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Magix SOUND FORGE Audio Cleaning Lab 4
Magix SOUND FORGE Audio Cleaning Lab 4

The easiest way to clean & restore audio

Magix SOUND FORGE Audio Cleaning Lab 4 helps you improve the sound of any recording or audio file with easy noise removal and restoration tools.

Remove noise from audio files and optimize the sound of recordings and video audio. Digitize vintage recordings and achieve perfect, clean sound for your old records, CDs and cassettes. Make custom edits and mixes of your media.

SOUND FORGE Audio Cleaning Lab 4: The fourth generation of this all-around tool delivers impressive workflows and innovative effect presets as well as powerful cleaning and mastering plug-ins from iZotope.

  • NEW! modernEQ
  • NEW! Track controls
  • NEW! Preset search in the plug-in browser
  • NEW! Loudness visualization
  • NEW! Improved audio engine and ARA2 support
  • NEW! SpectraLayers Elements 8
  • iZotope RX 8 Elements & iZotope Ozone 9 Elements
  • VST3 interface for seamless integration of external plug-ins
  • Professional tools for precision audio editing


Quick & easy-to-use

With a wide range of wizards, presets, 1-click solutions and a clearly laid out interface, cleaning your audio files’ sounds is simple.

Cleaning & restoration

Remove all standard types of noise such as vinyl crackling, camera whirring or wind with a range of practical presets.


Import audio sources, CDs and video sound to your PC in just a few clicks.

Perfect video sound

The Video Sound Optimizer applies the exact settings you need to enhance the music, sound and spoken parts in your videos.

HQ recording

Record vocals for podcasts and other projects in professional quality at up to 96 kHz/24-bit.


Record sound from tapes & records

Record sound from tapes & LPs Easily transfer individual songs and entire albums from records and tapes to your PC and record vocals for podcasts and other projects in outstanding studio quality at up to 96 kHz/24-bit.

Import sound from CDs & videos

Import sound from CDs & videos Import CDs, old audio sources or video audio files to your PC with a few easy clicks and then start editing your media right away.


Export Once you’ve imported and edited audio from your records, tapes or CDs, you can easily export it in any standard format such as MP3, WAV, OGG and FLAC.

Cleaning & restoration

Sound made visual: Spectral cleaning

The spectral display provides a clear visualization of the various frequencies of an audio track. This enables you to identify noise at a glance and then remove it straight away.

Sound you can analyze: Automatic cleaning

The auto cleaning function analyzes your audio material and recommends settings for optimizing it. You can also modify all these settings manually.

Sound you can enhance: Video Sound Optimizer

Enhance speech recordings and reduce background noise, wind noise and sibilance – the Video Sound Optimizer offers a wide range of presets for removing all types of noise.

Quick & easy-to-use

Program wizards & presets

Program wizards & presets Automatic cleaning and sound characteristics with a single click: Let the program wizards and over 360 presets help you get the most out of your material.

Tips & tricks

No user manual necessary – the Infobox provides valuable tips and tricks for all functions and aspects of the program, helping you get the answers you need, when you need them.

Simple search

One keyword in the search field is all you need to find the project templates, help articles, tools and effects you’re looking for.

New features

NEW! Shape your own unique sound with modernEQ

The new modernEQ equalizer allows for easier, more precise mixing. You can amplify, cut and shape sounds with complete precision while using the wide range of filter options in each EQ band. Custom editing options for audio tracks help you shape your own unique sound for projects.

NEW! Easily manage projects using the Track controls

Keep track of all essential track control options at a glance and adjust volume, panorama & levels quickly and easily using Track controls. Additionally, full control of the solo and mute settings lets you focus on any specific track settings and information so that you can give your project your full attention.

NEW! Search for & find presets fast with the plug-in browser

Rediscover the full potential of your plug-in collection with the plug-in browser extension. Enjoy quick and direct access to the matching sounds by displaying all available instruments and effects using keywords and filters. Save your favorites for easy access in the future, so you’ll always have the perfect sound at your fingertips.









