How Do You Import Audio Into Adobe Animate?

Adding audio in Adobe Animate is very easy and straightforward. Here's a quick step-by-step guide so your project will be set up in no time.
how to add audio to adobe animate

Adobe Animate is a great software for both beginner and professional animators. One of the most amazing features of animate is the ability to add audio files to the project. This makes lipsyncing, timing, and storyboarding fast and easy! So how do you add audio to your file? It’s very easy! So let’s get started.

Step #1: Open Animate and click “Create new”

If you already have an Animate project you want to import audio to, you can open the file directly by double clicking it or you can select the file from the list of “Recent” files on this splash screen.

Step #2: Select your preferred resolution and click “Create”

Make sure your platform type is ActionScript 3.0. This will give you much needed features down the road.

Your new project will look something like this:

Step #3: Drag and drop your audio file onto your canvas

Once you have your audio file selected, it’s as easy as dragging and dropping it into your Animate file. PRO-TIP: in my experience Animate plays nicely with .wav audio file types. It isn’t as nice to .mp4 or others. Animate likes to distort these from time to time. So if your audio imported weird, try converting the audio to .wav. I like to use Zamzar since it is fast and free.

how to add audio to adobe animate

Step #4: Expand your timeline

Hover over your timeline and press the CTRL key on your keyboard. When your mouse goes over the end of the frame you will see a black arrow. Click right there and drag your mouse to the right. The frame will follow your mouse, and when you deselect the timeline there will be dips and peaks on the frame. This is proof your audio has been successfully imported into Adobe Animate.

how to add audio to adobe animate

BONUS!! Step #5: Turn on audio scrubbing

Now that your audio is successfully imported into Animate, you can use the sound to sync up your visuals, lipsync, and so much more. But there is one vital setting that makes all of these tasks even easier. And that is audio scrubbing. This means that when you drag the timeline cursor back and forth, you will hear bits and pieces of the audio. You won’t have to continue playing and pausing the track to know where you’re at in the song. This saves a lot of time and streamlines the process a ton.

You can turn this on by clicking the audio layer on your timeline, and then clicking “Properties.” Scroll down and change Syncing to “Stream.” From there you should be all set!

how to scrub audio in adobe animate


Adobe has a lot of great features, and their audio controls are definitely one of them. Hopefully you have a better idea of how to add audio to adobe animate. If you get stuck and need help, let me know in the comments. Bye!

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