In digital audio production, a crossfade is editing that makes a smooth transition between two audio files. In analog days, crossfades required dubbing the inputs of two source tapes onto a new tape while manually turning down the volume of one source tape while turning up the other, a relatively cumbersome procedure. Crossfading became easier to achieve with the invention of the computer-based digital audio editor. A digital editor allows two or more files to be crossfaded with the fade length limited only by the amount of audio contained in the source files. The edit consists of fading out one source file while fading in the other. This method creates a smooth transition because for a short period of time the listener hears both files playing simultaneously. A crossfade is the opposite of a butt splice. In a butt splice, the end of the first file is joined to the beginning of the second file. Please check the box if you want to proceed. Risk assessment is the identification of hazards that could negatively impact an organization's ability to conduct business.
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Crossfade is an American rock band formed in Columbia, South Carolina in Before settling on the Crossfade name in , the band had previously existed under the names The Nothing and Sugardaddy Superstar. Since their formation, Crossfade has released three studio albums — their self-titled debut album in , Falling Away in , and We All Bleed in Crossfade was formed in , originally under the name The Nothing. The band consisted of Ed Sloan on lead guitar and vocals, Mitch James on bass guitar and backing vocals , and Brian Geiger on drums. They released two records, The Nothing and Numb In , they changed their name once again, this time to Crossfade.
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So what exactly does it mean to "crossfade audio"? Well before we talk about that, we should probably first talk about just plain old regular fading. What is a fade? Happily, this is one of those few audio terms that actually sounds like what it means.
If you edit audio in Pro Tools , you need to know about fades and crossfades. As well as being vital editing tools, they can also be used in surprisingly creative ways In this month's workshop we're going to look in detail at how to use crossfades and fades, and how they can be applied in batches as well as singly. Crossfades are transitional Regions that span the end of one Region and the beginning of another. They can be used to smooth the sudden transition between two adjacent Regions, and help to prevent pops and clicks at Region boundaries. Fades are similar to crossfades, but apply where there is no overlap between Regions, for fading up the volume of a Region from nothing fade-in or fading down to nothing fade-out. The duration, shape and position of fades and crossfades are all fully adjustable within Pro Tools. Pro Tools renders each fade and crossfade as a separate, small audio file, and stores these away in a special folder within the Session folder — called, not surprisingly, Fade Files. Not all digital audio workstation systems work like this: in fact, most actually calculate fades and crossfades in real time and play them from RAM as required. So why doesn't Pro Tools?