What’s Audio Ducking & How to Do Audio Ducking

Last Updated: 2021. 05. 12
In this post, we will tell you what audio ducking is, how audio ducking makes your video sound better, and most importantly, how to use audio ducking. Keep reading and find what you need in minutes!

How to Do Audio Ducking?

Audio ducking is a compression tool controlled by the output of one audio. When the audio volume reaches a threshold, the other audio volume will be compressed.

Normally, there are lots of desktop applications that allow you to do audio ducking automatically. In case you want to control your own audio files, many easy-to-use video editors can also help you do audio ducking in clicks.

How to Do Automatic Audio Ducking with Premiere Pro

Among all professional video editing applications, Premiere Pro is the most liked tool to do audio ducking. The detailed steps are as follows.

Step 1
Click on the Audio at the top of the interface to display the Essential Sound panel.
Step 2
Assign the audio tracks. Assigning the audio track is like giving them a label. Select the track and click Music, Dialogue or others to your right.
Please first label the dialog clips or any clip you want the audience to pay attention.
Step 3
Go back to the Music track, under the Essential, you can see the Ducking option. Tick the square icon.
Step 4
Click Duck against, select Dialogue.
Step 5
Adjust sensitivity, duck amount, and fades to make your video more natural.

Sensitivity: Sensitivity determines how long the gap between the clips.

Duck amount: Determines how much you want the volume to be lowered.

Fades: The duration of the fade down and fade up.

Step 6
Export your video to the desktop and share.

How to Do Audio Ducking with Adobe Premiere Pro

How to Do Audio Ducking Manually

When it comes to doing audio ducking manually, our recommendation is FlexClip. Split the audio files, adjust their volume, and then export, you can finish doing audio ducking.

Step 1
Visit FlexClip’s home page and sign up. Click the Create from Scratch button and enter timeline mode.
Step 2
Import all your audio files and videos if necessary, to the Media section and apply them to the timeline.
Step 3
Split the audio file from where the audio volume changes to where the audio volume changes again.
Step 4
Select the audio file and adjust its volume.
Step 5
Make other edits. To level up your video, you can add transitions, text, filters and more.
Step 6
Preview and export. Continue editing or download directly if you are satisfied with the video.

The Bottom Line

That’s all for what audio ducking is and how to do audio ducking. If you find this post helpful, please do share it with others.

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