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Quick editing: Selection without dragging

New Here ,
Sep 07, 2023 Sep 07, 2023

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I need to find a way to ripple delete without selecting part of the waveform by clicking and dragging. The last time I edited a project in Audition, I got pains all the way up my arm through the constant dragging.

 

All other editing software I have used would allow me to cut out bits of audio by selecting the beginning with a shortcut key, selecting the end with another and hitting delete. Super quick! But I can't seem to do that with Audition, despite much Googling. This also allows me to be very precise with my edits, which isn't so easy with click & drag.

 

I can use markers to mark the in and out points, but I can't see how to select between those markers so I can delete the section. 

 

How do people edit quickly in Audition without getting RSI? I need to find a solution.

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Sep 07, 2023 Sep 07, 2023

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Turn the out and in points into a marker range by highlighting both in the marker list, then double-click on the range. This will highlight it on the edit screen. Get the highlight off the marker entry, and hit delete. (If you don't get the highlight off the marker entry, it deletes that instead!)

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Sep 08, 2023 Sep 08, 2023

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Thank you for taking the time to reply.

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then double-click on the range. 

 

Double click where? If I double click on the two highlighted markers in the marker window, it just goes back to selecting the single marker under the cursor. If I double click between the markers on the waveform, it selects the whole waveform, not the bits betwen the markers.

I am creating markers by putting the cursor at the in/out points and hitting M.

 

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Sep 08, 2023 Sep 08, 2023

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Maybe that wasn't quite clear, as you don't appear to have created a marker range:

 

If you mark two points on the waveform and then highlight both of them in the marker list (by holding the shift key down), you can either right-click and select 'merge selected markers' or use the button next to the bin at the top - but you do have to do this first; this is what converts the markers to a marker range. Having done this, you can double-click on this merged marker range in the list, and it will hightlight that section on the waveform, so no dragging and clicking involved at all, and you can simply delete the highlighted waveform selection - having been careful not to leave the marker highlighted in the marker list.

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OK, thanks. I managed it.

So, that's 8 clicks to do one simple edit rather than three (in, out, delete). Is this seriously how people have to edit in Audition? Isn't it supposed to be one of the best pieces of software for audio editing?

A friend of mine, who has Audition, does all his basic editing in Audacity. Now I understand.

 

Sorry... but this is so very frustrating.

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You have to bear in mind that the majority of people don't have the difficultes you appear to have with a mouse. But leaving that aside, it has to be said that the ideal editing model in Audition doesn't involve making loads of cuts in a file. It involves making selections of material that you want to use from your original file, and importing these selections into a multitrack session - no massive deleting operations required at all. This has a number of advantages, especially when you change your mind about something. And this is indeed how people tend to work with it, so they don't tend to run into your difficulties at all.

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