Learn about options for previewing and auditioning fades in the Fades dialog box and about fade presets and fade settings files. Explore editing options for fades after they have been applied.
- [Instructor] By now, you're probably using fades and crossfades on you audio clips for a variety of purposes. Let's take a moment to talk about some of the options available in the fades dialogue box to help you with creating the perfect fade. I also want to show you some ways you can modify your fades after applying them to fine-tune the results. To demonstrate fade functionality, I'm going to copy a section from the bass track and paste it in on the drums track.
Next, I'll apply a crossfade across the start of that edit. I'll use the fades dialogue box here to demonstrate. And in this dialogue box, we have a variety of ways to preview and audition the fade. The main portion of the window shows the outgoing wave form from the drums clip and the incoming wave form from the bass guitar clip as separate left and right channels. Clicking the speaker icon here at the top begins an audition across the fade.
(light bass and drum music) You can also press the space bar with this dialogue box open for auditioning. Clicking the X up here hides the wave forms, which is not terribly useful, so the button underneath of it displays them again. This button underneath superimposes the outgoing and incoming wave forms so you can get a visual idea of how they interact. If you'd like to see how the two wave forms sum together, you can click the bottom button here.
Across the top, you can click to see just the left channel or just the right channel, or both channels together. At the bottom of the dialogue box, you can specify the settings for the fade curves. Choices here include standard, s-curve, and various curve shapes. In the center, you have options for linking the two curves. Equal power provides a boost in the center, which is useful for cross fading non-correlated material.
If you notice a volume dip in the middle of a crossfade, try using this option. Equal gain places the middle of the crossfade at 50% volume for both the outgoing and incoming audio. This tends to work best for closely correlated or phase coherent material. Selecting none allows you to modify the lengths of the fade in and fade out curves independently. At the top of the dialogue box is a selector for saving any custom settings that you'd like to reuse.
And selecting any settings that you've saved in the past. You also have five pre-set buttons that you can use to quickly recall any of five stored settings. So once you've decided on your fade settings, you can apply them and the fade curves appear on the wave form. Let's make that a little bigger, and I'll zoom in a bit. You can modify the fade settings at any time by double clicking with the grabber tool, and that reopens the fades dialogue box where you can make changes as needed.
In pro tools 12.6 and later, you can also click with the smart tool fade icon and drag the fade shape to modify the curves. You can also right-click on the fade curves to change the fade settings. Using the grabber tool, you can easily reposition a fade by clicking and dragging. By the way, if you're working in grid mode you can suspend the grid at any time by holding the command modifier.
That would be control on windows. To move fades in smaller increments, you can use the nudge function by pressing the plus or minus keys on the numeric keypad. The trim tool also works on fades, allowing you to change the length of a fade without effecting the underlying audio. And again, you can suspend the grid by holding command on the Mac or control on Windows. Lastly, if you'd like to delete a fade, you can simply select the fade shape and then press the delete key.
So that's some information on using fades. Take advantage of the preview and audition functions in the fades dialogue box to help dial in the perfect settings. Use the grabber tool or the nudge functions to reposition a fade if it doesn't end up exactly where you need it, and use the trim tool to change the length of an existing fade. These tips will help you get the most out of fades and crossfades, and keep you from having to recreate fades that aren't quite working out.
- Starting a new session
- Customizing settings
- Optimizing the performance of Pro Tools
- Importing loops and tracks
- Working with meter changes
- Recording multiple takes
- Changing the track timebase
- Editing MIDI clips
- Warping sound and tightening rhythm with Elastic Audio
- Using the Smart Tool
- Color coding tracks
- Editing on the grid
- Working with AudioSuite plug-ins
- Working with sends, plug-ins, and master faders
- Working with track subsets
- Finalizing and exporting media