Can I mix on the *Same* track?

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Can I mix on the *Same* track?

Post by Rickenbacker » Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:56 pm

Normally, when you're mixing 2 tracks, they're on 2 separate tracks. What I'm trying to do is mix within a *single* (stereo) track.

Is this doable? How?

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Re: Can I mix on the *Same* track?

Post by PGA » Thu Apr 12, 2012 3:42 pm

Mixing involves at least two sound sources. What are your two sound sources? How are you getting the two sounds into the computer?

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Re: Can I mix on the *Same* track?

Post by Rickenbacker » Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:38 pm

I had music already in my computer.So I imported both songs into Audacity & I'm trying to blend the end of one song into the start of the other....but on the same track.

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Re: Can I mix on the *Same* track?

Post by PGA » Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:43 pm

That's not the way to do a cross-fade. Apply a gentle fade out to the end of the first track (perhaps 3-7 seconds). Use the Timeshift tool to slide the second track along so that the first few seconds of that overlap with the last few seconds of the first track. Apply a gentle fade in to the start of the second track (perhaps 2-5 seconds). Reposition the overlap to achieve the result that you want. Remember you can always undo the fades off and start again with different lengths of fade.
When you export the project, the two stereo pairs will be "merged" as a mixed down stereo pair.

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Re: Can I mix on the *Same* track?

Post by steve » Thu Apr 12, 2012 6:01 pm

The method that PGA describes is the "proper" way to do a cross-fade, but there are a couple of plug-ins available that enable cross-fading songs that are one after the other on the same track. Two versions are available from the first post in this topic: http://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic ... 29#p160229
Please read the "Help" screens that are included with the plug-ins.

The plug-ins are both "Nyquist" plug-ins. Instructions for how to install are here: http://audacityteam.org/download/plugins
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Re: Can I mix on the *Same* track?

Post by kozikowski » Thu Apr 12, 2012 6:15 pm

That's how the video people do it and it makes me crazy because you can't "see" the edit. You have to keep it in your head and remember it as you go. If you have a complex show, there's no way to get a feel for what you did -- although I know people who do it. When I ask about it, I always get a blank look, "I just know it's there.."

That's why you're editing and I'm not.

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Re: Can I mix on the *Same* track?

Post by Rickenbacker » Thu Apr 12, 2012 6:17 pm

Thanks, people! I managed to do it the way PGA described, but I def' wanna check out the plug-in.
Thank you! :D

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