Sound Forge 6.0


    "Need input” well you came to the right place, Johnny 5 at your service. Here I am once again with a little bit of information for the "Home Musician". That 8 to 5 guy who works hard all day and then has band practice all night, striving to become a legend in his own time, do I have the program for you. 

    If you edit audio on a regular basis, you've probably heard of Sonic Foundry's Sound Forge. This powerful piece of Windows-only software allows you to edit, record, encode, and master practically every form of digital audio, including WAV, AIFF, MP3, WMA, and even OGG files. It is used worldwide for audio and multimedia production in leading recording studio production houses, broadcast production facilities, home studios, radio stations and training facilities. Designed for professionals but intuitive enough for beginners, version 6 adds a bevy of new features, making it one of the most comprehensive and advanced two-track packages on the market. In this months review I’ll take an in-depth look at Sound Forge 6.0. 

   Typical uses of Sound Forge include creating or fine-tuning loops and samples, recording audio from an external source (such as a microphone) or streaming media, and applying a desired effect on the entire track or just a piece of it. Sound Forge can also be used for mastering or remixing a recording and encoding into a compressed audio or video format. Why you can even edit all the sounds on your computer if you wanted to. It has built-in support for video and CD burning, and saves to a number of audio and video file formats. Modify and enhance your recordings using editing features like Pan, Reverse, and Cross fade, Trim, Normalize, Insert, and Silence. Its sound effects help you to simulate acoustical environments, such as concert halls, caves, stairways, and hundreds of others.

New in Sound Forge 6.0: 

Multitask background rendering

32 bit/64-bit float/192kHz file support 

Enhanced time zoom (24:1) for increased editing accuracy

Customizable zoom ratios 

New Modeless Audio Plug-In Chainer

New Customizable DirectX® Favorites menu for plug-ins

New DirectX® Plug-In Manager

Enhanced Preset Manager

QuickTime™ and MPEG-1&2* file import

Windows Media™ format import

Fully customizable toolbars

Tabbed docking windows

New audio playback options

New video saving and render options

Enhanced video preferences

Full support for files 4 GB and larger

User interface enhancements

FREE Vegas® Video LE 3.0

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   To calm the mind of anyone who's ever worked with sound software, Sound Forge includes auto-crash recovery, which allows you to recover lost work after a power failure or system crash, and--new in this version--nondestructive audio editing. See your entire work history at a glance and undo unwanted edits using its Undo/Redo and History features. You can also perform audio/video synchronization and trigger audio playback using MIDI commands from any MIDI software or hardware device.

   Like most other WAV editors, Sound Forge 6.0 has a simple interface with a typical workspace comprising of the time-line-style track window, a transport control, and a sound-level meter. Import virtually any type of audio from your hard drive or audio CD, or record your material from an external source. You can also import video files (e.g. AVI, WMV), edit the embedded audio, and if necessary synchronize it to particular frames. Sound Forge 6.0 allows the export of your material to most audio and video formats. (MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 formats require the purchase of a plug-in from Sonic Foundry.)


System Requirements

200 MHz processor

Windows-compatible sound card

CD-ROM drive (for installation from a CD only)

Supported CD-Recordable drive (for CD burning only)

24-bit color display recommended


25 MB hard-disk space for program installation

Microsoft Windows 98SE/Me/2000/XP

Microsoft DirectX 8 or later

  Internet Explorer 5.0 or later


   Well I hope I covered everything I could about Sound Forge 6.0 there just is not enough I can say about it. If digital audio is a major part of your life, Sound Forge 6.0 is for you. Sound Forge 6.0 is available from for $450 (boxed), $400 (download), and $150 (upgrade). If you're a curious newbie, try the free demo version. Although the demo version does not include saving or some CD creation functions, and it imposes time limits on playing and recording. Follow the link below to download the demo version and read about its restrictions. Next time we will be looking at Cakewalks Home Studio XL until then stay alive. 

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