Cleaning and Mastering Audio in Premiere Pro with Audition

by Katelynn Mitchell
Read time: 3 min
Posted 19 June 2023

Filmmakers that prioritize the visual aspects of their work frequently classify audio recording and mastering as something that is "good to have, but not necessary." Let's look at several ways that Adobe Audition can enhance sound quality in Premiere Pro.

It's to our disadvantage since dialogue quality, in particular, has a significant impact on the final movie or video's quality because it's essential for viewers to comprehend the story and pick up on details.

In this article, we'll look at how to enhance the quality and punch of conversation that has been recorded in less-than-ideal conditions for the final product.

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Remove the background noise easily

The most frequent audio problem in video is undoubtedly the background noise. It's not something people on the set spot instantly, but sound recordists hate fans and air conditioners because they constantly hum their recordings. If you can't turn them off on set, you might be amazed at how simple it is actually to do so.

Select "Edit Clip" in Adobe Audition from the context menu while your clip is open and added to your Premiere Pro timeline. After this, Premiere Pro will process the audio and launch Adobe Audition with the newly attached audio track.

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To reduce background noise from your on-screen conversation, click the "Effects" menu and then the "Noise Reduction (process)" option.

Pick the silence-only section of the audio in Audition, then select the "Noise Reduction (process)" option in the "Effects" menu again. Next, find and select the "Capture Noise Print" option. Select the entire clip by deselecting the prior selection.

To eliminate the air conditioner noise from your speech, Audition will make use of the noise you already established through that feature. If you increase it too much, however, the noise may go away, but your voice can start to sound artificial and scratchy. A setting of around 50% often gets rid of a noise sans making the person speaking appear robotic.

When you go back to Premiere after saving the waveform, your audio will be already updated with your settings from Audition.

Remove the background noise easily

Time to master!

Select the track where your conversation is located on the Audio tab to normalize the volume levels and master the audio ‒  typically, it would be Track 1. Select the "Multiband Compressor "option in the Audio Track Mixer. Click "Broadcast" from the presets when you double-click the limiter to bring up the options menu. In addition to raising the audio levels, this will also give the voice a richer tone. Hence, you can both get rid of the noise and fix the voice that got tinny or even pitched due to the noise reduction settings.

Our final tip: include a Parametric Equalizer as a final layer. Tap the "Options box" to choose the voice from the presets. This will give the speaker's voice some extreme frequencies, enabling it to pierce through whatever background music you play.

Movie sound design is a fascinating phenomenon itself, but that doesn't mean we can't acquire specific tactics, especially when they enable us to obtain higher-quality audio that will distinguish our works and enhance their impactful images.

There’s more you can do in Adobe Audition without closing Premiere Pro ‒ all you have to do is be creative and experiment more!

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