As the latest version of one of the world's leading professional audio solutions, Sound Forge Pro 11 brings workflow enhancements and tweaks, new signal effects plug-ins, one-touch recording, new display options, and restore and repair tools. It's a great piece of software, though somewhat costly.
Reliable, professional solution: At this level of complexity, Sony Sound Forge Pro 11 looks and feels like a mature product. Its power and stability ensure that all your audio needs will be satisfied to the last detail.
Audio for video: With videography in mind, the new version supports popular video formats like AVI, WMV, MPEG-1, and MPEG-2, as well as several video-specific functions.
Price: At $500 for a new installation and $200 for the upgrade, Sound Forge Pro is a serious investment. Given that version 10 is already very stable and powerful, we don't feel there are enough new features to make the upgrade worthwhile.
Competition: Powerful and popular competitors like Cubase offer more affordable alternatives. If you're an existing user deeply accustomed to the software's every nook and cranny, you probably won't move house; but if you're a new professional user you will certainly feel tempted to try more accessible solutions.
With its strong set of features and many options, Sony Sound Forge Pro 11 satisfies the needs of professionals. Although the feature jump from the previous version is not that great, this solution remains one of the best professional audio software packages. The upgrade isn't indispensable, but it's certainly worthwhile.
From Magix Software:
Sound Forge Pro is the application of choice for a generation of creative and prolific artists, producers, and editors. Record audio quickly on a rock-solid platform, address sophisticated audio processing tasks with surgical precision, and render top-notch master files with ease. New features include one-touch recording, metering for the new critical standards, more repair and restoration tools, and exclusive round-trip interoperability with SpectraLayers Pro. Taken together, these enhancements make this edition of Sound Forge Pro the deepest and most advanced audio editing platform available.
What's new in this version:
Version 11.0.345 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
Very versatile with a lot of features that appear to be quite useful for professional editing. I was able to clean up files with significant background noise better than several competing products. Allows work with WMA format which Audacity and other similar products do not.
30-day trial did not even last 30 days. Installed this program on 11/23/2013 and the trial claimed it was expired on 12/8/2013. Not sure I am willing to trust software from a company that cannot count to 30, especially considering the retail price tag of the full version.
The software workflow is ideal for a studio, restoration company, or audio production facility. I had one of the first versions when Sonic Foundry first started, and by version six I was recommending it for broadcast editing. Back then the company was very in-sync with user's needs and understood the requirements and stability. It had some good tools. I say "had" as lately there have been some issues. For a radio/TV production department it's handy.
In one word: Support. Since Sony took over the company, support of the product has been nil to apathetic. I, personally, am still trying to get a resolution on a problem starting in early 2012. At one point I was given less than helpful advice on how to resolve the issue which lead to the PC being rendered useless. I don't know if there is a difference in the quality of paid versus free support on something you buy on day one, (and I would hope there would not be), but all the support I've received on the product has been less than satisfactory, and on the lower end of disappointed.
When dealing with a company you would hope that they are concerned for the impression they give you. The dealings I've had with support have been frustrating. It not only spans the general customer support people, but letters to management and even a meeting at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention left me feeling that I was stuck with the problem, and there was no hope of it being fixed. The biggest problem I see is that nobody in management recognizes there is a support issue that has spanned a year and owns up to making sure the customer is made whole again. My impression is counter to that, in that letters and e-mails to management are ignored, and even a face to face meeting at the N.A.B. left me feeling Sony had no concern for the customer's problem. I'm also taken back by their pushing users to a "user supported forum", which I have found yields more troll replies than helpful advice. Sony does have a pay-for-support but without a guarantee of return of money if support is not rendered, I'm hesitant to try it. Lastly, Sony has a "Product Suggestion" link on the Sound Forge web page for users to make suggestions to improve the product, or add tools that are helpful. As much as I want to think this page is read by someone at Sony, I don't see it as being helpful or providing the user the thought they are investing in the product. Over the years I have submitted suggestions for relative tools/products, as have other friends that use S.F., only to be ignored and unacknowledged. Again, this is just another way Sony takes the confidence out of the product. As I mention, I've been a long time Sony Sound Forge, Vegas, and Acid user. But something has happened to the soul of the company where apathy for customers seems predominant. As much as I've used Sound Forge for years, I feel that in the future I'm going to have to change to another product. Sony has lost my confidence, and patience. And on top of it, they probably don't care I'm disappointed. It's probably best to find another product which is better supported.
SImple recording program easy editing, save in most any popular format
I can't see where it has dubbing capability. I think the Sound Forge Pro has that but expensive. Trouble with multiple downloads and the version that you get. For professionals the Audio Pro or Acid is likely great. 30 day free trial
Audio Studio Great easy to use program for simple recording and editing at a price that is moderate
Its self explanitry if you've used older versions of this product you'll be familier with it, all images are easy to navigate, it really helps the user to get the best quality sound from production ,editing waves/mp3s attention to detail is apparent.
I can't afford it today!
I,ve been using this product for about 3 years and for what it cost's you get alot and as a budding producer affordability is key, this ticks all the boxes.