Creating Fades with the Envelope Tool
Because the Envelope Tool uses exponential fades, creating a precise fade shape can be very fiddly, but with patience almost any type of fade shape can be achieved.
- The fade shape does not need to look exactly smooth to provide an effective fade. Check what the fade sounds like before spending an unnecessary amount of time trying to make the fade look right. The sound is far more important than what it looks like.
- To make small adjustments to the envelope it can be useful to expand the track vertically.
Tips for drawing fades with the Envelope Tool:
In this example we will create a fade that starts at full volume, then starts to fade slowly, then gradually more rapidly to silence, as illustrated here:
- Begin the fade by setting a control point at the time position where the fade starts at full volume:
- Click on the waveform with the envelope tool at the "start position" of the fade.
- Drag the control point vertically to the nearest edge of the track to achieve full volume.
- Note that if you drag the point beyond the edge of the track, the control point will be removed.
- Set a control point where the fade becomes silent.
- Click on the waveform with the envelope tool at the "end position" of the fade.
- Drag the control point up or down toward the vertical center of the track.
- Note that the fade will be almost silent for a large section of the fade.
- Click where you want to add additional control points as necessary to push out the envelope to the required shape.