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How to match, fade, and mix clip volume with Audition

  1. Audition User Guide
  2. Introduction
    1. What's new in Adobe Audition
    2. Audition system requirements
    3. Finding and customizing shortcuts
    4. Applying effects in the Multitrack Editor
    5. Known issues
  3. Workspace and setup
    1. Control surface support
    2. Viewing, zooming, and navigating audio
    3. Customizing workspaces
    4. Connecting to audio hardware in Audition
    5. Customizing and saving application settings
    6. Perform Mic Check (Beta)
  4. Digital audio fundamentals
    1. Understanding sound
    2. Digitizing audio
  5. Importing, recording, and playing
    1. Multichannel audio workflow
    2. Create, open, or import files in Adobe Audition
    3. Importing with the Files panel
    4. Extracting audio from CDs
    5. Supported import formats
    6. Navigate time and playing audio in Adobe Audition
    7. Recording audio
    8. Monitoring recording and playback levels
    9. Remove silences from your audio recordings
  6. Editing audio files
    1. Edit, repair, and improve audio using Essential Sound panel
    2. Session Markers and Clip Marker for Multitrack
    3. Generating text-to-speech
    4. Matching loudness across multiple audio files
    5. Displaying audio in the Waveform Editor
    6. Selecting audio
    7. How to copy, cut, paste, and delete audio in Audition
    8. Visually fading and changing amplitude
    9. Working with markers
    10. Inverting, reversing, and silencing audio
    11. How to automate common tasks in Audition
    12. Analyze phase, frequency, and amplitude with Audition
    13. Frequency Band Splitter
    14. Undo, redo, and history
    15. Converting sample types
    16. Creating podcasts using Audition
  7. Applying effects
    1. Enabling CEP extensions
    2. Effects controls
    3. Applying effects in the Waveform Editor
    4. Applying effects in the Multitrack Editor
    5. Adding third party plugins
    6. Notch Filter effect
    7. Fade and Gain Envelope effects (Waveform Editor only)
    8. Manual Pitch Correction effect (Waveform Editor only)
    9. Graphic Phase Shifter effect
    10. Doppler Shifter effect (Waveform Editor only)
  8. Effects reference
    1. Apply amplitude and compression effects to audio
    2. Delay and echo effects
    3. Diagnostics effects (Waveform Editor only) for Audition
    4. Filter and equalizer effects
    5. Modulation effects
    6. Reduce noise and restore audio
    7. Reverb effects
    8. How to use special effects with Audition
    9. Stereo imagery effects
    10. Time and pitch manipulation effects
    11. Generate tones and noise
  9. Mixing multitrack sessions
    1. Creating remix
    2. Multitrack Editor overview
    3. Basic multitrack controls
    4. Multitrack routing and EQ controls
    5. Arrange and edit multitrack clips with Audition
    6. Looping clips
    7. How to match, fade, and mix clip volume with Audition
    8. Automating mixes with envelopes
    9. Multitrack clip stretching
  10. Video and surround sound
    1. Working with video applications
    2. Importing video and working with video clips
    3. 5.1 surround sound
  11. Keyboard shortcuts
    1. Finding and customizing shortcuts
    2. Default keyboard shortcuts
  12. Saving and exporting
    1. Save and export audio files
    2. Viewing and editing XMP metadata

To fade individual audio files, see Visually fading and changing amplitude. (The topics below address multitrack clips.)

Match multitrack clip volume

If multitrack clips have very different volume, making mixing difficult, you can match their volumes. Because the Multitrack Editor is nondestructive, this adjustment is completely reversible. To instead permanently change the volume of source files, see Match volume across multiple files.

  1. Using the Move  or Time Selection  tool, Ctrl-click (Windows) or Command-click (Mac OS) to select multiple clips.

  2. Choose Clip > Match Clip Volume.

  3. From the pop-up menu, choose one of the following options:


    Matches an average amplitude you specify.

    Perceived Loudness

    Matches a perceived amplitude you specify, accounting for middle frequencies that the ear is most sensitive to. This option works well unless frequency emphasis varies greatly (for example, midrange frequencies are pronounced in a short passage, but bass frequencies are elsewhere).

    Peak Volume

    Matches a maximum amplitude you specify, normalizing the clips. Because this option retains dynamic range, it’s a good choice for clips you plan to process further, or for highly dynamic audio like classical music.

    Total RMS Amplitude

    Matches an overall root-mean-square amplitude you specify. For example, if the majority of two files is -50 dBFS, the total RMS values would reflect that, even if one file contains more loud passages.

  4. Enter a Target Volume.

Fade or crossfade multitrack clips

On-clip fade and crossfade controls let you visually adjust fade curves and duration. Controls for fade ins and fade outs always appear in the upper-left and upper-right corners of clips. Controls for crossfades appear only when you overlap clips.

On-clip controls

A. Drag controls in clip corners to fade in and out B. Overlap clips to crossfade 

Fade a clip in or out

  1. In the upper-left or upper-right corner of the clip, drag the fade icon    inward to determine fade length, and drag up or down to adjust the fade curve.

Crossfade overlapping clips

When you crossfade clips on the same track, you overlap them to determine the size of the transition region (the larger the overlapping area, the longer the transition).

  1. Place two clips on the same track, and move them so they overlap. (See Select and move clips.)
  2. At the top of the overlapping area, drag the left  or right  fade icon up or down to adjust the fade curves.

Fade options

To access the following fade options, select a clip, and then either right-click a fade icon in the Editor panel, or choose Clip > Fade In or Fade Out.

No Fade

Deletes the fade or crossfade.

Fade In, Fade Out, or Crossfade

If clips overlap, lets you choose the fade type.

Symmetrical or Asymetrical (crossfades only)

Determines how the left and right fade curves interact when you drag them up and down. Symmetrical adjusts both fades identically, while asymetrical lets you adjust fades independently.

Linear or Cosine

Applies either an even, linear fade or an S-shaped fade that starts slowly, then rapidly changes amplitude, and ends slowly.

Tip: To switch between Linear and Cosine modes while dragging fade icons, hold down Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac OS).

Automatic Crossfades Enabled

Crossfades overlapping clips. Deselect this option if automatic crossfades are undesirable or interfere with other tasks, such as trimming clips.

Create a single audio clip from multiple clips

You can combine the contents of multiple clips in the same time range, creating a single clip that you can quickly edit in either the Multitrack or Waveform Editor.

Creating single clip from multiple clips in Multitrack Editor

  1. In the Editor panel, do any of the following:
  2. To combine the contents of the original clips, do either of the following:
    • To create a track and clip in the Multitrack Editor, choose Multitrack > Bounce To New Track.

    • To create a file in the Waveform Editor, choose Multitrack > Mixdown To New File.


To mixdown an entire session, see Export multitrack mixdown files.

Create an audio clip from a bus or mix track

If you want to edit audio from a bus or mix track, create a clip from the track.

  1. In the Editor panel, select a time range for the new clip. (See Select ranges in the Multitrack Editor.)
  2. In the timeline, right-click a bus or mix track, choose Bounce [track type] To New Track.

Adobe Audition creates a new track with a clip that reflects the bus or mix track.


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