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v13 Magix Sound Forge Pro

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Magix Sound Forge Pro
Magix Sound Forge Pro

Advanced recording, audio editing & mastering

For over 25 years, SOUND FORGE Pro has set the benchmark for recording, editing and processing audio. The latest version 13, raises that benchmark yet again, offering an improved user experience, with more efficiency, stability and speed for ultimate audio production. The enhanced 64-bit audio engine carries out all tasks – from recording and editing to restoration and mastering – with incredible precision.

Recording

Crystal clear on multiple channels

Record pristine audio on up to 32 channels simultaneously, at sample rates up to 64-bit/384 kHz. SOUND FORGE Pro 13 is a fully-portable recording studio that you can take with you wherever you go for multichannel recordings of classical concerts, live bands and other challenging projects.

Audio Editing

Total precision

SOUND FORGE Pro 13 provides professional audio processing and sound design at the highest level. From video soundtracks to the final surround sound mix, edit audio with sample-accurate precision. Numerous effect processors and editing tools make SOUND FORGE Pro the ideal application for sound designers.

Mastering

Professional sound, noise free

With the all-new SOUND FORGE Pro 13, you can deliver technically perfect masters for CD or streaming, all thanks to its advanced signal processing tools and high-end effects based on top-quality DSP algorithms. Restore recordings and remove clicks, pops and other noise with ease.

New in SOUND FORGE Pro 13

All new features at a glance:

  • Customizable interface: 4 color levels, new icon design & docking
  • New VST engine & ARA2 support
  • Peak Meter V2 for level measurement
  • New coreFX mastering effects: 2-Point Compressor, Limiter, Expander, Compressor, Gate
  • New coreFX delay effects: Delay, Chorus, Flanger
  • zplane élastique Timestretch with new élastiquePro v3 engine.

sound forge uiNew Custom Interface

  • Customizable user interfac – SOUND FORGE Pro 13’s new user interface can now be adapted to your lighting environment and is available in four different colour tones: White, Light, Medium or Dark. Adjust the user interface for maximum comfort when working with audio.
  • New icon design – Get the complete picture. Newly designed icons make it easier to find various functions in SOUND FORGE Pro 13. In an instant, you’ll know where to click to start a recording, cut audio files or save projects.
  • Revised docking – Now the window structure is completely tailored to your needs for various functions and audio processing tasks. From recording to mastering, there are presets for all the functions you need in every application.

New VST engine & ARA2 support

  • sound forge vstNew VST engine – SOUND FORGE Pro’s VST2/3 engine has been further developed to offer greater stability and speed when scanning and using plug-ins. The dialog between the VST host and the effect plug-ins is now more efficient, allowing you to work faster and more accurately.
  • ARA2 support – The ARA2 interface extension makes the exchange of information between SOUND FORGE Pro and the plug-ins even more extensive, so increases the overall flexibility and speed. This allows the more efficient use of plug-in audio data and real-time editing to be performed.

sound forge visualizationPrecise peak level measurement

  • The new Peak Meter V2 –  Now you can measure peak levels of your audio signal reliably and correctly. The Peak Meter V2 shows you the precise, current level of an audio signal.

 

coreFX mastering effects

  • coreFX 2-Point Compressor – Compared to a classic compressor, a 2-point compressor has two kink points. This allows you to create different characteristics and offers more freedom when compressing dynamic range.
  • coreFX Limiter – The limiter sets the maximum value of the processed audio signal level, which then won’t be exceeded. Volume differences are eliminated, so that loud and quiet sections are levelled out.
  • coreFX Expander – Suppress noise and increase your range, as the dynamics of the audio signal are increased for a more natural sound.
  • coreFX Compressor – Compress the dynamic range of an audio signal and eliminate volume differences between soft and loud passages.
  • coreFX Gate – The gate is used to suppress quiet sections in the signal transmission. This removes noise and produces a clean sound.

coreFX delay effects

  • coreFX Delay – Create echoes with the Delay. The simple delay effect is based on analog circuits and produces time-delayed copies of the original input signal to create the echo effect.
  • coreFX Chorus – For a fuller sound, Chorus produces a time-delayed duplicate of the audio signal with a slight pitch difference. A perceptible doubling and beating effect is created.
  • coreFX Flanger – The Flanger creates a dynamic, colder sound. By superimposing the original signal and its time-delayed copies, sweeping effects are created for the classic ‘wandering’ sound.

