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Sound Forge Pro 10: Meet the experts: Q & A

Sound Forge Pro 10: Meet the experts: Q & A

 

    Recording

    1. Can you record live direct to Sound Forge?
    2. Is there a live recording duration limit, or is it based on storage capacity alone?
    3. How do I adjust some recorded music that has some very hot spots, to normalize?
    4. How many channels can be recorded at once?
    5. Can you eliminate background noise that permeates some recordings?
    6. How do I setup so that record doesn't start until I'm ready to play?
    7. When in the Record mode, why does the program not show the wave form as it is being recorded? If it doesn't interfere with the recording could that be made available in the future?

    Editing & Workflow

    1. Explain the exact steps to edit audio.
    2. Can you overlap tracks with a fade on one side only?
    3. How can I change the audio track from a video with an overdubbed sound track version, synch the "new" one to the "old"?
    4. Can Sound Forge Pro 10 do lip sync with video and the event method move, or are the video and audio locked?
    5. I use Sound Forge mostly for making CD's of my collection of LP's. Can you show what would be the optimal way of doing this with Sound Forge Pro 10?
    6. How can I make correction on the spectral graphic?
    7. Does Sound Forge Pro 10 support the Acoustic Mirror plug-in?
    8. Can we split track automatically for a long speech, i.e. create a track every 3 minutes (without marking it manually)?
    9. How do I create a loop in Sound Forge Pro 10?
    10. Does event mode basically separate different speakers and let you work with each one (i.e. in seminar each speaker has different microphone)?
    11. Can you break up a long track into several shorter tracks?
    12. How do I get both audio channels to edit simultaneously?
    13. How do record over an audio track? For example, if I want to put vocals over a guitar track?
    14. Can Sound Forge level the sound quality of multiple files brought into one file?
    15. How do I use Sound Forge to mix audio together? [Also asked by a different person:] How to mix in a easy way; I don't know if I am asking this right but how do you take something like someone saying "Yeah" and putting it into a mix?
    16. What is a mastering tool?
    17. I would like to know if I can divide a .wav/.mp3 file into multiple pieces, then label those pieces, burn a CD, and have it read those labels without any pause.
    18. I'm converting my LPs to CDs, and wonder if there's a way to connect Sound Forge (or CD Architect?) to an online database, so I don't have to type in the track names for each album manually. Any tips would be very appreciated!
    19. It seems that the marker numbers have disappeared in the current version, i.e. in go to, in version 8 each marker had a number and could be searched for individually, in version 10 'marker' is still there but without each specific number.
    20. Is there a limit size to the track that I want to put in Sound Forge that I have to work on?
    21. Cross-fade was removed after Sound Forge 8.0. Can this option be included again?
    22. I have 2 questions: First, why can't files be saved with special characters such as the '?' symbol? Second, how does Rotate Audio differ from Reverse?

    CD Mastering

    1. I do live recording of local bands with a portable digital recorder then later send the file to my desktop and edit by adding tracks, heads and tails. I record complete music sets about 45 to 60 minutes of continuous recording. I use Sound Forge to split the file into anywhere from 12 to 16 tracks depending on the selection lengths. Event editing is just the thing to use... almost. Using the S key to split the tracks works great except you cannot use Edit, Tracks, Create CD Tracks from Events without spacing all the events a bit apart before using the Edit, Tracks, Create CD Tracks from Events. This is a tedious and time consuming. If I can manually separate the events shouldn't the program do this for me as part of the described Edit?
    2. How do I make my CDs sound louder?
    3. If you have recorded a live concert as one files how do you create separate tracks for each song on your CD?
    4. I have used CD Architect for the CD burning on CDR disks. When put into a car CD player it always has a long wait before playing. Is that going to happen in Sound Forge Pro 10?
    5. Can we burn a mixed CD with different tracks without listening to the gaps in between mixes for us DJs? Gaps are the main concern in between tracks.
    6. Do you still have to use CD Architect to assemble a CD or it can be done within Sound Forge? I would like to master as I'm comparing the different files a la WaveLab.
    7. Is disc-at-once layout and burning integrated with CD Architect?
    8. Can you create a burn-at-once CD file to be used later to burn a CD?
    9. Are you still recommending CD Architect or can Sound Forge handle it all now?
    10. Are there dual layers in the CD burning part like CD Architect?
    11. Can you break up one long track into several smaller tracks for CD burning?
    12. Does Sound Forge Pro 10 pre-master CD-extra format for replication?
    13. Could you put all unique media identifiers to the tracks for a CD?
    14. Will the CD authoring suite on Sound Forge Pro 10 replace our need for CD Architect?
    15. Explain and show ISRC codes during Red Book mastering.
    16. When you burn a CD and you play it back in a CD player it often stutters or repeats. Why is that?
    17. I tried your example of selecting a number of tracks to create a CD and Sound Forge went ahead and produced a mix rather than a number of events. Not sure what I did wrong. Do I use CD Architect or Sound Forge? I have all of the Sony programs.

    Multi-track/Multi-channel

    1. The help files say Sound Forge is a multitrack recorder but not a multitrack editor. Can you define the difference?
    2. I'd like to have multitrack and an easier mixer. Any plans with that?
    3. I see you can edit in up to 32 channels, but how many channels does Sound Forge support recording into? Will it support multi-track recording?
    4. Is it possible to mix multiple tracks to a stereo track?
    5. Does it support surround sound?
    6. What is the max. channel?
    7. How many channels can I edit in, I currently have mono, stereo and multi channel audio files?
    8. Can you import multi-track files and edit more than one stereo track at a time?
    9. How many tracks can you use in one file?
    10. How many simultaneous source inputs can you record?
    11. With Multichannel audio recording, how many tracks could a Sound Forge file support, and what level of detail (panning/ volume / effects)?
    12. Why doesn't Sound Forge Pro 10 have the ability to edit multitrack like Acid Pro?

    Effects & Plug-ins

    1. What can Sound Forge Pro 10 do to create voice effects?
    2. I'm able to use many of the Sound Forge plug-ins in my other applications; can the Izotope Mastering tools be used as plug-ins in other applications (like Cakewalk Sonar)?
    3. I used to use XFX. Are they in Sound Forge Pro 10 now?
    4. I've tried the pitch shift in previous versions. When maintaining the duration, the audio seems to have a lot of flutter. Does the new version do a better job in this regard?
    5. How do I get Sound Forge Pro 10 to find all my plug-ins on in my computer?
    6. Can I open more than one effect window in Sound Forge Pro 10?
    7. Does this new version include the older plug-ins plus the iZotope plug-ins?
    8. Do the iZotope plug-ins work with a 5.1 Surround file?
    9. VST Plug-ins: sessions made during a session are always reset to default, not saving like in Sound Forge 8.
    10. Is there anything in Sound Forge Pro 10 to limit the overdriving of either the music or vocal?
    11. What kind of 3rd party plug-ins would you recommend for Sound Forge Pro 10?
    12. When I use élastique, and select a preset that speeds up the audio, I notice the audio speeds up for a few seconds (10 - 20), and then returns to normal speed. Is this the expected behavior?
    13. My install of Izotope bundle did not seem to take. I have Izotope Ozone 4 and it shows twice in the menu.

    Event Editing

    1. How do you designate something as an event?
    2. Are Sound Forge project files supported when using event mode?
    3. In event mode, how do you designate something as an event?
    4. Does the CTRL-K hotkey that lets you preview an edit with an adjustable pre-roll (in Sound Forge 8.0) work in event based editing? Do the hotkeys in general function the same way?
    5. Can the new Red Book mastering features manage track to track amplitude?

