Cross fading as a DJ


Harmony is very crucial in music transition. No DJ is actually “good enough” when they still can’t weave the fade-ins and fade-outs to create a near perfect transition.

Fading is one of the most important techniques you need to learn before learning to become a DJ

If you’re an ardent music listener, odds are this is not the first time you’re hearing the word “fade” in music. But for the sake of those who don’t know its exact meaning, I’ll explain.

Well, basically a DJ fade in music comes in two forms—a fade in and fade out. While a “fade in” occurs at the beginning of a song when a songs starts from silence slowly increasing in volume until it hits the threshold, a fade out can be heard at the end when a tract lowers its volume until it goes completely silent.

Now the sharpness of a DJ fade is contingent on the time stretch involved in losing a certain amount of track volume. For a sharper fade, the time will be shorter as opposed to its steadier counterpart.

A crossfade on the other end is the blending of the fade-out and fade-in of two successive tracks, so skillfully such that there’s some sort of harmony when the two are made to play simultaneously. No silence in between, as everything has to happen concurrently.

Crossfading is very important in DJing as it allows transitions to go smoothly without garbling the sound or leaving the crowd jarred, it is done only on midrange dj controllers under 500. Often, deejays use the technique to match beats so they can produce a balanced continuum of sound. As for music editors, crossfades help to introduce various sound components in such a way that they don’t come off a bit sudden but more natural instead.

How it is done

At this point we can assume you have the two tracks to be crossfaded imported or recorded. By default, your turntable or whatever media you’re using to play your music should be able to lineup the two audio tracks parallel to each other.

In case the two sounds are NOT positioned correctly, use the Time shift tool to move the second track near the first one. Don’t fret when their positions fail to sync up, we can always adjust their positions later on.

Bear in mind that how long a crossfade lasts is a just matter of your personal taste. It may be shorter or even longer, but if you’re confused on the way to go just keep it around 5 seconds.

You can now align the tracks more precisely. Customarily, tracks begin with a short stint of silence. The trailing silence can be removed by selecting the chunk then deleting. Where the first track ends is where the fadeout ends and where the second track begins may be where the second track begins to fade in. Just ensure the two fades are precisely aligned together before you can progress to the next step.

Next, do some trimming. All you have to do is select the unwanted regions by double-clicking on them before deleting. This can be the beginning of a fade-in or the end of a fade-out.

Lastly, go ahead and apply the two fades. The quickest way to do this is to use the “crossfade track” effect. This effect lets you apply a fade out on the upper track and a fade-in on the lower one. For a more complicated crossfade, use the “adjustable fade” effect to apply the fade to each track in turns.


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