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Scott Clements
How do you copy and paste audio effects from one track to another?
on Apr 17, 2015 at 2:49:12 pm

Is it possible to copy and paste effects from one audio track to another, or do you have to apply and tweak your settings to the default effects every time you want to add an audio effects to a track?

Film Editor, London UK
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James Strawn
Re: How do you copy and paste audio effects from one track to another?
on Apr 17, 2015 at 3:40:10 pm

Yes. You can just go to the Effect Control Panel, select the effect(s) you want by clicking on their labels (or ctrl/cmd click for multiple) and then copy and paste to a different clip. All customized settings will be retained. You can even paste them into multiple selected clips so they will all be applied at once.

Software Quality Assurance - Digital Video at Adobe Systems


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Scott Clements
Re: How do you copy and paste audio effects from one track to another?
on Apr 17, 2015 at 5:15:18 pm

Thanks James. I think you may have misunderstood my question. I know you can copy and paste effects from clip to clip, but what about from track to track? I'm interested in copying an audio effect applied to one entire track and pasting it to another track (in the audio track mixer - not audio clip mixer).

Film Editor, London UK
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Alex Udell
Re: How do you copy and paste audio effects from one track to another?
on Apr 17, 2015 at 7:22:26 pm

Scott...

you may want to consider placing the track effects stack in a SUBmaster track in the mixer (which you'd need to make by adding it to the seuqnce timeline)


then you can route your tracks thru the submaster....

this will also save a little audio processing power as you don't need to dupe up effects....

Alex Udell
Editing, Motion Graphics, and Visual FX


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James Strawn
Re: How do you copy and paste audio effects from one track to another?
on Apr 17, 2015 at 11:15:06 pm

Unfortunately, no. I agree it should be possible though and hopefully we can soon.

Software Quality Assurance - Digital Video at Adobe Systems


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Ruben Neto
Re: How do you copy and paste audio effects from one track to another?
on May 17, 2016 at 6:22:44 pm

I'll second that request. For several reasons, more than ever, I need to correct audio on the track channel and not directly on the clips. Having the possibility to either save the settings as presets or to be able to copy the same effect and it is applied would be very beneficial.

Best regards.


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James Strawn
Re: How do you copy and paste audio effects from one track to another?
on Apr 17, 2015 at 9:03:35 pm

Oh I see, I thought you were talking about tracks in the timeline. I don't use audio track mixer a lot so I'll check on an answer for you and get back to you asap.


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Scott Clements
Re: How do you copy and paste audio effects from one track to another?
on Apr 18, 2015 at 5:04:37 am

Thanks, guys!

Film Editor, London UK
http://www.scottclementseditor.com


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Matthew Hoecker
Re: How do you copy and paste audio effects from one track to another?
on May 28, 2015 at 5:43:58 pm

Seems like a very simple thing that should be a available. Probably just an oversight.

Hopefully that ability will be added, as I just started using the audio mixer more (I've known it was there for a while, but am now stating to really consider it's power as I'm working on shortfilms with lots of tracks and mixing) and I applied the effects I wanted (and there are several effects with lots of settings) to one track. I went to copy them to the right channel, and no can do. I now know I should have done a submix, and I guess it's a lesson learned, but logically you would just assume that you could copy the effect from one track to the other.


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Borja Ruiz Rodríguez
Re: How do you copy and paste audio effects from one track to another?
on Sep 21, 2016 at 8:41:58 am

Hello guys,

Did you solve this? I am also using Audio Track Mixer often and it would be great to be able to do it.


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Craig Weaver
Re: How do you copy and paste audio effects from one track to another?
on Dec 12, 2016 at 9:28:22 am

To add insult to injury, you can only have one track-effect settings window open at a time.

So you can't even visually reference your finished track settings while applying it to new tracks . You need to get out a piece of paper... write down the settings from your good track... then reference that piece of paper while applying the it to your new tracks.

This incredibly common audio editing task (which takes 5 seconds in any other editing application), takes about 5 minutes in Premiere. It's very frustrating. I have a video series that uses the same track effect in 24 timelines. If I decide later that I want to tweak that effect, I'll simply cancel my afternoon plans, get out another piece of paper...


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andrew bird
Re: How do you copy and paste audio effects from one track to another?
on Jan 13, 2017 at 12:48:30 pm

Unforutunately that's exactly what I am doing again today. Writing down submixes, writing down all track plug in settings then typing them back in, number by number 25 scenes from different freelancers (who unfortunately started to ignore my audio mix template later in the project).

This request to save presets and track presets is pretty infuriating and has been requested for a few years now.
Offlaying to audition isn't a great help just yet, but Audition has a great dev team who are working hard to making it a good go-to- audio NLE.


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John Hillman
Re: How do you copy and paste audio effects from one track to another?
on Feb 1, 2017 at 5:35:11 pm

If you want to use the exact same track settings for multiple sequences, you can add your track effects to your first sequence. Then Duplicate the sequence, delete the footage from the duplicate, copy paste the footage from your second sequence into the duplicate, and then your track settings will be exactly the same as your first sequence. That will work in some instances at least.



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Kyron Gray
Re: How do you copy and paste audio effects from one track to another?
on Oct 29, 2017 at 1:58:53 am

Thought I would chime in as I was looking for information on this also to help me quickly set up a few fx buses.
I found a solution to this while playing around (in Ae 2018 at least which is what I'm running now.)

In the Mixer you can actually just drag and drop fx between tracks and they will clone over.



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Aren Hansen
Re: How do you copy and paste audio effects from one track to another?
on Nov 21, 2017 at 3:22:48 pm

In After Effects? You can do it in Avid too.



