To me, these programs look identical, except that Audio & Music Lab seems to have more features. Since I got Audio Cleaning Lab with my purchase of Sound Forge Audio Studio, is it worth the upgrade to Audio & Music Lab?
Close, but AML has a lot more features, especially the essentialFX and the ability to open the parameters of all of the effects. I don't believe that you can click on the gear and get the detailed effects dialogue in ACL, can you?
Here is what Magix says is additional in AML:
Advantages when compared to Audio Cleaning Lab:
4 tracks for audio editing
Professional range editing
Listen to Internet radio shows and use offline
Monitor and templates for optimizing video sound
Video Sound Optimizer for automatic sound optimization
Video converter for all standard formats
Six additional professional studio effects plug-ins
Scrubbing controller for fast forwarding and rewinding at top speed
Batch processing of several files at once
VST 2 interface for additional plug-ins
Share audio and video on SoundCloud, YouTube and Facebook
About the detailed dialogue boxes, look at the following:
Spectral cleaning - I don't think this is available in ACL. If you don't have recordings that require this, then fine, but if you have occasional sudden noises, like a click, pop, door closing, or something, then this is important.
You may want to determine if SFAS has everything that you need. If so, then stay with it and ACL. Otherwise, take the current offer from Magix for AML at an excellent price.