How to Fade Songs on a CD


A fade is a gradual increase or decrease in the volume of an audio track. When one track is decreasing in volume (fading out) while another is another is rising in volume (fading in), this is called a "crossfade." A crossfade creates a smooth transition between two songs. A seamless crossfade requires CD burning software that is able to alter the sound files and eliminate the space between audio tracks.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Microsoft Windows
  • CD/DVD burning drive
  • Internet connection
  • CD player
  • Download the free trial version of Nero 9 by clicking the link located in the Resources section. Double-click the file on your computer to open the extractor and installation program.

  • Confirm your preferred language settings and click the "Next" button. Uncheck the check box next to the "I accept the terms of the Ask End User License Agreement..." text and click the "Next" button. Click "Next" to confirm the Nero 9 Trial serial number, then read the license conditions text. Click the check box next to the "I accept the License Conditions" text, then click the "Next" button to proceed.

  • Select the "Typical" installation type and click the "Next" button. Select the installation location drive, then click "OK". Click the "Install" button, then click "Next". A progress bar window will pop up that displays the installation progress. Click the "Next" button, then click "Exit" to complete the installation.

  • Click the "Start" button in the bottom left corner of the screen, then select "All Programs," "Nero," "Nero 9," then click on "Nero Burning ROM" to open the Nero CD burning software.

  • Click "Close" to skip the product purchase dialog box. Select "Audio CD" from the New Compilation window, then click the "New" button. This will close the New Compilation window and bring up the audio track selection screen.

  • Select the audio files that you want to burn onto CD from the Browsers area on the right side of the program window. Click and drag the audio files onto the Compilation area on the left side of the program window.

  • Repeat the click and drag process until all of the audio files that you want to burn onto the CD are in the Compilation area. Click audio track that is second from the top to select it, then click on the "Edit" menu at the top of the program window and select the "Properties" option to open the Track Properties window.

  • Click the check box next to "Crossfade with previous track" and enter the number of seconds for the crossfade. Increasing the crossfade seconds will provide a smoother crossfade, while fewer seconds will create a more abrupt transition. Click the "Apply" button, then "OK."

  • Repeat Step 8 for each song you want to crossfade into the previous song. When finished adding the crossfade effect, click the Recorder menu at the top of the program window, then click on "Burn Compilation." Check over your compilation settings, make sure there is a blank CD in the appropriate drive, then click the "Burn" button to burn the CD.

  • Remove the CD from the tray when the burning process has completed. Insert the CD into a CD player and play through the CD to ensure that the crossfade effect meets your requirements and the disc is free from any errors.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want a simple fade-in or fade-out instead of a crossfade, select the audio track and open the track properties window, then click the "Filters" tab. Select "Fade In" or "Fade Out" from the filters options, specify the number of seconds, then click "Apply" and "OK."

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