Editing, repairing, and improving audio using Essential Sound panel

  1. Adobe Premiere Pro User Guide
  2. Getting started
    1. Get started with Adobe Premiere Pro
    2. What's new in Premiere Pro
    3. Release Notes | Premiere Pro
    4. Premiere Pro system requirements
    5. Keyboard shortcuts in Premiere Pro
    6. Accessibility in Premiere Pro
  3. Creating projects
    1. Creating projects
    2. Open projects
    3. Move and delete projects
    4. Work with multiple open projects
    5. Work with Project Shortcuts
    6. Backward compatibility of Premiere Pro projects
    7. Open and edit Premiere Rush projects in Premiere Pro
    8. Best Practices: Create your own project templates
  4. Workspaces and workflows
    1. Workspaces
    2. Working with Panels
    3. Windows touch and gesture controls
  5. Capturing and importing
    1. Capturing
      1. Capturing and digitizing footage
      2. Capturing HD, DV, or HDV video
      3. Batch capturing and recapturing
      4. Setting up your system for HD, DV, or HDV capture
    2. Importing
      1. Transferring and importing files
      2. Importing still images
      3. Importing digital audio
    3. Importing from Avid or Final Cut
      1. Importing AAF project files from Avid Media Composer
      2. Importing XML project files from Final Cut Pro 7 and Final Cut Pro X
    4. Supported file formats
    5. Digitizing analog video
    6. Working with timecode
  6. Editing
    1. Sequences
      1. Create and change sequences
      2. Add clips to sequences
      3. Rearrange clips in a sequence
      4. Find, select, and group clips in a sequence
      5. Edit from sequences loaded into the Source Monitor
      6. Rendering and previewing sequences
      7. Working with markers
      8. Scene edit detection
    2. Video
      1. Create and play clips
      2. Trimming clips
      3. Synchronizing audio and video with Merge Clips
      4. Render and replace media
      5. Undo, history, and events
      6. Freeze and hold frames
      7. Working with aspect ratios
    3. Audio
      1. Overview of audio in Premiere Pro
      2. Audio Track Mixer
      3. Adjusting volume levels
      4. Editing, repairing, and improving audio using Essential Sound panel
      5. Monitor clip volume and pan using Audio Clip Mixer
      6. Audio balancing and panning
      7. Advanced Audio - Submixes, downmixing, and routing
      8. Audio effects and transitions
      9. Working with audio transitions
      10. Apply effects to audio
      11. Measure audio using the Loudness Radar effect
      12. Recording audio mixes
      13. Editing audio in the timeline
      14. Audio channel mapping in Premiere Pro
      15. Use Adobe Stock audio in Premiere Pro
    4. Advanced editing
      1. Multi-camera editing workflow
      2. Editing workflows for feature films
      3. Set up and use Head Mounted Display for immersive video in Premiere Pro
      4. Editing VR
    5. Best Practices
      1. Best Practices: Mix audio faster
      2. Best Practices: Editing efficiently
  7. Video Effects and Transitions
    1. Overview of video effects and transitions
    2. Effects
      1. Types of effects in Premiere Pro
      2. Apply and remove effects
      3. Effect presets
      4. Automatically reframe video for different social media channels
      5. Color correction effects
      6. Change duration and speed of clips
      7. Adjustment Layers
      8. Stablilize footage
    3. Transitions
      1. Applying transitions in Premiere Pro
      2. Modifying and customizing transitions
