How To Edit And Master Songs With Adobe Audition


I wanted to write this quick article to show you guys and girls what processes I use to edit and master songs with Adobe Audition. I have been using Adobe Audition for over 10 years now and I can say that it’s one of my most favorite recording software’s. When I first started to learn how to edit and master songs with Adobe Audition, I was obviously a noob and I was doing noob things so it sounded dull. To be honest, when I first started recording my songs, I did’t even know how to edit and master songs with Adobe Audition, but after some time and a lot of trial and error, I’ve found the method that I like the most today. Before this method, I used to use basic effects in the software to edit and master songs with Adobe Audition, and while that helped a bit, I knew that it could sound a lot better.

Now, to be fair, I also used to use an Audio Technica 2020 microphone prior to the upgrades that I made now to edit and master songs with Adobe Audition. The first upgrade that I made for my recordings was that I upgrade my microphone from an Audio Technica 2020 (which is a great mic!) to a Audio Technica 4040 (AT4040). My preamp has remained the same which is still and Edirol UA-25. I believe this product is now discontinued but they have a newer version on their website and in stores to purchase. I also had switched from recording in a really small wine cellar room with padding to recording now in my bedroom with limited to no padding. And of course, you’ve got to have a spit guard!

How to edit and master songs with Adobe Audition:

Now the most current method that I use to edit and master songs with Adobe Audition begins with of course recording a lot of nice vocals. I ussually record my main vocals in a double stack, meaning that I arm two tracks at a time and hit record. Then, I repeat and rinse this process for my back -up vocals which I’ll ussually do 3-4 takes of. Now, when I have the vocals recorded, I go into the Adobe Audition mixer and I set my instrumental panned right 5, main vocal panned right 5 and the double of the main vocal panned right 10 or 15. I also do this for the back vocals, except that I’ll put one vocal panned left any where 20-100 and the same for the back up of that vocal but panned right. Now if I pan one side right 20, then the next Ill pan left 25 or 30..you get the point! When this is complete the next step in my process of how to edit and master songs with Adobe Audition takes us to the effect that are used on the vocal tracks.

For the main vocal tracks, I usually use VEQ3 for the equalizer, VComp for the vocal compression, basic delay in the program, l1 limiter and sometimes Ill throw on some AVOX or Kramer Tape, or maybe both. I’m not going to get into the settings now…we’ll get into that in a another article. After I put the effect on the main vocals, I usually don’t do anything to the back-up vocals. I have at times but I would always need to turn the volume and settings on each of the plugins so I figured it’s more or less the same with the back-up vocals (keep in mind im not in a million dollar studio!)

The next step in my how to edit and master songs with Adobe Audition is after the main tracks are taken care of, I head over the mastering rack and start plugging in effects over there. For the mastering rack, I start of with using Dynamics from Ozone 5, then I throw on the Ozone 5 equalizer, Ozone 5 Imager, Ozone 5 Exciter, Kramer Tape and then I top it of the L1 limiter stereo from Waves, so that all the tracks and instrumental stay where they are supposed to. I hope this article has helped gain a better understanding of how to edit and master your songs with Adobe Audition and if you ever need audio productions services, I can help you out with that, but that will cost some money!