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Magix SOUND FORGE Pro 15 Suite
 
Magix SOUND FORGE Pro 15 Suite

The standard for recording, audio editing & mastering

SOUND FORGE Pro has been the creative audio editing tool of choice for over 30 years. Its extensive range of professional features make it the go-to for many producers and sound engineers worldwide. The new workflow improvements let you effortlessly record, edit, restore and master.

SOUND FORGE Pro 15 Suite is here. This professional software package for recording, editing and processing high-quality audio files includes a range of powerful plug-ins like the brand-new Steinberg SpectraLayers Pro 7 and Melodyne essential and sets a new standard in the field of audio.

The suite includes everything from SOUND FORGE Pro 15 plus:

  • NEW! wizardFX Modern Reverb
  • Steinberg SpectraLayers Pro 7
  • Celemony Melodyne 5 essential
  • essentialFX Suite (11 high-quality effect plug-ins)
  • Analogue Modelling Suite (4 mastering plug-ins)
  • Vintage Effects Suite (3 vintage effects)
  • VariVerb II (versatile reverb plug-in)
  • Vandal (virtual guitar & bass amps)

Recording

Multichannel audio recording

Industry-defining efficiency and precision. SOUND FORGE Pro is one of the most powerful audio editors ever developed.

Audio editing

Industry-defining efficiency and precision.

SOUND FORGE Pro is one of the most powerful audio editors ever developed.

Mastering

Excellent sound results

Sdvanced DSP algorithms for state-of-the-art sound quality.


Recording

64-bit precision

Record audio on up to 32 channels and in 64-bit/768 kHz. Experience a 64-bit audio engine with ultimate stability and lowest latency. Record vocals, instruments or podcasts in crystal-clear quality.

Audio Editing

Maximum efficiency

Discover a massive array of state-of-the-art editing tools that allow you to customize your sound and shape it exactly the way you want.

Mastering

Sonic excellence

Master your audio material with industry-leading DSP algorithms. Use innovative effects to optimize the loudness of your recordings without ever sacrificing transparency. Create red book masters, DDPs and master files optimized for streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music or Tidal.


Top new features in SOUND FORGE Pro 15

Keep track of your recording process with remote recording

The Remote Recording window is a slim, convenient recording controller with all the essential options in one place. Just move and place it next to your audiobook text and start recording right away.

ACX: Export audiobooks for Audible & iTunes with one click

Export standards-compliant audio files for streaming services like Audible or iTunes. The ACX Export wizard will automatically make your renders industry compatible.

Experience an enhanced export workflow

Improved export functions help you work effectively and efficiently. Save your favorite export variations (including your post processing effects) as presets and use once-defined exports for future tasks. Save valuable time for your production.


Exclusive to SOUND FORGE Pro Suite

With its range of sophisticated plug-ins such as the innovative Steinberg SpectraLayers Pro 7 and Celemony Melodyne 5 essential, SOUND FORGE Pro 15 Suite sets new standards in the field of audio.

Exclusively included:

  • NEW! wizardFX Modern Reverb
  • Steinberg SpectraLayers Pro 7
  • Celemony Melodyne 5 essential
  • essentialFX Suite (11 high-quality effect plug-ins)
  • Analogue Modelling Suite (4 mastering plug-ins)
  • Vintage Effects Suite (3 vintage effects)
  • VariVerb II (versatile reverb plug-in)
  • Vandal (virtual guitar & bass amps)

Steinberg SpectraLayers Pro 7

SpectraLayers Pro 6 is the most advanced audio spectrum editor on the market and transforms sound into a unique visual world of multidimensional audio data. With this visual approach and the extensive toolkit in SpectraLayers, it’s easy to rearrange, extract and optimize sounds in ways never before imagined. Version 6, the latest version, is now even more compatible thanks to ARA2 and is also easier to operate.

Coming soon: Upgrade to Steinberg SpectraLayers Pro 7. The upcoming upgrade is available as a free download to all customers that purchase a copy of SOUND FORGE Pro 14 Suite.

