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You need to adjust a couple of settings in Audition to make it work as you want.
1. Right click over Play button to set Play mode to Play from cursor to end of file. Then when you stop you can start from where you were before.
2. Under Edit/Audio hardware/Setup make sure the box "Release ASIO Driver in Background" is not ticked.
thanks ryclark i tried the settings you suggested and it will now play audio while i open another window or program which is good,
however the main bug bear is that i still cant delete anything while the audio is playing, if i am playing a track and find a part i wish to delete, say for instance a big chunk of silence at the end of the track, i can select the area i want to delete but when i hit the delete button nothing happens, it will only delete if i stop the track first and i cant seem to solve this problem, if i do the same thing in cool edit it just deletes the marked area while still playing the audio.
its not major if i am working on small concise amounts of audio say a 3 minute vocal track it is bearable but at the pace i need to turn over some of the larger audio magazines we record it can double the time and stress involved.
if you can imagine editing an hour long vocal and having to remove every breathe tut and spit click or cough between each sentence it can be a long long day mate :(
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Unfortunately due to the way the audio drivers work in AA3 you can't operate on files whilst they are still playing. AA CS5.5 does allow you too but there are hiccoughs in the playback. However a lot of us do the sort of editing (removing coughs, breaths etc.) purely by eye with just a quick playback over the edit to make sure that it worked OK. AA3 does however give you Preroll and Postroll options to control your playback so that you can Preview an cut before performing it. New versions of software tend to make you have to find new ways of doing things which can be a bit painfull for a while after the upgrade.
ok thanks for the info, at least i know i cant change it now, i can edit by sight as you say but i try to listen at the same time incase there are any mistakes or double takes etc, basically i probably try to do to many things at once but such is the pace of modern recording on the bright side i no longer need to make regular trips to the hospital after splicing 4 inch recording tape with stanley knife blades lol
so i guess i will just keep using the old faithful cool edit for the long jobs and play around with the audition 3 when i am not as busy, to be honest i cant find much difference in the programs apart from the things i mentioned and the fact that audition has a better resulution and doesnt look as dated,
thanks for taking the time to reply :)
frankly it's a shame Preroll and Postroll options are now disabled on Audition 5.5. These are the more basic and useful tools for an audio editor, and for us in the news field, simply the best way to a neat work without wasting your time. looking forward to having it back on CS6.