Sound Forge 9 vs Vegas Pro 8 or other Audio editor

DelCallo wrote on 11/28/2008, 4:38 AM
In my email this morning, I found an item from Sony Creative Software inviting me to take advantage of their 'black Friday' specials. Among them was Sound Forge 9. Pardon me if this has been asked before, but, for what reason would you purchase Sound Forge if you already owned Vegas?

I do own (and enjoy using) Steinberg's Wavelab (version 5), and have always wondered about how it stacks up against Sound Forge. For my field recording, I always use Wavelab, although I've done a quite a number of multi-cam concerts where I incorporate the WL captured audio with video from the three cams using Vegas, and know that, if I had to, I could record master audio track on a computer using Vegas, and then use that audio just as I do the WL captured audio.

So, while the pricing on SF seems attractive, I'm wondering if that purchase would not just be another duplication of capabilities that I already have.

OTOH, except for Vegas, the rest of my software applications are not up to date, so, perhaps, SF would be a worthwhile purchase, after all.

Comments appreciated.



drbam wrote on 11/28/2008, 9:44 AM
Sound Forge is a lot like WaveLab but with some differences, both pro and con. Some users report using both SF & WL because of certain features one has and the other doesn't. In my view, since SF now comes with CDA and Noise Reduction included, it might be worth it to you for those additions. You might do a search in the Sound Forge forum for posts that are related to all of this. I doubt you'll get much response here on the Vegas forum.
DelCallo wrote on 11/28/2008, 11:19 AM
I should have thought about posting on the SF forum. I guess I'm just so steeped in my video roots as they relate to Vegas that, even though I started with Vegas Video in the days when the Video (which included the full set of audio tools) was still a "separate" bit of software from Vegas Audio.

Thanks for your reply.

Geoff_Wood wrote on 11/30/2008, 2:46 AM
As per my reply in the SF forum, you really need to understand the difference between a "multi-channel editor" and a "multi-track DAW". (or NLE as SoSoFo would prefer us to believe ! ;-) ).

I could not do without both applications ( not to mention CDA).

I gave up on Wavelab years ago as I am not on the same wave(lab)length as German application designers (read Wavelab, Cubase, Logic-that-was, or hell, even Nero !). Must be a thought-process thing. Though Samplitude used to get close....