      3. Morph Cut
  8. Graphics, Titles, and Animation
    1. Graphics and titles
      1. Create titles and motion graphics
      2. Applying text gradients in Premiere Pro
      3. Using Motion Graphics templates for titles
      4. Replace images or videos in Motion Graphics templates
      5. Use data-driven Motion Graphics templates
      6. Best Practices: Faster graphics workflows
      7. Add Responsive Design features to your graphics
      8. Working with captions
      9. Speech to Text
      10. Speech to Text in Premiere Pro | FAQ
      11. Upgrade Legacy titles to Source Graphics
    2. Animation and Keyframing
      1. Adding, navigating, and setting keyframes
      2. Animating effects
      3. Use Motion effect to edit and animate clips
      4. Optimize keyframe automation
      5. Moving and copying keyframes
      6. Viewing and adjusting effects and keyframes
  9. Compositing
    1. Compositing, alpha channels, and adjusting clip opacity
    2. Masking and tracking
    3. Blending modes
  10. Color Correction and Grading
    1. Overview: Color workflows in Premiere Pro
    2. Get creative with color using Lumetri looks
    3. Adjust color using RBG and Hue Saturation Curves
    4. Correct and match colors between shots
    5. Using HSL Secondary controls in the Lumetri Color panel
    6. Create vignettes
    7. Lumetri scopes
    8. Display Color Management
    9. HDR for broadcasters
    10. Enable DirectX HDR support
  11. Exporting media
    1. Workflow and overview for exporting
    2. Quick export
    3. Exporting for the Web and mobile devices
    4. Export a still image
    5. Exporting projects for other applications
    6. Exporting OMF files for Pro Tools
    7. Export to Panasonic P2 format
    8. Exporting to DVD or Blu-ray Disc
    9. Best Practices: Export faster
  12. Working with other Adobe applications
    1. After Effects and Photoshop
    2. Dynamic Link
    3. Audition
    4. Prelude
  13. Organizing and Managing Assets
    1. Working in the Project panel
    2. Organize assets in the Project panel
    3. Playing assets
    4. Search assets
    5. Creative Cloud Libraries
    6. Sync Settings in Premiere Pro
    7. Using Productions
    8. How clips work across projects in a Production
    9. Consolidate, transcode, and archive projects
    10. Managing metadata
    11. Best Practices
      1. Best Practices: Working with Productions
      2. Best Practices: Learning from broadcast production
      3. Best Practices: Working with native formats
  14. Improving Performance and Troubleshooting
    1. Set preferences
    2. Reset preferences
    3. Working with Proxies
      1. Proxy overview
      2. Ingest and Proxy Workflow
    4. Check if your system is compatible with Premiere Pro
    5. Premiere Pro for Apple silicon
    6. Eliminate flicker
    7. Interlacing and field order
    8. Smart rendering
    9. Control surface support
    10. Best Practices: Working with native formats
    11. Knowledge Base
      1. Green and pink video in Premiere Pro or Premiere Rush
      2. How do I manage the Media Cache in Premiere Pro?
      3. Fix errors when rendering or exporting
      4. Troubleshoot issues related to playback and performance in Premiere Pro
  15. Monitoring Assets and Offline Media
    1. Monitoring assets
      1. Using the Source Monitor and Program Monitor
      2. Using the Reference Monitor
    2. Offline media
      1. Working with offline clips
      2. Creating clips for offline editing
      3. Relinking offline media

