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The all-round audio editor

SOUND FORGE Pro has been the creative audio editing tool of choice for over 30 years. Its extensive range of professional features makes it the go-to for many producers and sound engineers worldwide.

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.


High-quality sound recordings

Experience ultra-clean audio quality, even with the most challenging sound. SOUND FORGE Pro 18 helps you solve all the most common problems in no time at all, eliminating noise and poor microphone recordings in just seconds. Get the most out of your music projects, podcasts, and voiceover recordings.

Audio editing

Optimized efficiency and precision

SOUND FORGE Pro 18 is one of the world’s leading audio editors. Cut, edit, and enhance audio files with the highest precision and at the sample level. Thanks to a wide range of professional tools, you can shape any sound exactly the way you imagined.


Breathtaking results

SOUND FORGE Pro 18 helps you enhance your audio with state-of-the-art tools and numerous high-quality effects using advanced DSP algorithms. Optimize the volume of your recordings effortlessly and without any loss of quality, using state of the art plugins like Ozone Elements and CoreFX.

Top New Features in Sound Forge Pro 18



Seamlessly integrated into MAGIX Hub and available directly in SOUND FORGE Pro 18: Storyblocks provides an extensive library of professional, royalty-free content for creatives at any artistic level. From captivating visual elements to immersive soundscapes.


Powered by AI, this brand-new feature turns your text into high-quality voiceovers with the touch of a button – and can translate them into up to 100 languages. Discover this revolutionary workflow designed for anyone working with text, from content and podcast creators to voiceover artists.

3D Reverb

Exclusive in SOUND FORGE Pro 18 Suite: Enjoy a new dimension in reverb effects! Unparalleled sonic depth meets unlimited creativity in one convenient package. Take your sound to a new level and discover endless possibilities for sound design.



  • NEW! Text-to-speech
  • NEW! Storyblocks content
  • NEW! 3D Reverb (exclusively in the Suite version)
  • Mastering and restoration with iZotope Ozone 11 Elements & RX 10 Elements V
  • ST Engine & ARA2 support
  • dynamicEQ featuring oversampling (exclusively in the Suite version)
  • 32-channel audio recording, editing, and processing
  • Record at up to 64-bit/768 kHz
  • Numerous audio effects and plug-ins for sound design, mixing & mastering
  • Celemony Melodyne essential 5 (exclusively in the Suite version)
  • Optimized onboarding


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.

Restoration & 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.



The audible difference.

SOUND FORGE Pro has ranked among the best-known audio editing software for nearly three decades, making it the editor of choice for many producers and sound engineers worldwide. SOUND FORGE Pro stands for recording, editing and mastering at the highest level.

High-resolution audio recordings

SOUND FOR 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.

Hi-res audio recording

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 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
Fast and Precise

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

Editing tools

Versatile tools for precise edits

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. 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.  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 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.  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.

Text-to-speech & AI features

Text-to-speech This brand-new, AI-driven feature transforms your texts into high-quality voiceovers with the touch of a button – and offers translations into up to 100 languages. The AI eliminates the manual work so that you can fully concentrate on creative tasks. A revolutionary workflow for anyone that works with text – from content and podcast creators to voiceover artists.* *With the Pro version, receive 1.2 million characters for Text-to-speech – that’s around 300 A4 pages! Text-to-speech

Workflow features
Maximize efficiency and work fast

The user interface in SOUND FORGE Pro 16 is fully configurable. Waveform and envelope colors, markers and preset window heights can be adjusted to your preferences – for a more streamlined workflow. Design and save multiple interface layout configurations, whether in single or dual monitor setup.


Thanks to dynamicEQ, mixing is now easier and more precise – apply frequency cuts and boosts exactly where it will enhance your audio. Dynamically boost, attenuate, and shape sounds throughout your project with the maximum precision and level control. The multiple filter options for EQ band configuration enable significantly more precise options when editing, which allows for surgical precision in your audio tracks (as well as all tracks containing virtual instruments). Exclusively in the Suite

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 now comes 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
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.

Mastering & 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.

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.

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.

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.

coreFX Delay
Create distinctive effects easily with the delay effect. Achieve sounds ranging from clean and precise to warm delays with a character of their own.

coreFX Chorus
Chorus is the right effect for full, warm sound – whether for more range and fullness for vocals or to create special effects for instruments.

coreFX Flanger
Create more dynamic audio characteristics with the flanger effect. Classic guitar sounds work just as well as original effects when laid down over your tracks.

iZotope Ozone 11 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 Wizard

Your toolset for a pristine sound! Restore and optimize your audio recordings without compromise. Advanced AI technology automatically detects problems and adjusts threshold settings accordingly. This means an even more intuitive workflow and ultra-fast results.

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 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.

iZotope RX 11 Elements

RX 10 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

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.

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.


