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  1. Source: Magix Sound Forge Pro 15 Review (kvraudio.com) Magix Sound Forge Pro 15 Review Originally published by Sonic Foundry before changing hands and becoming part of Sony's creative software division in 2003, Sound Forge is a true veteran in the world of digital audio software and a staple on many an audio engineer's workstation. With most of the Sony creative software catalogue under the Magix banner, Sound Forge, now in its 15th iteration, turns 30 this year. From its humble roots as an audio editor, it now caters for professional audio recording and mastering, sound design, audio restoration, CD authoring, podcast production and much more. First Impressions Special mention must be made of the tutorial system included with Sound Forge Pro 15. In addition to the manual, upon loading up the software for the first time you are greeted with an interactive tutorial system which provides a very visual walkthrough of all the components, menus and windows and will have you oriented in no time. It may sound trivial, but coming from another audio editor / DAW environment, it can often be frustrating figuring out how to accomplish often simple functions and this mitigated that issue elegantly. The UI is utilitarian at best and the interface could possibly do with a more modern overhaul from a visual standpoint. It is clean and functional though with a new dark mode being available in version 15 which seems to be the industry standard for creative apps these days. One of its strong suits though is the extreme amount of customization options on hand and its ability to adapt to a vast number of audio editing roles and applications. Any combination of windows can be docked fluidly across multiple monitors to create a unique work environment suited to the task at hand, or just grab one of the many workspaces presets to effortlessly jump from a mastering job to editing a podcast and everything in between. There is huge number of supported formats as well covering video importing and compressed audio files. Sound Forge also supports 64 bit Float files up to a whopping 768 kHz sample rates for extremely high resolution recording. Toolset Highlights A fantastically useful new feature in Sound Forge 15 is the inclusion of a context menu extension (for Microsoft Windows) which allows for several functions and processes to be run right from within explorer and without even needing to launch the app at all. It was surprising to see the context menu also works on folders, effecting all audio contained within and allowing you to convert formats, normalize files, trim silence and more in record time. This made working with large amounts of multi samples and recorded hits for use in sample libraries an absolute breeze, with no time spent creating complicated batch processes at all, although that option exists too. The loop tuner view was incredibly useful and an intuitive way to finely tune looped audio, be it beats or multi sampled instruments. Exported WAV's can have loop points embedded making Sound Forge a perfect partner for a synth such as Spectrasonic's Omnisphere 2, which has rather rudimentary sampling capabilities and really requires a partnership with an app like Sound Forge for you to fully take advantage of its sample engine. Sound Forge also supports SoundFont (SF2) files. For podcasters and engineers working with multiple takes to a single file, there are some handy tools such as the 'Truncate Silence' option which can remove pauses in voice overs. The automatic region creation also makes quick work of identifying regions across a lengthy recording, allowing you to quickly jump to, edit and export specific parts of a file. New in 15 are improvements to the 'Instant Action' functionality allowing you to create macros and shortcuts which are accessible from a single click and once again customizable per workspace. Again, this allows you to quickly tailor the app to do what you need it to without complicating the process at all. Other new features include a reworked export experience. Export templates can be saved and in turn assigned to the afore mentioned 'Instant Actions' or even to the Windows context menu functionality in Explorer. Radio, streaming and television compliant masters are also now easily achievable via loudness normalization (not to be confused with a standard peak normalization process) and conforms to EBU R128 or ITU BS.1770-4 standards. An ACX export wizard is also included for users working with content for audiobooks on Audible, iTunes and Amazon. Bang for your buck The bundled software that comes with the Pro and Suite versions of Sound Forge 15 is impressive and covers a lot of ground. You can get your feet wet with spectral editing with the included Spectra layers 7 from Steinberg as well as RX8 Elements from iZotope. Also, from iZotope, a selection of mastering tools in the form of Ozone Elements and a bundled version of Celemony Melodyne 4. ARA2 functionality is included for seamless integration between external apps. Although they're the light versions of their fully featured counterparts, all these inclusions provide an excellent set of tools and a springboard to some of the most well-respected audio editing tools in the industry. The value provided by the third-party software almost constitutes the price of Sound Forge 15 alone, despite the huge amount of tools it offers natively. A healthy dose of VST effects plugins are included as well covering everything from modulation FX for sound design, to dynamics control, restoration and more. There is enough utilities here to cover you for almost any application from mastering, podcast creation and sample manipulation to simple clean up and restoration jobs. The plugin chain did feel a bit awkward to use at times. A lack of a search function can make finding specific plugins on the fly a bit of a chore however you are given the ability to create custom folders with groups of plugins suited for specific tasks. It's possible to create a podcast folder for example and fill it with tools for removing plosives, compression suited for vocal work and whatever other tools you may require for the task at hand. The verdict Sound Forge 15 contains an impressive array of industry leading tools for audio professionals of all types over the years. It is a 'Swiss Army Knife' of an audio app that every engineer, podcaster, sound designer and mastering engineer would do well to have in their arsenal. Most impressive is how easy it is to mold it to one's needs, excelling at specific tasks, achieving results, and doing so quickly and effectively without confusion or distraction. Spend a bit of time tailoring Sound Forge to your personal workflow and it will fit you like a glove. At $399 for the Pro version and $599 for Suite, Sound Forge is an investment, however comparatively well priced considering the scope of the software. The bundled third-party apps and plugins more than justify the asking price and both versions are available on a rent-to-own model called '365'. Furthermore, should you only require a simplified set of tools, the studio version is available for $49 and contains many of the best new features such as the Windows context menu extensions. Source: Magix Sound Forge Pro 15 Review (kvraudio.com)
  2. hahaha.... and hard days with Windows 98...
