Larry Jordan: New Features in Adobe Audition CC 2019

by Larry Jordan

Last week, Adobe released the latest version of Adobe Audition, along with updates to the rest of their Creative Cloud software.

New features include:

  • DeReverb and DeNoise effects
  • Improved playback and recording performance
  • Improved multitrack user interface
  • On-clip gain and waveform scaling
  • Improved user interface for adding and deleting tracks
  • The ability to zoom the multitrack edit window to a specific duration

Also, in the last version, Audition added two features that I use everyday that are also worth mentioning here:

  • The ability to open a Premiere Pro CC project directly.
  • The ability to jump to a specific time in the timeline

Here’s an Adobe blog that has more details on Audition: www.adobe.com/products/audition/features.html

And here’s an article that covers the latest features in Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

Let’s take a quick look at each of these.

DEREVERB EFFECT

DeReverb: This effect estimates the reverberation profile and helps adjust the reverberation amount. The effect enables you to smooth out recordings with lots of reverb or short echoes, and includes a very simple interface. You can adjust the amount of DeReverb applied, control using processing focus buttons, and also adjust gain automatically or manually. (Source: Adobe Help)

DeReverb can be applied to an individual clip or a track. I generally prefer to apply effects to a track. All effects are applied the same way: using the Effects Rack.

  • Select the track to which you want to add this effect
  • In the Effects Rack panel, click the small white right-pointing arrow next to the effect channel to which you want to add the effect and select Noise Reduction/Restoration > DeReverb

  • Double-click the name of the DeReverb effect in the Effects Rack to display the interface

  • In the Presets menu, select the amount of reverb you want to remove; however, before you change this, listen to the results of using Default. That may be the only setting you need to use.

  • Play the clip and adjust the Amount slider to get the best sound for your clip. Again, remember, this won’t make all reverb disappear, it will simply make the speaker’s voice sound more “present.”

DENOISE

DeNoise: This effect offers real-time, zero-latency noise reduction without noise prints or complicated parameters. Use this feature to remove unwanted hiss and hum. You can control the amount of noise reduced and adjust gain. Audition also lets you listen to the removed noise in isolation. (Source: Adobe Help)

Audition has long been known for the quality of its noise-reduction software. But, it wasn’t easy to understand or use. With this release, Adobe has made noise reduction much easier.

NOTE: Noise reduction is NOT the same as noise elimination. This filter does an excellent job at removing hum and air conditioner noise, its reasonably good at reducing the general hubbub of background noise at a trade show, and didn’t remove a siren behind a speaker’s voice at all. The best way to get clean audio is to re-record it. This new tool, like other noise reducers, can help clean up bad audio, but it won’t make it perfect.

  • As with DeReverb, select the track to which you want to apply the effect
  • Choose Noise Reduction/Restoration > DeNoise by clicking the white arrow on the right side of the Effects Rack.

In many cases, that’s all you need to do, the Default setting is pretty darn good. However, you can change the amount of noise reduction from the Presets menu.

Adjust the amount of noise reduction by using the Amount slider at the bottom.

NOTE: It is often easiest to adjust this effect by checking the Output Noise Only checkbox in the top right. Adjust Amount while listening for the maximum noise containing  the least amount of voice bleed-through.

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Larry looks at more features, including improvements to playback performance, unclip gain and waveform scaling, and zooming through and jumping along the time line. Read more here.

About James DeRuvo 754 Articles
Editor in Chief at doddleNEWS. James has been a writer and editor at doddleNEWS for nearly a decade. As a producer/director/writer James won a Telly Award in 2005 for his Short Film "Searching for Inspiration. James is a recovering talk show producer from KABC in Los Angeles, and a weekly guest on the Digital Production Buzz with Larry Jordan.

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