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Tutorial: Using the Remix Feature in Adobe Audition CC 2015

This tutorial demonstrates Adobe Audition's Remix feature, which allows you to shorten the length of a music track to match the duration of your video edit.

Working in Adobe Audition

Your version of the software might look a little different than mine (as shown in Figure 4, below), but Audition works the same way as the rest of the Adobe CC applications. You can rearrange panels and windows within the application. The main panels we want to see for this tutorial are the Editor, the Video, and Properties. In Figure 4 (below) you can see our music track in the Editor.

Figure 4. The Audition CC 2015 UI with the music track we sent from Premiere Pro open in the Editor. Click the image to see it at full size.

Select the track, then navigate over to the Properties panel and make sure the Remix option is enabled under the Remix drop-down. Audition will now process the audio and will open up some further options for us.

Now we can begin to edit our music to match the length of our video. Starting with the target duration, here we can enter a length of time (Figure 5, below), and Audition will automatically try to edit and match the duration we enter within a range of 5 seconds.

Figure 5. Enter a duration to match the length of the edited video clips in your Premiere Pro sequence.

If you zoom into your timeline, you can see the squiggly lines shown in Figure 6 (below), which indicate the edits that Audition has made to the music track.

Figure 6. You can see Audition’s edits here. Click the image to see it at full size.

You can see how useful this is and how quickly this feature worked. It took me just a few seconds to edit this, and Audition's analysis of the music is really amazing.

Advanced Remix Settings

Down in the Advanced section of the Properties tab (Figure 7, below), you can customize the music even more. You can enable the Stretch to Exact Duration option, which will edit your music to match up exactly with your video. This will adjust the tempo of the music, which might not be desired.

Figure 7. Make advanced adjustments here.

There are some additional options in the Stretch drop-down menu if you want to use that option (Figure 8, below).

Figure 8. The Stretch drop-down menu

The Edit Length slider in the Advanced drop-down will increase or decrease the fades and edits that Audition has made. The Feature slider gives you even more control of how you want some of the instruments in your audio track to sound. I recommend adjusting these and then previewing your audio to find the best mix for your project.

This is a push-and-pull effect, but the results are pretty cool, and it's really a huge timesaver when you need music in a hurry. Give it a try on your next edit.


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