All of Audition's effects provide a plethora of options that can be previewed in real time, or you can choose from presets for common uses. Additional packaged effects and filters provide quick enhancements, or you can save your own settings as Favorites. In addition, you can record custom scripts and convert groups of files with batch processing. Audition is also compatible with VST and DirectX plug-ins, as well as ReWire for seamless integration with other audio packages.
Audition runs smoothly through the entire process of audio recording, mixing, editing, and applying effects. In Multitrack view, it renders effects as they are applied (in a handful of seconds), then provides real-time playback. In Waveform view, you adjust effect options and preview them in real time, then Audition applies them to the audio samples (again, in a few seconds). In a complex multitrack production, you can lock tracks to remove them from the processing overhead. Adobe recommends using a Windows XP system running a 2GHz processor with 512MB of RAM; however, the application will run on 400MHz systems with 64MB of RAM.
More than 20 popular audio file formats and variations are supported for import, including WAV, AIFF, MP3, and WMA. A number of video formats, including WMV, MPEG, AVI, and native DV are supported as well. You can even use the Multichannel Encoder feature to transform any multitrack mix into a 5.1 surround-sound track. The new built-in CD-burning application is a bonus.
On issues related to installation and product defects, Adobe offers complimentary, but not toll-free, phone support for registered copies of current products, Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Pacific). Paid support is available for other issues, on a per-call basis or through service plans. The Adobe Web site also provides extensive tutorials, forums, and troubleshooting information.