ARA2 plug-in

The ARA plug-in integrates Steinberg SpectraLayers Pro 6 directly in SOUND FORGE Pro 14. Once set up, Steinberg SpectraLayers Pro 6 behaves just like an independent part of the DAW and integrates essential components of the host DAW such as track colors and other elements. Integration of external DAWs

Integration of external DAWs

Steinberg SpectraLayers Pro 6 can seamlessly access editing effects from other audio applications, which means it can be used with a selected audio file right away. All edits you make are synchronized too.

Advanced selection system

Steinberg SpectraLayers Pro 6 offers incomparable precision when it comes to selecting sections of the audio spectrum. Create user-defined 2D fade masks at the edge of a selection, model fades on a visual basis and view all resulting changes in amplitude in realtime.

Smart help system

The help area in Steinberg SpectraLayers Pro has been redesigned to make it easier for users to familiar themselves with the software. A massive range of new tool tips have been directly integrated into the software and the online manual is updated regularly.

What you can do with Steinberg SpectraLayers Pro

Mixing with Spectral Casting

Use the frequency spectrum of one layer as a cast or mold for carving an impression directly into the spectrum of a second layer. Spectral Casting/Spectral Molding opens up unexplored new worlds of audio processing possibilities.

Sound design with Spectral Molding 

Spectral Molding offers an extensive bandwidth of sounds: The technology enables users to transfer spectral data between recordings and create an entirely new and different sound aesthetic. For instance, you can give a guitar recording the acoustic texture of vocals.

Cleaning with acoustic fingerprints

Steinberg SpectraLayers Pro 6 is able to create exact prints of noise interference and then suppress them or remove them completely from the track. This technology offers you absolute precision for achieving crystal-clear audio results.

Melodyne essential & more

Exclusive to SOUND FORGE Pro 14 Suite

Celemony Melodyne essential

Melodyne essential is the perfect complement to the audio editing functions offered by SOUND FORGE Pro 14, equally so Steinberg SpectraLayers Pro 6 with its built-in ARA2 and AAX support. Discover the legendary tool for precise audio correction.

Vintage Effects Suite

Reproduce the naturally full and warm sound of analog tools in an authentic way.

  • ECOX
    Ecox is a plug-in that emulates realistic tape echo sounds. You can reproduce the sound here in an authentic way that sounds as if different tape speeds were used to change the delay – with tracking variations and loss of high frequencies during tape feedback.
  • FILTOX
    This filter has been developed to control frequency resonance for a modulation source. This enables you to create a characteristically analog sound and internal distortion. Cut-off frequency and resonance work together here to create synthesizer sweeps and creative drum loop distortion that sound anything but digital.
  • CORVEX
    Corvex produces a refined sound tapestry of variations between analog chorus and flanger effects that goes beyond standard concepts. Give your instruments astounding acoustic depth, make them sound much fuller, or create new, multi-layered textures.

VariVerb II

Room for new ideas: Create the exact reverb effect you’ve been looking for.

  • Sound design for drums, vocals and guitars
    VariVerb II offers more depth and more texture for your audio. The huge range of presets for drums, vocals and guitars in this plug-in are based on a variety of algorithms and can be used not just for making improvements, but as the starting point for complex sound design.
  • Precisely calculated reflection pattern
    Use VariVerb II to create reverb based on complex reflection pattern and various software models rather than on the basis of impulse responses. Create various effects with adjustable parameters such as room, plate, spring and non-linear reverb, all based on algorithmic calculations.

Vandal

Vandal is a virtual guitar & bass amplifier with superb effects that lets you easily simulate any kind of guitar effect in a realistic way.

 

Features

Recording

High-resolution audio recordings

SOUND FORGE Pro allows you to record crystal-clear, multichannel sound with sampling rates of up to 64-bit/768 kHz. Apply effects during recording and monitor your recordings on a fully customizable interface.

