Magix, having taken over the former Sony Creative Software portfolio, have now released the latest update to Sound Forge Audio Studio. The Windows-only version 12 supplies tools to record, edit, enhance, and deliver high-resolution audio, claim developers. Its many new features make it suitable for digitisation, audio repair work, restoration of vinyl and tapes, creating podcasts, mastering audio, burning CDs, and rendering to all popular audio formats for streaming or playback on portable media players.
Sound Forge Audio Studio 12 is built on a 64-bit platform to supply more editing power, more processing power, and a more powerful workflow. The recording workflow has also been updated and redesigned to offer easy access to all the settings and controls you need.
New non-destructive editing modes, Slice and Soft Cut, let you respectively tweak your edit even after you’ve made your cut and create automatic, user-adjustable crossfades for smooth transitions. The elastic audio editor also allows you to tune vocals with precise control.
Spectral editing tools included in the latest version, offering frequency-based noise removal than allows you visually identify offending noises and remove the frequencies that make them up. A new Visualization window also presents several ways to analyse and track audio output including Peak meters, Phase Oscilloscope, Correlation meter, Direction meter, Spectroscope, Spectrogram, Bit meter, Oscilloscope, and Tuner.
Further repair tools include DeClicker/DeCrackler, DeClipper, DeEsser, DeHisser and DeNoiser. Most of these are employed in the software’s vinyl recording and restoration workflow. This makes it easy, say Magix, to record vinyl LPs and tapes, remove crackle, pops, and hiss and burn to an audio CD or burn a set of audio files to a data CD or DVD in formats such as MP3, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, or AAC. Additionally, if you need to enhance and repair audio from video, Magix have this covered and indeed support various popular video formats.
For mastering tasks, Magix have teamed up with iZotope to include Ozone Elements 7 (with $129.00 value), a plug-in with a set of 75 professionally crafted presets, along with macro controls to fine tune the EQ and Compression to achieve full, rich, and loud final masters.
“Throughout the development cycle of this new version of Sound Forge Audio Studio, the engineering team has kept their focus on the phrase ‘Define the edge‘ ”, said Gary Rebholz from Sound Forge. “Our goal: take the existing audio production powerhouse to the next level with cutting-edge tools and processes. We think you’re going to love Sound Forge Audio Studio 12. ” Sound Forge Audio Studio 12 is compatible with Windows 7, 8 and 10 and is available now costing $59.99, with upgrades from previous versions costing $29.99.