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Chapter 8. Basic Audio Editing > Creating a Crossfade

Creating a Crossfade

A crossfade is a special combination of a fade-in and a fade-out. Crossfades are used in many ways, but their primary use is to create a smooth transition between two different events on the same audio track. For instance, if two takes of a solo part were recorded, and the first half of one take sounds great while the second half of the other take sounds great, the two events can be edited together. In some situations, the transition between the two events will be audible and unpleasant. Crossfading the events together makes the transition nearly inaudible. In this task, you will crossfade two events for just such a transition.

To crossfade two events

Resize both events so the section to be crossfaded is at the very end of the first event and at the very beginning of the second event (Figure 8.46).

Figure 8.46. These two events need to be joined seamlessly with a crossfade.

Resize the events over each other so that the sections to be crossfaded overlap.

The area where the events overlap is indicated by a darkened section (Figure 8.47).

Figure 8.47. Position events so that they overlap in a place in the performance where a fade will not be too obvious.

Select both events by clicking them with the Shift key held down, or use the Arrow tool to draw a box over both events.

Select Audio > Crossfade. You can also press the X key on the keyboard as a shortcut.

The overlap of the events is outlined in blue, and the fade curves are displayed in blue (Figure 8.48).

Figure 8.48. After you choose the Crossfade command from the Audio menu, the lines in the crossfade indicate the two fade curves.



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