Sound Forge returns after a three year absence
Sound Forge has returned thanks to Magix Audio from Berlin who has resurrected the once revered audio editor.
They bought the rights to the application in 2016 and have made quick work of bringing it into the 21st century with a brand new version called Sound Forge Pro.
The new version is compatible with both MAC and PC.
Sonic Foundry were the original developers of Sound Forge and in 2003 Sony bought the rights to the software. After just over 10 years Sony in fact sold most of their creative suite to MAGIX.
Is Sound Forge still as relevant today as it was several years ago?
The software is basically an audio editor, and most of today’s modern DAWs are pretty good at audio editing. But having a dedicated tool for this shouldn’t be scoffed at, it certainly was handy back in the day for audio restoration, mastering and even sound design.
The Mac version is the only revision that will be readily available, possibly because Mac audio editors are few and far between. Known as Sound Forge Pro Mac 3, the new version includes loudness metering, two iZoptope plugins, namely RX Elements and Ozone Elements.
PC users can look forward to updated versions on SF Audio Studio and SF Pro although MAGIX have not indicated when this will be.
Features such as VST 3 compatibility and ‘raising the bar for audio editing and mastering’ have been mooted.
You can buy Sound Forge Pro for Mac 3 for $299/€299 (Approx R 4,000)
Sound Forge Audio Studio is due for release on August 8, with Sound Forge Pro 12 should be available from the end of 2017.