I just bought a 300-gig hard drive, put on XP Pro and purchased Adobe Audition v 2.0. I’ve been using this program since it was free and called Cool Edit 96 by Syntrillium. They progressed from there to Cool Edit 2000 and Cool Edit Pro, and then sold the company to Adobe, who changed the name to Audition.
I convinced the engineer at work to outfit all the studio computers with it, because it was so much better than what they’d been using. I couldn’t believe the reaction from the staff, though. They were terrified of it! But that’s another story. I came here to say that it’s only superficially Cool Edit anymore. Adobe has improved it light years beyond what the Syntrillium guys were able to achieve. I would have been happy to continue using Audition v 1.5, on Windows 2000, but they don’t make it anymore, and v 2.0 only runs on XP. I figured I’d better hurry before they make a version that only runs on Vista!
I’ve only had it since Saturday night, but I’ve had the time to try out some of the things I normally do in Audition. I downloaded some free ASIO drivers for low latency in multitrack recording. They’ve changed the look and feel of the program, and all of its functions run like greased lightning now. I restored a 45-RPM record with it, and I was able to run a declicking routine on it in less time than previous versions took to save the Undo data! It has improved click removal functions, that work so well, and so fast, that I was moved several times to say “Holy crap!” It let me to do in less than an hour, what would normally have taken all evening. It makes me want to redo all the records I ever remastered!
The multitrack section is vastly changed. It now has channel strips like a mixer, an idea that looks suspiciously pilfered from ProTools. It loaded up old .ses (session) files from previous versions, that put all my multitrack elements on the screen on their respective tracks. There’s a mastering rack now. It takes VST plugins, instead of just DirectX ones (but it still takes those, too). I could buy a keyboard controller, plug it into the game port, and buy software replications of keyboards, synthesizers and other instruments, and play them, with effects, in real time through the program. It will also allow me to plug a guitar into the sound card through a mixer, and will layer it with multiple effects, also in real time. I haven’t tried that yet, but it was in the demo. You can mix MIDI tracks with live ones, too. And do audio soundtracks, watching the video in the upper left of the screen. It comes with Loopolgy, a program that lets you create music out of licks and riffs and rhythms played on real, vintage instruments. Only now, they’re 32-bit .wav files instead of 320 kbps mp3s.
I don’t really expect much response to this thread, but I had to tell somebody! I know there are recording musicians on this board, and I hope they see this. I don’t normally rave about software, but they’ve improved Audition so much, it’s freakin’ incredible. If you’re not already working in a Mac environment, but you want something better than Acid, or Sound Forge, I urge you to look at Audition. This was the best $350 I ever spent!