  • Record audio media – Professional studio quality: Record individual tracks, entire albums or voice-overs quickly and easily.
  • Import CDs – Transfer your albums, singles and EPs to your computer. Title information and CD covers are automatically retrieved for original CDs.
  • Export – Export audio files in any standard format, from MP3 and OGG to WAV and AIFF.

Cleaning & Restoration

  • iZotope RX 8 Elements – RX 8 Elements from iZotope is the optimal tool for quickly and easily removing unwanted noise, “s” sounds, clicks and other elements from your audio files. This powerful cleaning & restoration tool provides four outstanding modules for achieving crystal-clear sound: De-click, De-clip, De-hum and Voice De-noise.
  • Spectral Display – The various frequencies of the audio track can be visualized. This allows for precise removal specific noises.
  • Preview function – When you select a range in the spectral display, you can preview to hear what the range sounds like after cleaning and compare it to the original.
  • Auto Cleaning – This feature makes suggestions for improving audio based on an analysis of your audio signal. Any suggested improvements can be adjusted afterwards.
  • Presets – Helpful presets: Easily remove unwanted sounds like noise, or traffic noise with the help of over 360 presets.
  • Advanced effects editing – The program offers direct access to all effect parameters for sound optimization in audio editing and mastering.
  • Remove crackling from LP tracks – Crackling can be quickly and easily removed from vinyl with presets for different strength levels.
  • Clipping reduction – Prevent clipping during recording or remove it in post production with the help of the limiter and DeClipper to account for varying levels of volume.
  • Smartphone audio – Access diverse presets for optimizing audio recordings made with your smartphone for enhanced results.
  • Stop the wind with the click of a button  – Eliminate wind noise in no time at all using professional plug-ins and presets.
  • Remove camera noise – Get rid of noises from older camcorder models by using simple presets or your own customized adjustments.
  • Optimize speech recordings – Optimize the sound of speech with a few clicks and remove popping and hissing “s” sounds in voice recordings.

Audio Editing

  • Range-based effects editing – Range-based effects editing allows you to apply effects quickly and easily to a specific range within an audio file, which streamlines your entire workflow.
  • Plug-in browser – Finding the right plug-in is quick and simple: With the plug-in browser, all effect VSTs are right there at your fingertips. You can simply click to open advanced VST settings in the plug-in browser.
  • 8 tracks for audio montage – Create transitions and add audio commentary or sound effects to recordings. The 8 tracks provide plenty of space for comprehensive audio editing.
  • See what you hear – Work on the visual level with a spectroscope, peak meter, spectrogram, bit meter, correlation meter and direction meter
  • Time stretching & pitch shifting – Access one of the best algorithms in the world from zplane™ for adjusting pitch and speed. ….and access precise, virtually artifact-free results.
  • Range editing – Switch to range mode to select individual sections within a track and copy or edit them with a single click.
  • Object effects – Edit individual sections of a recording with different effects and settings to specifically remove noises, for instance.
  • Edit audio files – Explore the numerous audio editing features such as volume adjustments, individual editing techniques and working with automatic wizards.
  • Divide up recordings – The program automatically detects where one song ends and the next one begins, , so you can select and skip the tracks on the finished CD.
  • Sublime transitions – Fade lines within the audio track enable you to quickly and easily adjust the volume. This lets you slowly fade in intros.
  • Batch processing – High efficiency: Optimize or export multiple songs or entire albums in one step. This lets you edit your entire music archive in one go.
  • CD covers & track info – Cover and track titles are automatically populated for original CDs and displayed when you play music on smartphones, MP3 players or music management programs.
  • Audio converter – Vinyl or CD, MP3 or OGG, WAV or AIFF: You can record in a range of formats, and burn CDs and convert audio files as well.
  • WaveColor – A color-enhanced waveform display that uses different shades of color and saturation levels to make it easy to identify pitch levels and sound characteristics.

