Good evening, Andrew.
I described almost exactly what you wrote on the phone with David, earlier. I
was aware of option three, but did not know exactly how to go about doing it.
David is actually wanting to but the two tracks up against each other as some
audience clapping is to be faded out in the first track while other audio
begins but not exactly overlapping as in what a true Crossfade represents. I
will be helping him either over the phone or zoom if he needs further
assistance. He is actually one of my performers in the talent show called on
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On Apr 15, 2021, at 7:41 PM, Andrew Downie <access_tech@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
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.
<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?