NEW! Remote Recording

Simply drag the slim remote window to a convenient position next to your audiobook text and begin recording right away. Remote Recording hides the main window, giving you all the essential recording options in one location. This frees up the screen to display your text or sheet music for undisturbed recordings.

Professional Recording Workflow

You can modify up to 32 audio channels and monitor everything within a customizable working environment. Simplified file navigation and a huge range of options for delayed recording refine the program’s recording workflow further.

Hi-res Audio Recording

Create razor-sharp recordings in resolutions of up to 64-bit and sampling rates of up to 768 kHz.

One Touch Recording (OTR)

Start recording with a single click 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)

SOUND FORGE Pro 15 supports DSD audio files for the import and export of and recording and mixing in PCM format, DSD format export for mastering Super Audio CDs (SACD), as well as reliable archiving.

Threshold Recording

Set a threshold via the options menu and recording will start automatically from the selected input device. This is an easy way to record yourself without the need for remote controls while you’re in the booth.

MIDI Timecode

Enable the MIDI timecode trigger if you want to be able to trigger playback or recording when the timecode of another device is received – this simplifies the input of MIDI notes and controller values.

Timestamp Recording

Configure your recordings so that they automatically start from multiple selected input devices via a timer. The automatic settings will define when the recording ends.

Input Bus Effects

Add plug-in effects to your source signal to create mixes that sound great on headphones. This method integrates your effects chain before recording is started.

Waveform Display

The waveform display makes navigating longer recordings easier and allows you to orient yourself in an audio file.

Audio

Editing Precise audio editing

In addition to editing and processing audio files, one of the core competencies of SOUND FORGE Pro is sound design. Take advantage of precise editing tools to form your sounds, your way.

Editing Tools

Versatile tools for precise edits

Edit Tool: Use the edit tool to select the audio files that you want to change, position or move. You can edit simple envelope points in the same way.

Magnify Tool: Use the magnify tool to zoom in on a region. Dragging the mouse pointer over a range enlarges it. If you let go of the mouse button, the area selected for editing will not be lost.

Pencil Tool: Use the Pencil tool to edit the waveform by drawing on it. For instance, you can zoom in to a problem area and redraw the waveform if noise is present in the audio file.

Event Tool: Use the event tool to edit several audio events in a single data window. This shows you simpler methods for cleaning edges and 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. It should be used when you want to add points to effect automation envelopes or remove or customize them.

Timestretching & Pitch Shifting

zplane élastique Timestretch 3.3.1
With the new élastiquePro v3 engine, experience impressive timestretching and pitch shifting without artifacts. Based on modern psychoacoustic models and signal processing theory, zplane élastique delivers stable timing, cross-channel phase coherence and sample accurate stretching without a degradation in sound quality.

Workflow Features

For the Best Possible User Experience

The user interface in SOUND FORGE Pro 15 can be fully configured. Waveform and envelope color, markers and window height can all be modified to suit your preferences – for a more streamlined workflow. Design and save multiple interface layout configurations, whether in single or dual monitor setup.

NEW! Instant Action Improvements

The Instant Action window lets you edit and access frequently used functions with just a click. All essential tools and functions are now displayed as easily identifiable icons in an Action window. You now have a clear overview of everything and can access the Workspace Actions, Effects, Mastering, Export & Import Action sections directly – meaning you don’t have to search for tools and functions in the menus and saving you a ton of time.

NEW! Windows Context Menu Improvements

Convert and normalize your audio files easily and quickly without needing to open SOUND FORGE Pro 15 first, by right-clicking a folder in the Windows context menu. This way, can assign tasks instantly, which accelerates your workflow and lets you achieve the results you need even faster.

Customizable User Interface

The interface of the new SOUND FORGE 15 can be fully customized to suit your lighting environment and comes in four different shade settings: White, Light, Medium or Dark. Set up the user interface the way you want to make working with audio files a fun and enjoyable experience.

