Adding Audio Effects in Adobe Premiere

Sound is just as important to a production as video is. Great audio effects enhance your video projects and add value to your production. They help audiences become more drawn in to the artificial world you've created on the screen. Adobe Premiere Pro is a wonderful editing program that easily allows you to incorporate audio effects into your project. Here's how to do it:

Get the Audio Effect

The first step in adding audio effects in your project is to get them. There are several places to find pre-recorded effects and that includes the Internet and sound effects CDs that you can buy for video production.

Another way to get awesome effects is to record them yourself using your video camera. You don't need to actually record the thing you're trying to imitate; you just need record something that sounds like it. In fact, a lot of the time the audience is more familiar with the exaggerated sound effect than the real sound itself. 

Import the Audio Effect

The next step is to add the effect into your project's bin. Choose 'File'-> 'Import' or use the keyboard short cut 'Control' (Command) + 'I'. Navigate through your hard drive for the file and add it into your project. You should see the file in your bin when the import process is complete.

Create an Audio Effects Track

Go to 'Sequence'-> 'Add Tracks' and add one audio track to your project. This track will be devoted to only sound effects and nothing else. This way you know where every audio effect is if you need to make any changes.

Trim the Audio

Double click the audio effect you wish to work with in the bin to have it open in the source monitor. Here you can trim the audio so that it only consists of the sound you wish to add. 

Add the Audio

Once the audio has been trimmed, you're going to add it into your sequence. Drag the file from the bin and add it where it needs to go on the timeline on the audio effects track. 

If the audio was created on your video camera, then you need to unlink the audio and video, and then delete the video so that you can work with only the audio.


You may need to shift it's position a little until it sounds right. Once you're satisfied with the timing of the effect, you can adjust it's volume. If you want to adjust the overall volume of the entire track, go to 'Clip'-> 'Audio Gain'.

If you need to adjust the volume throughout the clip, then you need to change this on the timeline. Collapse the triangle next to where it says 'Audio' on the track. Click on the small box with a circle and choose 'Show Track Volume'. You will add key frames to the points where the volume will change. Then, you will click on the key frame and raise it up to increase the volume and down to decrease it.

Doing this creates key frame cues on the timeline and not on the clip. If things shift, then you need to shift the key frames to new positions.

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