Magix has revealed the latest update to its Sound Forge Audio Studio software.
Version 12 lets users digitise, repair, and restore LP records and tapes, create podcasts, master audio, burn CDs, and render to a range of popular audio formats for streaming on the web or playback on portable media players.
The updated tool is built on a 64-bit platform to supply more editing power, more processing power, and a more powerful workflow, as well as featuring an updated and redesigned recording window. The upgrade follows Magix' recent announcement that it would commit to upgrading its entire Sound Forge family of products over the course of 2017.
Slice Edit lets users tweak edits even after the cut. Soft Cut creates automatic, user-adjustable crossfades with each edit to ensure smooth transitions between cuts with no pops or clicks, while Spectral cleaning performs frequency-based noise removal by visually identifying frequencies of an offending noise.
The visualisation window presents several ways to analyse and track audio output including peak meters, phase oscilloscope, correlation meter, direction meter, spectroscope, spectrogram, bit meter, oscilloscope, and tuner. Additionally, Sound Forge Audio Studio 12 includes iZotope’s Ozone Elements 7 mastering plugin with a set of 75 presets, along with macro controls to fine tune the EQ and compression.
Repair and restoration tools include DeClicker/DeCrackler to automatically detect and remove clicks and crackle from vinyl recordings or other noisy environments. DeClipper restores and recovers analogue or digital material with clipping artifacts. DeEsser removes sibilance with presets for male and female vocals. DeHisser cleans up background hiss with presets for hiss behind vocals, cassette tape hiss, analogue tape hiss, and more. DeNoiser reduces unwanted steady-state noise like that created by air-conditioning, equipment hum, and amplifier hiss.
Sound Forge Audio Studio 12 is now available online and in stores for $59.99, while current users can upgrade from earlier versions for $29.99.