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Retime music (OR songs) to match the duration of your video

Powered by Adobe Sensei, Remix in Premiere Pro saves hours of cutting, rippling, adding fades, previewing, then undoing and starting again, trying to cut a piece of music to fit the length of a scene. 

Whether your music clips come from a favorite stock audio service like Adobe Stock, your personal or commercial libraries, or even your neighbor's garage band, you can use Remix to find the ideal cut points or loops, retiming and rearranging your songs almost instantly.

How does Remix work?  

When you apply Remix, Premiere Pro takes a few seconds to perform an analysis measuring several qualities of each beat in a song and comparing them to every other beat. Remix then finds the path of highest confidence based on those qualities, to create a musically coherent and seamless remix of the song, adding the cuts and crossfades automatically without you having to do anything.

Where do I start?

Remix music tracks automatically in Premiere Pro
Remix music tracks automatically in Premiere Pro

To use Remix:

    1. Select music clip.
    2. Click and hold in the Ripple Edit tool group in the Toolbar panel, select Remix tool, then click and drag the right edge of your music clip in the timeline.
  1. Edit Remix properties in the Essential Sound panel.

What should I think about while remixing a music clip?

When you remix a song, consider elements like target duration, dynamics (how many different sections there are in the song), and the type of music.

Use the Customize sliders in the Essential Sound panel to try out different arrangements.

Simply select an audio clip, enable Remix, and then edit these properties.

Remix options in the Essential Sound panel
Remix options in the Essential Sound panel

Target duration

If you know the duration you're trying to achieve, you can type this in the Target Duration text in the Essential Sound panel Remix Properties.  You can also use the Remix tool in the Toolbar panel to drag the length of the music clip to match your content visually.  Depending on factors like the original tempo and composition of the song, and other parameters, Remix finds a version of the music within 5 seconds of the target duration and usually within 1 second.

Segments

Adjust this parameter to control the number of cuts and crossfades made in a Remix.  Lower values make as few cuts as necessary, while higher values give the algorithm more flexibility to adapt to dynamic songs.

Variations

Adjust this parameter to quickly preview alternative remixes, focusing on either more melodic or harmonic elements of the song.  A track with a strong solo instrument, like a trumpet or voice, may get better results with a melodic variation, while an orchestral or chorale piece may sound more natural with a harmonic variation.

How do I know my Remix worked?

Every edit Remix makes is displayed as a vertical zig-zag line on the new audio clip.  Move your playhead a little before these indicators and press Play.  You can hear the new edit in real-time.  You can also double-click the clip to open the remixed song in the Source Monitor and listen to it in isolation.

Zig-zag lines  in the audio clip in the Source Monitor indicate Remix edits
Zig-zag lines in the audio clip in the Source Monitor indicate Remix edits

Tips and tricks

  • Remix always keeps the beginning and end of your clip and remixes the middle.  If there is a specific part of the song you want to happen at a particular point in your project, split the original clip right at this point and Remix both clips separately.  You can then put them together to make a seamless transition between the two, and you can align this point with your video.  
  • Remix does not understand vocals in the music. Sometimes, this means Remix keeps the first few lines from one verse and edits them into the last few lines of a different verse. Keep this in mind while remixing music with vocals.
  • There is a slight timing issue with preview versions of Adobe Stock music. If you use Remix on a Preview and then pay for the track, check the timing with the full version. If necessary, reapply Remix to the original full-length song.

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