Adobe Audition (formerly known as Cool Edit Pro) is now Adobe’s flagship audio program. Soundbooth was discontinued and merged into Audition in the summer of 2011 combining the control and quality of Audition with the streamlines interface and workflow of Soundbooth. Audition has always been popular with the broadcast market because the users of Cool Edit Pro simply continued with Audition. It has a main focus on audio editing, file transfer and audio cleanup while maintaining pristine quality and being reliable and robust. It is one of the few programs that switch back and forth between a single wav editor and multi-track audio mode. This is great for broadcast facilities focusing on one stereo or surround audio track. Another strength of Audition is that it has tight integration with Adobe Premier (video editing program). This makes it ideal for audio for post-production when Premier is used for video editing.Audition has traditionally been a digital audio program, but has progressed into a full DAW with MIDI editing and support of VST instruments. It was also always a Windows only program, but has been recently rebuilt from the ground up (July of 2011) to work equally well for Windows and Mac and to be a more competitive force in the DAW market.
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This post is part of a larger series of articles comparing the top DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) in a DAW Comparison Chart and answering the following questions: What is a DAW? and Which is the Best DAW for You?