Is there a how to walkthrough or video for setting up a MIDI controller in Audition 13?

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Jan 08, 2020 Jan 08, 2020

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I recently bought an Arturia Keystep 32-key USB MIDI controller. I am looking for some walkthrough or video instructions on how to add/setup a MIDI controller to Audition. I am quite new to this so simple instructions would be most welcome.

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Community Beginner , Jan 09, 2020 Jan 09, 2020

Sadly after working with Adobe Support, they informed me Audition 13 does not support MIDI controllers. I have received a full refund for my one year subscription and now the hunt continues for full functioning sound design software for video. I will likely next try the much more expensive Avid Pro Tools. Very dissappointing as Audition seemed so much easier to use and Adobe has a very good reputation.

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Sadly after working with Adobe Support, they informed me Audition 13 does not support MIDI controllers. I have received a full refund for my one year subscription and now the hunt continues for full functioning sound design software for video. I will likely next try the much more expensive Avid Pro Tools. Very dissappointing as Audition seemed so much easier to use and Adobe has a very good reputation.

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Jan 09, 2020 Jan 09, 2020

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Interesting. Here is a screen grab of the contoller protocols that Audition 13 supports. If you have a device that can use these protocols, then you should be able to use it without too much difficulty, although I have no idea whether there's any supporting documentation for them, I'm afraid:

 

Control surfaces.JPG

That said, these are only controller protocols. Audition itself doesn't inherently support MIDI, as it's an audio editor, not a music generation program as such.

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Jan 10, 2020 Jan 10, 2020

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Thanks, Steve. I wouldn't know what to do with that. I couldn't find anything online that would help including in this community.

 

As part of creating/editing audio for web, film and TV, I will need to create occasional background music for dramatic effect. It's a huge part of the effect audio can have on video as I am sure you well know. A MIDI controller makes creating quick background music much easier. I don't want to have to have buy a second sound editor just to do that and have to transfer files back and forth every time I need to use a MIDI controller. There are other editors that already do both so I don't see why I would choose Audition until Adobe addresses this short coming.

 

I've already downloaded Avid's Pro Tools First (the free version) for the music production course I am currently taking. If I find it usable by my beginner self, I will likely upgrade to the standard version which has full video support. As I dig deeper, Pro Tools seems to be the current film and television standard and I am starting to see why. I really liked the more usuable interface of Audition so I really hope they add MIDI support soon.

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Feb 28, 2021 Feb 28, 2021

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I have been working with Audition since it was Cool Edit, starting in radio in 1992. Just wanting a simple USB midi input capability for Audition seems like a simple thing to accomodate for those of us that don't want another software subscription (or time for pro tools) at home. The ability to use Audition to make a music bed with a midi for a video in premiere seems like a logical request. Not sure why you in particular are so dismissive about this feature. Reading all these threads makes me seriously reconsider my subscription despite decades of using Audition. 

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Feb 28, 2021 Feb 28, 2021

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There's nothing dismissive here at all - there's a simple statement of fact; Audition is not music creation software. Another fact is that all the time that its development is driven by the major corporate users, who couldn't give a stuff about MIDI (in it's original form, a rather outdated protocol now anyway), then music creation is very unlikely to appear in it. And this is despite some of the developers being quite keen on the idea in one form or another. Personally I don't think it's necessary, and that what would be a rather better idea would be to get Rewire to work properly. But there appears to be no real enthusiasm for that idea either. If you look at the bigger picture here, I suspect that the major players in the video world, which is really where Audition is heading, tend to buy in music. And some of their music content creators may have even said to them that they don't want MIDI in Audition, as potentially, they'd lose work because of it.

 

The hard reality, borne out over many years now, is that individual users are very unlikely indeed to be able to influence the direction that Audition takes, as it won't influence sales. And that's what keeps the developers employed. So not dismissive, just realistic.

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This isn't even about music creation. It's about AUDIO creation. I work in radio - RADIO. I still work in radio. I want the ability to take the logical next step in my video graphics by being able to use Audition to create the soundtrack without having to leave the Adobe CS. Using multiple digital inputs from a variety of sources whether midi or not is a feature that Adobe users have wanted for several years now and should be a no brainer. The entire point of using CS was an all-in one suite. Why would I continue using the suite at work either if the company doesn't ever make simple code adjustments users want? Again, whether at Cox Media, Cumulus Media, Townsquare Media or any other of the corporations I have worked at since 1992, we have always had to work around the limitations of audition at some point. Just annoying as hell now that they have multiple threads on the subject in their support forums over a series of years and act like it's not important. Especially since a lot of us aren't at work all the time these days and work at home. Most radio stations aren't even big corporations, they are local small businesses. And to act like their needs are the same at iHeartmedia is just a flawed business model.

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Feb 28, 2021 Feb 28, 2021

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These are not 'support' forums - they are U2U forums where if you are lucky, you might get some useful advice, generally after you've visited Adobe's actual support, which is phone-based, and they send you here. The developers rarely visit the forums - generally they only do when asked specifically to. Ranting on about things that you think are wrong may make you feel better, but ultimately they won't make any difference to anything.

 

And there is no such thing as a simple code adjustment - never has been, especially in software that's both deep, and linked into other parts of the suite. Even small changes have been known to cause a lot of upset down the line. Linking in itself has been one of the more troublesome things to get right - that's why features like the round trip between Premiere and Audition will only work with versions that have been specifically partnered. If you start adding requirements for partnering with even more of the suite, the problems simply multiply. Adobe have gradually gone some way towards attempting to get this better, but it's a long-term project.

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I'd add that for the very high cost of Audition, it should have MIDI support if it wants to compete with other DAWs. Perhaps Adobe has no interest in competing in that space.

 

As an update, I found Pro Tools far too difficult to learn and have settled on Reaper. It manages audio editing for video well. It seems to have more abilities than Audition while costing only $60 which is less than two months of an Adobe Audition subscription cost. Their support is more responsive to users as well. I am very happy I didn't stick with Audition.

 

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