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How to Send Audio to Audition From Premiere Pro

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In this lesson from David Bode's FREE Ultimate Premiere FAQ course, you're going to learn how to round trip your audio from Premiere to Adobe Audition and back to Premiere in a seamless way.

Moving Your Project to Audition

Adobe Audition is a great option when you need to do much more intensive audio work than can be done in Premiere Pro. Not every project needs to go to Adobe Audition to do more hardcore editing work, but some do.

For this process, you really need to be at the end stage of your project because when you go to Adobe Audition and then go back to Premiere, if you change anything in terms of where your clips are placed in your project, this negates all the work that you did in Adobe Audition. So you're going to need to go back and make tweaks again. 

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  • Go to Edit in Premiere, and click Edit in Adobe Audition. This will open up a new window.
  • Name your project or keep the name as is. 
  • You can set a path for this by directing it to your project folder.
  • Select whether you want to send the entire sequence or an in and out.
  • Send through Dynamic Link.
  • Audio Handles gives you the option to have a little bit extra at the beginning and end of each audio clip. That can be useful, depending on your workflow.
  • If you have audio clip and track effects, select Transfer Settings in Audio Clip Effects and Audio Track Effects.
  • Check Open in Adobe Audition and click OK.
  • And all of the settings that you had in Premiere will open up in Audition.

Working With Sound Effects in Adobe Audition

Now the great thing about working with Sound Effects in Adobe Audition is that you have similar settings to those in Premiere: Loudness, Duration, and Ducking. But these options come with more choices. 

  • Go ahead and tag your music track in the same way you would in Premiere Pro, and then head to Duration. The Stretch option is no longer the only option available. You now have the Remix option, which works well for music, with a definitive pulse in terms of its percussion. Remix is excellent if you want to make a music track shorter or longer.
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  • You can do all kinds of other things in Adobe Premiere. You can analyse your audio. If you have a clip that's particularly troublesome, you can fix it. You can double-click on it, open it up in the waveform editor, and make adjustments by selecting various parts of your audio and fixing the levels. You can look at the spectrogram or spectrograph view, and if you have some bird chirping sounds or maybe a dog barking in the background, you can get rid of it completely. You've got the waveform editor, you have the multitrack editor, and you have a lot more effect slots that you can use. So there's a lot you can do in Audition.
  • When you've made your adjustments, label all your audio tracks so that when they get exported, they will have the correct labels. If you leave them as their default, they're just going to get exported as Audio 1, 2, 3, and 4, which may not be very helpful for you down the road.

Export to Premiere Pro

When you're done, save your project and go to File > Export. Choose either Multitrack Mixdown, or you can export to Adobe Premiere Pro.

When you do this, you also have some options. You can mix down the entire session or export each track as a stem. Make sure Open in Adobe Premiere Pro is selected and hit Export.

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It's going to open up in Premiere Pro. You will get a dialogue box that says Copy Adobe Audition Tracks, and you have to decide where to put them. Select New Audio Track, and they'll appear in your timeline. 

If you need to go back and make adjustments in Audition, all you need to do is right-click on any one of these files and click Edit Original, which will reopen the Adobe Audition file instead of just importing that one clip into Adobe Audition. You can make your changes and then re-export just as you did before. When you've made your changes and you are exporting the files, remember to select Overwrite so that your changes are kept and will update in Premiere Pro. 

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