What computer operating system is your Premiere Elements 12 running on? Have you installed the 12.1 Update yet? If not, please do so. Background information.
1. Look at the SmartMix feature of Premiere Elements 12/12.1.
The feature is accessed in the Expert or Quick workspaces under Tools Menu at top of workspace or Tools Tab at bottom of workspace.
The dialog looks like
2. You can keyframe the Volume property
a. Audio Mix - Expert workspace
b. Adjust Tab/Adjustments Palette/Volume Panel - Expert workspace
c. Audio clip's "rubber band" - Expert workspace Timeline
I would start with the Audio Mix
See link above.
After you get the overview, we can talk step by step if necessary.
I am now downloading my updates. I am running PE12 on a Windows 8 PC
Thank you for the additional information related to your Premiere Elements question.
Please let us know if you need help with any of the audio details in the Adobe document cited in post numbered 1.
ok I have everything updated, now what it sounds like I want to do is add and control keyframes in the music track.
Thanks for the update and the good news of progress.
The Audio Mix is an automatic route for placing those volume keyframes...basically, as the Timeline content plays in the Edit area monitor with the Audio Mix dialog open, you adjust the Audio Mix's volume sliders for the numbered audio track, narration track, or soundtrack involved.
The Smart Mix basically can adjust the volume in the narration or soundtrack against the dialog in a numbered audio track depending on how you designated track, Foreground or Background.
The volume keyframes that are set by these means can be seen as white dots on the audio clip rubberband and can be adjusted there also.
These volume keyframes can also be adjusted in the Show/Hide Keyframe Controls area in the Adjust Tab/Adjustments Palette/Volume panel expanded area.
You can also do volume keyframing at the Timeline level. See audio clip rubberband which is the orange line that runs horizontally across the audio clip.
If you do not see the "white dotes" volume keyframes...
a. Make sure the clip is set for Volume:Clip Volume and then right click the audio clip, select "Show Clip Keyfrasmes", and follow the path to Volume:Clip Volume.
We will be watching for your results.
Add On...Audio Clip Rubberband
Thank you, I have everything working like I wanted now. your help is greatly appreciated!
Great news. Great job in working out the details that worked for you.
Your follow up was very much appreciated. It will be a help to all.