Join Todd Kopriva for an in-depth discussion in this video Why does my audio not go to the track where I drop it?, part of Premiere Pro: Frequently Asked Questions (2011).
Frequently asked questions about Premiere Pro. Why don't my audio tracks go to the tracks where I try to drop them? In Premiere Pro, each audio track is of a certain type. Either mono, stereo, or 5.1. If you try to drop a track onto a sequence, like so. Might find that it doesn't drop where you intended to. In fact, as I just did I dropped and then I can't see the audio tract at all. Oh there it is. So what happened? Notice audio one, audio two and audio three in this case. Are stereo, as indicated by a simple icon with two speakers. Audio 4, is a mono track.
I'm going to undo that drop, to show you something. Ctrl+Z to undo. Now as I scroll down, you see that there's not actually an audio track 4 at all, so in my sequence I had three stereo audio tracks, and my master track. And when I dropped the clip of a non stereotype on. Premier Pro created a new track to hold it. Well this isn't very convenient. One thing we can do by the way, is we can right-click. Ctrl click on Mac OS.
Choose delete tracks. Delete audio tracks, all empty tracks, and those three useless stereo tracks are gotten rid of. At least they're useless to me now, because I'm working with mono audio. So, do we have to do this every time? No, we certainly don't. What we can do, is create a new sequence. So choose New Item > Sequence, and under tracks, I can choose zero stereo, zero 5.1 and two mono tracks.
Now in my new sequence, I only have two audio tracks, they're both mono as you can see from this icon. So now, when I drop my audio track in, or rather my audio clip, it goes to the track where I intend it. So, just to keep in mind, that each track has a certain type, stereo, mono or 5.1 and the clip you drop in, will only drop onto a track of the appropriate type. And if there isn't a track of the appropriate type, Premiere Pro will create a new one. So, create your sequences with the tracks that you intend, and if you don't or if you forget to, you can delete the tracks that you're not using.
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