    File Formats

    1. Can you edit and save FLAC files?
    2. When editing/saving FLAC files are these files edited directly without converting to WAV files?
    3. What MP3 authoring tools does Sound Forge Pro 10 have?
    4. What about lossless formats?
    5. Can you convert files to mp3, aac, etc?
    6. Can you edit audio in Flash files?
    7. What is Sound Forge Pro 10's video workflow and what video file formats are supported?
    8. Can audio from Flip Video cameras be transferred into Sound Forge?
    9. What new file types does Sound Forge Pro 10 support?

    Scripting/Batch Conversion

    1. Can we batch process with scripts?
    2. Can you apply any weighting like A or C?
    3. How do I move my batch files and configurations to Sound Forge Pro 10?
    4. When editing instrument files can multiple samples be edited at once (i.e. apply an effect to all samples in a batch process)?

    Application Integration

    1. Which programs is Sound Forge compatible with?
    2. Does it still work seamlessly with Vegas Pro 9?
    3. Any changes in integration with Vegas Pro?
    4. Can you briefly show an example of how Sound Forge Pro 10 works in an audio for video setting by adding music and sound effects?
    5. Does Sound Forge interface with DVD Architect Pro? Can you edit an AC3 track directly in DVD Architect Pro, and/or use as an external editor in Vegas and Architect Pro?
    6. Can you talk about using Sound Forge Pro 10, Vegas 9 Pro, and Acid Pro 7 all together?

    User Interface

    1. Is there any way to save a preference for the File > Open window to default to the detail view instead of list view?
    2. Is the large digital timer shown in the lower right hand corner only available in Sound Forge Pro 10?
    3. Is the red peak indicator on the meters true, for instance I have seen the red light on peak and yet the actually numeric indication is 0.0?
    4. Can you edit audio from video while watching video?

    Tutorials & Training

    1. Are tutorials available for "how to master" in Sound Forge?
    2. Besides the integrated tutorials, are there any other resources you would recommend?
    3. Will this webinar be downloadable for future use?
    4. Are the tutorials available with the free trial?

    Noise Reduction

    1. I want to get rid of unwanted noise, such as wind, is that possible?
    2. Can low level noise be filtered out after recording?
    3. How do your Noise Reduction and mastering features compare to other similar audio applications?
    4. With the Noise Reduction plug-in would it be possible to reduce audience coughing, babies crying, for example?
    5. How do you do Noise Reduction?
    6. Can I take the microphone "Blowing-Wind" sound from someone's speaking voice?
    7. Is there a way Sound Forge can eliminate say a squeaky door noise or other not wanted artifacts within a sound field of music or talking?
    8. May I rebuild some old tracks with noises, bringing more audio quality and cutting out them?

    System Requirements

    1. Is Sound Forge Pro 10 Windows 7 certified?
    2. What are the minimum computer requirements for Sound Forge Pro 10?
    3. What are the hardware requirements for this software? What kind of machine are you running this on?

    Hardware

    1. How do I setup my turntable to record vinyl? Also what is your preferred gain setting?
    2. Can I add audio cards to my PC and record 6 channels simultaneously?
    3. When recording, is there a way to limit the input from a microphone that is over-saturated?
    4. What is the microphone featured on the cover of the new software?
    5. What hardware is required to run Sound Forge Pro 10?

    What's New

    1. Anything new added to the video/audio capabilities?
    2. Anything new or improved regarding audio restoration since Sound Forge 8?
    3. Nice to have CD Architect now a part of Sound Forge. Any new features in the "new" version?
    4. Have there been any changes to Noise Reduction 2.x in this version?

    Is Sound Forge Pro 10 right for me?

    1. I currently have Sound Forge Pro 9, why should I go up to version 10?
    2. Any special deal for users who recently bought a copy of Sound Forge 9?
    3. I am interested in voice audio as I am building a serious internet radio website and audio quality over the net is critical. I have Sound Forge 8 and will update to 10 today. How will Sound Forge Pro 10 help me meet my goal?
    4. I have Sound Forge 9 but find myself using Vegas Pro 9, Izotope Alloy, Ozone, Rx and SmartSound for my audio/sound work. What would Sound Forge Pro 10 give over the other software I've been using?
    5. I am a voice-over professional and I use Sound Forge Pro 10a for my recording and editing. A question: what presets have you included specifically for this type of work? For example, what Sound Forge Pro 10a compression settings are best suited for voice work?
    6. Is Sound Forge Pro 10 still considered mostly a mastering tool?
    7. I have Sound Forge 8. Is there a difference between that and the "Pro" edition and what is the cost of upgrade?
    8. How stable is Sound Forge Pro 10?
    9. Is it possible to work on DVD projects?
    10. If I have Vegas Pro 9 and Acid Pro, do I really need Sound Forge?
    11. Do these tasks transfer over to Sound Forge Audio Studio 9.0?

    Price

    1. How much does it cost?
    2. Do you offer an educational discount for schools and universities?
    3. So what is final price for owners of Sound Forge consumer version?

    Miscellaneous

    1. I imported an MP3 and output a WAV. It had more noise in the WAV than it had as an MP3. I tried to remove it but nothing worked. Hiss was left in the WAV, why?
    2. Will you ever produce a Macintosh version? [and] Will Sound Forge come to Mac platform in the future? [and] Will this work on a Mac and if so, will it work on version Snow leopard?
    3. How do I add copyright info to my files?
    4. When exporting a WAV file from CD Architect, the software gets to a point where progress just stops. What might cause this?
    5. Is it possible to auto find gaps in sound already recorded (it's possible during recording, but is it also possible in a pre-recorded sound file)?
    6. Is it true 64 bit?
    7. Any plans to release a 64 bit version of Sound Forge?
    8. How many computers can the owner of Sound Forge Pro 10 install his program on?
    9. Is the copy protection a usb stick?
    10. I bought Sound Forge Pro 10, a few weeks ago and I received a code for a Seminar Series training video tutorial for a free download, and tried online but I didn't have any luck at sonycreativesoftware.com/sf10training, I didn't see any place to enter the code to redeem, do you have any suggestions?
    11. When I digitized an aging analog tape, the song was occasionally cut, with fractions of a second not silent but just gone, so the song stutters. Is there an easy tool that finds the beat and realigns the WAV to that beat, even if that leaves small gaps of silence?

    Recording

    Can you record live direct to Sound Forge?

    Absolutely!


    Is there a live recording duration limit, or is it based on storage capacity alone?

    You can record as long as you have storage space, but you may run into format-specific limitations once you attempt to save the recording. For example, .wav files cannot be larger than 4 GB. Depending on your desired output format, you may need to save a long recording into more than one file.


    How do I adjust some recorded music that has some very hot spots, to normalize?

    To normalize audio, highlight the portion of audio you want to adjust then choose Process | Normalize. You can adjust the decibel (dB) toggle to a level that best suits your project. Click the Preview button to preview your adjustments before applying them to your project. You might also use graphic dynamics (compression) to control the highest peaks in your file.


    How many channels can be recorded at once?

    Sound Forge Pro 10.0 supports 32 channel recording.


    Can you eliminate background noise that permeates some recordings?

    You can use the Noise Reduction plug-in to remove constant background noises such as tape hiss from your audio file. You can also use a combination of other plug-ins (like EQ, Noise Gate, etc.) to attempt to eliminate problem noises.


    How do I setup so that record doesn't start until I'm ready to play?

    Sound Forge Pro features automatic recording methods. For example, with the Threshold recording method, you can set Sound Forge Pro up to start recording only after the incoming audio signal reaches a volume that you specify. Choose Automatic: Threshold from the Method drop-down list in the Record dialog box. Enter the audio level above which you want the application to begin recording into the Threshold field and click the Arm button. Sound Forge Pro will begin recording only after the incoming audio signal reaches the threshold volume you specify. On the Advanced tab, you might also want to select the Prerecord buffer checkbox and specify an amount of time you want in the buffer. With this option selected, the resulting recording will also include the buffered amount of audio that occurred just before the threshold was reached in the final recording. This prevents you from missing something important that happened to be quieter than the threshold you set.


