Which is best for audio editing?

Many creators recognize Audition as Adobe’s go-to app when editing audio. And there’s a lot you can do on the platform, whether you’re putting together short projects or hour-long podcast episodes.


On the other hand, you probably know that Premiere Pro is the main Adobe Creative Cloud tool for editing video projects. But have you ever thought of using the tool only to adjust the audio?

You probably won’t think much of Premiere Pro from an audio standpoint until you need to edit some. However, the app has several handy features. Is it better than Audition? Let’s find out.


What is Adobe Audition?

Adobe Audition is a handy tool for editing audio projects. Since its launch in June 2003, the platform has become the go-to for many podcasters and media companies. Students and hobbyists also derive significant value from the app.

Audition handles audio projects exclusively, and you can import multiple file types. Besides that, you can also record your voice in the app. You can use your computer’s microphone, but it is possible to connect external microphones.

What is Adobe Premiere Pro?

Adobe Premiere Pro is Adobe’s answer to Final Cut Pro and DaVinci Resolve. Like Audition, Adobe launched Premiere Pro in 2003. Since then, some of the most famous YouTubers have made the app their top choice, and the same goes for other types of filmmakers.

While Audition was designed for audio, Premiere Pro almost exclusively handles video projects. You have the option of importing your own recorded media, but you can also use images from Adobe.

How do Premiere Pro and Audition compare?

With a little more background information on Adobe Audition and Premiere Pro, you’re ready to see how the two stack up for audio editing. In the subsections below, we will identify several key discussion points.

Ease of use for audio editing

Premiere Pro and Audition are accessible to all skill levels if you want to make simple audio edits. In Premiere Pro, you can adjust the volume of your voices, music, and sound effects. Likewise, you can add multiple channels to make sure everything sounds the way you want.

In Premiere Pro, you can also use the Razor tool to cut parts of the audio you want to remove. You’ll find this feature especially handy if you have a lot of unwanted pauses and sounds.

Another useful Premiere Pro tool for simple video editing is the ability to extend your audio screen. This allows you to make more precise adjustments.

In Audition, you have several options for making simple audio adjustments. For example, you can highlight parts you want to remove before getting rid of them. You can also, like Premiere Pro, expand your audio to make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Tariff packages

Both Adobe Audition and Premiere Pro are part of the Adobe Creative Cloud ecosystem. However, you can choose to purchase a subscription for either application; both cost $20.99 per month if you buy them individually.

If you want to use more Creative Cloud apps, such as Lightroom and Photoshop, you can consider getting the Creative Cloud All Apps subscription. You will pay $54.99 per month if you choose to go this route.

Different rates are available for companies and students. You can get the Creative Cloud All Apps plan for just $19.99 per month if you’re studying. Meanwhile, businesses can purchase an individual app for $35.99 per month; the full suite would cost $84.99 per month.

Unfortunately, you cannot make a one-time purchase for either program.

Export Capabilities

Once you are done editing your audio, you will need to choose the correct option for exporting. Premiere Pro and Audition differ a bit in this regard.

You can choose from several file types if you want to export media from Adobe Audition. For example, you can choose MP3 or Wave PCM. Other formats include MP2, AAC and FLAC. In most cases, you’ll probably want to go with MP3.

Once you’ve exported your audio from Audition, you can choose to upload it to your preferred hosting platform. If you run a podcast, for example, you can add it to Anchor, Buzzsprout, or something similar.

In Premiere Pro, you can also export audio files after editing them. In the export window you can disable the Video button and just keep audio on.

As you expand the Audio tab you will notice that you can make a few different changes to your export. For example, you can choose between mono, stereo and 5.1 channels. Besides that, you can choose AAC or MPEG audio formats, as well as tweak various other things.

Create large-scale audio projects

Audition and Premiere Pro differ a bit when it comes to creating large-scale audio projects, such as long-form podcasts. In Audition, you have several controls beyond what we have already mentioned. For example, you can create a multitrack session to combine multiple forms of audio files.

You can import audio files from royalty-free platforms like Epidemic Sound. And if you’ve already recorded sounds on your smartphone, you can edit them in Adobe Audition. The same goes for any voiceovers you have already created.

In Audition, you can also add markers if needed. Moreover, you can modify the entries according to your needs, and much more.

Likewise, Premiere Pro has several handy tools for creating large-scale audio projects. Perhaps the best is the Audio Track Mixer, which lets you amplify, compress, and perform many other actions on your files.

You can also use Premiere Pro to import sounds directly from Adobe Stock. Like Audition, you can import any files you’ve recorded (or downloaded) from elsewhere.

Opportunities to share with others

Once you’ve finished editing your audio project, you’ll probably want to share it online as soon as possible. In this regard, Premiere Pro differs quite significantly from Audition.

With Premiere Pro, you can share your media directly to multiple platforms, including Twitter and Facebook.

This, however, is not possible with Audition. Instead, you’ll need to save the completed project to your device before sharing it elsewhere.

While Audition is the main audio editing tool for many users, Premiere Pro is not to be overlooked. The app has a surprising number of handy features for editing short clips, and you may also find it handy for editing larger projects.

If you prefer producing audio projects, you might want to stick with Audition. However, Premiere Pro comes in handy if you’re also creating a lot of video content. There is no right or wrong answer; try both to see which works best for you.

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