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!

Creative Commons and Audio Use

Creative Commons is a licensing organization that works towards expanding access to creative resources by enabling lawful collaboration. It is a standard way for creators to give other creators permission to use their work, sometimes under restricted circumstances.

Creative Commons music can be used for background music and sound effects can be used to bring life to your audio projects. Learn about the different types of Creative Commons licenses below.

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Finally, read this Hootsuite article to find Creative Commons resources for audio to use on your next project!

Making a Bumper

A bumper is a short clip that can be up to 15 or 20 seconds long that introduces your show to listeners. It can include signature music (like a theme song) from your show or sound effects, but should always feature the DJ’s name, show name, and the name of the station.

Bumpers are useful for breaking up segments on your show or for following the best practice of reintroducing yourself or your show every 15 minutes or so while on air.

Follow the tutorials below to learn how to add depth to your voice to produce a professional bumper, and discover the rule of three to create a pleasing sounding bumper.

Add depth to your voice by clicking on this video and following the tutorial.
How to make your bumper sound professional.

Picking a Microphone: What are polar patterns?

Picking the right microphone can be crucial for audio projects. If you’re interviewing a guest and you only have one microphone, you want to make sure they sound as good as you do. But how can you ensure that when you only have one microphone? The answer is polar patterns.

Polar pattern refers to the directional sensitivity of any given microphone to sound. In other words, how it picks up sounds coming from different directions.

There are six polar patterns advertised on majority of commercial mics, as shown below, but today we’ll only be touching on three.

The six polar patterns

Omnidirectional— Omnidirectional polar patterns pick up sounds coming from every direction. They work well if you’re looking to pick up ambient sound in your audio and are great for maintaining a consistent audio level, but the flip side to this is that they may pick up a lot of unwanted background noise if you’re working in a room that isn’t well suited for recording.

Unidirectional (Cardioid)— Unidirectional polar patterns, sometimes referred to as cardioid, pick up sounds that are coming from directly in front of the microphone. They are optimal for isolating sound. This is useful again if you do not have a space that is well suited for recording.

Bidirectional (Figure 8)— Bidirectional polar patterns are also known as figure 8 patterns, since they pick up audio from the front and rear of recording devices while blocking the sides, giving the diagram the look of the number 8. Since it receives equal sound from the front and the back without picking up audio from either side, bidirectional is best used for conversations or interviews between two people where the microphone can be set between them.

Using this knowledge, you can now research the polar patterns on the mics available to you (many have multiple) at Simmons and beyond, and better select a microphone for your recording endeavors!

Audacity vs. Audition: Which is right for me?

For anyone just starting out, choosing a digital audio software to master can be a daunting task. Adobe Audition is seamless, but it’s expensive and complex. Audacity can be a great jumping off point for users looking to complete smaller projects. Weigh the pros and cons of Audacity and Audition with The Podcast Host by following the link shared below.

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