Many people ask me (and many
other 2480 user also), why I run the 2480 alongside my PC with Sonar and
Pro-Tools. Mostly, it has to do with the fact that although the 2480 is
excellent for recording, mixing and mastering, the present OS still
leaves a lot to be desired in relation to audio editing.
Consequently, I find myself using different "must have"
areas of both audio programs, and one of them often visited is audio
file cross-fading - something which is not present on the 2480 current
OS at all.
So here is a "How-To" for that, using Sonar and its
wonderful "auto-cross-fade" editing section.
Here is my stereo audio file. Actually, it's a finished song that
needs cutting in one area, although it could well be a keyboard section
that needs an area cutting out, and then re-joining so that any audible
clicks or pops are done away with.
My track is running in perfect sync, and I need to cut out the
section in between bars 14 and 15. Using the Snap To Grid option, I set
it for half a bar and cut directly on 18.104.22.168
Once I am happy with the edit point, I make another cut at the start
of bar 14, and erase the section that is not required.
As I want to create a perfect crossfade, I now have to bring up the
Snap To Grid option again, this time choosing Absolute Time and set it
to a 1 Sample ratio. This lets me drag and drop the right section of the
audio file over to the left section, offering me a 1 sample grid
movement for my cross-fade. That's what I call precision control!
Now it's just a simple case of clicking and dragging the right
section of audio over the left section of audio. In Sonar, make sure
that you have Auto Cross-Fade marked, and that when meeting each other,
the audio files are marked to overlap each other. This causes the files
to join one another in a perfect crossfade, and with the 1 sample ratio
of grid movement, we merely have to move the right section of audio,
monitoring each consecutive edit until we are satisfied with the result.
Here is my audio file, cross-faded and sounding really good!