    When in the Record mode, why does the program not show the wave form as it is being recorded? If it doesn't interfere with the recording could that be made available in the future?

    That’s a great recommendation. If you have other product feature suggestions, send it to: http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/support/productsuggestion.asp.


    Editing & Workflow

    Explain the exact steps to edit audio.

    That's a wide open question! Books have been written on the subject, so it would be very difficult to frame a comprehensive answer here. However, in a very basic sense, to edit audio inside Sound Forge Pro 10, you first make a selection over the audio you want to edit, then use common cut/copy/paste/delete functions or apply sound-altering processes and effects.


    Can you overlap tracks with a fade on one side only?

    If you overlap two events, you will create a fade-out on the first event and a fade-in on the second. This is called a crossfade. In Event mode, however, you can add a fade-out to the first track and apply no fade to the second track, without overlapping either track. This is one area where CD Architect gives you a little more flexibility to do exactly what you want. CD Architect 5.2 is included with your purchase of Sound Forge Pro 10.


    How can I change the audio track from a video with an overdubbed sound track version, synch the "new" one to the "old"?

    One way to do this would be to create a new channel for the dubbed audio (or two channels if the file is stereo). Add the dubbed audio to the new channel. Switch to event edit mode and move the dubbed audio event until it syncs up with the video. Now you can remove the channels that hold the original audio or create a mix of the original and dubbed.


    Can Sound Forge Pro 10 do lip sync with video and the event method move, or are the video and audio locked?

    You can edit the audio portion of a video file in Sound Forge Pro 10. Therefore, you could manipulate the audio portion so that it more effectively syncs with the video portion of the file. We suggest editing in event edit mode for a job like this. Remember to zoom into your data window in order to make smaller adjustments to the position of your audio event.


    I use Sound Forge mostly for making CD's of my collection of LP's. Can you show what would be the optimal way of doing this with Sound Forge Pro 10?

    First ensure that your system is configured to record from your device correctly. If you are using a USB turntable, make sure that the Recording Device preference is set to record from that turntable. Once you have set the Windows recording settings, open Sound Forge Pro 10 and choose Options | Preferences | Audio. Select the USB turntable from the Default recording device drop down list. Select Apply and OK. You can now record the turntable's signal.


    How can I make correction on the spectral graphic?

    Spectrum Analysis is used only to view a specific section of audio. You will not be able to use this tool to make corrections to your audio file, but it gives you important information on what corrections may need to be made using other tools inside Sound Forge Pro 10.


    Does Sound Forge Pro 10 support the Acoustic Mirror plug-in?

    Yes.


    Can we split track automatically for a long speech, i.e. create a track every 3 minutes (without marking it manually)?

    Yes. Open the Add Markers script in the Script Editor window and change the GETARG("Step", 1.3) function to GETARG("Step", 180.0). Then run the script. Now, run the Convert Markers to Regions and Extract script.


    How do I create a loop in Sound Forge Pro 10?

    Sound Forge Pro contains several tools that enable you to create loops quickly and accurately. See the interactive tutorial topic, How to Create an ACID Loop for a step-by-step tutorial on how to do this.


    Does event mode basically separate different speakers and let you work with each one (i.e. in seminar each speaker has different microphone)?

    No, event mode has nothing to do with separating incoming audio signals during record. Event mode is just another way to look at your project while you edit. Separating incoming signals for recording is done through the recording input selection tools.


    Can you break up a long track into several shorter tracks?

    If you're talking about CD tracks, yes. You can shorten the existing track and then create another track. If by "track" you mean an audio file, then the answer is again yes. You can select an area of the existing file in the data window and drag that selected area to a blank spot in the Sound Forge workspace (if you're working in event edit mode, hold the Ctrl key while you drag). This creates a new data window which holds just the portion of the original file that you dragged.


    How do I get both audio channels to edit simultaneously?

    If you have no selection in your data window, all channels of the file will be affected by your edit. If you have made a selection, make sure that every channel that you want to edit is selected. In a stereo file, if you drag over the line that separates the channels, you'll select both channels. On the other hand, if you drag over just one of the two channels, you'll select just that channel.


    How do record over an audio track? For example, if I want to put vocals over a guitar track?

    What you're asking for is multitrack functionality. Sound Forge Pro is not designed for multitrack workflow. We offer Vegas Pro 9 and ACID Pro 7 for doing the type of overdubbing you want to do.


    Can Sound Forge level the sound quality of multiple files brought into one file?

    Yes. Sound Forge Pro provides several tools that you can use to adjust the volume of different files so that they are consistent from one to the next. For example, in event edit mode, put each file in a separate event and use the Sustain portion of the ASR envelope to attenuate any event whose volume is too loud.


    How do I use Sound Forge to mix audio together? [Also asked by a different person:] How to mix in a easy way; I don't know if I am asking this right but how do you take something like someone saying "Yeah" and putting it into a mix?

    This topic is covered in the Interactive Tutorials in Sound Forge Pro 10. To learn more, in Sound Forge Pro, select Help > Interactive Tutorials. In the Interactive Tutorials window, select the topic titled: How to Split and Combine Audio Files.


    What is a mastering tool?

    Mastering can be defined as a form of audio post-production. It is the process of preparing and transferring recorded audio from a source containing the final mix to a data storage device (the master); the source from which all copies will be produced (via methods such as pressing, duplication or replication). Sound Forge Pro 10 is an all-in-one solution for professionals and anyone else who has digital mastering needs and is the industry standard for mastering software.


    I would like to know if I can divide a .wav/.mp3 file into multiple pieces, then label those pieces, burn a CD, and have it read those labels without any pause.

    Yes. The new Event Edit mode and the DAO authoring and burning tools in Sound Forge Pro 10 enable you to do this easily and efficiently.


    I'm converting my LPs to CDs, and wonder if there's a way to connect Sound Forge (or CD Architect?) to an online database, so I don't have to type in the track names for each album manually. Any tips would be very appreciated!

    You can access the Gracenote database directly from Sound Forge Pro if you have a commercial CD in your drive. For gathering information for you vinyl recording, please visit Gracenote.com directly.


    It seems that the marker numbers have disappeared in the current version, i.e. in go to, in version 8 each marker had a number and could be searched for individually, in version 10 'marker' is still there but without each specific number.

    Sound Forge Pro 10 features a preference to enable the same behavior that you saw in version 8. Choose Options | Preferences and click the Labels tab. Select the Label Markers checkbox and click OK.


    Is there a limit size to the track that I want to put in Sound Forge that I have to work on?

    Track size is limited only by system resources, but different destination formats do have length limitations (e.g. .wav is limited to 4 GB total, regardless of bit-depth, sample rate, number of channels, meta-data, etc.)


    Cross-fade was removed after Sound Forge 8.0. Can this option be included again?

    You can certainly add a crossfade between two audio tracks in Sound Forge Pro 10. In Event Edit mode, move one event so that it overlaps another. This causes the first event to fade out while the second simultaneously fades in (a crossfade). The Crossfade paste operation that you’re referring to is now a subset of existing Mix behavior. To get what you want with the Mix function, choose Options | Preferences and click the Editing tab. Select the Auto-crossfade Mix with selection checkbox and set the Destination gain to –Inf dB the first time you Mix. Once you apply this the first time, Mix will remember the gain settings. This works with mouse or keyboard invoked Mix operations and also repeats as you’d expect.


