Tips for Audio Level Adjustment in Avid

If you want to increase or decrease down the audio level of an audio clip, you can do so by using the audio level adjustment feature of Avid.

Here are the steps to follow in order to edit the audio levels:

Step 1. Open your Tools

Before getting on with editing the audio level of a clip, you have to first open the tools needed. In Avid, you have to go to your Tools menu and click on your Audio Tool and then also open your Audio Mixer.

Click on the fast menu icon on the lower left portion of your screen and choose the Audio Data menu, then click on the Clip Gain. This will give you a visual representation of the audio levels that you will change.

Step 2. Edit the Audio Level on the Mixer

First review the volume of the clip you want to edit and see how high or low you want to change the audio level. After that go to the Audio Mixer on the central part of your screen and click on the two icons on top of the volume sliders for the two audio segments labeled A1 and A2. This will make the sliders move together if you move one of them.

Drag one of the sliders up until you hit the maximum height on the Audio Mixer in order to increase the audio level, or drag it down if you want to decrease it. As you do these, glance at the lower half of your screen where you should see the lines moving up or down which represents the audio level increasing or decreasing.

Step 3. Check the Audio Level

You have to play the audio clip and see if it has reached the audio level that you want. If it has then you should be done with editing your audio levels. If you feel you want to tone it down even more, simply drag down the slider on the Audio Mixer until you've reached your desired level. However, if you feel that the maximum increase the Audio Mixer can offer is not enough then you can further increase it by going to the next step.

Step 4. Use Auto Gain to Increase Audio Levels

Access the Audio Data menu on your fast menu and click on the Auto Gain option. This option will need to have key frames for you to use it. To activate the key frames simply click on the arrowhead pointing up.

More lines will show on the lower half of your screen. Click on the line on one of the clips and push it up using your cursor to add on to the audio level. Remember that Auto Gain and Clip Gain is additive, so raising the lines for audio levels using Auto Gain will add on to the volume you've set using Clip Gain in Step 2.

Step 5. Recheck the Audio Levels

Play the audio clip once more and see if it has reached the level you like, if not then simply adjust the lines on the lower half of your screen to edit the audio levels using Auto Gain.

Extra Tips

  • To view the waveforms for the audio clip you are editing, simply activate Sample Plot. To do this, go back to your fast menu and under the Audio Data menu click on Sample Plot. The waveforms should show up in a gray color on the lower part of your screen.
  • To make the waveforms larger or smaller, hold down the command and option button if you're using Mac or the Ctrl and Alt button if you are using a PC, then press on the L button for larger waveforms and K for smaller waveforms.
  • For the waveforms to be colored black, simply go back to the Audio Data menu on the fast menu and uncheck the options for Clip Gain and Auto Gain.
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