For sound effects and background music, it’s probably much easier to export your Maya animation as a sound-less movie or numbered stills and add sound in Premiere. But if the music dominates the timing of your animation, you want key in frames as you listen to the sound playing in Maya’s playback mode.
To add music to Maya’s animation timeline:
1. Go to File => Import and locate your music file (eg: .wav) and hit OK.
2. Right click the timeline and select Sound => your music file.
You will see waves in the timeline to indicate there is music/sound. The music will play when you play your animation in Maya as long as your animation play-back setting is not set to play every frame.
If the music doesn’t play when you hit play, hit the settings icon () at the bottom right of the window.
If you want to work in PAL, go to the Settings tab of the Preferences window that pops up and change the Working Units: Time to PAL (25fps). Then in the Time Slider tab, change the Play-back speed to Real time (25fps).