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Premiere Pro Tips for Editing and Mixing Audio, Music, and SFX

Premiere Pro Tips for Editing and Mixing Audio, Music, and SFX

Need help editing audio in Premiere Pro? This collection of video tutorials offers tons of tips and tricks to speed up the process and get the best sound you can.

Organize files and sync audio to video

Before you start an edit, it’s crucial to get everything organized and ready to go. If you need help organizing your project, check out these free apps for video editors.

This video from The Film Look offers up some tips on organizing your project so you can sync your audio with your footage.

For more on syncing, check out the following guides — and this helpful video from Corey Machado.

Working with audio automation modes in premiere pro

Automation modes are a slightly advanced way to edit audio in Premiere Pro. To break it down, check out this video tutorial from Jason Boone.

In the video, you will learn about the basics of the Audio Track Mixer and its corresponding track in the Premiere Pro timeline. The mixer will then give you five automation modes to select from: off, read, write, touch, and latch. These modes let you work with keyframes and make audio adjustments accordingly.

Improving voice recordings

If you find that you need to adjust your dialogue in post-production, this video tutorial from Cinecom will show you how to improve recorded speech. The video tutorial will show you how to use the equalizer and audio essentials to create warm, dynamic dialogue.

Using j-cuts and l-cuts

J-cuts and l-cuts are basic editing techniques to transition between shots. A j-cut plays audio from a clip before the video appears. L-cuts are the opposite — the next shot appears while audio from the previous clip continues to play. You can read more about the history of j-cuts and l-cuts here.

This video tutorial from Zach Ramelan shows you two ways to use this transition. First, he goes over how to use recorded audio from your footage and fade it in another clip. Then, he shows you a few ways to use sound effects to create an effective transition. 

Using sound effects as transitions

Sound effects make great transitions. In this video from PremiumBeat, you will learn three creative ways to use SFX in your project. As an added bonus, you can download 15 Free SFX to follow along with the video. The tutorial covers how to use sound effects in your transitions to complement logos and graphics, set the atmosphere, and accentuate movement.

Add depth to transitions with music and sound effects

Now that you understand j-cuts, l-cuts, and working with audio as transitions, you can add extra depth to your production by layering audio, music, and sound effects.

Properly mixing audio, music, and sound effects

With all this added depth for your video, you may notice that your audio has become a bit muddy. In this video from The Film Look, you’ll take a look at the art of mixing in Premiere Pro and Audition. Mixing will help separate the dialogue, music, and sound effects. You’ll learn about decibel levels for dialogue, foley sounds, ambience, and music or SFX.

Exporting videos with multichannel audio

Now that you have edited and mixed your project, you will want to properly export your audio layers separately. This allows you to make changes to individual audio layers if a client comes back with changes. They may find the dialogue too quiet or the music too loud — you never know.

By exporting individual audio channels, you can then easily re-edit that video clip. Each track remains isolated instead of merging into one master audio track.

If you need royalty-free music for your next video, be sure to check out the new collection of Shutterstock Music. If you need sound effects for your next action-packed trailer or film, there are over 100,000 SFX available at

Top image by Syda Productions.

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