Newest version of professional digital audio recording, editing and mastering software

This new Sound Forge version includes many new powerful features and enhancements, including nondestructive audio editing, multitask background rendering, 32-bit/64-bit float/192kHz file support, enhanced DirectX plug-in management, QuickTime and Windows Media format import and user interface enhancements.
Sound Forge 6.0 includes an extensive set of customizable processes, effects and tools for manipulating audio, and supports a wide range of audio and video file formats, including Windows Media, RealMedia, QuickTime and MPEG 1&2.

New in Sound Forge 6.0:

Powerful and fast nondestructive audio editing
Cut, Paste, and Delete audio with speed and accuracy, down to the sample level. Nondestructive edits happen immediately

Multitask background rendering.
Users can save valuable time by continuing production : Open, Play, Preview, Cut, Copy, Paste, and Delete files while other project files render in the background

32 bit/64-bit float/192kHz file support
Sound Forge 6.0 now supports full resolution 32-bit files for high audio quality. Import and save high-resolution 32-bit files, even record 32-bit files if your hardware supports 32-bit recording.

Audio Effects
Over 35 audio effects, including DirectX Audio Plug-Ins from Sonic Foundry's XFX 1, 2, and 3 series.
Included three EQ's, Amplitude Modulation, Chorus, Delay/Echo, Distortion, Dynamics, Time Compression/Expansion, Flange, Pitch Bend, Reverb, and more
Enhanced Preset Manager
To back up, transfer, and organize your favorite presets. You can even use it to control your favorite ACID and Vegas presets.

Wave Hammer Mastering Tools to create audio masters.
Wave Hammer includes a classic compressor and volume maximizer, allowing you to limit the dynamic range of your audio and add punch to your recordings. Boost overall signal levels without clipping or distorting your sound, or limit a signal's peak amplitude.

Spectrum Analysis Tool to analyze waveforms by frequency and help identify noise problems.

CD Ripping and Track-at-Once CD Burning

Enhanced time zoom (24:1) for increased editing accuracy

Customizable zoom ratios

New Modeless Audio Plug-In Chainer

New Customizable DirectX Favorites menu for plug-ins

New DirectX Plug-In Manager

QuickTime and MPEG-1&2 file import ( MPEG-1&2 support requires the purchase of the MainConcept MPEG ) plug-in

Windows Media format import

Fully customizable toolbars

Tabbed docking windows

New audio playback options

New video saving and render options

Enhanced video preferences

Full support for files 4 GB and larger

User interface enhancements

FREE Vegas Video LE 3.0 Multitrack : Sound Forge6.0 includes a free streamlined version of Vegas Video 3.0 (Vegas Video LE), Sonic Foundry's professional multitrack digital video and audio editor.


Specifications Features

General Editing Features

Simple and powerful audio editing and navigation

Nondestructive audio editing

Intuitive windows interface

Sample rates from 2 kHz to 192 kHz

Full support for 4 GB and larger files

8-bit, 16-bit, 24-bit, 32 bit audio file support

Enhanced time zoom (24:1 ratio) for increased editing accuracy

Customizable zoom ratios

Drag-and-drop operations

Automatic left and right mono to stereo merge

MIDI controls

Customizable toolbar

New audio playback options

Mix, paste, and crossfade

Overview window

Undo/Redo histories

DirectX Plug-in Manager

New Modeless audio plug-in Chainer

Audio event locator

Keyboard shortcut commands

Over 35 built-in effects & processes

System- and user-defined function presets

Multiple-level undo and redo

Preset workspaces

Enhanced Preset manager

Effects previewing

Crash recovery

Snap to zero Cross

Pencil Mode for drawing wave data

Zoom in, zoom maximum or minimum

Vertical zoom

Spectrum analysis

Voice over mixing with fade-in tuning for overlap.

