Sony Sound Forge Pro Review – Fast and Powerful!

Sony Sound Forge ProWelcome to my Sony Sound Forge Pro review. Sound Forge Pro is an “advanced audio waveform editor” and is the only software you will need to do any audio editing. You can record up to 32 audio channels simultaneously in 64-bit/192 kHz audio. It has precise audio editing abilities, featuring the ability to convert regions to events, lock event markers, region markers, and envelope points to events. it has a full range of effects and signal processing plug-ins, such as Noise Reduction 2 audio restoration, Wave Hammer compression and limiting, graphic and multiband dynamics, noise gating, time stretch, flange, chorus, reverb, phasing, envelope generation. Any effect you want, you’ve got within Sound Forge Pro.


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PROS & CONS

Pros:

  • Easy to use.
  • All the sound editing tools you need.
  • Easy to correct mistakes in recordings.
  • Wonderful effects.
  • Great for mastering.
  • Professional sound quality.

Cons:

  • iZotope plugins are not so good.
  • Aftersales support could be better.

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Demonstration Video


Who is Sony Sound Forge Pro Designed For?

I think Found Forge Pro is best suited for the following types of people:

  • Music producers/engineers wanting full control over editing audio recordings, adding effects and mastering the final mixdown.
  • Sound effects producers who want to be able to record sounds in high-quality audio, layer multiple sounds on top of each other to create complex sound effects.
  • Video makers who want to add music and/or sound effects to their videos.

FEATURES

Sound Forge Pro and SpectraLayers Pro

Works with SpectraLayers Pro

You can seamlessly transfer audio data between Sound Forge Pro and SpectraLayers Pro, Sony’s advanced audio spectrum editor. SpectraLayers Pro offers a different way of viewing and editing your audio. Instead of viewing your audio files in the standard waveform view, you can view it as a spectral graph. This gives you far more information about the audio. Whereas on the normal waveform view, the vertical axis shows amplitude, the vertical axis on a spectral graph shows the frequency, and the amplitude is shown by the brightness.

This means you can actually isolate specific parts of the sound and then change them, add effects to just those parts, or even eliminate them. Being able to exchange audio between Sound Forge and SpectralLayers means you can do far more to polish your audio to get it just how you want it to sound.

Sound Forge Pro Plugin Chain InterfacePlug-in Chain Interface

Version 11 of Sound Forge Pro has introduced a new floating plug-in chain window. This allows you to line up a series of effects and signal processing plug-ins so you can hear the end result without altering your original audio file. You can change the order of the plug-ins, turn them on and off to hear the difference, and change the presets, interface controls, and envelope automation. This means you can fine tune the final sound of your audio to get it just how you want it.

Sound Forge Pro Waveform Overview BarWaveform Overview Bar

New in version 11 of Sound Forge Pro is a redesigned waveform overview bar to make it easier to navigate your audio files. It is not just a way to show where you are in the audio file, it is also great for locating specific parts of the sound and auditioning your audio. To center your cursor in a time range defined by the waveform display, simply double-click in the bar. You can also click and drag looping segments to audition them.

Sound Forge Pro Multichannel File Editing and ProcessingMultichannel Audio Recording, Editing, and Processing

If you thought you were only going to be able to record one channel at a time, think again, because Sound Forge Pro lets you record up to 32 channels of high-resolution sound at the same time. You can also do editing and processing of multiple channels at a time. You can open, edit, and save multichannel audio data from XDCAM field recorders, as well as surround mixes, all with sample-accurate precision.

Sound Forge Pro Nectar Elements by iZotopeNectar Elements by iZotope

Vocals are a key part of a lot of music, but getting your vocals to sound just right can be difficult. Thanks to the Nectar Elements plug-in by iZotope, you can quickly and easily do many different vocal treatments. It comes with a bunch of presets to fit various common scenarios and styles such as pop, rock, soul, folk, dialogue, and voiceover. You can adjust controls such as drive, grit, and presence, and you can even correct pitch errors if there are moments where your singer has sung slightly out of tune. There is even the option to reduce room noise.

Sound Forge Pro Calm-targeted meteringCALM-targeted Metering

I don’t know if you have heard of the “loudness war”, but it’s the fact that music and audio seem to have got louder in recent years, thanks to audio engineers making extensive use of compression. However, there is now a law called the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act (CALM), which says that TV commercials are not allowed to sound louder than the TV programs. With the CALM-targeted metering in Sound Forge Pro, you can make sure your final audio meets the requirements.

