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Adobe Audition CS6 Classroom in a Book

Adobe Audition CS6 Classroom in a Book [Kindle Edition]

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Those creative professionals seeking the fastest, easiest, most comprehensive way to learn Adobe Audition CS6 choose Adobe Audition CS6 Classroom in a Book from the Adobe Creative Team at Adobe Press. The 16 project-based lessons in this book show readers step-by-step the key techniques for working in Audition CS6. Part 1 covers the basics of audio interfacing and the Audition environment. Next, readers will explore working in Waveform View, performing such tasks as basic editing, signal processing, audio restoration, mastering, and creating and recording files. Finally, in Part 3 on Multitrack View, they will learn about basic multitrack orientation and track parameters, creating music with sound libraries and by overdubbing, mixing strategies, and working with video. The companion disc includes lesson files so readers can work along with the book.

“The Classroom in a Book series is by far the best training material on the market. Everything you need to master the software is included: clear explanations of each lesson, step-by-step instructions, and the project files for the students.” —Barbara Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor, Rocky Mountain Training

Classroom in a Book®, the best-selling series of hands-on software training workbooks, helps you learn the features of Adobe software quickly and easily. Classroom in a Book offers what no other book or training program does—an official training series from Adobe Systems Incorporated, developed with the support of Adobe product experts.



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The Adobe Creative Team is made up of designers, writers, and editors who have extensive, real-world knowledge of and expertise in using Adobe products. They work closely with the Adobe product development teams and Adobe's Instructional Communications team to come up with creative, challenging, and visually appealing projects to help both new and more experienced users get up to speed quickly on Adobe software products.

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The Adobe Creative Team is made up of designers, writers, and editors who have extensive, real-world knowledge of and expertise in using Adobe products. They work closely with the Adobe product development teams and Adobe's Instructional Communications team to come up with creative, challenging, and visually appealing projects to help both new and more experienced users get up to speed quickly on Adobe software products.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10940 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
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  • Publisher: Adobe Press; 1 edition (16 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008LW61DO
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1.0 out of 5 stars I am very disappointed! 27 Nov 2014
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I have a kindle version of this book but where is the link for downloadable files? The book comes with a CD, kindle version does not have the CD but at least there should be link to download the content of the CD from internet because the entire book is referring the chapters to the CD. I am very disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed 12 Mar 2014
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Having been a long time user of Cool Edit Pro I decided that I needed to upgrade to a more advanced system. As I am a Windows based user and having no previous knowledge of Pro Tools I wanted to stay with a similar GUI to that which I had been familiar with hence the selection of CS6. The package is proving to be just what I needed and my knowledge has been enhanced via the addition of Classroom In A Book. The layout and information are first class whilst the tutorials are well thought out and easy to use and understand.
This is an excellent adjunct to have available for users of all levels and requirements.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well done Amazon! 31 July 2013
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I desperately needed this manual as having worked previously with "Cool Edit and Adobe Audition 3" Adobe CS6 was complicated but then after following the lessons in the book, you get to realise what a great job Adobe have done in producing CS6. The book is not expensive in reality for the content of the Lessons and Tutorials plus the CD that comes with it. Its what they really call "Value for your money".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent condition, great timing! 4 Mar 2013
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The book arrived, as usual, on time and in perfect condition. It's a great manual for beginners on After Effects CS6, I've actually been using it almost on a day to day basis. It's easy to read and to execute the tutorials, and it helps you to form a method that will allow you to better understand and work with the program. I absolutely recommend it!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Essential Guide to Audition - It Greatly Improved How We Work 18 Dec 2012
By Brian M. Stoppee - Published on
We're been studying Classroom in Book (CIB) lessons since Photoshop 4 almost 16 years ago. Since we work with all of Adobe's Master Collection, CIB is a means for us to brush up more than a place to start.

Adobe's had the Audition (Au) CS6 app since 2003 as a Windows-only product. When Adobe released their not so popular CS5.5, Soundbooth was gone and Audition 4 was in its place. When CS6 was released, the suites and the Creative Cloud subscriptions met with a huge response and suddenly creative professionals got to know Au. The difficult part of that success story is that getting to know Au is no small effort. It's extremely powerful. The PDF manual, which Adobe supplies, is no more complete for Au than they provide for any of their apps. So, for about a year and a half we have been applying our knowledge of Soundbooth to Audition, which is quite limiting.

That changed the day we received "Adobe Audition CS6 Classroom in a Book."

CIB is normally aimed at beginners. This first Au edition apparently assumes that anyone using this app may be in unfamiliar territory but the average Au user in not a beginner with Adobe DVA (digital video audio) apps. So, for someone like ourselves, this CIB is very comfortable. Because of our dire need to know more about Au, of all the CS6 CIBs, this one is our most cherished.

