"There are editing issues in your recording."
What are fades?
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).
So basically, fades exist to prevent editing pops and clicks between audio regions.
Why should I use fades?
But sometimes in the process, you forget to use fades, resulting in some distracting editing pops between the phrases, so when you submit that to us, our QC team will let you know... yeah, you guessed it: "There are editing issues in your recording."
To avoid that, please be mindful of this fantastic tool in your arsenal, it comes in three variations:
- Fade In
- Fade Out
Fade In, Fade Out, Crossfade, which one should I use?
This one is used at the beginning of the audio region.
This one goes at the end of the region
This one goes between two adjacent phrases.
Here's an example:
Let's take our auditioning script, and let's pretend you did a lot of takes for each phrase, and you came up with the absolute best one. The use of fades would go as follows:
[Fade In] In a world where voice-overs were hard to get. [Crossfade] In a world where it was cumbersome and expensive to pursue a career in voice acting, we decided to start a revolution! [Fade Out]
What kind of fades should I use?
This one is very simple; for Fade In and Fade Out, you could go with Linear fade or Sine Curve fade, whereas for Crossfades, you could go with Equal Power Fade.
Mastering the fades
That's it! Now it's all about practice, never forget to use fades, some DAWs will create them automatically, others won't, so please, make sure you're using them, I assure you, that it will make your recordings sound more professional and will save you extra time from revisions issued by the Quality Control team.
If you happen yo use Pro Tools, or want to read that post I was talking about at the beginning, click here!
How to create fades
Logic Pro X
1. Select the 'Fade Tool'
2. Select the start or the end of the region to apply a fade in or fade out.
3. If you want a crossfade just do the same, with two adjacent regions.
If you want a more detailed guide you can check this article by the guys at Apple: Logic Pro X: Create fades
See you around and have a fantastic week.
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