Likelihood to Recommend
If all you want to accomplish is shortening a track, Audition is overkill. There are likely more approachable products for basic sound editing. If you already have the Adobe Creative Suite, however, or have a need for a product with a seemingly endless array of tools, features, and effects, Audition is for you. As a plus, it plays well with other Creative Suite apps, such as After Effects. The more I use it, the more I fall in love with it. While my prior editing solution worked well, you would find me kicking and screaming if you pulled me away from Audition. If you are still unsure, Adobe offers a seven-day trial so you can test it for yourself and see if it meets your needs. I recommend you already have a track in mind you want to edit before you begin the trial, instead of just downloading it to "play." You'll have a much better appreciation of its scope and power with real-world use.
It's a really full-featured software suite, but based on the learning curve it may be best suited for quick edits and audio touch-up for organizations that don't have a dedicated video specialist. For organizations that do have someone with a video background, the price for this suite is amazing, but you'll need to give that person time and online training to make the most of all of the tools.
- Integration with the rest of the Adobe Creative Suite, primarily its compatibility with Premiere Pro
- Full visibility of the entire audio file(s) and how they are edits
- Large Variety of plug-ins
- Adaptive Recording inputs
- Essential sound and categorizing audio in multi-track mode
Technician in Professional ServicesMedia Production Company, 11-50 employees
- Resolve isn't extremely difficult to learn, at least from a UI perspective. I've found learning the node system isn't a steep learning curve. Users who can visualize how they want a grade or match to look can find their way around the software and use simple tools to get close to their result. People can do this without a lot of experience with the software.
- Resolve provides extremely complex color grading opportunities, depending on how deeply you wish to use the software. One can fine tune an image, or use a plethora of masks, camera tracking, effects, and small tweaks to get images precisely where they want. It's a versatile software with so many options for every color grading scenario.
- Resolve is free to use. I'm not too familiar with the NLE function of the program, but as a free software, one can accomplish a lot of work without needing to pay. Noise reduction can be a critical element of Resolve, so in that case, you'll need to purchase the full version to utilize the software to its fullest.
- Resolve is popular enough that the internet provides many resources, forums, and tutorial videos to better learn the software. This is a big deal for helping to navigate Resolve's capabilities.
- More presets: Audition has a pretty solid library of sound effect presets, but could stand to add more to increase the ability and efficiency of the software.
- Help guide: it would be great, especially for newer users, if Audition implemented a help guide that could walk you through how to accomplish certain tasks.
- User interface: Audition could benefit from having more customization options to adapt to specific user preferences.
- Continually crashes to desktop.
- Extremely resource intensive.
- Inconsistent functionality that isn't clearly explained.
- Not at all smooth to use.
- Simple features are hidden behind unnecessary menus or easily missed icons.
- Allows you to export .MKV files but doesn't let you import .MKV files.
Consultant in Customer ServiceInformation Technology & Services Company, 11-50 employees
Based on 1 answer
It isn't easy to just jump in and learn the program, though most of Adobe products aren't easy to use the first time around. They UI is not friendly, and it is cumbersome and intimidating when you first try it. For simple audio changes, it seems to difficult to use, but for the more advanced audio work, it's the perfect solution.
DaVinci Resolve 2.2
Based on 2 answers
Da Vinci Resolve is up there amongst the big, professional video editing packages like Apple's FinalCutPro and Adobe Premier Pro. To just be included in this league, the package needs to have a plethora of features that the common man does not need. In essence, this overwhelming amount of features makes the product tricky to learn, but once you have the hang of it, it is a dream.
Professional in Research & DevelopmentDefense & Space Company, 1001-5000 employees
Based on 20 answers
I have not contacted support but given the large amount of users, I have no doubt that most problems can be solved fairly easily. A cursory search for known issues in Adobe Audition yields a support website with many workarounds posted by the official Audition team. They seem responsive and eager to continue fixing bugs and improving the application, which I take as a sign that their support is top notch, as I would expect from my experience using other Adobe products.
DaVinci Resolve 5.8
Based on 5 answers
Not only do they have classes available in Los Angeles, but they'll also allow you to work from home with the manual and demo materials, and then let you test out to get a certification. They get back to you quickly when you email, and they've got a "family" approach to customer service, they make you feel like you're important to them.
Audacity is free, but with fewer features. So it depends what you're trying to do. If you want simple audio editing, don't need to do a lot, and are freelancing, then Audacity is probably better suited for you. If you're a business and need to do a lot of audio editing, then Adobe Audition is probably better suited for you.
Manager in Quality AssuranceComputer Software Company, 51-200 employees
Adobe Premiere Pro is now a subscription-based software. The yearly cost is fairly high and keeps increasing. There is no option to pay once, you keep paying as long as you want to use it. I have been able to do everything I want/need to do in DaVinci Resolve, with no cost for the software!
Executive in Information TechnologyInformation Technology and Services Company, 1-10 employees
Return on Investment
- Since I already have the Adobe Creative Suite, Audition is a sunk cost. But since I have it and it fits my needs perfectly, I don't have to purchase a separate product, which saves me money.
- Since Audition looks and feels like the other apps in the Creative Suite, it's that much more approachable if you already use Photoshop, After Effects, etc. While that obviously doesn't substitute for training, users of other Adobe apps should feel right at home.
- Even if I didn't have the Creative Suite, I would still buy Audition. At $20/mo, it's still the product I would want to perform audio editing.
- DaVinci Resolve has resulted in a lot of happy customers. When comparing revisions to the visual style of projects, a client 9 times out of 10 prefers the look of a video from Resolve.
- DaVinci Resolve has had a positive effect on the users in our organization. Color-correction can be done in a fraction of the time with more accuracy, helping us feel less pressure when approaching deadlines.
- DaVinci Resolve has helped on our bottom line as we do not need to license multiple users, and often the free version of the software is more than enough to achieve the final product we are looking for.
Manager in OtherInternet Company, 11-50 employees
Premium Consulting/Integration Services—
Entry-level set up fee?
Audition Editions & Modules
|Audition - Individuals||$31.491|
|Single App - Business||$33.991|
- per month
Additional Pricing Details—
Premium Consulting/Integration Services—
Entry-level set up fee?
DaVinci Resolve Editions & Modules
|DaVinci Resolve 17||$0.001|
|DaVinci Resolve Studio 17||$295.002|
- perpetual license