Does the new Sound Forge - by any chance (fingers crossed) have this feature? Adobe Audition has something I use more than just about any other feature - its called "on-clip gain control." Whenever you highlight any audio in the edit screen, a little tool appears at the top of that selection. All you have to do is drag your mouse right or left to increase or decrease the size/gain of that waveform! I use this all the time for quick sort of "manual compression" to help even out volumes of a few peaks without having to run the entire thing through a compressor.
AA is no longer available as a standalone program and as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud (the only way you can get it now), you pay over $300 PER YEAR for it. I really would like to have an editor that I can just buy once. But I really need that "on-clip gain" capability. If Sound Forge got anything close to that in this version, I would buy it in a heartbeat.