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Adobe Soundbooth CS5 software makes it easy to create and edit audio for all your productions. Task-based features and tight integration with other Adobe applications let you edit sound and accomplish audio tasks with complete creative control.

What's New

Version 3.0:
  • Improved multitrack editing Mix and edit multitrack projects with more control. Resize the multitrack project window to easily work with more tracks. Split clips or copy and drag clips to different tracks.
  • More royalty-free sound effects and Soundbooth ScoresKick-start your soundtrack with royalty-free content: More than 10,000 sound effects and over 130 customizable more...


  • Multi-core Intel processor
  • Mac OS X 10.5.7 or later
  • 1GB of RAM; 2GB for HDV and HD playback
  • 2GB of available hard-disk space for installation
  • 1280x900 display with OpenGL 2.0–compatible graphics card
  • Core Audio–compatible sound card
  • DVD-ROM drive (SuperDrive recommended)
  • QuickTime 7.6.2 software required for QuickTime features
  • Broadband Internet connection required for online services

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Veryvito Member IconReview+75

The feature set is great, but thanks to stability issues, trying to actually produce audio with this app is a lesson in frustration.

Not sure what's happened to Adobe in recent years, but apparently, it's become acceptable for their applications to simply quit, crash or hang midstream. SoundbBooth is a great example of this -- it tends to crash as often as not. Considering how much it costs, this is simply unacceptable.

With each new version, Adobe's "Creative Suite" is fast becoming "Photoshop and some second-rate apps of dubious quality." Shame, really.

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Version 3.0
Sam Rowlands Member IconReview+19
Sam Rowlands

Its nice to see History applied to a sound editor and the non-destructive effects, and its so far very stable. I tried the free Audacity, trying to perform simple functions made it crash.

As for features, its kind of nothing special, you can get more outa Garage Band which comes FREE with your Mac.

I find the interface somewhat confusing, especially the way how it allows for multiple sounds to be open at once. I would prefer each sound in its own window or to be able to see all the sounds at once.

I personally think that the interface controls (buttons, sliders, tabs and such) are hideous, reminds me of some bad haxie theme.

All in all the only advantage of SoundBooth is the history, but its only a matter of time till the other choices add this ability. I was excited to hear that this was in the spirit of SoundEdit 16, but let down by the confusing, cumbersome interface and lack of "features".

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Version 1.0b1
bedouin Member IconReview+95

I know it's a beta, and I know more features will be added later -- but I'm just not seeing how this is any better than some of the alternatives already available, namely Audacity (which is free) and Sound Studio Pro.

From the start I tried to open an MP3 file in it but couldn't and had to convert it to an AIFF first. I'm still not sure what's so groundbreaking about this program that it couldn't be compiled for PPC as well.

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Version 1.0b1

Re: MP3s
Only recently have some pro-level audio editors allowed you to import MP3s. I don't think early versions of GarageBand did. The reason is that if you are creating a high-quality work, highly compressed material like MP3 will not be acceptable as source material. The question is whether Adobe considers this pro-level for the final product.

Re: Intel
If Adobe based this on the code of their existing Audition pro audio editor for Windows, the question is not whether it is "impossible" to compile for PPC. The question is whether they think it's "financially worth it" to do a full port to a different CPU. They probably think making a Mac Intel version is an easy win so why not. That's good, because it means if all Macs were still PPC we wouldn't have even had the chance to try this.

mintyboy Member IconComment+2

I'm not an audiofile by any means... but I could selectively remove pieces of sound from a recording I made in a loud room. It has potential. This program is kind of like the "aperture" of Adobe -- cool features, but limited scope.

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Version 1.0b1
bedouin Member IconComment+95

Intel only? Could this be one of the first apps released as Intel only that actually serves a universal purpose (i.e., not utilities designed to address Intel Mac issues)?

I wonder what made this impossible to create for PPC.

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Version 1.0b1
jory Member IconComment+13

A nice first-try effort. The UI is better than most 2-trk editors I've seen. I'm sure there will be more features added and it will be come useful at some point.

At the moment, it doesn't do a ton, but the app does exhibit some nice ideas. I especially like the editing paradigm of dragging tabs from the left or right to trim the file, the fades being dragged, and the method of adjusting gain on any selection.

The spectral editing is pretty damn cool, too, and I hope more detail and ability is added to that. It could be incredibly useful for dialog editing & clean-up on films.

Keep going, Adobe!!!

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Version 1.0b1
maceddy Member IconComment+2

Why o why Intel Only?

If I had an Intel I would run Adobe Audition in Win XP on BootCamp or Parallels.....

Damn it...

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Version 1.0b1
Ferruccio Busoni Member IconComment+6
Ferruccio Busoni

Quits unexpectedly on launch on my 10.4.8-equipped iMac Core Duo.

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Version 1.0b1

Same here...


No problem here with imac Core Duo 2.0 Ghz, 2 GB ram.

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Version 3.0
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Downloads 28,798
Version Downloads 19,586
License Demo
Date 30 Apr 2010
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $199.00
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