Foundry Sound Forge 5.0 8/10
Forge is one of the music industry's standard audio editor. There is no
multitrack feature, since SF is designed to integrate with the multitrack
editor Acid Pro. There are a load of effects ranging from EQ, phaser,
wah-wah etc. Certainly there are more effects than Cool Edit Pro and Wavelab
(put together). The new version is more stable than previous incarnations
and this version also lets you edit audio in time with a video which you
can load up at the same time. It also connects to external samplers, so
you can import samples into the computer and then output them back out
all in digital. I can see that this will appeal to many musicians who
are fed up of trying to edit samples using the tiny LCD on a sampler.
SF itself can be used like a sampler, since you can assign midi events
to firing up samples, but I have not tried this yet.
is a CD burn function too. So even if you do not plan to use SF for general
audio editting you can use it for mastering you mix. Personally, I found
SF easy to use, but it requires a bit of reading of the manual to get
the most out of it, simply because it is so full of features. The interface
itself is not difficult to navigate around. Many effects are unique to
SF (at this price), such as the brilliant "Smooth" effect, with
can give your bass and authentic smooth sound perfect for UK Garage. Other
effects worth a mention include the impressive Acoustic Mirror, which
can process your audio so it sounds like it's being played in a cathedral
or church. The templates in Acoustic Mirror are taken from real buildings,
so your reverb will sound authentic. There are many repair effects to
help sort out any crackles in your final mix, or any pops. SF can even
interpolate if the recording gets cut for several milliseconds, but it
can't handle gaps of as much of a second. If you buy Acid Pro 3.0 you'll
also have access to the plug-ins in that. As well as having a bundle of
effects, Sound Forge has several analyser features to detect the various
frequencies of your audio file. These frequency statistic features are
not as comprehensive as Cool Edit Pro's. Engineers will probably find
these features more useful than musicians.
short Sound Forge is perfect if you deal with audio on a daily basis.
If you don't do audio editing all the time, I would not spend the money
on this product, since you won't get much out from it (unless you regularly
want to make CD masters of your work). It complements Acid Pro 3.0 very
well, letting you change "Acid" settings within Sound Forge.
If you already own Wavelab or Cool Edit Pro, it is still worth buying
Sound Forge, since you'll have access to the huge array of effects.