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SOUND FORGE Pro is back and it's better than ever. It has always been an incredible tool for recording, editing and processing audio at the highest possible standard. Thanks to its multi-channel recording, intuitive workflow, extremely powerful editing features and array of mastering plug-ins, SOUND FORGE Pro set new standards in the audio industry for over two decades. Now, with the release of SOUND FORGE Pro 12, the 64-bit engine, VST3 effect support and many more hi-end audio plug-ins secures the software position as the number one choice for audio professionals worldwide.

The best just got better

SOUND FORGE Pro 12 offers professional-quality mastering, editing and sound-design features all within an intuitive and inspiring interface. All new features include a 64-bit architecture, VST3 effect support and effects from SEQUOIA, the high-end audio workstation favoured by broadcast, post-production and mastering engineers. With iZotope mastering tools and compatibility with SpectraLayers 5, SOUND FORGE Pro 12 is the ultimate solution for any pro audio task, from precision editing to mastering for broadcast.

64-bit version SOUND FORGE Pro 12 can now handle the most demanding professional audio processing tasks with ease. Its new 64-bit architecture harnesses all of your computer power to run large, high-end projects.

VST3 effect support With full VST3 effects support, SOUND FORGE Pro 12 offers access to a world of high-end plug-ins. This latest technology also means improved performance and audio routing efficiency for decreased CPU usage.

More pro-quality effects SOUND FORGE Pro 12 now comes with several new high-end effects. You get three noise reduction plug-ins – DeHisser, DeClicker/DeCrackler and DeClipper – taken from SEQUOIA, the advanced broadcast application. Wave Hammer 2.0 is now also included with both a classic compressor and volume maximizer for all your mastering needs.



The redesigned recording interface offers a complete overview of your projects at all times. Monitor and process up to 32 channels of recorded audio, then master, edit and shape your sound, all within an intuitive, single workspace.

Audio Editing

Open, edit, convert and save multichannel audio from a variety of sources, all within a multitrack environment and with sample-accurate precision. SOUND FORGE Pro 12 can also handle any surround-sound mix or audio-for-video project with ease.


Deliver broadcast-ready, high-quality masters. SOUND FORGE Pro 12 features advanced signal-processing tools as well as premier effects from a range of high-end DSP developers to ensure perfect, high-resolution masters for broadcast, CD or streaming.

Field Recording

Take SOUND FORGE Pro 12 out on the road to be a complete, portable recording studio. Make pristine-quality, multichannel recordings of classical concerts, live bands or any other demanding mutitrack performances.

Sound design

With so many professional effects processors and audio editing tools included, SOUND FORGE Pro 12 is the ideal application for sound designers. Get creative with dozens of tools like VariVerb and Vandal that offer everything from shimmering reverbs to crunchy guitar effects.

A complete studio for music production

SOUND FORGE PRO 12 has extensive features for music production. Record multichannel vocals or bands, compose and mix with virtual instruments and effects, master the results with high-end processing tools. It's a complete studio environment to realise your musical ideas at every stage of the production process.


  • 32 channel file recording, editing and processing 
  • 64-bit architecture 
  • One touch recording 
  • Precise audio editing and restoration VST3 effect support 
  • Numerous audio effects & plugins 
  • Design and customize your own editing layouts 
  • Video sound optimization without re-rendering 
  • Automate repetitive tasks with scripts 
  • Works seamlessly with SpectraLayers Pro 5


The new 64-bit SOUND FORGE Pro 12 lets you get the job done on a rock-solid platform. The DSP algorithms and editing tools from SEQUOIA are among the most advanced in the world and are now an essential part of SOUND FORGE Pro 12. Record, edit and enhance audio with VST3 support, new effects, POW-r dithering algorithms, DSD import/export, iZotope RX and Ozone Elements. With SOUND FORGE Pro 12 Suite you get SpectraLayers Pro 5 plus great plug-ins. Edit precisely with innovative workflows and tools and deliver the perfect high-resolution master for broadcast, CD or streaming.


64-bit version

SOUND FORGE Pro 12 enables you to shape audio in an infinite variety of ways. The 64-bit architecture harnesses the full power of your computer to fulfil even the highest creative demands, using increased RAM up to what your motherboard can support. This can reduce latency problems when you are running large projects.

VST3 effect support

SOUND FORGE Pro 12 includes full VST3 effect support for all high end plug-ins.

