It’s no secret podcasts are popular, and UAB IT has the software for you to start on your next project.  

Audition is Adobe’s audio software that allows users to record and create their own soundscapes. Adobe describes the software as a “comprehensive toolkit that includes multitrack, waveform and spectral display for creating, mixing, editing, and restoring audio content.”  

Audition is designed to help boost video production. You can upload your audio into the program and polish it in a way that Premiere Pro can’t compete with. But we’re not talking about video production, we’re talking about podcasts.  

The first thing you should be aware of is that Audition hosts an assortment of audio input and output options, meaning you can create an audio ambiance however you want. As soon as your equipment is plugged in the software can detect what you are using. However, it is always best practice to open up the preferences tab and double check your input and output options.  

Once you have everything set up and ready there is another hurdle you need to jump. Record in waveform or use multitrack?  

Waveform recordings are ideal for a single microphone instance, where there is no one else talking. However, waveform editing is considered a destructive waveform editing workspace. According to Adobe, the effects and tools available for editing “are not real-time compatible, and result in changes to the actual data recorded in an audio file” according to Adobe. This means if you edit anything on this file once you click save the file will be changed forever.  

Multitrack is great for recording and editing multiple audio tracks from more than one source. This is a non-destructive form of editing, it only uses existing media or creates new media, but never makes changes to the original files. Within the system, you can add or rearrange audio, customize the timing of clips, and adjust audio levels.  

For a podcast, your best option would be to record with the multitrack option. After you finish the episode, you can easily pop in your music, sound effects, and any other audio snippets from a guest, or pre-recorded advertisements. After you have everything arranged how you want, do you maybe hear something annoying in the background of your talking section?  

Open the Essential Sound Panel. This section can apply different mixes to your selections, and they can help enhance or fix any funky audio issues. You can assign “Dialogue” to a segment with talking in it and the parameters for the preset will allow you to edit a whole host of things. From unifying loudness between clips to removing background noises the sound panel can help make editing a breeze.  

So, you have recorded and added everything you need to your multitrack. The only thing left to do is export your creation out and post it where you deem fit! The most common type of export for podcasts are MP3 or AAC, but users can export their creation to Adobe’s Media Encoder for more options.