Create a Simple Audio Spectrum in After Effects


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If you are looking to create a simple audio spectrum in Adobe After Effects, then you are at the right place. In this tutorial, you will learn to create a simple audio spectrum in Adobe After Effects without using any third-party plugin.

Let’s Get started!

Step 1: Open Adobe After Effects. Go to Composition, and create a new composition. Rename it to Audio Spectrum or whatever you like. Set the resolution to 1920×1080 Pixels. 30 Frames per second. And set the duration to 25 to 30 seconds.

Step 2: Go to the file and import the audio file, and the background image. Drag the background image to the composition. Now, Go to the project tab. And drag the audio file to the composition.

Step 3: Go to the layer > New > Select the solid. Rename it the audio spectrum. Go to the Effects & Presets. Search the effect Audio Spectrum. Drag the audio spectrum effect to the screen.

Step 4: Go to the settings, Change the audio layer to the music or audio file. Change the start point to 350×540, and change the endpoint to 1550×540. Set the start frequency to 1, and the End frequency to 300. Frequency bands to 35, Maximum height to 1550, audio duration to 100, change the Thickness to 8, Softness to 0%. And change the inside and outside color to white.

Step 5: You can change the Side options to Side A or B, or set both sides. Go to the Effects & Presets. Search the effect Minimax. Drag and drop to the audio spectrum layer. Change the channel to Alpha & color.
Change the radius to 8. Let’s reduce the maximum height to 1450.

Step 6: Go to the effects and presets. Search the effect Venetian Blinds, drag and drop to the audio spectrum layer. Change the transition completion to 30%. Change the direction to +90 degrees. And finally, change the width to 16.

Step 7: Let’s copy the track name, select the type tool from the toolbar and paste the track name. Again select the type tool. We are making the track duration timer. As you can see the timer is not working.
So, let’s add the script. You can download the script file. The download link is attached at the bottom of this tutorial.

Step 8: Go to the text properties, under the text, Hold the Alt key on the keyboard. And press the stopwatch icon to add an expression. Now, paste the script.

We are done! Our Audio Spectrum in Adobe After Effects is ready.

Here you can download the free project file (File size: 3.2 MB)

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