**This will be an
"open-computer" test (woohoo!). Seems only fitting
since you probably do not (yet) have Audition on your home
Short Course in Digital Audio / Terms
At the most basic level, know how sound is
produced. This was even true back in the Neanderthal Era when
Grog hit a hollow log with a stick.
From a short list of very tricky multiple-choice
answers, be able to identify the basic principles of how a
Be able to describe the difference between analog
and digital technologies.
You may wanna bone up on the stats for the frequency
range of human hearing. (See Frequency Range in Terms.) We'll leave
Superman out of the mix for this one.
Even though MIDI files (.mid) are digital, know why
they are much smaller than digital .wav files. (Ah, that
could explain why they don't sound quite as good.)
Everyone hates memorizing "stuff," but
since we'll be working a lot with sampling rates, it would seem
practical if you have a general grasp of Sampling Rates in relation
to real life. Sooo, I'll give you various sampling rate
numbers in Hz and you'll match the rate to the entity to which it
applies. For example, 8,000 Hz = Telephone Quality; 44,100 Hz
= CD quality. Be familiar with everything from telephone
quality through DVD quality sampling rates. Shouldn't be too
tough ... only a half dozen to match. (See Sample Rate in Terms.)
Next time you have Audition open, take a look at the
various file formats that are options when saving. May even
wanna know roughly how many types there are.
Re Device Ordering Preference & Multitrack
Device Preference Order window, know why one must first make these
selections before using Audition.
Be able to explain to Granny what Surround Sound is.
Ah, the ol' Organizer Window in multitrack view
.... Know the easiest way to transfer "stuff"
contained under any of the three tabs (Files, Effects, Favorites) to
Hmm ... I wonder just how many tracks there are in Audition??
Be able to describe a thing or two that
right-clicking will do in Audition.
Be able to identify this handy button:
Be familiar with various Track Properties features,
such as Record, Solo, Mute, Pan.
Know what a Session File (.ses) is and is not.
When saving a session, know why one would not want
to use a compressed file format.
Mixdown. Know what it is and when to do it.
Be able to describe the general process for removing
noise from an audio file. Don't worry about all the
cumbersome steps. Just be able to hit the highlights.
Know what the Preview button can do for you in
In terms of splitting a track, know why CD Frame
Boundaries should figure in. (See Additional
Tutorials re Audition item No. 8, Splitting
Be familiar with the color coding used on computer
mini-jack ports. (See Minijack Port Colors in terms.)
Be able to explain how one would physically import
audio data from an external source (turntable, cassette deck) into a
computer for manipulation via Audition. Describe necessary cables,
adapters, computer ports. Most of all, have fun doing
Copyright / Fair Use
There will be a few multiple choice questions
dealing with basic info related to the amount of material that may
be used for educational purposes in terms of: (1) film, video,
television, (2) text, (3) music, (4) image or photos. While
there are many links on the web related to this subject, for test
purposes, I have used the chart located at the following web
GUIDELINES (which is cited on this web).
Lastly, you should be familiar with a few more common terms
that may be encountered in the world of digital audio. Be able
to provide short definitions/explanations/descriptions, whichever is
most appropriate, for the following terms:
Bit / Bit Resolution
Level Meters / VU Meters