Use this page to know about the Essential Sound Panel in Premiere Pro.

Essential Sound is an all-in-one panel that gives you an extensive toolset of mixing techniques and repair options. This feature is useful for your common audio mixing tasks. The panel provides simple controls to unify volume levels, repair sound, improve clarity, and add special effects that help your video projects sound like a professional audio engineer has mixed them. You can save the applied adjustments as presets for reuse, making them handy for more audio refinements. 

Premiere Pro allows you to classify your audio clips as Dialogue, Music, SFX, or Ambience. You can also configure and apply presets to a set of clips that belong to the same type or to multiple clips.

Once you assign an audio type, for example Dialogue, for a voice-over clip, the Dialogue tab of the Essential Sound panel presents you several parameter groups. These groups allow you to carry out the common tasks that are associated with dialogue, such as unifying the different recordings to common loudness, reducing background noise, and adding compression and EQ. The audio types in the Essential Sound panel are mutually exclusive, that is, selecting one audio type for a clip reverts the previous changes done on that clip using another audio type.

All the changes that you do using the Essential Sound panel controls are reflected in the more advanced clip settings. For an effect like restoration or clarity, audio effects are inserted into the clip rack. If you are an advanced user, you can start with your primary edits in the Essential Sound panel and then go on with your sophisticated internal effect settings and apply finishing touches. 

To launch the Essential Sound panel, choose Window > Essential Sound

Using the Essential Sound panel in Premiere Pro

Watch this video to learn about how to use the Essential Sound panel in Premiere Pro (2 mins)

Unify loudness in your audio

  1. In the Essential Sound panel, select the clip type as Dialogue, Music, SFX, or Ambience.

  2. To make the loudness level uniform throughout the clip, expand Unify Loudness and click Auto Match. The loudness level (in LUFS) to which Premiere Pro auto-matched your clip appears below the Auto Match button.

Unifying Loudness
Unifying Loudness

Repair a dialogue track

If your clip contains dialogue audio data, you can use the options under the Dialogue tab in the Essential Sound panel to repair the sound by reducing noise, rumble, hum, and ‘ess’ sounds.

  1. Add the audio clip to a track in a multitrack session.

  2. Select the audio clip and in the Essential Sound panel, select the clip type as Dialogue.

  3. Select the Repair check-box and expand the section.

  4. Select the check-box for the property that you want to change, and use the slider to adjust the level of the following properties between 0 through 10:

    • Reduce Noise: Reduce the level of unwanted noises in the background, such as studio floor sounds and microphone background noise, and clicks. The proper amount of noise reduction depends upon the type of background noise and the acceptable loss in quality for the remaining signal.
    • Reduce Rumble: Reduce the rumble noise--very low-frequency noise that ranges below the 80-Hz range, for example, noise produced by a turntable motor or an action camera.
    • DeHum: Reduce or eliminate Hum—noise consists of a single frequency, in 50-Hz range (common in Europe, Asia, and Africa) or 60-Hz range (common in North and South America).  For example, electrical interference due to power cables laid too close to the audio cables can use such noise. You can select the hum level depending on the clip.
    • DeEss: Reduce harsh, high-frequency ess-like sounds. For example, sibilance in vocal recordings that cause s-sounds created by breathing or air movement between the microphone and the singer’s mouth. 
    • Reduce Reverb: Reduce or remove the reverb from audio recordings. This option allows you to to use original recordings from various sources and make them sound like they're coming from the same environment. 
    Repairing sound
    Repairing sound

Improve the clarity of your dialogue track

Improving the clarity of the dialogue track in your sequence has dependency on various factors. This is  because of the variations in volume and frequency of the human voice that range between 50Hz and 2KHz and the contents of the other tracks that go with it. Some of the common methods used for improving dialogue audio clarity are compressing or expanding the dynamic range of the recording, adjusting the frequency response of the recording, and processing the enhancing male and female voices.

  1. Add the audio clip to an empty track in a multitrack session.

  2. Select the clip and in the Essential Sound panel, select the clip type as Dialogue.

  3. Select the Clarity check-box and expand the section.

  4. Select the check-box for the property that you want to change, and use the slider to adjust the level of the following properties between 0 through 10:

    Dynamics: Change the impact of the recording by compressing or expanding the dynamic range of your recording. You can change the level from natural to focused.

    EQ: Reduce or boost selected frequencies in your recording. You can choose from a list of EQ presets that you can use on your audio and adjust the amount using the slider. To change the settings of EQ preset, select Effects>Audio Effects>Graphic Equalizer to view the graphic equalizer that you can adjust during playback, and save the changes.

    Enhance speech: Select the dialogue as Male or Female to process and enhance it at the appropriate frequency.

