Adobe Soundbooth CS4 What`s New

Adobe Soundbooth CS4 What`s New
What’s New
ADOBE Soundbooth CS4
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Create and edit audio with ease
Sound inspired. Take command of audio for your film, video, and rich
media projects with Adobe Soundbooth CS4 software. Convenient, taskbased tools and tight integration with other Adobe Creative Suite® 4
software provide the power to tackle everyday audio tasks without
sacrificing high-quality results or creative control.
Adobe Soundbooth CS4 software provides an intuitive toolset designed specifically for the
audio needs of professionals working in film, video, and other creative media. With the
addition of multitrack support, you now have the flexibility to clean up, arrange, and edit
multiple audio clips on any number of tracks. Combine dialogue, music, and sound effects
on single or separate tracks to maximize versatility.
Adobe Soundbooth CS4 is also
available as a component of:
•Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium
•Adobe Creative Suite 4 Web Premium
•Adobe Creative Suite 4 Master Collection
Access to more royalty-free Soundbooth Scores and sound effects gets your projects off to a
fast start. Use new multitrack support to mix multiple Soundbooth Scores and personalize
your music. Soundbooth Score clips can be edited in place, eliminating the need to use a
separate editing application. The ability to keyframe score-specific parameters such as
intensity, volume, or instrumentation gives you added control as well as the flexibility to
customize your soundtracks.
Multitrack support lets you quickly assemble all your audio elements, and save them as an Adobe Sound Document
(ASND) file that can be shared with Adobe Flash® CS4 Professional, Adobe Premiere® Pro CS4, and Adobe After
Effects® CS4 software.
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Top new features
•Multitrack support (Page 3)
•New Adobe Sound Document (Page 3)
•Automatic volume matching (Page 3)
•Volume keyframing (Page 3)
•MP3 compression preview (Page3)
•Improved integration with other
Creative Suite 4 software (Page 3)
•Adobe Dynamic Link workflows (Page 4)
•Improved editing capabilities (Page 4)
•Looping tool enhancements (Page 4)
•Additional Soundbooth Scores and
improved workflow (Page 4)
•Speech Search (Page 5)
• Creative Pro Online Services
(Page 5)
Using Soundbooth CS4 to edit audio for projects you create with Adobe Flash CS4
Professional, Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, and Adobe After Effects CS4 software is smoother
than ever thanks to new levels of integration. Soundbooth CS4 is available for Windows®
and Intel®-based Mac systems.
Adobe Soundbooth CS4 gives you the power to:
Enhance, edit, and clean up audio rapidly. A wide variety of new features in Adobe
Soundbooth CS4 complements an extensive array of on-clip, sample-accurate controls
tailored to the needs of visual professionals. While you’re working with a multitrack project,
use Cut, Copy, and Paste to duplicate clips or to move them with full undo history. Adjust
volume either on individual clips or entire tracks, using easily accessible gain controls. You
can use streamlined mastering tools to add clarity and punch to dialogue tracks. Spectral
editing workflows help you visually edit the sound more quickly and efficiently.
Leverage more ready-to-use audio assets. Soundbooth CS4 includes access to royaltyfree Soundbooth Scores and sound effects that you can use to tailor your projects. You can
also purchase additional Soundbooth Scores through Resource Central, which is the place
to find fresh content for Soundbooth. The new Scores panel helps you easily locate and
preview Soundbooth Scores directly within the application.
Achieve greater efficiency through tighter integration. When editing or creating audio
in Soundbooth CS4, you can save time by using the convenient roundtrip editing functionality in Adobe Flash CS4 Professional, Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, and Adobe After Effects
CS4. The powerful new Speech Search feature in Soundbooth CS4 enables you to extract
text from dialogue tracks, save it as an XMP text file, open the file in Adobe Premiere Pro
CS4, and use the file to search for content.
You can also drive animation or create captions by laying down markers in Soundbooth
CS4 and exporting them as XML or FLV files. Plus, the new Adobe Sound Document file
format lets you package your multitrack audio project into an ASND file that can be easily
shared with Adobe Flash CS4 Professional, Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, or Adobe After Effects®
CS4 software.
Markers make it easy to navigate in
a waveform, perform edits, or play
back audio.
On-clip controls let you quickly
adjust volume and pan sounds left
and right.
The Remove A Sound task makes
short work of unwanted sounds
with visual tools for cleaning up
audio.
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Top new features of Adobe Soundbooth CS4
Adobe Soundbooth CS4 includes more capabilities and more audio content, giving you
greater flexibility in editing and enhancing audio for your projects. The following are the
top new features in Adobe Soundbooth CS4.
Multitrack support
Sound for visuals usually comprises a variety of different elements—dialogue tracks give
voice to actors, animated characters, and featured talent; voice-overs supply narrative
context; sound effects and ambient sounds create atmosphere and aural depth cues; and
music provides emotional cues. The ability to work with multiple audio tracks—the new
feature most requested by Adobe Soundbooth CS3 users—gives you the power to assemble
all the elements of a complex soundtrack into a final audio mixdown.
