ProTools is the most popular professional audio editing program around, used by famous record producers and home project studio owners alike. However, it’s not the only audio editing program, and its hardware requirements have caused some producers to look elsewhere.
One of the main competitors of ProTools is Adobe’s Audition software. Here’s a guide to using files created with Adobe Audition in Digidesign’s Protools.
1. Here’s the thing. You’ll be saving the audio files in Audition as WAV files that are each the length of the original track. This ensures that the spacing is correct when each audio track is played at once in ProTools; while Audition does have a feature that saves each audio track’s WAV files to a certain folder, this is intended more for backup purposes and won’t accomplish what we want (that is, audio files that can be ported over into ProTools without losing functionality).
2. Decide whether you want the EQ or Effects you’ve put in in Audition. Since ProTools and Adobe Audition use separate effects and EQs, the settings for each can’t be transferred over to the other. Therefore, you’ll have to figure out whether the EQ and/or effects that you’ve figured out in Adobe Audition should stay with each sound clip. I prefer ProTools’ effects, so I would not save the effects, but your individual case may vary. Turn off any effects or EQ that you don’t want ported over to ProTools.
3. Zero out each sound. Bring each track to the 0db level or higher. It’s OK if the sounds hit into the red area once or twice, but excessive or audible clipping and distortion should be avoided. Don’t skip this step. If you expect to work with the audio files in ProTools, it’s important that you’ve got each one of the audio tracks at a decent volume level, or your overall recording will suffer.
4. Solo each track and save a mixdown. In Audition, you can do this from the File menu, click on Save Mixdown As. Save each file as a WAV file to the same folder, using decriptive file names that tell you the name of each instrument. Now, start a ProTools session, name your tracks, and then drag in each WAV file to the appropriate track. You can also drag all of the WAV files into Protools, and then sort them. You can now work in ProTools with the files you’d recorded in Adobe Audition.
Do you have any other tips or questions about using Adobe Audition files in Pro Tools? Post in the comments section below.