Looking for a quick way to mix audio? Need to apply the same effect to many clips at once?

The Audio Track Mixer has you covered.

 

Getting Started

By default, Premiere workspaces do not display the Audio Track Mixer. In order to see it, click Window > Audio Track Mixer.

 

Audio Track Mixer Premiere

 

When the mixer window pops up, take a deep breath. It looks foreign to many video editors. It uses vertical tracks instead of horizontal tracks, has weird labels, and looks like it belongs in the world of audio engineers instead of video editors.

 

track mixer in premiere pro

 

But don’t give up just because it is unfamiliar!

The Audio Track Mixer is an incredibly powerful audio command center within Premiere, and knowing the basics can save you hours of time and help achieve professional results.


How It Works

The first thing to understand is the relationship between the mixer and the timeline. Every audio track in your timeline has a corresponding column in the mixer, where you can control volume, automation, effects, and mix assignments for each track. Look for the track labels in your timeline that say A1, A2, A3, etc. These same labels appear at the bottom of each column in the mixer to indicate which tracks they represent.

Adjust each fader to quickly change the volume of an entire track. If your timeline is organized, you’ll be able to quickly mix the different elements of your edit.

 

track mixer levels

 

PRO TIP: Rename the audio track labels by audio type to stay organized and adjust mixes even faster.

mixer audio tracks

 

Master Track

The far right column of the mixer is titled Master. By default, this track is the sum of all other audio tracks in the timeline. Unless you deliberately change channel assignments and add submixes, all audio in your timeline ends up feeding into the master track.

 

More Features

Like in the timeline, you can mute (M), solo (S), or arm a track for recording (R) straight from the mixer. Additionally, you can change the panning settings for an entire track at once using the L / R dial as pictured below. This is extremely useful when getting split stereo tracks back from an audio mixer or when dealing with production audio.

 

track mixer audio wheels

 

The Effects Rack

An often overlooked feature of the Audio Track Mixer is the effects rack, which can be accessed by the small arrow in the upper left corner. Twirling that arrow down presents the effects rack, where you’re able to apply any audio effect to an entire track at once.

 

track mixer

 

After applying an effect, double click on it to open up the preferences and settings for that effect. Then you’ll be able to fine-tune the effect to achieve your desired result, such as a certain EQ, noise removal, or compression.

 

effects rack

 

Applying effects to an entire track at once saves a ton of time and headache. For example, let’s say you apply an EQ effect to the voice-over track. After some editing, you realize you want to use a different part of the voice-over. Since the EQ is already applied to the track, you can simply drop the new audio clip onto that track in the timeline, and it will be processed by the EQ. Best of all, when you tweak the EQ later, you will only have to do it once instead of remembering to copy those settings over to each individual voice-over clip in the timeline.

 

Learning to use the Audio Track Mixer can be an advantageous adjustment to your workflow. Remember to stay organized in your timeline by grouping similar audio types. This will allow you to quickly mix and apply effects to different audio elements all at once.

 

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AUTHOR
Jason Brandel, Filmmaker/Video Editor

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