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Reverse Engineering a Preset

Explorer ,
Aug 22, 2022 Aug 22, 2022

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A while back I created a preset in Audition, and I'd like to recreate it exactly again in order to do some tweaks to it. BUT ... I can't remember all of the steps, and all of the settings of each step. Is there a way to reverse engineer a preset? Using Cmd+Z repeatedly shows that there are changes that were made (about 6 of them) but there's no indication as to what they were. Thanks in advance. ~Shawn

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Community Expert , Dec 14, 2022 Dec 14, 2022

Well I think that the confusion's completely understandable. You've asked about reverse engineering a preset, and it now appears that all you want to do is edit a favorite! This is not reverse engineering!

 

Window menu>Favourites (or go to the bottom of the Favorites list and select Edit Favorite there). Enlarge the window a bit to the right. Right-click on your favourite and you will get an option to Show Actions. This will open a list of all the actions in your favorite. If you double-click o

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Aug 23, 2022 Aug 23, 2022

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What sort of preset? There are loads of places in Audition that you can create presets. Are you talking about a Favorite?

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Dec 13, 2022 Dec 13, 2022

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I thought I kind of spelled it out rather nicely, but yes, I'm trying to RE-create a Favorite that I made a while back, but I can't remember all of the stuff inside the Favorite. I'm not asking how to create a Favorite -- that's easy:

To create a Favorite, go to Favorites>Start Recording Favorite ... then proceed to open, set, and apply a number of applications, such as EQ, Compression, Reverb, etc. When all of the desired items are in place, go back to the top menu item Favorites, and click on Stop Recording Favorite, and name the new Favorite. Simple. That's not what I'm asking about.

 

I'm asking about Reverse Engineering -- if there's a way to open up a Favorite and see what's inside ... as in what are all of the steps I took to create it, and how were they set. and to see all of the applications inside of it and all of the boxes I ticked and sliders I slide and dials I turned, etc. And that way, I can write it down, or create a screen recording to save for later, in case, for whatever reason, I lost that Favorite, I could create either the exact same thing, or create a new and improved version that only needs the slightest tweak. Only I don't remember all of the applications, much less all of the nuances that I set in each one. 

 

That's what I'm looking for.

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Well I think that the confusion's completely understandable. You've asked about reverse engineering a preset, and it now appears that all you want to do is edit a favorite! This is not reverse engineering!

 

Window menu>Favourites (or go to the bottom of the Favorites list and select Edit Favorite there). Enlarge the window a bit to the right. Right-click on your favourite and you will get an option to Show Actions. This will open a list of all the actions in your favorite. If you double-click on any of the effects in the list, the effect will open and you will be able to see all the settings, and edit them if you want to.

 

Edit favourite 3.JPG

 

FYI, reverse engineering is something you do when you have no information about a process. Here, you have all the information, so it's straightforward editing.

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Dec 14, 2022 Dec 14, 2022

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I stand corrected in my verbiage. Thanks so much Steve! This is really helpful.

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