Volume Controls in Timeline Editor

As part of our continued improvement of the Timeline Editor, our newest feature allows producers to control the volume (technically, the attenuation) of lists of options and individual audio elements. This makes our producers’ lives much easier, removing the need to switch between our platform and audio editing software for simple changes, such as dropping the volume of bed music, or boosting an individual piece of voice over.

When you hover on a set of options or audio element, the new control appears at the right hand end of the audio. Untouched audio has an attenuation of 0dB, and the scale stretches to ±20dB:
 

 The new volume control appears at the right of the audio track when your mouse rolls over

The new volume control appears at the right of the audio track when your mouse rolls over

As with their positioning on the timeline, the volume of each option is relative to the group. So, if all the options need to be turned up a bit, you can simply adjust the master volume, and this will affect all the options:

 All options in a list can be adjusted by changing the master volume for the whole list

All options in a list can be adjusted by changing the master volume for the whole list

Once you’ve done this, the volume of individual elements can be tweaked relative to the change you just made. The thin black line on the scale shows the group volume; options with no adjustment will sit on this line, while options that have been turned up or down relative to the group will sit above/below:

 Adjust individual options by moving the volume up/down relative to the master (black line). In this example, the first option has been turned down relative to the master

Adjust individual options by moving the volume up/down relative to the master (black line). In this example, the first option has been turned down relative to the master

You can see which audio has been adjusted at a glance by looking at the waveforms themselves, or by looking for the volume icons in each title bar. A “loud” icon shows that the volume has been increased, whereas a “quiet” icon shows that - you guessed it - the volume has been decreased. No icon means that the audio is untouched:

 See which audio has been adjusted by looking at the waveforms and volume icons

See which audio has been adjusted by looking at the waveforms and volume icons

By clicking on the volume icon, you can quickly remove the adjustment from a piece of audio, or the master adjustment from the parent of a list of options. When you reset the master volume of a list of options, all adjustments on options in the list will return to being relative to 0dB. For example:

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When you reset an option in a list, it will return to the master adjustment (if any). Resetting an individual audio element will just return it to 0dB.

Another point of note: the appearance of the default option in a list has been changed slightly, to avoid confusion with the parent on the timeline. You can now find the default option by looking for the star and the coloured border on the option title, as well as the coloured background when you roll over:
 

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 The default option is now denoted by a star and a coloured border on the option title, and a coloured background when you roll over

The default option is now denoted by a star and a coloured border on the option title, and a coloured background when you roll over

The default option behaves in the same way as other options; its volume is relative to the list master.

Coming soon to the timeline editor: we’ll be adding trim controls to adjust the length of audio, and controls to fade the audio in and out. Watch this space!