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You have lots of clips in your timeline which are all different volumes. How do you quickly match the volume of all the clips so that they are all matched? This quick tutorial will show you the tricks to know in Premiere Pro and Soundbooth to get the job done!



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Re: Balancing Audio Levels for Multiple Clips
by Rick Rivait
Informative Vid! Thx!

Question tho:
I have footage of a live performance: a total of 4 clips, each clip being ~30 min in length. There's dialogue throughout, but the waveform varies depending on the actors volume (projection) & position on the stage. Is there a way to increase the quiet dialogue without creating distortion in the loud dialogue (other than manually adding nodes between sections of dialogue and adjusting the gain)? I've tried "Set All Peaks to 0dB" but it increases the gain for the entire clip.

Your response is greatly appreciated.
Rick
@Balancing Audio Levels for Multiple Clips
by Leslie Longenecker
Is it possible to do this or something similar with Audition? I don't have Soundbooth.

Thanks!
@Leslie Longenecker
by Andrew Devis
http://library.creativecow.net/devis_andrew/Premiere-Pro-CS6-Basics_81/1

http://library.creativecow.net/devis_andrew/Premiere-Pro-CS6-Basics_82/1

The above tuts should help with using Audition.

All the best
Andrew

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Re: Balancing Audio Levels for Multiple Clips
by Daniel Andrews
Good show, clear and concise. Shame one can't import multiple audio clips to soundbooth though, seems like a no brainer to implement.

Thanks for posting.
Re: Balancing Audio Levels for Multiple Clips
by Valter Santos
Thanks a lot!!! Very useful!

Is there a rule for broadcast levels that I should use in "Match to Volume"?

I've heard that speech is most often mixed to -6 to -3 db with music background at -18 to -12...

Match Volume prevents sound to go above 0 db too?

How can I make my master track to stay below 0 db without changing these individual volumes? Normalize Master Track?

Thanks again!
@Valter Santos
by Andrew Devis
Hi Valter

Unfortunately, there is no rule for music volumes except that whatever you do, never go above 0dB. I think the levels you give are good safe ways to edit but a good place to start is to always check with the customer just in case they have a standard they like to work to.

My own personal preferences are at the higher ends of what you say (-3/voice and -12/music) unless there is a high dynamic range in the voice in which case I go to -6 just to be sure - or, I normalise peaks to 0 so that everything stays safe.

Match volumes will actually lower the volume of tracks that are too loud and, yes, it will keep volumes safe.

Lastly, if you have nested all your audio into one master sequence, then it has got to be worth normalising the master track to save any problems that may have got missed. But good audio is, unfortunately, always a clip by clip thing - both individual clips and listening to each clip in the context of what comes before it and after it.

Hope this helps
Andrew
@Andrew Devis
by Valter Santos
Thank you, Andrew!
It sure helps!
Re: Balancing Audio Levels for Multiple Clips
by Al Di Marzio
Thanks Andrew, I will experiment with this technique. I usually manage each clip individually and set volumes and filters as needed.

Aldimar Video Productions
Re: Balancing Audio Levels for Multiple Clips
by Donovan Werts
This is one of the most helpful tutorials I've ever watched. I've always done the extracted audio clips one at a time. Thanks very much!

Re: Balancing Audio Levels for Multiple Clips
by Terry Mikkelsen
Great tip!
Anyone know of a similar workflow for the Final Cut Studio?

Tech-T Productions
http://www.technical-t.com
Re: Balancing Audio Levels for Multiple Clips
by Dane Cooke
Great tutorial! I didn't realize Soundbooth had that ability.

A similar (and maybe quicker/easier) solution to mis-matched audio levels can be achieved by adding the Dynamics effect to the entire track under the "Effects and Sends" area of the Audio Mixer. You can then right click the effect and apply presets, or you can edit the effect manually to your taste.


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