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Sony releases Sound Forge Pro 2.0 for Mac + SpectraLayers Pro updated to v2.1

Sony Sound Forge Pro Mac 2.0

Sony Creative Software has launched version 2.0 of its Sound Forge Pro audio editing software for Mac.

Generate flawless audio files with Sound Forge™ Pro Mac. New features include in-depth metering utilities, top-tier vocal processing, and the freestanding Convrt™ Batch Processing Automation Tool.

Seamless integration with SpectraLayers™ Pro 2 provides the finishing touch, delivering the ultimate in waveform and spectral editing program integration. Employ Sound Forge Pro Mac in your studio workstream and open smooth new pathways to audio excellence in OS X.

Changes in Sound Forge Pro Mac 2.0

  • Convert Batch Processing Automation Tool. A freestanding utility for mass file format conversions, plug-in signal and effects processing treatments, and file metadata attachments including art. Convrt can handle repetitive chores in the background while recording and editing audio in the Sound Forge Pro Mac workspace.
  • Interoperability with SpectraLayers Pro 2.1. Transfer audio data between Sound Forge Pro Mac and SpectraLayers Pro and experience the thrill of working freely across the world’s premiere waveform and spectral editing applications.
  • iZotope Nectar Elements. The included Nectar Elements plug-in makes vocal treatment a snap. Get great results quickly by loading one of Nectar’s professionally designed Style presets and then customizing your sound by adjusting dedicated controls.
  • Loudness Meters. Win the volume war with new metering options. EBU R128/CALM (Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act) compliant metering helps you follow the new rules while maximizing the dynamic range potential of your audio.
  • Event Mode Improvements. Convert regions to events, lock event markers, region markers, and envelope points to events, and automatically ripple successive events forward in time while editing.
  • FLAC file format support. Generate files in this popular lossless format that features space-saving compression and comprehensive metadata-handling capabilities.
  • Auto Trim/Crop tool. Automatically remove unnecessary silence in a sound file while fading the edges of program segments in and out with user-controlled fade lengths.
SpectraLayers Pro

Sony has also updated its SpectraLayers Pro software application for audio spectrum editing to version 2.1.

The SpectraLayers Pro 2.1 update features seamless interoperability with Sound Forge Pro Mac 2, an efficient reverb removal process, an improved noise reduction algorithm, expanded noise removal process options, and user interface improvements that make this update a must have.

Take advantage of the power of SpectraLayers Pro and enjoy full integration with the entire Sound Forge Pro line on both Mac and PC platforms.

Sound Forge Pro 2 for Mac is available to purchase for $299.95 USD; SpectraLayers Pro costs $399.95 USD. Both are bundled in the Audio Master Suite for $499.95 USD.

More information: Sony Creative Software

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AskAudio Mag launches with $10,000 Launch Contest

AskAudio Mag Launch Contest

AskAudio Mag has announced a $10,000 Launch Contest, offering its readers a chance to win gear by Native Instruments, Steinberg, Ableton, FL Studio, u-he, Propellerhead, IK Multimedia, Presonus, Sony, Sennheiser, FXpansion and more.

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The contest closes on Friday, September 27th, 5pm PST/8pm EST.

More information: AskAudio Mag / $10,000 Launch Contest

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Sony releases Sound Forge Pro 11 & SpectraLayers Pro 2

Sony Sound Forge Pro / SpectraLayers

Sony Creative Software has announced upgrades for its Sound Forge Pro and SpectraLayers Pro audio editing software.

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.

More information: Sony Creative Software

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Sony licenses iZotope audio repair technologies for inclusion in Sound Forge Pro Mac

iZotope

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.

More information: Sony Creative Software / Sound Forge Pro Mac

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Sony Sound Forge Pro—Professional digital audio editor now available for Mac

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 Sound Forge Pro Mac
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

  • Focused Editing
    • 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.
  • High-fidelity recording
    • 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.
    • iZotope 64-bit SRC (sample rate conversion) and MBIT+ dither (bit depth conversion).
    • Supports AU and VST plug-ins for both offline and non-destructive processing.
  • Restore and Repair Tools — An iZotope exclusive for Sound Forge Pro Mac software
    • Declicker: automatically identify and remove clicks and pops.
    • Denoiser: eliminate unwanted noise with noiseprint-based noise reduction.
    • Declipper: reconstruct peaks damaged by clipping.

Sound Forge Pro Mac software is now available to purchase for $269.95 USD (download) / $299.95 USD (boxed).

