Final Cut Pro: Linking Behavior in Audio Channel Pairs

One of the most popular features in Final Cut Pro is its ability to link video and audio clip items together; however, you can also link audio channel items together in stereo pairs. This is referred to as stereo linking and is a type of audio item linking that is limited to two audio clip items that are positioned in parallel to each other on the timeline.

With stereo pairs, you can control audio levels, effects and pan settings for two linked audio items at once. If you modify one item in the stereo pair, the other audio item is also changed. This feature is very useful if you're working with audio items such as music, sound effects or other audio items that are recorded in stereo. However, you cannot select a single item from a stereo pair without selecting the other. This simple how-to guide will show you how to understand the basic concepts of linking behavior and audio channel pairs in Final Cut Pro.

What You Will Need

  • A computer with Final Cut Pro installed

Step 1: Working with Mono Audio Channels in the Timeline

In Final Cut Pro's timeline, the program treats each mono audio item just like it would any other linked item. When you click on one of the mono audio channels, both items are selected when link selection is turned on. If link selection is turned off, you will be able to select mono audio channel at a time. When working with mono audio channels, you can select one channel at a time, and any changes made to that particular channel won't affect other mono channels in the timeline.

Step 2: Working with Linked Audio Pairs in the Viewer

In the Viewer, each mono channel will have its own tab. The two tabs will be named mono a1 and mono a2 respectively. You can have multiple mono channels for each clip. Settings for levels, filters and pan settings that are applied to one single mono channel are not applied to the others.

Step 3: Working with a Linked Stereo Pair in the Timeline

In the timeline, each linked stereo pair's audio channels will be treated as a single linked item. Linked stereo pair items will always be the same length and are not able to be modified or selected separately from each other. When selecting a stereo pair of items in your timeline, you must select both items at the same time. This is also true even if link selection is turned off. This also means that any changes made to a stereo pair will affect both channels of the pair.

Step 4: Working with a Linked Stereo Pair in the Viewer

Linked  stereo pair channels will always appear as a single tab in your Viewer. They are designated stereo "a1a2". If the clip has multiple stereo pairs, they will be linked together and the pair numbers will increase successively. The waveforms for both channels in the stereo player are also displayed in the same tab. As in the timeline, effects or levels applied to one channel will affect the other stereo channel as well.

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