Adding and Adjusting Fades

Fade-ins and fade-outs are commonly used at the beginning and end of songs in music production. Commercially recorded albums make frequent use of these types of edits to create a sense of continuity when moving from one track to the next.

To manually add a fade-in
  1. Move the pointer over the fade-in handle located on the volume envelope—at the left edge of the region. The pointer changes to the Fade tool.

    Figure. Wave View area showing a fade adjustment on a region.
  2. Drag the envelope point to the right to set the length of the fade-in.

    Figure. Wave View area showing a fade length adjustment on a region.

    As you drag, the envelope changes to show the length of the fade.

To manually add a fade-out
  1. Move the pointer over the fade-out handle located on the volume envelope—at the right edge of the region. The pointer changes to the Fade tool.

  2. Drag the envelope point to the left to set the length of the fade-out. As you drag, the envelope changes to show the length of the fade.

To create an automatic fade
  • When you drag a region (in the Wave View area) to a position that overlaps an adjacent region, the overlapping portions of the regions are automatically crossfaded—a fade-out is added to the earlier region, and a fade-in is added to the later region.

    Note: This automatic fade functionality only applies if you haven’t already created a fade manually.

To restore the automatic setting of a manually edited fade
  1. Move the Fade length handle to the position that coincides with the beginning (or end) of the other overlapping region.

    Figure. Wave View area showing an automatic fade on two overlapping regions.
  2. When the cursor changes to a chain icon, release the Fade length handle. Hold Option to prevent reactivation of the automatic fade.

    Note: If you move the region to a position where it doesn’t overlap another region, and then move the corresponding Fade length handle to the zero position, the automatic fade function is reactivated.

To adjust an existing fade
  • You can adjust fade-ins and fade-outs by dragging the fade handles of the region envelope. By default, the fade curve is linear, which means that the level increases evenly (linearly) for the duration of the fade. Alter the fade curve to increase the level more quickly or slowly as the fade progresses.

    Note: You can also edit your fades numerically in the Fade tab of the Inspector. For further information, see Viewing Region Info in the Inspector.