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Adobe Audition
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Adobe Audition 3.0
Developer(s) Adobe Systems
Initial release 18 August 2003
Stable release 3.0.1 / 2008-12-18; 12 months ago
Operating system Windows XP SP2 and newer.
Type Digital audio editor
License Proprietary
Website Adobe Audition Homepage

Adobe Audition (formerly Cool Edit Pro) is a digital audio editor computer program from Adobe Systems featuring both a multitrack, non-destructive mix/edit environment and a destructive-approach waveform editing view.



Syntrillium Software was founded in the early 1990s by Robert Ellison and David Johnston, both former Microsoft employees. Originally developed by Syntrillium as Cool Edit, the program was distributed as crippleware. The full version was useful and flexible, particularly for its time. Syntrillium later released Cool Edit Pro, which added the capability to work with multiple tracks, as well as other features. Audio processing, however, was done in a destructive manner (at the time, most computers were not powerful enough in terms of processor performance and memory capacity to perform those functions in real time). Cool Edit Pro v2 added support for real-time non-destructive processing, and v2.1 added support for surround sound mixing and unlimited simultaneous tracks (up to the limit imposed by the actual computer hardware). Cool Edit also included plugins such as noise reduction and FFT equalization.

Adobe purchased the latest, non-shareware version (Cool Edit Pro v2.1) from Syntrillium Software in May 2003 for $16.5 million[1] as well as a large loop library called "Loopology". Adobe then changed the name of Cool Edit Pro to "Adobe Audition".


Version 1

Adobe Audition was released on 18 August 2003. It had no new features, and was essentially Cool Edit Pro under a different name. Adobe then released Audition v1.5 in May 2004; major improvements over v1 included pitch correction, frequency space editing, a CD project view, basic video editing and integration with Adobe Premiere, as well as several other enhancements.

Version 2

Adobe Audition 2 was released on 17 January 2006. With this release, Audition (which the music recording industry had once seen as a value-oriented home studio application, although it has long been used for editing by radio stations) entered the professional Digital Audio Workstation market. New features included ASIO (Audio stream input output) support, VST (Virtual Studio Technology) support, new mastering tools (many provided by iZotope), and a redesigned UI. Adobe also included Audition 2.0 as part of its Adobe Production Studio bundle. Audition has not been included in any subsequent version of Creative Suite, having been replaced by Adobe Soundbooth, an audio-editing application for home and semi-pro users.

Version 3

Adobe Audition 3 was released on 8 November 2007. New features included VSTi (virtual instrument) support, enhanced spectral editing, a redesigned multi-track interface, new effects, and a collection of royalty-free loops.


  1. ^ [1] United States SEC Form 10-Q, Adobe Systems, Inc., May 30, 2003

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