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Getting the Most for Your Dollar When Choosing Your Editing Package Part 2

Comparing Final Cut Studio 2 and Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium By Kevin McAuliffe

In my last article, I took a look at Apples Final Cut Studio 2 and Adobes Creative Suite 3 Production Premium (CS-PP) because its important to me when choosing a product that will be your bread and butter that you get the best value for the dollar. So, in part two, were actually going to tackle sound, DVD creation and any other bells and whistles that come with these packages.


I think Apple has done something very smart when it comes to the applications that it has included in Final Cut Studio, and that is that it didnt make Soundtrack Pro 2 (STP2) to be Final Cut Pro for sound. STP2, even though it is part of Final Cut Studio, really could stand on its own as a program that you could use to mix everything from a thirty second promo to a feature length film in mono, stereo or surround.

With version 2 of the software, Apple has included a great set of tools for mixing 5.1 content for your show, a new Conform feature to simplify the process of making changes to your mix, when a director or producer makes a change to the final video content of your show, a great new Multitake editor, which makes the process of ADR or voice over recording and editing quicker and easier, Multitrack recording (limited only by your hardware) and finally, they have added some great new bin enhancements to make your media management a lot easier.

 Apple is so sure of the capabilities of STP2 that they have included it in the Logic Studio bundle, as the audio editing application to use with Logic. Why else is STP2 so great? Well, heres the main reason why. You cannot only move files quickly and easily between Final Cut Pro and Motion, but you can also import OMF and AAF files right into STP2. This means you can take an audio OMF from an Avid Media Composer and mix it in STP2. This opens up a whole new world of financial possibilities! Overall, Soundtrack Pro 2 is a great program that is easy to use and will really make video editors excited about audio.


  • 5.1 surround mixing with quick and easy fold down to stereo
  • OMF/AAF Import
  • Conform feature makes making changes so much less of a headache


  • To monitor in surround sound requires additional hardware

Overall Grade: A-

New to the CS3 family is Adobes Soundbooth. Do not confuse this program with Adobe Audition because it is not the same program or even a variation of Audition. To be perfectly honest, I was a little confused as to why Adobe included this piece of software with this bundle. I dont understand why Adobe didnt include an audio mixing program with CS3 PP, because what Soundbooth CS3 actually is, is a sound restoration, effects and music creation program. It is not like Soundtrack Pro 2. You would use this program to clean up sounds that you acquired on location, such as removing background noise, clicks, pops and rumbles, or even actual sounds like phones ringing in the background (which was pretty cool), or adding effects such as delays, flangers, reverbs, etc.

Soundbooth also enables you to create custom scores using AutoComposer. It is actually pretty cool, as you can very quickly create a score that has background vocals and intense instrumentals, and then with the quick pull of a fader, you have the same piece with only a few instruments. My wife loves Pachelbels Canon, and it was the song she walked down the aisle at our wedding to, so I thought Id put this in for her! The below files took me longer to export than to create.

Pachelbel Canon in D Full

Pachelbel Canon in D no choir

Pachelbel Canon in D basic

To edit the audio in a DV file, you simply open the file in Premiere Pro, and choose Edit in Soundbooth. From here you can you can edit the audio in your DV file. When you are done editing the audio, selecting Render and Replace and the edited audio will automatically replace the previous audio on the Premiere Pro timeline.


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