Optimize Video Sound

  • Import for video sound – New, more efficient algorithm: Import video files and start editing the audio track right away.
  • Perfect video sound – Enhance speech recordings and reduce background noise, wind noise or sibilants – a wide range of presets are included for removing all types of noise.
  • Preview Monitor – The preview monitor enables you to work on two monitors simultaneously, including in 4K. The ideal tool for synchronizing picture and sound.
  • Video Sound Optimizer – Click on your track and the Video Sound Optimizer will suggest the right effect settings for enhancing music or speech in your footage.
  • Media exchange – Transfer your audio or video projects with just a few clicks from SOUND FORGE Audio Cleaning Lab 4 to any other video editing software.
  • Video converter – Convert your video files with optimized sound into all standard formats. Movie formats such as MPEG-4 can easily be converted to WMV.

Digital Mastering

  • wizardFX Suite  – wizardFX Suite contains a range of diverse effect plug-ins with comprehensive and fast preset selection. Discover high-quality effects such as the Limiter, Tape Machine, Gate or Modern Reverb. Control effect levels with a practical slide controller and give your audio files a new sound character. The wizardFX Suite has a wide range of uses and works well with any kind of sound.
  • iZotope Ozone 9 Elements – Create different masters in no time with the convenient mastering wizards – like for streaming or radio, for example.
  • Music digitally remastered – Simply select the genre for your song and the Auto Mastering function selects the optimal audio settings for optimizing sound. Compare and preview results with other music styles such as jazz, 70s funk & soul or classic 80s pop.
  • Mastering package – Optimize and fine-tune the sound image of your audio material with just a few clicks. The new, parametric 6-band EQ module provides optimal sound for your productions. The StereoFX module expands the width of the stereo field and the MultiMax multiband compressor/limiter produces an authentic, warm sound image.

More effect plug-ins

  • essentialFX – essentialFX is a collection of 6 professional effect plug-ins taken directly from the field of professional audio.
  • eFX Reverb – eFX Reverb contains everything you need for modulating reverb effects professionally – whether for short reflections or longer reverb.
  • eFX Gate – This plug-in only acts when the set audio signal occurs, for example, noise caused by two sources.
  • eFX Vocal Strip – Optimize speech and vocal recordings using the compressor, DeEsser and highpass filter for a maximum level of quality.
  • eFX Tube Stage – This plug-in simulates the sound of an analog tube amplifier and is ideal for creative distortion in speech recordings in audio books or videos.
  • eFX Chorus Flanger – Play around with sounds: Discover various custom settings for the classic flanger effect.
  • eFX DeEsser – This enables you to create a warmer, more characteristic sound by reducing sibilants and popping in speech and vocal recordings.
  • VST3 interface – Additional plug-ins from MAGIX or third-party providers can be easily integrated using the VST3 interface.
  • ARA2 – ARA2 support allows for the use of ARA2-compatible plug-ins as well as real-time editing of your audio files.





All MAGIX programs are developed with user-friendliness in mind so that all the basic features run smoothly and can be fully controlled, even on low-performance computers. The technical data for your computer can be found in the control panel of your operating system.

Operating systems

You need a 32-bit or 64-bit version for the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows 10
  • Microsoft Windows 11

Offer valid only for MAGIX-affiliated products. Third-party plug-ins excluded.

Minimum system requirements

  • Processor: 1 GHz
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Graphics card: Onboard, minimum resolution 1280 x 768
  • Hard drive space: 1 GB for program installation
  • Sound card: Onboard Onboard
  • Optical drive: DVD
  • Optional: CD/DVD burner
  • Program languages: English, Deutsch
  • Internet connection: Required for registering and validating the program, as well as for some program features. Program requires one-time registration.

File Formats


OGG Vorbis
MPEG-4 (Incl. AVCHD)**
* Fee-based activation
** Requires free activation

Note: Only non-copy-protected audio CDs can be imported.

What’s new?

NEW! Shape your own unique sound with modernEQ

The new modernEQ equalizer allows for easier, more precise mixing. You have the complete freedom to amplify, cut and shape sounds and frequency ranges while using the wide range of filter options in each EQ band. The various editing options in modernEQ help you shape your own unique sound for projects.

