Sonic Foundry Announces Sound Forge 6.0

Reprinted from a Sonic Foundry press release:

Madison, WI April 7, 2002 Sonic Foundry Inc., the leading developer and marketer of digital media and Internet software tools, services, and systems, today announced that its Software Division has released a new version of Sound Forge, Sonic Foundry’s award-winning professional digital audio editing and mastering system, at NAB 2002. This latest release of Sound Forge 6.0 includes many new powerful features and enhancements including, nondestructive audio editing, multitask background rendering, user interface enhancements, new video render options, and more.

Sound Forge includes a powerful set of audio processes, tools, and effects for recording and manipulating audio. This industry-standard application is ideal for audio editing, audio recording, effects processing, and media encoding. It is used worldwide for audio and multimedia production in leading recording studios, production houses, broadcast production facilities, home studios, radio stations, and training facilities. Sound Forge 6.0 includes an extensive set of customizable audio processes, effects, and tools for manipulating audio and media, and supports a wide range of file and audio/video compression formats, including streaming audio and video media for the web.

New Features in Sound Forge 6.0 include:
Nondestructive Audio Editing Now faster than ever! Cut, Paste, Mix, and Delete audio with extreme speed and accuracy, down to the sample level. Sound Forge offers users the freedom and flexibility to produce a clean, professional-sounding final product all with lightning-fast precision.

Multitask Background Rendering – Work on one file while Sound Forge processes another. Open, Play, Preview, Cut, Copy, Paste, and Delete files while other project files render in the background. Sound Forge 6.0 provides an efficient multitask environment saving valuable production time.

New DirectX Effects Manager – Sound Forge 6.0 allows users to sort and arrange audio effects plug-ins with ease. The new plug-in manager allows you to add and arrange, and customize your plug-ins the way you want.

Enhanced Time Zoom (24:1) – Sound Forge 6.0 now has a greater zoom ratio, down to 24:1, allowing users to perform more precise editing especially using the pencil tool. View, select, and edit waveforms down to the sample level and snap to sample selections.

New Video Render Options- Sound Forge has new video render options including, high-quality Video Resizing, Resample Source Video, and Stretch to Fill Frame. Sound Forge is the perfect companion to Vegas Video 3.0, Sonic Foundry’s award-winning video-editing suite.

Full Support for 4GB + Files – Sound Forge 6.0 now supports files of all sizes, as long as the user’s file system supports them (NTFS file system). Users now have ultimate support of the contents in data windows.

FREE Vegas Video LE 3.0 Multitrack – Receive a FREE lite edition of Vegas Video 3.0, Sonic Foundry’s professional digital video editor. This exciting tool allows you to add up to eight tracks of video, apply effects and transitions, and time-stretch audio and video. Perform edits in real-time and hear the results immediately. Introduce yourself to the world of digital video with Vegas Video LE!

The MSRP for Sound Forge is $499.95 and is offered direct from Sonic Foundry for $349.97 as a download, $399.96 for boxed product or from select retails stores nationwide. Registered users of Sound Forge 5.0 can upgrade direct from Sonic Foundry for only $129.95. The product is scheduled to ship mid-May 2002.

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