I'm watching a Logic Pro X 101 course by MusicTechHelpGuy, and in it he shows how to create a fade by ctrl-shift-dragging on a region. Unfortunately, I cannot seem to replicate this. Could somebody please point out the error I seem to be making?

  • Are you working with an audio region or could you accidentally be trying to fade a midi region? Nov 21, 2018 at 6:53
  • Oh...there's a difference? ...that's my problem, thank you! Feel free to leave that as an answer so I can accept it. :-D
    – Legoman
    Nov 21, 2018 at 19:20
  • Just read these comments, on what is quite an old post. I have given an answer for your original question, to help future readers, even though it wasn’t for the actual problem you were having! Apr 27, 2020 at 12:56

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This is a little bit fiddly; it just takes a bit of practice, as you need to click and drag from exactly the right place.

Here's a simple step-by-step method for getting this to work:

  • press down shift and ctrl (you'll notice the cursor changes shape). enter image description here

  • move your cursor to either the left or right hand side of the region you want to fade in or out. It is really important that you see the cursor shape change again, to the one shown below! enter image description here

  • With shift and ctrl still pressed down, click and drag sideways to create your fade. enter image description here


In order for this technique to work, you need to make sure that the Fade Tool is selected as your Command-click tool. It's possible that you have one of the other tools selected. Here's an article about this topic from Apple. https://support.apple.com/kb/PH24718?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

  • In the tutorial, he was specifically not using the fade tool...
    – Legoman
    Nov 21, 2018 at 18:22

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