NEW! Easily manage projects using the Track controls

Keep track of all essential track control options at a glance and adjust volume, panorama & levels quickly and easily using the Track controls. Additionally, enjoy quick and easy access to the solo and mute settings, which enables a new level of efficiency for your workflow.

NEW! Search for & find presets fast with the plug-in browser

Utilize the full potential of your plug-in collection with the plug-in browser extension. Use keywords and filters to quickly and easily access all available effects and presets. Additionally save your presets as favorites for easy access in the future, so you always have quick access to the perfect sound at your fingertips.

NEW! Export flawless masters using loudness visualization

Loudness visualization enables automatic adjustments to loudness and dynamics in your productions in accordance with international broadcast standards to ideally prepare them for different streaming platforms such as Spotify, Audible, Deezer, TIDAL and Apple Music. This raises your production process to a new level and allows you to achieve ultra-precise results.

NEW! Reduced latency thanks to the improved audio engine

The optimized audio engine offers impressive speed and ideal management for latency for recording and playing back tracks. Enjoy the ability to preview live while recording, applying effects, as well as seamless integration of ARA plug-ins.

NEW! AI-driven processes using SpectraLayers Elements 8

Steinberg SpectraLayers Elements 8 is one of the most advanced spectral editors available. SpectraLayers Pro transforms sound into a unique visual world of multidimensional audio data. Its concept, based on frequency selection, enables sounds to be extracted, optimized or rearranged in ways previously thought unimaginable. The new version 8 enables automated, artificial intelligence-driven, processes on multiple layers and provides the ideal complement thanks to its tools and workflows.

iZotope RX 8 Elements

For the cleanest sound Eliminate noise, sibilance, clicks and other unwanted elements with RX 8 Elements from the audio experts at iZotope. In addition to the four modules De-click, De-clip, De-hum and Voice De-noise, the new version contains a stand-alone audio editor and a wide range of real-time plug-ins. These help you easily resolve common recording issues such as clipping, humming, clicks and other unwanted background noise. iZotope RX 8 Elements is an indispensable tool for those who want to create the perfect audio production.

  • De-click – With De-click, digital defects, mouth noises and ringing telephones are a thing of the past. This module automatically identifies and removes clicks, pops and digital impulse noise which can negatively impact your listening experience.
  • De-clip – The De-clip module repairs both digital and analog clipping artifacts and reduces distortion on audio recordings. Perfect for concerts, interviews and other recordings which can’t be re-recorded.
  • De-hum – The De-hum module in RX 8 Elements automatically identifies the fundamental frequency of unwanted humming and removes it from your audio, ensuring you get clean sound without electric noise.
  • Voice De-noise – Perfect for home studio recordings: Voice De-noise reduces unwanted background noise on speech and vocal recordings. Flawed recordings can be restored in real time with this module.

wizardFX Suite

For a faster mix Find the right effect for tasks from fast mixing to the final touches: wizardFX Suite ensures versatile dynamic, coloration and modulation effects based on a revolutionary operational concept. Simply choose a preset and adjust the effect intensity level with a single controller. Simple operation, impressive sound – it’s the ultimate combination for advanced creativity.

  • wizardFX Limiter – The wizardFX Limiter cuts off peak clipping of an audio signal. Create a loud, powerful sound and adjust the dynamics in the final mastering process.
  • wizardFX Tape Machine – Cassettes are back in vogue, so give your recordings a cool ’80s vintage tape sound! The tape effect delivers the full saturation and classic audio characteristics of an old tape recording.
  • wizardFX Gate – The coreFX Gate suppresses background noise to offer you uninterrupted acoustic enjoyment, which helps you easily eliminate static and crosstalk in your recordings.
  • wizardFX Modern Reverb – Enhance your sound with lifelike space and a deep, thick atmosphere using wizardFX Modern Reverb. Adjust the amount of reverb to suit your preference or create a modern reverb effect for a more vibrant soun


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