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Adobe Premiere Pro - Advanced Training

Intro to sound in Premiere Pro

Daniel Walter Scott

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Hey, haven't seen you for a while, this is like real life again, well, real life-ish. I thought I'd jump in front of the lens, to introduce this next section, just because, I don't know, disclaimer is, I'm not a Sound Engineer, and we're going to get into some sound stuff. So keep that in mind when you are doing this bit, that I'm not a professional Sound Engineer, but I'm going to give you all the tips and tricks that I've learned over the years, to get my audio from really bad to good, and good to great. 

Another thing that I wanted to explain was Audition, so when I was kind of getting this outline ready for this, a lot of people were like, "Teach, include Audition", and I used to, when I used to teach Premiere Pro long time ago, there was no-- you had to go out to Audition, for fixing sound, Premiere Pro had some really limited sound editing tools, you could do a bit, but all the really nice, I don't know, user friendly stuff was in Audition.

Audition is a separate software that Adobe, you know, as part of your license, so we used to have to go out from Premiere to Audition, then Audition, back into Premiere Pro. We're not going to do it by one thing in this course, because Adobe made the choice a little while ago, to bring all that really good, intuitive stuff that was in Audition, and drag it and put it into Premiere Pro. So now we don't need to jump back and forth, and now the Essential Sound panel, which I'm going to show you in the next video has-- they're exactly the same, there's an Essential Sound panel in Audition, and there's one in Premiere Pro, and they do the same thing. 

So we don't need to go back and forth as much anymore, so if you're wondering why we didn't do Audition, that's why. Most of the stuff is in Premiere Pro now does a pretty good job. All right, that is it, I'm going to go back behind the computer screen, and yeah, let's jump into the next video. 

Actually, one more thing before we get started, is when you are doing, you know, working with sound, it can be important to, you know, if you are still editing and working with sound, and you're reasonably serious about it, which, you know, should be, depending on your output, your laptop speakers are not a great idea, even, like if you've got big set of speakers plugged in, or a nice set of headphones, the problem with most of them is that they are, they're the wrong, they're wrong for the job, and most speakers that you buy, try to take the input or the sound, and make it better themselves, they add a level to the things to make them feel nicer, and slicker, and happier, and bassier. 

So they do stuff to the, you know, the track coming through. So what you can do is, the word is-- you want, can you see, there, it says monitor, so monitor or neutral speakers, the problem with them, is that they're expensive, potentially, and they don't sound great. What I mean by that is that they just let the audio kind of pass through untouched, as much as they can, whereas, like a normal, a nice set of hi-fi speakers tries to boost and add, and make volume too, so they're changing the sound output. 

So if you are looking for something for your video editing, look for monitor speakers or monitor headphones. What I tend to do, what I'm doing now is, I can't use speakers in my office, like, can you hear it now, probably can't, it's raining outside, I've got kind of, it's really loud on the windows, so it's hard to do any sort of, like serious sound stuff, and also my fans on my laptop, they're not running at the moment, but give it a little minute, and those fans, man, they're deafening, like, they're really loud, and they, you know, it's hard to clean up audio that way, so I use headphones.

I've got a good set of monitor headphones that I don't use very much anymore because I just use like, these, this is just a regular set of headphones, and out of the box, they're not very good for, for fixing sound or listening to it properly, but Sony have this app with it, these specific ones that I use, have app on your phone, and you can really change it, and you can adapt it, to be more neutral and get rid of all the extra bass, and all the other things they do, so up to you what you want to do. 

If you do have a fan-- like these are super fancy, they're super expensive, just, every designer bought a set of these at some stage, I felt like that, go to a conference, and half the people are wearing these headphones, but anyway, you need to do something, noise canceling, I find are really good, these particular ones are great, but a monitor set of headphones, that kind of cup over the head are really good to have, and aren't super expensive. 

Now if you're only dabbling, and you're only doing little bits and pieces, might not matter, you need to get it close enough, but know that if you are getting serious, you do need to probably upgrade your speaker or headphones. All right, let's get started with some actual Premiere Pro sound stuff.