The 5 Most Useful Audio Effects In Premiere Pro
By Kevin Graham
For a lot of filmmakers, there simply isn’t time or resources to send your video off to a professional sound mixer. You often need to be able to create a good mix entirely inside your editing software, and sometimes that can be tricky.
In this video, we’re going to share the 5 most useful audio effects in Premiere Pro.
#1 – Multiband Compressor
This is, by far, the most versatile and useful mastering effect in Premiere. While it can be used on individual tracks, the Multiband Compressor really shines when it’s applied to the whole mix.
This effect allows you to set 4 distinct frequency ranges, and apply different compression settings to each of them
When used properly, it can cut down on muddy frequencies, normalize your audio to be dynamically consistent, and give you complete control over the loudness of your mix. There are even some great presets to get you started.
#2 – Denoise
This is an extremely valuable tool for cleaning up any type of hiss or constant background noise, especially with dialogue.
The effect uses an algorithm to determine the specific problem frequencies, and then allows you to reduce those frequencies using a simple slider.
You’re even able to refine your focus to specific frequency ranges.
If you recorded a noisy interview and don’t have any room tone to cover the edits, this effect can be a lifesaver.
#3 – Studio Reverb
There are a few different reverb effects within Premiere, but Studio Reverb is my favorite, because of it’s simple and intuitive design.
In addition to several useful presets, you have complete control over parameters such as room size, decay (length of the reverb), frequency cuts, and the mix of dry to wet signal (essentially, how much reverb is applied to your sound).
You can add a small amount of reverb to your natural sounds and ambiences to make them sit well in the mix, or dial up more aggressive settings for effect.
#4 – Graphic Equalizer
Many sounds are too muddy or boomy without EQ. Premiere’s Graphic Equalizer is a great tool to identify and correct these problem frequencies.
Just like you’d see in your car or stereo, this simple plugin offers up to 30 faders at different frequencies, all of which can be moved up and down by 24dB.
If your dialogue or sound effects seem to be a bit “off”, simply add this effect to the track, experiment with pushing faders up, one-at-a-time, until you identify the problem area, and then reduce those frequencies.
This effect can also be applied to the whole mix before exporting.
#5 – Stereo Expander
This is a somewhat rarely-used effect, but it’s one of my go-to ways to sweeten camera audio and nat sounds.
Using a clever combination of EQ and time-delay, this effect makes your audio sound wider and bigger than it actually is. This can really beef up an ambience or background noise, and can even be used to help a voiceover cut through the music.
You can also use this effect to easily pan a sound to one side of the stereo field.
Many people don’t think that they can get a full, professional-sounding mix inside of Premiere Pro.
But with the right effects and settings, your audio never has to leave your edit timeline.
Kevin is the Music Director and Lead Composer at Filmpac.