    I have 2 questions: First, why can't files be saved with special characters such as the '?' symbol? Second, how does Rotate Audio differ from Reverse?

    The first question relates to Microsoft Windows file naming conventions. Sound Forge Pro like all other applications within Windows OS will adhere to the standard file naming conventions allowed within that operating system. For the second question, Rotate Audio allows you to change the feel of a given loop by moving the selection to the opposite end of the file. The function of this command depends on the current selection: If there is no selection, the first quarter of the file will be moved to the end; if a selection is made at the very beginning of the file, that audio will be cut and pasted at the end of the file. If a selection is made at the very end of the file, that audio will be cut and pasted at the beginning of the file. The Reverse process will reverse the current selection, creating a backward-tape effect.


    CD Mastering

    I do live recording of local bands with a portable digital recorder then later send the file to my desktop and edit by adding tracks, heads and tails. I record complete music sets about 45 to 60 minutes of continuous recording. I use Sound Forge to split the file into anywhere from 12 to 16 tracks depending on the selection lengths. Event editing is just the thing to use... almost. Using the S key to split the tracks works great except you cannot use Edit, Tracks, Create CD Tracks from Events without spacing all the events a bit apart before using the Edit, Tracks, Create CD Tracks from Events. This is a tedious and time consuming. If I can manually separate the events shouldn't the program do this for me as part of the described Edit?

    The Create CD Tracks From Events option is intended specifically for times when you have space between the events in your data window. If you don't have space between events (as in your case), use this workflow: Place your cursor at the split point, press S on your keyboard to split the file into two events, click the first of the two events to select it, then press N on your keyboard to create a CD track over that event. You can quickly go through your entire file with this method to create the CD tracks you want.


    How do I make my CDs sound louder?

    Proper recording techniques and levels are critical to achieving a good recording and maximizing the use of the available dynamic range. Once the recording is complete however, you can use a combination of plug-ins to make your audio appear to be louder. Experiment with Dynamics (compression) plug-ins, and volume maximization plug-ins. Essentially with these tools you control the loudest peaks in your audio so that they are closer in level to quieter peaks, thus enabling you to raise the overall gain and make the audio seem louder (but keep in mind that doing so also changes the dynamics of the audio). The iZotope Mastering Effects 2 bundle offers the Multiband compressor and the Mastering limiter that you can use for this task.


    If you have recorded a live concert as one files how do you create separate tracks for each song on your CD?

    There are a few different ways you could do this. Here's one: Switch to event edit mode, place your cursor at a point where you want one CD track to end and the next to begin, press S on your keyboard to split the event into two, click the first of the two events to select it, and finally press N on your keyboard to create a CD track that matches the length of the selected event.


    I have used CD Architect for the CD burning on CDR disks. When put into a car CD player it always has a long wait before playing. Is that going to happen in Sound Forge Pro 10?

    This is more likely a function of the specific CD player or CDR disk than either CD Architect or Sound Forge Pro. Both applications produce replication ready, Red-Book standard CDs that will behave just like any commercially produced CD.


    Can we burn a mixed CD with different tracks without listening to the gaps in between mixes for us DJs? Gaps are the main concern in between tracks.

    Yes, you have precise control over the amount of space that exists between CD tracks and audio.


    Do you still have to use CD Architect to assemble a CD or it can be done within Sound Forge? I would like to master as I'm comparing the different files a la WaveLab.

    Sound Forge Pro 10 features CD authoring and burning tools built in so that you no longer need to use CD Architect in most cases. We still include CD Architect 5.2 with your purchase of Sound Forge Pro 10 so that you can open your existing CD Architect projects and continue working on them if you need to.


    Is disc-at-once layout and burning integrated with CD Architect?

    CD Architect and Sound Forge Pro are completely independent applications. Sound Forge Pro now features most of the CD Architect functionality, but we've included CD Architect 5.2 with Sound Forge Pro 10 so that you can still use it if you want to.


    Can you create a burn-at-once CD file to be used later to burn a CD?

    To save your CD project for burning later, save it as a Sound Forge Pro project file (*.frg). Then open that project file later when you are ready to burn the tracks to a CD. To create a Sound Forge project file, choose Sound Forge Pro Project File from the Save as type drop-down list in the Save As dialog box.


    Are you still recommending CD Architect or can Sound Forge handle it all now?

    Most of the tools of CD Architect have been integrated into Sound Forge Pro 10. There are still a few of the more esoteric functions that CD Architect handles that Sound Forge Pro 10 will not, but these are specialty situations. We've included CD Architect 5.2 with your purchase of Sound Forge Pro 10 so if you need to access those features, you can still do so. By and large, the CD authoring tools in Sound Forge Pro 10 will suffice for the great majority of users and projects.


    Are there dual layers in the CD burning part like CD Architect?

    If by "dual layers" you mean two stereo tracks that you can use to overlap audio and thus create custom crossfades, no. You will still use CD Architect for that type of authoring work. CD Architect 5.2 is included with your purchase of Sound Forge Pro 10.


    Can you break up one long track into several smaller tracks for CD burning?

    Yes.


    Does Sound Forge Pro 10 pre-master CD-extra format for replication?

    Yes. You can add CD text and information to the project, then burn a DAO disc. You will want to use DAO CDs when you need to create a master disc for mass replication.


    Could you put all unique media identifiers to the tracks for a CD?

    Yes, you can add CD text and information to your CD project. You can add this information by going to View | Metadata and selecting Track List and CD information from the drop down list.


    Will the CD authoring suite on Sound Forge Pro 10 replace our need for CD Architect?

    Sound Forge contains most of the same functionality that CD Architect offered. Therefore, in most cases you can use Sound Forge to author and burn your CD tracks without using CD Architect at all. However, we have included CD Architect 5.2 with Sound Forge Pro 10 in case you want to use it.


    Explain and show ISRC codes during Red Book mastering.

    From the View menu, choose Metadata, and then choose Track List to toggle the display of the Track List window. The Track List window is essentially a text representation of the events on the CD layout bar for a disc-at-once CD. You can use the Track List window to view track and index markers, edit track position and length, edit track names, adjust pause time, toggle protection and emphasis flags, and edit ISRC data. The Track List window allows you to specify an ISRC (International Standard Recording Code) that will be used to identify the tracks on your disc. To learn more about the Track List window, see the help topic titled: "Creating a Track List for a Disc-at-Once CD".


    When you burn a CD and you play it back in a CD player it often stutters or repeats. Why is that?

    There are several different variables that you may want to investigate for troubleshooting this issue. First, make sure you are using the most current update of your software. Make sure you have the most current firmware for your optical drive. Contact your drive manufacturer or go to their Web site to find out the newest firmware revision. Try burning at lower speeds. You may also want to try a different brand of CDR media.


    I tried your example of selecting a number of tracks to create a CD and Sound Forge went ahead and produced a mix rather than a number of events. Not sure what I did wrong. Do I use CD Architect or Sound Forge? I have all of the Sony programs.

    Depending on how you import your audio files into the Sound Forge Pro 10 software, you may find different results. For specific details on how to import multiple files into Sound Forge Pro to create a CD, please go to the help file (Help > Contents and Index) and search for the topic: Creating and Editing Tracks for a Disc-at-Once CD.


    Multi-track/Multi-channel

    The help files say Sound Forge is a multitrack recorder but not a multitrack editor. Can you define the difference?

    Sound Forge Pro is a multi-channel recording and editing software. You may be asking about the difference between multi-channel and multi-track audio. This article explains the difference.


    I'd like to have multitrack and an easier mixer. Any plans with that?

