Since the blender methods for cross-fades were quite cumbersome, tried out After Effects instead. What I have is AE 4.1. For fades, need to set opacity keyframes for the upper track. For previewing audio, have to scrub the timeline with Ctrl pressed. Audio doesn't play when the time controls are used. Menu items Composition -> Preview -> RAM preview or Audio preview can make the audio play. Will try this, check if this is better than installing my old copy of Adobe Premiere.