Re:The Future

dream1960 wrote on 5/30/2016, 7:20 PM
Well guy's & gal's, The news is magix has aquired Sony vegas & and its related software's, Except catalyst. They will honor all end user agreements & privacy policy. Here is the thread that was sent to me. it is GOOD NEWS!!!
Friday, May 20, 2016

Sony Creative Software Sells Majority of Products to MAGIX Software GmbH

Catalyst Production Suite Remains with Sony for Professional Broadcast and Production Applications

Middleton, WIS — Sony Creative Software (SCS) has sold the majority of its products to MAGIX Software GmbH.

SCS will remain a part of Sony Electronics and will continue to own and distribute its Catalyst Browse and Catalyst Production Suites. These products will continue to be developed by Sony for professional broadcast and production applications.

By purchasing the full Vegas Pro, Movie Studio, Sound Forge Pro, and ACID Pro product lines from SCS, MAGIX is further cementing its position in the market and accelerating its international growth as a leading creator of video, music, and photo-editing software and apps in Europe and the U.S.

“The MAGIX team has a unique expertise in software and will breathe new life into these storied media titles for professionals and consumers,” said Alec Shapiro, president, Sony’s Professional Solutions Americas. “Our suite of Catalyst products has carved a unique niche in the production community. We will focus on developing these technologies and making them even more powerful workflow solutions for our professional broadcast and production customers.”

MAGIX will continue to support all current SCS customers to ensure a seamless end user experience. The company has also hired several former SCS employees.

“These products from Sony Creative Software are the perfect addition to our portfolio,” said MAGIX CEO Klaus Schmidt. “We have already strengthened our presence in the United States in order to propel development and sales. This autumn, we plan to release new versions of the video-editing programs Vegas Pro and Movie Studio, which are heavily oriented toward the customer requirements of today.”

The Sony Creative Software team will continue to maintain a presence in the Middleton/Madison, Wis., area.

Questions and Answers

Which specific products were sold to MAGIX?
The following software titles were sold to MAGIX Software GmbH as of May 20, 2016:•Vegas Pro software including Vegas Pro, Vegas Pro Edit, Vegas Pro Suite, Vegas Pro Production Assistant, and Vegas Pro Connect
•DVD Architect Pro and DVD Architect Studio
•Movie Studio software including Movie Studio, Movie Studio Platinum, and Movie Studio Suite
•Sound Forge software including Sound Forge Pro, Sound Forge Pro Mac, Sound Forge Mac, and Sound Forge Audio Studio
•SpectraLayers Pro
•Audio Master Suite and Audio Master Suite Mac
•ACID software including ACID Pro, ACID Music Studio, and ACID Xpress
•Sound Series Production Music and Sound Series Loops & Samples
•ACIDplanet Web Site and Music Assets
•CD Architect
•Noise Reduction Audio Plug-in

Will I still be able to use my existing serial numbers to activate my products if I need to re-install them?

Yes. You may still register your existing serial numbers. Initially the registrations will be carried out at After a transition period the registrations will be seamlessly redirected to MAGIX who is committed to providing continuity of the registration systems, allowing your existing serial number to be registered.

Who do I contact for customer support and what methods are available for that?

At this time, you can continue to send support requests via the Sony Creative Software support portal. Due to staffing changes our response times may be slower than usual, but we will do our best to answer your questions promptly. After a transition period, MAGIX will provide technical support and this site will be updated with further details.

Where can I purchase the acquired products?

You can still purchase software from Sony Creative Software in our web store or at any retailers that have current stock. In the next few months, MAGIX will begin to sell the software from their web store and reseller network at which time it will be removed from the Sony Creative Software web store.

What will happen to the Sony Creative Software community forums for the products that MAGIX acquired?

Sony Creative Software is providing MAGIX with a full copy of each community forum for the acquired products. MAGIX is investigating the possibility of importing this data into their existing forum system. Both parties recognize the value of the forum and past information and are investigating the best way to continue the community. This site will be updated with further details soon.


Chienworks wrote on 5/30/2016, 10:10 PM
It's a pity SIREN wasn't in that list. I'd love to see that resurrected.
FixitMad0 wrote on 5/31/2016, 10:51 AM

That is Too funny. I had asked Gary that same question if Magix would bring over Siren Jukebox as well. I still use that excellent piece of software even today.

riredale wrote on 6/1/2016, 10:08 AM
Oh my gosh.

I found a version of Siren, downloaded it, and installed it. Talk about Deja Vu! There's the little Sonic Foundry man, banging away on his drum (at least I think this is what the logo is all about).

Haven't had a chance to play with the software much, but the help file has exactly the same look and feel as Vegas.

One ominous issue is that the program does not "recognize" my DVD burners at all, and suggests I contact Sonic foundry so they can add them to some sort of database. I think that ship has sailed. Whether it means I can't burn to the drives or not, I don't know.

Anyway, I've used Winamp for years but it's fascinating to see this program from the old days. If I like it better, I'll keep it. Like I always say, software is nothing more than a tool like a hammer or saw, and if it does the job there is no reason to be a slave to the update cycle.
ssybesma wrote on 12/4/2016, 12:24 PM

Being that I'm the 4th person to ask about Siren Jukebox this year, maybe Magix would do well to consider resurrecting at least some very minimal support for a small cost. I used it a lot back in the day and I felt it was more than adequate for the purpose.

I just recently got the activation codes for the app and for the MP3 license.

It took some doing to get it to even acknowledge that I had any DVD drives.

I installed it without any errors under Windows 10 64-bit, but I had to use a version of ASPI that came out in 2015 from Rocket Division Software/StarBurn Software. Until then the app couldn't even see my DVD drives.

The problem is that the app doesn't know what to do with the drives once it found won't read anything.

The drives merely needs to be added to the database.

The two drives:

       Interface:  (-1)
       Adapter: Port 000 (0)
       Available: No
Drive E:'TSSTcorp DVDWBD SH-B123L SB04'
       Interface:  (-1)
       Adapter: Port 001 (1)
       Available: No

JJKizak wrote on 12/4/2016, 7:39 PM

Well what's Siren Jukebox all about. How does it compare to Forge?


Bofus wrote on 12/4/2016, 7:51 PM

Siren was an MP3 player from SF.  By far the best one for the PC.  It got "killed" and never got beyond V.2.  I do not know if Sony had anything to do this this or not.


Chienworks wrote on 12/4/2016, 9:19 PM

Its playlist features were the best, most logical, and easiest that have ever existed before or since. If i had to guess why it was discontinued, i think that a bunch of free players came out shortly afterward and SonicFoundry didn't feel they could justify continuing to charge $30 for theirs, but they didn't feel like giving it away for free just in the hopes it would attract people to the brand. Sales probably fell off to the point where they didn't feel that supporting it was worthwhile anymore. Personally i feel it was well worth the price.

Such a pity. Even version 1.0 still beats the pants off of anything else today. The 2nd best feature after the playlists was the fact that it looked and operated like a Windows application instead of some sci-fi artsy toy with undescribable, indecipherable, and unfathomable buttons.

No comparison to Sound Forge at all. It wasn't an editor or even a transcoder. It was just a player, nothing else.