    While it supports multiple-channel files, Sound Forge Pro 10 is not intended to serve as a multitrack application. Both ACID Pro 7 and Vegas Pro 9 (also available from Sony Creative Software) fill the function of multitrack software and both also have robust mixing consoles.


    I see you can edit in up to 32 channels, but how many channels does Sound Forge support recording into? Will it support multi-track recording?

    You can record into any or all of the supported 32 channels simultaneously. Keep in mind however that Sound Forge Pro 10 is not designed as a multitrack application. If you need to do multitrack recording, editing, and mixing, please take a look at Vegas Pro 9 and ACID Pro 7. Both of these applications have been specifically designed for multitrack work.


    Is it possible to mix multiple tracks to a stereo track?

    Sound Forge Pro 10 does not support multitrack editing or mastering. You would need to use a program like Vegas Pro 9 or ACID Pro 7.0 to work with multitrack files. However, if what you mean is multichannel (that is, one file with multiple channels), then yes you can use the Channel Converter process to convert the file into one with as many channels as you want.


    Does it support surround sound?

    Yes.


    What is the max. channel?

    Sound Forge Pro supports up to 32 audio channels.


    How many channels can I edit in, I currently have mono, stereo and multi channel audio files?

    You can edit in up to 32 audio channels.


    Can you import multi-track files and edit more than one stereo track at a time?

    No. Sound Forge Pro is not a multitrack production tool. For true multitrack workflows, we offer ACID Pro 7 and Vegas Pro 9.


    How many tracks can you use in one file?

    Sound Forge Pro 10 is a single-track multichannel capable audio editing, recording and mastering suite. You can have more than one file open at one time, and can mix audio from different files together. It does support files that are multi-channel – like 5.1 surround sound files – but does not support multi-track mixing features like a DAW. If you are interested in doing multi-track work, you may want to try our ACID or Vegas applications which offer multi-track recording and mixing features.


    How many simultaneous source inputs can you record?

    Sound Forge Pro 10 supports multi-channel recording and playback. You can use the Multi-channel audio capabilities to record and playback up to 32 channels.


    With Multichannel audio recording, how many tracks could a Sound Forge file support, and what level of detail (panning/ volume / effects)?

    Sound Forge can support up to 32 channels. You can apply any panning, volume, and effects that you want to any of the 32 audio channels. Remember; Sound Forge Pro supports multiple channels not multiple tracks (as does a digital audio workstation like ACID Pro 7).


    Why doesn't Sound Forge Pro 10 have the ability to edit multitrack like Acid Pro?

    Sound Forge Pro has always been focused and developed for single-track editing. By keeping the focus defined to this, we have been able to develop an application that is an efficient and dependable single-track audio production suite.


    Effects & Plug-ins

    What can Sound Forge Pro 10 do to create voice effects?

    There are many studio-quality plug-ins that install with Sound Forge Pro 10 that you might use to create voice effects. Two new plug-ins may be of particular interest for this. First, the new élastique Timestretch and Pitch Shift plug-in enables you to alter the pitch of a voice for either the Chipmunks effect or a deep monster voice effect. Next, the new Resonant Filter plug-in can create really interesting effects on any type of audio material.


    I'm able to use many of the Sound Forge plug-ins in my other applications; can the Izotope Mastering tools be used as plug-ins in other applications (like Cakewalk Sonar)?

    The iZotope plug-ins are available only in Sound Forge Pro 10 and other Sony Creative Software applications that have been updated to recognize them.


    I used to use XFX. Are they in Sound Forge Pro 10 now?

    Yes, XFX 1, XFX 2, and XFX 3 are built into Sound Forge Pro 10.0.


    I've tried the pitch shift in previous versions. When maintaining the duration, the audio seems to have a lot of flutter. Does the new version do a better job in this regard?

    Any time you attempt extreme pitch shift or timestretch operations, you run the risk of "flutter" as you call it. The new élastique Pro Timestretch and Pitch Shift plug-in enables you to achieve great results at more extreme settings, but even this tool has its limitations.


    How do I get Sound Forge Pro 10 to find all my plug-ins on in my computer?

    In Sound Forge Pro 10, choose FX Favorites | Organize and select the All folder. This shows all VST plug-ins that Sound Forge has found in the default search location on your machine. If you don't see a plug-in that you think you have installed, you may have installed it into a folder other than the expected default location. To find it, choose Options | Preferences and click the VST Effects tab. Use the Browse button for the Alternate VST search folder to point to the location where you saved the VST. Click the Refresh button to scan the specified folder.


    Can I open more than one effect window in Sound Forge Pro 10?

    You can only open one effects window at a time through the Process and Effects menus. However, you can use the Plug-In Chainer window to create a chain of up to 32 effects that will all process the file simultaneously (in order of their appearance in the chain.) You can then quickly access the controls of each plug-in in the chain through the Plug-in Chainer.


    Does this new version include the older plug-ins plus the iZotope plug-ins?

    Sound Forge Pro 10 includes the same plug-ins as previous versions such as Distortion, Noise Gate, and so on. It also comes with the iZotope Effects Bundle 2, the new élastique Pro Timestretch and Pitch Shift, the new Resonant Filter plug-in, and two additional iZotope plug-ins: MBIT+Dither bit depth converter and the 64-bit SRC resampling tool.


    Do the iZotope plug-ins work with a 5.1 Surround file?

    Yes.


    VST Plug-ins: sessions made during a session are always reset to default, not saving like in Sound Forge 8.

    One solution is to create a plug-in chain using VST plug-ins and save the Plug-in chain as a Preset. Here are the steps for doing this: When you save a plug-in chain, the order of the effects in the chain and the settings for each plug-in are saved with the chain. Effect automation envelope points are not saved with presets. Add plug-ins to the chain. Adjust each plug-in's properties. Enter a name in the preset name box. (You cannot modify default presets.) Click the Save Chain Preset button. Later, you can reload your saved plug-in preset chain. To do so, choose a setting from the Chain drop-down list. The preset chain is loaded using the saved settings for each DirectX and VST plug-in in the chain.


    Is there anything in Sound Forge Pro 10 to limit the overdriving of either the music or vocal?

    For creating an overdriven effect, you could use the Distortion plug-in under the Effects menu. If you're trying to salvage audio that has been poorly recorded and is thus undesirably overdriven, you might try the Find and Repair functions under the Tools menu. Also try the Clipped Peak Restoration tool (also under the Tool menu).


    What kind of 3rd party plug-ins would you recommend for Sound Forge Pro 10?

    Sound Forge Pro 10 includes the Mastering Bundle powered by Izotope. Outside of the plug-ins that are installed and included with your purchase, as long as your effects are DirectX or VST based they should be supported within Sound Forge Pro.


    When I use élastique, and select a preset that speeds up the audio, I notice the audio speeds up for a few seconds (10 - 20), and then returns to normal speed. Is this the expected behavior?

    No, that's not expected. Remember that the effect will be applied only to the selected area of the data window. It could be that you've selected only a portion of the audio in your data window. Either selected the entire file, or don't select any of it. Both of these will result in the effect being applied to the entire file. We’ll look into what you’re seeing and address any issues in a future update.


    My install of Izotope bundle did not seem to take. I have Izotope Ozone 4 and it shows twice in the menu.

    In Sound Forge, go to FX Favorites | Organize. Select the ALL folder on the right. The iZotope effects are listed as, Mastering EQ, Mastering Imager, Mastering Reverb, etc. Add these effects to your FX Favorites menu so you can easily access them later.


    Event Editing

    How do you designate something as an event?

    Once an audio file has been opened in Sound Forge Pro 10, the entire file is contained in an event when you enter event edit mode. There are many ways to create new events. For example, you can use the split tool to split one event into two. You can also copy an event and paste it to create a new event. Some operations that you perform in normal edit mode will also create separate events in event edit mode. For example, in normal edit mode, select a portion of a file and reverse just that portion. Switch to event mode and you see that the reversed portion is now contained in a separate event.