Preview cuts prior to removing data

Mark-in, mark-out, drop markers in real time

Embed URL flips within audio and video stream

Video and AVI file support with frame-accurate audio editing

DirectX Plug-In Support

Embed summary information in files

Mono and stereo sound files

Real-time play and record meters

Save files in the latest multimedia and Internet file formats

Standard keyboard commands, mouse shortcuts, and toolbars


Auto Trim/Crop


Channel Converter

Normalize peak or RMS Level

Stereo Pan/Expand (supports mid-side mixing)

Graphic, Paragraphic, and Parametric EQ

DC Offset



Graphic Fade with noise-shaping and dithering


Fade In/Out

Time Compress/Expand

Insert Silence



Bit Depth Converter (to 8-bit, 16-bit, 24-bit, or 32-bit)


Acoustic Mirror

Amplitude Modulation



Delay/Echo (Simple and Multi-Tap)

Graphic Dynamics

Multi-Band Dynamics




Noise Gate

Pitch Bend/Shift



Wave Hammer Compressor/Volume Maximizer


Track at once CD burning

CD Ripping

Spectrum Analysis

Auto Region (using beats and measures, or peak detection)

Crossfade Loop

Extract Regions

Find Tool

Enhanced Preset Manager

Sampler Tool

Statistics Tool (Max, RMS, DC offset, Zero Crossings)

Simple Synthesis

FM Synthesis

DTMF/MF Tone Synthesis

Tools for ACID

Create ACIDized loops

Loop-editing toolbar

Assign root notes, number of beats, and tempo 

Regions and Playlists

Nondestructive playlist

Name markers, loops, regions

Trigger with sequencers

Trigger with MIDI event-generating devices

Trigger with time code-generating devices

Sample Editing

Pop-up MIDI keyboard to test samples

Sustaining Loop

Release Loop

Real-time loop tuning window

Generate/Receive MIDI Time Code

SCSI/SMDI or MIDI/SDS sample transfer

Sustaining Loop, Release Loop 


Auto calibration for DC Offset

Generate SMPTE/MIDI Time Code

Glitch/Gap Detection

Punch In option

Real-time record meters

Remote record function

Timing Basis

Absolute Frames

Measures and Beats

Samples, Time, Seconds

SMPTE Drop/Non-Drop


Time and Frames 

Video Support

FREE Vegas Video 3.0 LE

Enhanced video preferences

New option to compensate for non-square pixels in Video preview window

Display exact video frame animation above waveform

.MOV and MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 (MPEG-1&2 support requires the purchase of the MainConcept MPEG plug-in) format import

Windows Media Video format import

External monitor support using DV and IEEE 1394 devices

Maintain perfect sync while working with full NTSC and PAL video

Sound and video synchronization with sub-frame accuracy

Various video and audio compression options

 Supported File Formats (open and save), Extension

AIF/SND: Macintosh AIFF

AU/SND: NeXT/Sun (Java) (PCM, µ-Law)

AVI: Microsoft Video for Windows

DIG/SD: Sound Designer 1

IVC: Intervoice (ADPCM, µ-Law, A-Law)

MOV: Apple QuickTime Movie

MP3: MPEG-1 Layer 3 (Audio)

MPG (MPEG-1&2 support requires the purchase of the MainConcept MPEG plug-in): MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 Video

OGG:Ogg Vorbis

PCA: Sonic Foundry Perfect Clarity Audio

RAW: Raw Files (8- and 16-bit data: signed, unsigned, and Motorola and Intel byte ordering)

RM: RealNetworks RealAudio 8.0 (only save)

RM: RealNetworks RealVideo 8.0 ( only save)

SND: Sounder/SoundTool

VOX:Dialogic VOX (ADPCM)

W64: Sonic Foundry Wave 64

WAV: Microsoft Wave

WMA: Microsoft Windows Media Format

WMV: Microsoft Windows Media Video


System Requirements

200 MHz processor

Windows-compatible sound card

CD-ROM drive (for installation from a CD only)

Supported CD-Recordable drive (for CD burning only)

24-bit color display recommended


25 MB hard-disk space for program installation

Microsoft Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, or XP

Microsoft DirectX 8 or later

Internet Explorer 5.0 or later


Us$499.95, but it is offered direct from Sonic Foundry for $399.96 as a download
Us$449.95 for boxed product
Registered users of Sound Forge 5.0 can upgrade direct from Sonic Foundry for only $149.95

Sonic Foundry Corporate Headquarters, 1617 Sherman Ave. , Madison, WI 53704 (Usa), e-mail

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2002 issue 105

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