[2024] How To Adjust Audio Speed In Premiere Pro

To slow down audio in Adobe Premiere Pro, access the Speed/Duration settings of your audio clip in the timeline and adjust the speed percentage to below 100%. For precise control, use keyframes in the Time Remapping section to modify the speed of specific audio segments.

December 24, 2023
[2024] How To Adjust Audio Speed In Premiere Pro
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Tutorial: Increasing/Decreasing Audio Speed in Adobe Premiere Pro

One of the most practical and also creative aspects of audio editing in video production is the ability to manipulate the speed of audio tracks. Slowing down audio in Adobe Premiere Pro offers a powerful solution for enhancing the emotional impact, clarity, and overall auditory experience of a project. Whether it's for dramatic effect, clearer comprehension of dialogue, or syncing audio with visual elements, this technique is indispensable in the toolkit of both amateur and professional editors.

In this article, we explore the step-by-step process of adjusting audio speed in Premiere Pro. Starting with the basics of accessing the Speed/Duration settings, we guide you through the process of reducing the playback speed to achieve your desired audio tempo. For those seeking more nuanced control, we delve into the use of keyframe adjustments, a method that allows for varying the speed of specific sections of your audio clip. This detailed breakdown not only equips you with the technical know-how but also empowers you to elevate the quality of your audio-visual projects through precise and effective audio speed manipulation.

How To Speed Up Audio In Premiere Pro

When you're ready to adjust the speed of an audio clip in Adobe Premiere Pro, start by locating the clip in your timeline. This is the area where your video and audio tracks are displayed. Find the specific audio clip you want to speed up.

Adjusting Speed Through Speed/Duration Setting

  1. Right-Click on the Clip: In your timeline, right-click on the audio clip you wish to modify. A context menu will appear.
  2. Select 'Speed/Duration': From the context menu, choose 'Speed/Duration'. This will open a new dialog box.
  3. Change Speed Percentage: You'll see a field labeled 'Speed' with a percentage value. By default, it is set to 100%. To speed up your audio, enter a value greater than 100%. For example, entering 150% will make your audio play 50% faster than normal.
  4. Preview and Adjust: After entering your desired speed, click 'OK' to apply the changes. Play your timeline to preview the speed change. If needed, return to the 'Speed/Duration' setting to fine-tune the speed.

Changing Duration to Alter Speed

  1. Open Speed/Duration: As before, right-click on your audio clip and select 'Speed/Duration'.
  2. Modify Duration: Instead of changing the speed percentage, focus on the 'Duration' field. Here, you'll see the current length of your clip. To speed up the clip, reduce the duration. For example, if your clip is 10 seconds long, changing the duration to 5 seconds will double its speed.
  3. Confirm and Preview: Click 'OK' to apply the new duration. Review the change by playing the clip. Make further adjustments if necessary.

Remember, speeding up audio can sometimes alter its pitch or cause sync issues with video. If you encounter pitch changes, re-open the 'Speed/Duration' dialog and check the 'Maintain Audio Pitch' option. This will prevent the pitch from rising as the speed increases.

For synchronization issues, carefully align the sped-up audio with your video track. Use markers or keyframes if necessary to ensure precise alignment.

How To Slow Down Audio In Premiere Pro

Accessing Speed/Duration Settings

To slow down your audio, you need to access the Speed/Duration settings. Right-click on the audio clip in your timeline. A context menu will appear. In this menu, find and click on "Speed/Duration". This is usually towards the middle of the context menu.

Adjusting Playback Speed

In the Speed/Duration dialog box, you'll see a field labeled 'Speed'. Here, you enter the percentage of the original speed you want your audio to play at. For instance, if you enter 50%, your audio will play at half its original speed. This effectively doubles the duration of the audio clip without altering the pitch, maintaining the quality of the sound.

Optional: Maintaining Original Pitch

In the same dialog box, there's an option labeled “Maintain Audio Pitch”. By checking this box, you ensure that while the speed of the audio changes, the pitch remains constant. This is crucial for maintaining the natural sound of voices or music in your audio clip.

Applying and Reviewing Changes

After adjusting the speed and pitch settings, click 'OK' to apply these changes. It's essential to review your audio to ensure the changes meet your requirements. Play the clip in the timeline and listen to the adjustments. If necessary, go back and tweak the settings until you achieve the desired effect.

Using Keyframe Speed Adjustments

For more advanced control over your audio speed, you can use keyframes. This method allows you to change the speed of specific parts of your audio clip.

  1. Enable Time Remapping: Right-click on your audio clip in the timeline and select "Show Clip Keyframes" > "Time Remapping" > "Speed". This action enables keyframe editing for speed control.
  2. Inserting Keyframes: To add keyframes, use the Pen Tool (found in the tool panel). Click on the point in the waveform where you want the speed change to begin, and then another where you want it to end.
  3. Adjusting Speed with Keyframes: Between the two keyframes, you can now adjust the speed. Click and drag the line up or down to increase or decrease the speed, respectively. Dragging up speeds up the audio, and dragging down slows it down.
  4. Fine-Tuning Transitions: Adjust the keyframes' positions to refine the start and end points of your speed change. You can also adjust the ramp of the speed change for smoother transitions.