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  • Is “Edit Clip In Adobe Audition” in any way destructive, as the same op was in Soundtrack Pro?

  • Scott Clements

    March 3, 2015 at 6:36 pm


    When you would edit a sound clip in Apple’s Soundtrack Pro, it was actually doing destructive editing to the audio file. I’m assuming this isn’t the case in Adobe Audition, but just wanted to make sure. If you make a mistake in Audition, how would you revert back to the audio clip as it was before editing it in Audition?

    Film Editor, London UK

  • Rob Neidig

    March 6, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    “Save As” is your friend.

    If you are working in the Multitrack area of Audition, then the files themselves aren’t being changed if you make cuts to them, or add effects, etc. Just the session file would need to be saved, as it references the files used in the session. But if you are making edits to an audio file in the “Edit” area of Audition and want to use that audio file back in Premiere with the same name as before, then yes, it’s “destructive editing” and the file itself would be changed. If you first “save as” and add maybe “ORIGINAL” to the end of the file name, then you can always go back to that one if needed.

    Have fun!


    Rob Neidig
    R&R Media Productions
    Eugene, Oregon

  • Scott Clements

    March 6, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Thanks, Rob! Good to know. Dangerous to not know.

    Film Editor, London UK

  • Durin Gleaves

    March 31, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    Rob is correct – any editing done and saved in Audition’s “Waveform” view is destructive and does overwrite the source audio file. Work in Multitrack view just references media files, and doesn’t change bits on disk.

    When you use the “Edit Clip in Adobe Audition” command from Premiere Pro, Premiere performs a Render and Replace operation, generating a new WAV file on disk, relinking the clip in the Sequence timeline, then sending that new file to Audition. When you save a change in Audition, the file on disk is changed, and the clip is updated when returning to Premiere.

    Your original source media is not changed, however. The Render-and-Replace operation makes sure you’re only working with a copy. If you choose “Edit Original” and Audition is defined as the default application for that file format, then you may be overwriting the original asset, but that’s a more defined workflow. IF an audio file was created by Audition, as the result of a mixdown of a multitrack session, then Edit Original will give you the option of opening the raw audio file or the mutlitrack session that created it.

    Hope that helps!

    Durin Gleaves
    Adobe Audition

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