Audio files can get pretty big. Maintaining both archives and current work product onsite, especially in disaster-prone areas, can be impractical. And of course, audio files aren’t the only things you’ll want to back up. Your business files including client lists and accounting records are important enough to store in more than one place; wouldn’t you agree? So definitely check out some or all of these great backup solutions and start storing your voiceover demos, session files, bills and contact information in the cloud for safekeeping
Added Bonus: Go Mobile!
Another great thing about many of these backup solutions is the ability to go mobile and have easy access to your files anywhere you have an Internet or cellular connection. Carbonite, Dropbox, and Box.net, for example, all have iOS apps that I use on my iPad. So, in many cases, I don’t have to turn on my computer just to access an important file. Pretty cool.
The wait is finally over for Mac users who wanted an audio editing program that is more robust than Soundbooth, but less complicated and expensive than ProTools. Adobe Audition CS5.5 has gone native! Audition now runs on both Mac OS and Windows PC platforms. Also new to this version is 64-bit support for presumably faster processing, high-performance audio engine which allows background processing in multiple sessions; native 5.1 multichannel support, and improvements on the already outstanding noise reduction capabilities available in Adobe Audition 3.0.
Sadly, these improvements come at an unusual cost. I don’t mean the price which is reasonable IMHO at $349. For some reason, Adobe decided not to implement some key features previously available in Audition including: MIDI support, tone and noise generation, video thumbnails and export, pitch shifter, my beloved vocoder effect, and CD burn (which makes the least amount of sense). Although other programs or plugins might replace some of these lost features, their lack in this Audition upgrade diminishes what I think was previously great all-purpose audio software. Adobe Audition 3.0, the older version, could handle audio recording, editing, mixing, mastering and MIDI sequencing all in one easy to use program.
At long last! Adobe has developed a Mac OS version of its famous Adobe Audition, a complete and feature-rich audio recording, editing, mixing and mastering program. The beta version of Adobe Audition for Mac is currently available through Adobe Labs.
This is great news not only for Mac users but for PC users anxious to know that Adobe is still committed to developing Audition. Since the deployment of Soundbooth, it looked like Adobe had lost interest in Audition, which is far more comprehensive without being as complicated to use as ProTools or other software. What I particularly like about Audition is its inherent versatility. It handles analog sound and MIDI sequencing, both production and post-production through its multitrack editor for mixing and mastering. And you can use it with different hardware setups on the fly, unlike ProTools which has its licensing tied up to Digidesign or M-Audio interfaces.
What’s New in Adobe Audition
Adobe Audition for Mac will have all the same great features of Adobe Audition 3, the last PC version, including the healing tool (a great concept borrowed from Photoshop). The new version will have 64-bit support which means it will use nearly as much memory as you throw at it for faster overall processing. The new version also promises improved noise reduction capabilities and improved workflow, allowing you to load additional audio files in the background while you continue to edit files in the foreground. Also new to this version is native 5.1 surround sound support.