Fix Audio Recording Issues in DaVinci Resolve (Step by Step Guide)

Even though audio recording is pretty straight-forward in DaVinci Resolve, many (especially beginners) face issues like microphone not showing, no audio being recorded, hearing their own voice while recording, etc, and the list goes on.

Today we’ll see how to record audio and fix audio recording issues in DaVinci Resolve Fairlight.

Let’s dive right in.

Can DaVinci Resolve Record Audio

DaVinci Resolve CAN record audio under Fairlight page. If you need to record voiceover, automatic dialogue replacement (ADR) or your own sound design like sound effects, you can do so in DaVinci Resolve Fairlight page.

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How to Record Audio in DaVinci Resolve Fairlight

Step #1. Set up your microphone.

  • Close DaVinci Resolve.
  • Attach your microphone to your computer.
  • Launch Resolve. Now it should recognize your microphone.

Step #2. Create a timeline (if not already) which should have your video.

After launching Resolve, in the “Edit” page, create a new timeline using your video clips (if not already created).

Step #3. Create a new audio track

  • Go to “Fairlight” page.
  • Right click on the track header and click on “Add Track” -> select “Mono“. (Mono is preferred for dialogue, you can also add “Stereo”).
  • It will add a new Audio track. This is where you’ll record.

Step #4. Patch the microphone input to your desired audio track.

  • Click on the menu “Fairlight” -> “Patch Input/Output“.
  • From the “Source” -> select “Audio Inputs“. It should display your microphone.
  • Click on the microphone.
  • From “Destination” -> select “Track Input“. You’ll see your added track here.
  • Click on the desired audio track.
  • Click on “Patch“.
  • Now your microphone input is tied to your desired audio track.

Step #5. Solo your track if needed (or mute other tracks).

Click on “S” (solo) under your required track.

Step #6. Arm the track by clicking the “R” button.

Click on “R” button to enable recording.

As soon as you click on “R” button, you should see the decibel level of your microphone under Mixers -> your audio track (A1 or A2 or …)

Which means the attached microphone is working!

Step #7. Mute your audio to stop hearing yourself while you are recording.

Step #8. Start recording.

Click on record button (circle) to start recording. Make sure before recording, you set your playhead to wherever you want to record within your audio track.

Common Issues

Not Able to Add Audio Track and Not Able to See Input Option in Mixers.

If you’re not able to add an audio track after right clicking, then chances are there is no timeline to begin with.

  • Go to “Edit” page.
  • Select any video clip from media pool.
  • Right click and “Create Timeline using select clips”.
  • Now come to Fairlight page.
  • You should now be able to add audio tracks.
  • After adding audio track, now you can see “No Input” option under “Mixers” section (below your added track).

Microphone Not Showing in DaVinci Resolve

Issues can arise when you have a microphone connected via usb or 3.5 mm jack not recognised by DaVinci Resolve.

Which means, while patching you can’t see your microphone showing beneath “Source -> Audio Inputs“.

In that case, first make sure your computer can recognize your microphone.

2 Ways to Fix Microphone Not Showing in Resolve

#1. Change the Sample Rate to 48000 Hz (DVD Quality)

  • Right click on your volume icon.
  • Click on “Sounds“.
  • Click on “Recording” tab.
  • Make sure your microphone is marked as “Default” (by right clicking and setting as default).
  • Right click your microphone and click on “Properties“.
  • Go to “Advanced” tab.
  • Make sure you select 48000 Hz (DVD Quality) option and click on “Apply“.
  • Now launch DaVinci Resolve. It should recognize your microphone.

If the above doesn’t work, then follow the next one.

#2. Troubleshoot Your Microphone

  • In the start, type “Sound Settings” and click on it to open.
  • Under “Input“, choose your microphone as your input device.
  • Then click on “Troubleshoot“.
  • In the next window, select the first option which is about your microphone.
  • Click on “Next” till the issue is resolved.

Sometimes, it will update the driver for your microphone, which should solve the issue.

I am Hearing My Voice while Recording

Before hitting “Record” button, make sure you have muted the volume of viewer. If not, you’ll hear your own voice while recording, which is very annoying.

Recorded Audio is Lagging

After recording, you find your audio is lagging. Well, it’s natural.

So after recording, move your audio clip to match with your video, so that there is no sync issue.

Always make sure to not add any effects like equalizer in the same track, while recording. Sometimes, this can create problem as well.

It’s a good practice to record the audio cleanly and then add equalizer effect on top of it.

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