Discover, license, and edit stock music for your video, without ever leaving Adobe Premiere Pro.

Open the Essential Sound panel in Adobe Premiere Pro

In Adobe Premiere Pro, select the Audio Workspace preset, or choose Workspace > Essential Sound to reveal the all new Essential Sound panel with Adobe Stock audio built right in. Make sure you click Browse at the top of the panel so you can explore the extensive library.

You’ll notice that the Browse tab in the Essential Sound panel has a search bar, as well as three options to help limit your results: Mood, Genre, and Filters.

In an Adobe Premiere Pro desktop screenshot, the editor is selecting Window > Workspace > Audio with an image of a vintage convertible driving down a winding road with the sun low on the horizon behind it

Search for Adobe Stock audio

Use the search bar to search for keywords, or simply just start limiting your results by Mood, Genre, Tempo, Vocals, etc. 

In our example, we’re posting a short road trip video we shot last summer to our social media accounts. So we’ll search for the key words, “road trip” and select “Dance” for our Genre to limit our results.

In an Adobe Premiere Pro desktop screenshot, the editor uses the Essential Sound panel to filter their search by the Genre Dance while in the Program Monitor a convertible drives down a two lane highway

Audition music options

Adobe Premiere Pro’s powerful Timeline Sync lets you preview any Adobe Stock audio cue, in perfect time with your video - even before you import the asset to your project!

Note that there’s a checked box at the bottom of the Essential Sound Panel next to Timeline Sync. 

With that enabled, park your timeline’s playhead anywhere in your timeline where you anticipate starting the music cue. In our case, we’ll be playing from the first frame so we’ll start there. Next identify a music cue in your search results you’d like to preview and click the play button next to the cue name.

When you decide to preview a different track, all you have to do is click the play button next to the new track name and the playhead in your timeline will jump back to your initial starting point for a fresh preview.

Note that the outpoint in your timeline is dictated by the duration of the music cue you are previewing and will update with each new cue you play.

In an Adobe Premiere Pro desktop screenshot, the editor clicks the play button on a music track in the Essential Sound panel while the images of a vintage convertible on a two lane highway at sunset appear on the left side of the frame in the editing interface

Explore the whole track

By clicking on different points in the cue’s waveform, you can listen to different parts of the Adobe Stock audio track. As you select new sections to play in the cue, your playhead will jump to the matching point on the timeline.

We’ll check out how the cues end so that we can pick a sound that resolves in a pleasing way.

The cursor hovers over an Adobe Stock audio track waveform in the Essential Graphics panel while the audio meters bounce

Add an Adobe Stock audio track to your timeline

Once you find a track that you want to cut into your timeline, simply drag and drop it from the Essential Sound panel, directly into your timeline. You could also drag and drop it into a bin in your project if you prefer.

Note that this version of the Adobe Stock audio track is an m4a with no audio watermarks to interrupt the experience of your edit. You can export these versions, watermark free, to share privately with clients and collaborators. 

When you license a track for inclusion in your final edit, Adobe Premiere Pro will seamlessly replace the m4a version with a high quality wav file.

In an Adobe Premiere Pro desktop screenshot, the editor is dropping a new music cue onto an audio track in the timeline below an edit of a convertible on a coastal road at sunset

Fine tune your music edit

Now that you’ve got the Adobe Stock audio track in position, use the blade tool to trim the end to match the duration of your edit.

Sometimes, adding a fade out transition at the cut point will yield satisfactory results to end the background music. However, in almost all cases it will sound better to trim the last few bars of the Adobe Stock audio track and move it to the end of your edit where you’ll match the beat.

To make this fine-tuned edit, make sure your audio tracks are expanded so that you can see the audio waveforms. Next, use the blade tool to cut the final few bars of the cue and place it below the rest of the cue so that you can compare the waveforms. You’ll want to try to line up similar looking peaks and valleys, playing it back to find a smooth transition.

Trial and error will help you find the spot where  it sounds absolutely seamless. That’s the place to cut the two clips together.

In an Adobe Premiere Pro desktop screenshot, the editor is cutting the Adobe Stock audio track right before the outro

Finesse the end of the track

Use your waveforms to identify a seamless transition between the shortened track and the outro.

In an Adobe Premiere Pro desktop screenshot, the editor is editing a music track on Audio Track 2 below an identical audio track and an edit of a vintage convertible driving down a coastal highway

License the track

Now that you’re sure that you like the track you’ve edited into place, you can license the track right from your timeline.

Simply right click on the Adobe Stock audio track you’d like to license, and click License in the pop-up menu. You’ll need to have credits in your account, which you can pre-purchase at stock.adobe.com.

You’ve just added music to your video using Adobe Stock’s integrated music search feature in Adobe Premiere Pro.

In an Adobe Premiere Pro desktop screenshot, the focus is on the Timeline panel where the editor has control-clicked on an Adobe Stock audio music track and is selecting License… from the pop-up menu

Export for social

Export your video with an Adobe Premiere Pro preset for social media.

We’re using a 1080p HD YouTube preset that outputs a video we can use on any social media platform.

In an Adobe Premiere Pro desktop screenshot, the Export Media window is in the foreground and it displays the export settings as well as a still image of a vintage convertible driving down the highway at sunset

You’ve found the perfect Adobe Stock audio for the background of your video, and quickly edited it into place.

06/30/2021
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