Audio analysis in SOUND FORGE Pro

Analyze sound in SOUND FORGE Pro with sophisticated audio visualization tools. Music, vocals, and noise are dynamically displayed in vibrant colors.

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.

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 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
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.

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.



System Requirements

  • Windows® 10, or Windows® 11 operating system
  • Processor: 1 GHz
  • RAM: 512 MB
  • Graphics card: Onboard, min. resolution 1280 x 768
  • Sound card: Onboard
  • Hard drive space: 500 MB for program installation
  • Program languages: Deutsch, English, Français, Español

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

Supported File Formats


  • SOUND FORGE Audio Studio Project Files (*.sfas)
  • SOUND FORGE Pro Project Files (*.frg)
  • ATRAC Audio (*.aa3, *.oma)
  • Audio Interchange File Format (AIFF) (*.aif, *.aiff, *.snd)
  • AVC (*.mp4)
  • CD Audio (*.cda)
  • Dialogic VOX ADPCM (*.vox)
  • Direct Stream Digital (DSD) (*.dsf)
  • DLS Instrument (*.dls)
  • FLAC Audio (*.flac)
  • GIG Instrument (*.gig)
  • Intervoice (*.ivc)
  • LPEC Audio (*.msv, *.dvf)
  • MainConcept AVC/AAC (*.mp4, *.avc, *.bsf, *.264, *.aac)
  • MainConcept MPEG-1 (*.mpg, *.mpeg, *.mmv, *.m1p, *.m1a)
  • MainConcept MPEG-2 (*.mpg, *.mpeg, *.m2t, *.mmv, *.m2p)
  • MP3 Audio (MP3s) (*.mp3)
  • MPEG-2 Transport Stream (*.m2t, *.ts, *.mts, *.m2ts)
  • NeXT/Sun (Java) (*.au, *.snd)
  • Ogg Vorbis (*.ogg)
  • Quick Time 7 (*.mov, *.qt, *.dv, *.gif, *.tif, *.tiff)
  • Raw Audio (*.raw, *.*)
  • Shockwave Flash (*.swf)
  • Sonic Foundry Audio (*.sfa)
  • Sony MXF (*.mxf)
  • Sony MXF HDCAM SR (*.mxf)
  • Sony Perfect Clarity Audio (*.pca)
  • Sony Wave64 (*.w64)
  • Sony XAVC/XAVC S (*.mxf)


  • SOUND FORGE Pro Project File (*.frg)
  • ATRAC Audio (*.aa3)
  • Audio Interchange File Format (AIFF) (*.aif)
  • Dialogic VOX ADPCM (*.vox)
  • Direct Stream Digital (DSD) (*.dsf)
  • FLAC Audio (*.flac)
  • Intervoice (*.vc)
  • LPEC Audio (*.msv)
  • MainConcept AVC/AAC (*.mp4, *.avc, *.aac)
  • MainConcept MPEG-1 (*.mpg)
  • MainConcept MPEG-2 (*.mpg; *.m2v, *.m2t, *.mpa)
  • MP3 Audio (MP3s) (*.mp3)
  • NeXT/Sun (Java) (*.au)
  • OggVorbis (*.ogg)
  • Quick Time 7 (*.mov)
  • Raw Audio (*.raw)
  • Sony AVC/MVC (*.mp4, *.m2ts, *.avc)
  • Sony MXF (*.mxf)
  • Sony MXF HDCAM SR (*.mxf)
  • Sony Perfect Clarity Audio (*.pca)
  • Sony Wave64 (*.w64)
  • Sony XAVC / XAVC S (*.mxf, *.mp4)
  • Sound Designer 1 (*.dig)
  • Video for Windows (*.avi)
  • Wave (Microsoft) (*.wav)
  • Windows Media Audio V11 (*.wma)
  • Windows Media Video V11 (*.wmv)
  • XDCAM EX (*.MP4)

*Supported multichannel format

Sound Forge Pro 18

3D Reverb FX

Unparalleled sonic depth meets unlimited creativity in one convenient package. Create virtual environments based on the spatial arrangement of your tracks in the mix. Take your sound to a new level, from stereo to 10 channels, and discover endless possibilities for sound design. Enjoy a new dimension in reverb effects.


Seamlessly integrated into MAGIX Hub, Storyblocks offers an extensive library of professional, royalty-free assets that have been carefully selected to meet the needs of creatives at every artistic level. From stunning visuals to immersive soundscapes, gain access to unlimited creative possibilities with Storyblocks – directly in SOUND FORGE Pro 18.


This brand-new, AI-driven feature transforms your texts into high-quality voiceovers with the touch of a button – and offers translations into up to 100 languages. The AI eliminates the manual work so you can fully concentrate on creative tasks. A revolutionary workflow for anyone that works with text – from content and podcast creators to voiceover artists.

Optimized Onboarding

Our improved onboarding offers you the perfect entry point into the world of professional audio editing. Start your creative journey with ease and enjoy intuitive features that help complete your projects in no time.

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