I am not quite sure that I understand what you are asking but...
If the audio is in your Computer ( edit system) as a media file ...it is Digital. (It cant be analogue because it has been digitised.)
Scrubbing the audio in PPRO should not be jerky at all. It should play and scrub absolutely smoothly.
Tip: Expanding the timeline horizontally so that you get the size of work area that suits you may help.
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As Craig says, the playback of the Audio should be smooth, provided that one's I/O sub-system (HDD's) is up to the task.
For syncing to the music, one little tip that might be useful is the * key on the numeric keypad (NumLock ON). When listening, you can tap that key to place a Marker on the Timeline. Some people do this to the beats, and some to other elements in the music. Then, one just edits the Video to those Markers. Also note, if one has missed the beat by a bit, the Marker can still be moved about, as is necessary.
Craig's suggestion to magnify the Timeline (can be for both horizontal and vertical) will give you a pretty good Waveform Display, so you can then visually adjust the markers to that Waveform.
Good luck, and enjoy PrPro.
But, soft! what light through yonder browser breaks? It is the answer, and JKL Play is the sun.
(Sorry... had to...)
Gavin (and Craig),
You can achieve what you're looking for by holding down the "K" key (pause) and alternatively pressing and holding "J" (reverse) or "L" (forward) to playback audio in a slow, analog, reel-to-reel fashion. Instead of individual time segment samples, you'll a slower and lower pitched audio playback that is continuous, versus the usual "step" playback you get when navigating with the arrow keys. You can also get the analog-style playback using the Shuttle slider in the Source or Program Monitors (found just under the transport controls). Where the JKL Play is limited to one speed, you can achieve variable playback, both slower and faster, using the Shuttle slider. The Jog wheel behaves like the arrow key "frame-by-frame" movement though, so it won't work for what you're after.
Hope that helps.
Good tip Colin
Doesnt JKL still allow multiple speed by extra taps on the respective key. eg L,L,L varies the speed.
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Yes, it does, but to get slower speeds with the analog-style playback, the Shuttle slider is the only way. With JKL play, you only have the one slow playback option.
I thought there had to be a way of doing the old reel to reel tape 'rock & roll' scrubbing. I'm now a happy bunny with this tip. Special thanks to Colin. Like the Shakspeare-ian ditty too.
Just now waiting for the Z800 suite to arrive and then it will be ooh, er what happens if a press this button or that button at least I've been editing for some while now so hopefully a lot will be not such a surprise.