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 Posted:   Jan 9, 2013 - 10:17 AM   
 By:   Heath   (Member)

Heads up.

This has been posted all over the net in multimedia forums - Adobe seem to be allowing the free download of a large bunch of their software, BUT they are out-of-date versions from around 5-10 years ago. This includes the Audition sound editor. Even in its older V3 incarnation, it's regarded as one of the best sound editors on the planet.

I mention this here because some soundtrack enthusiasts like to tinker with their favourite scores - eg re-sequencing the new Star Trek release etc.

A couple of warnings - this is older, non-supported software, and there may be compatibility issues with newer operating systems.

Also, Adobe themselves seem to be a bit evasive about the actual legal status of these downloads. There appears to be no legal restrictions on the page itself, everything is directly downloadable, and registration serials are provided. Yet it's been reported that when pressed by potential users, Adobe give inconsistent answers about the software's status. The web page has obviously been getting a lot of hits, and Adobe has kept the page running, so it SEEMS to be ok. But caveat emptor all the same!

One theory is that Adobe are doing this either because of a screw up (unlikely) or because they want to capture the free media software market and snare a bunch of users who will potentially pay for an upgrade to the latest greatest versions (more likely and smart too).

http://www.adobe.com/downloads/cs2_downloads/index.html

OK, one more time - caveat emptor.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2013 - 10:41 AM   
 By:   counterpoint   (Member)

Adobe Audition is a fantastic software. Also v 3.0 is very good. I know that a lot of people prefer Pro Tools but I am totally happy with Adobe Audition. It is also a lot cheaper than Pro Tools.

 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2013 - 12:48 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Thank you Heath!

I'm using Audition 1.0 and it seems to do nearly everything I want. I wonder if moving to 3.0 is worth my while.

One person who asked what I used replied that he wished he had 1.0 because later versions took out stuff he thought useful.

Anyone else have an opinion differing from Counterpoint's, as far as 3.0?

 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2013 - 12:50 PM   
 By:   Erik Woods   (Member)

I use Audition for Mac for my radio show and I love the program. I've also used Cool Edit Pro and Audition when I was a PC user. Excellent program, IMO.

-Erik-

 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2013 - 12:55 PM   
 By:   Trent B.   (Member)

I'm still using the old school Cool Edit Pro 2 and I'm perfectly happy with it. All though it's cool that Adobe is allowing this version to be free.

 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2013 - 1:04 PM   
 By:   Perky_Norm   (Member)

I thought this all sounded too good to be true alas:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/adriankingsleyhughes/2013/01/07/download-adobe-cs2-applications-for-free/

 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2013 - 2:42 PM   
 By:   afn   (Member)

Yes! They are for free, everything, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Acrobat etc. They may be a bit "old" (2005) but what does that actually mean for 99% of the users? It's pretty damn fine software and everything runs of course flawlessly on W7 64 Bit.

Reg. Audition 3: Actually, I still prefer V 1.5 because it has the, I don't know, most intuitive, nicest, easiest "handling" and look of all, and it still does everything your audio heart can wish for: Lp/CD conversions, recording everything off the net or your old audio cassettes, editing, mixing etc. Audition 3 has some better algorithms for stretching / pitching tracks so I use it just for that but basic editing is still 1.5.

I used it e.g. for editing together and mixing my own PSYCHO film version CD from the Varese rerecording - faster main title, combining those awful short tracks into a coherent listening experience and editing the finale (in the cellar and at the police station to the pulling out of the car) like it is heard in the film. Worked nicely, I should say!

 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2013 - 3:45 PM   
 By:   Heath   (Member)

I thought this all sounded too good to be true alas:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/adriankingsleyhughes/2013/01/07/download-adobe-cs2-applications-for-free/


Hmmm... strange. Adobe have left the door WIDE open and even provided the keys! What is this, some kind of honesty test on the entire internet community?! Crazy. If the above company statement is true then they could simply shut the page down, or issue a clear statement on that page saying "Do Not Download Unless You Are An Authorized User!" AFAIK, they haven't done either so far.

As Mr Goldsmith once (sort of) said "What's going on here... is that a rat?"

 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2013 - 4:47 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Well I own CS4. Just upgraded Photoshop to CS6. Got everything I needed as a paying customer.

 
 Posted:   Jan 23, 2013 - 1:23 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)


Reg. Audition 3: Actually, I still prefer V 1.5 because it has the, I don't know, most intuitive, nicest, easiest "handling" and look of all, and it still does everything your audio heart can wish for: Lp/CD conversions, recording everything off the net or your old audio cassettes, editing, mixing etc. Audition 3 has some better algorithms for stretching / pitching tracks so I use it just for that but basic editing is still 1.5.

I used it e.g. for editing together and mixing my own PSYCHO film version CD from the Varese rerecording - faster main title, combining those awful short tracks into a coherent listening experience and editing the finale (in the cellar and at the police station to the pulling out of the car) like it is heard in the film. Worked nicely, I should say!


Thanks for confirming my good opinion of earlier Audition, AFN.

 
 Posted:   Jan 23, 2013 - 1:24 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)


Hmmm... strange. Adobe have left the door WIDE open and even provided the keys! What is this, some kind of honesty test on the entire internet community?! Crazy. If the above company statement is true then they could simply shut the page down, or issue a clear statement on that page saying "Do Not Download Unless You Are An Authorized User!" AFAIK, they haven't done either so far.

As Mr Goldsmith once (sort of) said "What's going on here... is that a rat?"


Well, the Photoshop CS2 that I downloaded is now up and running fine.

Maybe it will self-destruct in 30 days?

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 23, 2013 - 2:11 PM   
 By:   waxmanman35   (Member)

I've used Adobe Audition 3 for years. It's very good software. I upgraded to a newer version, but discovered that many features were stripped out and only available as a much more expensive video-audio suite. As a result I requested and received a refund and removed the offensive "upgrade." If Audition 3 is available for free download I'd urge anyone to jump on it.

 
 Posted:   Sep 24, 2013 - 7:56 AM   
 By:   JeffM   (Member)

did anybody save any of the keys? I had to reinstall this and it seems the file I had with the keys is missing.

 
 Posted:   Sep 24, 2013 - 8:11 AM   
 By:   Jonathan   (Member)

what's your email address - or write me!

 
 Posted:   Sep 25, 2013 - 8:15 AM   
 By:   Drawgoon   (Member)

Whoa, looks like I am too late for this party and I could really use some powerful sound editor with good UI (audacity is totally not my cup of tea). But I don't suppose Audition 3 had a mac port to begin with so no big loss?

 
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