Adjust audio effects

You can adjust an effect’s parameters using controls in the Audio inspector or the effect’s window.

If you’re using Audio Units effects or Logic Effects, you can show an expanded interface by opening the effect’s window.

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

Adjust an audio effect

  1. In the Timeline, select the clip with the effect you want to adjust.

  2. Locate the effect in the Effects section of the Audio inspector.

    Controls button to right of selected effect in Effects section of Audio inspector
  3. To see an effect’s parameters, do one of the following:

    • Click the Controls button (to the right of the effect’s name) to show a larger window with advanced controls.

    • Click the disclosure triangle next to Parameters to show controls in the Audio inspector.

    Tip: You can adjust effects over time using keyframes in the Audio inspector or in the Audio Animation Editor.

  4. Select effect parameters and adjust their settings as needed. You can preview your adjustments by using the skimmer or playing the clip in the Timeline.

    To return the effect’s values to their default settings, click the effect’s Reset button .

Use Audio Units and Logic effects presets

Many Audio Units and Logic effects include built-in presets that are tailored for specific settings or environments, such as reverb presets that simulate the acoustics of a small room or a large cathedral. Presets make it easy to preview and apply effects quickly.

  1. Locate the effect in the Effects section of the Audio inspector.

  2. Choose a preset from the Preset pop-up menu.

    Options in Preset pop-up menu in Effects section of Audio inspector

    You can preview your presets by using the skimmer or playing the clip in the Timeline.

    To return the effect to its default settings, choose Default from the Preset pop-up menu.

Edit and save custom Audio Units and Logic effects presets

You can edit preset parameters by adjusting the effect’s controls. If you want to keep your changes, you can save them as as a custom preset.

  1. Locate the effect in the Effects section of the Audio inspector.

  2. Choose a preset from the Preset pop-up menu.

    Options in Preset pop-up menu in Effects section of Audio inspector
  3. To see an effect’s parameters, do one of the following:

    • Click the Controls button (to the right of the effect’s name) to show a larger window with advanced controls.

    • Click the disclosure triangle next to Parameters to show controls in the Audio inspector.

  4. Select effect parameters and adjust their settings as needed. You can preview your adjustments by using the skimmer or playing the clip in the Timeline.

    When you adjust a preset’s parameters, the Preset pop-up menu indicates that the preset has been edited.

    Effects section of Audio inspector showing edited effect preset
  5. To save an edited preset, choose Save Preset from the Preset pop-up menu, and type a name for the new preset.

    Effects section of Audio inspector showing Save Preset option in Preset pop-up menu

    Saved presets appear in the Preset pop-up menu.

    Effects section of Audio inspector showing saved preset in Preset pop-up menu

To return the effect to its default settings, choose Default from the Preset pop-up menu.

Delete custom presets

  1. Locate the effect in the Effects section of the Audio inspector.

  2. Choose Reveal User Presets in Finder from the Preset pop-up menu.

    Effects section of Audio inspector showing Reveal User Presets in Finder option in Preset pop-up menu
  3. Select the preset or presets you want to delete in the Finder window, and drag them to the Trash.

    After a custom preset has been deleted, it no longer appears in the Preset pop-up menu.