View and monitor audio levels of your composition

The volume unit (VU) meter in the Timeline shows the stereo audio level of your composition. The meter is helpful making sure your content has clear and balanced audio levels. If a section of you composition gets too loud, this can lead to audible distortion and clipping.

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Monitoring Audio Levels with VU Meter

The meter has decibel scale from -30 to 0 dB and will display audio levels during playback. The VU meter will only show levels of active audio layers or clips. For example, if you solo an audio layer, you can monitor the level of the individual layer.

Your audio levels will turn yellow or red if your audio approaches or begins to clip.

The VU meter turning yellow or red as volume levels increase

Balancing audio levels for clear playback

Here are a few quick tips for balancing audio:

Toggle viewing the VU meter

You can show or hide the VU meter in the Timeline by opening the menu in the top left corner, then select View > Toggle volume in timeline, or press Command + Option + U (macOS) or Control + Alt + U (Windows).

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