Does New Sound Forge Offer Ability to Quickly Adjust Gain/Level?

ken-t wrote on 9/13/2018, 10:47 AM

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.



rraud wrote on 9/13/2018, 1:36 PM

I hear ya, Adobe's subscription sucks. That said, SF Pro has peak and RMS normalization, which can be applied the entire file or to selected segments. I think the volume envelope plug-in is more to what your looking for. Keyboard shortcut 'V'. You can add numerous points for up/down volume leveling.

Vegas also has s similar track volume envelope tool, as well as event/clip gain, event peak normalize, track, sub and master volume controls, all of which can be automated.

ken-t wrote on 9/13/2018, 1:55 PM

Thanks Rick. Not a fan of envelope automation for this. Not nearly as fast as just highlighting a clip and dragging. I edit LONG files - sometimes hours long. On-clip gain control is a huge time saver. Also, for "event" gain control, you need to slice up your item into chunks to make it an event before you can use it. And even then, you can't SEE the effect of the change in the waveform.

It seems amazing to me that Adobe is the only program that has this. It's so fundamental to my workflow that it seems a no-brainer. Sigh. Thanks for the reply though.

rraud wrote on 9/13/2018, 6:08 PM

Rick Reineke (rraud) wrote on 9/13/2018, 7:03 PM

Whatever floats yo' boat Ken. I tried 'Cool Edit Pro' way back when, but I was so used to the Vegas at that point, I abandoned it. Vegas Pro is still my go-to multi-track DAW.

FYI in case you don't know, Adobe acquired 'Cool Edit Pro' from Syntrillium in 2003 for $16.5 million (as well as a large loop library called 'Loopology') and changed the name to 'Audition'.

ken-t wrote on 9/13/2018, 6:34 PM

I know, Rick. I started using Cool Edit in 1997 or 98 :-). For DAW purposes I switched to Reaper ca 2008 or so, but kept on using AA for destructive editing and mastering. There are just certain things Reaper can't do, or at least can't do reasonably well, when it comes to editing long spoken-word recordings.