About SOUND FORGE

SOUND FORGE by MAGIX is a professional audio editing platform for recording, editing and mastering audio. The software enables hi-res audio recording, one touch and timestamp recording, audio file conversion and normalization, customizable user interfaces, and more. SOUND FORGE provides professional artists, producers, and audio engineers with robust restoration and mastering capabilities to optimize the sound of old records and create captivating video soundtracks, broadcasts and streaming-ready CD masters and mixes.

Utilizing iZotope Ozone 9 Elements, SOUND FORGE can create crystal-clear mixes by removing any unnecessary noise interference from any digital audio file. Physical records and cassette tapes can easily be converted into any standard audio format with built-in recording and restoration tools. For audio restoration and mastering workflows, SOUND FORGE can import and export any standard audio file such as AIFF, MUS, AAC, FLAC, WMA, ASF, W64, RAW, CDA, MP3, and more.

SOUND FORGE enables users to record vocals, voice-overs, and instruments at high-resolution quality up to 32-bit/384 kHz. Recorded waveforms displays in the central audio editing interface during each recording sessions so users can monitoring audio in real-time to ensure the lowest possible latency. With the event tool, audio files can be improved by editing cuts, crossfades and other audio events to remove noises from any recording. Other features include quickFX plugins, enhanced VST integration, instant action window, and more.


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4,3/5
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Jeremy
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  • Industry: Media Production
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Monthly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

SOUND FORGE: A Classic Audio Editor

Reviewed on 2022/06/23

I started using SOUND FORGE in the 90s, and it was almost the only game in town. It was fun and...

I started using SOUND FORGE in the 90s, and it was almost the only game in town. It was fun and easy to use, and I would always recommend it to beginners, especially. But it's fully capable of pro audio editing!

Pros

SOUND FORGE was practically an industry standard in the late-90s and 2000's, and with good reason. The clean, simple interface made it easy to learn how to edit audio, apply effects, and master mixes; all in a light package.

Cons

SOUND FORGE was strictly a PC app until recently, and even then, Mac support has been spurious, and the company has been sold twice since the 00's. I eventually switched to Steinberg Wavelab, as it offers a main mix bus, plus hundreds of more advanced features for professional mastering.

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  • Industry: Nonprofit Organization Management
  • Company size: 201–500 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Well kitted and ever improving.

Reviewed on 2022/05/25

SF is very complete in many ways as there are many tools sufficiently provided to handle any audio...

SF is very complete in many ways as there are many tools sufficiently provided to handle any audio editing task.

Pros

I have been using Sound Forge for a while and it keeps on getting better and better with the newer versions/upgrades. Currently I am using SF Pro 16 and many aspects have been improved with added features. One of the recent feature that has been very instrumental in my working with SF is the Vocal Activity Detection (VAD) which uses AI to detect human vocals in an audio file and applies a red color on the audio wave where vocals are detected. This enables me to enhance vocals in many ways by either applying effects or changing vocal dynamics without necessarily having to alter the background music or ambience. I have found this feature quite helpful especially in editing interview podcasts etc.

Cons

There is a lot of small icons in the data windows and general software which gives the feel of clutter and can easily dissuade someone from engaging SF especially in the learning stages. However, the inbuilt interactive tutorials make editing easy.

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  • Industry: Education Management
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Monthly for 6-12 months
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Review of Sound Forge

Reviewed on 2022/04/13

Overall, Sound Forge is a good piece of software but I found it lacking in comparison with Audacity.

Overall, Sound Forge is a good piece of software but I found it lacking in comparison with Audacity.

Pros

Sound Forge is quite easy to use, even for the first-time user. It is quite feature rich and even amateurs can use its features quite easily.

Cons

Its noise-reduction / noise-cancellation feature falls far short of ideal. Its noise gate technology tends to distort the recording rather than filter out the noise.

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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 501–1 000 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Works great for audio processing

Reviewed on 2022/05/24

Having a time tested platform for audio processing makes me feel comfortable with my production. I...

Having a time tested platform for audio processing makes me feel comfortable with my production. I am glad that I can access Sound Forge both on a Window PC and Mac.

Pros

Sound forge has been a key tool for me especially when I need to work with more DirectX & VST plugins. Using its Plug-in Chain window I am able to experiment with as many effects as possible without ruining my original audio file(s) as this tool allows me to process these plugins in real time with playback within the data window.

Once I am satisfied with the output, I can have it applied by saving the file. That is very key to my use case.

Also the file saving is not limited to available file formats, I can always save the raw file to specify format parameters that work with a specific project/target platform.

Cons

Not much of negatives here. However it is quite expensive to upgrade to a newer version.

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  • Industry: Media Production
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used for 2+ years
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Quick and very effective way to capture and manipulate an audio file, quickly!

Reviewed on 2021/08/01

Sound forge can be a little simplistic if you look it at a glance, but it does perform very well to...

Sound forge can be a little simplistic if you look it at a glance, but it does perform very well to capture audio and manipulate sound for a quick in and out when I am working on a video project. I like the fact that it's fairly light on my system when I am running premiere and After Effects at the same time. I grew up using Sound Forge, and it helped me several times while on a time crunch.

Although the UI can be a little too bland and simplistic, you can quickly manipulate audio and get back to your work without too much effort. I alway keep Sound Forge on a click away, even tho I find myself using Mixcraft more and more these days.

Being a Magix software, be prepared to be asked to upgrade to a newer version when you fire you software, but not that big of a deal. there are several versions of the software, so make sure you chose the one that will tackle your audio needs. Overall, give sme piece of mind that I can access a great audio editor when I need to.

Pros

Fairly light software to run simultaneously while you need to fire it up and do a quick recording. Very powerful and versatile.

Cons

Can be a bit restrictive to some people looking for a full feature DAW, so not a complete solution for audio producers

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SOUND FORGE offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$60,00
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SOUND FORGE also offers a monthly/yearly subscription package, SOUND FORGE Audio Studio 365: SOUND FORGE Audio Studio 365 - $5/per month or 3$/per month/per year.

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