Improved time stretching & pitch shifting

  • zplane élastique Timestretch with new élastiquePro v3 engine – Get impressive time stretching and pitch shifting without artifacts, thanks to the new élastiquePro v3 engine. Based on modern psychoacoustic models and signal processing theory, zplane élastique delivers stable timing, cross-channel phase coherence and sample-accurate stretching without sound degradation.

Highlights

  • 32-channel file recording, editing and processing
  • 64-bit architecture
  • Customizable interface: 4 color levels, new icon design & docking
  • New VST engine & ARA2 support
  • Record at 64-bit/384 kHz
  • Numerous audio effects & plug-ins
  • Mastering and restoration with iZotope plug-ins: Ozone 8 Elements & RX 7 Elements
  • Peak Meter V2 for level measurement
  • zplane élastique Timestretch with new élastiquePro v3 engine

Record. Edit. Master. Get it done.

SOUND FORGE Pro has been an industry-standard audio editor for over two decades, and is used by many producers and sound engineers around the world because of its wide range of pro features. SOUND FORGE Pro 13 simply equates to recording, editing, restoration and mastering at the highest possible level.

Recording
High-resolution audio

SOUND FORGE Pro 13 lets you record crystal-clear multichannel audio at sampling rates up to 64-bit/384 kHz, apply effects during capture, and monitor your recordings by way of a fully customizable interface.

Professional recording workflow
You can capture up to 32 audio channels and monitor everything in a customizable working environment, with simple file navigation and numerous recording workflow options.

One-Touch-Recording (OTR)
Start your recordings with a single click and stay on the main screen in your working environment. OTR saves you time and lets you focus on recording.

Direct Stream Digital (DSD)
SOUND FORGE Pro 13 supports DSD audio files for import, export, recording and mixing in PCM format. Export to DSD for mastering Super Audio CDs (SACD) and high-quality archiving.

Threshold recording
Use the recording dialog to set a threshold over which the recording is started by the input device, so you can record without being in both the control and recording room at the same time.

MIDI timecode
Select the MIDI time code Trigger if you want to initiate playback or recording by receiving MIDI timecode from another device, like MIDI notes and controller values.

Timestamp recording
Configure your recordings to start automatically from multiple selected input devices via a timer. The automatic settings will then also determine when to stop recording.

Input bus effects
Add plug-in effects to your source signal to create a more appealing headphone mix for the musician. Use this method to create your effects chain before recording and edit it with ease while working on your project.

Waveform overview bar
The waveform overview bar aids navigation over long recordings as it gives you a better feel for where you are in the audio file. Quickly switch between different projects and move your editing position with a single click.

Editing tools
Your processing kit

Edit Tool
The Edit Tool allows you to select audio files that you want to process or move about within a project. It also lets you edit simple envelope points within the audio file.

Event Tool
Event Tool Use the Event Tool to edit multiple audio events in a data window. It’s a simple way to clean edges and crossfades, and makes it easier to create tracks for Disc-at-once CDs.

Pencil Tool
Pencil Tool With the Pencil Tool, you can edit the waveform by drawing on it. For example, you can zoom in on the problem area and redraw the waveform if there is an interfering blip in the audio file.

Envelope Tool
Envelope Tool Use the Envelope Tool to add, remove or adjust envelope points. You also use the Envelope tool if you want to add, remove or adjust points on effect automation envelopes.

Magnify Tool
Magnify Tool Use this tool to zoom in on a region. Drag the mouse pointer over an area to zoom in on it. Your edited selection will also be retained when you release the mouse button.

Time stretching & pitch shifting

zplane élastique Timestretch with new élastiquePro v3 engine
Get impressive time stretching and pitch shifting without artifacts, thanks to the new élastiquePro v3 engine. Based on modern psychoacoustic models and signal processing theory, zplane élastique delivers stable timing, cross-channel phase coherence and sample-accurate stretching without sound degradation.

