How to Edit Audio on Adobe Audition

Adobe Audition is a powerful digital audio editing software that offers a comprehensive set of tools for creating, editing, and mastering audio. It is used by a wide variety of professionals, including audio engineers, producers, musicians, and podcasters.

Importing Audio

The first step in editing audio in Adobe Audition is to import the audio files that you want to work with. You can import audio files from a variety of sources, including your computer, external hard drives, and CD drives.

To import an audio file, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the File menu and select Import.
  2. In the Import dialog box, select the audio file that you want to import and click the Open button.

The audio file will be added to the Media Browser.

Working with the Timeline

The timeline is the central hub for editing audio in Adobe Audition. It is where you will view and manipulate the audio tracks in your project.

Adding Audio Tracks

To add an audio track to the timeline, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Track menu and select Add New Track.
  2. The new audio track will be added to the timeline.

Arranging Audio Tracks

To rearrange the order of the audio tracks in the timeline, simply drag and drop the tracks to the desired location.

Editing Audio Tracks

You can edit audio tracks in a variety of ways, including cutting, pasting, trimming, and normalizing.

Cutting and Pasting

To cut a section of audio, simply select the section of audio that you want to cut and press the Delete key. To paste the cut section of audio, simply select the location where you want to paste the audio and press Ctrl+V (Windows) or Command+V (Mac).


To trim audio, simply drag the edges of the audio clip to the desired length.


To normalize audio, simply select the audio clip that you want to normalize and press Ctrl+Shift+N (Windows) or Command+Shift+N (Mac). This will adjust the volume of the audio so that it is all the same level.

Using Effects

Adobe Audition includes a wide variety of effects that you can use to enhance the sound of your audio. These effects include EQ, compression, reverb, and delay.

To apply an effect to an audio clip, simply select the clip and click on the Effects tab. Then, select the effect that you want to apply and click the Apply button.

Exporting Audio

Once you have finished editing your audio, you can export it to a variety of formats, including WAV, MP3, and AAC.

To export audio, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the File menu and select Export.
  2. In the Export dialog box, select the format that you want to export the audio to and click the Save button.


Adobe Audition is a powerful and versatile tool for editing audio. With its wide range of features, you can create high-quality audio for a variety of applications.

Here are some additional tips for editing audio in Adobe Audition:

  • Use the zoom tool to zoom in on your audio clips so that you can work with them more precisely.
  • Use the scrub tool to preview your audio clips without having to play them back.
  • Use the spectral view to see the frequency spectrum of your audio, which can help you identify and remove unwanted noise.
  • Use the waveform view to see the waveform of your audio, which can help you identify and fix clipping problems.

With a little practice, you will be able to use Adobe Audition to create high-quality audio that will impress you and your listeners.

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