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What Does Crossfade Mean?

Crossfading is a phenomenon through which a smooth
transition is created between two sounds. This audio effect often finds its
applications in audio engineering wherein crossfading is used to blend two or
more sounds in the same song smoothly, without doing it abruptly. Crossfading is
often utilized by DJs who blend various tracks into a single song in order to
enhance the music performance. This technique is majorly used to avoid any
sudden silent gaps between two tracks, which could prove to be annoying for


Techopedia Explains Crossfade

Crossfading was rather cumbersome during the analog days, when this simple phenomenon required the dubbing of sounds from two sources onto a new tape. This was done by manually lowering the volume of one source while raising the volume of another source. Crossfading became a simple process with the emergence of digital audio editors. A digital editor is a tool used to crossfade; it fades out one source file while fading in the other source file. As a result, a smooth transition is created instead of an abrupt one. This is because, for a short period, the listener hears both the sounds simultaneously.

There are many software applications or digital editors available today which help in crossfading. A few of them are:

  • DJ mixing software
  • Software media players like Windows Media Player and iTunes
  • CD burning software

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Margaret Rouse
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Margaret is an award-winning technical writer and teacher known for her ability to explain complex technical subjects to a non-technical business audience. Over the past twenty years, her IT definitions have been published by Que in an encyclopedia of technology terms and cited in articles by the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, ZDNet, PC Magazine, and Discovery Magazine. She joined Techopedia in 2011. Margaret's idea of a fun day is helping IT and business professionals learn to speak each other’s highly specialized languages.