Final Cut Pro: Using Audio Outputs

The audio outputs preset in Final Cut Pro is used to create preset configurations that can map the tracks to multiple audio channel outputs. Final Cut Pro can support 24 hardware audio outputs, so you have a range of hardware to choose from. When you open FCP, it will automatically use the audio output device programmed in the Easy Setup. However, you can change this as well as use different presets in the audio output.

Step 1: Configure the Audio Outputs

Before you can make any changes or use the audio outputs in FCP, it is important that you configure the audio outputs first. To do this, click Audio/Video Settings after you click the tab for A/V Devices. A pop-up window will appear. Here, choose an audio interface that fit your needs whether Default, Built-in Audio, FireWire DV or Other Available Audio Interfaces. After you have chosen, click Options to show the Audio Device Options window. You will find 3 tabs - Channels for the number of channels the interface can output, Bit Dept and Sample Rate. An alert message will appear, so you need to select if you want to turn off the message when the device cannot be found or when you choose more audio output channels.

Step 2: Choosing an Audio Output Preset

FCP has 2 - Stereo Monitoring L+R which is the default preset and 5.1 Monitoring L+R, C, FLE, Ls+Rs for 5.1 channels. To select a preset, go to Timeline or Browser then Sequence. Go to Settings then Audio Outputs. On the Load Audio Outputs Preset menu, choose a preset then click OK.

Step 3: Modifying Audio Output Settings

Go to the Timeline or Browser and select Sequence. Go to Settings and click the Audio Outputs tab. From the pop-up window, choose the number of audio channels making sure that you choose Stereo for each pair of channels. To use each channel as an individual channel, choose Dual Mono. You also need to select a downmix level for the stereo group and each mono output. When you are done, click OK.

Step 4: Create and Save Audio Outputs Preset

From the Audio Outputs tab, go to Presets and choose one from the list. Click Duplicate or Edit. Type a name and description of the preset in the Audio Outputs Preset Editor. Once you are done, follow Step 3, but this time you need to click OK twice.

Step 5: Assign a Default Audio Output Preset

To use or assign a default Audio Output Preset for any new sequences, go to the Audio Outputs tab and choose a Preset from the list. To do this, just click the column next to the name of the Preset. Click Ok. This should make the Preset you have chosen as the default Audio Output for your new sequences.

Step 6: Assign Tracks to Audio Outputs

Go to the Timeline and choose a track you want for an Audio Output. Control-click the Lock Track, Auto Select, or Track Visibility control, and then from the shortcut menu, select Audio Outputs. From the submenu, select an output bus.