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There are several places that you can adjust the audio files in Premiere Pro 6, in the source monitor, directly in your timeline, and then in your audio mixer. Let's take a look at how we can actually adjust a clip's levels in the source monitor. So once the clip has been placed in your timeline--and we did this in the previous movie, we actually made both a stereo version and a dual mono version of this clip--I can simply double-click to load that clip back into the viewer. Now there is the video, and we have looked at the audio before, but what I want to introduce is this panel called Effects Control.
So we are going to step over into the Effects Control panel, and as you see, there is two categories: Video Effects and Audio Effects. And as a matter of fact, these are always there, no matter what you've done to the clips. So these are there by default, and I can modify the volume of a clip--and let me go ahead and hit these disclosure triangles. Channel Volume, which basically means instead of doing globally the level of the entire clip, I could actually control the volume of the left channel and the right channel, because this is stereo. And I can even control the panning, which is the balance between is it coming out of the left speaker, the right speaker, or out of the center speaker.
And it's as simple as grabbing this virtual slider and moving your Panner right and left. Now you may have noticed that a little diamond has just popped up here, and that's called the Keyframe, and we'll explore that later because it actually allows you to raise and lower the volume as he is speaking and kind of roll with it on the fly, but I don't want to do that. So I am going to go ahead and I'm going to turn keyframing off by just clicking on this little stopwatch. And it tells me it's going to lose every single one of those keyframes, and that's fine because for right now. I just want the global level to go up and down of the global volume.
So if I hit the Spacebar to play, I can actually see my audio levels on the bottom-right corner of the screen. (video playing) So if I take this all the way down to -287.5 dB--which is a rather arbitrary number--we can see from the audio meters, when we play that one clip, it's only going to hear the right channel. Let me go ahead and reset this back to 0, because I want to show you what happens if you have a dual mono clip, and you want to work with the volume.
So let's go ahead and move our playhead on top of that clip, double-click to load it in the viewer and switch over to the Effects Control tab again. Now you'll notice because this is dual mono instead of having one single control for one audio track, I actually control each track independently, and I have different choices because this is dual mono versus stereo. So that's just something to keep in mind. So you may want to adjust your audio levels in the Source panel before you start working with them in the timeline.
We are going to look at working with them in the timeline in the next movie.
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