    Improving clarity
    Improving clarity

Working with Sound effects clips

Premiere Pro allows you to create artificial sound effects for your audio. SFX helps you create illusions such as the music originating from a particular position in the stereo field or an ambience of a room or field with appropriate reflections and reverberation. 

To add SFX to your audio

  1. Add the audio clip to an empty track in a multitrack session.

  2. Select the audio clip and choose Window > Essential Sound > SFX.

  3. To set reverb effect, choose the Reverb check-box under Creative.

  4. In the Preset box, select a Reverb preset that suits your needs.

    Choosing Reverb presets
    Choosing Reverb presets

Auto-ducking

Auto Ducking allows for automatic computation of keyframes that lower the volume of a background sound against a foreground sound.

  1. Open or create a multitrack session containing the audio clip.

  2. Use the Essential Sound panel to tag the content to its specific type. You can duck clips tagged as music and ambience.

  3. Select the background (for example, music) clip in the timeline, then assign it the Music audio type in the Essential Sound panel.

  4. Click the checkbox next to Ducking to enable auto-ducking.

    Enabling auto-ducking
    Enabling auto-ducking

    When you enable ducking, Premiere Pro adds an Amplify Effect to the clip. Keyframes that are computed by the Auto Ducking algorithm are added to this effect's gain parameter so that they can easily be changed or removed without interfering with your other sound design. 

    Note:

    Make sure that you assign audio types to the other audio tracks so that Premiere Pro knows what track to use to drive the ducking.  

  5. Set the following auto-ducking options:

    • Duck Against: Select the icons for the audio content types you wish to duck against - Dialogue, Music, Sound Effects, Ambience, or un-tagged clips.
    • Sensitivity: This parameter adjusts the threshold at which the ducking triggers.  Higher or Lower sensitivity settings result in fewer adjustments, but focus on maintaining a lower or louder music track, respectively.  Middle-range sensitivity values trigger more adjustments where the music comes in and out quickly between pauses in speech.
    • Reduce By: This parameter selects how much to reduce the volume of your music clip.  Adjusting this setting to the right reduces the volume more dramatically, towards the left for more subtle volume adjustments.
    • Fades: This parameter controls how quickly the volume adjustment occurs when triggered.  Faster fades are ideal when mixing fast music with fast speech while slower fades are more appropriate when ducking background music behind voiceover tracks.
  6. Click Generate Keyframes to compute and set keyframes for the Amplify effect that has been added to the clip.

    Note:

    You can manually change the keyframes after generation - however, clicking the Generate Keyframes button again overwrites all manual changes to the keyframes. 

Premiere Pro automatically adds keyframes and ducking adjustments to the effect's rubberband. The Timeline clip's audio keyframe display also automatically switches to display the keyframes on the Amplify effect.

Creating presets

Professional users can create presets for the benefit of the users and projects that work on a similar set of audio assets to ensure consistency and to save time. 

To create a preset

  1. To create a preset for Dialogue, select Essential Sound panel and click the panel menu.

  2. You can view the presets that are already available for Dialogue listed here. 

    Presets available for Dialogue
    Presets available for Dialogue

  3. If you want to customize and create extra preset, you can choose the desired settings.  After you have selected the desired settings, click Save settings as a preset button next to the Presets dropdown.

    Saving your new preset settings
    Saving your new preset settings

More functionalities

  • If no clips with differing audio types are selected, the audio type selector available with the Essential Sound Panel serves as a quick select tool to select all clips of a given audio type.
  • The preset selector serves as a nested menu when no audio type has been selected for a given clip so that you can directly assign audio type and preset with one single click.
  • The Essential Sound Panel displays a warning symbol next to a control whenever the underlying effect settings of an audio effect plug-in differ from the Essential Sound Panel setting (the user manually changed the effect settings). The Essential Sound Panel also displays a warning symbol if a multi-selection with differing settings has been selected.
Customizing and saving presets
Customizing and saving presets

Adobe logo

Sign in to your account