Bring back the song fade out.

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I miss the song fade out. It was implemented in the age of recording to tape as a solution to song without an end. I feel fade outs worked really well on many songs. Modern DAWs let us choose our song length right down to the split second. Why not finish your next song with a fade out? With today’s computer automation it’s as easy and drawing a line on your master channel.

A recorded song may be gradually reduced to silence at its end (fade-out), or may gradually increase from silence at the beginning (fade-in) For example, the songs “Born to Be Wild” by Steppenwolf and “Hey Jude” by The Beatles both fade out. However, “Born to be Wild” fades out in a matter of seconds, whereas “Hey Jude” takes over 2 minutes to completely fade out. Fading-out can serve as a recording solution for pieces of music that contain no obvious ending. –

Come to think of it why not try a fade in? This makes your listener feel like he’s entering a situation already in progress. Great for songs that have a live or street feel to them. The album Stella by Yello is a good example. Do you have any favorite songs with a fade in or out?

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