Archives General Preservation Software — 09 October 2012

A few years ago the Nunn Center switched to Mac computers.  Being a long-time Mac user, I was thrilled about this transition, especially with regard to working with digital video.  The only downside to this transition to Macs was the inevitable parting of ways with Sony’s Sound Forge, my long-time favorite audio editing platform.  Since the days when it was a rogue, indy audio editor put out by the startup Sonic Foundry, Sound Forge has always been an affordable, easy to use, professional audio editing platform that has only distributed versions for Windows operating systems.

At some point personal preference for an audio editing platform comes down to a combination of ease of use and capabilities.  I have always found Sound Forge to be the best combination between ease of use, ergonomics, and professional features in an affordable package–if you use Windows.  After the transition to Macs, we instituted Bias Peak as the closest, Mac-based platform  and felt, from the beginning, that we were compromising.  As you may or may not have heard, Bias went out of business several months ago.  As we struggled to find a replacement platform for our Mac system, we ended up choosing Steinberg’s WaveLab.  I intend to review Wavelab in a later post, but this commitment has been joyously complicated by the wonderful news that Sony has, finally, released a Mac version of Sony’s Sound Forge.  I am so excited about this. Stay tuned, I hope to post my future evaluation of Sound Forge as soon as possible, and I have my hopes very high.

 

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