The Basics on How to Use Sound Forge


You may have heard of audio editing software before, but no program is like Sound Forge 9.0. It was designed by Sony and can easily be used for professional work at the office or just for fun at home.

Sound Forge 9 can reach up to the audio quality that you could only get in a professional studio due to the amazing tools that it has.

This editing program is free and for those that accept the challenge, you can quickly download and try it right away.

Sound Forge software from Sony allows any audio editors to achieve a professional audio editing result. It offers different audio effects, cool audio editing properties and easy navigation from adding audio clips to cutting audios, putting effects in every second of the audio, and a lot more. From audio editing, audio designing, and even creating a Red Book CD – Sound Forge is able to assist in creating cool music and more.

Here is the default layout page once you open Sound Forge. The control tabs at the top will help you get started in putting all the necessary tools needed in your audio creation.

To get started, click on ‘View’, and from there you can have all the shortcuts that you can use while creating your desired audio. However, we need to open ‘Explorer’ first, which is always the first step in Sound Forge audio editing.

The Explorer folder should look like a new window (shown in the screenshot below). You can drag the folder and place it anywhere you want to, although it is a lot better if you will place it on top, and reserve the vacant space below for the audio tracks.

After you set up the right place for your Explorer, go back to the ‘View’ tab again, and select ‘File Properties’ – this folder will automatically be added on your Explorer folder. You can adjust the space or size of each audio feature added in your Explorer.

You may also want to have the ‘Undo/Redo History’, which is also in the ‘View’ tab. Another window will pop up for this audio editing feature, and then drag it and place it anywhere in the Explorer folder. Again, you can adjust or resize each folder added in your Explorer tab.

For the audio track, which you are going to place in that empty gray space, click ‘File’ and select ‘New’. You can also right click anywhere from the empty space, and then click ‘New’.

Another window will pop up where you will be able to change the settings for your audio Hertz, Bit-Depth, and Channels.

After you set up your audio hertz, bit-depth, and channels – click OK. Now, you are going to have your audio track, which you are going to put into that empty gray space. Click the audio track page to maximize, and move ahead to find your audio clip.

To add an audio file, go back to your Explorer folder, find the location of your audio and drag it down to the audio track. It is as easy as that.

A new window called ‘Mix/Replace – Sound 1’ will pop up after you drag the audio to the first track. This window will allow you to set up the title or preset, start and end of channels, volume, and different options for fade in and fade out.

If you want to move your audio file, click on this small hand tool called ‘Event’ (shown in the screenshot below).

You can also click on ‘Effects’ if you want to put any audio effects in your music such as changing the pitch, chorus, distortion, and etc.

Sound Forge also offers easy access to splitting audios. Simply click the part where you want to split the audio, hold it and click ‘S’ from your keyboard, and then drag that part down into your next audio track.