Multiplying Audio Tracks in Adobe Premiere

Working with audio tracks can often become very complicated when creating high quality sound design. Sound is just as important as the image. In fact, sometimes it can be be more important as an audience forgives poor image quality easier than poor audio. In fact, great sound design has the extra power to draw an audience into your work and make them feel like they are really there. Here's how you can use Premiere's use of audio tracks to create the best sound possible for your production.

Step 1: Get Organized

Audio mixing within Premiere can get very complicated quickly. You should begin the process by being as organized as possible. You're going to have to multiple your audio tracks so that each one serves a specific purpose; location sound, ADR, Effects, Room tone, music, etc. 

Step 2: Add Tracks

To create the audio tracks, you will need go to 'Sequence'-> 'Add Tracks'. The 'Add Tracks' window should appear. By default, Premiere will automatically add one video track and one audio track unless you change those numbers. Ten audio tracks is a good number to start off with. It's more than you will need at first, so if you're editing and need another track, it will already be there; this way, you can stay in the moment.

Step 3: Trim the Room Tone

If you're editing a scene with dialogue then the sound man who was on set that day should have recorded room tone. Room tone is about 30 seconds to a minute of silent audio in the location they were filming in. This audio should capture the natural noise so that all of the sound in the edit is unified by background noise. Room tone makes the difference between a scene that sounds great and one that sounds terrible. 

Find your room tone in the project bin and double click it to open it in the source monitor. Use the In and Out Points to make it as long as possible. You will need at least 30 seconds of it because it's going to be looped. 

Step 4: Add the Room Tone

Once it's been trimmed, add the room tone to your project on the appropriate track. Once this is done, you should just keep dragging the room tone to the timeline so that the entire track for the sequence is covered. You could copy and paste, but sometimes Premiere is unpredictable as to which track it will paste to. Besides, if your scene is only a few minutes long there isn't much dragging to do.

Step 5: Link the Tone Together

Use a cross fade audio transition to link all of the room tones together. When being played back, you shouldn't even know it's there.

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