10 Replies Latest reply on Jan 3, 2019 5:43 PM by RobShultz

    Make all audio the same level

    MrLuck Level 1

      Hey folks, new editor here. I have an audio clip with parts that are too quiet, and parts that are too loud, is there a way to make ALL OF IT around the same level, let's say -3dB? I have been doing it so far by splitting and adjusting the rubber band or the audio gain on each section, but there has to be a better way... right?Audio help.png

        • 1. Re: Make all audio the same level
          NoLens Level 1

          What I tend to do is right/control click the clip in the Premiere timeline and Edit Clip in Adobe Audition.  There, I select all of the audio, and go to Effects>Amplitude and Compression>Hard Limiter.  On the window that pops up, I choose preset up top of Limit to -3dB in your case.  Once it computes, save it in Audition - the Save is what makes the change happen back in Premiere.  Once you're back in Premiere, it may take a few seconds for the change to register - you'll see the change in your audio clips' waveforms. Try that.  Hope it works for you!

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          • 2. Re: Make all audio the same level
            MrLuck Level 1

            Thanks for the info. It can also be done with Audacity, but I'm looking for a way to do it solely on Premiere.

            • 3. Re: Make all audio the same level
              R Neil Haugen Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              Audacity isn't an auto-replace feature though. You need to export the sound then replace.


              As this is a Dynamic Link process between Adobe apps, it is auto-replace.


              To stay completely within Pr, just go to the Effects panel, and type in "compre " and you'll see Obsolete folder (best ignored), and the Multi-, Single- and Tube-modeled compressor options.



              • 4. Re: Make all audio the same level
                Mo Moolla Adobe Community Professional

                Get into Audition and use the Normalise function


                This will smoothen out the peaks



                • 5. Re: Make all audio the same level
                  bucksommerkamp Adobe Community Professional

                  One of the last steps in my projects is to go into the Audio Track Mixer and add some "radio leveler" or "tube-modeled compressor" effects to the master track. It helps smooth out the whole production. I realize you're looking for tighter control than that, but this is a nice top-level process that makes the finished product sound like it's ready for broadcast.


                  Learn the basics of the Premiere Pro Audio Track Mixer

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                  • 6. Re: Make all audio the same level
                    bens840 Level 1

                    Another way to quickly smoothen the levels of individual clips is using the new "essential sound" panel.

                    I personally don't like using it because i'm an audio guy and it gives me little control but it seems to me that you are looking for a quick solution.

                    The essential sound panel is exactly that, a very easy-to-use and quick way to e.g. adjust levels of individual (or multiple) clips. Give it a try


                    BTW another quick way to adjust a clip's level is marking the clip in question and hitting g! A bit less finnicky than doing it in the timeline or in the clip mixer IMO

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                    • 7. Re: Make all audio the same level
                      R Neil Haugen Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                      When you use the ESP, to "get more control", just go to the ECP ... and you can open each tool used by the ESP and change settings.



                      • 8. Re: Make all audio the same level
                        Ann Bens Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                        I would go into the Essential Sound Panel.

                        Select all clips

                        Hit SFX

                        Auto match for loudness.

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                        • 9. Re: Make all audio the same level
                          MrLuck Level 1

                          Wow, so many suggestions, thank you all! I actually found a way that seems to work so far, I will update here if I find a problem with it eventually (or you guys could tell me if it's a bad idea):


                          Audio Track Mixer > click the white arrow on the top left > in the new area that appeared, above the column named Master (for the effect to apply in all tracks), click on one of the black arrows pointing down > Amplitude and Compression > Dynamics > check the Limiter box > set Threshold to -3dB (the desired maximum dB).

                          Then I use Gain (G) on the track until it's close to -3dB. Now everything sounds pretty levelled to my untrained ears.


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                          • 10. Re: Make all audio the same level
                            RobShultz Adobe Community Professional

                            One more suggestion. Select all clips that you would like to change or:

                            (Ctrl A Windows or Cmd A MAC) right click on ant clip and choose audio gain/normalize all peaks. I recommend -8