Audition: Why do I work in multitrack?

Audition offers two forms of editing: waveform and multitrack.

If you’re recording a live show and will not need to complete any post-production work, waveform is perfect because it employs something called destructive editing, meaning any changes you make will be final. So if you’re completing a one and done project like an interview and sending it on it’s way, you can make any edits, like cutting out “ums”, in waveform and send it on its way.

Multitrack uses non-destructive editing, meaning that anything can be undone at a later date. Saved your file and decided you want to go back and remove an effect? No problem. The audio file can be restored to its original state. Multitrack also allows you to assemble projects with multiple components more easily. This is perfect if you’re making a podcast and need to add an intro, outro, and background music around your main segment, or if you’re compiling dozens of clips for a station reel.

Remember to always save a copy of your work in multitrack, even if you’re editing in waveform, just to be safe!