Using Fades to resolve clicks on clips edges
- Live Versions: 8 - 10
- Operating System: All
When cutting a sample and its beginning or end doesn't correspond to a zero crossing, a discontinuity in the waveform amplitude might happen. The zero-crossing is a horizontal line in a waveform that shows where the waveform has an amplitude of 0 dB. This could result in glitches, pops or click sounds when the audio file is played or looped.
To avoid this problem in the Arrangement View, you will need to activate 'Create Fades on Clip Edges' in the Record/Warp/Launch pane of Live's Preferences.
A short (up to 4 ms) fade will be applied to the clip start and end to avoid clicks.
In the Session View, these 'declicking' fades can also be applied via the Clip Fade button, from the clip view.
When fades are enabled, adjacent audio clips in the Arrangement View will get crossfades of 4 ms automatically. These can then be edited like manually created crossfades.
Additionally, at the beginning and the end of audio clips, they can be used as adjustable volume fades.
Viewing and adjusting Fades
Fades are always visible by default in Live 10.
To access the fades for clips in an audio track in Live 8-9:
- 'Unfold' the track by clicking the button next to the track name.
- Select 'Fades' in the Fades/Device chooser.
- Click and drag the fade handle to change the length of the fade.
- Click and drag the curve handle to change the shape of the fade's curve.