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Final Cut Pro X: Add audio effects

Add audio effects

In addition to the built-in audio enhancement features of Final Cut Pro, you can take advantage of 64-bit OS X built-in and third-party Audio Units (AU) effects for your audio processing tasks.

Final Cut Pro also comes with an extensive range of custom audio effects and professional Logic Effects, which are digital signal processing (DSP) effects and processors that are used to color or tonally shape existing audio recordings and audio sources—in real time.

Some of the most common processing options include noise reduction, pitch correction, EQs, dynamic processors, and reverbs. Further advanced features include delays, modulations, distortions, bass enhancement, and time-altering processors and utilities. Some custom effects included with Final Cut Pro combine multiple effects to create a particular sound environment, such as a cathedral.

You can add effects to individual clips or to a compound clip. Once you add an effect, you can adjust its settings using the Audio inspector.

Add audio effects to a clip

  1. Click the Effects button in the toolbar.

    Effects button in toolbar
  2. In the Effects Browser, select an audio effect, and do any of the following to help you make the selection:

    • To preview what the effect sounds like using the audio from the currently selected Timeline clip: Move the pointer over the audio effect thumbnails.

    • To preview changing the effect’s primary control: Hold down the Option key while moving the pointer over an audio effect thumbnail.

    • To filter the list of effects that appear: Type text in the Effects Browser search field.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • Drag the effect to an audio clip (or a video clip with audio) in the Timeline.

    • Double-click the effect icon to apply it to the selected clip.

The effect appears in the Effects section of the Audio inspector and in the Audio Animation Editor. You can now adjust the effect.

Turn off a clip effect

After you apply an audio effect to a clip, you can turn off the effect (but retain its settings) in the Audio inspector or the Audio Animation Editor.

  1. Select the clip with the effect in the Timeline.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • In the Effects section of the Audio inspector, select the effect and click its blue checkbox.

    • In the Audio Animation Editor, select the effect and click its green checkbox.

Remove a clip effect

After you apply an audio effect to a clip, you can remove the effect from the clip in the Audio inspector or the Audio Animation Editor.

  1. Select the clip with the effect in the Timeline.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • In the Effects section of the Audio inspector, select the effect and press Delete.

    • In the Audio Animation Editor, select the effect and press Delete.

Change the order of effects

After you apply audio effects to a clip, you can change the order in which they appear in the Audio inspector or the Audio Animation Editor.

  1. In the Timeline, select a clip for which you’ve added effects.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • In the Effects section of the Audio inspector, drag an effect up or down.

    • In the Audio Animation Editor, drag an effect up or down.

Copy all of a clip’s effects to another clip

You can copy effects and their settings from one clip to another. This can be especially useful if you’ve made adjustments to effects in a clip that you want to preserve and use with other clips.

  1. Select a clip in the Timeline, and choose Edit > Copy (or press Command-C).

  2. Select the clip or clips to which you want to apply the effects, and choose Edit > Paste Effects (or press Option-Command-V).

If a clip has more than one effect applied to it, all of the effects and their settings are applied to the other clip.

Copy selected clip attributes to another clip

You can copy a clip’s audio attributes, such as settings and effects, from one clip to another. For example, you can copy pan settings, or any effects you’ve added to a clip, including any keyframe adjustments.

This feature lets you select which clip attributes you want to apply.

  1. Select a clip in the Timeline, and choose Edit > Copy (or press Command-C).

  2. Select the clip or clips to which you want to apply the attributes, and choose Edit > Paste Attributes (or press Shift-Command-V).

  3. Do any of the following:

    • To apply all audio attributes from the source clip: Select the Audio Attributes checkbox.

    • To apply individual attributes: Select the checkbox or checkboxes for each attribute you want to apply.

    • If you made any keyframe adjustments to the source clip: Choose either Maintain Timing or Stretch to Fit from the Keyframes pop-up menu. If you choose Stretch to Fit, Final Cut Pro adjusts the keyframes in time to match the duration of the destination clip.

    Paste Attributes window
  4. Click Paste.

For more information about using the Logic Effects that are included with Final Cut Pro, see the Final Cut Pro X Logic Effects Reference.

Last Modified: Sep 16, 2014
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