At the end of 2012, I shared 7 reasons why I was switching from Audacity to Adobe Audition. I don’t regret that decision, but there are 7 more things that I miss now that I’m using Audition.
1. Multitrack Truncate Silence
Truncate Silence will find portions of audio that are quieter than a set level, and shorten those areas. This is an easy way to reduce awkward pauses. Audacity can do this across multiple tracks without causing insane overlaps.
Audition can only run its similar feature across a single track. So if you have multiple tracks for multiple voices, you’ll end up with everyone talking at the same time.
2. Home and End jumps
Audacity makes it easy to jump to the beginning or end of a selection or of the audio. Just make a selection and press Home for the beginning, or End or the end.
Pressing End in Audition takes you to the end of the audio workspace, which is often far away from the end of the audio.
3. Combined wave and multitrack editors
Audacity has a single editor; it is both multitrack and a wave editor. You don’t have to switch back and forth depending on the edits you want to do. It’s all in one place.
Audition has a wave editor for modifying the actual audio, and a multitrack editor for mixing tracks and applying nondestructive effects and edits. Audition’s multitrack editor is far more powerful, but you still can’t actually edit your audio in the same editor.
4. Project-free editing
Want to make a quick audio edit? This is no problem in Audacity because you can launch, import your audio, edit, and export all without ever saving or creating a project file.
But Adobe Audition requires any multitrack project to be saved before you can even stick two tracks together.
5. Mute and Solo switching
I prefer Audacity’s Mute/Solo switching over Audition’s.
Imagine you have two audio tracks you’re trying to compare. In Audacity, you can mute Track 1 and you’ll hear Track 2. Then solo Track 1 (without unmuting it) and you’ll hear just Track 1.
To do the same thing in Audition, you have to switch which tracks are muted. Mute Track 1 and you’ll hear Track 2. But to switch back to just Track 1, you have to unmute it and then either solo it, or mute Track 2.
6. Playback speed
If you can listen to chipmunk Audio, Audacity has an easy playback speed adjustment that doesn’t affect your actual audio [tap110], but it plays your audio back faster. This is a great time-saving trick in Audacity.
But Audition doesn’t have any such feature. You would have to change the actual audio’s speed, and then slow it down again, in order to get this effect.
7. “Ripple” paste
Pasting an audio clip into the middle of another is easy in Audacity. When you paste to an insertion point, Audacity shifts the remaining audio. If you have Sync-Lock Tracks enabled, it will even shift the other audio tracks, too.
But if you try this same procedure in Adobe Audition, it replaces any audio you’re overlapping on that track in the multitrack editor. (Within the wave editor, the paste inserts and shifts. But this is only for a single track and you have to switch editors.)
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