Expert advice when working with audio tracks in DaVinci Resolve
Adding a new audio track in DaVinci Resolve
1. Open DaVinci Resolve and import your media
First, you’ll need to follow these steps:
- Launch DaVinci Resolve on your computer.
- Navigate to the “Media” tab. From that tab, you can access all of your project’s audio files, both existing and new ones you need to add.
Alternatively, you can go to File > Import > Media if you prefer to stay within the editing or Fairlight tabs.
2. Go to DaVinci Fairlight to add your new track
You need to use DaVinci Fairlight to add your new audio track in DaVinci Resolve. Otherwise, you’re just adding another standard video track.
- Navigate to DaVinci Fairlight. The icon for Fairlight is located along the bottom of the DaVinci Resolve software. It should have a music icon.
- Right-click the empty space underneath your current existing audio tracks. You should see an option saying “Add new track” or “Add tracks”.
Using these options, you should be able to add a specific type of audio track of your preference. DaVinci Fairlight supports many audio tracks, so one should suit your needs.
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DaVinci Resolve supported audio formats and what they mean
Understanding these formats and their applications will help you make informed decisions when working with audio in your video projects.
Mono, or monophonic audio
Mono is a single audio channel that contains all the sound information. This format is suitable for simple projects, voiceovers, or situations where a single speaker or sound source is the focus.
In DaVinci Resolve, you can easily convert a stereo track to mono by right-clicking the audio clip and selecting “Mono” in the Clip Attributes window.
Stereo or stereophonic audio
This consists of two separate audio channels (left and right) that create a sense of depth and spatial positioning. This is the most common audio format for music, podcasts, and general video content.
In DaVinci Resolve, you can pan individual audio clips or tracks to the left or right channels to create a more immersive soundstage.
5.1 Surround sound is a multichannel audio format that uses six discrete audio channels – front left, front right, centre, surround left, surround right, and a dedicated low-frequency effects (LFE) channel. This format is widely used in film, television, and gaming to create a more immersive and cinematic audio experience.
On DaVinci Resolve’s Fairlight page, you can configure your project to use 5.1 surround sound, allowing you to position audio elements in a three-dimensional space.
7.1 surround sound is an extension of the 5.1 format, adding two more channels – rear left and rear right – to provide an even more immersive and spatially accurate audio experience. This format is commonly used in high-definition home theatre systems and premium cinemas.
In DaVinci Resolve, you can set up a 7.1 surround sound project on the Fairlight page and manipulate audio elements with precision across all eight channels.
Adaptive Audio Channels
Adaptive audio is an advanced format that dynamically adjusts the sound output based on the playback environment or system. This can include object-based audio formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, which allow for individual sound elements to be positioned within a three-dimensional space with incredible accuracy.
While DaVinci Resolve does not natively support Dolby Atmos or DTS:X, it does offer support for multi-channel audio configurations, which can be used as a basis for creating adaptive audio mixes in specialized software.
When working with audio in DaVinci Resolve, understanding these different formats and their applications will help you create the best possible audio experience for your audience.
Whether you’re working on a simple podcast or a blockbuster film, choosing the right audio format is key to achieving a professional and immersive sound mix.
Here’s a video tutorial we created that will run you through the above process in just 17 seconds.
Bonus step: Once you’ve added the new audio track to your project, you may need to adjust the settings for that track. Here are a few standard settings that you may need to adjust:
- The volume level of the track
- The EQ or filters on the track
- The volume of each individual audio clip within the track