Join Robbie Carman for an in-depth discussion in this video The importance of monitoring, part of Premiere Pro Guru: Audio Finishing Techniques.
- Before we dive in, there is one important subject that I want to address. Monitoring. What do I mean by monitoring? Well, just like the color and contrast accuracy of a computer monitor or video reference monitor is vital when working with video content, equally important is how you monitor audio. Of course, this means the quality of the speakers or headphones that you're using, but it also means the quality of your monitoring path. Let's start with the speakers. While basic laptop speakers, the earbuds you got with your phone, or even computer speakers have gotten better over the years, as a general rule of thumb, they are probably not the best for critical audio monitoring.
So what does qualify as a good set of speakers or headphones? Well, that's a subject that is hotly debated and probably will be forever. But to make some generalizations, good speakers or headphones will be full range or near full range. I'll get back to that bit in just a moment. What I mean is that the speakers are capable of producing frequencies that cover the audible range. Usually that means 20 hertz to 20,000 kilohertz. And that might be, for some speakers, especially hard on the low end. So adding in a subwoofer can be a viable option.
The next qualifier for a set of speakers or headphones is that they are flat or neutral, meaning that the speakers themselves don't color or alter the true frequencies of the audio you're monitoring. Now, you've probably heard of speakers or headphones that are base-heavy, or tinny. What this means is that they aren't flat. Unfortunately, high quality reference speakers or headphones that are very flat do come at a higher cost. And you'll have to listen to a lot of speakers with no material or get a hold of some technical info, usually produced by the manufacturer, to see how flat they really are.
Equally important is your audio signal path with tools like Premiere Pro and Audition. While it's beyond the scope of this title to explore interfaces, high quality PCI, USB, FireWire, or now even Thunderbolt I/O are essential. Look for low-noise devices, with high quality digital-to-analog conversion, and flexibility when it comes to connections and routing. So when it comes to monitoring, you're looking for the truth in your audio signal. And that truth, or quality, will ultimately mean better, more accurate mixes, (mumbles) and restorative work for your projects.
Watch the companion course, Premiere Pro Guru: Video Finishing Techniques, for more information about finishing the visual elements of your projects.
- Working with others
- Exporting audio tracks and video references
- Keyframing clip and track properties
- Using Premiere Pro's mixers
- Adding effects with compression, gain, normalization, and EQ
- Fixing audio issues with Audition
- Making your audio broadcast-legal
- Outputting stems