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How to get better sound with essential sound in Adobe Premiere Pro

The Adobe Premiere Pro Essential Sound panel provides an easy-to-use toolkit for adjusting sound levels, applying effects, and correcting problems you may encounter with video audio.

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It also gives you the means to create a video product that strikes the right balance between music, sound effects, and an audible dialog box. This can greatly increase the professionalism of your video, as powerful music or an inconspicuous dialog can make your work enraged.

This article looks at how you can use the Essential Sound feature to make your voice smoother and more professional.

Getting Started with Essential Sound

First, open Adobe Premiere Pro and navigate to the file you want to process. Click to access the Essential Sound workflow from your timeline Audio tab at the top of the Premiere window.

Audio tab in Adobe Premiere Pro

Go from there Edit tab on the right. In this area, you can apply various settings to timeline audio files.

These settings are known as Tags, and are divided into four main categories: Dialog box, Music, SFXand Atmosphere. Attaching these tags to a timeline clip automatically applies volume depending on which tag you use.

Essential Sounds tab in Premiere Pro

Once the clips have been added to the clips, you can add additional effects and filters, and further adjust the volume.

Imagine a basic time, like cutting a video of a group of people roasting at a party. You have three sound clips at your disposal: a woman saying “cheers,” a piece of music, and the playing of glasses.

First, select a clip of a woman who says “cheers” on your timeline. Go Essential sound panel on the right and click Dialog box button.

Dialog Tag Essential Sound

This is being done now Dialog box tab for your clip – you’ll notice a new set of controls, including a drop-down menu Preset regulation. Since the woman is talking, click the drop-down box and select Balanced female voice preset.

Essential Sounds Balanced Female Voice Preset

In this case, the sound levels are adjusted specifically for the dialog box. But if you feel it’s still too loud or too quiet, you can make advanced settings using Volume slider at the bottom of the panel.

Let’s do the same for the other two songs now. The timeline music clip (apparently) gets a Music tag. Select from the drop-down menu Preset regulation, you again have several options – in this case Balanced background music would be appropriate. This keeps the music track below the sounds and sound effects in a way that isn’t too distracting.

Essential Sound Balanced Music Preset

Finally, the sound of the glasses clicking is received SFX tag. Once again, you can adjust the clip volume if you feel it is too loud or too quiet after auto-equalization.

Adding a tag to an audio clip opens up many more sliders and options, such as dynamics, clarity, speech enhancement, correction, and special effects. Experimenting with these will get the most out of your video audio.

If you want to practice this for yourself, there are several sites that offer both free music and Royalty free materials start.

Fixing audio problems

Repair this feature is especially useful if your audio clips have problems with background sound, as it allows you to draw sounds from noisy environments. Let’s take a moment to run through this.

Say you’re editing a video interview shot earlier in the day, but someone nearby started mowing the lawn while filming it. The production team neglected to do anything about it, and now your interview has a noisy lawn mower.

Now, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to turn off the lawnmower’s sound completely, though Repair option, you may at least reduce or dampen it.

First, select the offensive clip in your timeline. If it is a single speech, you select again Dialog box tag Essential sound panel. If it’s a man, you choose A balanced male voice tag.

Now that it’s done, you can start noise reduction Repair on the right. Click Repair tab expands the list of available options – you can see that one of these options is Reduce noiseand selecting the check box allows it.

Adobe Premiere Pro noise reduction

Now that this is enabled, you can adjust how much background noise is removed. Repeat with the slider to try to reduce the mower’s noise in the background. Be aware that excessive use of this feature may make your dialog sound underwater.

You will also notice options Decrease Echo. This can be a particularly useful setting, especially if you work with sound recorded in a room with a lot of echo. As mentioned earlier, be careful not to exaggerate this effect.

You listen to your music

One important handy feature you can explore in Essential Sound is to overlay your music tracks. Simply put, this allows your music to automatically lower and increase the volume alongside other timeline sounds.

This is a particularly useful feature when working with a song being played in a dialog box, as it reduces the time it takes to manually lower and raise the music volume.

Start by making sure your music clip has Music tag has been added either Smooth song Ducking or Hard song Ducking pre-selected. These dictate how abruptly the clip volume drops or rises alongside the rest of the sound.

Essential Sound Music Ducking noise reduction

Ducking settings let you specify which tags trigger it – the most common uses are to make it duck during a dialog box. Select the tag icons to specify what you want your voice to duck.

You can then choose how sensitive the ducking process is (Sensitivity), how much the sound should count (Number of ducks) and how fast the transitions should be (Fade). When you are satisfied, click Create keyframes.

Created keyframes by Premiere Pro

After a few Premiere calculations, you should now have music that automatically counts down in your timeline alongside other voice tags. If you are not happy with the results, just adjust the sliders and renew the key frames. The sliders can also be adjusted manually from the timeline.

Take audio and video to the next level

Essential Sound is a great tool to get the sound level and clarity of your videos. If you want to go even deeper into the world of sound mixing for more professional results, you can easily get started with many tools.

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