Multimedia is becoming more and more part of our lives. What was once just a simple idea, for the sake of entertainment, is now becoming a whole new industry. I remember a time when video editing was simply a hobby for creative individuals, but now it has become a full-fledged industry, with careers made out of creating video presentations for companies or other purposes which are directly related to business.

If video is the most obvious one of the bunch, audio editing and engineering are up there too, but since video is the visible part of the composition, it obviously takes centre stage. Music and sound though are just as important, if not more since they can enhance or ruin any video compilation if it does not strike a balance with the actions happening on-screen. For this balance to be found, appropriate software is the first step, and SOUND FORGE, previously owned by Sony and now by MAGIX, while not an incredibly professional software, does the job brilliantly.

SOUND FORGE, as mentioned previously, was owned by Sony before MAGIX decided to take over. MAGIX is becoming a serious competitor in the media editing department, with Audio, Video and Photo editing software under its hood, with probable plans to invest further and more into these as well as new projects in the future, in hopes of accomplishing fan favourite status in every department. With Audio Studio 12, it is already making a bold claim of its ambitions. The software is very elegantly presented, with a lot of functions spread around the timeline as soon as you open the program. The menus then offer further variety to the one already present on-screen, where you can find options such as recording, sound effects to apply to the clip being processed, as well as transition effects, to be added before or after the clip finishes playing, to end in style or to merge with another sound.

Recording audio is a very useful feature which a lot of users may not necessarily realise the importance of, and in Audio Studio 12 it is extremely handy to carry out. A separate window for recording is popped out, which is solely used for recording, having specific options as well as the start pause and stop recording. You can also set it to record as from a certain time automatically, as well as stop the recording by setting a duration for the recording itself.  Apart from its ease of use and its plethora of tools already making audio editing enthusiasts licking their lips, the software also comes with Ozone Elements from iZotope, a range of presets which will make any compilation stand out thanks to its professional design and fit, being thrown with the software for free(costing over €100 if it were to be bought).

Audio editing has come a long way in such a short while that you can no longer bet against the innovation in the sector. As for the present, you can be assured that an investment in  SOUND FORGE Audio Studio 12 is a safe bet indeed, as it offers everything one can desire in the realm of audio engineering at a budget price which most can afford.

The TL;DR:

  • SOUND FORGE Audio Studio 12 is a very budget software which contains all the necessary features for any serious project
  • It comes packaged with Elements from iZotope, which in and of itself is great value for money
  • Its ease of use is one of its core features which help it become a favourite from the get go.

If you want to find out more about MAGIX SOUND FORGE Audio Studio 12, you can do so by checking out their website HERE.


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