To open the Audio Meters panel, select Window > Audio Meters.
Learn to monitor, adjust, and normalize audio in Premiere Pro. Learn to adjust track volume over time using keyframes.
You can monitor audio levels for clips while capturing footage, in the Timeline panel and in the Program Monitor.
You can monitor audio levels while capturing DV or HDV footage.
To open the Audio Meters panel, select Window > Audio Meters.
Capture video from a DV or HDV source.
The Audio Meters panel displays the audio level for the captured footage. For more information, see Capturing and digitizing footage.
You can monitor audio levels for clips in the Timeline panel.
To open the Audio Meters Panel, select Window > Audio Meters.
Select the clip in the Program Monitor or the Timeline panel.
Do one of the following to play the clip:
The Audio Meters panel displays the audio level for the captured footage.
By default, Premiere Pro plays audio while scrubbing any clip or sequence containing audio in the Source Monitor, Program Monitor, or the Timeline panel. You can remove audio scrubbing by doing the following:
Select Edit > Preferences > Audio (Windows), or Premiere Pro > Preferences > Audio (Mac OS).
You can assign a keyboard shortcut to the Preferences > Audio command. For more information, see Find keyboard shortcuts.
Deselect Play audio while scrubbing.
Gain refers to the input level or volume in clips. You use the Audio Gain command to adjust the gain level for one or more selected clips. The Audio Gain command is independent of the output level settings in the Audio Track Mixer and Timeline panels. Its value is combined with the track level for the final mix. You can adjust the gain for an entire sequence with the Normalize Mix Track (previously known as Normalize Master Track) command.
Volume refers to the output level or the volume in sequence clips or tracks. You can adjust the volume for a sequence clip in the Effect Controls or Timeline panels. In the Effect Controls panel, you use the same methods to adjust the volume that you use to set other effect options. It’s often simpler to adjust the Volume effect in the Timeline panel.
You can set gain or volume levels to make levels consistent among tracks, or to change the volume of a track. However, if the level of an audio clip was set too low when it was digitized, increasing the gain or volume amplifies noise. For best results, follow the standard practice of recording or digitizing source audio at the optimum level. This practice allows you to concentrate on adjusting track levels.
Choose Clip > Audio Options > Audio Gain or keyboard shortcut G.
The Audio Gain dialog box opens. Premiere Pro automatically calculates the peak amplitude of the selected clips. This value is displayed in the Peak Amplitude field. Once calculated, this value is stored for the selection. You can use this value as a guide to adjust gain.
Select one of the following, set its value:
Set Gain to
The default value is 0.0 dB. This option allows the user to set gain to a specific value. This value is always updated to the current gain, even when the option is not selected, and the value appears dimmed.
Adjust Gain by
The default value is 0.0 dB. This option allows the user to adjust gain by + or - dB. Entering a value other than zero in this field automatically updates the Set Gain To dB value to reflect the actual gain value applied to the clip.
Normalize Max Peak to
The default value is 0.0 dB. Users can set this value to any value below 0.0 dB. It option adjusts the maximum peak amplitude in the selected clips to the user-specified value.
Normalize All Peaks to
The default value is 0.0 dB. Users can set this value to anything below 0.0 dB. This normalization option adjusts the peak amplitude in the selected clips to the user-specified value.
You can set the peak volume level for the Mix track of a sequence. Premiere Pro automatically adjusts the fader for the whole Mix track. The loudest sound in the track achieves the specified value. Premiere Pro scales any keyframes on the Mix track upward or downward, in proportion to the adjustment made in overall volume.
Adobe Premiere Pro does not allow a volume adjustment that would raise the peak higher than 0 dB.
Select the sequence you want to normalize.
Select Sequence > Normalize Mix Track.
In the Normalize Track dialog box, type an amplitude value in the dB field.
You can add keyframes in the Timeline or the Effect Controls panel at the current time. Keyframes allow you to manipulate the volume of a clip.
You can adjust the volume level of a track or have the volume change over time using the rubber band in an audio track of a Timeline panel.
Expand the audio track by double clicking on it.
In the audio track header, click the Show Keyframes button, and choose one of the following from the menu:
Create keyframes by using Ctrl-click (Windows) or Command-click (Mac OS). You can also create keyframes using the Pen tool.
Use either the Selection tool or the Pen tool to move the Volume level rubber band up (increase volume) or down (decrease volume).
If you want the Volume effect to change over time, place the current-time indicator at the location for each change, click the Add/Remove Keyframe button in the audio track header, and drag the keyframe up (louder) or down (quieter).
To apply the same effect to multiple clips, do the following:
In the Timeline panel, adjust the volume of a single clip to the desired level.
Choose Edit > Copy.
Drag a marquee over the other clips you want to change. You can also use Shift-click to select multiple clips.
Choose Edit > Paste Attributes.
Choose the fields and click OK.
This procedure pastes all effects and attributes of the first clip selected, not just its volume settings.
To adjust the volume of a single clip in the Effects Controls panel, do the following:
Select an audio clip in a sequence.
In the Effect Controls panel, click the triangle next to Volume to expand the effect.
Do one of the following:
A keyframe is automatically created at the position of the current-time indicator in the Effect Controls panel.
(Optional) To change the Volume effect over time, move the current-time indicator and adjust the volume level graph in the Effect Controls panel.
Each time you move the current-time indicator and make an adjustment, a new keyframe is created. You can also adjust the interpolation between keyframes by editing the keyframe graph. Repeat as needed.