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Using Audio Effects in Premiere Pro

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[ADOBE® TV PRESENTS] [mechanical sounds of truck transforming] [Jason Levine] [Karl Soule] [mechanical sounds of truck transforming] [sound of rocket engine as mechanical bird lifts off] [Short and Suite - On the Road with Jason and Karl] Hi there! Karl Soule for Short and Suite. Today we're going to talk a little bit about how audio works inside of Premiere Pro. There's actually two different ways of working with audio, and some people kind of get the two confused a little bit, and I want to kind of explain why we do it the way we do it. To get started, I've got a timeline sequence here. This is actually a fairly complex audio mix here. You can see that I've got something like 23 different tracks of audio for this particular timeline sequence, and that's not outside the realm of possibility of what you can do with Premier Pro. When you're working with audio in Premier Pro, you can have 2 different types of tracks: you can have stereo tracks or mono tracks. Now, that's not 100% accurate--you can also have a third type of a track, which is a 5.1 surround track. But typically cameras these days--most of your source material is not going to come to you with 5.1 audio, so those are not used as frequently. When you're working inside of Premiere Pro, you have a couple different ways of applying effects to your audio clips. The first way is the same way you work with video. You can take a particular audio clip and you can just come over to your Effects panel, choose the Audio Effects folder, and go in and make sure and choose either the--I've got the Stereo folder open here, but there's also a Mono folder-- so the different effects for stereo and different effects for mono. If you're working with a stereo track, you want to make sure and pull from the Stereo folder. If you're working with mono tracks, you want to make sure and pull from the Mono folder. If I want to take one of these effects and apply it to this audio clip, all I have to do is drag it and drop it and I've now applied an audio clip to just this chunk of audio here. Now, you'll notice the way my project is organized here-- and I'll go ahead and just zoom in just a little bit here-- I have a lot of clips called Adam Voiceover. A lot of the Adam Voiceover clips--I've got them all placed on a single audio clip and this is a common way of organizing files. So I might have a particular track in here that might be labeled something like "Foley" or "footsteps," or "music" is another good example. So I might organize my project based on tracks. If I want to apply effects to all of the different clips on a given track and just make sure that everything on that track has the same audio effects supplied to it, a different way of doing this would be to actually use this Audio Mixer panel. Right now, you don't see any effects or any place to add effects on these different tracks, but if I come over here to this little tiny triangle, and twirl this down, you'll see I have this special panel here, and from here I can go in and I can actually apply the same effects on a track-by-track basis. So there's these 2 different ways of working with these 2 effects. If I go ahead and I apply one on an entire track-- let me go ahead and just choose like an Eq effect here-- to actually work with this effect--if I double-click on this, you'll see that this opens up in its own separate panel here and I can begin to play with the Parametric Equalizer here inside of Premiere Pro. If I want to work with the effect on an individual clip basis, what I need to do is open up the Effect Controls panel-- I want to make sure that I have the clip selected, go to the Effect Controls panel, and from here, I can go in and I can work with the same effect and play with these same parameters within the Effect Controls panel. You can see here exactly--we now have the custom setup. We can actually work with and play with this particular effect from within the Effect Controls panel. So you kind of have these 2 choices, and it really depends on what you're trying to accomplish. One of the most important things that I tend to do is when I'm working with a complicated mix like this, I may want to apply some sort of a compression to the overall output file. Once I've gotten all of my levels balanced, I just need to apply some sort of an effect to the final output and that's where this Audio Mixer can really come into play, because if I scroll all the way across here, you'll notice that the far right track here is something called "Master," and this is where I can come in and I can actually apply effects to the Master. And so, this is going to take all of the individual channels, mix them together, and give me the opportunity to apply an effect onto that final mix-down. So it can be a really powerful way of just getting some additional crunch or play with the dynamics a little bit, maybe just compress everything down a little bit. So it's another really powerful way of working with audio. So don't think that you have to jump over to a program like Soundbooth to play with audio. Premiere Pro is actually a really powerful tool for working with audio in and of itself. Soundbooth is great; especially if you have to do specific frequency removal or cleanup-- a fantastic tool for that, as well as all of the great sound effects and the scores that are available over there. But Premiere Pro has some really, really potent capabilities for working with audio right on the timeline. Thanks again. My name's Karl Soule. [ADOBE® TV PRODUCTIONS] [TV.ADOBE.COM]

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Posted by: adobetv on Oct 7, 2010

There are 2 different ways to add effects to audio in Premiere Pro. Karl Soule’ walks through both techniques, and when to use each technique.

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