    Are Sound Forge project files supported when using event mode?

    Yes.


    In event mode, how do you designate something as an event?

    When you open an audio file in Sound Forge Pro 10, the file is opened in an event when you enter Event Edit mode. There are a number of ways to create new events in Event Edit mode in Sound Forge. For example, you can use the split tool to split one event into two. You can also copy an event and paste it to create a new event.


    Does the CTRL-K hotkey that lets you preview an edit with an adjustable pre-roll (in Sound Forge 8.0) work in event based editing? Do the hotkeys in general function the same way?

    Yes to both questions.


    Can the new Red Book mastering features manage track to track amplitude?

    The new event editing mode in Sound Forge Pro 10 makes this easy. Point to the top of any event to access the sustain portion of the event's ASR Envelope and drag the envelope down to attenuate the volume of that event so that it matches the volume of other events.


    File Formats

    Can you edit and save FLAC files?

    Yes.


    When editing/saving FLAC files are these files edited directly without converting to WAV files?

    Yes.


    What MP3 authoring tools does Sound Forge Pro 10 have?

    The short answer is that you can do anything (in terms of editing, processing, mastering, etc.) to an MP3 file that you can do to any other file in Sound Forge Pro. In addition, the application includes MPEG Layer-3 audio coding technology licensed from Fraunhofer IIS and Thomson. You can save constant or variable bit rate and up to 320 kbps stereo and can save ID3 meta-data directly onto the file within Sound Forge Pro.


    What about lossless formats?

    Lossless data compression is a class of data compression algorithms that allows the exact original data to be reconstructed from the compressed data. The term lossless is in contrast to lossy data compression, which only allows an approximation of the original data to be reconstructed, in exchange for better compression rates. Sound Forge Pro supports opening and saving lossless formats like FLAC. For specific details about our format support, please visit our technical specifications page.


    Can you convert files to mp3, aac, etc?

    Sound Forge Pro 10 has support to open and save a large range of file types. Visit our technical specifications page for a full listing of supported formats.


    Can you edit audio in Flash files?

    At this time, Sound Forge does not support Flash format.


    What is Sound Forge Pro 10's video workflow and what video file formats are supported?

    You can open video files into Sound Forge Pro 10 and then work with the audio portion of those video files just as you work with any other audio file. Sound Forge Pro 10 can open the following audio and video formats: AA3*, AAC, AIF, ASF, AU, AVI*, CDA, DIG, DLS, DV, FRG, GIF, GIG, IVC, M2A, M2P, M2T, M4A, M4B, MMV, OGG, MOV, MP1, MP3, MP4, MPEG, MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 video, Sony MXF*, PCA, QT, RAW, SD, SFA, SF*, SND, TIF, VOB, VOX, W64*, WAV*, WMA*, WMV. The application can create files in these formats: AA3*, AC3*, AIF, ATRAC*, AU, AVI*, DIG, DLS, FRG, GIG, IVC, M1A, M1P, M2A, M2P, M2T, MMV, MOV, MP1, MP2, MP3, MP4, MPA, MPEG, MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 video, Sony MXF*, OGG, PCA, RAW, RM, SF2, VOX, W64*, WAV*, WMA*, WMV. (*Supported multichannel format.)


    Can audio from Flip Video cameras be transferred into Sound Forge?

    Sound Forge Pro 10 should be able to recognize these files as long as you have the proper video codec installed on your machine. Depending on the type of work you're doing, you may also want to consider trying our video editing products.


    What new file types does Sound Forge Pro 10 support?

    We've added support for processing musical instrument files (.dls, .sf2, .gig). Also, we've enhanced Broadcast Wave Format (.bwf) support.


    Scripting/Batch Conversion

    Can we batch process with scripts?

    Yes. Sound Forge Pro 10 features a batch processing script that is installed with the application. To find it, choose Tools | Batch Converter. You can also use the application's scripting feature to run custom scripts that will automate your workflow by handling repetitive tasks automatically. For more detailed information, open the Help file in Sound Forge and type in Batch Processing.


    Can you apply any weighting like A or C?

    No, not without the use of a third-party plug-in or script.


    How do I move my batch files and configurations to Sound Forge Pro 10?

    Batch job files (*.bj) from older versions of Sound Forge should open and be compatible with the most current version of Sound Forge Pro 10. From the Sound Forge Tools menu, choose Batch Converter. The Batch Converter window is displayed. To open a previous batch job, click the Open button and choose a batch job (.bj).


    When editing instrument files can multiple samples be edited at once (i.e. apply an effect to all samples in a batch process)?

    For file processing operations (like adding an effect or process such as Reverse or Graphic Dynamics), yes. For edits like cut/copy/paste or altering the wave file with the Pencil tool, no.


    Application Integration

    Which programs is Sound Forge compatible with?

    Sound Forge Pro 10 is a stand-alone application. As such it can coexist with any other application you have installed on your system. You can launch Sound Forge Pro 10 directly from inside of Vegas Pro 9 and ACID Pro 7 in order to perform edits and those edits will be updated in the originating application immediately. If you have any questions about how it will work on your system, please download the free of Sound Forge Pro 10.0 to test the application.


    Does it still work seamlessly with Vegas Pro 9?

    Yes, you can still open a file directly from the Vegas Pro 9 timeline into Sound Forge Pro 10. Vegas Pro 9 will instantly recognize the changes once you save the file in Sound Forge.


    Any changes in integration with Vegas Pro?

    The integrated features in Vegas for opening audio in Sound Forge remain the same as in previous versions. You can access Sound Forge Pro 10 to edit your audio files from Vegas Pro just as you always have been able to do. If you have any specific recommendations for changes that you would like to see, please let us know.


    Can you briefly show an example of how Sound Forge Pro 10 works in an audio for video setting by adding music and sound effects?

    If you are working on a video project in a program like Vegas Pro, you can select an option to open the audio portion of your project in Sound Forge. This is useful when you have an audio file that needs to be precisely edited or have audio effects added to it. When you save your changes in Sound Forge Pro, any changes you made in Sound Forge will appear in the file on the Vegas Pro timeline.


    Does Sound Forge interface with DVD Architect Pro? Can you edit an AC3 track directly in DVD Architect Pro, and/or use as an external editor in Vegas and Architect Pro?

    You can access Sound Forge Pro 10 from any of the Vegas and ACID family products to edit your audio files. You cannot access Sound Forge from DVD Architect, however. You cannot edit AC3 files.


    Can you talk about using Sound Forge Pro 10, Vegas 9 Pro, and Acid Pro 7 all together?

    Vegas and Sound Forge Pro are integrated such that you can open and edit your files from the Vegas timeline in Sound Forge Pro in real time. To do this, you can right-click on any audio file in your Vegas timeline and choose Open or Open Copy in Sound Forge. When you do this, the changes that you apply to files that you open in Sound Forge are applied and updated immediately within the Vegas project. Sound Forge Pro is also integrated with ACID in several ways, but perhaps the most obvious of these is the looping tools that Sound Forge provides. To learn more about the ACID looping tools, please take a look at the Online Help topic titled "How Do I Create ACID Loops with Sound Forge?" in Sound Forge Pro 10 (Help > Contents and Index).


    User Interface

    Is there any way to save a preference for the File > Open window to default to the detail view instead of list view?

    Sound Forge Pro remembers the view you selected the last time you used the Open dialog box.


    Is the large digital timer shown in the lower right hand corner only available in Sound Forge Pro 10?

