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Beta Test Adobe’s Audition Version
For The Mac ... Voice Your Opinion
March 30, 2011
By Trey Thomas
Voice Actor
Voice actors are constantly searching for the perfect DAW (digital audio workstation). It’s the software we rely on to record and edit auditions and produce complete voice over projects.
There is much debate about which DAW is best for VO purposes, but Mac users have fewer options than their PC counterparts.
Yet Adobe will soon give Apple fans a new option that PC users have been utilizing for years.
It’s called Adobe Audition.
Formerly known as Cool Edit Pro (before Adobe bought it), Audition has been the DAW of choice for radio production and newsrooms across the country. I have personally used it as a reporter at two radio stations.
Audition for the Mac has been released to the general public in beta form. Adobe is allowing people to try it out in return for their feedback on its forums.
I have been using it for three months now – recording all of my VO auditions and projects on it.
And it’s been like reacquainting myself with an old friend.
Audition works with just about any digital audio interface you can throw at it. All you have to do is choose your device in the preferences menu under audio hardware.
My weapon of choice is the Apogee Duet.
Once your hardware is set up you can begin recording. And recording is almost self-explanatory because Audition’s interface is clean and easy to understand.
But you do have to take an extra step to set your levels.
It involves clicking on the view dropdown menu, sliding down to metering and clicking on meter input signal. I don’t remember having to do this in the old Cool Edit Pro.
Editing in Audition is a breeze.
The intuitive interface allows you to quickly edit waveforms.
Once you’re done editing, you have to click FILE, then SAVE.
This is where you can choose the location of your file and the format (aiff, mp3, mov and wav).
One feature I miss from the old PC version was its ability to save your recordings when the software crashes.
Believe me, it was a necessary feature in Cool Edit Pro.
But after several months of intense usage, the software hasn’t crashed on me yet. I don’t know if Adobe deserves the credit or if it’s just my trusty ‘ole MacBook Pro.
I have encountered one serious bug, however. I couldn’t record or playback files at one point.
But the staff on the Adobe forums site quickly solved my problem by having me delete a preferences folder. This is, of course, to be expected in a beta release.
Hopefully, Adobe will rectify this in the final release.
All in all I have enjoyed recording and editing inside Adobe Audition because it is a familiar tool.
But for newcomers, the learning curve shouldn’t be very steep at all. It’s definitely worth giving it a shot.
After all, you can’t beat its current free status. Happy editing!

Trey Thomas is a 20-year broadcasting veteran, with broad experience as announcer, writer, reporter and news anchor, including work with CNN and CBS, NBC and FOX TV affiliates. Entering voice overs in 2001 “between a TV and radio gig,” he has performed in commercials, promos, documentaries and government training videos. Represented by Jeffrey Umberger of the Umberger Agency, he continues to train and maintains that “professional development is a high priority for me.”  


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Comments (4)
Steve Asaro
4/3/2011 at 11:07 AM
As a radio commercial production director and free-lance voice-over, I've been using Audition for Windows for years now. Love it, wouldn't dream of using anything else. It's perfect for what we do in the commercial production world and voice-over business. People have tried to get me to switch to Pro Tools, but after seeing how it works, it's overkill to me and not necessary for what we do. Audition is easier to use but still a very powerful and feature packed program.

Was also using Audition in my modest home studio until I recently re-vamped it with all new gear including switching to an iMac. Now I've been using Audition for MAC beta for the last few months and absolutely love it too! Though it's a bit different than the Windows version, it's similar enough that I became proficient with it immediately, and there's some ways it works that I actually prefer over the Windows version I've used for so long. Looking forward to the full version being released!

Jeff Gelder
3/31/2011 at 10:49 AM
I have been wishing for the Audition for MAC program for two years. I was thrilled to find out about the Beta version a few months ago and have been using it on my I-MAC and MacBook Pro ever since without any issues. As Trey says, it's easy to learn and use and in my opinion much improved from the PC version I was using in Parallels.
Joel Richards
3/31/2011 at 8:31 AM
I may have to try that out. Coming from video editing, I use mostly Apple's SoundTrack Pro, which is a similar software offering. Sadly, SoundTrack Pro is only sold bundled with either Final Cut ($$$, if you're not doing video editing) or Logic Pro (which makes it kind of redundant). I find it to be about the perfect balance of features for doing voice overs.

While high-end programs like Logic and ProTools are great, they seem needlessly complicated for something as straightforward as voice over. At the same time the lower end programs have limitations (to me). It is nice to see some middle of the road options popping up.
David Bucci
3/31/2011 at 6:05 AM
I bought a Mac last September, my first, after years of Windows. I had been using Audition for some time on Windows. I've been using the Beta since it came out and I have to be reminded that it's a Beta version. It's a great program and I won't be using anything else!
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