I'm using Final Cut Pro X to make a video with piano music. The audio sounds great in Final Cut but when I export it sounds terrible - phased, volume variances, just awful. I assume I'm missing something very basic here but I don't know what it is. Any suggestions? I've looked for tutorials on the subject but haven't found anything helpful.
Issues like phasing come up when you are adding audio signals together mathematically.
Did you record in mono or multitrack?
Have you collapsed your audio or are you trying to maintain a stereo image?
Unlike most NLEs, X allows EMBEDDED audio muxed into a single embedded display PLUS audio separated from the video in discrete tracks.
So managing audio can be a bit of a challenge to those with ONLY track-based experience.
Look up "Split apart audio"and "expand audio" in the context of X to get a look at how the system works.
Personally, I've seldom found that my desire to preserving a stereo field is worth the potential complexity of electing to work in other than a simple MONO mix whenever possible. Too much opportunity for problems in poorly setup playback environments. YMMV.
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