I'm doing some video editing in Blender, and every time I drop a clip in to edit, I always find myself selecting the audio and then telling Blender to draw the waveform using Adjust → Sound → Display Waveform:

waveform screenshot

Is there a setting where I can make it automatically draw the waveforms for all audio clips that are pulled into the VSE?

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    $\begingroup$ In the VSE's View menu there's a point for Waveform drawing. You can set it to always on there. $\endgroup$
    – Samoth
    Commented Jul 14, 2016 at 6:56

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When you have one or multiple Sound strips you can check Draw Waveform in the Strips Sound Properties (on the right, open VSE's Properties Panel pressing the N key) per Strip.

When you want to set the behaviour for all Strips you can do so since the work on the gooseberry branch. They introduced this Feature there directly in the VSE's Menu Bar, but later implemented it in the Master Branch into the View menu with an own submenu Waveform Drawing where you can switch between two global options for turning Waveforms On or Off for all strips or let each strip determine on it's on property as described above whether or not to display its Waveform via Use Strip Option.
(You can script this if needed)

Example of Waveform Drawing options


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