Sony Media Software
Release Notes
Sound Forge® 9.0
April 2007
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 9.0. This document contains information about installing and using Sound Forge on your computer.
2.0 What’s New

Notable fixes/changes in version 9.0a

  • A Force loop bar to match selection check box has been added to the Editing tab in the Preferences dialog
    - Select this check box if you want the loop region to always match the current time selection. Clicking to position the cursor in a data window will clear the loop region.
    -Clear the check box if you want to be able to position the cursor without clearing the loop region.
  • A bug has been fixed that prevented the Normal Rate control on the scrub control from working correctly.
  • Markers are now navigable when copied to a new data window.
  • In Windows Vista, VST plug-ins now load properly when User Account Control (UAC) is turned off on a local administrator account.
  • Devices are no longer automatically disabled when no channels are assigned to them.
  • A bug has been fixed that prevented MIDI triggers from working correctly.
  • A bug has been fixed that prevented OGG files from opening properly.
  • A bug has been fixed that caused operations on multichannel Windows Media files to fail.
  • An error in the documentation has been corrected: Alt+L creates a sample loop without displaying the Edit Sample dialog; Alt+Shift+L creates a sample loop and displays the Edit Sample dialog.
  • Several bugs relating to the cut, copy, and paste functions have been fixed.
  • Several bugs relating to playback and playback buffering behavior have been fixed.
  • A bug has been fixed that caused the Statistics tool to report inaccurate RMS levels has been fixed.
  • A bug has been fixed that prevented some scripts from working properly with multichannel audio.
  • VST plug-ins that support more than two channels are now allowed. Only selected channels will be processed. If the number of inputs or outputs does not match the number of channels selected, missing inputs will be replaced with silence, and extra outputs will be discarded.

What's new in version 9.0

  • Multichannel audio editing and recording.
  • Updated Channel Converter for multichannel files.
  • Updated Spectrum Analysis for multichannel files.
  • Drag-and-drop mixing and pasting between channels.
  • Hardware Meters window for monitoring hardware outputs and adjusting preview levels.
  • Phase scope and mono-compatibility meter.
  • You can now cut, paste, and delete data from individual channels of multichannel files.
  • You can now update the cursor position and selection by double-clicking and editing the selection status boxes in data windows.
  • Improved process and effects dialogs with selection, wet/dry mix, fade-in/out controls.
  • Adjust data window selections/crossfades when process and effects dialogs are visible.
  • Enhanced snapping.
  • Enhanced color customization via Display Preferences.
  • Enhanced keyboard customization.
  • Updated marker and region ruler with selection snapping.
  • Access to Sony Music Studios Internet Mastering (Help > Sony Music Studios Internet Mastering).
  • Gracenote® MusicID™ technology for extracted audio from CDs.
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 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 to function normally.
  • If you click the Custom button after choosing a file format template in the Batch Converter, the template name displayed will not match the selected template. Although the save settings will be correct, Default Template is displayed on the Save Options dialog and the Save tab. If you want to verify the template settings in the Custom Template window, simply choose the template again after closing the Custom Template window, and the correct template name will be displayed.
  • 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.
  • If the cursor in the Script Editor window disappears, click outside the Script Editor window, and then return to editing.
  • 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 use 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.
  • Uninstalling Sound Forge 7.0 can cause the Sound Forge Volume and Pan plug-in to become unregistered in Sound Forge 9.0. You can run the Register Sony DirectX Audio Plug-Ins migration tool to reregister the plug in (Start > Programs > Sony > Utilities > Migration Tools > Register Sony DirectX Audio Plug-Ins).
  • Copy-protected ATRAC audio files may fail to preview correctly or may open as silence.
  • The Windows Media Audio 9 Voice codec is not included with the Windows Media Player 11 update. If you've installed Windows Media Player 11, rendering to Windows Media Audio 9 format will produce an error.
  • If recording fails when using the Automatic: MIDI Timecode method, try increasing the MIDI timecode start and MIDI timecode end values on the MIDI Timecode Options tab in the Record dialog.
  • If you preview a file while using the Antares Kantos 1.0 plug-in, Sound Forge may crash if you change the plug-in presets.
  • Using the Sony Track Compressor, Track EQ, or Track Noise Gate on files that have more than six audio channels can cause Sound Forge to crash.
  • Saving an .mp4 file to MXF format using the Default Template can cause Sound Forge to crash.
4.0 System Requirements
The following lists the minimum system requirements for using Sony Media Software Sound Forge:
  • Microsoft® Windows® 2000 SP4, XP, or Windows Vista™
  • 800 MHz processor
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 150 MB hard-disk space for program installation
  • Windows-compatible sound card
  • DVD-ROM drive (for installation from a DVD only)
  • Supported CD-Recordable drive (for CD burning only)
  • Microsoft DirectX® 9.0c or later (included on application disc)
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 (included on application disc)
  • Internet Explorer 5.1 or later (included on application disc)
5.0 Installation
The install utility creates any necessary folders and copies all files required by Sound Forge to your computer.
Installing from a Disc
  1. Place the Sound Forge application disc in the drive. The setup screen is displayed (if AutoPlay is enabled for your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive).
    If you have disabled the drive's AutoPlay feature, click the Start button and choose Run. Type D:\setup.exe, where D is the drive letter of your CD or DVD 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 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 for your computer. 
6.0 Sound Forge User Manual
Included on the Sound Forge application disc 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 application disc.
Installing Adobe Reader
In order to view the manual, you will need to install the Adobe Reader. It has been included on the application disc in the \Extras\Adobe Reader folder for your convenience. To install Acrobat Reader, follow these steps:
  1. Place the Sound Forge application disc in the drive. AutoPlay launches an installation menu.
    If you have disabled the drive's AutoPlay feature, click the Start button and choose Run. Type D:\Extras\Adobe Reader\English\AdbeRdr707_en_US.exe, where D is the drive letter of your CD or DVD drive, and follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation.
  2. Choose Browse Disc, and then browse to the D:\Extras\Adobe Reader\English\ folder.
  3. Double-click the AdbeRdr707_en_US.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:
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Madison, Wisconsin 53704
Customer Service/Sales:
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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.
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