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Audition: Normalizing Levels

Version: Adobe Audition 2020. Be aware that different versions of Audition will vary in appearance and functionality. Full Guide: View/Download


Normalizing an audio project will boost audio levels across all clips and tracks in order to make them match more closely. This helps the consistency of the volume levels through the project.

To normalize audio:
  1. Navigate to Multitrack > Mixdown Session to New File > Entire Session. Audition will mix, or combine, all elements and open Waveform mode.
  2. Click-and-drag to select the portion that needs volume adjustment.
  3. From the options that pop-up, click-and-drag the knob to the left or right. Left will decrease the volume, and right will increase. Ensure the entire waveform is below -3db, with no peaks above. Use the -3db horizontal line as a guide.
    adjusting a waveform
  4. Navigate to Edit > Select > Select All. The entire file will be selected.
  5. Navigate to Favorites > Normalize to -3 dB. This process will boost levels and make the volume across other clips consistent.
If the audio is still too quiet, decrease the volume of loud portions as described in the instructions in the previous section and Normalize again.

Normalization is the final step in the editing process. After normalization is applied, be wary of adding any additional effects or adjustments, as it could cause issues with volume levels.


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Keywords:Adobe, editing, audio, volume, levels, normalizing   Doc ID:100957
Owner:Tommy S.Group:Pacific Lutheran University
Created:2020-04-21 10:51 PDTUpdated:2020-05-12 16:38 PDT
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