Sony SoundForge Pro Multichannel Editing Software (Windows)

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Precise event-based editing, integrated disc-at-once CD burning, musical instrument file processing, and pristine audio conversion and time stretching.
Sound Forge Pro 10 software efficiently and reliably provides audio editors and producers complete control over all aspects of audio editing and mastering. Whether in the studio or field, it's the ultimate all-in-one production suite for professional audio recording and mastering, sound design, audio restoration, and Red Book CD creation. New features in Sound Forge Pro 10 include precise event-based editing, integrated disc-at-once CD burning, musical instrument file processing, and pristine audio conversion and time stretching.

Sound Forge Pro 10 software includes a full suite of tools for professional digital audio editing and production, CD burning, plus Noise Reduction(TM) tools for audio restoration. New features in Sound Forge Pro 10 include event-based editing, disc-at-once CD burning, Zplane elastique Pro timestretch and pitch shift plug-in, plus the Mastering Effects Bundle 2 powered by iZotope(TM), a collection of six professional audio plug-ins. Additional new features in Sound Forge Pro 10 software are included in the list below.

Pristine sound quality
Sound Forge Pro 10 software supports full resolution 24-bit and 32-bit/64-bit float 192 kHz files for the ultimate in audio fidelity. Capture the subtle overtones and nuances of instruments, vocals, and effect changes. Additionally, Sound Forge Pro 10 software includes industry-leading iZotope MBIT+(TM) Dither (bit-depth conversion) and 64-Bit SRC(TM) (sample rate conversion) for the highest read more in audio quality.

Precise audio editing
Edit mono, stereo, and multichannel audio files (up to 32 channels) down to the sample level. Use familiar Windows commands to cut, copy, paste, mix, and crossfade audio. Perform precise event editing and create fades, crossfades, and mix audio with ease. Drag and drop audio between channels and work on one file while processing others in the background.

Powerful audio recording
Sound Forge Pro 10 software has a complete set of tools for recording audio. Record straight into your sound card or use the Record Timer to begin and end a session at a specific time and date. Alternatively, you can start recording when a certain audio threshold is reached with Threshold Record Triggering. You can also record and edit multichannel audio files as easily as stereo files.

Includes tools for sound design and mastering
In addition to Sound Forge Pro 10 software, this comprehensive audio production suite includes the Noise Reduction 2 plug-ins to fix common audio problems such as tape hiss, camera hum, clicks, and pops, powerful Spectrum Analysis tools for analyzing audio, and the Mastering Effects Bundle 2 powered by iZotope(TM), a collection of six professional audio plug-ins. Sound Forge Pro 10 software also includes integrated disc-at-once (DAO) CD mastering for producing Red Book audio CDs.

Effects processing
Apply over 40 professional studio effects and processes including Normalize, EQ, Delay, Chorus, Volume, Dynamics, Noise Gate, Pitch Shift, Flange, and Vibrato. Sound Forge Pro 10 software includes high-quality Zplane elastique Pro timestretch and pitch shift plug-in for pristine audio mastering, and the Mastering Effects Bundle 2, powered by iZotope. This powerful bundle includes six professional audio plug-ins: Mastering EQ, Mastering Reverb, Multiband Compressor, Mastering Limiter, Stereo Imager, and Harmonic Exciter.

24-bit, 32-bit/64-bit float/192 kHz support
Sound Forge Pro 10 software supports full resolution 24-bit/32-bit 192 kHz files for the ultimate in audio fidelity. Capture the subtle overtones and nuances of instruments, vocals, and effect changes that 24-bit audio provides. With Sound Forge audio software you can import, save, and even record to this resolution if using supported hardware.

Audio-for-video
Sound Forge Pro 10 software supports multiple video formats including AVI, WMV, and MPEG-1 and MPEG-2. Precisely synchronize audio and video frame by frame. Sound Forge Pro 10 software includes MPEG-2 templates for writing HDV-compliant files at both 720p and 1080i resolutions, and AVI templates using the CineForm CFHD codec for 720p and 1080i intermediate renders. Also included are templates for encoding WMV 720p and 1080p.

Dolby Digital AC-3 export
Use Sound Forge Pro 10 software to export multichannel files in surround AC-3 format using the included Dolby Digital AC-3 plug-in.
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Sound Forge Pro 10 system requirements
* Microsoft Windows XP (SP2 or later), Windows Vista (SP2 or later), or Windows 7
* 1 GHz processor
* 350 MB hard-disk space for program installation

* 512 MB RAM
* Windows-compatible sound card
* DVD-ROM drive (for installation)

* Supported CD-recordable drive (for CD burning)
* Microsoft DirectX 9.0c or later
* Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0

You must provide registration information to Sony Creative Software Inc., a US company, in order to activate the software. Product requires online registration within 30 days.
For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 866-766-9272
(97 ratings)
Submitted February 6, 2005 by a customer from earthlink.net
"Ten Years -- Honest!"
I'm glad Sony bought it and it bringing it back to the forefront.
Sound
It's very good. The better the interface or input board the better, obviously, but this software has made the most of any of them.
Features
I know -- it's Windows-only software, two tracks only. But for huge projects, splitting up work over multiple workstations, even if I record on Mac and burn the eventual discs on Macs, it's still been worth my time and sanity to bring mono or two-track stuff across platforms to do the bulk of the work in Sound Forge.
Quality
Sound Forge is an armored tank that I've used to travel through the last ten years. I can think of no software, Windows or Mac, that I've used in my work that was as consistently uncrashable and reliable. When you're paying LA-area voice talent $125.00 an hour and up, you'll lose your shirt (or job, as applicable) by losing time, tracks or work. With Sound Forge, I never have.
Value
Reasonable priced.
Manufacturer Support
This company themselves as been great, although they had been over-extended just trying to develop too amny products over too broad a front, and conseqently had been strapped for cash. Now that Sony has them, they've left those people in place (and,well, I don't think Sony will be going broke soon...)
The Wow Factor
People who've never used it just stare at you when you talk about it. People who have used it nod knowingly.
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Multimedia Producer/Producition Supervisor
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