Intuitive Icons

With the redesigned icons you are able to get a clearer overview and find functions easier in SOUND FROGE Pro 15. You can now easily identify where you need to click to start a recording, cut audio files or save projects.

Redesigned Docking

With its range of functions for all audio editing and processing tasks, the windows structure can be customized to the exact way you need it. From recording to mastering: Whatever the audio task, the right presets and functions are at hand.

Multichannel Editing

SOUND FORGE Pro 15 can open, edit, convert and save audio files from various sources. All in a multitrack environment and with the ultimate precision.

Expert Multitasking

You can edit a new file while SOUND FORGE Pro 15 edits and renders an additional file in the background – saving you a ton of time.

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

Adjust the number of channels in an audio file, swap channels in a stereo file or in a multichannel file, mix the channels to set up panning.

Mastering and Cleaning

Sophisticated plug-ins. Excellent sound quality.

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

NEW! Loudness Normalization (EBU R128 & ITU BS.1770-4)

Now you can be sure that your video and audio projects meet broadcast standards for loudness. The Automatic Loudness normalization adjusts loudness and dynamics in real time. This standardizes audio mixing for television and radio, measuring and controlling program loudness.

DSP Effects

Use digital signal processor effects to edit audio files in realtime and perform mastering tasks that normally can’t be realized on an analog basis. Add more dynamics and room to your sound and get rid of noise from your audio.

Mastering Effects

coreFX Suite

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

coreFX 2-Point Compressor
In contrast to a standard compressor, the coreFX 2-Point Compressor contains two inflection points. This allows you to create different characteristics and offers more freedom when compressing an audio signal’s 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 VolumeFormer
By regularly decreasing and increasing the volume of a track, the VolumeFormer creates a kind of pump effect that’s familiar from dance music. This effect contains an AHR envelope and can be fully modified.

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 cleaner, clearer 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 9 Elements

iZotope Ozone Elements contains a wide range of presets and macro controls for producing sophisticated mastering results with ease. The Mastering Wizard analyzes your mix, creates an audio profile and suggests default values, signal chains and processor settings.

Customize the sound depending on the kind of master you want – from radio play to streaming, you can get results easily and in next to no time.

 

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

VST engine
The VST2/3 engine in SOUND FORGE Pro has been redeveloped further and is impressive in terms of its enhanced stability and speed when scanning and using plug-ins. In addition, the dialog between VST host and the effect plug-ins is now more efficient – with a faster, more precise workflow as a result.

ARA2 support

The new ARA2 interface extension allows for more comprehensive information exchange between SOUND FORGE Pro and its plug-ins. Audio data is transferred faster to plug-ins, allowing for more efficient editing in realtime. From simultaneous editing of several tracks to seamless clip borders – ARA2 offers even more editing options.

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.

NEW! Advanced Export Functions
Design your own actions by choosing different effects and presets, export renderers and templates and apply them to a batch of files. Even assign them to Instant Action and the Windows context menu – great for automating repetitive tasks and implementing custom functions.

NEW! ACX Export Wizard
Create industry-standard audio files for streaming services like Audible or iTunes in one click. It will automatically make adjustments to conform the MP3 to a constant bit rate, average loudness, peak values and maximum noise floor ACX standard.

Visualizations
Sound analysis in SOUND FORGE Pro

Analyze sound in SOUND FORGE Pro 15 with sophisticated audio visualization tools. Music, vocals and noise are graphically and dynamically displayed on the basis of their audio data.

WaveColor
The innovative WaveColor tool adds a new dimension to your waveform display through the use of succinct colors, giving you an overview of what your project sounds like. With WaveColor, pitches and sound characteristics are assigned different colors and saturation levels to make it easy to see what’s happening in the waveform. Easily identify important parts of your project and take advantage of a vivid and convenient way to stay oriented while you work.

Spectroscope
The new Spectroscope offers precise and detailed real-time frequency analysis. Monitor and analyze the wave length, frequency and amplitude of your audio material. Thanks to the latest FFT technology in the frequency diagram, the spectroscope visualizes your audio recordings. It offers active support as part of your audio editing workflow as well as the mastering process.

