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Here's a real Laugh-at-Me question (Sound Forge)

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Hilary, Dec 1, 2007.

  1. Hilary

    Hilary Guest

    So I got my Sound Forge all nicey nice and I'm recording four tracks at a time.

    I got it because it it pretty hospitable to the amateur user, but I am a little too amateur to understand how I mix those four tracks into one stereo track...

    Can anyone shred some light?


  2. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Sound Forge is an editor, not designed for multitracking, do you mean Vegas?
  3. Hilary

    Hilary Guest

    I guess not -- silly me, I thought that a multitrack recorder like SF9 would actually be capable of an output as well as an input, but I guess I don't understand the environment here.

    I got it to replace Audacity, which is a perfect little recorder and simple mixer with no particularly usable effects and no Red Book capability. But it looks like I need them both. They are very similar, and what one lacks, the other has.

    Which I just tried and it works well. But it blows my mind that Audacity (free) is such a better mixdown tool than SF9 ($$$).

  4. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Soundforge is designed for multichannel (stereo / surround) editing and "mixing", that's a different animal than multitracking.
    Vegas and Soundforge work perfectly well in tandem with each other.
    I've been using both since version 1.x, when Sonic Foundry built them.
  5. Glide

    Glide Active Member

    Uh, I thought vegas was a video editor?
  6. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    It does that too...

    Previously discussed here:
    (Dead Link Removed)

    Started off as audio only, then they branched out...
  7. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    A pic of Vegas, minus the video stuff:

    http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee277/bentsound/Audio Stuff/VegasDevilskin1.jpg
  8. Hilary

    Hilary Guest

    Well, things like Vegas don't even matter. Maybe for you guys but not for me. I don't even have any right to be spending my money on something as elaborate as Sound Forge.

  9. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Sound Forge is capable of mixing and recording in multi-track now. (I certainly remember a time when it wasn't).

    There should be an option to bounce down or mix down once you've gotten the mix the way you want it. I have to admit, I haven't used it since version 4.0, so I'm certain (and hopeful) that things have changed since then...
  10. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    It's capable, but not quite the same as other multitrack programs.
    It looks like gain and pan changes are done with the envelope tool, versus soft faders, etc.
    There's no ability to assign effects via auxes, no submixing of tracks.
    To burn to disk you have to use CD Architect, whereas in Vegas it does it all right there...
  11. Glide

    Glide Active Member

    Can you use plug-ins with Vegas?
  12. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Yes, Vegas supports realtime, track assignable & Aux assignable DX and VST plugins - Waves, Steinberg, etc.

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