How to End Music with a Delay Effect in Premiere Pro CC

Premiere Pro doesn’t operate like a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) and why should it, its video editing software. But there are situations where you wish it did! I mean just go around for a cuppa at the Apple Fortress, ask for Logic Pro and discuss tactics man! It’s not that difficult.

One of the things Premiere Pro can’t do is allow you to change the ‘Tempo’ of a project to Tempo-Sync effects to an audio file. This would make LIFE so much easier and better!  Anyway, enough of the rant!

I’ll now go through steps on how to make effects Tempo-Sync to your project and work with the ‘limitation’ mentioned.

In this particular example, I will be using the Delay Effect to end a Music file so the audio trails off and doesn’t suddenly stop! You can use this workaround with any Tempo reliant effect. Ok let’s go!

Watch Video below:


EXTEND THE LENGTH OF A CLIP

  1. First, cut out the section you want to add the Delay effect on. Make sure the cut is exactly on the ‘Downbeat’ otherwise it will end up sounding odd.
  2. Add an Analog Delay on the channel with that section and increase its Wet signal.
  3. Click on that file in the Timeline and Nest it. The only reason for Nesting the file is to increase it’s length.
  4. Rename it to whatever you like.
  5. Click on the ’New Item’ button’  in the Project Panel, select ‘Black Video’ and press OK.
  6. Go back and double click the Nested sequence created earlier and drag the Black Video into it. Increase the length of it too.
  7. Go back to the Main sequence and increase the length of the Nested sequence
  8. Play the file to hear it.

Ok, that’s how you add a Delay and make it trail off instead of suddenly just ending. Good, well played! End of tutorial. Bye!

No, wait! The effect is not Tempo-Synced to the Music yet and probably sounds rubbish. So let’s ‘un-rubbish’ it by adding in some excitement in 2 steps. It’s SYNC time!


SYNCHRONISE DELAY TO THE RHYTHM OF THE MUSIC

When using a Delay, I make sure the delay time, measured in milliseconds, is synchronised to the BPM / Beats Per Minute of the Music file.

If they’re not synchronised things just won’t sound right and could get messy real quick.

So let’s find the BPM of the Music.

1. FIND THE BPM OF THE MUSIC

I know the BPM of this Music file is 86 Beats Per Minute, I found this by tapping to the beat of my Music file below: 

BPM Calculator

There’s no reason I used this site to find out the BPM. I guess I just liked the look of it!  I’ll add other BPM calculating websites at the end of this article. 

I made an Audio Click Track earlier, meaning I just recorded clicks playing at 86 BPM. This will tell me when the Delay is in sync or not. 

Now I know the BPM, the next step now is to find out the exact Delay time in milliseconds I need to add into the Delay Plugin. Things are about to get Rhythmic!

2. FIND THE DELAY TIME NEEDED

You can do this by clicking below and adding in the BPM: 

Delay Time Calculator


Again, I’ll add other Delay Time calculating websites at the end of this article. 

Adding the BPM will give you different Rhythmic Delays and the Delay time you need to add into the Delay Plugin.

So selecting a Half Note (1/2) at 1395 ms, adding this into the Plugin and playing the file, you will hear the Delay in sync to the BPM. Things just got exciting! 

Selecting an 8th Note (1/8) at 349 ms and going  through the same steps as above will produce a different Rhythm.  
The Delay Rhythm will be different depending on what Notes and Delay Times you add in.

You can now do the usual stuff that you would with a Delay like increasing its Feedback to make your Ending even more dramatic!


SUMMARY

You can use other effects that need Tempo for them to work like Reverb or Modulated Filters.

Adding little touches to your Audio always ups its overall production value, even if it is as simple as Tempo-Syncing the effects.

I’d love to know the tricks you use to up your Audio game!  Comment below.

I really hope you got some value from this article.

Thank you for reading.


OTHER TOOLS

BPM CALCULATOR
BPM Tapping
BPM Tapper 
– Chrome Extension

DELAY TIME CALCULATORS
Delay Time Calculator
Delay and Frequency Calculator


EQUIPMENT / SOFTWARE USED 

  • Adobe Premiere Pro CC
     
Written by ravkan