Workflow features
For the best possible user experience

The user interface in SOUND FORGE Pro 13 is fully configurable. Waveform and envelope colors, markers and preset window heights can be adjusted to your preference and workflow. Create and save multiple interface layout configurations and utilise a single or dual monitor setup.

Interface with 4 hues
SOUND FORGE Pro 13’s new user interface can now be adapted to your lighting environment and is available in four different colour tones: White, Light, Medium or Dark. Adjust the user interface for maximum comfort when working with audio.

Clearly arranged icons
Get the complete picture. Newly designed icons make it easier to find various functions in SOUND FORGE Pro 13. In an instant, you’ll know where to click to start a recording, cut audio files or save projects.

Revised docking
The window structure is now completely tailored to your needs for various functions and audio processing tasks. From recording to mastering, there are presets for all the functions you need in every application.

Multichannel file editing
SOUND FORGE Pro 13 can open, edit, convert and save different types of audio files from various sources, all within a multitrack environment and with surgical precision.

Multitask background rendering
You can edit a new file while SOUND FORGE Pro 13 processes and renders another file in the background – a real time saver.

ACID loop creation
Easily create loops for ACID and edit the properties of WAV files. This information is embedded in the file and can be customized in ACID at any time.

Channel converter
Change the number of channels in an audio file, rotate the channels in a stereo file, or mix the channels of a multichannel file to create different panning scenarios.

Mastering & Cleaning
High-quality plug-ins.

Excellent sound quality. SOUND FORGE Pro 13 contains numerous effects and plug-ins for mastering and cleaning audio files. These are based on high-quality DSP algorithms, which offer the highest precision in post production.

DSP effects

Digital signal processor effects allow you to edit audio files in real time and perform incredibly complex mastering tasks. Give your sound more natural dynamics, more stereo space and clean up background noise.

Mastering effects

coreFX 2-Point Compressor
Compared to a classic compressor, a 2-Point compressor has two kink points. This allows you to create different characteristics and offers more freedom when compressing dynamic range.

coreFX Limiter
The limiter sets the maximum value of the processed audio signal level, which then won’t be exceeded. Volume differences are eliminated, so that loud and quiet sections are levelled out.

coreFX Expander
Suppress noise and increase your range, as the dynamics of the audio signal are increased for a more natural sound.

coreFX Compressor
Compress the dynamic range of an audio signal and eliminate volume differences between soft and loud passages.

coreFX Gate
The gate is used to suppress quiet sections in the signal transmission. This removes noise and produces a clean sound.

Wave Hammer 2.0
Wave Hammer 2.0 is a combination of a classic compressor and a volume maximizer that makes it the perfect mastering tool. With Wave Hammer 2.0, you can make your tracks audibly louder and have more control than with standard peak normalization.

iZotope Ozone 8 Elements
iZotope Ozone Elements includes a variety of presets and macro controls to produce your desired master with ease. The Mastering Wizard analyzes your mix, creates a sound profile and suggests presets, signal chains and processor settings. Customize the sound to your taste so you can quickly create different masters for everything from radio broadcast to web streaming.

Delay and reverb effects

coreFX Delay
Create echoes with the Delay. The simple delay effect is based on analog circuits and produces time-delayed copies of the original input signal to create the echo effect.

coreFX Chorus
For a fuller sound, Chorus produces a time-delayed duplicate of the audio signal with a slight pitch difference. A perceptible doubling and beating effect is created.

coreFX Flanger
The Flanger creates a dynamic, colder sound. By superimposing the original signal and its time-delayed copies, sweeping effects are created for the classic ‘wandering’ sound.

Acoustic Mirror™
Advanced reverb technology integrates the acoustic properties of a specific environment or location into your audio file. With this technology, you can also simulate the signal behavior of vintage audio devices.

Cleaning effects

DeHisser
The DeHisser eliminates uniform white noise typically generated by microphones, preamps or transformers. Unlike noise reduction, no distortion selection is required.

