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Tip #062: Secrets of the Audio Meters
Audio meters are essential to clean audio.
Audio meters, whether in Avid, Premiere or Final Cut, show the peak (instant) levels of your audio. But, if you know where to look, they can also tell you a lot more.
- Audio meters measure peak audio on the dBFS scale (deciBels Full Scale).
- Audio meters show the absolute levels of your audio. This is unlike clips, where adjusting the “rubber band” is making a “relative” adjustment – relative to the level at which the audio was recorded.
- The left bar represents the left audio channel. The right bar represents the right audio channel.
- Any audio levels that exceed 0 dB on the audio meters will distort when your project is exported.
- Audio levels are logarithmic. For every 6 dB that audio levels drop, the volume of the sound is cut in half.
- The thin line above the green bar shows the loudest level for that clip over the last 1-2 seconds.
- The top of the green bar represents the loudest level of the clip at that instant.
Audio meters are essential to keeping your sound clean and distortion free.