I think I’ve read that some people try to let their stingers ring out for maybe 3 to 5 seconds before they fade out completely. I’m finding my stingers sound pretty unnatural if I fade them out in less than ~8 seconds at least. How long do y’all let them ring out usually? Any tips to make a quick fade feel more natural?
It’s better to have too much than too little, as Art said, the editor can always fade or chop early. That definitely applies to 30 and 60 sec versions. With a 10-15 sec stinger, however, an 8 sec ring out might not leave room for other material in there so go by how it sounds in terms of visualizing the end of a scene. You might want to cut a few secs off that ring out.