Discussion in 'Digital Audio & Recording' started by headbuser87, Nov 2, 2003.
hey cool edit pro is a great software program for singers or any music production
Yes, but it has been bought by Adobe, and is now known as Adobe Audition. Is it just as worthwhile to buy?
Adobe Audition aka Cooledit Pro
i am a multimedia student and i am using cooledit for almost 2 years now
the thing i love the most is multitrack editing and noise reduction, it really works great
it's a nice and handy program oncew you figured it out
I use adobe audition which is an awsome program
I've read thru the thread of cool edit pro/adobe audition, and it sounds like a great program. I currently use Sonic Foundry's Sound Forge, to do all my editing. How do these 2 programs compare??
What's the standard retail price of Adobe Audition?? If there a version running illegally anywhere on the net??
Note: Cool Edit and Adobe Audition are the same product under two different companies, but Adobe's Audition is now in charge.
Comparison from http://sounds.gamedesign.net
Cool Edit's nearest competition is the more pricey Sound Forge by Sonic Foundry. While Sound Forge has an incredible array of features, Cool Edit seems to match them every step of the way.
Cool Edit allows you to record in any sound sampling you want (as long as your sound card can support it). It's nice to have that freedom even if it's not practical most of the time. The bit depth also can be nudged up to 32 bits (!) versus Sound Forge's limitation of 16.
There are thirty types of "Transforms", or effects/alteration types you can apply to a waveform split up into six categories. It's pretty much the standard selection of flange, reverb, chorus, distortion, etc. The neat thing is that some of these presets are really cool! Some of these effects I'd spend hours trying to replicate with Sound Forge, especially the chorus 'Another Dimension' preset, wow what a strange sound! Most of the effects are setup like this too, with the normal to the not-so-normal, giving a nice easy and quick alternative to blind searching for a cool effect.
If you happen to create your own masterpiece of an effect, you can save it for later use, simply by clicking the save button located on the effect control box.
Little enhancments such as when you insert a wav into the multitrack, which let's you resample the file on the fly, is such a breath of fresh air. The multitrack editor, as I've mentioned before, is really well done. It allows you to splice, dice, chop and cutt any wav file any way you like it. Tired of trying to synch up files when mixing in other software? Cool Edit's multitrack editor makes it easy, taking the pain out of synchronizing drum beats, foreground, and background music or effects. The multitrack editor supports a hefty 64 tracks (mixable at once) with most sound cards.
There's, of course, equilization (appearing in both graphic and parametric forms) with a good dose of different presets to go with them.
The standard array of formats are supported with Cool Edit including Real Audio (which seems to get alot of implementation these days).
Cool Edit Pro also features an auto-recover feature. I just love software that corrects itself when the OS or you makes mistakes. Everyone has probably had the misfortune of accidentally clicking no when a program prompts you to save when it exits when you really meant to click yes.
NT support is also featured in this robust package, topping off an already impressive array of goodies.
The thing that really floored me was the in depth tutorials that came on an accompanying cd with Cool Edit Pro. There are plenty of tutorials, teaching you the very basics of the interface, right down to common and uncommon functions you may want to utilize in your own projects some day. Each tutorial is captured in full motion video and accompanied by show and tell narration. This is one of the best tutorial cds I've ever had the pleasure of watching. In only 20 minutes I was able to jump right into Cool Edit Pro and use the software like I had known it for years. If only every company would document their products as well as Syntrillium.
On the Web
Taking a visit over to Syntrilliums site, I noticed a section of user made presets. Turns out people are posting presets they've found useful in the past for others to use. Syntrillium sifts through the presets and posts them in the appropriate forum, creating a somewhat small, but rich offering of effect styles. Syntrillium is demonstrating product support, and more importantly, community through this which needs to be applauded.
Although you'll find no official add on packs for effects or plugins through Syntrilliums site, you will notice that Cool Edit Pro has the capability to use Direct X plugins such as QSound or Waves products.
Cool Edit Pro is the most robust and versatile sound editing software any Audio Engineer could ask for. Being a hundred dollars less than Sound Forge, Cool Edit Pro is a real steal. In short, it's raised the bar for competitive software to leap over.
**We agree that Cool Edit is a better deal. If you want to upgrade to Cool Edit Pro, its a much better, much cheaper, and has an overall higher value for the price. Sound Forge (Audio Anywhere) can cost from $260 - $400 and does have many useful features, but it costs much more than Cool Edit, which has all of the basic features and much more. For the price, Cool Edit is much better.
US$99.00 Upgrade from Cool Edit
I obtained a demo copy of Cool Edit Pro 2.00 and patched it up to a full version before it was deleted by Adobe. Didn't cost me five cents.
I agree it is a very good program, very easy to learn. I'd give it a 10 out of 10
I'm long-time user - many years - of Cool Edit Pro (now Adobe Audition) and I can concur with all the wonderful things which have been said about it. It is certainly the best 'bang for the buck' audio editor out there.
However, there are two areas I think anyone should carefully consider;
1 - Although a fine multitrack recording environment, CEP/AA is not such a wonderful thing when it comes to mixdown. It is way behind the competition in several small ways, not the least being the inability to record fader movements, mutes, etc. The only way this can be done is by manipulating 'envelopes' for each individual track. For anyone brought up using more traditional (and particularly hardware mixing) techniques, this is highly counter-intuitive and requires a complete rethink of the way in which you work.
2 - More importantly, for members of this board anyway, is the fact that CEP/AA knows very little about midi!! It is possible to insert a midi track and play it, but there is no sequencer to make that midi in the first place. Furthermore, you can't include any midi track into the final mix without first rendering it.
This lack of midi functionality is the biggest downside of the software for users here and they would be far better off with something more applicable to midi use, Cakewalk, CuBase, Logic, etc., etc.
Although a big fan of CEP/AA - I don't use it for either midi or mixdown. There are better choices out there.
i've been using cool edit for a while...is adobe audition much different? and does anyone know where i could download the full version or a cracked one?
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