Sony Media Software
Release Notes
 
Sound Forge® Audio Studio™ 8.0
April 2006
 
Contents
This document contains information on the following topics:
Applicable to boxed products only. If you've purchased a downloadable product, an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) version of the product documentation is available from our Web site.
 
1.0 Welcome
Thank you for purchasing Sony Media Software Sound Forge Audio Studio 8.0. This document contains information about installing and using Sound Forge Audio Studio on your computer.
 
2.0 What’s New

Notable fixes/changes in version 8.0a

  • A bug that affected rendering and reading of large AIF files has been fixed: 16-bit, 44.1 kHz stereo AIF renders are now limited to approximately 03:22:53 of audio (536,870,909 samples); 24 bit, 96 kHz stereo renders are now limited to approximately 01:02:08 of audio (357,913,940 samples); the largest file that can be rendered as AIF is approximately 2GB in size. Sound Forge Audio Studio 8.0a will continue to load files created with previous releases that exceed these limits, though other applications may fail to load them.
  • A bug has been fixed that could cause problems reading some VOX or IVC files.
  • A problem has been fixed that could cause problems when reading AVI files with MP3-encoded audio.

What's new in version 8.0

  • VST effect support.
  • ASIO audio driver support.
  • Data window scrubbing.
  • Ability to save a project path in a rendered file and edit a rendered file's source project.
  • You can now choose the Ruler Format and Level Format for data displayed in the Statistics window.
  • You can copy the contents of the Statistics window to the clipboard for easy comparison of multiple files.
  • Integration with CD Architect.
  • Macromedia Flash (.swf) format importing. (ActionScript, motion video, and audio are not supported.)
  • You can use the Display tab in the Preferences dialog to adjust the icon color saturation and icon tinting.
3.0 Known Issues
  • If you have a USB SmartMedia reader device installed on your PC, you may experience problems when you attempt to access your CD drive from Sound Forge Audio Studio for extracting audio or burning CDs. This is due to an error in the SmartMedia reader driver. Using the Unplug or Eject Hardware Wizard to remove the reader should allow Sound Forge Audio Studio to function normally.
  • 24-bit Windows Media Audio files will always be read as 16-bit files in Windows 2000. This is a limitation of the operating system. You can render 24-bit WMA files, but if you want to read these files as 24-bit audio, copy them to a Windows XP machine.
  • Project5 plug-ins cause an exception at the end of processing. Previewing through these plug-ins with the Loop Playback button selected will mask this exception.
    If you a plug-in chain that includes plug-ins that produce tails, such as Simple Delay, the tails will not be generated if those plug-ins occur after the Project5 plug-ins. To avoid this, place the Project5 plug-ins at the end of the plug-in chain or add tail-generating effects in separated processing passes. 
4.0 System Requirements
The following lists the minimum system requirements for using Sony Media Software Sound Forge Audio Studio:
  • Microsoft® Windows® 2000, XP Home, or XP Professional
  • 500 MHz processor
  • 150 MB hard-disk space for program installation
  • 128 MB RAM (256 MB recommended)
  • 24-bit color display recommended
  • Windows-compatible sound card
  • CD-ROM drive (for installation from a CD only)
  • Supported CD-Recordable drive (for CD burning only)
  • Microsoft DirectX® 8.0 or later (version 8.1b included on CD-ROM)
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 (included on CD-ROM)
  • Internet Explorer 5.1 or later (included on CD-ROM)
5.0 Installation
The install utility creates any necessary folders and copies all files required by Sound Forge Audio Studio to your computer.
 
Installing from CD
  1. Place the Sound Forge Audio Studio CD-ROM in the drive. The setup screen is displayed (if CD-ROM AutoPlay is enabled).
    If you have disabled the CD-ROM AutoPlay feature, click the Start button and choose Run. Type D:\setup.exe, where D is the drive letter of your CD-ROM drive, and follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation.
  2. Click Install, and then follow the on-screen prompts to install the appropriate version of Sound Forge Audio Studio for your computer.
Installing from the Web
  1. Download the install utility from our Web site.
  2. Double-click the file, and then follow the on-screen prompts to install the appropriate version of Sound Forge Audio Studio for your computer. 
6.0 Sound Forge User Manual
Included on the Sound Forge Audio Studio CD is a complete Sound Forge User Manual in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. The Acrobat format allows easy printing of the text, should you need a hard copy. The manual is located in the Manual folder on the CD.
 
Installing Adobe Reader
In order to view the manual, you will need to install the Adobe Reader. It has been included on the CD in the \Extras\Adobe Reader folder for your convenience. To install Acrobat Reader, follow these steps:
  1. Place the Sound Forge Audio Studio CD in the drive. AutoPlay launches an installation menu.
    If you have disabled the CD-ROM AutoPlay feature, click the Start button and choose Run. Type D:\Extras\Adobe Reader\English\AdbeRdr70_enu_full.exe, where D is the drive letter of your CD-ROM drive, and follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation.
  2. Choose Browse CD, and then browse to the D:\Extras\Adobe Reader\English\ folder.
  3. Double-click the AdbeRdr70_enu_full.exe icon and follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation.
7.0 Demos
If you would like information or demos of other products from Sony Media Software, please visit our Web site. You will always find the latest technical information, demos, and product announcements from Sony Media Software there.
 
Commercial distribution of the Sony Media Software demos requires written permission from Sony Media Software.
 
8.0 Contacting Sony Media Software
Sony Media Software can be contacted in the following ways:
 
Mailing Address:
Sony Media Software
1617 Sherman Ave.
Madison, Wisconsin 53704
USA
 
Customer Service/Sales:
For a detailed list of Customer Service options, we encourage you to visit http://mediasoftware.sonypictures.com/support/custserv.asp.
 
Telephone support during normal office hours:
  • 1-800-577-6642 (toll-free) in US, Canada, and Virgin Islands.
  • +608-204-7703 for all other countries.
  • Fax: 1-608-250-1745.
Technical Support
 
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