Sound Forge Pro Native DSPNative DSP

The latest version of Sound Forge Pro comes with a full range of Digital Signal Processing tools. Choose from graphic and multiband dynamics, Wave Hammer compression and limiting, noise gating, envelope generation, equalisation (graphic, paragraphic, or parametric), flange, phasing, chorus, tremolo, reverb, vibrato, pitch shifters, distortion, the Gapper/Snipper effects processor, and the truly astounding Acoustic Mirror convolution reverb.


PROS & CONS IN DEPTH

Easy to use

When you have important audio projects to work on, the last thing you need holding you back is software that is complicated to learn and difficult to use. Thankfully, Sound Forge Pro is easy to learn, so you can dive in and start editing and processing your audio straight away.

All the sound editing tools you need

You don’t want to have lots of different pieces of software and hardware to do your sound editing and processing, so it’s great that Sound Forge Pro has everything you need to get the result you want. Actually, there is one thing missing, and that’s spectrum editing, but that a very specialized tool that is covered by SpectraLayers Pro, which integrates perfectly with Sound Forge. But apart from that, everything else is all here. You can do it all: edit your waveforms, add effects, do mastering.

Easy to correct mistakes in recordings

Not every musical performance or sound recording is 100% perfect, so it’s useful to be able to correct mistakes in an audio editing environment. Get the best recording you can, and then fix any remaining problems in Sound Forge Pro.

Wonderful effects

Effects are what make sounds really come alive. Without effects, your audio may end up sounding dull and lifeless. No matter what effects you need for your project, whether it’s compression, EQ, reverb, flange, chorus, and many more, you can definitely find them here.

Great for mastering

Mastering is one of those specialized skills that can really add the finishing touch to your project. Sound Forge Pro has all the mastering tools you need to get the end result you are looking for. No need to use any other mastering equipment or send your audio off to be mastered by someone else.

Professional sound quality

Of course, if you care about your audio project, having professional sound quality is essential. Sound Forge Pro has been created specifically for audio professionals, so you can be sure to be getting the best quality digital audio possible, with 64-bit/192 kHz audio quality.

iZotope plugins are not so good

One customer on Amazon reported that trying to use the Izotope plugins wasted a week of their time. They claim that those particular plugins are amateurish and inaccurate. This is a great shame considering how great the software is in every other way. However, it’s worth noting that iZotope are a different company to Sony, so this is perhaps not a problem with Sony or Sound Forge Pro.

Aftersales support could be better

One user states that they struggled to get support from Sony when they had a problem with Sound Forge Pro. They contacted them but did not get a response for over two weeks, and ended up having to search for their own solution to the problem online. This is very disappointing considering this is professional software because it could mean that professional audio engineers could waste a lot of time trying to sort out a problem when they need to be getting on with their work.


Conclusion

This is a professional audio editing and processing program. It is worth noting that this is not really a music making program, but a program for doing any editing or processing that you need to do once you have done your recording. So I do not recommend this for beginners who are looking for their first music software. However, I do highly recommend it for producers and/or engineers who are looking for top-of-the-range professional audio progressing software to add effects and/or master their final mixes.

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I hope you found my Sony Sound Forge Pro review helpful, but if you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them in the comments section below and I will reply as soon as I can.

All the best,
Marcus.

6 Comments

  1. Chris

    I’ve got to be honest with you but I never really got on with sound forge due to it not being that fast and sluggish – I thought it was a PC processor thing at first but it turns out it wasn’t. I tend to opt for Adobe Audition for any sort of mastering choices – seems to run smoothly. What do you think about Audition?

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    1. Marcus (Post author)

      Yes, Adobe Audition is good. I remember using it way back when it was originally called Cool Edit. Do you remember when it was called that? That was a long time ago, though.

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  2. Dave

    Thanks for the thorough review.

    I am looking for some audio editing software and to be honest its a bloody minefield… Until I read your review, lol. I do a lot of amateur sound editing but after my laptop was stolen I am without and have to buy everything from scratch. I am probably going to go with Sound Forge Pro after reading your page as it has a mix of the pros and cons, not the usual ‘everything is great’ mentality of other site.

    Thanks buddy

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    1. Marcus (Post author)

      Thank you, Dave. I’m glad you found it help. Wishing you all the best with your sound editing.

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  3. Matt

    Hi! Thanks a lot for this article. I found it really well written, informative, and interesting! I came across it while looking for birthday gifts for my musically inclined bro, and I really don’t have much clue what I am looking for ha. This has helped me to figure a few things out. Thanks a lot!

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    1. Marcus (Post author)

      Thank you, Matt. I’m glad you found it helpful. Hopefully your brother will find what he is looking for.

      Reply

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