Tip #1495: Keyboard Shortcuts to Change Audio Levels

… for Apple Final Cut Pro X

Tip #1495: Keyboard Shortcuts to Change Audio Levels

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

Keyboard shortcuts to speed audio level changes.

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(I discovered this tip while researching a recent PowerUP webinar presenting Audio in Apple Final Cut Pro.)

You know you can change audio levels for clips in the timeline by dragging the audio volume line up or down. Here are some keyboard shortcuts that make this process even faster.

Shortcut What It Does
Control + S Expand / Collapse audio clip from video
Cmd + drag Slows down level changes to improve precision.
Control + [minus] / [equals] Lower/Raise audio levels for selected clip(s)
Control + Option + L Adjust audio level across all selected clips TO a specific amount (Absolute adjustment)
Option + [Up] / [Down] Arrow Nudge value of selected keyframe up or down.

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4 replies
  1. Monte Deel
    Monte Deel says:

    Thanks for the shortcuts Larry. Sometimes when I hover over the audio line to adjust the level, instead of a number I get a box with nothing in it. Most of the time it’s fine but I don’t understand this anomaly

    • Larry Jordan
      Larry Jordan says:


      It’s just a weirdness… If it bothers you, trash your Final Cut preferences: Press Option and Cmd when restarting the program from the dock.



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