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.
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.
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.
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.
Each horizontal track correlates to a vertical “channel strip” in the mixer. The signal flows from top to bottom.
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.
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.
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.
Resolve has an awesome feature that lets you retime an audio clip by clicking at any point and sliding it in time.
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.
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.
⌃Control ⇧Shift ⌥Alt ⌘Cmd ⇕Scroll MMB (Middle Mouse Button) *Fenn Custom Key
|Tools||Toggle Loop||⌘/||This is the best way to enable looping||2|
|Tools||Play In to Out||⌥/||If Loop is on playback loops||2|
|Tools||Selection Mode||A||The basic mode for selecting with the mouse||1|
|Tools||Range Selection Mode||R||Allows selections of content within a clip(s)||2|
|Tools||Edit Selection Mode||*RTT||Requires Keyboard Maestro as of R16.2 you can't assign keyboard shortcut||2|
|Navigation||Drag to Pan||MMB||Global Resolve shortcut||1|
|Navigation||Horizontal Zoom||⌥⇕||Or ⌘+||2|
|Navigation||Vertical Zoom||⇧⇕||Wish this worked on Edit page||2|
|Navigation||Zoom Around Playhead||⌘+ ⌘-||"Edit Selection Mode" zooms on selection or caret||1|
|Navigation||Toggle Micro/Macro Zoom||⇧Z||If 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|
|Navigation||Timeline Navigation||↑ or ↓||Similar to edit page.||1|
|Editing||Split Clip||⌘B or ⌘\||I suggest using ⌘\ as it's the same on color AND edit pages||1|
|Editing||Trim 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|
|Editing||Nudge Left or Right||, or .||Add ⇧ for greater increments||2|
|Editing||Duplicate drag selection||⌥ click & drag||Thank you Resolve 16.2||1|
|Editing||Copy||⌘C||Range selection mode behavior will "float" your selection across dynamic playback||2|
|Editing||Paste||⌘V||Range selection mode behavior will "float" your selection across dynamic playback||2|
|Editing||Trim>Trim to Selection||*⌥T||This is one of my top custom keyboard shortcuts||1|
|Editing||Add keyframe/automation point||⌥ click||This adds 'rubber band' points to a given clip's audio level||2|
|Editing||Clear In/Out Points||⌥ X||Very useful||1|
|Editing||Set In/Out Points||I or O||I for "in" point and O for "out" point||1|