Use the period (.) key on the numeric keypad to preview audio. Expand the audio waveform view by pulling the size of the waveform down. Use markers to define sync points.
The text has to be in time with music which I have in a layer and I find it hard doing this without a scrub bar like Premiere has
Then you need to learn how After Effects scrubs audio, don't you?
...and use your browser to seardch for the word "scrub".
I know how to scrub audio by holding control key down. The problem was the audio was very busy and hard to hear where each snare hit was .I see trapcode has a plug that will turn audio to keyframes and now your talking doing some really cool stuff but I ended up doing it by eye just like I used to edit audio back in the day. There was no need to write any expressions as the video is not too complicated just a sentence change every bar of music. Each layered section of video has to be a certain size and did it that way. Not the best way to do this went with the old school way.
You can also press the * key on the numeric keypad while to audio is playing (. key) to set markers. I use this kind of drumming to set markers all the time.
Yes I'm aware of that. Thx
You're right: it's a lot easier to cut to the beat in a video editing application than it is in AE; using Convert Audio To Keyframes or Trapcode Soundkeys just won't cut it.
On those rare occasions when I've done this, I'll make a tiny-little video in my editing application, with alternating colors cut on the beat. 160x120 is more than sufficient, but keep the right frame rate, and include the audio just to be safe. Now I have a dead-solid-perfect visual reference for the beat, and the only reason I'd scrub is to answer the question, "Just where the heck am I in this audio?"