Join Jason Osder for an in-depth discussion in this video Using Soundtrack Pro to match EQ, part of Final Cut Studio: Round-Tripping.
Have you ever been frustrated with trying to work with EQ adjustments in Final Cut Pro. I know this is a real challenge for me. EQ or Equalization is a complicated thing. When you are recording audio even in a controlled environment like a booth, on two different days things can just sound different. Equalization is the technique that evens these out but sometimes it's really hard and Soundtrack Pro has some more sophisticated tools than Final Cut Pro that actually can make it a lot easier.
In Final Cut Pro, let's listen to the problem that we are having here. This looks like one piece of audio on the Timeline, but when I play it, you are going to hear that there is a drastic change in the EQ indicating that maybe it was actually recorded on two different days or may be even two different places. I don't know exactly what happened to this audio, but by the time it reached me it needed some help, let's give it a listen. ((Male speaker: That's absolutely fascinating, Ron. Thanks for taking us on a tour of your farm.) (And folks, I highly recommend the Taste of California travel package. If you'd like to learn the art of?) Did you hear the EQ change? He sounds really hollow through the first couple of phrases and then his voice gets much richer and deeper.
I am going to use Soundtrack Pro to match the first part to sound like the second part. Let's watch. Start by right clicking, Send To > Soundtrack Pro Audio File Project, we are all comfortable with this now, Audio File Project for one piece of audio. That's going to be a fine name for our file and I like to save it in Projects and I pretty much always like to send all the media and always like the save the project with the latest clip metadata. So we go ahead and launch Soundtrack Pro.
Now what Soundtrack Pro can do that Final Cut Pro isn't able to do is actually analyze EQ and match it. So that's what we are going to do. We are going to take a section of the part we like, we are going to tell Soundtrack Pro to Process > Equalization Matching and Set Equalization Print. Now if I go to the part that sounds bad, let's listen. (That's absolutely fascinating, Ron. Thanks for taking us on a tour of your farm.) I am going to select that part and tell Soundtrack Pro Process > Equalization Matching and Apply Equalization.
You could see the waveform adjust and if we play it back. (Male speaker: That's absolutely fascinating, Ron. Thanks for taking us on a tour of your farm.) (That's absolutely fascinating?) We will have deselect to actually hear a comparison. (Male speaker: ?taking us on a tour of your farm.) (And folks, I highly recommend the Taste?) And you hear how that old hollow sound has been beefed-up to be closer to the rich sound that we heard before. Let's listen one more time. (Male speaker: Thanks for taking us on a tour of your farm.) (And folks, I highly recommend the Taste of California?) It's much-much closer. To get back to Final Cut Pro is super easy, Command+S for Save. We want to reference the source audio not included and then back in Final Cut you can see that waveforms were redrawn and if I play it, it seems much smoother.
(Male speaker: ?your farm. And folks, I highly recommend the Taste of California?) Now it at least seems like the two things were recorded at the same place and time. So we know that Final Cut Pro has some equalization tools, but we have seen again that when you need to go to a more sophisticated level of treatment, Soundtrack Pro really can do the trick and the tools aren't so complicated once you get there if you just know why and how to make the round-trip.
- Using audio from Final Cut Pro in Motion or Soundtrack Pro
- Enhancing motion effects made in Final Cut Pro in Motion
- Working with a multitrack project
- Matching EQ levels with Soundtrack Pro
- Refining Final Cut Pro 3-way corrections in Color
- Preparing the timeline for Color
- Reconforming projects
- Sending a sequence to Compressor for output
- Transcoding for DSLR and other workflows
- Automating compression
- Using the Final Cut Pro to Compressor to DVD Studio Pro workflow
- Making a still menu