A fully adjustable iTunes crossfade- Is there a mod or hack?

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Joined: 01/12/2004

Hi Tony,

I saw your post on Playlist magazine pleading for a way to hack iTunes' crossfade system,

Quote:As we all know, the crossfade option in iTunes' preferences is pretty weak. Setting it to "0" is as good as it gets. Any higher value and it cuts off the ends of songs.

Essentially they have made the slope of the fade out/in curve too steep. I presume they designed it that way to avoid having two songs playing at full volume at the same time, thereby creating the potential for overload clipping. I think the correct term for the iTunes crossfade is a "constant-power" curve.

I'd like to see a hack or official option to engage a "DJ mode". With this engaged, the fade curve would keep both tracks at full volume, and mix them together with no attenuation for the amount of time indicated on the crossfade slider. Or even better, a variable adjustment for the crossfade curve's slope.

Has anyone heard of any hacks or plug-ins that do this?

For a detailed, eggheaded look at DJ crossfaders and fader curves with various curve diagrams, see this article:
http://www.rane.com/note146.html

What I'm interested in is more of a "radio station" style crossfade, where as song "A" starts to fade away, song "B" barges in at 100% and then "A" drops off pretty quickly...rather than having song "B" fade up from nowhere like it does now.

It didn't look like you got any responses to your post there-- did you hear from anyone outside that forum?

It sounds like we have a lot of common interests!

Take care,

BS

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Joined: 02/12/2009

No answers yet, I'm still pleading for the hack! I'm amazed that some Mac developer hasn't come out with an official plug-in or an unofficial hack. Let me know if you eventually find a solution, and I'll post it here...

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Sounds good -- will do! I'm like you, I can't believe this isn't already
built-in. But then again, neither is podcast synchronization for the most
part. I'm a Windows guy but I'm sure starting to lean toward iTunes as the
player of choice...just because the crossfade is probably one of the best
features it has. The interface is elegant and just...works! I'm about to
drop-kick MusicMatch for good.

I'll keep you posted if I see anything...maybe if enough of us whine to
Apple, we could make it happen? Could the interface not look almost exactly like the EQ settings?

B

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Joined: 02/12/2009

The next iTunes version, 4.9 (due out soon) has podcast sync support. Let's cross our fingers and hope for crossfade controls too.

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Joined: 02/12/2009

v4.9 added podcast support, but neither 5.0 nor 5.01 addressed the crossfade issue.

[2007 edit] Neither version 6 nor 7 changed the crossfade.

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