    The Time Display window is not new to Sound Forge Pro 10, but is only available in Sound Forge professional versions and not available in Sound Forge Audio Studio versions. Keep in mind that the Time Display is not visible in the default Sound Forge Pro 10 window layout. To open it, choose View | Time Display. The window opens in a floating state and you can position it wherever it works best for you, including docking it in any of the docking areas along the application window’s edges.


    Is the red peak indicator on the meters true, for instance I have seen the red light on peak and yet the actually numeric indication is 0.0?

    Yes, the red peak indicator in Sound Forge Pro 10.0 is accurate.


    Can you edit audio from video while watching video?

    Forge Pro 10 does support many different video formats. You can open video files directly within Sound Forge Pro to process and edit your audio. There is also a video preview window that allows you to view the video while you are editing the audio stream. You can also detach video or attach a different video file to an existing data window to combine the video with a different audio file.


    Tutorials & Training

    Are tutorials available for "how to master" in Sound Forge?

    Currently there are no tutorials available specifically regarding "how to master" within Sound Forge Pro 10.0.


    Besides the integrated tutorials, are there any other resources you would recommend?

    The Sound Forge Pro 10 manual is a comprehensive resource that can be downloaded free. You can also purchase a printed version from Cafe Press. If you're more interested in a guided tour, you should check out our training DVDs, The Seminar Series: Sound Forge Pro 10. The Sound Forge Product Family Forum is a great place to communicate with other Sound Forge users, and you can also search our customer support knowledgebase.


    Will this webinar be downloadable for future use?



    Are the tutorials available with the free trial?

    Yes, the free trial is fully functional and since the integrated interactive tutorials are built right into Sound Forge Pro 10, they work in the trial version too.


    Noise Reduction

    I want to get rid of unwanted noise, such as wind, is that possible?

    You can use the included Noise Reduction plug-in to remove certain noises from your audio files. Consistent, steady noises can be removed most effectively. You can also use a combination of other plug-ins (like EQ, Noise Gate, etc.) to attempt to eliminate problem noises.


    Can low level noise be filtered out after recording?

    It's always best to avoid recording the noise in the first place, but if unavoidable noise does end up in your recording, you can use the Noise Reduction plug-in and other tools to attempt to isolate and remove the unwanted noise. It is very difficult to remove all the unwanted noise from any file without also affecting the desired audio, but by experimenting with the Noise Reduction settings you can find a happy medium in most cases.


    How do your Noise Reduction and mastering features compare to other similar audio applications?

    That's a question too big to answer here! We suggest you download the free trial version and compare for yourself. We can say that the inclusion of the Mastering Effects 2 bundle powered by iZotope brings extremely high quality mastering tools to your computer.


    With the Noise Reduction plug-in would it be possible to reduce audience coughing, babies crying, for example?

    Noise Reduction is mainly used to reduce noise on a certain frequency, such as tape hiss or background noise.


    How do you do Noise Reduction?

    First, add the Noise Reduction plug-in to the Plug-in Chainer. Then select an area of the file that contains just the noise you want to remove and capture a noise print for that noise. Then, make adjustments to the Noise Reduction plug-in to try and eliminate the noise without causing unwanted artifacts in the desired audio. For more information regarding how to use the Noise Reduction tool, choose Help | Contents and index and select the Index tab. Type in 'Noise Reduction'.


    Can I take the microphone "Blowing-Wind" sound from someone's speaking voice?

    You may be able to reduce any constant 'wind' noise from the audio using the Noise Reduction plug-in.


    Is there a way Sound Forge can eliminate say a squeaky door noise or other not wanted artifacts within a sound field of music or talking?

    To accomplish something like this you would need to either edit the sound out by making a selection around the unwanted sound and muting or deleting it, or perhaps by copying and pasting sound from a different place in the file and then pasting that over the unwanted portion. The effects in Sound Forge that you might use to help with something like this are the EQ or Noise Gate which can sometimes filter out unwanted noises and frequencies. Otherwise there are other third party plug-ins, like this one from Izotope that may do what you need. Sound Forge does support any DirectX or VST based effects.


    May I rebuild some old tracks with noises, bringing more audio quality and cutting out them?

    Sound Forge Pro 10 has tools for processing audio like EQ, Noise Reduction, Noise Gate and many other audio effects and processes. You can clean up noisy recordings and also use the editing tools to Cut, Copy, Paste and Delete sounds in your recordings. To learn more about these features, I would recommend downloading the free trial.


    System Requirements

    Is Sound Forge Pro 10 Windows 7 certified?

    Yes.


    What are the minimum computer requirements for Sound Forge Pro 10?

    The System Requirements are listed on the Sound Forge Pro 10 technical specifications page.


    What are the hardware requirements for this software? What kind of machine are you running this on?

    Sound Forge is supported on PC's running Microsoft Windows XP, Vista or 7. For exact specifications on System Requirements, please visit this page: http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/soundforge/techspecs. For the webinar, we used a Sony VAIO FW190 laptop.


    Hardware

    How do I setup my turntable to record vinyl? Also what is your preferred gain setting?

    Connect the output of your stereo system to a pair of inputs on your computer sound card. Or, if you have a USB turntable, connect it to your computer's USB jack. Then, route the Sound Forge Pro inputs to listen to the appropriate inputs. Adjust the input gain so that the incoming signal peaks somewhere between -6 and -3dB to ensure that the incoming audio doesn't peak and cause clipping distortion.


    Can I add audio cards to my PC and record 6 channels simultaneously?

    Yes. Sound Forge Pro 10.0 supports multi-channel audio recording and editing. You can record as many separate sources as your card has inputs and you can send those inputs to any of the 32 channels that Sound Forge Pro supports.


    When recording, is there a way to limit the input from a microphone that is over-saturated?

    This is something that would need to be adjusted on your sound card's input.


    What is the microphone featured on the cover of the new software?

    Sony C-800 GPAC. No; Sony did not plant that question!


    What hardware is required to run Sound Forge Pro 10?

    The System Requirements are listed on the Sound Forge Pro 10 technical specifications page.


    What's New

    Anything new added to the video/audio capabilities?

    To read about all of the new features included in Sound Forge Pro 10, please see the Sound Forge Pro 10 product pages. There you'll find new features clearly labeled "New!" You can also check out the Sound Forge product comparisons for a quick view of what's new in version 10.


    Anything new or improved regarding audio restoration since Sound Forge 8?

    No changes have been made to the audio restoration tools.


    Nice to have CD Architect now a part of Sound Forge. Any new features in the "new" version?

    There are no new features in the most current release of CD Architect. However, to read about the new feature of Sound Forge Pro 10.0, please navigate to the following web address, http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/soundforge/techspecs.


    Have there been any changes to Noise Reduction 2.x in this version?

    In terms of functionality, there are no real changes to the Noise Reduction plug-in.


    Is Sound Forge Pro 10 right for me?

    I currently have Sound Forge Pro 9, why should I go up to version 10?

    The reasons to upgrade are as varied as the ways people use Sound Forge, so you'll have to make that determination for yourself. Navigate to the following web address to read about the new features of Sound Forge Pro 10.0: http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/soundforge. There you'll find new features clearly labeled "New!" You can also check out the Sound Forge product comparisons for a quick view of what's new in version 10.


    Any special deal for users who recently bought a copy of Sound Forge 9?



    I am interested in voice audio as I am building a serious internet radio website and audio quality over the net is critical. I have Sound Forge 8 and will update to 10 today. How will Sound Forge Pro 10 help me meet my goal?

