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How To Add A New Audio Track in DaVinci Resolve

Adding a new audio track in davinci resolve using the fairlight tab.
Published 6 January 2023

DaVinci Resolve is a great video editing software for both Windows and Mac. It’s very user-friendly and has many features that other video editing software does not. DaVinci Resolve is a leading video editing software currently used in some of Hollywood’s biggest movies.

We’ll show you how to easily add a specific type of audio track in DaVinci Resolve. As usual, we will use the latest version of DaVinci Resolve 18 for our screenshots and descriptions.

Navigate to DaVinci Fairlight at the bottom of the software. Once you’re in Fairlight, right-click (Ctrl + Click on Mac) and select “Add new track” or “Add tracks”.

Adding a new audio track in DaVinci Resolve is easy! Follow the below steps, and you’ll have no trouble learning how to do it.

Adding a new audio track in DaVinci Resolve – step by step

1. Open DaVinci Resolve and import your media

First, you’ll need to follow these steps:

  1. Launch DaVinci Resolve on your computer.
  2. 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.

Importing media in davinci resolve using the "file" > "import" > "media" method.

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.

  1. Navigate to DaVinci Fairlight. The icon for Fairlight is located along the bottom of the DaVinci Resolve software. It should have a music icon.
Davinci resolve icons along the bottom of the software. Davinci fairlight icon is highlighted.
  1. Right-click the empty space underneath your current existing audio tracks. You should see an option saying “Add new track” or “Add tracks”.
Adding a new audio track in davinci resolve using the "add track" & "add tracks... " options.

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.

Here’s a quick video that can help you get started adding and managing audio in DaVinci Resolve:

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

Conclusion

That’s all there is to it! Adding a new audio track in DaVinci Resolve is easy and can be done with just a few simple steps. Whether you need to add an existing audio file or a new one, following these steps will help you get the job done quickly and efficiently.

Always back up your project regularly, so you can easily recover any lost or corrupted files. Good luck!

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