DeClicker / DeCrackler
DeClicker removes individual clicks and pops that are present in audio files, typically from old vinyl recordings. DeCrackler is designed to remove continuous and low noise from your files.

DeClipper
DeClipper repairs clipping artifacts that occur when A/D converters are pushed too hard or the tape is over saturated. It’s useful for concerts or interviews that can’t be re-recorded.

iZotope RX 7 Elements
iZotope RX Elements includes a standalone audio editor and real-time plug-ins to fix the most common errors in typical recordings, such as clipping, humming, clicking and other unwanted background noise. iZotope RX 7 Elements is indispensable for anyone who wants to create perfect audio productions.

Plug-in interfaces

New VST engine
SOUND FORGE Pro’s VST2/3 engine has been further developed to offer greater stability and speed when scanning and using plug-ins. The dialog between the VST host and the effect plug-ins is now more efficient, allowing you to work faster and more accurately.

ARA2 support
The ARA2 interface extension makes the exchange of information between SOUND FORGE Pro and the plug-ins even more extensive, so increases the overall flexibility and speed. This allows the more efficient use of plug-in audio data and real-time editing to be performed.

POW-R Dithering Algorithms

SOUND FORGE Pro contains POW-r dithering. This consists of a set of three dithering and noise shaping algorithms, each tailored to a specific type of audio recording: spoken word, music with a limited dynamic range, and music with a large dynamic range.

  • Type 1 has the flattest frequency spectrum in the audible frequency range, and is ideal for less stereophonically complex material such as solo instruments and vocals.
  • Type 2 has a psychoacoustically optimized low-order noise shaping curve, and is recommended for audio material with higher stereophonic complexity.
  • Type 3 has a psychoacoustically optimized high-order noise shaping curve, and is recommended to be used in full-spectrum stereo field audio material.

DDP export
Export using Disc Description Protocol Master and be ready to press your CDs. DDP masters are resistant to generational loss due to duplication and can be easily archived. The digital data is provided with a checksum and passed on to the pressing plant to ensure error-free reproduction of audio CDs.

Disc-at-once CD burning
Disc-at-once CD burning is used when creating a master disc to be sent to a CD manufacturer for mass duplication. Multiple audio tracks are written to the disc. You can also add track markers to a single recording of a live set and burn a complete Redbook standard audio CD.

Visualizations
Sound analysis in SOUND FORGE Pro

SOUND FORGE Pro 13 lets you analyze your sounds with high-quality audio visualization tools. Based on audio data, your music, speech or sounds are displayed graphically and dynamically.

Peak Meter V2
Now you can measure peak levels of your audio signal reliably and correctly. The Peak Meter V2 shows you the precise, current level of an audio signal.

Voice Activity Detection using artificial intelligence
The ‘sensAI SINGING VAD’ from audEERING is a modern tool which uses artificial intelligence technology to detect lead vocals and choruses in music, marking any passages containing vocal lines. This provides you with a quick overview of complex mixing projects.

Phase Scope and mono-compatibility metering
The Phase Scope helps you to find the phase cancellation between the channels in the audio file. Thanks to the Correlation Level Meter, you can detect and eliminate mono-compatibility limitations between channels.

CALM-targeted metering
CALM-standard metering allows high-precision volume measurement, and gives you a clear visual indication of the dynamic range of your audio signal. The Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act (CALM) regulates the overall volume during commercial breaks.

Multichannel-capable spectrum analysis
The multi-channel capable spectral analysis shows several graphs that detail the fundamental frequencies and harmonics in your recordings. Monitor audio and effect changes and take multiple snapshots – then use the overlay views to compare and adjust frequencies.

Clipped peak detection and marking
Clipped peak detection and marking automatically scans audio files and marks any clipping. This allows you to see all clipping points at a glance, and remove them with the DeClipper included in SOUND FORGE Pro 13.

Scripting
Automation with scripts

Scripting is a welcome addition to automate repetitive tasks and implement individual functions. SOUND FORGE Pro 13 contains a number of scripts that you can use or modify. These include the Mastering Wizard and Cleaning Wizard. Customise these however you like: you can use the script editor to open, create, edit and execute scripts or write your own scripts in C#, JScript or VBScript.