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.

Clipping identification and selection
The tool for identifying and selecting clipped peaks automatically scans audio files to locate instances of clipping. This way, you can see all clipping points and then remove them with the DeClipper tool included in SOUND FORGE Pro 15.

Scripting
Automation using scripts

Scripting is a helpful aid for automating repetitive tasks and implementing custom functions. SOUND FORGE Pro 15 includes a row of scripts that you use directly or customize to your needs first, such as the Mastering Wizard and the Cleaning Wizard. Use the Script Editor window to open, create, edit or run scripts, or to write your own scripts in C#, JScript or VBScript. There’s no better way to customize your workflow.

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.

 

 

 

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 require a 32- or 64-bit version of one of the following operating systems:

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8

Minimum System Requirements

  • Processor: 1 GHz
  • RAM: 512 MB
  • Graphics card: Onboard, min. resolution 1024 x 768
  • Sound card: Onboard
  • Hard drive space: 500 MB for program installation
  • Program language: English

An Internet connection is required for program registration, validation and individual program features as well as one-time registration.

 

Sound Forge Pro 15

  • NEW! Remote Recording
  • NEW! Instant Action & Windows context menu improvements for even faster workflows
  • NEW! Loudness normalization (EBU R128 & ITU BS.1770-4)
  • NEW! Audiobooks for Audible, iTunes or Amazon with the ACX Export wizard

Sound Forge Pro 14

Record, edit and master – SOUND FORGE Pro 14 is the ideal software for each and every step of the audio production workflow. New features such as Instant Action, WaveColor, Windows context menu and the new spectroscope provide the most efficient workflow of any audio editor.

Workflow

Focus 100% on your creativity and make the most of new, dynamic functions designed to streamline your project workflow. SOUND FORGE Pro 14 now offers new functions that significantly optimize your workflow and lets you get tasks done faster. Complete projects in record time.

Instant Action

Action window for essential tools

The new Instant Action window allows for split-second access to commonly used tasks. Get a clearer overview of all essential tools and functions. Areas of the program are clearly divided into Workspace Actions, Effects, Mastering, Export and Import Action, allowing for faster orientation and faster end results.

Windows context menu

Quick task assignment

Perform basic tasks such as converting or normalizing an audio file by right-clicking directly within the Windows context menu. This is now integrated in the Windows context menu, so you don’t even have to open the program to search for functions.

Visualization

SOUND FORGE Pro 14 now contains a new range of precision meters and analyzers for optimal support during audio editing and the mastering process.

The new WaveColor

Sound into color

The innovative WaveColor tool enables you to colorize a waveform to make it more visible. Identify unwanted frequencies at a glance. With WaveColor, pitches and sound characteristics in your audio files are assigned different colors and saturation levels to make it easy to see what’s happening in the waveform.

New spectroscope

Monitor and analyze

The new spectroscope is powered by the latest FFT technology and offers precise and detailed real-time frequency analysis. It offers active support as part of your audio editing workflow as well as the mastering process.

Advanced stability and efficiency

Redesigned VST engine and ARA2 support

SOUND FORGE Pro 14 comes with a redeveloped VST Engine and additional ARA2 support – for even more stability, speed, efficiency and plug-in options.

NEW! VST Engine

The VST2/3 engine in SOUND FORGE Pro has been redeveloped further and is impressive in terms of its enhanced stability and speed when scanning and using plug-ins. In addition, the dialog between VST host and the effect plug-ins is now more efficient – with a faster, more precise workflow as a result.

NEW! ARA2 support

The new ARA2 interface extension allows for more comprehensive information exchange between SOUND FORGE Pro and its plug-ins. Audio data is transferred faster to plug-ins, allowing for more efficient editing in realtime. From simultaneous editing of several tracks to seamless clip borders – ARA2 offers even more editing options.