POW-r Dithering Algorithms

POW-r is a set of three commercial dithering algorithms – now in SOUND FORGE Pro 12. Each is respectively optimized for simple recordings such as spoken word, limited dynamic range recordings like rock music, and wide dynamic range recordings such as orchestral music. Just choose the noise-shaping type that adds the least amount of coloration to the audio.

Support for more file formats (DSD)

You can now import and export Direct Stream Digital (DSD) audio files. This allows you to step into the high-end market as this format is compatible with equipment like the Tascam DA-3000 or TEAC UD-501. At 352.8 KHz / 24-bit PCM this guarantees the highest quality possible. Record and mix in PCM format and export to DSD format for Super Audio CDs (SACD) mastering and high-quality archiving.

The ultimate in ultra high-fidelity

SOUND FORGE Pro 12 offers the very best quality of audio recording and playback. You can record up to 32 channels of high-resolution audio simultaneously, at 64-bit quality and with sampling rates of up to 384kHz. Rest assured, then, that this is the ultimate audio processing tool for a huge range of professional tasks: from mastering CDs to broadcast-quality video soundtracks.


Wave Hammer 2.0

Wave Hammer 2.0 is the perfect tool for audio mastering and includes both a classic compressor and a volume maximizer for the ideal two-stage mastering process. First, compress and flatten the peaks in your audio to create a more average volume level. Secondly, maximise and raise the volume of audio for impact. Wave Hammer 2.0 makes your tracks stand out, with total control over levels and peaks.


When A/D converters are pushed too much or magnetic tape is over-saturated you'll end up with digital and analogue artifacts – clips and distorted peaks – that need repairing. DeClipper can rescue everything from corrupted live concert recordings to recorded interviews.


DeHisser is the ideal tool for eliminating regular, low-level "white" noise typically produced by microphones, pre-amplifiers or transformers, and it removes this very common audio problem with ease.


DeClicker is great at removing individual clicks and pops often present with audio taken from old vinyl and other phonograph recordings, and it can also be used to remove short impulse noises from more digital sources. DeCrackler is well suited to get rid of more continuous and low-level noise from your recordings.

Voice De-Noise

Fine-tuned for vocals, reducing unwanted steady-state or changing background noise like air conditioning, refrigerator hum, and amp hiss.


Easily remove line noise and ground-loop hums.

iZotope RX Elements

Quickly clean up most common flaws in typical recordings with iZotope RX Elements, a collection of basic repair tools. It includes a standalone audio editor with spectral editing and four essential, real-time noise reduction plug-ins for common audio problems. RX Elements - the essential toolset to repair your recordings and to minimize additional takes.

iZotope Ozone Elements

iZotope Ozone Elements has professional presets and precise macro controls to effortlessly achieve a final master with punch and clarity. The new Mastering Wizard employs machine learning and artificial intelligence to suggest optimal starting points - and then you add your own creative touches in a few clicks. It’s never been easier to achieve a quality radio and streaming ready mix.


Record up to 32 simultaneous channels of high-resolution audio at 64 bits with sampling rates of 384 kHz. Customizable window layouts give you access to flexible hardware routing and adjustable metering utilities. With SOUND FORGE Pro 12 you can now import and export Direct Stream Digital (DSD) audio files. Set everything up, check your levels and click record. It's that easy.

Professional recording workflow

Thanks to the completely redesigned recording interface, SOUND FORGE Pro 12 makes capturing audio super productive. Adjust and monitor up to 32 channels of incoming audio, then arm, record, and review your work all in a single workspace. The Waveform Overview Bar streamlines your recordings with easy file navigation and scheduled recording for automatic sound capture.

One-touch recording (OTR)

For many veteran users, one-touch recording is a welcomed addition. With this latest version, you push record and stay on the main screen and everything is handled within the same workspace. This is a major time-saver and workflow improvement.

Direct Stream Digital (DSD)

With SOUND FORGE Pro 12, you are now able to import and export Direct Stream Digital (DSD) audio files. This allows you to step into the high-end audiophile market and use compatible equipment like the Tascam DA-3000 or TEAC UD-501. Record and mix in PCM format and export to DSD format for Super Audio CDs (SACD) mastering and high quality archiving.

Threshold recording

You can set up recording to begin automatically from the selected input device by detecting when audio exceeds a set threshold. This is an easy way to record yourself without the need of remote controlling the control room while you're in the booth.

