I've imported the .mov file, which has its own sound. When I drag it to Composition, i get no audio displaying on the meter, though if I use the Audio Preview (Here Forward), I can hear there the sound. If I render the composition by adding to the render cue, there is no sound present.
My audio output is set to built-in hardware, as this is what functions flawlessly, in Premiere, and Garageband, and Flash.
Why should audio be such a maze in AE?
Can someone direct me to be able to see a signal on the audio meter, and to hear both preview and rendered sound.
If you use the spacebar to render your frames you won't get audio. You must use the 0 on the numeric keypad or Composition>preview from the menu, or the Preview button at the far right of the Preview Panel.