The Essentials of Organizing an Audio Mix in Adobe Audition
An organized post-production workflow is a happy post-production workflow.
While I've talked about how to stay organized in your NLE of choice plenty of times over the years and explained the basics of audio mixing, I've never really shared anything on the topic of organizing an audio mix workflow. So that's what today's post is all about.
To start things off, here's a great new video from Dan Bernard where he shares a few basic tips that will help you immensely with your organization in Adobe Audition.
While the first two tips in this video are pretty basic, they absolutely bear repeating since a lot of people don't take the time to put these into action.
First and foremost, organize and label your tracks (and color code them if you're feeling extra ambitious) based on the type of sounds they contain. For instance, you might have a dialogue track (or two), a music track, a room tone track, and any number of tracks for your various sound effects and foley. As you start building out your mix and adding in more sound effects, this will help you keep track of everything.
The second trick is simply to use Audition's "Lock Time" command when you're going through this organization process. This will make sure that you never knock your audio out of sync with other clips or with the reference video when you're moving things around.
Perhaps the most useful tip in this bunch is using bus tracks for your effects. It took me the longest time to actually start doing this and stop applying effects on a clip-by-clip or track-by-track basis, and I've gotta say, it's been a game-changer for me.
The example Dan showed in the video above is probably one of the best uses for routing everything to a bus track. In this video, he uses one of Audition's reverb plugins to make each of the disparate clips in his mix sound like they're occurring in the same physical environment. Not only is this the most efficient way to tackle the application of effects to a lot of tracks, but it's also one of the best ways to get an audio mix to gel together.
Please check out my tips for cleaning up an audio mix and share your tips for keeping organized in the audio post? Share them down in the comments!