Sound Forge Pro is the application of choice for a generation of editors, comprising a solid platform with an array of options that have enjoyed a continuous evolution since the birth of audio recording on the PC. The new edition introduces more efficient recording and processing workflows and new signal and effects processing plug-ins for crafting broadcast-ready audio masters. Upgrading the revolutionary editing application, SpectraLayers Pro 2 stands at the forefront of the audio spectrum editing movement. Working with audio in the spectral realm is now even quicker and easier, with a faster processing engine and a host of new tools, methodologies and user interface improvements.
While Sound Forge Pro 11 and SpectraLayers Pro 2 are standalone applications, both are now configured to work seamlessly with each other, providing a comprehensive editing environment that combines deep waveform and spectrum editing capabilities.
“Sound Forge Pro 11 and SpectraLayers Pro 2 have arrived together in the form of a perfect pair, unified with systems for easy audio data transfer capabilities, resulting in a truly integrated solution for working freely across the waveform and spectral paradigms,” said Dave Chaimson, vice president of global marketing for Sony Creative Software. “Sound Forge Pro users can now enjoy a very straightforward punch-and-roll recording process, as well as a host of new plug-ins that can be accessed and controlled directly in the workspace. Our legion of SpectraLayers Pro users will enjoy the new performance gains we’ve put under the hood while inventing fresh ways to implement the new sound shaping features on board.”
Changes in Sound Forge Pro 11
One-Touch Recording: Sound Forge Pro 11 features a completely redesigned recording interface that keeps you anchored in the workspace at all times while you shape and monitor incoming audio, arm and record takes, review work, and prepare for the next pass.
CALM (Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act) compliant metering: New metering features help you follow the new rules while maximizing the dynamic range potential of your audio.
New Plug-in Chain Interface: Direct workspace access to every element of the plug-in processing environment.
Includes iZotope® Nectar® Elements plug-in (a $129 value): High end voice processing plug-in with style presets in genres like rock, pop, folk, soul, and voiceover & dialogue.
New Restore and Repair Tools by iZotope: New in this edition: Declipper, Denoiser, Declicker.
New Waveform Display Options: More than just a simple strip that displays your exact location, this feature also serves as an excellent navigation and auditioning tool.
Input Bus Effects: Set the mood for your talent by sweetening your source signal with plug-in effects.
Broadcast Wave File Format Enhancements: Supports BEXT BWF version 2.0, iXML, and includes autofill and verification options as well as automatic repair of BWF data.
Changes in SpectraLayers Pro 2
Significantly Enhanced Performance: Enjoy faster spectral graph explorations in any scenario.
Spectral Casting / Molding: Cast the frequency signature of one layer over that of another to derive a derivative layer that can be phase-inverted to create free spectral space for hard-to-distinguish sounds to occupy in a mix. Try a spectral alternative to typical side-chain/ducking processes, or tap this feature’s creative potential for incredible sound design possibilities.
Shape Tool: Perfect for extracting drum sounds, simply point at a shape on the spectral graph and click to pull your hits over to a target layer.
Frequency Range Display Options: Display frequency ranges plotted on your choice of logarithmic scales.
One-Click Noise Extraction: A new one-click command executes your custom noiseprint over the target layer’s entire spectral expanse.
Looping: Define a time range and engage looped playback to audition full-spectrum selections as well as frequency bandwidth-limited selections.
New Resampling and Remixing Options: Freely define, route, and mix channels during the resampling process.
Retina Ready: Peer deeper into the spectral graph while taking advantage of your Retina display equipped MacBook Pro.
Sound Forge Pro 11 for Windows costs MSRP $499.95 USD, SpectraLayers Pro 2 for Windows and Mac is MSRP $399.95 USD. Both are bundled in the Audio Master Suite package for MSRP $849.95 USD.
iZotope has announced it has licensed a suite of audio repair and restoration tools for the debut of Sound Forge Pro Mac, Sony’s Professional Digital Audio Editor.
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.
“Sony was looking for highly innovative, easy-to use technology to raise the bar,” says Alex Westner, Director of Business Development for iZotope, Inc. “We’re proud to be a part of the long-awaited release of Sound Forge Pro Mac.” Sound Forge Pro Mac includes three algorithms to solve common audio problems: iZotope’s DeClicker, DeNoiser, and DeClipper. These professional sound repair tools allow quick results directly in the Sound Forge interface. The inclusion of additional iZotope technology in Sound Forge’s Mac version is a perfect complement to the iZotope Mastering Effects Bundle, found already in Sound Forge Pro for PC since 2007.
“These new audio repair plug-ins are versatile, easy-to-use, and work like magic in a wide variety of situations,” says Dave Chaimson, vice president of global marketing for Sony Creative Software. “For more than a decade, audio professionals have turned to Sound Forge software for recording and editing, and we’re pleased to bring iZotope’s acclaimed tools into the mix.”
Sound Forge Pro Mac software, including audio repair algorithms and mastering effects powered by iZotope, is now available worldwide through software stores and online retailers for an MSRP of $299.95 USD.
