Final Cut Pro: Using Audio Presets

Final Cut Pro's audio presets are used to generate preset configurations, and these configurations can be used to map tracks for up to 24 output channels, or to select the type of Capture presets that a user needs. And, what makes this even better is that users do not have to do much to get the presets set up. Final Cut Pro will automatically use the presets from the output or input device that was installed during the Easy Setup.

Step 1: Changing the Audio Outputs

Before users can do anything with audio presets, they need to ensure that their audio outputs are configured correctly. This is the only way that a user will be able to use any of the outputs. To configure the outputs, users should go into the Audio/Video Devices tab in Final Cut Pro. In this menu, select the Audio/Video Settings.

Once this is clicked, a pop-up menu will come out, and users now need to pick the correct audio interface for their computer. Options will include Built-in Audio, Default, FireWire DV or Other Available Audio Interfaces. Now, click on the Options button, and this will bring up the Audio Device Options menu. In this menu, users can see the bit dept (how many colors are in the color palette), Sample Rate (samples per second), and the number of channels that can be outputted.

Step 2: How to Choose an Audio Preset

The default preset for this program is Stereo Monitoring and 5.1 Monitoring, which can be used with 5.1 channels. But, the default preset can be changed by going into the Timeline and then going into the Sequence tab. In the Sequence tab, users should click on Settings and then Audio Outputs. This will cause the Audio Outputs Preset Menu. Here, users can just select the preset that they would like to use.

Besides the audio output presets, users can also select how they would like to input information. To change the Capture Presets, go into the Audio/Video Settings menu, and go into the Capture Presets tab. In this tab, all the presets will be listed. Users can select from settings like DV PAL 48 kHz, DV50 PAL 48 kHz and the like.

Once a preset has been changed, it will be reflected in the Audio/Visual Settings' Summary tab and in the Easy Setup menu.

Step 3: Adding Additional Presets

While Final Cut Pro will generate presets based on the program that was installed, users can also download and install presets from third-party software programs or hardware. And, some third-party manufacturers may even have Final Cut Pro presets preinstalled in their programs or hardware. It may be worth checking with the company or doing a search on their site to confirm this.

Once the device's custom preset has been found, it's pretty easy to add it to the Final Cut Pro library. Users just need to cut and paste the preset into the right Final Cut Pro Folder. Generally, that folder is located in the following directory path: Library/Application Support/Final Cut Pro System Support/Plugins/.