Sony Media Software
Release Notes
 
Sound Forge® 8.0
March 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 8.0. This document contains information about installing and using Sound Forge on your computer.
 
2.0 What’s New

Notable fixes/changes in version 8.0d

  • Support has been added for opening and rendering ATRAC3™, ATRAC3plus™, and ATRAC Advanced Lossless™ files.
  • A bug has been fixed that could cause Sound Forge to crash when bypassing certain plug-ins using automation envelopes.
  • A bug has been fixed that could cause Sound Forge to crash when starting the Batch Converter script if the current file had not yet been saved.
  • A bug has been fixed that could cause Sound Forge to crash when running scripts that use markers in a media file and attempt to close the media file via the script.
  • A bug has been fixed that could prevent you from dragging regions from the Regions List window to the workspace or to an empty data window.
  • A bug has been fixed that could cause Sound Forge to freeze when starting playback on some systems.
  • Improvements have been made to resolve issues with certain VST effects.
  • An issue has been fixed that could cause some VST effects to unexpectedly revert to their default settings.
  • A bug has been fixed that caused preset labels in the Mix, Crossfade, and MIDI Trigger dialogs to display incorrect settings.
  • A bug has been fixed that prevented arrow keys from drawing straight lines with the Pencil tool when holding the left mouse button.
  • A bug has been fixed that caused recording to stop prematurely when recording 88.2 kHz audio.
  • A bug has been fixed that prevented you from undoing sample-rate changes made via the status bar.
  • A bug has been fixed that caused file lengths to be displayed incorrectly in the Explorer window.
  • A bug has been fixed that could cause lengths to be displayed incorrectly in the Undo/Redo History window.
  • A bug has been fixed that could cause Insert Silence to display incorrect time values in the Batch Converter.
  • A bug has been fixed that caused the Post-roll setting from Preferences > Previews to be ignored.
  • Various issues with the Auto Trim/Crop function have been resolved.
  • A bug has been fixed that caused the Markers to Regions command to fail if a selection existed in a file.

Notable fixes/changes in version 8.0c

  • A bug has been fixed that could cause ASIO devices to stop working after installing the Sound Forge 8.0b update.
  • 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 8.0c 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.
  • General improvements have been made to scripting and the Batch Converter script. When developing scripts, be sure to use the latest version of the scripting SDK.

Notable fixes/changes in version 8.0b

  • A problem with punch-in recording from the Record Remote dialog has been fixed.
  • VST plug-in scanning has been improved.
  • A bug has been fixed that could cause DirectX and VST plug-ins to remain in the FX Favorites menu after removing or hiding the plug-ins.
  • A bug in the Multi-Band Dynamics dialog has been fixed.
  • The Set To command on the envelope point shortcut menu in the Graphic Fade dialog now works correctly.
  • A bug has been fixed that could prevent you from editing two files with the same file name simultaneously.
  • A bug has been fixed that could cause problems with updating meters displayed in plug-in windows.
  • A bug has been fixed that could cause the following message to be displayed on startup on systems that included some Adobe applications: "This application has failed to start because PRM.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem."
  • A bug has been fixed that could cause processing jobs in the Batch Converter to fail when the Same as source radio buttons are selected.
  • A bug has been fixed that prevented Japanese text from being saved with scripts.
  • A bug has been fixed that prevented audio preview when using Echo Audio devices with PureWave or default Wave settings.
  • A bug has been fixed that could prevent some commands from being mapped to custom keyboard shortcuts.
  • Each Open dialog now saves its own most recently used folder list.
  • Markers and regions are now saved correctly with .ogg files.
  • A problem has been fixed that could prevent CD drives from being recognized on some systems.

Notable fixes/changes in version 8.0a

  • A bug has been fixed that could prevent the Envelope effect from working correctly.
  • A bug has been fixed that could prevent stereo-to-mono conversions from working correctly when using the Channel Converter.
  • A bug has been fixed that could prevent synthesis from working correctly when starting with an empty data window.
  • A bug has been fixed that prevented the play meters from updating correctly when playing AIFF files.
  • A bug has been fixed that could cause corrupted playback when previewing AIFF files from the Open dialog.
  • A bug has been fixed that could cause the Plug-In Chainer to lose some of its settings when switching between data windows.
  • A bug has been fixed that caused the Repair > Copy Other Channel function to fail if no selection existed in a data window.
  • A bug has been fixed that prevented the Find function from updating the cursor position.
  • A bug has been fixed that caused the Play at Cutlist command to begin playback at the beginning of the file.
  • An issue has been resolved regarding preview of selections through plug-in chains that contain automation.
  • Several improvements have been made regarding VST effect preset handling.
  • A bug has been fixed that could cause MP3 file lengths to be reported incorrectly.
  • Various recording issues have been fixed involving input monitoring, DC Offset, and the potential for gapping when you switched away from the Sound Forge window during recording.
  • The Input Monitor check box has been moved from the Preferences dialog to the Record dialog.
  • A Record Buffering slider has been added to the Audio page in the Preferences dialog.
  • A bug has been fixed that could cause your audio driver model from ASIO to MS Mapper when opening a file in Sound Forge from a Vegas or ACID window.
  • Various enhancements have been made to make playback smoother and refine Audio Event Locator and scrubbing behavior.
  • The Subject box on the Summary page of the File Properties dialog has been replaced by the Artist box. Subject is still available on the Extended Summary dialog.
  • A bug has been fixed that could cause changes to ACID metadata to be discarded.
  • General fixes have been made to make scripting and the Batch Converter script more robust.
  • ACID metadata — including the ACID track type — is now accessible via scripting.

What's new in version 8.0

  • Customizable keyboard mappings.
  • VST effect support.
  • ASIO audio driver support.
  • Data window scrubbing.
  • Application scripting with an integrated Script Editor window.
  • Batch processing and file-format conversion via the Batch Converter script.
  • 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.
  • HDV™ project and rendering templates (AVI, MPEG-2, and Windows Media Video) have been added.

    To open or render HDV video, you'll need the CineForm ConnectHD tool, which you can download from our Web site. For CineForm support, click here.

    *HDV and HDV logo are trademarks of Sony Corporation and Victor Company of Japan, Limited (JVC).
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.
  • The Batch Converter will not save MP3 files unless the MP3 plug-in has been registered. To register the plug-in, choose Save As from the Sound Forge File menu. In the Save As dialog, choose MP3 Audio from the Save As Type drop-down list, and then click Custom. The Custom Template dialog will display the number of evaluation encodes that remain. Click the Register button to register the plug-in.
  • 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 8.0. 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.
 
4.0 System Requirements
The following lists the minimum system requirements for using Sony Media Software Sound Forge:
  • 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 to your computer.
 
Installing from CD
  1. Place the Sound Forge 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 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 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 6.0 folder for your convenience. To install Acrobat Reader, follow these steps:
  1. Place the Sound Forge 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 6.0\English\AdbeRdr60_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 6.0\English\ folder.
  3. Double-click the AdbeRdr60_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.
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