How to Change the Volume on an Audio Track in Adobe Premiere Pro CS4

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How to Change the Volume on an Audio Track in Adobe Premiere Pro CS4
The right audio volume levels are a key part of any video production. ( Images)

Part of producing a video project in Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 involves setting sound in your project to the proper levels. Video projects can include people talking, sound effects and music, and the volume level of each element should be the right one to enhance that segment. Premiere lets you adjust the volume individually on the audio tracks of video clips and sound or music files that you add to the project. You can also adjust the overall volume of the project with the Premiere Audio Mixer.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Open Adobe Premiere CS4. Click the "File" menu and select "New" to create a new project or "Open" to load an existing project.

  2. 2

    Right-click an audio clip in one of the three audio tracks in the Timeline. Select "Audio Gain" from the context menu.

  3. 3

    Click the "Set Gain" radio button and enter a level, in decibels. This can be a positive number to increase the volume or a negative number to lower the volume.

  4. 4

    Set the "Play" marker at the beginning of the project. Click "Window," and then "Audio Mixer."

  5. 5

    Click the Automation Mode drop-down menu and select "Write." Adjust the volume slider for the Audio track you want to change to raise or lower the volume. You can also type a positive or negative number, in decibels, in the text box under the volume slider.

  6. 6

    Drag the Master volume slider to lower the volume of all audio tracks. You cannot raise the master volume with the slider. Click "File," and then "Save" or "Save As" to save the project with the new volume levels.

Tips and warnings

  • When you adjust the volume level on an audio clip in Premiere Pro, it only adjusts the volume of the clip in the project. The volume of the original file, whether it's a standalone audio clip or the audio in a video clip, is unaffected.

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