Adobe Audition CS6: Favorite Shortcuts

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Hilary White wrote recently asking that, since she is starting to do more work with Audition, could I provide a list of my favorite keyboard shortcuts for the CS6 release.

There are hundreds of menu choices inside Audition and every one of them could have its own keyboard shortcut. In fact, you can have two different shortcuts for the same menu choice – which I find very cool! (As a long time Final Cut user, I added two FCP shortcuts: Shift+Z to Fit to Timeline and A to the Move tool. The rest I’ve been able to learn.)

So, here are the shortcuts I use all the time. (Windows users, substitute Cntrl for Command, and Alt for Option.)


Shortcut What It Does
Fit to Window
Command+ Fit everything into the window
= Zoom in horizontally
Zoom out horizontally
Option+[equals] Zoom in vertically
Option+[minus] Zoom out vertically
Command+Left Arrow Move playhead to previous edit
Command+Right Arrow Move playhead to next edit
0 Display Multitrack session
9 Display Waveform Editor


Shortcut What It Does
V Select Arrow (Move) tool
R Select Razor blade tool for single track, press again for multiple track
T Time selection tool
Y Slip tool
Command+K Cut all tracks at the position of the playhead


Shortcut What It Does
Command+G Group clips
Shift+Command+G Suspend group without breaking group
Command+E Exports Timeline Mix
Shift+Command+E Exports Waveform Editor file


Shortcut What It Does
Command+T Adds track
Option+Command+Delete Deletes selected track
Delete Deletes selection
Shift+Delete Deletes selected clip(s)
Option+Delete Deletes selected Time selection and pulls remainder of clip
to left to remove the gap. (Leaves gap at end of clip.)
Shift+Command+Delete Deletes selected Time Selection and pulls all clips up to remove the gap.


Shortcut What It Does
Command+scroll in track header Expand track height
Command+scroll in Timeline Expand track width
Shift+scroll wheel Slides window left or right
Command+click Select multiple items
Command+Shift-click Activate or deactivate Mute, Solo, Arm for Record,
or Monitor Input for all tracks; click button in any track.
Shift+drag Adjust setting in large increments
Command+drag Adjust setting in small increments
Option+comma Nudge selected clip left
Option+period Nudge selected clip right
Shift-drag Allows moving a clip between tracks
without changing horizontal position
Command+drag fade button Toggles between a linear and cosine fade shape

Let me know if I forgot any of your favorites and I’ll add them.

NOTE: I recently completed an in-depth series of video training on Adobe Audition. Find more details here.


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2 Responses to Adobe Audition CS6: Favorite Shortcuts

  1. Paul says:

    Is there any way to go back to the middle-click waveform scrolling like in Audition 3?
    I’ve tried out Audition CS5 and 6 and I will honestly never upgrade unless there’s a way to get middle-click scrolling back.

  2. Bob says:

    Larry,I have a track where in the middle of the track I have to remove a pop or noise, how do I join these two tracks without a tick . Please advise ……………..Bob

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