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Use Adobe Stock audio in Premiere Pro

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Access high-quality Adobe Stock audio directly from the Essential Sound panel in Premiere Pro, and download and use it in your project.

Adobe Stock is a service that provides creatives with access to millions of high-quality curated and royalty-free audio, video, Motion Graphics templates, and more for all your creative projects. You can purchase Adobe Stock as a multi-asset subscription. Various subscription packages are available.

Access Adobe Stock audio within Premiere Pro

  1. Choose the Audio workspace. In the Essential Sound panel, click Browse.

  2. Search for tracks by mood or genre. Each genre has multiple sub-genre options. Click the > arrow to select sub-genres.

    If you have a specific track in mind, type in the track name in the Search box at the top of the Essential Sound panel, and then select it from the results.


    Select multiple moods and genres to broaden your selection.

  3. You can then fine-tune the results by filtering by tempo, duration, vocals, and audio partner.


    The speed at which the music is played. The minimum tempo is 30 bpm and the maximum is 250+ bpm.


    Minimum duration is 0:00 and maximum duration is 5:00+.


    You can choose whether you want your track to have vocals or just instrumental or both options.

    Audio Partners

    You can choose from a list of audio partners.

Preview audio tracks

Preview an audio track to hear what it sounds like before downloading it.

Playing the audio track in the Essential Sound panel
Playing the audio track in the Essential Sound panel

You can preview audio tracks by pressing Play in the audio track. Click on the waveform to jump to specific portions of the track.

Previewing the audio track with the current sequence
Previewing the audio track with the current sequence

To preview the audio track with your current sequence in the timeline, make sure that Timeline sync is enabled (default option). When this option is enabled, audio previews play in sync with your timeline from the point where you place the playhead. 

To increase or decrease the volume of the audio track, use the slider at the bottom of the Essential Sound panel or use the left arrow key (to decrease volume) or the right arrow key (to increase volume).

  Use new beta features
Free SFX and Music from Adobe Stock are now available for testing and feedback. Try it now in Premiere Pro (beta).

Access free stock audio inside Premiere Pro

  1. Open Window > Essential Sound panel.

  2. In the Essential Sound panel, select Browse Tab.

  3. Select Music or SFX.

  4. Select Free in the Filters section.

  5. Preview the cues in the context of your edit and choose the track that works best.

UI shows Free music being filtered under Adobe Stock.
With access to over 15,000 free music tracks, you can filter between Free and Premium from Adobe Stock.

Download a preview of an audio track

You can try out an audio track by downloading a preview version. Preview audio tracks are not watermarked and are in a low bitrate M4a format. Use preview audio tracks to check whether it suits your project. Once you are satisfied with the audio track, you can then go ahead and license it. Licensed audio files are in uncompressed WAV format at either 44.1 or 48 kHz sample rate.

Drag a track to the sequence to download a preview
Drag a track to the sequence to download a preview

To download a track, drag it from the Essential Sound panel to your sequence.

Right-click a track to download a preview
Right-click a track to download a preview

Right-click the track and select Add to project. You can also save it to to your disk, or to your Creative Cloud Library.

 Premiere Pro displays a warning if you try to export a video with unlicensed audio tracks. For more information, see Stock audio issue in Premiere Pro.

License an audio track

After you are satisfied with the audio track, you can license it to use in your project.


To use Adobe Stock audio, you need to have purchased a Stock subscription, and have enough credits in your account. Purchase a Stock plan here

  1. Click the License icon in the Essential Sound panel.

    Licensing an audio track
    Licensing an audio track

  2. Click Confirm to license the audio track.

    Premiere Pro downloads a high-quality .wav file and replaces the previews automatically throughout your project.

  3. (Optional) If you are posting a video that includes Adobe Stock audio tracks on YouTube, you may receive a YouTube copyright claim. If you receive that claim, you need to submit an Adobe Stock license code for each piece of music licensed. Copy the license code and keep it handy when you publish your video to YouTube. For more information, see Audio Copyright Claims.

Frequently asked questions

All Adobe Stock assets are royalty-free, so they can be used as many times as you need in any permitted project, anywhere in the world.

You may use Adobe Stock audio in a variety of ways with a standard or extended license – training material, online ads, wedding films, paid advertising, social media, and more.

If you plan to use Adobe Stock audio in film, broadcast, SVOD, apps, games, or point of sale, you must purchase an extended license. Adobe Stock audio must be synced with a visual or other audio (such as in a podcast). Stand-alone use is not permitted.

Please refer to our License Terms page or our Terms of Use for details about restrictions.

Absolutely! You may license an audio track from the Adobe Stock website and download it to your desktop and drag the audio files into Adobe Premiere Rush or Adobe Audition.

Minimal modifications such as pitch shifting or time compression are allowed, but not remixes, mashups, or other modifications for making a new song. Please refer to our License Terms page or our Terms of Use for more details about allowed uses.

No, you do not need to worry about obtaining additional licenses from PROs. The providers we get our audio tracks from have not registered the tracks with PROs.

You can file a dispute of this copyright claim with Youtube by following the instructions in Google’s help documentation here. In the dispute, include the license ID given to you after you purchased your Stock Audio track. If you don’t have it on hand, no problem! You can find this license ID by going to and navigating to your license history. 

Navigating to your license history
Navigating to your license history

Lastly, please let us know if this happened to you by reaching out to us on Twitter@AdobeCare. We’d like to make the use of Stock Audio tracks in your projects as simple as possible. Happy to help!


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