Creating a Fade Effect in Soundbooth

This blog post covers how to fade an audio clip in and out using Adobe Soundbooth.

First, trim the clip to the length you want. You can either use the handles on the left and right of the wave form and drag inwards to the clipping point, or you can define an in and an out point with the buttons at the bottom. The idea is that you want enough of the audio before and after the sound to create an effective fade-in. Sometimes you need more or less at the beginning and end.

I found that if you leave yourself a few extra seconds on either end, longer than you normally would, it can help you out a lot later. You can trim off really easily, but I haven’t figured out a way to add back on easily, so I figured I’d leave myself some margin for error and experimentation.

Once you get the audio to roughly the size you want, it’s time to add the fade in and fade out. With the clip selected, go up to Processes- Fade In. It puts a yellow diagonal line across the beginning of your audio. This is the actual fade-in, and it shows how quickly/slowly it will happen.

fade In

If it sounds good, then great! If not, you can adjust the fade-in by grabbing the little grey square at the top end of the yellow line.

When you grab and drag this, you can move it inwards to slow the fade down or move it out to speed it up. If you drag it up and down you can change the type of fade, curving the yellow line in or out.

When you have that one set, you can go back to Processes and choose Fade Out. and you get the same yellow line on the end of your audio. Adjust to your liking and you’ve got a nice clean fade in and fade out.


~ by avanim on February 17, 2010.

One Response to “Creating a Fade Effect in Soundbooth”

  1. -this post was by Abby Vanim 🙂

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