Audio/MIDI multitrack recording software
Manual : Automated Fader

Automated Fader

The Automated Fader is a volume control that can be programmed to change over time. It can be used to attenuate, amplify or mute part of a track. It can also be used to turn off Reverb or Echo effects if used in an Effect Return section or in a Parallel Effect.

The current position is indicated in the effect slot itself.

Automated Fader window (two dots selected)
Automated Fader window (two dots selected)

The fader will move in a linear fashion from one dot to another. Dots can be added, removed or moved using the editor.

The editor can work in one of three modes:

  • Select: clicking a dot selects it, pressing the mouse in "empty space" and moving it selects dots. Selected dots can be moved.
  • Add: clicking in "empty space" adds a dot, clicking a dot selects it. Moving the selected dot(s) is possible as well. You can add 4 dots in one go by moving the mouse horizontally while clicking to add a dot. After moving a certain distance (approx. a centimeter) 4 dots will appear.
  • Draw: draw free-hand.

The buttons in the bottom left corner can be used to switch mode. The Alt key (Windows) / Option key (Mac) can be used to temporarily switch between Select and Add mode. Selected dots appear in red.

Undo and Redo let you undo and redo edits.
Edit: if a single dot is selected the Edit button pops up a window where you can type a new value for the selected dot (eg. "-20" to move the dot to -20 dB). If multiple dots are selected the Edit button pops up a window where you can apply several functions like 'Amplify' (change the vertical distance between the dots) or create sine/triangle/square wave shapes.
Delete removes the selected dot(s).
Sel All selects all dots.
Copy and Paste let you exchange data between Automated Faders, MIDI Controller editors and Automation editors

Audio can be converted to dots. You can drag audio from an audio track editor to an Automated Fader, or you can use copy-and-paste. By default the amplitude envelope will be used, you can click the EDIT button and switch to pitch instead. The EDIT button provides access to several options like envelope attack/release times. This works similar to tweakable edits in audio/MIDI editors.

If used in a track the track's audio/MIDI data is displayed in the background. Scrubbing will be available as well, it doesn't include any effects (including the Automated Fader itself).

Note: Editing tracks in Ripple mode does not update Automated Faders. The Song Editor does.