Isolating Sounds to Left or Right Speakers in Adobe Audition

The most successful soundscapes and videos immerse the listeners or viewers into another world. With headphones and earbuds being so widely used nowadays, sound is used much more intricately. Here I will show you how to do a basic panning of sound (specifying which speaker it plays through).

First, open Audition and drag two audio files you may want to play over each other to a multitrack session. In the little boxes where it says “Track 1,” “Track 2,” etc. there are two dials. The one on the left is a volume adjuster whereas the one on the right is the sound balancer. To play a sound on a specific speaker simply click and drag the mouse in whichever direction that speaker is (right or left). The yellow number will indicate what percentage of the sound is favored toward the “heavier” speaker. In the example, the selected track is playing 38.2 louder through the right speaker (in comparison to the track’s sound played through the left). If you want the sound to play from the right only, click and drag to the right until the yellow number reads “R100.”

If you play with these dials well enough, you will send your listener into another world! All he or she has to do is keep closed eyes.


-Jarad Kmietowicz


~ by jmk186 on October 31, 2011.

2 Responses to “Isolating Sounds to Left or Right Speakers in Adobe Audition”

  1. Although the layout of text wrapping looks good and experienced for a new blog, the overall presentation could use a couple more pictures. The simple paragraph form might make the blog look boring and unappealing.

  2. The beginning of this post not only states what it will be about, but also explains the importance of the subject. I like that he encourages readers to do this because it will bring an entirely new level to their audio. It’s important to establish why a reader should care about the post, which I think he does effectively. I also like how short the post is, and that it does not include a lot of extra pictures or text. His instructions are straightforward, and he only includes pictures when he thinks that it is necessary. It’s helpful that I can see the dials he is referring to, so I am glad he included that. Beyond that, I do not think he needed more pictures, so he made the right decision by leaving them out.

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