Aah, the familiar Sony logo … nothing reminds us more of products, and more recently software, that we’ve enjoyed for decades over than this familiar branding. When Sony purchased Sonic Foundry (the creators of Sound Forge) in late 2003, we were very excited for the possibilities. Needless to say, Sound Forge has stood the test of time and is showing no sign of relenting the #1 spot as the premiere audio editing software for PC anytime soon.
In today’s posting we will take our readers through the process of downloading their AudioAcrobat recordings and fading in/out using Sony Sound Forge version 9.
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Step 1: MP3 Download
Before one can edit their AudioAcrobat recording in Sound Forge, the first step is to make sure that the file resides on the hard drive of the computer on which editing will be performed.
1. Login to your AudioAcrobat account
2. Click the blue “Audio” tab
3. Click the title of the Audio you wish to download
4. Click “Download Audio”
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Step 2: Open in Sound Forge
Now that the file our readers wish to edit is on their computer’s hard drive, they will want to open the file with Sound Forge. Right-click the file and choose “Open With” and select Sound Forge from the list. Don’t see it listed? Open Sound Forge from the “Programs” portion of the “Start” menu on the left side of the task bar. Open the software and click File –> Open, selecting the audio to be edited.
Note: In today’s posting, we are using Sound Forge version 9. The current version is 10, and we’ve been loyal users since version 6. All steps mentioned here should work just as well in any older versions within this range. If our readers find this to be inaccurate, please let us know by commenting on the page below and we’ll happily restructure today’s posting.
Once the file opens in Sound Forge, our readers will see something like this:
Step 3: Highlight, Fade In/Out + Save
It really is that simple. Click and drag with the mouse cursor or for those keyboard enthusiasts out there use Shift + Left/Right arrow keys to make a selection.
For a fade in, our readers will want to make sure to place their cursor as far left of the beginning of the audio as possible and make their selection to the right for the intended fade duration. We have selected a 30 second area to fade in for today’s example.
After highlighting the desired section of the audio, our readers should see something similar to the following:
Here our readers will want to select “Fade –> In” from the “Process” menu as seen below.
After selecting “Fade –> In”, our readers will see the selected area fade in from (-) infinity to 0 dB throughout the entire duration of area selected. A traditional ‘fade in’ appears in the selected area below:
Next we will select an area to fade out, also making sure to select as far right of the end of the audio as possible. After highlighting the desired section of the audio, our readers should see something similar to the following:
Here our readers will want to select “Fade –> Out” from the “Process” menu as seen below.
After selecting “Fade –> Out”, our readers will see the selected area fade out from 0 dB to (-) infinity throughout the entire duration of area selected. A traditional ‘fade out’ appears in the selected area below:
As seen above, the beginning of the audio fades in from (-) infinity to 0 dB over a 30 second period, as does the audio fade out over a 30 second interval from 0 dB to (-) infinity.
When satisfied, simply press the ‘Save’ or ‘Save As’ button (File –> Save As) to export the newly edited version and head over to AudioAcrobat in an internet browser to begin the upload process.
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