Sound Forge: Basic tutorial

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Once your audio source (cassette, reel-to-reel tape, etc.) has been tested for playback, you can digitize the audio in Sound Forge.

  1. Open the Sound Forge 9.0 software under the Windows Start menu.
  2. Under FILE select "New".
  3. When the dialog box appears (shown below), select the settings provided by the Project Manager. For example:
    • sample rate = 96,000
    • bit depth = 24 bit
    • channels* = 1 (Mono)
    • note: you'll need to select stereo for stereo recordings if you want a stereo digital recording.# Select "OK" to accept the settings.
  4. A workspace appears which you should Maximize by selecting the blue Maximize button.
  5. Select the Record feature. A dialog box appears.
  6. Begin playback of your audio source and make sure the sound levels are compliant with those specified by the Project Manager. Listen for a few minutes to account for various levels of volumes that may occur from the audio source.
  7. Stop and rewind the audio source to the beginning. Do not begin playback.
  8. Begin recording in Sound Forge by clicking the red Record button within the dialog box .
  9. Begin playback of the audio source.
  10. After the audio source finishes playback, select the Stop button.
  11. Close the record dialog box by selecting the Close button.
  12. The digital waveform of the recording will appear in the workspace as below. Save the file w/ the appropriate name.
  13. Delete dead space before and after the audio source started and stopped, respectively, and other dead spaces such as cassette flips between sides A and B, etc.). To do this:
    • Select the unwanted segment by holding down the right button of the mouse (1) and dragging with the mouse (2) until you highlight the entire unwanted segment.
    • Keep in mind to only delete dead space created by the digitization process. Do not delete pauses and moments of silence native to the audio source. Check w/ the Project Manager for clarification regarding preservation of the integrity of the audio source.
  14. From the EDIT menu, select Delete. The unwanted segment will no longer appear on the timeline.
  15. Repeat steps 14 through 15 until all unwanted segments are deleted.
  16. At this point you may decide that the audio levels are still not within the desired range. If so:
    • Go to the EDIT menu and choose Select All to select the entire wave.
    • From the PROCESS menu, select Volume. A dialog box will appear.
    • Choose the desired level of adjustment by sliding the level up or down with the mouse. Use the up/down arrow keys for finer adjustments.
  17. Select OK from the Volume dialog and Sound Forge will alter the gain level for the entire clip.
  18. If the result is still too low or too high select UNDO VOLUME from the EDIT menu and repeat step 17 with a different setting than before.
  19. Once the desired level has been reached, SAVE your work.

That's all there is to it. Congratulations!