It sounds like you're saying you're opening the Audio Mixer tool AFTER you start playing your timeline. Is that right?
You should already have the tool open when you start your playback.
I agree with Steve. The Timeline needs focus, to playback, and with but a very few exceptions, when one clicks away from the Timeline, playback will stop. Open the Audio Mixer first, and position it where you would like (depends on how one might have arranged their Panels, but I usually place it to the right of the Program Monitor (where playback of the Timeline takes place), then beging playback, and adjust the parameters of the Audio in the Audio Mixer.
Also remember that with the Audio Mixer, unlike adjusting Volume in a Clip, one is adding Track Keyframes, for Volume, or Panning (Left & Right) for Balance. Those Keyframes are attached to the Track, so if one later edits Clips, the Keyframes remain, and that can be confusing to some.
I edit my Audio, and the final tweaking with the Audio Mixer is one of the last operations, that I perform.
I also find that the default generation of those Track Keyframes by Audio Mixer to be too frequent, so I adjust that down a bit, in Edit Preferences.
Thank you Steve and Hunt.
I did what your stated: I opened the Audio Mixer FIRST, then I began playing the project in the timeline. Sure enough, now the Audio Mixer works as designed.
I also believe I understand the additional tips Hunt provided; however, I'll have to practice that, as I am learning the other aspects of the program.
You've been most helpful; I wish Adobe had incorporated Help files in the program, there obviating the need to seek information on this user forum for such seemingly simple issues.
Yes, I located Adobe’s so-called "Help", but it seems to offer only thematic tutorials, not a traditional help function in the form of an Alphabetical Reference Index.
With the traditional Alphabetical Index, one need only provide a word or two -- such as "Snap To" or "Sharpen" -- and the Help function takes the user DIRECTLY to a definition or explanation of that particular function or concept, not unlike a very comprehensive Index at the back of a well-written manual.
I also own the FULL version of Photoshop CS5. The Help function has gradually moved to referencing Adobe’s Internet support, but there is still the traditional indexed "how to" and other help explanations, though they are more difficult to access than in the older versions of the program.
I am a new user who (1) is trying with considerable time and effort to learn PE-11 and (2) has purchased Steve’s book. However, because I have not found an Index-type source of help associated with PE-11, I have come this User Form far more often than would be necessary if Adobe had spent the time and money to include an Alphabetical Reference Index as part of the program, and not merely some general "how to" categories on their website.
If blame is to apply, it is on Adobe. I have no idea how any truly new user (defined as never before having used ANY video editing software) could get by without the two of you (Steve and Hunt) on this User Forum. I assume you are both paid consultants or contractors for Adobe, and I hope they’re paying each of you a Caterpillar-Front-Loader full of cash for what you do. But really, a lot of small items posted to this User Forum would be unnecessary if Adobe had incorporated with PE-11 the type of Alphabetical Reference Index suggested above.
My two cents.
I have climbed up on my "soapbox," regarding Adobe Help, so will try to refrain from doing so again. Let's just say that I am not a fan, though the newer on-line Help does have the advantage of immediacy, when things need to be changed. Still, I miss my manuals, so use Steve's books constantly, though I have been using Premiere (both flavors) for years.
As for the folk around here, none is a paid consultant for Adobe, unless you see the word "Staff" in their Profile. Everyone else is an un-paid volunteer, who just tries to help other users. Some might have "MVP" or "Member" in their Profiles, but both indicate volunteers - some just have more time to dedicate.
Good luck, and I do feel your pain, and your frustration.