Editor's Note: This review has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it no longer ranks as a top 10 product. The original review is below, but check out our current top 10 about Recording Studio Software here.
Sony's Sound Forge Audio Studio 10 is solid recording studio software for putting together a podcast or DJ set. This home recording software has over 30 plugins to add to your audio, as well as some features you won't find in other multitrack recording software we reviewed.
A standout feature of this studio recording software is the vocal eraser plugin. With this plugin, you can remove the vocals from most recordings to create your own karaoke mixes, or isolate vocals to use them for your own mixing purposes.
Sound Forge 10 is perfect for creating podcasts and DJ mixes, thanks to its extensive audio plugins and single-track recordings. However, this means you will not be able to multitrack.
Audio restoration is another key feature within this software. You can digitize your records and tapes, granted you own a digital converter, and use Sound Forge 10 to restore the audio, create MP3 file formats or burn CDs for your restored audio. The software can also detect pauses between songs and create new files for separate songs.
Sound Forge 10 features a 10-band equalizer to make your audio recordings sound as clean as possible. You can invert, mute and reverse the audio. The 30-plus plugins offer a variety of different noises and textures that you can apply to your recordings, as well as audio effects such as delay, distortion and pitch bending.
Though this software does not have a mastering suite, the iZotope Audio Enhancer plugin works as a final step to clean up your audio and boost the volume. This is a new feature to Sound Forge.
Sound Forge 10 comes with four step-by-step tutorials to get you started with the software. There is also a manual and user forums for if you have any questions. Sound Forge is compatible with Windows operating systems but not Mac.