New Adobe Sound Document
The new Adobe Sound Document (ASND)
file format enables nondestructive audio
editing, so you can always return to the
original source files. The ASND document
can be easily shared with Adobe Flash CS4
Professional, Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, and
Adobe After Effects CS4.
You can take snapshots of your work at any point; if
you make a change you don’t like, you can revert to
any previous snapshot at any time.
Automatic volume matching
Equalizing volume levels within a specific file can be a challenge. In interviews, for example,
sometimes speakers’ voices are captured at different volume levels. The equalize‑volume
feature in Adobe Soundbooth CS4 can correct this kind of problem with a single click. You
can also use the new volume-matching functionality to quickly match the volume of
multiple clips to each other or to a single reference volume level.
Volume keyframing
Volume keyframing lets you adjust the volume of your dialogue
and sound-effects tracks or adjust the volume of your audio over
time. The volume keyframing feature is especially useful when
you create podcasts. Soundbooth lets you record directly into a
track, duck vocals, improve the quality and sound of your voice,
and add sound effects.
MP3 compression preview
Drag and drop files into the Match Volume panel and
have them automatically set to a specific volume level
or reference file volume. Results are displayed in a
separate pop-up dialog box (inset).
Send your audio files to Soundbooth from
Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 or Adobe Flash
CS4 Professional using the Edit In Adobe
Soundbooth command.
When you want to output work in MP3 format, the MP3 compression preview allows you to
preview the sound quality at whatever bit rate you select and see the consequent file size
before saving. As a result, you can save time and increase efficiency by previewing sound
quality before you commit to specific compression settings to achieve the results you want.
Improved integration with other Creative
Suite 4 software
Convenient roundtrip editing saves you time. Now
you can use the Edit In Adobe Soundbooth
command from within Adobe Flash CS4
Professional, Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, or Adobe
After Effects CS4 to send assets directly to
Soundbooth, where you can clean up or enhance
your audio. After your edits are complete, the files
automatically update in the timeline or project
window of your Adobe Flash CS4 Professional,
Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 or Adobe After Effects
CS4 project.
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Adobe Dynamic Link workflows
When Soundbooth is installed as a component of
Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium, you
can save time when opening Adobe After Effects CS4
compositions or Adobe Premiere Pro sequences
directly in Soundbooth by using the innovative
Adobe Dynamic Link. Dynamic Link eliminates the
need for intermediate rendering by creating a direct
link between new or existing assets in select Adobe
Creative Suite 4 Production Premium components.
Any changes made in one application are quickly
reflected in the other.
When you’re using Soundbooth as a
component of Adobe Creative Suite 4
Produciton Premium, Dynamic Link lets you
open Adobe After Effects compositions and
Adobe Premiere Pro sequences in
Soundbooth without
intermediate rendering.
Improved editing capabilities
Soundbooth provides instant cut, copy, and paste functions as well as on-clip editing tools such
as trim, fade, and volume control. With just one click, you can fix, boost, or otherwise modify
audio assets to better meet the needs of your production. You can even stretch audio assets to
match the length of your scene. Improved spectral editing lets you edit your audio visually.
Looping tool enhancements
Looping enhancements in Adobe
Soundbooth CS4 increase your
creative options and save you
time. Automatic beat detection
makes it even easier to create
seamless loops: Beats are
displayed as orange lines, and you
can adjust the in and out points
by individual beats until you
get a loop you like.
For more information about
Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production
Premium and Adobe Creative Suite 4
Web Premium, see:
•Adobe Creative Suite 4
Production Premium What’s New
•Adobe Creative Suite 4
Web Premium What’s New
Use the Scores panel to browse and
preview an extensive assortment of
customizable music, sorted by genre.
Detected beats are displayed as
orange vertical lines in the Editor
panel, making it easier to create
seamless loops.
On-clip volume and pan
controls let you make
adjustments quickly and
intuitively.
Additional Soundbooth Scores and improved workflow
You don’t need a recording studio or a computer loaded with specialized music software to
create soundtracks for your projects when you can jump-start your audio efforts with
customizable, pre-existing content conveniently accessible in Soundbooth. Free Soundbooth
Scores are available online through Resource Central, and you can also purchase additional
Soundbooth Score bundles through Resource Central (Internet connection required).
In Adobe Soundbooth CS4, you can use
multiple scores in a multitrack environment,
which also allows you to layer scores. You
can also change the length of a score, the
intensity, and the levels of various instruments to match just the mood and pacing
you want. Then place the music beneath a
voice-over, add sound effects to bring
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impact to your visuals, and use Soundbooth to alter the tone and volume at various points
based on what’s going on visually.
Speech Search
With Speech Search, text extracted from
dialogue tracks is searchable, editable, and
exportable. The text maintains timecode
accuracy, so selecting a word (above)
causes the CTI to jump to that portion of
the clip (right).
