[ardour-users] Fade creates new file and leaves the old one?

Brett McCoy idragosani at chapelperilous.net
Tue Jan 17 12:40:13 PST 2006

Matthew Polashek wrote:
> I end up with 10 files sitting in my track, as I tweak a fade, then when I move
> the soundbyte forward or back, I have to go and delete all the previous versions.
> Maybe I need to spend some time with the manual or something.

I think you are confusing regions in the playlist with files (they 
aren't the same, you can have many regions that actualyl come from a 
single file). Each time you record something on a track, it becomes a 
region, and each subsequent one gets placed over top the previous, so 
you have layered 'takes' (if you have ever used the Gimp or Photoshop 
and used the layers tool, it is kinda like that). Only the topmost 
region is 'active' when you audition the track. When two regions 
overlap, a crossfade is automatically created between the two.

More info here:


> Matthew Polashek
> matt at tinysongs.com
> www.tinysongs.com
> On Tue, 17 Jan 2006 15:25 , Paul Davis <paul at linuxaudiosystems.com> sent:
>>On Tue, 2006-01-17 at 12:05 +0000, Matthew Polashek wrote:
>>>When I make a fade Ardour seems to create a new audio file and leave the old one
>>>beneath it.  I'm sure there's a simple setting or something I have to change to
>>>make this stop but I haven't figured it out yet.  Can anyone help me
> understand this?
>>it creates a new object called a Crossfade, which reads and mixes data
>>from the two regions involved in the fade. no new files are created.
>>why do you want to stop it? 
>>how do you imagine crossfades working differently?
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