Adobe Audition 2.0 Review

Adobe Audition 2.0 screenshot  click to enlarge

Adobe Audition has been developed very quickly from a very popular sound editor to a full blown multitrack recording program

Audition is the successor of the once very popular sound editor Cool Edit Pro. It has been bought by Adobe to complete their product line in video and post production and is part of their "Creative Suite".

We want to know what Audition 2.0 has to offer for serious music production. Up to now the main problem was, that no Asio or other low latency drivers were supported.

As this might be O.K. for a sound editor, it is certainly not sufficient for a multitrack recording program.

Well, with Audition 2.0, Asio 2.0 support for up to 96 In/Outputs is here, so the question remains, if the software is good enough to get the job done.

Adobe seems to be able to read my thoughts and prepared an answer for this question that is quite convincing. They simply teamed up with Grammy Award-winning producer Charles Dye to produce a recording by the upcoming South Florida band "eL".

The result, a song titled "Honesty," is the new Adobe Audition 2.0 demo session. It consists of 225 Mb recorded audio material and loads automatically when you open Audition 2.0 for the first time.

Here you have a session with real audio tracks, automation, effects and anything that's needed to seriously produce music. If you want to know more about that, you can download a PDF-file about the making of this session.

Now let's take a deeper look into Adobe Audition 2.0.


The download boasts around 470 Mb, which is not a really small. If you subtract the demo session of 225Mb, the program alone still takes 245Mb. Compared to Fruity Loops FL Studio 6 with only 50Mb, it's quite a lot.

Installation takes about 14 minutes on my IBM ThinkPad T30 and I had to restart my system after that. That's also quite some time.

At the beginning of the installation you are given an intelligent selection of audio file formats you can link to Adobe Audition 2.0. The formats mp3, wma, cda are not linked per default. That makes sense and shows, that Adobe cares for details.

Start of the program takes around 14 seconds, while loading the demo session only takes about 10 seconds. That's really fast compared to loading a Pro-Tools session which can take forever sometimes.

We can sum it up in installation takes some time but without any problems.


The new look is completely different to version 1.5 and fits now perfectly into the new line of Adobe products contained in the "Creative Suite".

The new interface is brighter, cleaner and much less cluttered than the old one. As you can see at the screenshot, the active window is marked with a nice thin orange margin, windows are grouped within frames separated by nice tabs and everything looks very clean and tidy.

A handy feature that you might know already from other Adobe products, is the dockable or floatable window. You can detach a window and position it anywhere on your desktop, even outside the main window.

Adobe Audition 2.0 docking windows

But probably the most important improvement is the definition of workspaces. A workspace is the exact arrangement of open windows on a screen. There are predefined presets for special tasks as well as the possibility to save and recall your own presets.

You can choose them by Keyboard shortcuts as well as with this window below.

The first three items are the standard views when you switch between the main views of Adobe Audition.

Adobe Audition 2.0 views

Adobe Audition 2.0 workspaces

The next six items are also predefined workspaces for special tasks and the last group are your own creations.

Audio Setup

Once you have all your soundcards and Asio drivers installed on your system, you can advance to the audio setup. You can set three different configurations for the Edit, Multitrack and Surround view. That's very convenient.

In the setup window for each view you can choose the audio driver and then any I/O of that driver as default.

That means, you can choose the output of your standard soundcard for the edit view and select the I/Os of your multi I/O card as outputs for multitrack and surround view.

This is a very flexible and convenient way to configure your in- and outputs.

Adobe Audition 2.0 audio setup editor view click to enlarge

MIDI Setup

Though there is not much MIDI support in Adobe Audition 2.0, the MIDI setup is quite confusing. You have to configure the MIDI options in different windows.

You actually can do a few things with MIDI.

  • Play back MIDI files in Midi tracks, where you can transpose, cut and paste and choose different devices, outputs and channels for different tracks of the MIDI file.
  • Use an external MIDI controller as remote control by triggering events in Adobe Audition.
  • Using MIDI time code to synchronize with Audition with other applications or external devices.

In the MIDI setup window you just can make the outputs of the MIDI devices installed on your system, active or inactive and set the order for being displayed.

Adobe Audition 2.0 MIDI setup click to enlarge

This is the window to set the MIDI input for triggering functions in Audition.

Adobe Audition 2.0 MIDI triggers click to enlarge

But that's not all. In order to enable MIDI triggering you first have to check that option in the options menu.

Adobe Audition 2.0 MIDI trigger enable click to enlarge

In the track control window you can set which track of your MIDI file can play back which MIDI device on which channel.

Adobe Audition 2.0 MIDI track control click to enlarge


The settings for MIDI time code are made in the edit>preferences>SMPTE/MTC window.

Adobe Audition 2.0 MTC SMPTE settings click to enlarge

If you went through all this windows, you have examined all the MIDI functions and made the right settings for your system.

Continue with a detailed review of Adobe Audition 2.0 as a Sound Editor.

Don't forget to investigate the comparison chart of Sound Forge, Wavelab and Adobe Audition. It contains a wealth of condensed information and provides all the important facts about these programs at a glance.