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Enhancing audio clips with effects
In Sound Editor you can apply audio effects to entire audio clips, or to selected areas of audio clips.
You can enhance your audio clip in many ways, including adding an interesting processed sound to your audio, or you can simulate the sound of an older analog recording being played from vintage audio equipment.
Note: When previewing the effects applied to your audio clip, you can select the Bypass option which lets you preview the audio clip without the effects. This is helpful if you want to compare how the audio clip sounds with and without the effect.
To enhance audio clips with effects:
1 Select the portion of the audio clip to which you want to apply an effect.
Tip: Because the audio effects are “layered” on top of each other as you apply them, we recommend that you play the enhanced audio clip each time you apply an effect, and adjust it before applying another effect.
2 On the Clip Editor toolbar, click Sound Effects.
3 Choose from the following effects:
Tip: You can also right-click the selection on the waveform to apply an effect.
n Alienizer: Lets you add a fun and dramatic effect. Adjust the Alien 1 and Alien 2 controls in combination for a range of metallic and “alien” effects.
n DeVoicer: Lets you remove voice from music. This feature is most effective when removing a single voice. It may not be possible to remove highly produced and mixed vocals.
n Digital Hall: Simulates your music being played in an enclosed venue by using various levels of sound reverberation and echo. Select Box, Room, Church, or Cathedral to simulate any of these environments. Adjust Room Size by dragging on the graphic image of the box, room, church or cathedral.
n Maturizer: Simulates the sound of older, “mature,” analog recordings, such as scratchy LPs or noisy audio tapes played from vintage audio equipment. Apply settings in any one or more of five areas: Noise, Hum, Crackle, Click, and AM Radio.
n Mono to Stereo: Creates a simulated stereo signal from a mono signal.
n Normalize: Sets the volume of clips to a consistent level. Before using this effect, go to the Mix Editor (if available), select all the clips in a layer, and click Join Clips.
n Parametric Equalizer (4-band) with Master Volume: Lets you boost or cut the amplitude (volume) for four frequency bands. You can adjust the bandwidth and the center frequency of each of the four bands. This effect also includes a master volume control to let you increase or decrease overall output level.
n Pitch Scaling: Lets you adjust the pitch of the audio without affecting the speed. To adjust it, move either the Pitch (semitones) or Scale (percentage) slider to set the pitch you want. Note: A Pitch setting of 0 is the original pitch. There are 12 semitones in an octave.
n RoboVoice: Similar to the Alienizer, RoboVoice also adds an interesting “processed” sound to your audio. Adjust the Harmonize and Metallize settings to lend a decidedly robotic flavor to your playlist. Check Spread to subtly alter the effect.
n Stereo Enhancer: Lets you adjust the amount of separation between the left and right channels of a stereo signal.
n Time Stretching: Lets you compress or extend the duration of a clip or section of a clip with or without affecting the pitch of the audio. To maintain pitch, ensure the Preserve audio pitch check box is marked. To change the duration, drag the Speed slider (higher values increase speed, lower values decrease speed) or type a new duration value in the New Length boxes.
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