Sound Forge has long been my personal go-to program for stereo editing, fine tuning (some call it “mastering”) and program assembly. Initially designed as a sample editor back in the dark ages, it’s grown to be a very versatile and stable editor that’s intuitive and easy to use. It’s always been a PC program, but now there’s a Mac version. It’s not just an OS-X makeover, but Sony has customized it in a few ways to be more favorable to the Mac interface and workflow. It’s still not a DAW, but it’s capable of handling multi-channel audio projects such as surround mixes.
- A new editing user interface designed specifically for OS X, with dedicated viewing panels for the ideal workflow experience when recording, monitoring, editing, applying plug-in processing, and browsing for content.
- Mastering and restoration tools including Mastering Effects Bundle by iZotope™ — a suite of six essential audio mastering plug-ins: EQ, Multiband Compressor, Exciter, Imager, Limiter, and Reverb, Denoiser, Declicker and Declipper-an iZotope exclusive.
- Records and processes audio files up to 192 kHz sample rate. 64-bit internal processing, handles up to 32-channel files
Price is $300 for the packaged version, a download will save you $30, and there’s a free trial version available for downloading.
For further details, visit the Sony Creative Software Sound Forge Mac web page.