Pro Tools First Tutorials

Using the Pro Tools First Batch Fade feature to speed up your editing

Using the Pro Tools First Batch Fade feature to speed up your <a href=editing" width="300" height="300" />In this Pro Tools First tutorial, we’ll learn how to use the Pro Tools First batch fade feature. The Pro Tools First batch fade feature is a really handy way of processing lots of fades at once.

Why should I use the Pro Tools First Batch Fade feature?

If your final takes are made up of a lot of regions, perhaps because you’ve been comping takes or punching in for instance, then you’ll want to make sure that all of your regions have fades. That way, you’ll avoid audible pops and clicks that can otherwise occur.

Now, you could go through each region and manually add a fade or cross fade. But, this can be a time consuming process, especially on large sessions. Using this feature is a simple and effective solution for processing large numbers of fades at once.

Here’s how to use the Pro Tools First Batch Fade feature:

To create your batch fades, begin by selecting all of the regions that you want to make fades for. Then in the top menu, click edit, fades, then create:

Using the Pro Tools First Batch Fade feature to speed up your editing - edit, fades, create

The batch fade dialogue box will open. Here, you can adjust the controls to specify how you’d like to have your cross fades, fade ins and fade outs. As another way to save time, you can click and drag the fades around in the batch fade window. This allows you to make the fades look the way that you want them to when they are generated in the session.

By clicking OK, all of your fades will be created. Its as simple as that!

The Pro Tools First batch fade feature is a great time saving tool. Its a quick and easy way of speeding up what can otherwise be a long process. All the while maintaining complete control over the parameters that you set in the batch fade window.

Do you find that creating fades manually takes up a lot of time on your sessions? Do you think that this feature could save you time whilst editing? Let me know in the comments section below.

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