Audio editing overview

Final Cut Pro includes tools for editing audio clips or multiple audio channels. You edit audio in two ways, detailed below.

Volume control being adjusted in clip

Clip-level audio editing

You can make audio adjustments and edits to whole clips. At this level, audio adjustments and effects are applied to the entire clip, including any audio channels within the clip. Final Cut Pro preserves any adjustments you make to individual audio channels. This means that if you reduce the volume for a single channel but raise the volume for the whole clip, the volume of the single channel is raised but stays in proportion to the volume of other channels in the clip.

If your source media contains only one or two audio channels or you’re editing an audio-only clip, you’ll probably only need to make adjustments and edits at this level.

Advanced multichannel audio editing

Final Cut Pro automatically groups channels into audio components according to how the channels are configured for the clip. You can expand the audio portion of clips to reveal and edit audio components down to the individual channel level. This allows you to apply different effects to different components and streamlines the process for making quick sound cutouts to a single microphone input or other fine adjustments.

Important: Many digital audio file formats, such as AAC and MP3, use interleaved stereo files, which do not contain separate left and right channels. These files appear as a single audio component unless you change the clip’s channel configuration.

Keep in mind the following when editing audio components in Final Cut Pro: