Locator: Sound List Editor.
IMPORTANT: Disable Auto-Fades when using Fade Markers. They will interfere with each other and cause undetermined results.
Expose the Start, End and Fade Markers group controls by clicking its section header bar (Figure 2). A Fade Marker allows you to automatically Fade-In(increase) or Fade-Out (decrease) the volume at any position along the play timeline. You can control the Fade Duration of the fade (faster or slower). Duration is the time it will take to fade from 0% to 100% volume (or vice versa). And you can set a Target Volume, which when reached, fading will stop. So for instance you do not have to fade-in all the way to full volume or fade-out to total silence. You can apply as many fade markers as you want. See Figure 1. for visual placement of markers along the time-line ruler.
These markers do not change the physical Media File. You enable these markers by checking the Enable checkmark (Figure 2). The Fade marker appear visually along the placement time-line ruler (Figure 1). When a marker is disabled, the shape will be outlined with no color fill. The marker is ignored during playback if the Enable checkmark if unchecked.
To better understand Fade Markers, first review the related information About Volumes . Also, the Tools -- Quick Markers operations provide a quick method to add fades and set marker positions on multiple Sound Items. Also see, Enable Fade Effects in the Behavior menu that allows you to turn fading effects on and off globally without having to edit each Sound Item to enable / disable individual enable checkmarks.
Note: If you change Start, End or Fade Markers while a Sound Item is playing, these values are not applied until the next time the Sound Item is played.
A volume of 100% represents the original recorded, unadjusted volume of the sound. A 0% volume is effective silence however the sound usually becomes inaudible before 0% is reached. Duration is the amount of time it will take to go from 0% to 100% (longer duration implies slower fade rate). If a fade marker Target Volume is set somewhere mid-range, it will take a percentage of the Duration time to complete. For example, if a fade marker Duration is 6 seconds and begins at 0% volume with a Target Volume of 50%, it will take 3 seconds to complete (half of the Duration time).
If a fade effect has not completed (reached its target volume) when another fade marker is reached, the new fade effect will begin and the previous fade is stopped. Fades that are placed before the Start At marker will begin to execute when the sound is started.
Guide Positions are used to quickly set a marker to a preset position (a Guide). The Set Marker to Guide quick set buttons (, ) are shown in Figure 2 (upper left corner of the image). The Guide positions are shown in Figure 1 -- the two (blue) vertical lines at either end of the marker placement ruler. The Left and Right Guide Positions are set in the Options -- Markers tab. The Marker Guides are defined as Time values (in minutes:seconds, mm:ss). They are used as follows:
These operations work on the Selected marker (Figure 2.) in the marker list (except add which adds a new marker into the list). Markers are automatically sorted according to time position after each operation.
Add a Fade-In marker at Position 5 seconds (Pos=:05). Select the marker in the Fade Selector list (Figure 2). Set its Target Volume to 100%. Move Volume trackbar slider position (Figure 3.) to the volume at which you want the sound to start playing (try 10% volume). Now click the Play button. When play reaches the marker time position, the volume should begin fading in (increasing) until it reaches the Target Volume (100%).
After you add a marker, it will appear in the Fade Selector list (Figure 2., just below the Delete Fade button) . To change values, select it from the Fade Selector list . Then any edits you make to the volume, duration or postion fields will apply to this fade.
When the Enable checkbox is checked, the marker is enabled and will produce the fade affect during play back. When disabled, it will have no volume affect during play. Disabled markers will appear as outlined triangle shapes with no color fill along the play timeline ruler.
Select an existing marker from the Fade Selector list , then click the Delete Fade button (upper right of Figure 2).
First, read the Choosing Auto-Fades vs Fade Markers paragraph at the top of this page, to decide which type of fades you need.
To better understand Fade Markers, first review the related information
A common operation for music files is to fade-in and/or fade-out volume at the beginning and end of the audio file respectively. Quick Markers was designed to do this in a few clicks. It is also flexible enough to achieve other repetitive adds and moves of markers.
Menu Locator: Sound List Editor > Tools > Quick Markers .
For these Quick Markers operations, you are prompted (via popup dialog) to select Sound Items you want to operate on. For the operations that require a source value, the value will be taken from the current Default Attributes.
Factory default values
for Fade Markers are:
Fade-In marker: Positioned at 0, Target Volume 100%, Fade Duration 3 seconds.
Fade-Out marker: Positioned at 10 seconds from end of audio, Target Volume 0%, Fade Duration 3 seconds.
Right Guide Position: Positioned at 10 seconds from end of audio.
Left Guide Position: Positioned at start of audio (0 seconds).
Sound Item Initial Volume for Fade-In: 0%
Note: If there are multiple (two or more) Fade-Ins or Fade-Outs in the Sound Item, the Quick Markers operations will operate on the first marker in the time line (left to right, closest to the start of audio).