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Magix SOUND FORGE Audio Studio

The complete audio editing solution

Magix SOUND FORGE Audio Studio provides comprehensive tools and features for editing audio of all kinds. The ultimate virtual studio: This tool comes with everything you need to record, edit, restore and master songs and audio files with professional effects. With precise tools, innovative editing functions, and high-end plug-ins, you can create masters for podcasts, broadcast, physical media, or streaming in accordance with international standards.

SOUND FORGE Audio Studio Highlights

  • NEW! External FX
  • NEW! VST Enhancements
  • NEW! coreFX Utility
  • NEW! Optimized Onboarding
  • Mastering and restoration with iZotope plug-ins: Ozone Elements & RX Elements
  • 32-channel audio recording, editing, and processing
  • VST Engine & ARA2 support
  • Record at up to 64-bit/768 kHz
  • Numerous audio effects and plug-ins for sound design, mixing & mastering
  • zplane élastiquePro v3 Timestretch

 

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Recording, audio editing and mastering made easy

SOUND FORGE Audio Studio provides comprehensive tools and features for editing audio digitally. Record podcasts in professional quality, edit your recordings with a full range of professional effects. Digitize old vinyl and modify audio files using restoration and mastering tools for clean, professional sound. Simple workflows for professional results: Experience SOUND FORGE Audio Studio.

Recording

Professional recording made easy: Record vocals, sounds and podcasts in excellent quality at up to 32-bit/384 kHz with this fast, uncomplicated and reliable audio editor.

Audio editing

Cut, move and edit audio files easily and in a matter of clicks. Achieve perfect results for the project you’re editing in no time at all with professional effects and 64-bit power on up to 6 channels.

Restoration and mastering

First-class tools and plug-ins with numerous versatile presets.  Convert old vinyls and tapes to digital audio files and clean up the recordings using professional restoration tools. Export your songs for streaming and CD release using high-quality mastering effects.

What’s new in SOUND FORGE Audio Studio 17

NEW! VST enhancements

Take advantage of expanded support for VST plug-ins. This update adds performance, compatibility, and stability to your music production. Use more of your favorite VST extensions without sacrificing performance for an even better and faster workflow.

NEW! coreFX Utility

Optimize your editing process with our clear and modern plug-in that enables essential editing tasks with the possibility to automate parameters. Benefit from the extensive collection of important, high-quality tools for professional editing.

NEW! External FX

Use the best digital and analog hardware effects to enhance your audio production. Enjoy seamless integration of your favorite hardware effects with minimal setup effort.

Highlights

  • NEW! Loudness Meter
  • NEW! VST enhancements
  • NEW! coreFX Utility
  • NEW! Optimized onboarding
  • modernEQ
  • modernReverb
  • wizardFX Suite with professional effects plug-ins
  • Truncate Silence function for removing pauses
  • Export Wizard for Audible, iTunes, and Amazon audiobooks in accordance with ACX standards
  • Redesigned Visualization Meter

 

 

Recording

High-Resolution Audio Recordings

SOUND FORGE Pro lets you record ultra-clear, multichannel sound with up to 64-bit/7682 kHz audio. Apply effects during recording and monitor your recordings on a fully customizable interface.

High-resolution recordings

Create ultra-clear recordings in a resolution of up to 64-bit and sample rates of up to 768 kHz.

Professional recording workflow

Edit files with up to 32 audio channels and monitor everything within a customizable working environment. Simplified file navigation and a huge range of additional options for recording refine the program’s recording workflow further.

Remote Recording

The sleek, floating window provides maximum ease of use for recording control – place it anywhere in any running application & keep all essential recording options at your fingertips. This means you can keep your voiceover texts for audiobooks and podcasts in the desired position and start recording right away.

One touch recording (OTR)

Start recording with a single click or per MIDI while keeping the main program interface and your project area open simultaneously. OTR lets you spare heaps of time and enable you to fully concentrate on recording.

Direct Stream Digital (DSD)

Load and save your data in DSD format for Super Audio CD (SACD) mastering or top-quality archiving. Additionally, record and mix your files in PCM format.

Automatic recording

Configure your recordings so that they automatically start and stop via a timer or reaching a predefined volume. This is an easy way to record without the need for remote controls while you’re in the booth.

Input bus effects

Define your effects chain before recording and optimize your input signal for headphone mixes and subsequent editing.

Audio editing

Precise audio editing

The core competencies of SOUND FORGE Pro are editing and cutting audio files. Use a wide range of tools for fast, high-precision results.

