Siri, explain how to fade in and fade out garageband?

GarageBand is loaded up with so many features that are easy to use and are perfect for beginners. The first thing that most of the musicians or artists want to do after trimming audio is to fade out the clip, mainly during the end of the track. The process that is involved is a bit tricky as it uses a feature called “Automation.” But what will it automate? Confused? Nothing to be worried about as we have discussed the easy steps in detail below, through which you can use the automation line to adjust the volume over time in order to fade out and fade in as well.

How to Fade Out in GarageBand?

There can be instances in between the audio track as well that you might want to fade out, like for a beat drop, etc. Below, we have put together two methods to fade out in GarageBand. First, let’s have a look at the steps to fade out automatically in GarageBand.

How to Fade Out Automatically-

  1. Open GarageBand and choose a project. If you have already created your track, choose that project or go with an empty project. Choose audio and click create.
  2. Drag and drop any audio file you want to fade out to the software screen.
  3. To fade out automatically, browse your pointer to the “Mix” option in the toolbar of the application located generally at the top.
  4. Click on “Create Volume Fade Out On Main Output.
  5. Once you click it, the feature will automatically add a fade out to the end of your project. The first volume peak is added ten seconds before the end of the track in the project, and it automatically forms a degrading curve over the ten seconds to fade out the music in the end.

How to Fade Out Manually-

Secondly, you can fade out manually by following the steps given below.


  1. Open GarageBand and choose the audio project that you want to fade out. You can also create an empty project and can drag and drop any audio file.
  2. Once your audio file is loaded, press the A button on your keyboard to display the automation controls. Alternatively, you can simply take your cursor to the “Mix” option in the toolbar and then select the option “Show Automation.”
  3. You will see a drop-down box on the left side where you will be choosing the automation parameter. Select the Volume option in it (By default, it is set to Volume. So, you can leave it as it is.)
  4. A yellow automation line on your right side of the screen will appear that will cover your track. You will see a yellow automation point as well at the start of the line.
  5. Double click the point where you want the volume to start slowing down and double click at the point where you want it to completely slow down. Drag or pull down the point where you want to slow down the volume (The more you drag it down, the quieter it will get). To increase the volume, you can take the automation point above.
  6. In a similar way, you can fade in your track by lowering down the starting automation point and taking the second point above.
  7. If you want to vary the fade out during the time period of automation, you can click in the line between the two points and can try to make a curve. Press the “command” key on your keyboard and then try to make a curve freely to fade out perfectly. Just keep on clicking on multiple points in between the two initial points and the curve will be automatically generated.

If you are still a little confused, check out my friend Mike here, he has explained the process so simply, you’ll for sure get around and nail the process:

How to Fade In in GarageBand?

To fade in a part of the track in GarageBand, you can use the same automation feature to do so. By fading in, you can gradually increase the volume of the selected region in your track. This will help you with beat drops and is much needed in creating rock party music. Mostly, the fade in is used for the listener to create some anticipation and thrill for what’s about to come in the next part/region of the track. So, you can appropriately choose such a region and the two points to create a fade in on your track. To fade out at the end, you can do it automatically. But currently, there is no automatic process or configuration to fade in your track. Similar to the manual way used to fade out in GarageBand, below is the manual way through which you can fade in.


  1. Run the GarageBand software and select the project from which you want the track to fade in. If you are working on a new track, select an empty project, click Audio and your new project will be initiated.
  2. Now, browse the audio file that you want to fade in and drag/drop it to the GarageBand right panel.
  3. On the top taskbar panel of GarageBand, click on Mix and then click on Show Automation or you can click A on your keyboard to see the automation controls. Select the Volume button in the left panel from the drop down box.
  4. A yellow volume automation line will appear on the right side of the screen on your track. A small circle point at the start of the line will be visible.
  5. Double click on another point on the line to choose the interval where you want to fade in and you will now see two dots.
  6. Drag the first point towards the lower side of the track. To make the volume more low, drag it to the bottom. Now play the track and you will see the volume will gradually increase in your selected fade in region.
  7. You can choose multiple points in your track to fade in. Between the two points, you can choose more points as well to bring in volume variation according to the track. To make a perfect curve, press the Command (⌘) key on your keyboard and click on different points on the line in your fade in region. It will create a good curve and you will get better results. You can copy the curve from the selected region as well and can paste in on other tracks.

If you are still a little confused, check out my friend Mike here, he has explained the process so simply, you’ll for sure get around and nail the process:

So, that is how you use the automation feature in GarageBand to effectively fade out and fade in your audio tracks. You can double click on multiple points through your line to fade in and fade out multiple times. There are some other automation controls and add-ons in the Automation settings on the left panel through which you can take the automation to the next level. You can play around with different other settings like Chorus, Delay, Flanger, Distortion, Reverb, Panning, and EQ. All these plug-ins and Smart Controls have unique automation features and will produce something different when used. Combine these as well if you like and create a masterpiece by using these automations features for fade in and fade out. Once you are done editing the song, simply click on Share in the toolbar above and export the audio track in your desired audio format to your disk.

Hope that helps. It is super easy once you do it yourself. Try it out right away!