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Sony announces new pro audio suite for OS X

Mel Martin

It's been a long time coming, but Sony is ready to give the Mac a significant pro boost with the imminent release of Sound Forge Pro Mac audio recording, editing and mastering software.

Sony says the software is not a port of Sound Forge for Windows, but was built from the ground up to support OS X. "People who work on audio editing platforms recognize the need for a fresh option in the marketplace, one that's built for OS X as opposed to something that's simply been ported over," said Dave Chaimson, vice president of global marketing for Sony Creative Software. "Our response is Sound Forge Pro Mac, a truly contemporary OS X design."

The US$299.00 application includes 64 bit/192 kHz resolution, with 32 simultaneous channels, plug-ins for EQ, Multiband compression, limiting and reverb. A de-clicker feature can automatically remove clicks and pops and many more features that audio professionals have requested have also been included.

The Sony suite will be seen by some as competition for Pro Tools from Avid, which pretty much owns the high-end audio editing business on the Mac platform, however Pro Tools is extremely well-established with a wider range of features and plug-ins.

Sound Forge is expected to be available later this month. The details on the software haven't been posted to the Sony website yet, but here is a link to the details from the Sony news release.

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