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Prevent Hard Audio Cuts with Natural Reverb

Learn how to add natural reverb to the end of a music cut using Adobe Premiere Pro and Audition.

In this tutorial, we are going to learn how to add natural reverb fall-off to the end of a cut on a music track. We will start in Adobe Premiere Pro with our music track, then make a cut and a few adjustments before sending the clip to Audition. I use this reverb trick a lot when I need to shorten a music track for time, or if I need it to cut off suddenly. I find the reverb fall-off to be less jarring than a hard-cut or just decreasing the volume. This audio effect also works great for intros and outros.

Ready? Let’s dive into the tutorial.


Steps in Premiere Pro

First, in Premiere Pro you will need to create a cut on your music track. I recommend doing this about half a second after a strong beat or hit in the music.

End Music Cuts with Natural Reverb — Make a Cut

Now before sending the clip to Audition, we need to lower the volume level at the very end of the audio clip. Hold CTRL and click on the keyframe line in the middle of the music track, just after the strong beat you would like to end on. (Hold CMD and click on a Mac.) This will create a keyframe. Next, create another keyframe at the end of your music track and lower the keyframe to the bottom, so that the audio level is set to negative infinity.

End Music Cuts with Natural Reverb — Lower Volume

Next, go ahead and right-click on your music clip and select “Edit Clip in Adobe Audition.”

End Music Cuts with Natural Reverb — Edit in Audition

Steps in Adobe Audition

Once Adobe Audition has launched, you will see the waveform for your music track. Move the play-head to the end of the music clip by clicking at the end. Now go to Edit > Insert > Silence.

End Music Cuts with Natural Reverb — Insert Silence

After you have inserted the silence section at the end of your music clip, set the in-and-out points. Place the in-point in the middle of the final beat of the song. Place the out-point all the way at the end of the silence section.

End Music Cuts with Natural Reverb — Place In and Out Points

Now you can apply the Reverb effect. It is located under Effects > Reverb > Reverb. My settings for the effect are listed below. After you set the Reverb values, click apply.

End Music Cuts with Natural Reverb — Reverb Settings

This will result in a more natural reverb fall-off at the end of the music beat. You can see this reflected below as the waveform gradually decreases over time. Now all you need to do is save your file by going to File > Save.

End Music Cuts with Natural Reverb — Reverb Waveform

Back in Premiere Pro, you will see that your music clip has updated. All you need to do now is extend the end time of your music clip to see where the new reverb ending was added.

End Music Cuts with Natural Reverb — Extend Audio Clip

The Keys to Creating a Natural Reverb Ending on your Music Track

The following points can help when you create your Reverb Ending cut on your music:

  • Make your ending music cut about half a second after a strong music beat.
  • Lower the volume level of the ending of the music in Premiere Pro.
  • Insert about four seconds of silence or more to the end of your music clip in Audition.
  • Apply the Reverb effect halfway on the final music beat. Set the Decay Time to 3800 or more.

Have any tips for creating a Reverb ending on your Music? Share in the comments below.

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