Batch processing
The Batch Converter lets you apply the same effects and processes to multiple files, saving hours of editing and conversion time. You simply add a group of files to the Batch Converter interface, select an effect or process, and run the script. You can also save and easily recall your most frequently-used batch scripts for a faster workflow.

Mastering Wizard
Mastering Wizard enables quick and easy masters of your audio to be created to give them a professional edge. The software guides you through a typical mastering process and the different effects used each time. It even includes different presets that you can try out, or simply use your own settings to change levels, compress or EQ for perfect results.

Cleaning Wizard
Cleaning Wizard is an indispensable tool to help you remove noise and other artefacts from your audio. It guides you through a typical cleaning process and the tools used, so that you can quickly and easily reduce hum, pops and crackles. It is a one-stop utility for cleaner audio and an ideal tool to help you get pristine-quality audio.

 

 

System Requirements

  • Windows® 7, Windows® 8, or Windows® 10 operating system
  • 1 GHz processor
  • 500 MB hard-disk space for program installation
  • 512 MB RAM
  • Windows-compatible sound card

Supported File Formats

Import
AA3*, AAC, AIF, ASF, AU, AVI*, CDA, DIG, DLS, DV, DVF, FLAC, FRG, GIF, GIG, IVC, M2A, M2P, M2T, M4A, M4B, MMV, OGG, MOV, MSV, MP1, MP3, MP4, MPEG, MPEG-1, MPEG-2video, Sony MXF*, PCA, QT, RAW, SD, SFA, SF*, SND, TIF, VOX, W64*, WAV*, WMA*, WMV

Export
AA3*, AC3*, AIF, ATRAC*, AU, AVI*, DIG, DLS, FLAC, FRG, GIG, IVC, M1A, M1P, M2A, M2P, M2T, MMV, MOV, MSV, MP1, MP2, MP3, MP4, MPA, MPEG, MPEG-1, MPEG-2video, Sony MXF*, OGG, PCA, RAW, SF2, VOX, W64*, WAV*, WMA*, WMV

*Supported multichannel format

Sound Forge Pro 13

  • Customizable interface: 4 color levels, new icon design & docking
  • New VST engine & ARA2 support
  • Peak Meter for level measurement
  • New mastering effects: two-point compressor, limiter, expander, compressor, gate
  • New delay effects: delay, chorus, flanger
  • zplane élastique Timestretch with new élastiquePro v3 engine

Sound Forge Pro 12

  • Multichannel recording & editing 64-bit architecture
  • One-touch recording Precision editing & restoration VST3 support
  • Numerous effects & plug-ins
  • Customize editing workflow
  • Easy video sound optimization
  • Automate repetitive tasks SpectraLayers Pro integration

 

Notable fixes/changes in v11.0 (Build 293):

  • Ripple editing now ripples all events after the ripple point when no channels are selected.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the Edit > Treat as Cutlist command to be unavailable.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause Playlist names to be corrupted after undoing a change in the Regions List.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause Playlist names to be corrupted after dragging a region from the Regions List to the Playlist.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause regions in the Regions List to be deleted when pressing Delete to edit a region value.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause duplicate markers or regions to be discarded when saving files.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause multiple regions that use the same start time and name to be sorted incorrectly in the Regions List.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause a crash when clicking the Play buttons in the Regions List window.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause warnings to be displayed inconsistently when deleting regions that are in use by a Playlist/Cutlist.
  • Fixed a bug that could clear Playlist, Track List, and Region List selections when right-clicking to display the shortcut menu.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented you from adding a selected region to the Playlist/Cutlist unless the Regions List window was visible.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the Track and Index items in the Track List window to appear to be editable. Both items are now correctly displayed as read only. CD indexes are automatically numbered to match the index markers in the data window, and you can rearrange tracks by dragging the rows in the Track List window.
  • If a file contains multiple CDif chunks, Sound Forge Pro now removes redundant chunks when saving.