Join Abba Shapiro for an in-depth discussion in this video Using an EQ effect to enhance music, part of Premiere Pro Guru: Cutting with Music.
- Sometimes you need to really punch up the music or make sure that a person sounds their best. Built into Premiere are some extremely robust audio plugins that can be really helpful to fix some problems and to enhance the sound of your audio. Remember with audio enhancement, less is more. And sometimes, none is the best. So let's go ahead and work on the music track. I'm going to select this, and I want to drop some EQ on it to make the bass punch a bit more.
I simply typed in EQ, it came up with the EQ audio effects. I'm going to drop it directly on the music clip. Click it, open it up in the Effects Control tab. And now, I can start adjusting the EQ on my music. Now at first blush, it doesn't look to have that many choices. But when you click on the Edit button, it's going to bring up a whole new interface where you can really fine-tune the EQ of the audio.
Now, I really like the defaults. And I think a lot of times that will suit my purposes. So instead of going with a generic flat line, I'm going to go ahead and choose Bass Enhance. You'll notice that the waveform actually changes, and it's punching up those lower frequencies and a little bit of the upper midrange. Let's go ahead and play our audio and see how this effect enhances our music. (rock music) Now sometimes it's difficult to determine the before and after.
So in most audio plugins, there's usually a Bypass or a Power switch. So in this case, I have a Power switch. And I can turn it on and off to hear what it sounds like with and without the plugin. (rock music with bass amplified) - Favorite thing to do on a skateboard is probably just to go out there and cruise and ride around-- - It's very subtle, but it does seem to give me a little more punch by adding that extra bass.
You'll notice also that when I hit the Power button here, it also activated the Bypass here. So even with this window closed, I can still listen to a before and an after. Another audio plugin that I find I use frequently is the Multiband Compressor. I'm going to go ahead and toss this on the music cut. And once again, press the Edit button to open up the interface. Now this has a lot of choices and a lot of knobs and dials that you can play with.
And as I said earlier, usually the more you mess with the audio, the worse it ends up sounding, But the presets are great, so usually I use the Broadcast. But if it was voice, I might use a De-Esser. Or maybe if it's music, I might be able to give it a feel. I think I'm going to stick with Broadcast. And let's go ahead and play it and toggle it on and off. (rock music) - And just to be free and have fun.
- Again, it's subtle, but when it comes to fixing audio, subtle is where you want to go. I want to show you one more plugin that I use frequently when I'm working in Premiere and that is the Vocal Enhancer. So, I'm going to go ahead and select Vocal and grab this and not drop it on the music, but I'm going to actually put it on his interview. And what I like about the Vocal Enhancer is it's pretty basic, but it does a really good job.
So I selected the clip, hit Effects Control. Click to open up the Edit interface. And I'm presented with three choices: Female, Male, and Music. I think we'll go with Male. And what that's going to do is really warm up the sound of his voice. It's going to enhance those frequencies that men speak at. So I'm going to close this out. I'm going to start and hit Play. (rock music) And as a matter of fact, let me solo his audio, so we can just hear him with and without the Vocal Enhancer.
- Skateboard is probably just to go out there and cruise and ride around. And just to be free and have fun. - So you could actually hear a pretty discernible difference between on and off. This is off. - Favorite thing to do on a skateboard is probably just to go out there and cruise and ride around, just to be free. - So it may sound a little softer, so I may want to bring the volume up, but I'm hearing a more bassy sound and that's what I want. Some of the most useful effects for me include De-Essers and DePoppers, EQ, and a very light touch of compression.
- Changing the duration of the music with editing
- Placing markers
- Cutting to the beat vs. cutting with the beat
- Preparing images for import
- Adjusting image size
- Editing to markers
- Trimming sound bites
- Adding effects
- Mixing audio levels
- Retiming music
- Changing pitch and key
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: Premiere Pro keeps saying, "Project contains a sequence that could not be opened. No sequence preview preset or codec could be associated with this sequence type." What do I do?
A: Please read this post, which addresses this issue, and then try the suggestion in the order provided: https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-pro/kb/features-presets-missing-premiere-pro.html