Oct 31, 2011 5:53 AM
Not so much of a question, but rather an observation.
This piece of software should still be in beta testing mode — not an actual product for RESALE.
I downloaded the 30 day trial and thank god I didn't buy it yet or I would be disappointed. I have been using Audition on the Windows side for a long long time and LOVE IT. It is BY FAR the QUICKEST and best quality audio edting tool out there for my needs. However on the Mac side of things (where I spend most of my time) it is absolutely terrible.
First of all, I have the CS5 master suite with SoundBooth — which is just TRASH. GarageBand kicks the crap out of the useless SoundBooth program.
To be constructive — not just rant… Here is a list of the things I ABSOLUTELY HATE about this piece of garbage.
1. YOU CANNOT GROUP CLIPS ON THE TIMELINE.
That is one of the most essential features I used on the windows side. From everything I have read in the forums, Adobe says this was not something they could figure out how to do before releasing the software… Which eludes to my previous point — THIS IS BETA SOFTWARE… If the god damn program doesn't work then DO NOT RELEASE IT FOR SALE! I guess Adobe's monopoly over the multimedia publishing world doesn't yet generate enough money for them.
2. SINCE YOU CANNOT GROUP — LOCKING CLIPS ON THE TIMELINE DOESN'T ALWAYS WORK
I just lost EVERYTHING in a 2hr edit that took me over 30 hours of editing to create… WHY??? BECAUSE at some point I mistakenly had ALL of the clips on the timeline selected while I was zoomed-in to a splice-edit. I dragged the end of my clip to shorten it and guess what happened? EVERY SINGLE CLIP ON THE ENTIRE TIMELINE WAS SHORTENED AS WELL…
So now, over 400 seperate clips across 5 tracks have a large GAP inbetween the splices that I must NOW go through across the ENTIRE EDIT and re-splice together — there are at least 4 or 500 of them.
THANK GOD that the REALLY COMPLICATED ONES were edited as seperate multitrack files and then mixed down into my master multitrack file. At least I do not have to re-do THOSE, but right now I am looking at about 6 more hours of work to FIX THIS.
I had already begun saving "versioned" files every time I finished something complicated, but did not notice all of the gaps in my clips until I had saved out 2 more versions of the file. I can recover a large part of the mix from my older files, but any quick edits I made to that part of my master mix are GONE, or I will need to track down any differences in them before I finish this mix…
I am looking at about 12-15 hours ADDITIONAL WORK on this large file I am mixing ALL BECAUSE you CANNOT LOCK clips in place on the timeline. LOCKING means that YOU CANNOT MOVE OR DO ANYTHING TO THEM ONCE THEY ARE LOCKED. If you could actually LOCK tracks on the timeline then I should not have been able to make that mistake in the first place.
3. THE RAZOR TOOL SELECTS ALL TRACKS BY DEFAULT.
This is about the stupidest thing I have ever seen in an audio tool. There are times when having the razor set to select all tracks is useful, but by DEFAULT it should NOT be set to select all tracks. And, it should not be as easy as hitting "R" twice on the keyboard to swap it back and fourth… That is not so much of a complaint because it is in the Adobe standards for key commands and I can live with this. However, there have been so many times that I all of a sudden have the multi-track razor selected instead of the single-track razor and before I know it, I just hacked apart a clip that didn't need to be and end up having to CMD-Z back to where I was and do it all over again.
I used to be a certified Adobe trainer and Macromedia trainer. Adobe was ALWAYS an awesome company to deal with and Macromedia treated their customers like TOTAL CRAP. I was SO HAPPY when Macromedia was bought out by Adobe because of that…
BUT NOW that Adobe owns the entire world of multimedia publishing software of every kind, the quality of their products and the treatment of their customers is down to the level Macromedia was before they were bought out.
When you have a monopoly you get to become the "Soup Nazi" of whatever genre of business you are in — which means you can release BETA versions of your software at RETAIL PRICES, and tell your customers to go F themselves if they don't like it.
On a positive note, there are SOME things in this new Mac version of Audition I like A LOT… Auto-crossfading when you drag 2 clips over top of each other makes linear splices much much faster than they used to be for me. Bezier curves on audio levels are nice. The interface is nice and smooth. I have yet to have ANY ERROR when recording. GarageBand and Soundbooth BOTH were IMPOSSIBLE to record ANYTHING with my USB Blue Snowball microphone. GarageBand would just quit and give me a disc error while SoundBooth would produce the most garbled horrible sounding track — it made my voice sound like the droid in Return of the Jedi that Processed C3-PO and R2-D2 after Luke Skywalker gave them to Jabba the Hut.
I just felt the need to post this in case anyone from Adobe actually gives a crap about customer experience with their tools anymore.
These days I am so sick of Adobe products overall that if I could leave them I would — unfortunately my entire career hangs in the balance of their garbage working properly, as does any multimedia professional — be it web design, flash/as3, print design, and audio/video (not so much of a monopoly in that respect though).
As much as I DISAGREE with Steve Jobs' decision to abandon Adobe for the IOS completely — I use Android for that reason… I UNDERSTAND where he is coming from.
Adobe has basically turned into the Soup Nazi of the multimedia world and you can go F-yourself if you don't like it because they have a monopoly and your money regardless.
Someday you will go down in flames if you keep this up — mark my words.