More information: Sony Creative Software / Sound Forge Pro Mac

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Sony Creative Software releases Acid Music Studio 8 and Sound Forge Audio Studio 10

Sony Creative Software has announced new versions of its consumer software product line, which includes music creation and mixing software Acid Music Studio 8, and Sound Forge Audio Studio 10, an audio editing and production software for Windows.

Sony Creative Software ACID Music Studio 8

ACID Music Studio 8 provides users with a comprehensive toolset for music and mashup creations. There are several new features, including an audio and MIDI mixing console, enhanced remixing tools, and exclusive élastique Pro timestretching tools that add more options to ensure users are limited only by their imaginations when producing original music projects. The leading software application in multitrack, loop and beat matching functionality, ACID Music Studio 8 now comes with over 3,000 high quality music loops and includes the Studio Devil™ British Valve Custom guitar amp, as well as the TruePianos™ Amber Lite piano plug-in. You can also upload your project to the ACIDplanet.com social networking and music website directly from within the interface.

New in ACID Music Studio 8

  • Audio and MIDI Mixing Console: The new Mixing Console provides an integrated view of all tracks and busses in your project with the appearance of a traditional hardware-based mixer. The look can be customized to provide you with the best view of even the most complex session. The new audio and MIDI Mixing Console has additional routing options, allowing for a more flexible and efficient studio recording environment.
  • Zplane élastique Audio Timestretching and Pitch Shifting:, Zplane élastique Pro technology allows users to perform dramatic time stretches and pitch-shifts of Beatmapped tracks while retaining maximum sound quality.
  • Enhanced remixing tools: For remixing your favorite songs, only ACID Music Studio software has the Beatmapper tool. This feature automatically finds the tempo of a complete song, making it easy to remix songs with different beat structures. New markers in ACID Music Studio 8 allow you to Beatmap songs with varying tempos and time signatures.
  • Cross-Track Event Drag and Drop: This new feature allows users to easily create mixes by simply cutting, copying, or pasting events across multiple tracks for faster editing.
Sony Creative Sound Forge Audio Studio 10

Sound Forge Audio Studio 10 offers professional tools for mastering audio projects with ease.

The new workflow enhancements, including floatable/dockable windows, improved maximum audio bitrate, and enhanced vinyl restoration wizard, enable users to record audio, edit, and master with pro-level control. The software is perfect for anyone wanting to record, edit, and convert audio from almost any source. Prepare audio files for export to the PSP®, iPod®, iPhone®, and burn audio to CDs or create files for the Web.

New in Sound Forge Audio Studio 10

  • Enhanced Vinyl Recording Wizard: Advanced automatic track detection and editing in Sound Forge Audio Studio 10 now makes it easier to convert vinyl and cassettes to digital files. These new features allow users to adjust the start/end times of tracks and fine-tune adjustments prior to CD burning or converting to MP3 for digital conversion or archiving.
  • 24-bit/32-bit Float 192 kHz Audio Support: Sound Forge Audio Studio 10 supports 32-bit IEEE float bit-depth and 192 kHz sample rate so users can work with the highest audio resolution for superior sound quality.
  • Customizable Window Layouts: Users can create and save multiple layout configurations, and easily recall a window layout for specific editing tasks for a more personalized editing process.
  • Floating Window Docks: Windows can be docked and grouped within the Sound Forge Audio Studio 10 interface in order to customize the environment to fit the particular way a user prefers to work.

ACID Music Studio 8 and Sound Forge Audio Studio 10 for Windows PC are now available to purchase for $69.95 USD each.

More information: Sony Creative Software

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Sony Creative Software releases X-Core: Hardcore Techno Construction Kit

Sony Creative Software X-Core: Hardcore Techno Construction Kit

Sony Creative Software has released X-Core: Hardcore Techno Construction Kit, a new sample library by Chicago electronic music producer Jason Donnelly (Dj Puzzle).

A complete construction kit created by veteran loop library producer DJ Puzzle, X-Core contains 25 folders full of separate and distinct components that make it fun and easy to construct original hardcore tracks from scratch.

With native tempos starting at 150 bpm, use X-Core as a primary resource for crafting hard techno in the full spectrum of subgenres, from trance to hardstyle to gabber. Beats, basses, textures, FX and vocals are included. Royalty free tracks can be made in ACID software or any program that imports WAV files.

The X-Core: Hardcore Techno Construction Kit is available to purchase for $39.95 USD.

More information: Sony Creative Software / X-Core: Hardcore Techno Construction Kit

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