Tip #553: Add Audio Effect Keyframes in FCP X

… for Apple Final Cut Pro X

Tip #553: Add Audio Effect Keyframes in FCP X

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com
This tip originally appeared as an Apple KnowledgeBase article. This is an excerpt.

Tip #529 illustrated how to use the Range tool to quickly add volume keyframes to a clip. However, we can also use the Audio Animation editor to add keyframes for audio effects, such as reverb or distortion. Here’s how.

  • Apply an audio effect to a clip in the Timeline. (In this example, we’ll use Distortion > Telephone.)
  • Select the clip in the timeline, then choose Clip > Show Audio Animation (or press Control-A).
  • Select the effect in the Audio Inspector, then click the disclosure button (right red arrow) to expand that effect in the Audio Animation editor.
  • Use the Range tool to select the value you want to modify.
  • Drag the control line up or down to set keyframes.


  • Drag keyframes left or right to reposition.
  • Drag keyframes up or down to modify the setting.
  • You can set keyframes manually in the Audio Animation bar by Option-clicking the line you want to modify.
  • Control-click a keyframe to delete it.

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