Repeating part of a waveform to create a loop
Many elements in music are repetitive. A loop is a piece of music that lends itself to repetition, like a drum pattern; many companies offer sound libraries of loops that are suitable for creating sound tracks (Chapter 12 covers how to create sound tracks in Audition by using loops.) However, it’s also possible to create your own loops by extracting a loop from a longer piece of audio.
- Choose File > Open, navigate to the Lesson03 folder, and open the file Ueberscall_PopCharts.wav.
- Click the Transport’s Loop Playback button, or press Ctrl+L (Command+L).
- Try to select a region that makes musical sense when looped. You can move the region boundaries during playback. If you have a hard time finding good loop points, set a region to start at 7.742 seconds and end at 9.673. You’ll need to zoom in to set these timings accurately.
- Once you’ve located and selected a suitable loop, choose Edit > Copy to New or press Shift+Alt+C (Shift+Option+C) to copy your loop to a new file that appears in the Editor panel.
- With the loop displayed in the Editor panel, choose Edit > Save As or press Shift+Ctrl+S (Shift+Command+S) and navigate to where you want to save the loop. Now you have a loop you can use in other pieces of music.
You can select between this loop and the original file from which it came using the Editor panel’s file selector drop-down menu.