Folders/Bins for File Management!
Basic file management doesn't exist in Audition like it does in every other Adobe software. The ability to add folders and place files inside those folders when working inside Audition would be HUGE, just like you can in Premiere and After Effects. This is a must have organizational feature that has always been missing.
We’re actively looking into expanding Audition’s session format to include project-style features such as bins. Please consider sharing additional requests from project-based applications.
Andrew Drummond commented
This is pretty silly that Audition doesn't let you organize anything and you just have to make completely new files. Please update...
Jon Hillenbrand commented
I just checked the Audition 2020 features, and nope, no bins or folders or any way to stay organized. Please add this somehow. I have done programming for games and I know how annoying feature requests can be without people knowing what's involved, but really this is a basic feature that's missing.
FYI to anyone using this for making a podcast, here are some tips to stay organized with the current version 2019.
Create a new project and name it something like, "Rough Cut - project name.sesx"
Quit. Move the main edit file to a separate project subfolder and call it MAIN EDITS where you will keep all of your edit versions (rough, medium, fine, final) along with the imported files.
Next to that MAIN EDITS folder you can make other separate folders organizing your content.
I have, "MUSIC," "SOUND EFFECTS", "INTERVIEWS," etc.
When you reopen the program, you can open the .sesx file and start adding your media. When you save, the program will ask you if you want to copy the media to a subfolder alongside your .sesx file. I would suggest you do that as a way of backing up your content. It's more bulky bit it's a good safety thing because once you start doing destructive edits, if you ***** up, you can always go back to your original file and re-import it.
Next step once you are done with your rough cut, quit the program, copy the .sesx file and rename it to "Medium Cut - name of project.sesx". All of the files in the Imported Files subfolder will still be attached to this new .sesx file, so you don't need to relink anything. Then you can start editing on this version without fear of screwing anything up, other than making destructive edits.
Repeat this last step when you're ready to make your FINE file and FINAL file. This way, if you go down a path when editing and you end up getting lost or screwing up the magic of your previous edit, you can just start over from the MEDIUM CUT or whatever previous cut you started this stage of editing with.
Obviously, you can change ROUGH, MEDIUM, FINE, FINAL to whatever you want such as version numbers, but if you are in a corporate environment like I am and need to communicate at what stage you are at easily with an exported MP3 for review, these names are easy to teach to non-pros.
Hope this helps someone. It's still not as good as being organized in the program itself, but at least this is an easy way to keep track of where things are. It's also a good idea to rename copies of your original files to keep track of what's what. I hate doing this, but the filenames generated by recorders are insane. Doing this before you start editing your rough cut will help once you have those tiny filenames all mixed together with music, effects and stuff all in one giant list.
David Tames commented
Audition needs a folder/bin structure like Premiere Pro, it remains limited to simple projects and clean-up work, but I will not use it for serious Video Postproduction until it has a folder/bin structure. Ironically, I do my sound mixing in Premiere Pro instead of Audition because I'm not willing to give up the folder/bin structure.
A. Smith commented
Would love the addition of bins to Audition! It would make organization and file management much easier!
Michael Blain commented
And I thought it was just me being an idiot in not being able to figure out how to create folders/bins in Audition.... How could they actually leave out that feature? And why??
Editing my first podcast in Audition. Coming from a video editing background. I have CC and use Premiere, Photoshop and AE all the time. Ready to dump Audition for Audacity on this first podcast edit entirely b/c of its lack of any real file organizing feature...
It really is mind boggling that Adobe has not implemented Folders/Bins structure for Audition. Media management is an integral part of any successful creative process no matter what level the user is at.
Audition is a really great program but its important to remember it lives in a crowded field with such DAW's as Protools, Logic, Ableton, Audacity, Reason etc. Adobe runs the gamut though with its other software, Aftereffects, Photoshop, Premiere, and Illustrator just to name a few. One would think that Audition would be seen as a great opportunity to expand and monopolize their platform.
It's apparent at this point that adding folders/bins to Audition is no easy fix and may be beyond Adobe's interest and capabilities but I'm still holding out.
Kevin Lawrence commented
Right at this very moment I'm working on a project in Audition. Why is this under review. It is an obvious defect in design. Basically take everything in PPro 2019 project management and bin and search and put it in audition, as it is applicable. Bins, sub bins, hide, meta markup, etc, project management, search...
