Thank you for your detailed description, Andrew!
I love the sound of the clips option, I’ll give it a spin. Meanwhile, if I need
to do it with 2 separate tracks, I do have a question – how to drag track 2 to
a different position? I can insert a new track at the end of the old one, and
make sure they align end to end so they don’t play together. But how to drag
track 2 to the position I desire the cross fade to be?
I’m currently using Gold Wave to do it for now, but will look at the clips
option after saving a version from it. It would be cool not having to convert
to flac and directly perform edits on the DTS audio file directly using
From: Andrew Downie<mailto:access_tech@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, April 15, 2021 8:41 PM
Subject: [audacity4blind] Re: how to cross fade?
There are at least three options available for cross fading. The following
descriptions rely on assumed knowledge, so please ask more questions if they
serve to confuse rather than enlighten. The first two options rely on the two
portions of your recording being on separate tracks.
This is the most labour-intensive of the various options, but perhaps gives you
the most control. Position the start of the second portion – say – several
seconds before the end of the first. The exact amount of overlap will depend
on the material and the exact effect you want. Select the first track and
deselect the second. Then select the audio you want to fade out. From the
Effects Menu, select Fade Out. Then, deselect the first track and select the
second. Select the audio you want to fade in and apply Fade In from the
Effects Menu. It is best to start the fade in before the fade out to avoid a
dip in the sound.
As with option 1, position the start of the audio on the second track somewhat
before the end of the audio on the first track. With both tracks selected,
select the portion of audio you want to cross fade. From the Effects Menu
select Cross Fade Tracks (if that option does not appear, you are using an
older version of Audacity). Adjust parameters until you get the sound you want.
Now all your material can be on one track. Ensure that the track is selected.
Separate the two portions of audio by inserting a clip with control+i. Use
alt+comma (,) and alt+fullstop (.) to move between the two clips. When at the
start of the second clip, move back however many seconds you want to cross
fade. Then extend the selection to the same number of seconds in the second
clip. Then apply Cross Fade Clips from the Effects Menu and the job is done.
If you do not like the length or anything else about the cross fade, use
control+z to undo.
As mentioned above, if the above leaves you confused, ask questions and the
learned people on the List will provide more detailed information.
From: audacity4blind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <audacity4blind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Behalf Of David Lai
Sent: Friday, 16 April 2021 8:01 AM
Subject: [audacity4blind] how to cross fade?
I need your help in editing a file. I deleted a few seconds of audio, and would
like to smoothly cross fade between the portion before and after the delete.
However I can’t seem to figure out how to cross fade successfully on Audacity.
What do you think I should do?