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Chapter 1. Adobe Audition Basics > The Audition Windows

The Audition Windows

When you first open Audition, you'll see a menu, a toolbar, a status bar, and a series of windows. We'll be discussing the various commands and options in the menus and toolbars throughout the book, but let's take a quick look now at the windows (Figure1.6).

  • The Display window is by default the largest component of the Audition interface. It shows the currently open waveform, multitrack session, or CD playlist, depending on which view you're in. For more on views, see “Selecting a View” later in this chapter.

  • The Organizer window displays a list of your open files and gives you easy access to various effects, including your Favorites list. It's located to the left of the Display window by default, but you can drag it to other locations. You can even move it so it's separate from the interface, floating in its own separate window, although you'll find that it's much easier to keep the elements of your project distinct when windows are nested or docked.

  • The Transport Control window provides 10 controls for your file or session: Stop, Play, Pause, Play from Cursor to End of File, Play Looped, Record, Go to Beginning or Previous Cue, Rewind, Fast-Forward, and Go to End or Next Cue.

  • The Zoom window provides eight buttons for controlling the view in the Display window: Zoom In Horizontally, Zoom Out Horizontally, Zoom Out Fully Both Axes, Zoom In Vertically, Zoom Out Vertically, Zoom to Selection, Zoom In to Left Edge of Selection, and Zoom In to Right Edge of Selection.

  • The Time window monitors the time elapsed during recording or playback. By default, the time display format is mm:ss:ddd (minutes:seconds:milliseconds), but you can change the setting by right-clicking the window and selecting an alternative.

  • The Selection/View Controls window shows where in time the visible waveform or session (or a selected clip within, if you've made one) begins and ends, as well as its total length. The display format conforms to the setting currently selected in the Time window.

  • The Level Meters window, located by default at the very bottom of the Audition interface, allows you to monitor the level of incoming and outgoing audio signals. On the right side are the red clip indicators; these light up to warn you if either level exceeds 0 db.



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