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Top 10: Final Cut Pro Audio Tutorials

Posted by Iain Anderson on

As viewers, we are far less forgiving of bad audio than we are of bad images. And even with good microphones, good recorders, good voice talent and good technique, you’ll need to know plenty about audio in FCP X to do a good job. Here are ten ways to help you learn all the tricks hidden deep inside FCP X. Please note that some of these tutorials show the older FCP X interface used before version 10.3, but they’ve still got good information to share.

 

Audio Fade Settings

1. Audio Fade Settings by Dan Allen

You probably already know that it’s easy to fade any clip in FCP X. You might not know that it’s also easy to change the way they fade. Check out this video from Dan Allen to find out more.

 

MacBreak Studio #343: Audio Hold Frames for Reverb by Ripple Training

2. MacBreak Studio #343: Audio Hold Frames for Reverb by Ripple Training

As originally made popular by Thomas Grove Carter, sometimes you need a reverb effect to run longer than the original audio clip, and it turns out it’s easy to do. Mark and Steve show you how.

 

Basic Audio fixes in FCPX by Capturing Passion

3. Basic Audio fixes in FCPX by Capturing Passion

Lee Herbet shows you how to use keyframes to remove clicks in audio, how to replace it with room tone, and how the range selection tool can be handy too.

 

Adding Music and Sound by Vimeo

4. Adding Music and Sound by Vimeo

Vimeo Video School have a whole series of tutorials on FCP X, and this one’s all about how to add music and sound. It’s short and sweet, but it’s still a good primer. Note that this tutorial was recorded with an older version of FCP X and the audio tab is now in the top left, but there’s still good basic info here.

 

FCPX & Logic Pro X Integration by Dan Allen

5. FCPX & Logic Pro X Integration by Dan Allen

Wondering how to take things to the next level? Here’s a quick explanation of how to send audio out to Logic. Note that the latest version of Logic has improved track management and the experience should be even more seamless now.

 

5.1 Surround Sound Mixing by Dan Allen

6. 5.1 Surround Sound Mixing by Dan Allen

Dan Allen again, this time showing you how surround mixing works in FCP X. While most of us deal with mono or stereo most of the time, it’s good to be reminded that we can work with 5.1 surround if we need to.


Editing Audio in Final Cut Pro X (10.1) by Larry Jordan

7. Editing Audio in Final Cut Pro X (10.1) by Larry Jordan

Larry’s clear style is on show here,  and even though this tutorial is a few years old, it’s a great basic primer. Be sure to watch with the next video to see what’s changed, though.

 

MacBreak Studio #382: Advanced Mixing with Roles in FCP 10.3 by Ripple Training

8. MacBreak Studio #382: Advanced Mixing with Roles in FCP 10.3 by Ripple Training

Roles changed the way that audio was presented, edited and mixed in FCP X 10.3. If you never got on board with this change, you’re missing out, and Sam Mestman shows Mark Spencer all about the new workflow.

 

Roles, Audio and the Timeline Index (FCP X 10.3) by Larry Jordan

9. Roles, Audio and the Timeline Index (FCP X 10.3) by Larry Jordan

Since the last video was made there have been many changes, not least of which is the introduction of Roles. For an update, Larry’s got it covered here.

 

 

MacBreak Studio #379: Audio Workflow by Ripple Training

10. MacBreak Studio #379: Audio Workflow by Ripple Training

Ever wondered what goes into producing a MacBreak Studio episode? Well, who better to show you than Mark and Steve themselves? Info on compression, editing, and other techniques too.

 

 

Iain Anderson is an Apple Certified Trainer, videographer, editor, animator, writer, designer and occasional coder based in Brisbane, Australia. http://www.trainingbrisbane.com and @funwithstuff on Twitter.


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