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Chapter 12. Working with Audio > Configuring Editing and FX-Related Settings

Configuring Editing and FX-Related Settings

Before starting to manipulate source clips or Timeline audio, you need to configure some other general audio settings in the Audio and Audio Project Settings dialog boxes. You can change these at any time during your project. These settings include the following:

  • Monitor Volume (also called Master Volume): Found on the Output tab of the Audio Project Settings dialog box and on the Timeline toolbar. This setting governs the volume of your project's audio on your speakers or headphones during editing or output.

    Do not confuse this setting with the Output Gain setting, which should be kept at 0 dB except for special analog output scenarios (Figure 12.9). (See the sidebar “Don't Touch That Slider” earlier in this chapter.)

    Figure 12.9. The monitor volume (or master volume) is the volume of what you hear through your headphones or external speakers while editing. This is different from the output gain, which should be kept at 0 dB unless you need to raise the level of your entire project for output to tape.

  • Audio Tools Response: Found in the Audio Settings dialog box. This setting governs how quickly adjustments made with the Audio Mix, Automation Gain, and AudioSuite tools take effect. Usually, this selection should remain set to Default (Figure 12.10). If you adjust a level, however, and there's an intolerable delay before the change takes effect, then you can select a faster setting, provided that your computer is fast enough to handle it.

    Figure 12.10. If it takes too long hear a level or EQ change, you may want to increase the Audio Tools Response setting if you have a system that can handle the speed.

  • Convert Sample Rates When Playing: Found on the Main tab of the Audio Project Settings dialog box. If you start to have playback problems and your Timeline contains audio of different rates, disable this setting. Xpress Pro has the ability to play a sequence that contains a mixture of different audio sample rates, but doing so taxes the system. If your system works fine with this setting selected, then always keep it enabled.

  • Mix Mode Selection: Found on the Output tab of the Audio Project Settings dialog box. Keep Stereo selected for this setting unless you absolutely know that you want a monaural project. Stereo, the default, mixes your audio tracks as stereo pairs; this enables you to pan tracks to either the left or right speaker.

    Choosing Mono here mixes every track to the center and disables panning (Figure 12.11).

    Figure 12.11. If you choose Mono as your Mix mode, then Xpress Pro ignores all pan settings in the Audio Mix or Automation Gain tool.

  • Bypass (Clip Gain/RT EQ/Auto Gain): Found on the Output tab of the Audio Project Settings dialog box. Selecting one of the three Bypass buttons turns off any level adjustments made with the Audio Mix tool, EQ tool, or Automation Gain tool, respectively.

    (Note: Bypassing Automation Gain turns off all rubber-band level adjustment.)

    You never really need to bother with the Bypass buttons here, because you can always use the Bypass button available on individual audio tools (Figure 12.12).

    Figure 12.12. It's best to use the Bypass button provided by individual audio tools. That way, you know exactly what you're turning off.


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