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Chapter 19. Mastering > Adding Fades

Adding Fades

Fades are used in mastering for two main purposes. The first is to fade out the end of a song that doesn't naturally stop at a particular point. Rock songs with long instrumental codas are commonly faded out this way. The second reason to use a fade is to fade one track out while fading the next track in. DJs have long done this live. It's called crossfading, and it's often used in electronic and pop music to create one long piece of music with some or all tracks joined.

Regardless of how you will be using fades, you will be in a much better position at your professional mastering session if you have a good idea of when you want fades to start and stop. The following example locates both fade-in and fade-out points for a track.


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