  3. I'm suspicious to say anything else. I already know all the work. Just two words: excellent discography!
  4. A nice studio! The result of the work is great.
  5. It sounds very good to my ears. Congratulations, you did a very good work! Can I ask you which DAW did you use for mastering?
  6. Cool! Congratulations and thanks!
  7. This is not true. I have all your videos in my browser 'favorites'. And I didn't know that all the records were being made available for free. That's right? I am avoiding shopping at the moment due to a family economic reorganization strategy, because of Covid-19.
  8. The arrangements with guitars, in my opinion, make the instrumental more pleasurable. Maybe because I'm a heavy metal fan. Another job very well done / built, congratulations, you are talented in what you do!
  9. I'm sorry to read this... In fact, I noticed that you were away longer than usual... I hope you are better and even more inspired to continue your good and interesting work! Take care!
  10. The introduction with heavy metal elements is exciting. The break in rhythm with the later resumption of the initial base "rounded off" this instrumental work. Thanks for sharing, I just got a chance to hear it now. It would be interesting to see your works explore a little more the insertions with guitars.
  11. I have difficulty assimilating the beautiful German language, but I was touched by the melody of the song. There is a certain magic to good music that breaks through any language barrier. My sincere congratulations, your music can do that.
  12. I don't know if it does, but it seems to me that the Carbon skin of the X5 is more "alive" than that of the X4. More beautiful. Nice work (as usual). Your works reminds me, in a way, of Jean-Michell Jarre, respecting individual peculiarities, obviously. By that, I mean that your work is very well built and perfectly competitive! Congratulations one more time!
  13. Yes. Embedded. I was suspicious that it would be some extension of my browser that would be preventing YouTube videos from appearing, but I noticed that I don't have many extensions, just one for text translations. The videos do not appear, only the links that lead to them are exposed. Some time ago it was working perfectly.
  14. I found this topic just now, what a cool video! I had traveling moments during the exhibition!
  15. Ah... thanks! The combination of tools you use is very good, I know some of them well. The result of your work is very professional. I really like the "texture" of your music, it is very pleasant to hear and it is the type that will sound good on any physical audio player. I thought you were using some Fairchild 670 emulation, but I believe the iZotope package has some responsibility for that. I really appreciate the sound of the iZotope plugins. As for sMax11, it is a champion apart! Stay up the good work!
  16. It was really good. You are a musician of great talent.
  17. Could someone, please, confirm that the embedded YouTube links no longer work here in the Forum?
  18. OK. It fit well in the mix. At 3:41 min, the transition from the bass (Trumpets) to the high (Muted Trumpet) was very nice. They highlighted the solo very well. Which compressor do you usually use?
  19. Very well done! Congratulations! I like the "warm" tone. It sounds pleasant to my ears.
  20. Sequoia only: Introduction to Sequoia from MAGIX - Introduction to Sequoia from MAGIX - YouTube Sequoia 9: Crossfade Editor Part 1 - Sequoia 9: Crossfade Editor Part 1 - YouTube Sequoia 9: Crossfade Editor Part 2 - Sequoia 9: Crossfade Editor Part 2 - YouTube Magix Sequoia Source/Destination Cut - Magix Sequoia Source/Destination Cut - YouTube Sequoia - 4-point editing - Source destination cut - Sequoia - 4-point editing - Source destination cut - YouTube Unfortunately, there is no abundant source of tutorials dedicated exclusively to Sequoia. What you find are sparse, old, rare and/or short videos. YouTube is the best way to try to find some interesting lesson, but, as stated above, in what does not concern Sequoia exclusively, the video tutorials dedicated to Samplitude make up, in a way, the lack of sources focused on Sequoia. Because it is a very expensive product, few dedicated themselves to sharing knowledge and even the owner MAGIX never dedicated itself to something truly broad like Master Kraznet did with Samplitude. If you happen to find something valuable, please share it here with us.
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