Adobe Audition is a professional audio editing application that includes a non-destructive mixing and editing environment, as well as a destructive waveform editing mode.
Adobe Audition can be used for:
- Recording and mixing sound projects
- Creating original or remixed music
- Producing radio spots
- Cleaning up audio from video tracks
- Compiling and editing video/movie soundtracks
Audition began life as Cool Edit Pro. Adobe acquired Cool Edit Pro 2.0 from Syntrillium Software in May 2003 and released the first version of Audition in August 2003. This first version was essentially Cool Edit Pro repackaged — the first major changes came with version 1.5 in May 2004. Version 1.5 added features such as pitch correction, frequency space editing, CD project view and basic compatibility with video editing.
Audition became a valuable companion to Adobe Premiere and for a while was included in Adobe's flagship video editing software bundle.
Version 2.0 (January 2006) included some significant new features, including support for ASIO (Audio stream input output) and VST (Virtual Studio Technology), as well as new mastering tools. The interface also adopted the familiar look and feel of other Adobe applications.
With the release of Creative Suite 3, Audition was dropped from the the bundles and replaces with Soundbooth, much to the consternation of audio geeks.
As of November 2007 the current version is Adobe Audition 3.