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Rune Vandvik commented
Preparing the production of a larger docu-podcast for my news organization now. Planned to start using Audition for this project, but now more likely switching to Final Cut (which I already know well). Yes, a video editor, with audio tools not nearly as powerful as Audition. But I fear Auditions lack of ability to organize my several hundred audio files simply will cost me too much time.
Nuccio Roberto commented
we hope they will. having folders and organizing files well would be very functional
Yes this is a critical update. We are trying to work between multiple projects so having them all together with folders would be a huge productivity savings.
David Bicho commented
I bet there is some underlying political decision behind the obvious fact that there is no folder-structure/bins in Audition. It smells exactly like it did with Speed Grade, and I wouldn't be surprised if Audition gets thrown out soon in favour of "all cool audio-tools in Premiere".
If any Adobe-rep claims "It's technically complicated", that rep is just making it up to keep people not jumping ship. Adobe can make a bin-solution within hours if they want to.
The only reason they haven't pulled the plug yet, is because Protools is so ugly. The moment Protools get over to this side of year 2000 (user interface-wize), Adobe will pull the plug.
I love Audition, and use it daily in all my productions. The lack of a file-managing solution drives me crazy, but I just don't see it coming. I really hope I am wrong on this one.
dear god please add this. i'm also about to jump ship because i can't simply rename a file without having to reimport it into every project. it's insane.
Jon Hillenbrand Photography commented
Please do this. We use Audition for creating our podcast and I come from the world of professional video editing. Audition's non-existent organizational features makes me really want to jump ship. But we already pay for CC and I don't want to move over to Pro Tools because we use LR, PS, PP and AE. However, this feature request has been going on since 2014 as far as I can tell and unless Adobe is willing to at least come out with some way of creating folders, renaming files from within the application, and (fingers crossed) creating a workflow that is completely non-destructive, I don't see a reason to continue using Audition for anything other than extremely simple NR or other quick video-related fixes. Adobe, try creating a 30 minute narrative piece in Audition with music, sound effects, etc. You'll be pulling your hair out too.
Pleeeeaaaassseeee! Very much needed!
I'm throwing my vote into this discussion. I'm just getting into podcast producing, and coming from a video editing background I find the lack of bins/folders for file organization extreeeeemly frustrating. I cannot see any redeeming value to just dumping all audio files loosely into one bin with no way to organize. Please add bins/folders!
Dave Jones commented
I 100% agree with this. Having come from an NLE offline editor background and starting to learn Audition, the lack of organisational tools is baffling. I'm only 25% through sound design on a short film and the project's an absolute mess and nightmare to deal with. A little project organisation goes an awful long way.
I know this might be a bit more complicated, but it would be great if you could also 'collapse' or 'expand' multi-tracks in the same way that in after effects you can nest more complicated projects into other projects. For example, lets say you have a gunshot sfx that consists of three different sound effects combined into one. You could create this gunshot in one multi-track, and then nest that gunshot mulittrack into a larger multi-track anytime that you want to use the gunshot sound. This way, you dont have to keep having 3 layers of sound everytime you want to use one gunshot sound effect. Protools doesnt have anything like this and it could be a game changer, no one would have to sit and make stems all day long.
Don Hertz commented
I agree with pretty much everyone here, an After Effects or Premiere style bin structure would be incredibly helpful. I too tend to work on longer form projects with a lot of sound effects and music - audio to picture doc, narrative, and corporate type work. Although I can organize everything at the Mac Finder level, I tend to keep an external drive containing my entire SFX and Music library on it - which is thousands of files from years of projects. I'd prefer to not have to create a subfolder at the Finder level from project to project in order to narrow that selection down to sounds that are appropriate for that one project. Having bins in Audition that would allow me to drag in the sounds and music I want from my "master" drives, organize them in Audition, would work a lot better. Having any changes I make to those files be automatically non-destructive to the original file would be great too. (Again, just like Premiere or AE). Thanks.
Emily Richardson commented
I've been using Audition to edit short radio pieces for a couple of years now, and I've loved it. But recently, I began working on longer-form audio (a podcast, with lots of archival sound, SFX, music and interviews) and I HATE how much time I'm wasting scrolling up and down the file list looking for specific files. When I'm editing video with Premiere, file organization is so easy, so I'm really stumped as to why bins and folders weren't included in Audition. Please, please fix this, so I don't have to teach myself another audio editing software to save my sanity!