MIDI timecode

Just choose Trigger from MIDI Timecode if you want to trigger playback or recording by receiving timecode from another device. When this option is selected, dialogs that specify MIDI triggers will also accept input from the MIDI input port, allowing easy entry of MIDI note and controller values.

Timestamp recording

Set up your recordings to begin automatically from multiple selected input devices using a timer. You can also use the manual record button to begin recording and the automatic settings will then determine when the recording should end.

Input bus effects

Create a vibe for your recorded artist by sweetening your source signal with plug-in effects and creating a pleasing foldback headphone mix for the musician to listen to. For instance, your guitar would be recorded directly (without the plug-in), and the plug-in would be processed each time you play or render your project. This method allows you to adjust the plug-in settings as you work on your project.

Waveform overview bar

This makes it easier to navigate through lengthy recordings. By default, the program now displays a second view of the waveform that’s scaled to show the entire file, not just the portion you’re editing. It gives you a better sense of where you are in the file. And it isn’t just a passive view – you can use it to quickly shift your edit position. It serves as an excellent locator and auditioning tool.



You can use the Edit tool to select audio data that you wish to modify, position and move the cursor. With the Edit tool you can also perform basic envelope points editing.


Use the Event tool to edit multiple audio events in a single data window, which can be an easier way to clean up edges and fades, and it simplifies laying out tracks for Disc-at Once CD's.


The Magnify tool lets you zoom in to a region and when you drag the mouse over an area it is magnified when you release the mouse button without losing your edit selection.


The Edit tool allows you to add, remove, or adjust envelope points, but you have to use the Envelope tool if you want to add, remove, or adjust points on effect automation envelopes.


The Pencil tool lets you edit the waveform by drawing on it. For example, if you have a glitch in the audio data just zoom in to the problem area and smoothly redraw the waveform.

Video Sound Optimization

Open nearly all video formats to enhance and repair the embedded audio using the included filters, effects, and noise reduction tools. With the Remixing technology, you export the new audio mix without re-rendering the video so your picture quality always stays the same.

Works seamlessly with SpectraLayers Pro

SOUND FORGE Pro 12 lets you preselect a portion of the audio file before you send it to SpectraLayers Pro 5. You choose Edit in SpectraLayers Pro from the Tools pull-down menu, and any audio you’ve selected will automatically appear in SpectraLayers Pro 5. Make your changes there, and when you close SpectraLayers, the audio will be placed back into the SOUND FORGE timeline along your spectral edits.


Multichannel file editing and processing

SOUND FORGE Pro 12 can open, edit, convert and save multichannel audio data from different sources, all within a multitrack environment and with sample-accurate precision. This makes it well equipped to take on any surround sound mix or audio-for-video project.

Multitask background rendering

You can multitask by editing a new file while SOUND FORGE Pro 12 processes and renders another one in the background. This is a great timesaver when the pressure is on.

ACID loop creation tools

Create your own music loops for ACID software. Edit wav file properties like tempo, root note, audio clips and shift selections to get the sound you want. The information is embedded in the file, so your loops will change tempo and pitch-shift in your ACID project.

Interface customization

The SOUND FORGE Pro 12 user interface is fully customizable. Waveform and envelope colors, markers, and default window heights can be adjusted and saved to fit your preferences and workflow. Create and save multiple interface layout configurations for single and dual monitor systems.

Customizable layouts

Design your own editing environments to maximize your productivity. SOUND FORGE Pro 12 lets you customize the layout and positioning of the workspace. Dock and group windows within the SOUND FORGE interface, customizing the environment to suit the way you work.


Whether it's single or multichannel audio, SOUND FORGE Pro 12 puts the editing tools you need right at your fingertips. The comprehensive Event Tool lets you effortlessly manipulate audio throughout the timeline. SOUND FORGE Pro includes full VST3 support for all high-end effects plug-ins to shape your sound any way you want. SOUND FORGE Pro 12 is the editor's choice for shaping audio in an infinite variety of ways. The latest edition comes prepared to deliver broadcast-ready, master quality finished products right out of the gate, using its own popular built-in signal and effects processing tools, as well as premier contributions from a range of high-end DSP developers.


