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Posted by on Nov 5, 2012 | 15 comments

Sound Forge Pro MAC Review

A long time standard of most Windows-using audio professionals, Sound Forge Pro has finally come to Apple OS X. While there have been functional audio editors on OS X for a long time: Wave Editor (now Triumph), the ill-fated BIAS Peak, Adobe Audition and even Audacity but these don’t seem to have the name recognition and user-numbers that Sound Forge has held among all audio professionals.

Many Sound Forge fans (including myself) were hoping this new Mac port would be Sound Forge Pro 10 with OS X style buttons. Instead, Sound Forge Pro MAC has been touted by Sony Creative as “Built on a clean slate for OS X, Sound Forge™ Pro Mac provides a contemporary application environment that’s perfect for recording, editing, processing, and rendering broadcast-quality audio master files.”  Sound Forge Pro MAC seems to be an entirely different application than Sound Forge Pro 10, which could explain the different version numbering conventions as well as different price-points.  (Windows version = $374.95 and OS X version = $269.95).

All that said, this new MAC version does look pretty. It looks like an OS X application and seems to behave like one as well. While playing around with it I have access to all of my Audio Unit and VST 2’s, and there are little differences/improvements I have seen so far over SF 10 such as Fade-ins/Outs having their fade types right in the submenu is super cool (although having to go into a menu at all is tedious).  Also the Media Browser which by default is on the left side of the screen is cleaner and nicer than SF 10’s Explorer. Be warned: Pro MAC requires OS X Lion or Mountain Lion, which may be a deal-breaker for some Snow Leopard holdouts.

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Posted by on Oct 3, 2012 | 4 comments

Sound Forge Pro Mac Now Avaliable

Sony put out this press release this morning:

SOUND FORGE™ PRO MAC NOW AVAILABLEMiddleton, Wis. – Oct 3, 2012 - Sony Creative Software, a leading global provider of professional editing and authoring solutions, today released Sound Forge Pro Mac 1.0software, the newest addition to its line of award-winning video and audio production software products. This audio recording, editing, and mastering platform was developed from the ground up specifically for OS X.Professionals who work on the Mac platform will now be able to enjoy the Sound Forge quality standard in a fresh application that takes full advantage of OS X elegance and functionality. Highlights include support for legacy features like event-based editing and a re-designed Plug-In Chainer, as well as a full suite of plug-ins dedicated to making efficient work of audio mastering and repair/restoration tasks. Sound Forge Pro Mac is a comprehensive solution for obtaining pristine audio, from recording to finished master. Features include:

  • Focused Editing: Edit audio in a new user interface designed specifically for OS X, with dedicated viewing panels for the ideal workflow experience when recording, monitoring, editing, applying plug-in processing, and browsing for content.
  • High-fidelity recording: Record up to 32 simultaneous channelsin 64-bit /192 kHz maximum resolution.
  • Professional signal and effects processing: Utilize a full range of native processes.
  • One-stop audio mastering: Produce broadcast-ready audio master files utilizing the new Plug-in Chainer design and Mastering Effects Bundle by iZotope™ — a suite of six essential audio mastering plug-ins: EQ, Multiband Compressor, Exciter, Imager, Limiter, and Reverb.
  • Restore and Repair Tools: Denoiser, Declicker and Declipper-an iZotope exclusive.

For full details on features, please visit: http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/soundforgesoftware

Price and Availability

Sound Forge Pro Mac software is now available at www.sonycreativesoftware.com or from software retailers worldwide. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is $299 USD.

About Sony Creative Software

Sony Creative Software inspires artistic expression with its award-winning line of products for digital video, audio, and music production, as well as industry leading technology for DVD production and Blu-ray Disc™ authoring. Sound Forge™ Pro, ACID™ Pro, and Vegas™ Pro software have defined digital content creation for a generation of creative professionals. These signature product lines continue to advance media production by providing powerful, accessible tools. Today, there is a Sony Creative Software application for every level of expertise, including a full line of consumer software based on the company’s professional applications. In addition, Sony Creative Software distributes the revolutionary SpectraLayers™ Advanced Audio Spectrum Editor application (WIN/MAC), the extensive Sony® Sound Series collection of royalty free loops and samples, the Sony Pictures Sound Effects Series, and the Production Music line of royalty free production music. Further, the company provides the industry leading tools for enterprise level Blu-ray Disc™ authoring: Blu-print® and the DoStudio™ line of authoring applications, Dualstream 3D™ MVC encoder, and Z Depth™ 3D subtitle editing application. The company’s customers span the globe and include professionals in the film, television, video game, and recording industries, as well as educators, students, and independent artists and producers. For more information about professional and consumer products, visit:

www.sonycreativesoftware.com.

© 2012 Sony Creative Software Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Sony, make.believe and the Sony and make.believe logos, ACID, Vegas, Sound Forge, Blu-code,Blu-print, Dualstream, DoStudio, and Z Depth are trademarks of Sony. All other trademarks or trade names mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

Interestingly Sound Forge for PC retails for $374.95 and Sound Forge Mac retails for $269.95-$299.99.

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