Craig Anderton, who wrote this CIB, has a long history with audio recording for the music industry, so the book takes a refreshingly different direction than other CIBs. That is clear from the first chapter, which discusses audio interfaces, something which is probably foreign to those of us coming into Au from other CS6 apps. It's important to mention that Premiere Pro (Pr) directly interfaces with Au so many video postproduction people will back and forth between the two apps. And, that sets the stage for who uses Au. Not all Au users are mastering the next Grammy award winner. Nevertheless Craig approaches this CIB with a keen sense for the breadth of his audience.

If you're completely new to the audio side of DVA, carefully prowl everything in the typical CIB second chapter on the Au environment. But, don't let yourself become over confident. With time, subsequent chapters will reveal that there's far more to it than what this chapter just covered.

Should you be on our level, when it comes to professional audio production, you'll think that the third chapter is mis-titled as "Basic" Editing. Admittedly, we had never heard of "zero-crossings" until we got to page 49, even though it's been staring at us on one of the pull down menus. Equally, we have discovered our own methods of reducing artifacts, from our Soundbooth days, but pages 55 and 56 showed us a better, more professional way.

Chapter four sounds like it's going to bore you sleep, "Signal Processing," but that's only if you have no idea what it means. Unlike the CIBs which are filled with pretty graphics this chapter is a laundry list of much needed understanding. It's our new desk reference until we've mastered Au and committed all of this to memory.

Audio restoration, in chapter five, is where you begin to see how much creativity goes into audio production. If you're used to Photoshop, you'll feel right at home grabbing the Lasso tool and instead of selecting a region of someone's face you draw around where there's a cough on Au's colorful spectral frequency display. It's very rewarding.

From our theatrical background, we're familiar with traditional audio boards for mastering. Since we pop in and out of Au, as needed, we have done next to nothing with mastering. Therefore, chapter six is an absolute delight. This is where Au turns your computer screen into a mixing board. To that point, we do all our work in Au with a Wacom Cintiq. The Cintiq is a combination display and pressure sensitive Wacom tablet. It allows us to manipulate the Au controls with a stylus and devote a MacBook Pro to being a second display. With Au, you'll want to spread out over two displays.

The late, great Todd Pankoff, a friend who was a meticulous director and postproduction editor and excelled in conceiving projects, taught us all about "sound design." We never heard of the term before it came out of Todd's mouth. When we saw that chapter seven was entitled the same, we were convinced that this book was a must-have. Think of sound design as something akin to how an illustrator has a specific style and then apply that concept to audio.

To date, all our work with Au has been in postproduction, meaning all our audio has already been captured during video production. When we are about to complete a project, we often find somewhere which requires a voice over. We must confess to knowing it can be done in Au but we'd go back to our familiar production techniques. The eighth chapter on creating and recording files convinced us to rethink that workflow as being less time efficient. From now on we'll record directly into Au.

We are familiar with multitrack editing from Pr but chapter nine clarified that we do not know quite enough to do the terrific work we'd like to do. The chapter starts out assuming that you know nothing about integrating a few audio tracks into a finished project and walks you through professional workflow. If you're new to it, you'll complete the chapter feeling empowered. This is followed up by a brief chapter on multiple tracks in the Au mixer mode.

Chapters eleven and twelve begin to take the book in the direction of Au for music. If that's not your intent for Au, do not be fooled and skip them. In those pages are some very professional techniques for editing which can be applied to any project.

The thirteen chapter on recording with the multitrack editor is important for anyone working with any form of postproduction. The lesson not only provides instruction but clarifies some of the jargon associated with audio recording. This helps you to understand what audio professionals are talking about. This springboards you into chapter fourteen on automation. This contains many very professional techniques. Study this one carefully.

At this point you might feel as if you have learned so much about mixing that there's nothing another chapter can possibly teach you. You'd be wrong. This one not only takes you through some uses of Au's features but lays out how musical recording comes together and the roles the various parties play in making it. Even if you never plan to do such a thing, but love music and how it's made, you'll smile your way through this chapter.

Again, the chapter on scoring audio to video is a joy. If you've seen clips on how composers for Hollywood films lay music into a movie you'll be fascinated with how this works between Au and Pr.

Finally, though it's appropriately called an appendix, which sounds quite boring, pages 271-282 are a set of visuals with text descriptions of each Au panel. If you're using Au CS6 CIB as a desktop reference, until it's committed to memory, as we are, you'll greatly appreciate this addition.

It's only fair to note that this is not the usual 400 page CIB volume. It's closer to 75% of that page count, but it doesn't feel as if we have been cheated out of anything. We are left feeling as if we have taken a very thorough tour of Au and our work with the app, from here on out, will be far more efficient and with greater quality. If that's not worth $37 dollars, we don't know what is.

We give it a solid five stars.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great program. Useless book. 30 Dec 2013
By Doug Lipman - Published on
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When I signed up for Adobe's Creative Cloud suite a year ago, I wanted to learn the Audition program first. Given that this book had good reviews, I purchased it immediately.

