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🎬Fairlight’s Features

Fairlight’s integration with Resolve gets more exciting by the day. As with the color and effects pages, being able to work on audio within the context of the same application is very exciting. It’s also refreshing to be able to use many of the same keyboard shortcuts you’re used to in the Edit page, but have access to the full feature set of a professional audio tool.

Setup

First, make sure Fairlight is using the input and output devices you want. It will default to using Mac’s “Core Audio” drivers so whatever you have set in your sound preferences should apply.

Tracks

  • Mute makes your track silent.
  • Solo plays only the contents of the current track.
  • Record Arm enables the track for recording.

Automation allows realtime adjustments made to many different parameters on your track. The “fader” controls volume and is one of the most common examples. Toggle the automation toolbar to the right of the loop button, select “Fader” above then select the track you want to modify and select “Fader Level”. Now play back and move the fader control in the channel strip as you go. See how the changes are written to the volume level? This is an optional way to control volume, but I often find simple rubber band automation (audio key frames) simpler.

  • “Write” is an absolute control, meaning the change you make is what the software applies, independent of existing levels.
  • “Trim” is a relative mode which honors existing levels and adds your changes to them.
  • “Touch” controls include “Latch” which will keep writing automation even after you release the control, “Snap” which will return to the pre-automated level after you release the control.

Track Index

This handy pane lets you organize your tracks. You can hide any tracks you’re not working with currently and rearrange track order by clicking and dragging on the left.

Channel Strips

Each horizontal track correlates to a vertical “channel strip” in the mixer. The signal flows from top to bottom.

  • Input: Define your input device. This could be a microphone you’re using for voiceover, for example.
  • Effects: Here’s where you add inline effects. Effects you add here are sort of like serial nodes in that they’ll apply to the entire track and come one after the other.
  • Insert: If you’re working with hardware outside of Resolve this lets you route this channel strip out to it for effects processing and then bring the affected signal back in.
  • EQ: Here’s where you add basic EQ adjustments.
  • Dynamics: Compression, gate, limiter. These all live here.
  • Pan: This allows you to push this channel towards or away from one (or more) speakers
  • Main: All channel strips default to a “master bus” output shown by the “1” icon below.
  • Group: This allows you to group various channel strips together for easy modification of similar signals.
  • The Record, Solo and Mute buttons, along with the fader, are similar to those already discussed in the track.

You can adjust the volume of any track with the level control called a “Fader”.

Insert effects at the top of the channel strip or double click to get access to in/out mapping.

Selection Modes

  • Selection Mode (or the arrow) is the basic selection mode, accessed by keyboard shortcut “A”.
  • Range Selection Mode (“R” on the keyboard) lets you target specific ranges within clips. In range select mode, set in out points and then cut or copy and just JKL the cut clip around the timeline then cmd+v again to confirm it.
  • Edit Selection Mode gives you further control. In this mode you can click in the upper half of a clip and it sets a little upside down caret symbol that will trigger start point of playback and trim mode operations.

You can cmd+click multiple clips and trim them together, holding shift will set edit points across all the tracks

Trim>Trim To Selection is priceless. *Alt+T is a keyboard shortcut I’ve set up manually and found to be invaluable.

Layers

Fairlight has a “layers” feature which allows for multiple “takes” of audio in the same track. It’s a very handy way of doing things like ADR where an actor will read the same line over and over again. Only the top-most layer is heard during playback.

Elastic Audio

Resolve has an awesome feature that lets you retime an audio clip by clicking at any point and sliding it in time.

Recording a Voiceover

For VO work you do need to patch an “Audio Input” to a “Track Input”. Easiest done by clicking the “Input” at the top of the channel strip, clicking the specific mic input and the specific track input, and creating a patch. Now record arm the track you’re recording to and hit the record button.

Useful Keyboard Shortcuts

Use the interactive keyboard database below to learn my recommended set of keyboard shortcuts. Priority indicates how essential they are to know (1 being highest priority). The table will default to sort by 1st priority shortcuts, but feel free to use the search feature to find a specific shortcut or filter the table in any way you’d like. You can print the results (or save them to an eco-friendly PDF) as well.

βŒƒControl   ⇧Shift    βŒ₯Alt    ⌘Cmd   ⇕Scroll   MMB (Middle Mouse Button) *Fenn Custom Key
Type
Operation
Keys
Notes
Priority
ToolsToggle Loop⌘/This is the best way to enable looping2
ToolsPlay In to OutβŒ₯/If Loop is on playback loops2
ToolsSelection ModeAThe basic mode for selecting with the mouse1
ToolsRange Selection ModeRAllows selections of content within a clip(s)2
ToolsEdit Selection Mode*RTTRequires Keyboard Maestro as of R16.2 you can't assign keyboard shortcut2
NavigationDrag to PanMMBGlobal Resolve shortcut1
NavigationHorizontal ZoomβŒ₯⇕Or ⌘+2
NavigationVertical Zoom⇧⇕Wish this worked on Edit page2
NavigationZoom Around Playhead⌘+ ⌘-"Edit Selection Mode" zooms on selection or caret1
NavigationToggle Micro/Macro Zoom⇧ZIf you lose the playhead just double-tap spacebar. Remember this is a toggle so use it to go in and back out and YOU set the level of zoom.1
NavigationTimeline Navigation↑ or ↓Similar to edit page.1
EditingSplit Clip⌘B or ⌘\I suggest using ⌘\ as it's the same on color AND edit pages1
EditingTrim to playhead⇧[ or ⇧]Similar to edit page. Adding ⌘ for ripple does not work here however. Edit selection mode will edit from the caret point.2
EditingNudge Left or Right, or .Add ⇧ for greater increments2
EditingDuplicate drag selectionβŒ₯ click & dragThank you Resolve 16.21
EditingCopy⌘CRange selection mode behavior will "float" your selection across dynamic playback2
EditingPaste⌘VRange selection mode behavior will "float" your selection across dynamic playback2
EditingTrim>Trim to Selection*βŒ₯TThis is one of my top custom keyboard shortcuts1
EditingAdd keyframe/automation pointβŒ₯ clickThis adds 'rubber band' points to a given clip's audio level2
EditingClear In/Out PointsβŒ₯ XVery useful1
EditingSet In/Out PointsI or OI for "in" point and O for "out" point1
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