  • Edit tool – Use the edit tool to change, position, and move audio files as well as edit simple envelope points.
  • Magnify Tool – Use the Magnify tool to zoom in on a region for an in-depth look at individual elements. If you let go of the mouse button, the area selected will not be lost.
  • Pencil Tool – Use the Pencil tool to edit waveforms by drawing on them. This way, undesired noises such as peaks and missing zero crossings can be easily removed.
  • Event tool – Use the event tool to edit several audio events in a single data window. This shows you simple methods for smoothing transitions and makes creating track for Disc-At-Once CDs easier.
  • Envelope Tool – You can add, remove, or adjust envelope points using the Envelope tool. Breathe new life into your projects and create complex automation for parameters in no time.

Time stretching & pitch-Shifting

  • Timestretching with zplane élastique Pro v3 Engine – Experience artifact-free time-stretching and pitch-shifting from the market leader. Based on modern psychoacoustic models, zplane élastique delivers stable timing, cross-channel phase coherence, and sample accurate stretching without degrading sound quality.

Workflow features

Maximize efficiency and work fast

The user interface in SOUND FORGE Pro can be fully customized. Personalize your workflow by modifying waveform and envelope color, markers, and window height to suit your preferences. Design and save multiple interface layout configurations, whether in single or dual monitor setup.

  • Powerful resampling engine  – Thanks to the powerful internal resampling engine, you can work with any sample rate in your project without prior conversion. The program is fast, supports more formats, and provides optimal output quality. The customizable engine ensures that you always output the highest quality and achieve maximum results from your media in real time without prior conversion.
  • Comprehensive Multichannel support – Support for multichannel audio files allows you to create, load, and save new files with any configuration. 

This provides feedback the selected setup all the time and lets you benefit from the ability to import, convert, and export different formats containing up to 32 channels.
  • Instant Action  – Instant Action allows you to access frequently used features with just one click – plus, you can add custom actions. All essential tools and features are now clearly displayed as easily identifiable icons in one window. Organized into clear categories such as Effects, Mastering, Import, and Export, Instant Action helps you save precious time.
  • Customizable Windows context menus – Perform a variety of actions from the Windows context menu with a single right-click on a file or folder – all without having to open the program. This way, can assign tasks instantly, which significantly accelerates your workflow and lets you achieve the results you need even faster.
  • Customizable user interface – The user interface in four different, selectable shade settings. Adjust it to your personal needs and the lighting conditions of your work environment, so you can fully focus on your project.
  • Intuitive icons  – Cleverly designed icons make it easier to find program features. Enjoy an well-organized user interface and intuitively see where you start recording, edit audio, and save projects.
  • Expert multitasking – You can edit a new file while SOUND FORGE Pro edits and renders an additional file in the background. ACID loop creation ACID loop creation Create loops for ACID and edit WAV file properties. This information is embedded in the file and can be modified in ACID at any time.
  • Channel converter – The Channel Converter allows you to change channel configuration – from the number in an audio file to inverting a stereo file to mixing a multichannel file.

wizardFX Suite

Professional effects plug-ins

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.

Dynamics

One side calms the wild ups and downs of danceable sounds, while the other holds pulsing levels in check and smooths dynamic waves with a steady hand.

wizardFX Dynamics are both yin and yang, working with naturally impulsive spikes and as equalization for different volume levels, depending on the desired sound.

Coloration

More character, more color, more punch! wizardFX has it all: Use the Tape Machine for analog warmth or fat overdrive. The Bitcrusher offers authentic lo-fi sounds and the Tube Distortion ranges from light oversaturation or punchy distortion.

Tape Machine, Tube Distortion as well as Compressor and Gate are equipped with auto input gain: This warns if the input is too low or too high and can set the level to the optimal level in just one click.

Modulation

The courage to change is always rewarded – modulated sounds ensure a strong impression and will attract attention. Accentuated with delays, luscious thanks to chorus and striking using flanger effects. But all snuggly in space and reverb, rounded out for the perfect mix. Faster than you would think, but prettier than expected: wizardFX modulation effects.

Mastering And Cleaning

Sophisticated plug-ins. Excellent sound quality.

SOUND FORGE Pro contains a whole range of effects and plug-ins for cleaning and mastering audio files. These are based on advanced DSP algorithms that are designed to offer the highest precision for post-production.

Loudness normalization

Loudness normalization enables you to control the loudness and dynamics in your productions in accordance with the broadcasting standards EBU R128 and ITU BS.1770-4. This allows you to perfectly achieve results and optimally tailor your productions for the targeted market.

Mastering effects

coreFX Suite

The coreFX Suite is the ultimate effect bundle with all the essential tools for professional sound design: It includes rhythm effects for contemporary productions, plug-ins for precise dynamic control, as well as modulation effects for creating richness and space. All dynamic plug-ins display the dry and processed waveform in real time.

iZotope Ozone Elements

iZotope Ozone Elements contains a wide range of presets and macro controls that allow you to perform the mastering process with ease. The Mastering Wizard analyzes your mix, creates an audio profile and suggests signal chains and parameter settings. Customize the sound you want – from podcasts to pop songs – and get results easily and in next to no time.

