How to Get Perfect Audio in Adobe Premiere and Audition

Your viewers will tolerate video quality that’s slightly under par. But they’ll leave in a second if you’ve got bad audio.

There are two techniques you can use to make sure your audio is loud, clear, and robust: normalization and compression. In this how-to video, we’ll show you how to use both in Adobe Premiere and Adobe Audition.

Normalization increases volume as much as possible without introducing distortion into the file. Compression, on the other hand, makes the signal as robust as possible.

Watch this tutorial to learn the best way to apply both. If you have questions, post them in the discussion section below.


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  1. I just watched Jan Ozer tutorial on
    Normalization and Compression He mentioned this was for streaming audio or pod casts. Do you also try
    to get audio levels close to odb for
    DVD authoring. Especially where you have background music and speech?

    Posted by Leo Doyle | September 20, 2011, 8:34 am
  2. I do for the event DVDs that I produce, but I feel less comfortable recommending that for general use, particularly for broadcast DVDs. The broadcast standard is around -12 db. That can cause real problems in streaming applications because it just sounds too low.

    Sorry I can’t be more definitive.


    Posted by Jan Ozer | September 20, 2011, 9:53 am
  3. Jan,nice tutorial, but what about when you need to low the background. Like when you doing an interview and there is a lot of people talking and music playing loud in your background, and you need your conversation to stand out, how do you fix that. Jan you are very helpful, thank you.


    Posted by Wellington Ramirez | September 20, 2011, 11:40 am
  4. Wellington:

    Thanks. Obviously a different problem. The first thing I try here is compression, using one of the vocal presets in Audition.

    Next thing to try is an equalizer, boosting the frequencies that contain the most vocals, while decreasing other frequencies. I’m not at my office today, so I can’t check out Audition’s equalizer and be more specific, but check out this article for some additional background.

    Hope this helps.

    Posted by Jan Ozer | September 21, 2011, 12:22 am
  5. I viewed this video and found it to be very helpful. Is it possible to save a copy of the video to my hard drive so that I can use it for future reference? If so, how do I do that?
    Thanks for your help.

    Posted by Lana Bailey | September 26, 2011, 5:20 pm
  6. Not to pat myself on the back, but I was downloading some Dan Patrick podcasts today, and the audio was wonderfully normalized.

    Coincidence? I don’t think so, but it would be cool if the men from the man cave would man up and let us know if the tips in this tutorial led to the improvement.

    Long time listener, no time caller.


    Posted by Jan Ozer | October 3, 2011, 10:46 pm
  7. I have the Adobe Master Collection CS5.5. I videotape variest events and sometimes I need to clear the voice when in a hall. I have experience with this program. Could use help please. also would allow the person helping me to use the program to do their work as well. please if anyone is interested get a hold of me
    thank you.

    Posted by Jack Fehr | January 31, 2013, 11:51 pm
  8. I meant I have no experience

    Posted by Jack Fehr | January 31, 2013, 11:51 pm
  9. I watched your tutorial video and cant help but do thumbs up for you. You have explained it clearly. Thanks!

    Posted by Terie | July 12, 2016, 11:14 am
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