okay, to add onto this, there is something else I just noticed.
when I take that same 5 second loop, copy it, and paste it immediately after itself one or two times....basically making the track 10 or 15 seconds long instead of 5 seconds...it no longer does the skipping!
this makes me think there must be some type of minor flaw on looped playback of very small audio files of 5 seconds or less. maybe?
Macs are touchy beasts, but I would blame this on your audio buffer size being too large or too small. When this problem occurs, in the lower right hand corner of Audition, does it say that there are "Dropped Samples"? If it does, your buffer size is set incorrectly. There is no universal buffer size, it takes a bit of testing and trial and error to find the correct size for your computer.
I don't know what hardware you're using, or if it's just whatever is built into the Mac that you have, but in the Adobe Audition preferences, there should be a buffer size setting, which you should try adjusting to see if it changes the problem you're having.
Additionally, this could relate to having the sample rate set incorrectly in Audition vs what your hardware supports/uses as default. I do believe Macs default with 48kHz, but I'm not 100% sure on that off the top of my head. Audition might default to something else, maybe 44.1kHz.
Okay thank you for the help. Much appreciated, and thank you for putting it in lamen's terms. I am not a computer genius by any means, just a musician.
I will try your suggestions and see if I can find something that flows better. thanks again.
I do believe Macs default with 48kHz, but I'm not 100% sure on that off the top of my head. Audition might default to something else, maybe 44.1kHz.
So does that mean you should be recording at 48khz on macs? I have been using the 44.1khz...
The sample rate you record at should depend on the material you're recording and the expected destination. There's no "preferred" sample rate on Macs, though the hardware generally defaults to 48K. If you want to record at a different sample rate, it is recommended you configure your Device Sample Rate to match to minimize any conversions. You can do this by selecting Preferences > Audio Hardware and adjusting the "Sample Rate" drop-down.
(Note: This is a list of sample rates indicated as supported by the hardware driver. In Audition, you can record using almost any arbitrary sample rate.)
As for Dubulous' skipping problems, I'll agree that it sounds like a buffer issue, although this should really only be an issue if a clip is smaller than the device buffer, which I doubt is the case for a 5-second file. If you save the skipping file, close it, then reopen it, do you still experience skipping? I'm curious if the problem is related to NEW short files or ALL short files.
I think you guys are right. It seems like there is just a little something off. I started using 48k and it seems to work a bit better so far.
If it happens again, I will immediately save the file and open it back up to see if it does the same thing.
I do know, however, that if I save the file and open it in iTunes it works just fine. So it's obviously something that is only occuring during playback.
Hey I also have a side question - is there any way to do a simple bass increase, or a simple treble reduction? It was very easy on AA3, but I can't find it anywhere here. I know there are a lot of other ways to achieve this, but I always liked the simple little "small bass increase" option.