Sound Forge

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Sound Forge
Developer(s)Magix Software GmbH
Stable release
14 Sound Forge Pro April 2020[1]
15 Sound Forge Audio Studio February 2021[2]

16 Sound Forge Audio Studio January 2022

/ January 24, 2022; 2 years ago (2022-01-24)
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows, macOS
TypeDigital audio editor
WebsiteSound Forge: Family page

Sound Forge (formerly known as Sonic Foundry Sound Forge,[3] and later as Sony Sound Forge[4]) is a digital audio editing suite by Magix Software GmbH, which is aimed at the professional and semi-professional markets. There are two versions of Sound Forge: Sound Forge Pro 12 released in April 2018[5] and Sound Forge Audio Studio 13 (formerly known as Sonic Foundry's Sound Forge LE) released in January 2019.[6] Both are well known digital audio editors and offer recording, audio editing, audio mastering and processing.

In 2003, Sonic Foundry, the former parent company of Sound Forge, faced losses and tough competition from much larger companies, and agreed to sell its desktop audio and music production product family to Sony Pictures Digital for $18 million.[7] The software initially had Windows 3.x support, but after version 3.0 all support for 16-bit Windows was dropped. Additionally, Windows 95 support was dropped after Sound Forge 5.0.

On May 20, 2016, Sony announced that it would be selling the bulk of its creative software suite, including Sound Forge Pro, to Magix GmbH & Co. Magix announced via Facebook that their first new version of Sound Forge Audio Studio (Sound Forge Audio Studio 12) was released August 2017.[8]


  • Multi-channel or multitrack Recording
  • Voice activity detection using artificial intelligence[9]
  • Disc Description Protocol export[9]
  • High resolution audio support: 24-Bit, 32-Bit, 64-bit[10] (IEEE float) 192 kHz
  • Support for a wide variety of file formats: DSF (DSD), AA3/OMA (ATRAC), GIG (GigaSampler instrument), IVC (Intervoice), MP4 (including Apple Lossless), MPEG‑2 transport stream and PCA (Sony Perfect Clarity Audio). For working with audio‑for‑video, Pro 12 includes versatile video file support AVI, WMV, MPEG‑1 and MPEG‑2 (in PAL or NTSC) file formats[10]
  • DirectX and VST3[10] plugin support. Version 12 includes a vinyl restoration plug-in and Mastering Effects Bundle, powered by IZotope


  1. ^ "New Features in SOUND FORGE Pro 14". Archived from the original on 2021-12-13 – via
  2. ^ "Save 40% on SOUND FORGE Audio Studio 15 Steam Edition on Steam".
  3. ^ Sonic Foundry news,
  4. ^ "Sony Creative Software Sells Majority of Products to MAGIX". Retrieved 2023-12-13.
  5. ^ "ACID Pro and SOUND FORGE Pro updated". 2018-04-26. ACID Pro and SOUND FORGE Pro updated - Provideo coalition
  6. ^ "[Release] SOUND FORGE Audio Studio 13 – The All-Around Audio Editor". 2019-01-15. New release announcement Sound Forge community
  7. ^ "Sony Buys Sonic Foundry Products - PC World". Archived from the original on 2009-01-26.
  8. ^ "about" page with link to main homepage "What is ACIDplanet?". ACIDplanet ... your world of music. Retrieved 26 November 2005.
  9. ^ a b "SOUND FORGE Pro | Innovations | Professional Recording, Editing & Mastering". Retrieved 2023-12-13.
  10. ^ a b c "Magix Sound Forge 12". Retrieved 2023-12-13.

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