Crossfade, Enhancer, and Sound Check

In this lesson for iTunes on the Mac, we’re going to look at how we can add crossfade, enhance our songs, as well as apply sound check.

Let’s first discuss what these three options do. With crossfade, we can set what happens when iTunes goes from one song to another. By applying crossfade, the songs will overlap by a certain number of seconds. Enhancing is a slider, and it basically enhances what you are listening to. Soundcheck will look at all your media and try to make them all the same volume.

Accessing Crossfade, Enhance, and Sound Check Controls
To access our crossfade enhancer and sound check options, what you need to do is go to iTunes preferences. To access iTunes Preferences you go to the menu bar and select iTunes. One of the options will be Preferences. Select this, and a new window will open. In this window will be several categories, make sure you select Playback. This is where we can set our Crossfade, Enhancer, and Sound Check options.

Our first option is Crossfade Songs. When you select this, you are able to set how one song is going to crossfade to another. You can set it for as long as 12 seconds and then as short as one second. Just drag the slider to adjust how much of a crossover you’d like.

Sound Enhancer
We also have a Sound Enhancer. With the Sound Enhancer, what you can adjust how much you want iTunes to enhance your audio. This is a slider, and the more you drag it over to the right, the more iTunes will enhance the sound.

Sound Check
With Sound Check turned on, iTunes will analyze your music and adjust the overall levels of your files to make them all be about the same volume. This is a great feature you have audio in some files that are louder or quieter than others. All you can do is turn it on or off, it does affect all your media files.

See this Lesson in Action
If you want to see this lesson in action, take a look at the video above.

Lesson tags: Mac Tutorials
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