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Drew Lahat
Re: How do you copy and paste audio effects from one track to another?
on Jun 4, 2018 at 10:35:54 pm

Yeah this is a Premiere question in the Premiere forum. Doesn't help us that you can do it in other programs. ☺ And you cannot drag/drop Audio Track Mixer effects in Premiere 2017 or 2018.


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Matt Buckley
Re: How do you copy and paste audio effects from one track to another?
on Jan 30, 2018 at 3:58:01 am

Came here to see if there was a good way to do this very thing. I like this workaround! Hopefully there will be better support for this in the future -- seems like we're still waiting.


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Eric Wahlstrom
Re: How do you copy and paste audio effects from one track to another?
on May 4, 2018 at 6:23:57 pm

My client requires me to use PP 2017 and I don't recall if this has been fixed in 2018. A bit baffled as to how this is still not possible in 2017 since this thread is 2 years old. Adobe, any new information regarding this? Thanks.


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Nicholas Lear
Re: How do you copy and paste audio effects from one track to another?
on Jun 12, 2018 at 10:22:37 am

June 2018

Tries to drag and drop plugin from one track to another in track mixer...
Tries to right click coy and paste...

Nope :(

Windows i7-7700K 4.2GHz, 32 GB RAM, Radeon RX 480 8GB GFX


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Don Schaffer
Re: How do you copy and paste audio effects from one track to another?
on Jun 15, 2018 at 9:58:09 pm

I don't see this yet in CC2018, but John Hillman's suggestion is pretty quick.

"Add your track effects to your first sequence. Then Duplicate the sequence, delete the footage from the duplicate, copy paste the footage from your second sequence into the duplicate, and then your track settings will be exactly the same as your first sequence. That will work in some instances at least."

I'm doing a set of talking head commercials, and now that the audio is sounding the way I want it on my first sequence, following the aforementioned steps allows all of the settings to stay intact. While I wish that copying audio effects was possible, this method is also pretty quick. It's way faster than manually setting everything all over again!

Don Schaffer
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Kurt Coleman
Re: How do you copy and paste audio effects from one track to another?
on Mar 23, 2019 at 8:40:27 am

I came here looking for an answer and found it but not explained very well. I did figure it out. For me I recorded a speech that was full of "um" and "uh" in every sentence. After I cut all that out, my 20 minute speech was 15 minutes long with 34 breaks. I then applied the 10 channel graphic equalizer and adjusted one clip. I then took a picture of my settings and went to the next clip, 3rd clip in I was "This stinks".

Here is my answer, you translate it to your fix. I applied the same equalizer to every clip. Highlight your edited clip with Effect Controls open, right click "fx Graphic Equalizer (10 Bands), then copy. Highlight the next clip and on fx Graphic Equalizer (10 Bands) right click and paste. What happens is a 2nd equalizer installs but the 1st one is primary and has your settings.

You could delete that 2nd one but it doesn't hurt anything so in the matter of saving time I left it and all settings applied. Hope this helps.


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Anthony Rizzo
Re: How do you copy and paste audio effects from one track to another?
on Jul 22, 2020 at 6:23:41 pm

Here in 2020, still with the same problem. I do a lot of audio production in other projects so when I'm working on video I rely on the track mixer. Many of my projects contain audio from many sources- sound FX, voice recorded from different mics, professional VO, noisy on-camera audio, music, etc. And have separate tracks that deal with different types of audio- one track is for noisy dialogue audio, so I drop all noisy dialogue in there. Another track is for pro VO audio that just needs compression, EQ, mastering, etc. so I drop all pro VO recordings there. All the FX are there, are applied instantly, don't need to check individual clips to make sure the parameters are where I want them. So on and so forth.

But clients sometimes ask for multiple videos in a series, so the only differences are slight changes in the script and some footage is different, but all of my effects from one sequence would have to apply to the rest of the sequences. So you know what I have to do? Open each track effect individually, screenshot it, and with all screenshot images open on the side of my screen, I go to the next sequence and copy (not copy and paste obviously, but copy with my own eyes) all the parameters onto the track FX for the new sequence, as if I were PHYSICALLY EDITING BY HAND. It probably is faster and more precise than having to copy over FX to individual clips (during a super fast turnaround, you won't miss the random short clip you couldn't see when zoomed out. Just move the audio clip there and you're good to go). But... really? Couldn't they just add a "copy track effects" feature? This is what I've been doing ever since I started using Premiere Pro many years ago. And it is now the year 2020. What the hell, Adobe?

The alternative of course is to just use clip FX but then I have to copy + paste from each clip and apply those FX to similar clips in the timeline, but this gets old when you have to do this over the course of a very long sequence and multiple videos in a series that should all match in terms of style and usually contain footage/audio from the same shoot. So when finalizing or doing QA you have to make sure all the right FX were copied to all the right clips. Instead of a track mixer that will reliably apply the same exact FX uniformly, as long as the clip is on that track. Huge time-saver!

We already have to do the clip FX thing for footage, since there is no equivalent for track mixer for footage in Premiere Pro, which would be cool. Unless I missed it. Some editors use adjustment layers, which helps when your footage- the content, camera(s), locations etc. are basically the same or there are only a few changes. Otherwise you'll end up with 10+ video tracks dedicated only to adjustment layers, and anything below that layer will be affected, so you either create a new adjustment layer on that track or align the next shot with an adjustment layer on a different track that applies to it. so, you end up with a lot of unused space on the timeline and realize it was easier to just copy the FX to the various clips. I stoped using adjustment layers in Premiere long ago.


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