Sony Creative Software has announced the release of Sound Forge Pro Mac, the newest addition to its line of award-winning audio and video production software products.
Sony’s popular Sound Forge Pro audio editor is now available for Mac OS X.
A multichannel audio recording and editing application, Sound Forge Pro Mac software was developed from the ground up on a clean slate for OS X and features an elegant interface that redefines the audio editing experience. The application ships with a full suite of audio mastering and repair plug-ins, making it a comprehensive solution for audio professionals who work on the Mac platform.
“People who work on audio editing platforms recognize the need for a fresh option in the marketplace, one that’s built for OS X as opposed to something that’s simply been ported over. In addition, it’s no secret that cross-platform professionals have been demanding Sound Forge for the Mac for years,” said Dave Chaimson, vice president of global marketing for Sony Creative Software. “Our response is Sound Forge Pro Mac, a truly contemporary OS X design. Producers will appreciate its simple elegance, uncluttered look and amazing flexibility. The included suite of mastering and repair plug-ins makes this 1.0 edition a value-packed editing powerhouse right out of the box. Sound Forge Pro Mac is our second major OS X application release this year, and we’re pleased to now be very actively engaged in application development for the Mac platform.”
Sound Forge Pro Mac features
Edit audio on a new user interface designed specifically for OS X.
Access dedicated viewing panels for the ideal workflow experience when recording, monitoring, editing, applying plug-in processing and browsing for content.
Toggle between features to view only those you need to see during a particular editing task.
Engage legacy Sound Forge event-based editing for effortless sequencing of audio on the timeline.
64-bit /192 kHz maximum resolution.
Record up to 32 simultaneous channels.
One-stop audio mastering
Produce broadcast-ready audio master files.
Make sophisticated processing tasks easier than ever with the new Plug-in Chainer design.
Apply plug-in parameter envelopes for precision mastering.
Use the included Mastering Effects Bundle by iZotope™ — a suite of six essential audio mastering plug-ins: EQ, Multiband Compressor, Exciter, Imager, Limiter and Reverb.
Professional signal and effects processing
Full range of native processes.
Zplane™ elastique Pro time-stretching and pitch-shifting plug-in.
Sony Creative Software has introduced its SpectraLayers Pro, advanced audio spectrum editor for Windows and Mac.
SpectraLayers is an extraordinary audio editing platform that features unprecedented sound shaping capabilities combined with a truly unique workflow. Explore audio data on a multidimensional spectral display. Unmix audio files into discrete component layers using a variety of smart editing tools. Process extracted layers individually in an unlimited number of ways.
SpectraLayers is an essential application for engineers, sound designers, audio-for-video editors, archivists, and professionals who demand the deepest audio analysis tools. SpectraLayers brings today’s most advanced editing tools to an eminently affordable and approachable platform—available for both Mac and PC.
Extracting frequencies with Sony’s SpectraLayers Pro.
SpectraLayers Pro features
Extreme Audio Editing
Divide audio files into discrete, user-defined layers that can be processed independently and reintegrated to achieve perfect master files.
Remove unwanted noises and artifacts with ease while leaving surrounding audio data completely intact.
Separate music and dialogue into individual component layers.
Perform pitch correction on user-selected components of an audio file.
Employ SpectraLayers in audio mastering, sound design, analysis, and forensics tasks.
All tools are modifiable using a wide range of user-definable sensitivities and tolerances.
Extraction Tools — Extract audio into independent layers using intelligent, programmable tools:
Area — select any audio for transfer from directly within the spectrum graph.
Frequency — track frequencies and transfer them directly to selected layers.
Harmonics — seek and select harmonics in user-defined amounts and orders.
Modification Tools — Operate directly on waveform spectra to perform precise, creative edits:
Creation Tools — Create sound directly in the SpectraLayers interface:
Fidelity / Flexibility
32-bit 96 kHz capable.
SpectraLayers provides seamless file transfer to Sound Forge Pro and other audio editing programs.
SpectraLayers Pro is available to purchase for Windows and Mac, starting at $374.95 USD.
Sony Creative Software has announced DJ Puzzle: Dubstep Complete, a massive dubstep construction kit created by veteran producer Jason Donnelly.
Jason grew up in the music stores of Chicago and built his skills tweaking up dozens of Sound Series titles during the ‘00s, before moving on to release more than 30,000 of his own loops and samples to the masses. Now he’s in Los Angeles making tracks for TV and film, but the urban grit survives in Dubstep Complete — a Premium Collection title that covers every aspect of the dubstep genre.
Dubstep Complete features extreme, hard-hitting basses with perfect distortion and killer bends, all the layerable rhythm elements you need to make great beats, atmospheres and arpeggios that make it easy to evolve deep tracks, and more — all in the context of six expansive construction kits and a bonus folder full of useful transition FX. Dubby, clubby, dark and growly, DJ Puzzle: Dubstep Complete brings royalty-free dubstep to your desktop in 24-bit Premium Collection sound, ready for exploitation in ACID software and any platform that supports the .wav file format.
The sample library is available to purchase for $69.95 USD.