Simplify Audio Controls
I am leaping from CS6 to CC. What used to be a simple WIndows process is not so simple anymore thanks to Audition, so I felt it good that someone remind you that, if you don't have any sound, Audition is a pretty worthless applications. It used to be you'd right click on the speaker in the taskbar and go to recording options and you could control the input of anything. Now you have to go into Audition, which has not one but two titles for the same thing: You have Sound Controls, and you have Audio Controls. They mean the same thing. But they are in two different places, and don't work depending on what peripherals you might have plugged in. Let's start with the easy one. If you want to record your voice you use a mic. Most sound cards have a jack for a mic. But My laptop does not. It only has a jack for earphones. Which is pretty typical for laptops. Mine has a built-in mic, but I'll be danged if I know what controls the input levels. I can usually get to it, but not before going through three locations. Next case: You want to record a song off You Tube (public domain of course). Used to be you'd crank up the line volume and voila. Not anymore. Now I have to change some setting in Audition to do that. I had a chat session and the person changed it so that it works, but I don't know what she did, or why it needed changing. Next Scenario: You plug in a mic.instrument interface. Those used to get plugged into the line-in on the sound card. Now it gets plugged into a USB port. Mics are mixed with guitars and keyboards, etc. And of course the interface has its own software which usually doesn't play nice with Audition. So those controls sometimes work, sometimes don't. But if you have an interface plugged in, you now have THREE sets of volume controls and you hope one works. You have the right-click on the speaker in the taskbar (which usually doesn't do anything anymore), you have the Audition/Windows controls sometimes called Sound Controls, sometimes called Audio controls. And you usually have settings in Audition that need to change. With no rhyme or reason why or what the controls are supposed to do. And third you have the audio interface software (which usually gets loaded with the drivers) and now you have THREE places where you have to go to try and get the incoming signal from the audio interface to work, And although the audio interface has a Headphone jack, the artist needs to use that. But with a sound device plugged into USB, the headphone jack on the side of the laptop (3/8") is turned off. So you, as engineer, can't hear anything, or adjust the mix the talent is hearing (other than themselves).
Wow did this get complicated or what?
You need to re-design all this so there is ONE place for the user to go to control input volumes, output volumes, out put capabilities, etc. rather than three!!! This is simply ridiculous. You can't use AUDITION without SOUND! And you've made it next to impossible to control where sound is coming from, and how its going to get recorded. And this used to be SO EASY!!!! What have you done?
Maybe you need a tutorial that slowly and clearly explains what sound AUDITION is going to record, or not record. And you need to explain WHERE all the controls (the one's that work) are going to be and what settings you need, and which ones you need to change back when you are finished recording sound in the computer system such as a the audio of a You Tube file, or a sound or sounds you are pumping into the system via an audio interface. Hey you know, simple was pretty good with CS6. What a mess Audition is now.