Use New Speech Search technology in Adobe
Soundbooth CS4 to turn spoken dialogue into
text-based metadata that makes your video
searchable. This new capability solves one of the
biggest challenges in taking audio and video
online by automatically turning any spoken word
into a keyword that points precisely to the places
in a clip where the word is spoken. This unleashes considerable power, for post-production and
Web professionals, and all of us who watch video
online. During the editing process, creative
professionals can use Speech Search to quickly
find the relevant points in a particular clip, or
easily locate the right clip based on what gets said in it. Equally important, the timeaccurate text that corresponds to spoken words is embedded in the output you render
from Adobe Soundbooth CS4, so your audio and video is searchable by other tools that
can read XMP metadata, such as search and indexing engines.
Creative Pro Online Services
Connect to the power of the online community through your creative desktop. New online
services accessed from within Adobe Soundbooth CS4 let you search for help from the
online community; share your screen with colleagues or clients in a few quick clicks; get
color inspiration from your peers; and more. With new online services in Creative Suite 4,
you can take your ideas to the next level.
Adobe Resource Central. Access product-related news and tutorials by using the Resource
Central panel in Soundbooth. Jump-start your audio projects with drag-and-drop efficiency
using Soundbooth Scores and sound effects offered online. (Internet connection required.
There are additional fees for some content accessed through Resource Central.)
Adobe Community Help. Get the power of an online search engine within Soundbooth,
but with more targeted results thanks to Adobe Community Help. Searchable content
includes the in-depth, product-specific Help that Adobe has always delivered, plus
additional Adobe and third-party content chosen by experts at Adobe and in the design and
production communities. With Adobe Community Help, you can find the focused answers
you need, fast. Use either the search bar within Soundbooth CS4, or simply choose Help >
Soundbooth Help. (Internet connection required for extended content.)
Part of the Adobe Creative Suite 4 family
Adobe Soundbooth CS4 is also available as the audio-editing and audio-creation component
of Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium software and Adobe Creative Suite 4 Web
Premium software. The inclusion of Adobe Soundbooth CS4 in these Creative Suite 4
editions brings enhanced audio editing and creation to Adobe’s well-integrated and
intuitive creative environments for video and the web.
Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium combines the latest video, audio, and design
tools from Adobe to provide a complete pre- and post-production solution. This powerful
Creative Suite 4 edition helps you deliver compelling stories on film, video, and disc, as well
as online and on mobile devices.
Adobe Creative Suite 4 Web Premium is a complete solution for creating interactive websites,
applications, user interfaces, presentations, mobile device content, Adobe AIR™ applications,
and other digital experiences. This Creative Suite 4 edition includes everything you need to
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Mac OS
•Multicore Intel® processor
•Mac OS X v10.4.11–10.5.4
•1GB of RAM; 2GB for HDV and HD playback
•10GB of available hard-disk space for
installation; additional free space required
during installation (cannot install on a volume
that uses a case-sensitive file system or on
flash-based storage devices)
•1,280x900 display with 32-bit video card that
supports OpenGL 2.0
•DVD-ROM drive (SuperDrive recommended)
•Core Audio–compatible sound card
•QuickTime 7 software required to use
QuickTime features
•Broadband Internet connection required for
online services
Windows
•1.4GHz or faster processor for DV; 3.4GHz for
HDV; dual 2.8GHz for HD*
•Microsoft® Windows® XP with Service Pack 2
(Service Pack 3 recommended) or Windows
Vista® Home Premium, Business, Ultimate,
or Enterprise with Service Pack 1 (certified
for 32-bit Windows XP and 32-bit and 64-bit
Windows Vista)
•1GB of RAM; 2GB for HDV and HD playback
•10GB of available hard-disk space for
installation; additional free space required
during installation (cannot install on flashbased storage devices)
prototype your project, design assets, build web experiences, and efficiently maintain and
update content.
Adobe Soundbooth CS4 is also available as a component of Adobe Creative Suite 4 Master
Collection software, which includes all the components found in Production Premium, Web
Premium, and Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design Premium software.
Availability and pricing
Adobe Soundbooth CS4 will be available in North America for an estimated street price of
US$199, directly from Adobe or through Adobe Authorized Resellers. To order directly
from Adobe, visit the Adobe store at www.adobe.com or call 1-800-833-6687.
Licensed owners of Adobe Soundbooth CS3 can upgrade to Adobe Soundbooth CS4 for
US$79.
Licensed owners of Adobe Soundbooth CS3 are also eligible for special upgrade pricing to
Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium.
A complete description of upgrade eligibility and pricing is available in a separate Pricing
Overview document. For volume licensing information, contact an Adobe Licensing Center
or go to www.adobe.com.
Estimated street prices do not include taxes, shipping, handling, or other related expenses.
Information on pricing and support policies outside of North America and for Education
customers will be available separately.
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•1,280x900 display with 32-bit video card that
supports OpenGL 2.0
•DVD-ROM drive
•Microsoft DirectX– or ASIO-compatible sound
card
•QuickTime 7 software required to use
QuickTime features
•Broadband Internet connection required for
online services
* An SSE2-enabled processor is required for AMD
systems.
For updates to system requirements and more
detailed information about video hardware
compatibility, visit www.adobe.com/products/
soundbooth/systemreqs.
Expected ship date
Fourth quarter 2008
For more information
For more details about
Adobe Soundbooth CS4,
visit www.adobe.com/soundbooth.
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