Cleaning effects

Achieve clean, impressive sound for files with the audio restoration tool. It identifies and removes automatic clicks as well as static noise interference from air-conditioning units, electrical devices or amps.

  • DeHisser – The DeHisser allows noise – often present in recordings due to microphone, pre-amps or transformers – to be removed evenly from the recording. Unlike noise reduction, it’s unnecessary to select a noise level.
  • DeClicker/DeCrackler – The DeClicker removes individual peaks in signals, while the DeCrackler removes clicks and pops in your files produced by old records.
  • DeClipper – DeClipper removes artifacts caused by digital and analog clipping that occurs when A/D converters are overloaded or magnetic tapes are oversaturated. This lets you rescue media that can’t be rerecorded, for instance live concerts and interviews.

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iZotope RX Elements

RX Elements from iZotope is the ideal tool for quickly and easily removing unwanted noise, “s” sounds, clicks, and other elements from your audio files. This powerful cleaning & restoration tool includes a brand-new restoration plug-in featuring six outstanding modules for achieving ultra-clean sound: De-hum, De-click, De-clip, Voice De-noise, and De-reverb. Whether you’re editing a podcast, recording a full band, or working on a feature film, RX 10 helps you captivate your audience by bringing out the best in your audio.

Plug-in Interfaces

  • POW-R dithering algorithms – POW-r Dithering consists of a set of three dithering and noise-shaping algorithms. Each of which is designed for a specific type of audio recording: Speech, music with a limited and greater dynamic range. Type 1 has the flattest frequency spectrum in the audible frequency range and is optimized for low dynamic range recordings – ideal for highly compressed pop music. Type 2 has a low-order noise-shaping curve that is psychoacoustically optimized for less complex recordings – perfect for spoken word. Type 3 has a high-order noise-shaping curve that is psychoacoustically optimized for complex, high dynamic range recordings – ideal for orchestral concerts.
  • ARA2 support – Expansion of ARA2 support allows compatible plug-ins to share complete audio files, as well as song structure information, with the host program. This offers several advantages to streamline your workflow: Edits are retained, changes made when copying the project are saved, and audio doesn’t have to be tediously rerecorded with the plug-in.
  • Automatic export workflow – Customizable export functions help you work more effectively and efficiently. Save your favorite export presets (including post production effects) and use them for future tasks. This frees up significant amounts of valuable time for your productions.
  • ACX: Export podcasts & e-books for Audible, iTunes & more – Easily export audio files compatible for streaming services like Audible, Spotify, or iTunes. The ACX Export Wizard lets you create industry-standard podcasts and audiobooks so you only have to focus on one thing – your story.
  • Powerful Plug-in manager – In the Plug-in manager, all your plug-ins are arranged in clear categories and sorted.

 Thanks to the practical filter options and the integrated search field, you can sort and access your plug-ins in no time – simply enter a search, apply the right effect, and mark your favorites for future projects.
  • DDP Export & Disc-At-Once CD burning – DDP Export & Disc-At-Once CD burning Prepare your data for the pressing plant and export Disc Description Protocol masters. DDP masters allow you to specify all the parameters for the CD to be able to reproduce it industrially in large quantities. Everything is compatible with the Redbook standard, of course. For the creation of CDs with the burner for home use, the Disc-At-Once and Track-At-Once methods are supported. For this purpose, track markers and track names can be conveniently specified directly from the program.

Visualization

Audio analysis in SOUND FORGE

Audio Studio Analyze sound with sophisticated audio visualization tools.  Music, vocals, and noise are dynamically displayed in vibrant colors.

WaveColor

WaveColor adds a new dimension to your waveform display through the use of succinct colors, giving you an overview of what your project sounds like. Enjoy a clearer overview of your project thanks to clear colorization of waveforms. Pitches and sound characteristics are assigned different colors and saturation levels, which make it easy to see all the important parts of your project at a glance.

Spectroscope

The Spectroscope offers precise and detailed real-time frequency analysis. Display the relationship of volume to frequency in a graph accurately and quickly. Advanced FFT algorithms allow visualization of what otherwise can’t be heard.

Peak meter

Measure the peak levels of your audio signal precisely and reliably – Peak meter offers an extensively configurable visual display of the levels in real time, support for multichannel, and convenient peak hold. A wide range of scales are included, making the meter compliant with all common standards.

Artificial Intelligence for voice detection

audEERING’s groundbreaking tools are based on the latest AI technology. Vocals and spoken text can be detected in pieces of music and passages are marked in a clearly. This provides you with a quick overview of comprehensive projects.

Phase scope and mono compatibility measurement

The phase scope helps you find phase cancellation between channels in the audio file. You can use the correlation meter to identify and fix limitations to mono compatibility between channels.

