How to crossfade audio clips in Adobe Audition

If you’re composing a multitrack audio file, chances are the majority of clips you’ll be combining into the final mixdown will be placed in separate tracks. Adobe Audition provides sound mixers with a clean and handy workspace that allows even the most inexperienced user easily to format tracks seperately while viewing and/or listening to them together.

But even provided the convenience of multiple tracks, it’s possible that sometimes you’ll want to combine two clips into a single track. Luckily, doing so is as easy as keeping all the clips separate. It’s simply a matter or dragging and dropping.

In the “Multitrack” workspace view of Adobe Audition, first make sure you import the snippets you’ll need into the Files toolbox at the top right corner of the default workspace. Click the Import icon (indicated below) and browse for your files.

Then double-click to select them. The chosen clips should show up in the File toolbox.

Once you have easy access to your files, simply drag and drop them into the workspace. Instead of making them different tracks, however, place them in the same row.

All that’s left to do is crossfade the clips — assuming you want them to come one right after the other, it’s advisable to fade the sounds into each other to smooth their transition. Crossfading allows you to fade the first clip out while fading the second clip in (producing a great flow) all with just one move of the mouse.

Position the first clip where you’d like to have it, and then grab the second clip and slide it into its predecessor. Crossfading will automatically occur, but you can regulate the extent to which the sounds are combined by deciding how much you want them to overlap.

If you’re happy with the timing of the crossfade but think that one sound should perhaps be a little less faded and the other a little more, you can adjust the curves of the crossfades at any time by returning to the spot in your file, clicking the grey-black fade sqauare, and bending the yellow lines to achieve the desired sound ratio.

Example: Two different styles on the same crossfade.

Make sure you listen to the combination you’ve created to see if it needs any adjustments. Luckily tweaking the crossfade is as easy as creating it!


~ by cathybutchy on October 24, 2011.

8 Responses to “How to crossfade audio clips in Adobe Audition”

  1. I liked how you put those tan boxes in the picture to describe what was happening.

  2. This was really helpful for me to do my sounds because you clearly added the pictures and they also went along with explanations! I also liked how many pictures you used because it made it easy to follow along with what i should do. It was not confusing at all and it was so simple to just do exactly what you showed. I think this was the best post this week and it definitely helped!
    Madison Knapp; Writing Digital Media

  3. Thank you for posting this information. This is good information to know and I liked that you used lots of pictures to go along with your directions, which helped me follow along.

  4. Wow this blog is very insightful! All of the pictures explaining each step is extremely helpful and helps me understand what you are explaining. The way you talk is very personable too and easy to read/understand. I have had experience with fading sounds in and out, but never any experience with crossfading so I definitely know where to look if I need to learn how!

  5. This is a very visually appealing and you stick to the point very well. Word to the wise mix the format of your pictures up everyone once in a while. offering us two different options for cross-fading is a great idea.

  6. I didn’t know that it was possible to change the way crossfades worked in Audition. This will help me make my sound project much more appealing to the ear in the long run.

    -Ryan C

  7. I’ve wanted to do a better job at editing my sounds! Including pictures of your actual sound and while you were editing it makes the process smoother. Including 2 different ideas and 2 different ways of doing this makes it more personal to me. Also, I like how your dialect is very friendly and also very informative with percise words and giving the actual names of each and every process!

    Kristen Rupnik

  8. Thank you for posting this information. This is good information to know and I liked that you used lots of pictures to go along with your directions, which helped me follow along.

    Helen R.

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