How to Master & Burn a CD With Adobe Audition 3

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How to Master & Burn a CD With Adobe Audition 3
Audition edits audio files, helping them sound great. (Microphone image by from

Burning and mastering a compact disc allows you to share all your hard work with anyone with a CD player or computer. Adobe Auditions has many features and included in the package is the ability to burn and master a CD. According to Adobe, mastering "describes the complete process of optimising audio files for a particular medium, such as radio, video, CD, or the web." Mastering and burning your CD lets you hear all your hard work in the clearest, crispest quality available.

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    Click the "Special" tool at the top of the tool bar and go to "Mastering Effect." Adjust the equaliser to alter the tonal balance for the overall project. View the graph which shows frequency along the horizontal axis and amplitude along the vertical axis.

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    Enable "Low and High Shelf" to active shelving filters at either end of the frequency spectrum. Turn on "Peaking Enable" to activate a peak spectrum in the middle of the graph. Add "Reverb," which is controlled by a slider, to create ambience.

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    Using "Exciter" exaggerates the harmonics, adding crispness and clarity. Play with the different mode options to create the desired effects.

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    Utilise the "Loudness Maximizer," which applies a limiter that focuses on reducing dynamic range. You can also alter the "Output Gain," which determines the output levels after processing.

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    Insert a blank, writable disc into your CD burning device. Click "Write CD" in "CD View" or use "File" and then "Write CD." Select the device that you want to write the disc.

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    Select the "Test and Write" mode if you want Audition 3 to both test the CD for buffer underuns and burn the disc. Choose "Write" to burn the disc without testing it.

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    Select the "Copies" option to specify how many copies you'd like to make. You can make up to 99 copies of one disc. Choose whether to eject the CD when the burning is complete. Select "Burn" to complete the burning process.

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