Learn to fade, mute, and adjust volume with these Automation techniques.
Many people wonder if stock music can be customized to such a degree that they wouldn’t even need to worry about adjusting it in the video editor. Create Music is the only true one-stop shop for royalty free stock music, where you can easily make various changes and have your audio ready for your project.
Automation is one key feature in Create Music’s app, and learning how to use it can really level up your game. Here we provide 4 great tips on using automation and how they can be real game changers in carving your sound. At the end of the article, we also have some advice on adjusting your project’s volume in general.
The Automation Lane allows you to make exact and custom adjustments. Turn it on and off by either clicking the button above the timeline, or pressing “a” on your keyboard. You’ll know it’s on when a yellow line appears across the track.
By the way, these automation techniques work not only for music tracks, but also any sound effects that you add as well.
Fade In/Fade Out
Fading the volume in and out is easy with Create Music’s app. With automation turned on, you’ll notice that there are already two nodes on the yellow line at the beginning and end of the track. You can click and drag the nodes as you please to adjust the fade. Repeat the same process at the end of the track for a fade out.
Audio ducking is the term used to bring the volume of the music out of the way of the dialogue. This is often done using a compression tool in your video editor, but it can be done much more easily and precisely using Create Music’s app.
With your project preview loaded, mark the places where you need the music volume to be lower. Double click on the yellow line to create a node. You’ll need four nodes for proper ducking. Two on the left, and two on the right. Use the first node as an anchor. With the second one, control the length of the fade into the audio ducking. Match the third node with the second. With the fourth node, set the volume at full, and control how the music fade’s in. Generally, you don’t want too slow of a fade on either end, though you also don’t want it to be too quick. Just enough to not be noticeable or distracting.
Mute a section of music
Do you need only a couple of seconds of the stock music muted? Or perhaps a full minute? Instead of using trim, you can do this using the Automation line. Double click to create a node. You’ll need four nodes in total: two where you want the silence to begin, and two where you want it to end. Keep the first node set at the top, drag the second node to the bottom. Adjust to the left or right depending on how quickly you want the adjustment. Match the third node to the second, and the fourth to full volume. Adjust the fade how you like on that end.
Another trick you can do with this is to suddenly lower or cut the volume and then fade it back in. Or fade the volume out and then have the music pop back in. This can be used to get out of the way for dialogue or sound effects, or it can be used to raise or lower tension or change scenes.
Raising/lowering the entire automation line
You have set your nodes for audio ducking and you want to uniformly lower or raise the volume in the ducked area? This is easy to do. Move the cursor over the yellow line until the cursor changes into a double-sided arrow, pointing up and down. Then click and drag up and down. The node immediately to the right and left will be uniformly adjusted.
The above are all ways to control volume within a track. But there are two very easy ways to control the volume of an entire track and the volume of the project.
To change just the track volume, click on the track. In the Customize Track panel, the first option you see is the Track Volume. You can raise and lower the volume from there.
If you want to adjust the overall project volume, you can find that adjustment bar on the right, next to the Scale Timeline bar.