10 Free Audio Presets for Adobe Premiere Pro

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We created a pack of ten custom presets for Adobe Premiere Pro, designed to help improve your audio and to expedite your workflow. We’ll cover how to use each of them. We included a .zip file containing the presets below, and instructions on how to get started using them.

Finewav Audio Effect Presets for Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2019

To begin using these presets, see our guide on how to install presets in Adobe Premiere Pro.

Transparent Voiceover Compression

Transparent Voiceover Compression preset in the tube-modeled compressor effect

This this preset opens a tube-modeled compressor effect, and provides moderate compression on vocal recordings with an average level of -12 dB. The setting works perfectly for studio-recorded vocals, but will also work especially well for dialogue in-studio or on location. Use caution with recordings that contain heavy background noise, as compression may make background noise more audible.

Multiband Compressor: Condensers at -12dB

Multiband Compressor effect preset for condensers at -12dB

This preset opens a multiband compressor suited for dialogue and speech, and provides moderate compression for audio with an average level of -12 dB. It uses four separate frequencies to shape both dynamics and tone of the recording, for rich, broadcast-quality audio. The brick wall limiter prevents the audio signal from clipping at the output. It’s best suited for vocals recorded in a studio environment using a large diaphragm condenser microphone, although it we’ve had success using it for dynamic microphones and lavalieres as well. Use caution with recordings that contain heavy background noise, as compressors may make the noise more audible.

EQ: Highpass Filter – 100Hz

Highpass filter preset set to 100 Hz

The high-pass filter is essential for voiceover, narration, and dialogue, and helps eliminate extraneous noise from wind, rumble, plosives, and mic handling noise. This presets opens the high-pass filter effect and set to 100Hz, perfect for virtually all speech and singing. A good highpass filter should allow the sound of a person’s voice to pass through unaffected while only removing unwanted low-frequency noise. For more information about highpass and lowpass filters, see our previous post.

EQ: Clarity Boost

EQ: Clarity Boost preset in the parametric equalizer effect

This preset opens a parametric equalizer with 2.5 dB of gain at 11 kHz. This helps increase the audibility of consonants in voiceover, dialogue, and singing. The effect is subtle and best intended for studio recordings. You may find that boomy, or muddy-sounding voices might require even more of a high-frequency boost. For those, use our aggressive high frequency boost preset (see below).  

For normal recordings made in a studio environment, the Clarity Boost preset should suffice. Combine with the Highpass Filter, Mid-Scoop, and Multiband Compressor preset for best results. 

EQ: Low-Shelf Cut

EQ: Low-Shelf preset in the parametric equalizer effect

This preset opens a parametric equalizer with 2.5 dB of low-shelf attenuation at 200 Hz, and a low-cut filter engaged to 90 Hz. The effect is subtle, but helps remove unwanted low-frequencies from audio recordings, and well suited for vocals recorded at close proximity to a microphone. Extreme cases may need even more low-frequency attenuation, for which we advise using the Aggressive Low-Frequency Cut preset. 

EQ: Low-Mid Scoop

EQ: Low-Mid Scoop preset in the parametric equalizer effect

This preset opens a parametric equalizer with 8 dB of attenuation at roughly 500 Hz. This should significantly reduce nasal or wooly-sounding low-mid frequencies that occur typically from addressing a microphone too closely. If this preset doesn’t improve the sound, try moving the mid-band frequency selector to 600 Hz, or opt instead for the Mid-Scoop preset. 

EQ: Mid-Scoop 

EQ:Mid Scoop preset in the parametric equalizer effect

This preset opens a parametric equalizer with 6 dB of attenuation at 800 Hz. This should significantly reduce nasal or wooly-sounding low-mid frequencies that occur typically from addressing a microphone too closely. If this preset doesn’t improve the sound, try moving the mid-band frequency selector to 1,000 Hz. 

EQ: Midrange Scoop for Music/Ambience

Midrange Scoop for Music & Ambience using the parametric equalizer effect

This preset opens a parametric equalizer with an aggressive 18 dB of attenuation at 1250 Hz, and is intended for background and sound effects used behind dialogue or voiceover. The frequencies of background music and sound effects can often occupy the same space as speech, and using this filter helps preserve the loudness of background music/effects without sacrificing voiceover intelligibility. Be sure turn to turn off the effect in-between voiceover passages, as the effect may sound distracting on its own.  

EQ: Aggressive High-Frequency Boost

EQ: Agressive High-Frequency Boost preset in the parametric equalizer effect

This preset opens a parametric equalizer with 2.5 dB of gain at 11kHz. The effect dramatically increases high frequency audio content. This preset may work well for muddy-sounding lavaliere mics or poorly recorded audio with too much low-end.

EQ: Aggressive Low-Frequency Cut

EQ: Agressive Low-Frequency Cut preset in the parametric equalizer effect

This preset opens a parametric equalizer with 3 dB of boost at 11 kHz and 5 dB high-shelf boost at 3 kHz. The effect dramatically boosts high-frequencies and improves clarity and diction for vocals. This preset may work well for muddy-sounding lavaliere mics and or poorly recorded audio. Use judiciously!

How to Use Them

These effect presets work best in combination, and help to add a series of small adjustments to quickly create a complex effects chain in seconds results for any situation. Keep in mind that these presets are best-suited for vocal recordings made with a studio microphone in a quiet environment.  Feel free to try them on vocals recorded with extreme background noise or for sung vocal performances, though your mileage may vary. 

For clean, studio recorded vocals, try: 

Highpass filter

Low-Mid Scoop or Mid-Scoop

Clarity Boost

Multiband Compressor: Condensers at -12dB

For lavaliere microphones, try:

Highpass filter

Low-Mid Scoop or Mid-Scoop

Aggressive High-Frequency Boost 

Multiband Compressor: Condensers at -12dB

For general dialogue or voiceover, try:

Highpass filter

Transparent Voiceover Compression

Low-Mid Scoop or Mid-Scoop

Clarity Boost

We hope this presets not only help improve your sound quality, but also save you time in your production workflow. We hope you check back for updates and more presets for other DAW and editing applications. Let us know what you think in the comments below. 

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