    Sound Forge Pro 10 supports the highest audio quality in terms of bit depth and sample rate. Sound Forge 8 also supports extremely high quality, but many enhancements have been added to the application in version 9 and now with version 10. You may find particularity that Sound Forge Pro 10 event edit mode helps you work more efficiently. In addition, Sound Forge Pro 10 ships with the Mastering bundle 2 powered by Izotope. These high-quality mastering plug-ins give you power and quality that you don't have with the plug-ins built into Sound Forge 8.


    I have Sound Forge 9 but find myself using Vegas Pro 9, Izotope Alloy, Ozone, Rx and SmartSound for my audio/sound work. What would Sound Forge Pro 10 give over the other software I've been using?

    This depends entirely on your workflow, the tasks you need to perform, and your personal preferences. There are certain things that you can do in Sound Forge Pro that you can't do in the other tools you mention and there are other things that you may find work more efficiently when done in Sound Forge Pro even though you could accomplish the same task inside Vegas Pro. However, Vegas Pro is also a very powerful audio tool.


    I am a voice-over professional and I use Sound Forge Pro 10a for my recording and editing. A question: what presets have you included specifically for this type of work? For example, what Sound Forge Pro 10a compression settings are best suited for voice work?

    As always, the answer really depends on many factors such as whether the voice is male or female, what type of environment the audio was recorded in, the quality of the microphone that was used, and so on. In general though, all of the plug-ins included in Sound Forge Pro 10 feature a number of presets that you can quickly call up and test with your file. Given the variety of variables mentioned above, we can't give you exact settings for every situation. In general though keeping the compression light on a voiceover is probably a good idea so that you don't create a harsh or "crunchy" sound.


    Is Sound Forge Pro 10 still considered mostly a mastering tool?

    Sound Forge Pro is used worldwide throughout the audio industry as a mastering tool. However, this is by no means all that the application is useful for. You can use Sound Forge Pro to cover virtually every step of the audio production process, from recording, to editing, to mastering, and finally to delivery.


    I have Sound Forge 8. Is there a difference between that and the "Pro" edition and what is the cost of upgrade?

    No; there is no difference between Sound Forge 8 and Sound Forge Pro 8 (we simply did not use the word Pro in version 8). There is definitely a difference between Sound Forge 8 and Sound Forge Pro 10 with many new features having been added in both the version 9 and 10 upgrades. Normally you can upgrade to Sound Forge Pro 10 from version 8 (or any other pro version) for $239.95 for download and $249.95 for the packaged upgrade. Through November 30, 2009 we have a special offer for $100 off the normal upgrade price.


    How stable is Sound Forge Pro 10?

    We are extremely confident in the dependability and stability of Sound Forge Pro 10. We have built a reputation throughout the industry with all of our software products for creating products that you can rely on.


    Is it possible to work on DVD projects?

    You can certainly use Sound Forge Pro to edit audio for a project you plan on burning to a DVD. However, you cannot use Sound Forge to author or burn DVDs. You also cannot extract the audio from a burned DVD. Depending on your needs, you may want to consider Vegas Pro and DVD Architect which provide fully featured DVD and Blu-ray Disc authoring tools.


    If I have Vegas Pro 9 and Acid Pro, do I really need Sound Forge?

    ACID and Vegas do offer features similar to Sound Forge and can perform a lot of the same functions. However, Sound Forge Pro does have features that are unique to Sound Forge (like Noise Reduction and Batch Conversion). Sound Forge Pro is specially tailored for audio recording, editing and mastering and is tuned best to do certain types of audio production. A useful analogy might be that both a bicycle and an airplane will get you from New York to LA, but an Airplane will let you get there much more quickly. Sound Forge Pro is your ticket for precise and efficient audio production.


    Do these tasks transfer over to Sound Forge Audio Studio 9.0?

    Some pieces of what we discuss in the webinar will work in Sound Forge Audio Studio 9.0, but there are many advanced features found in Sound Forge Pro 10 that are not available in the consumer Sound Forge Audio Studio application. None of the new features discussed in the webinar are available in Sound Forge Audio Studio 9.0.


    Price

    How much does it cost?

    MSRP of Sound Forge Pro 10 is $499, however it is available at most retailers for around $349-$399 (street price). For a limited time (until Nov. 30), users of Sound Forge Pro (any previous version), can upgrade to Sound Forge Pro 10 starting at $139.


    Do you offer an educational discount for schools and universities?

    Yes. We sell through a number of academic resellers for educational pricing of our software applications. See our academic/non-profit pricing page for more information.


    So what is final price for owners of Sound Forge consumer version?

    Owners of Sound Forge Audio Studio can upgrade to the download version of Sound Forge Pro 10 for $319.95 and to the packaged version for $329.95. Through November 30, 2009 we have a special offer for $50 off the normal Sound Forge Audio Studio upgrade price.


    Miscellaneous

    I imported an MP3 and output a WAV. It had more noise in the WAV than it had as an MP3. I tried to remove it but nothing worked. Hiss was left in the WAV, why?

    Please ensure the.wav is uncompressed and the bit-depth and sample-rate match the .mp3 (typically 16-bit, 44.1kHz). If you still experience issues, please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-577-6642.


    Will you ever produce a Macintosh version? [and] Will Sound Forge come to Mac platform in the future? [and] Will this work on a Mac and if so, will it work on version Snow leopard?

    At this time, Sound Forge Pro only supports Windows based PC's. If a Mac version is something that you would like to see, please let us know by sending us a product suggestion.


    How do I add copyright info to my files?

    There are several possible answers here. If you’re authoring a CD project, add copyright information to your through the CD Information window. Choose View | Metadata | CD Information. If you’re creating MP3 files, click the Custom button in the Save As dialog box and then click the ID3 Settings tab. Add your copyright information there. There is also a Copyright field on the Summary Information Metadata window. Choose View | Metadata | Summary Information.


    When exporting a WAV file from CD Architect, the software gets to a point where progress just stops. What might cause this?

    This could be caused by a number of things. To resolve this, please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-577-6642.


    Is it possible to auto find gaps in sound already recorded (it's possible during recording, but is it also possible in a pre-recorded sound file)?

    You can use the Auto Region feature under the Tools menu to detect the gaps.


    Is it true 64 bit?

    Sound Forge Pro 10 does support installation on a 64-bit operating system like Windows Vista or Windows 7 64-bit, however it is a 32-bit application and will function in 32-bit mode.


    Any plans to release a 64 bit version of Sound Forge?

    At this time, Sound Forge Pro is supported within 64-bit operating systems and will function as a 32-bit application in a 64-bit environment. However, we have not announced any plans regarding Sound Forge Pro becoming a 64-bit native application.


    How many computers can the owner of Sound Forge Pro 10 install his program on?

    According the Sony Creative Software End User License Agreement, there is no restriction for installing or re-installing the software on multiple computers. Many users need to have the software installed on more than one computer (i.e., a home PC, a work PC, and a portable laptop) for the convenience of being able to work on projects at different locations. Our EULA allows for this type of use and only the purchase of a single license is required to do so.


    Is the copy protection a usb stick?

    There is no hardware copy protection or dongle with Sound Forge Pro 10.


    I bought Sound Forge Pro 10, a few weeks ago and I received a code for a Seminar Series training video tutorial for a free download, and tried online but I didn't have any luck at sonycreativesoftware.com/sf10training, I didn't see any place to enter the code to redeem, do you have any suggestions?

    At sonycreativesoftware.com/sf10training, enter your code in the field labeled "Promotional Code". If you're not seeing that, please contact our customer service team for assistance at 1-800-577-6642. You can also send them an email for support.


    When I digitized an aging analog tape, the song was occasionally cut, with fractions of a second not silent but just gone, so the song stutters. Is there an easy tool that finds the beat and realigns the WAV to that beat, even if that leaves small gaps of silence?

    There is no such tool in Sound Forge Pro 10.0.







     
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