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At some point during the recording process, you will need to trim your audio tracks, as well as create fades and maybe even do region gain changing. I'll use the guitar one track, as an example, for all three of these functions. If I'd like to make the individual track larger, I simply move my cursor over here to the bottom of the track, click and hold, and I can expand its size. Right now, my tool is the Range tool. I need to select the Arrow tool to highlight my region, and as you can see, a blue border pops up. On the left side, in the upper left hand corner, you'll notice that my cursor turns into a little index finger, allowing me to click and hold and create a fade.
I'll undo that. The same thing if applicable on the right side of the region, where I'm also able to create a fade. And because there's an adjacent region across fade is automatically created. I'll undo that. In the middle, if I click and hold this little box in the center, I'm able to pull the gain of my region down and as you can see the size of my audio file is shrinking. I'll undo that. So, let's take a listen to this guitar track because I'm going to create a fade in between the punch in and the punch out point to make sure that it's seamless when we listen back to it.
(MUSIC). A little bit of an abrupt stop there. So, I will create a slight fade, and let's listen back. (MUSIC). That's a little smoother to me. And I'll do the same edit on the punch out point, so that the punch out point doesn't sound abrupt. Click and hold, and a little cross-fade is created. Now, you'll see a little window as I click and hold, letting me know how long my fade is, on one side and how long it is on the other. (MUSIC).
Excellent. That sounds good. I'll go to the end of the guitar track now, move the play head and expand my view, and let's say I wanted to extend this a little bit. I simply move my cursor to the lower right hand corner of the region, and I'm able to click and hold and drag. And I'll move it right there. Take a listen. (MUSIC). And I'll most likely do a little fade there just for good housekeeping.
Listening back. (MUSIC). Excellent. You'll notice there's a lot of silence at the beginning of guitar one. There's actually four bars of silence before the part came in. I'll put Studio One in snap mode by hitting the N key. And I'll trim the audio to the grid. I'll undo snap and zoom in because it's possible oh, the part starts after the downbeat of the phrase, so I'm okay actually leaving it in snap mode. So, as you notice, I was moving my cursor to trim and it's following the grid in 16th note denominations, because that's how my grid is set.
So, I like things to start on the down beat of the bar. So I'll leave the left side of the audio region right at the downbeat of measure five, as opposed to moving it over here, closer to where the actual performance begins. This makes it easier if I want to copy and paste from section to section to have things starting at the downbeat of a measure. The best part about all the functions that I just completed, is that they were all done within the audio region itself, which really helps create a good work flow process.
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