The Good Powerful; brimming with features; fully integrates recording, mixing, looping, waveform editing, and CD burning.
The Bad Flexible interface is idiosyncratic for audio-editing novices; not designed for MIDI composing (but has MIDI playback and MIDI controller support).
The Bottom Line Audition is a powerful end-to-end environment most suited for audio pros, but it's also handy for quick mixing or restoration of specific clips.
Adobe Audition 1.5
Adobe Audition 1.5
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Adobe acquired Syntrillium Software in May 2003 and morphed its flagship Cool Edit Pro product into Adobe Audition. Version 1.5, which is fairly priced at $299, results in a dynamic yet accessible audio-editing powerhouse, now better integrated into the Adobe video-editing product suite. Although experienced audio editors will get the best use out of this program, several useful features are simple enough for beginners.
Audition installs cleanly as a standalone product or as part of the Adobe Video Collection suite. Along with the installation CD, you get a second disc with "loopology" content. This includes more than 5,000 high-quality royalty-free music loops, organized in 21 major categories from Classical and Blues to Techno and World, and also "moods" from Ambient to Lounge to Weddings. We appreciate the separate disc, since installing all these loops with the app takes up roughly 700MB of space.
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