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Adobe Audition Alternative

PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2020 8:00 pm
by brucie
Hi there everyone.

I am currently going through my software subscriptions and realise that I am paying quite a lot for Adobe Creative Suite and not using 1/10th of what it has to offer. At the moment I use

Audition
Premiere Pro
Lightroom
Spark

And that is about it. For each of these applications (aside from Audition) I can find a suitable alternative and am happy to use for what I need to do. Eg Davinci Resolve, Photos.

Audition is the tricky one. I current use Logic, PT and Reaper in my day today work and teaching, but I keep coming back to Audition because of it's single file editing, the batch processing (a god send), the ability to record batch actions, loudness matching, and simply it's speed when just wanting to cut a bit of audio out of a wave file and save it as something else.

I do also have Audacity for quick dirty edits, but it is mostly the batch and loudness processing that I used daily.

I know that there is Sound Forge and WaveLab out there, but I would be interested to see if there are any alternatives I have missed, or what anyone's thoughts are on those two.

The funny thing is Adobe do do an Audition 'plan' but it is only £5 less than having all 52 million apps and seems kind of pointless.

Love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks

Neil

PS I don't want to consider just using Reaper as I can't get on with it's timeline editing. I like to edit on the waveform.

Re: Adobe Audition Alternative

PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2020 8:22 pm
by Hugh Robjohns
IZotope RX.

Does all the batch processing you could need -- more capable than Aidition, actually -- plus the ability to top and tail edit etc, loudness matching, and a whole load of restoration tools thrown in! I'm increasingly using it for jobs I normally used Audition for.

Re: Adobe Audition Alternative

PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2020 8:27 pm
by ef37a
Try Samplitude ProX 5? The demo will take you nearly to the Christmas break.

Dave.

Re: Adobe Audition Alternative

PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2020 9:24 pm
by James Perrett
ef37a wrote:Try Samplitude ProX 5? The demo will take you nearly to the Christmas break.

You've strayed into the Mac forum Dave - Samplitude appears to still be PC only.

However, Magix also sell Sound Forge for the Mac which may fit the bill. There are also a few others like Triumph which appears to have been resurrected recently.

I can understand Hugh's recommendation of RX as even the cheapest version will work as an audio editor but there are still times when I prefer my ancient copy of Audition - particularly for single click removal and quick scrolling through the spectral view. However, I'm on PC and my copy comes from the days before they went to the subscription model. I don't think I'd subscribe now.

Re: Adobe Audition Alternative

PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2020 9:49 pm
by ef37a
James Perrett wrote:
ef37a wrote:Try Samplitude ProX 5? The demo will take you nearly to the Christmas break.

You've strayed into the Mac forum Dave - Samplitude appears to still be PC only.

However, Magix also sell Sound Forge for the Mac which may fit the bill. There are also a few others like Triumph which appears to have been resurrected recently.

I can understand Hugh's recommendation of RX as even the cheapest version will work as an audio editor but there are still times when I prefer my ancient copy of Audition - particularly for single click removal and quick scrolling through the spectral view. However, I'm on PC and my copy comes from the days before they went to the subscription model. I don't think I'd subscribe now.

Yes James but I am sure I read that Samplitude was going to be 'mac ready'? Not happened then?

Dave.

Re: Adobe Audition Alternative

PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2020 10:27 pm
by tomas_man
Mhhh I'd recommend maybe looking into Cubase/Nuendo, the Sample Editor is pretty good, I think it might tick all the boxes. Might wanto to look athetheir WaveLab as well

Re: Adobe Audition Alternative

PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2020 10:39 pm
by Hugh Robjohns
James Perrett wrote:I can understand Hugh's recommendation of RX as even the cheapest version will work as an audio editor but there are still times when I prefer my ancient copy of Audition - particularly for single click removal and quick scrolling through the spectral view.

RX8 now has a much better scroll feature for the spectral view, so that Adobe advantage has gone. Audition could still win for a single click removal... But if it's no longer an option I'd be happy to use RX as a capable alternative, particularly if batch processing is an important requirement.

Re: Adobe Audition Alternative

PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2020 10:50 pm
by The Elf
tomas_man wrote:Mhhh I'd recommend maybe looking into Cubase/Nuendo, the Sample Editor is pretty good, I think it might tick all the boxes. Might wanto to look athetheir WaveLab as well
Cubase is often revered for its MIDI editing, but I do agree that the audio editing is exemplary.

But RX is in a different league altogether - almost magical.

Re: Adobe Audition Alternative

PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2020 11:20 pm
by brucie
Thanks that is awesome. I have been looking for an excuse to jump on the RX train for sometime, but was thinking of it purely for noise reduction, I should have looked closer at the additional functionality!

Hopefully it will be goodbye Adobe. I do believe that we are stuck with subscription models but it does feel to me that theirs is a little bit of an odd one, especially if you only want 1 or 2 of their products. It is a fantastic deal if you use all their design tools, or Premiere and AE etc, but it does seems a bit overkill if you just are attached to Audtion. If it was £5-10pm then I would probably stick around.

Thanks Hugh and everyone! :)

Re: Adobe Audition Alternative

PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2020 2:57 am
by ManFromGlass
and there is probably some kind of Black Friday/Week/Month etc deal out there too.

Re: Adobe Audition Alternative

PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2020 3:48 am
by Agharta
iZotope seem to have sales on permanently.
If you want the Standard version of RX 8 then take a look at the Suites as often you can get a bunch of other stuff for not much more.
Some of it isn't tied to a single license so you can pass/sell it on.
Look for a Crossgrade deal from ANY other iZotope product which you can get for free or £10 or so.

Re: Adobe Audition Alternative

PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2020 5:13 am
by awjoe
brucie wrote:If it was £5-10pm then I would probably stick around.

Can I ask what Adobe charges in Britain for a month of Audition?

Re: Adobe Audition Alternative

PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2020 9:41 am
by tomas_man
The Elf wrote:
tomas_man wrote:Mhhh I'd recommend maybe looking into Cubase/Nuendo, the Sample Editor is pretty good, I think it might tick all the boxes. Might wanto to look athetheir WaveLab as well
Cubase is often revered for its MIDI editing, but I do agree that the audio editing is exemplary.

But RX is in a different league altogether - almost magical.

Yes, I agree. Although Wavelab I think is as powerful and almost half the price

Re: Adobe Audition Alternative

PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2020 10:51 am
by Hugh Robjohns
awjoe wrote:Can I ask what Adobe charges in Britain for a month of Audition?

Currently, the standard 'individuals' annual plan is £238.42, or £19.97 per month (both including VAT). You can also rent it for a single month at £30.34 inc VAT.

The details are all here: https://www.adobe.com/uk/creativecloud/plans.html?filter=video-audio&plan=individual

Re: Adobe Audition Alternative

PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2020 11:00 am
by brucie
Yes it is £19.97 per month.

Then I realised I have been a CC user for 6 years.....that is a lot of cash when you add it up for things I don't really use. Much happier with a 1 off payment and then decided if and when to pay for any upgrades. RX here I come! (and Davinci Resolve.)