sound forge 7 box

Sound Forge 7.0


The reliable working horse for editing got even more power

NewIncredibly detailed comparison chart of best 3 Sound Editors: Sound Forge 7+8!, Wavelab 5 and Adobe Audition 1.5

Wish I could have Sound Forge on my Mac. Some say it's the best stereo editor ever. A working horse for fast and effortless routine tasks. Exactly what's missing on the Macintosh platform, since Digidesigns Sounddesigner is no longer continued.

Sound Forge provides fast and powerful editing with drag and drop operations, multiple file format support, and batch processing.

With version 5.0 it has also closed the gap to it's competition regarding 32 bit recording and even 192 kHz support.

It even provides a pretty fast CD ripping and now track at once burning. That means, the range of action for using this program has been considerably increased.

DirectX Plug-In support with even more built-in effects, and video support. In version 7 it can be even automated. Features unlimited undo/redo history and crash recovery to minimize lost work.

Now the most important new features:

  • Automated time-based recording. This is cool. Now you can record radio, internet radio or any other sound source while you are not at home.
  • Audio threshold record triggering. You can set a threshold level in your audio input. Anything louder than this starts recording. It comes even with a prerecording buffer so you don't loose a tiny bit of your recordings.
  • DirectX® plug-in effects automation. Yes, a cool feature. Just imagine how precise and powerful you can use your effects now.
  • White, pink, and brown noise generators. Very useful for measuring room acoustics.
  • Vinyl Restoration Plug-In. If you need to clean up an old vinyl loop because it's too dirty you can try this.
  • Clipped peak detection and marking. A very useful new feature. I was waiting for that a long time now. Especially when you master audio, this feature is priceless. You can easily find and mark any clipped samples in your track.
  • Waveform volume and pan envelopes


  • Fast and stable
  • Opens a lot of audio formats without need for conversion (WMA, WMV, WAV, MOV, AVI, PCA AIF, MP3 and many others)
  • 24/32bit floating point
  • 192 kHz support
  • Repair Tools for Removing Clicks and Damaged Audio
  • CD-ripping
  • 8-track editing with Vegas Audio
  • Drag and drop operation
  • Multiple file format support
  • Batch processing
  • Unlimited undo/redo
  • Video support (AVI, WMV, MPEG-1 and MPEG-2)


  • No VST or other Plug-in support
  • PC only

Manufacturers Homepage: Sonic Foundry got bought by Sony !

Platform: PC (Windows XP, 2000)

Typical Users: Multimedia Producers, Mastering Facilities, Recording Studios

Supported Hardware: Any Windows-compatible sound card

Recommended Systems: Our Model-Systems that proved to work. From Microphone to Speakers. You can use this as it is, or as a basis for your own computer recording studio. It also gives you tips, which laptop models you can use for audio recording.