CALM-targeted metering

Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act (CALM) regulates overall loudness during ad breaks. CALM standard metering provides ultra-precise loudness measuring and displays an audio signal’s dynamic range in visual form, ensuring full compliance with standards.

Multichannel-capable spectrum analysis

Monitor the ratio of fundamentals and harmonics in multichannel files using clear, customizable color schemes. Quickly and easily create snapshots and overlays in order to compare and adjust frequencies.

Clipping identification and selection

The tool for identifying and selecting clipped peaks automatically scans audio files to locate instances of clipping, allowing you to see them at a glance.

Scripting

Automation using scripts

Scripting helps automate personalized workflows, allowing you to complete repetitive tasks faster.

Script-based editing

Use the in-app Script Editor to create, edit, and debug scripts in C#, JScript, and VBScript. With finished batch scripts, you can save a ton of time on editing and conversion by applying the same effects and processes to multiple files. All your scripts are collected in the onboard script library and always at hand for use.

Batch Converter

The batch converter makes it possible to easily create scripts even without prior programming knowledge. Easily add a group of files to the batch converter interface, select an effect or process and then start processing. Naturally, you can also save batch scripts that you frequently use for quick access anytime.

Onboard script library

SOUND FORGE Pro includes a variety of ready-to-use scripts that allow you to perform a remarkable amount of daily operations. These guide you through typical processes and the necessary tools, so you can achieve professional results quick and easy. Some of the most popular scripts include the Cleaning Wizard script, an indispensable tool for removing noise and other artifacts, and the Mastering Wizard script, which helps you create professional masters conveniently.

 

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 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: 1.4 GHz
  • RAM: 512 MB
  • Graphics card: Onboard, minimum resolution 1024 x 768
  • Hard drive space: 500 MB for program installation
  • Sound card: Onboard
  • Program languages: English, Deutsch, Español, Français, Polski
  • Internet connection: Required for registering and validating the program, as well as for some program features. Program requires one-time registration.

File Formats

File Formats
Import
Export
ATRAC Audio (*.aa3; *.oma)
Audio Interchange File Format (AIFF) (*.aif, *.aiff, *.snd)
(*aif only)
AVC (*.mp4)
CD Audio (*.cda)
Dialogic VOX ADPCM (*.vox)
Direct Stream Digital (DSD) (*.dsf)
FLAC
Intervoice (*.ivc)
LPEC Audio (*.msv; *.dvf)
(.msv only)
Main Concept AVC/AAC (*.mp4; *.avc; *.bsf; *.264; *.aac)
MainConcept MPEG-1 (*.mpg; *.mpeg; *.mmv; *.m1p; *.m1a)
MP3 1
NeXT/Sun (Java) (*.au; *.snd)
(.au only)
OGG Vorbis
Quick Time 7 (*.mov; *.qt; *.dv; *.gif; *.tif; *.tiff)
(.mov only)
RAW Audio (*.raw)

Shockwave Flash (*.swf)
Sonic Foundry Audio (*.sfa)
Sony Perfect Clarity Audio (*.pca)
Sony Wave 64 (*.w64)
Sound Designer 1 (*.dig; *.sd)
SOUND FORGE Audio Studio Project Files (*.sfas)
Video for Windows (*.avi)
Wave (Microsoft) (*.wav)
Windows Media Audio V11 (*.wma)
Windows Media Video V11 (*.wmv; *.asf)
(.wmv only)
1MP3 export with Windows Media Player 10 or higher
Note: Only non-copy-protected audio CDs can be imported.

New in v17

VST enhancements

The advanced editing options for effect plug-ins let you quickly find your desired audio material and apply changes directly. This gives you the ability to work quite intuitively and, for example, edit the selected time range – even if the plug-in window is already open.

coreFX Utility

Streamline your editing process with our sleek and modern plug-in that enables essential editing tasks with the ability to automate parameters. Benefit from the massive collection of essential high-quality tools for professional editing.

Optimized onboarding

Get started quick and easy with a comprehensive multi-language documentation, interactive tutorials and a simplified setup process. Understanding and using the most important features has never been simpler.

New in v16

Shape your own unique sound with modernEQ

Edit audio material even better and produce better quality results during equalization using the new modernEQ. 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 precise editing options in modernEQ help you shape your own unique sound for projects.

Enjoy premium reverb effects at your fingertips with modernReverb

Enhance your sound with lifelike space and a deep, thick atmosphere using modernReverb. Adjust the presets to suit your preference or create a modern reverb effect for a more vibrant sound. Enjoy a simple, straightforward interface and professional quality sound.

Advanced editing for effects plug-ins

Advanced editing options for effects plug-ins ensure that you can quickly find the desired audio media and apply changes instantly. This provides you with the ability to work intuitively and, for example, edit a selected time range – even if the plug-in window is already open.