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Using fades and crossfades

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Video: Using fades and crossfades

Now that we know how to edit our audio, it is time to apply some fades. Fading in and out, as well as crossfading between audio clips, will ensure smooth starts, ends and transitions of audio regions. Cubase let's us apply fades very quickly, directly on the audio region without having to use any special tools or fish through any menus. If I go to the bottom of this region, you will see the double arrow. If I Click and Drag, It'll trim the region. If I go to the top, you'll see the double arrow again, however, this time, if I Click and Drag you will see it fade. The same applies for the end, fading out and fading in. I can make these as long or short as I want, let's make this bigger so we can see it better.

Using fades and crossfades

Now that we know how to edit our audio, it is time to apply some fades. Fading in and out, as well as crossfading between audio clips, will ensure smooth starts, ends and transitions of audio regions. Cubase let's us apply fades very quickly, directly on the audio region without having to use any special tools or fish through any menus. If I go to the bottom of this region, you will see the double arrow. If I Click and Drag, It'll trim the region. If I go to the top, you'll see the double arrow again, however, this time, if I Click and Drag you will see it fade. The same applies for the end, fading out and fading in. I can make these as long or short as I want, let's make this bigger so we can see it better.

I can also apply fades to a group of regions if I select all of my percussion and I click on the top corner, I can Click and Drag and all the regions will be faded out. Let's listen to that. (MUSIC). That's pretty good, let's Undo that for now. (SOUND). If you want to change the type of fade, you can do so in the Open Fade Editor from the Audio menu. Let's do that now. Let's solo this track and fade it out.

Audio > Open Fade Editors. We have a range of selection that you can choose from here. Let's use that, and click OK. And there we go, let's listen to it. (SOUND). That's better. Another nice feature is audio clip bass volume. You'll notice a square handle in the middle of an audio clip. You can drag it up and down to change the volume. You will also see the wave form changing in the back.

Let's solo and listen, (MUSIC), this is great. I don't have to fish through any faders or menus. For smooth transitions between overlapping audio, we can use crossfades. For this example, I'm going to use one of the guitars. Let's go to guitar one, make this a little bit bigger and solo it. I'm going to cut the tail end of this, and overlap it a little.

Let's listen, (MUSIC) let's listen again, (MUSIC). Let's use the Range Selection tool where we want to cross-fade. Let's go up here and select this area. Now let's go to Audio > Crossfade. Let's take a listen, (MUSIC), that's much better.

Now let's just fade out the end, (MUSIC), great. As I mentioned before, you can change the fades by either going up to Audio, open Fade Editor or you can double-click on the Fade itself. There it is, to Remove a Fade, you can simply drag it out or you can select it. Go to Audio > Remove Fades. Now, that we've learned the different types of fades and how to access them, you can apply these in your Edits. Ensuring a seamless performance between various takes.

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