I tried this process I found useing Google...
With the audio file in the source, go to the edit menu and find audio options... Then select audio gain...
Set the -12dB overall and hit OK.
The entire clip will now be -12dB less than it originally was.
But it did nothing to the clip at all.
Are you gonna make me say it?
Alright, this is a little less than elegant, but here's a way to save your ears:
Select the clips (or better yet, the bin containing the clips) you want to use in the Project panel. Go to Clip > Audio Options > Audio Gain; set some arbitrary gain value, presumably a negative dB value. This is obviously affecting the master clips, and any clip instances you create from them will have this gain value. However, you can easily undo that once all the clips are used in the sequence: select the sequence clips (not the master clips; they're independent references now), and reverse the Audio Gain process. It's not additive or subtractive--it's simply turning the knob down and then back up.
Clunky, yeah--but until then, it'll save your ears, and help you avoid sliding the monitor levels around.
Oooops, looks like we simualtaneously posted. Great minds....But it didnt work
Maybe a Mac / PC difference?
I have the clip loaded in the Source Window . I access Audio options under Clips dropdown. I try all 4 techniques with a -50 db choice. Play the clip back. Still lound and noisy.
Time for a bug report.
Could be; someone else running the Mac version will have to test and confirm.
If you view the Audio Waveform in the Source Monitor, and then change the gain, can you see the waveform change (it should)?
Wow. This is pathetic.
1. I display the waveform.
2. Select audio options.
3. Reduce db levels by -90 db.
4. Waveform is flatlined and no sound is present.
5. Change the display mode back to Video - the noise is there and as loud as ever.
I cleaned the media files on the chance that would help. No go.
Personally, I just turn down the volume knob on the speaker for this kind of thing.
Works every time.
When you are screening LOTS of B roll in the Source Monitor and jumping back to the timeline to evaluate the vo / actuality or timing then jumping back to screen another clip...over and over it becomes A LOT of volume knob turning. I try to streamline my workflow for speed and comfort. Your approach is doable but not desirable. ;-)
Agreed. I kind of wish there was a volume control just for the source monitor, so that any clip loaded would be boosted or reduced by that amount.