New Gear Review: Sony Creative Sound Forge 2

SF2_Icon (3)Sony Creative Software has Sound Forge 2; it uses the same core technology as Sound Forge Pro Mac 2. It uses 64-bit AU and VST plug-in processing and plays/records up to 32 simultaneous channels of audio using up to 24-bit/192 kHz resolution. The audio editor contains Wave Hammer™, a flexible audio compressor/limiter with presets I found to work well for getting music mixes as loud as possible.

I am generally concerned with editing/trimming waveforms on different audio files before I apply processing. You can jump between either interleaved or a single mono files—each file is represented as tabs that line up in queue horizontally across the top of the main Edit window.

You can use Sony Creative Software’s native processes such as fade, flip, mute, volume, normalize and reverse and there is an extensive undo capability. You can save in formats: 3G2, 3GP, AAC, AIF, CAF, FLAC, M4A, MP3, MP4, OGG, SND, W64, and WAV.

Sound Forge 2 is available for download from the Mac App Store for $99.99 with an introductory price of $79.99.


Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs, and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. http://barryrudolph.com