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Are you working timeline mode or sceneline mode?
Sceneline mode only allows you to set the audio level for an entire track. In timeline mode you can not only raise and lower it for each clip, but you can use audio keyframes to control it at various places.
Audio levels are going to vary from song to song. Nothing you can do about that. But the easiest way to ensure all three of your songs are of about the same volume level is to right click on each audio clip (in timeline mode) select Audio Gain and then click the Normalize button.
Thanks, Steve. I will try that now.
I tried normalizing using the Audio Gain in the timeline and that worked. The three tracks are at roughly the same volume. But now the first track has a lot of static. Is there some feature I can use to clean that up?
I'm not sure why it has static, Susan. Not without knowing where the file originated.
But you may want to look into updating your audio card's drivers and the RealTek drivers for your system. Outdated drivers commonly cause pops and other noise during playback.
Perhaps the track with "static" was recorded at too low a level, and normalising it has brought up the noise with the audio. Audio programs such as Adobe Audition can reduce steady noise in audio, but they tend not to be very inexpensive.
Yes, it sounds as though the noise-floor has been raised along with the rest.
I tend to do most of my Audio work in Audition, and seldom use the Normalize function. Reworking the levels usually also entails various other Effects, that Oxpeter and others have shared with me in the Audition forum. There is seldom a "one stop shopping" technique for compensating in post, what is usually more easily addressed in recording, unfortunately. Some is scientific, but most is "trial by ear."
Adobe Audition is a killer app, but as Ozpeter points out, not that inexpensive. Still, I could not live without it.