made with the Lasso tool. When working with stereo, you can use the Lasso
tool to select a sound in one channel,
and have the same portion selected in
the other channel simultaneously.
Spectral Controls. The new Spectral Controls features a color bar that allows you to dynamically adjust the
colors used in the Spectral Frequency Display. This allows you to bring out contrasts in audio files and better
isolate individual elements for editing. Isolate a specific range of amplitude or frequency and make adjustments
to define the sound in your audio.
Dynamically adjusting colors in the
Spectral Frequency Display brings out
contrasts in audio and helps you edit
with precision.
Logarithmic spectral view. Choose between linear and logarithmic displays in Spectral Frequency Display,
depending on how you want to view the data in your files. The logarithmic scale displays audio in a range
more closely resembling that of human hearing, and gives more space to bass frequencies in the display. If
you want to see decibel values over time and frequency—especially handy in quiet ranges—set the logarithmic
display to have colors change with the values. Adjustments like this can be useful if, for example, you want to
bring up the levels of a voice track while diminishing bass or drums in the same time frame. Adobe Audition
2.0 allows you to do this in a mixed-down file without going back to the original source tracks.
Phase analysis histogram view
Keeping your audio in phase is a critical part of the mixing and mastering process. Adobe Audition 2.0 has
added the Phase Analysis Histogram View, a powerful tool for analyzing phase differences in stereo waveforms. Phase Analysis Histogram View presents an easier way to see the percentage of your audio that is in
or out of phase, and gives an overall indicator of phase content. A colored ball in the middle of the graph
shows when the wave­­form is in phase (green) and out of phase (red). The Phase Wheel can be used to display
the phase of individual frequencies, with higher ones appearing on the outer edges of the graph.
The Phase Analysis Histogram View shows where audio is in
and out of phase. This helps you make sure different parts of
a wave won’t cancel out when summed to mono or mixed
with other tracks.
Spectral Pan and Phase display
Use the Spectral Pan Display to show the loudness of audio in the left and right pan fields of your audio clip.
Sound over time is plotted on the x-axis, with the amplitude at various pan positions left and right (top and
bottom in the graph) denoted by different colors in the display. Turn on prism mode to add a color-coded
overlay of frequency values.
Spectral Pan Display shows
left and right pan positions
of audio over time, with
time on the x-axis and pan
position on the y-axis. In this
image, the green audio at
the top shows a synthesizer
that is playing in the midfrequencies and is panned
70% left.
Use the Spectral Phase Display to see at a glance which sections of your recording are in and out of phase.
Use regular mode to display color-coded amplitude based on phase. Use prism mode to overlay color-coded
frequency information.
Save CD layouts
The layout of a your CD can be saved if you need to later make adjustments or burn additional copies.
You can now burn up to 99 copies of a CD, one at a time in a single session.
System Requirements
• Intel® Pentium® III, IV, Centrino
(or other SSE-enabled processor)
• Microsoft Windows XP
Professional Edition, or
Windows XP Home Edition,
with Service Pack 2
• 512MB RAM (1GB or more
• 700MB of available hard disk
space (5.5GB of available harddisk space recommended for
installing optional audio clips)
• 1024x768 display (1280x1024
• Sound card with DirectSound
or ASIO drivers (multitrack ASIO
sound card recommended)
• CD-ROM drive (DVD-ROM drive
recommended for installing
optional audio clips)
• CD-RW drive for audio CD
• Speakers or headphones
• Internet or phone connection
required for product activation
and Internet-related services
Broadcast wave support
Enjoy easier interchange with third-party hardware and software systems that use the Broadcast Wave Format
(BWF) timestamp. Broadcast wave files contain important information that can be read by audio recording,
production, and delivery systems. BWF extends the metadata fields to include information such as text, dates,
and timing parameters. One advantage of inputting timestamp information with your files is that when you
import them into Multitrack View, you can automatically spot-insert the clip into your session at its timestamp location.
Improved performance for editing
Experience improved performance in areas such as displaying clips for editing in Spectral Frequency Display
and applying effects, such as Reverb and Time Stretch. Many of the tools and features in Adobe Audition 2.0
are up to three times faster, giving you a new level of speed, power, and efficiency.
Ogg Vorbis format support
Import and export Ogg Vorbis audio files (.ogg) directly from Adobe Audition 2.0.
Availability and pricing
Adobe Audition 2.0 will be available in North America starting in early 2006 for an estimated street price of
$349 (U.S.) directly from Adobe or through Adobe Authorized Resellers. To order directly from Adobe, visit
the Adobe Store at, or call 1-888-724-4507.
Licensed owners of previous versions of Adobe Audition can upgrade to Adobe Audition 2.0 for an estimated
street price of $129 (U.S.).
For detailed pricing information for Adobe Production Studio, refer to the “Introducing Adobe Production
Studio” document.
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