How to adjust audio levels

In this tutorial find out how to use the audio sub-tracks for adjusting audio levels and stereo panning for a clip.

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Up to eight audio tracks are available for your edited sequence in the orange timeline view. Forscene displays audio levels as gradients between black and white, with white representing full volume and black representing silence.

Left click the audio track icon in the timeline view to disable or enable the track. Editing audio levels and panning audio are done via audio sub-tracks, which you access by right clicking the audio track.
This opens the audio level track and the audio panning track, which can also be disabled or enabled with a left click.

Let’s begin by adjusting audio levels. Right click the audio level track icon or anywhere on the audio level track to open the editing audio level window.

This window mirrors the black and white audio levels and playback bar position within the track. This line indicates your current audio level adjustment and these control points are automatically generated wherever there are cuts in the timeline.

To change the audio level for an entire clip, drag the middle of the line up to increase levels, or down to decrease levels. If audio levels are pushed too high, the display will turn red, indicating clipping.

The audio level control points can also be dragged up or down to create fades. Right click on the audio level line to add control points within a clip. And drag control points to increase or decrease the audio levels for isolated sounds. Right click on control points within a clip to delete. Control points at cuts cannot be deleted.

Any changes made to one track’s audio levels will automatically be applied to matching audio tracks that are sync locked to that track and have the same in and out points.

Stereo panning works in a similar way to audio level adjustment. Right click on the audio track to open the audio sub-tracks. This time right click the audio panning track icon or right click anywhere on the audio pan track to open the editing audio pan window.

This window works in the same way as the editing audio level window except that dragging the line or control points up will pan the audio to the speaker on the right, and dragging down will pan the audio to the speaker on the left.

As you can see, the changes you make to audio levels or panning are reflected in the relevant track for that clip. These tracks can be edited in the same way as other media tracks in Forscene. For example, trim your audio level adjustment across to other clips or even save the tracks to the file window for future use.

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Amy Creeden

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