Sydney Recording Studio: Crossfading

In the Sydney Recording Studio crossfades are my friend.  Lately I have been editing my new Sound Healing album in the Sydney Recording Studio and I never cease to be amazed by what you can make work with a crossfade.
I have one track with drums and voice and also some crowd noise like coughing.  I had to take the coughing out of the recording.  I didn’t think I could do it but Sydney Recoding Studio crossfading worked it’s magic.  As long as I timed it so that the drums are on time again after I cut out the bad bits the crossfading works a treat.  It is a serious lifesaver in the Sydney Recording Studio.

Sydney Recording Studio: What is Crossfading?

The term Crossfading is a technique that creates a smooth transition from one sound to another — this effect is not to be confused with simple fading which involves a single sound fading in or out. This audio effect is often used in audio engineering to fill in the silence between two tracks, or even blend multiple sounds in the same song to create smooth changes rather than abrupt ones.

DJ’s (short for Disc Jockeys) often make use of the crossfading effect between tracks to enhance their music performance and to make sure that there aren’t any sudden silent gaps that could annoy the audience or the people on the dance floor!

Analog versus Digital Crossfading
With the invention of digital music,it has become relatively easy to apply crossfading effects to your collection of songs without needing any special hardware or audio engineering knowledge.
I a Sydney Recording Studio it is also much simpler to do compared to crossfading using analog equipment — if you are old enough to remember analog tapes, then crossfading required three cassette decks (two input sources and one for recording the mix). Crossfading digital audio sources can also be done automatically rather than having to manually control the input levels of the sound sources in order to achieve gapless playback on the recording. In fact, when the right type of software is used, there is very little user input required to achieve professional sounding results.