Since then, I have tried to find out what this book is good for. But I have failed to find it useful for anything. Perhaps it's me and my way of thinking, but I've given this book every chance I could figure out to give it.

Let me say: I was not new to audio editing. I was familiar with Audacity and fairly expert on the now-discontinued 2-track editor, Bias Peak.

I guess the basic problem with this book for me is this: This book takes a tutorial approach. Sounds good, right? Each interface element or effect is accompanied by steps to take, to use it with a sample file from the book's included CD. BUT there is no real conceptual overview, nothing saying that, "the basic logic of Audition is this... and to accomplish this kind of task, here's what you'll need to do..." At the same time, the tutorials are brief enough and limited enough that they don't give you any depth at all in using the program's features. Net result for me: no understanding and no useful skills.

I tried in vain to learn simple things, such as how to move the playhead around or how to quickly back up or go forward by a window-width. The index isn't that helpful, either, in that it fails to list many important things. For example, the only entry in the index for "playhead" is page 38, where it is explained that what I call the playhead is now called the CTI or "current time indicator." But the only index entry for "current time indicator" is also to page 38! As it happens, there are several other references to actually DOING things with the CTI (usually referred to, by the way, as the "playhead,") but none of them are findable from the index.

What was really useful - and what kept me from giving up on learning Audition altogether - was the Infinite Skills video set, available here: Learning Adobe Audition CS6 - Training DVD - Tutorial Video . Maybe I'm just better suited to watching someone interact with the program than to reading written instructions. But I've found other written sources to be helpful - including Adobe's free Adobe Audition User Guide.

Just today, I needed to learn about CD mastering. I thought, "Well, maybe this is what this book is good for - a brief overview of what mastering is and how to do it." No such luck. There IS a chapter called "Mastering," but the overview is just fluff: e.g., mastering is important, start with a well-recorded piece, and, by the way, Adobe Audition is great for mastering. Then the tutorial segments are "do this, then do this," but they don't really give me any idea how to do anything else except the few, fairly specific tasks described. (E.g., "Push the drum hits.")

In the end, I found it unhelpful for getting a basic feel for the program, although I can imagine that others might have a different experience. I found it unable to help me know enough specifics to actually USE any particular feature. I also found it unable to give me any overview of how Audition is set up or of why I would want to do most of the tasks the book describes.

Instead of purchasing this book, I suggest downloading the free User Guide from Adobe, then both 1) purchasing a video series (there are several choices that seem good, including several courses on Udemy) and 2) browsing Adobe TV and Youtube for videos on specific features not covered in a basic series.

I don't like to give bad reviews of things, but this particular book has not been helpful to me at all. I regret the price and the time I wasted trying to learn from it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to folllow 27 Feb 2013
By Mary Hackett - Published on
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I was able to figure out Adobe Audition without taking tons of classes or hiring outside tutoring. It's a good investment.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Studio in a box...and a book 30 April 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Adobe Audition is an audio program that is part of the CS6 design suite. It includes easy-to-use advanced digital editing tools as well as multi-track recording capabilities all at the same time, allowing for artists to more easily edit, manipulate, and create audio sessions.

This book, while short compared to most Adobe textbooks, is packed full of colored pictures and step-by-step tutorials to walk you through the program with the greatest of ease. It goes in depth with how to best approach the navigation of the software, as well as how to use it effectively to reduce errors and to produce high quality and professional audio tracks.

A disc accompanies this book, adding an even more in depth sense of learning as all of the files needed to complete the tutorials are included, thus reducing the time spent in finding alternative resources on the Internet. Each page is marked with a green dot and the word `Note,' followed by a helpful blurb about the information on the page, a part of the tutorial, a shortcut, or other ways to approach the outcome.
"Although there are no `rules' about creating a piece of music, it's common to start with a rhythm track consisting of drums and bass, and then add other melodic elements."
The end of each chapter features a Review Question and Answer segment perfect for both the college student or leisurely or die-hard professional. The questions covers the key points featured in each segment and are meant to ensure that the key points that are being taught are, in fact, retained. The beginning of each chapter gives the reader a lesson overview and an approximate time it should take to complete said tutorial, which was a pleasant surprise as my previous experience with most technology-based textbooks lack these simple components.

While I felt the book could have been thicker and contained even more tutorials than the sixteen included as well as more information about Adobe Audition CS6, it does cover the basics and includes the updates from previous versions, so those already familiar will feel they can skip around to be brought up to speed, and those who have never used this software will at least have a basic understanding how how this program works and be capable of performing some basic audio mixes and tracks for whatever project you have up your sleeve.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great for fast and effective audio editing. 6 April 2013
By Derrick - Published on
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This a great program. Very easy to use and very professional. A lot of great effects predetermined. You know its the best for radio productions and voice overs
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