SOUND FORGE Pro 12 now features 3 new effects from SEQUOIA: DeHisser, DeClicker/DeCrackler and DeClipper. This is additional to its comprehensive arsenal of native signal and effects processes including normalization, Wave Hammer 2.0 compression and limiting, graphic and multiband dynamics, noise gating, graphic/paragraphic/parametric equalization, envelope generation, phasing, flanging and chorus, reverb, tremolo and vibrato, distortion, pitch modifiers, Acoustic Mirror convolution reverb, the Gapper/Snipper effects processor, and the list goes on.


DeClicker restores old vinyl and other phonograph recordings that are riddled with individual clicks and pops, and a variety of short impulse noises from other sources like digital errors. DeCrackler removes a more continuous stream of irregularities (crackles) in your audio that become blended together at lower amplitude levels. The powerful SpectraLayers Pro 5 is now fully interoperable with SOUND FORGE, so just preselect a portion of the file before you send it to SpectraLayers for frequency-level editing, and then send it back SOUND FORGE.


OW-r is a set of three commercial dithering and noise shaping algorithms - now in SOUND FORGE Pro 12. Each is respectively optimized for simple recordings such as spoken word, limited dynamic range recordings like rock music, and wide dynamic range recordings such as orchestral music.Just choose the noise shaping type that adds the least amount of coloration to the audio.

Type 1

Has the flattest frequency spectrum in the audible range of frequencies. Recommended for less stereophonically complex material such as solo instruments and voice.

Type 2

Has a psychoacoustically optimized low order noise shaping curve. Recommended for material of greater stereophonic complexity.

Type 3

Has a psychoacoustically optimized high order noise shaping curve. Recommended for full-spectrum, wide-stereo field material.


Phase scope and mono-compatibility metering

SOUND FORGE Pro 12 has Phase Scope and mono-compatibility metering SOUND FORGE Pro 12 has Phase Scope and mono compatibility meters added to the main meters window. The Phase Scope helps you to find phase cancellation among the channels in an audio file. The mono compatibility meter helps detect correlations or differences between the channels that can cause phase cancellation when downmixing to mono.

CALM-targeted metering

CALM-targeted metering provides super-accurate loudness metering. It allows you to get a good clear visual indication of the dynamic range of your audio. The Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act (CALM) regulates the overall volume during commercial breaks. It is comparable to EBU loudness recommendation R128. This is great when you get to the mastering stage and want to have accurate meters on your audio’s perceived levels.

Multichannel-capable spectrum analysis

Multichannel-capable spectrum analysis shows multiple graphs depicting fundamental frequencies and overtones in your recordings depending on how many channels are selected. Monitor audio and effects changes, take multiple snapshots, and overlay views to compare and match frequencies.

Acoustic Mirror software plug-in

Acoustic Mirror effect is a powerful digital signal processing tool that allows you to add environmental coloration to your existing recordings. Its advanced reverb technology incorporates the acoustical responses of a given environment or venue into your audio files. Taking this concept even further, this effect allows you to simulate the signal responses of vintage audio equipment.

Disc-at-Once CD Burning

Disc-at-Once burning is the most common burning method used in the music industry. This writing mode is used when creating a master disc to be sent to a disc manufacturer for mass replication. Multiple tracks of audio are written to the CD, or add track markers to a single-file recording of a live set and burn a gapless, disc-at-once, Redbook standard audio CD.

Channel converter

Channel Converter tool supports multichannel formats. Change the number of channels in an audio file, reverse the channels of a stereo file or inter-mix the channels of a multichannel file to create panning scenarios.

Clipped peak detection and marking

Clipped peak detection and marking automatically scans files and marks clipped peaks. This gives you an idea of where the most noticeable and dangerous clipping points are to clean up and restore.

Zplane élastique Time-stretching Algorithmus

Zplane élastique is an amazing time-stretching and pitch shifting plug-in that makes artifacts obsolete. Based on state-of-the-art psychoacoustic models and signal processing theory, the result is stable timing, inter-channel phase coherence, and sample-accurate stretching without audio deterioration.

Product Details

Product Details

Platform Windows Only
System Requirements (Windows)
  • Windows 7, 8, 10
  • Processor: 1 GHz 
  • RAM: 512 MB 
  • Graphics card: Onboard, min. resolution 1024 x 768 
  • Sound card: Onboard 
  • Hard drive space: 500 MB for program installation 
  • Program languages: English 
  • An Internet connection is required for program registration, validation and individual program features as well as one-time registration.



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