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Sony Sound Forge Quick Tips - Part 1

Written by Scott R. Garrigus - 2006, Scott R. Garrigus. All Rights Reserved.
Sound Forge is a very complex audio editing application. There are many hidden features (and even some that are in plain sight but go unnoticed). This series of quick tips helps to reveal some of those features and provide Sound Forge users with inside information about their favorite audio editing software.

Quick Tip #1
I'm sure you know that double-clicking in a Data Window will select all the audio data in that file. But what if you have Markers or Regions in the file? Double-clicking will only select the data to the nearest Marker or Region boundaries. If you want a quick way to select all the data in a file that contains Markers and/or Regions, just triple-click in the Data Window.

Quick Tip #2
There may be times when you want to apply stereo processing to a mono file. In order to do this, you must first convert the mono file to stereo. For a quick conversion, choose Process > Channel Converter. Then choose the Mono to Stereo - 50% preset, and click OK. You could also use one of the other Mono to Stereo presets, but the 50% preset gives you plenty of dynamic room for applying additional processing. If you used the 100% preset, for instance, the volume of the file may end up being too high to apply any more processing.

Quick Tip #3:
If you use the Acoustic Mirror plug-in quite often, you've probably noticed that the Impulse drop-down list can become cluttered after a while. This is because even if you get rid of an impulse file that you're no longer using, its name remains in the list. You can clean up the Impulse drop-down list by doing the following:

1) In Windows Explorer find the FORGE32.INI file located in the Windows directory on your hard drive. If your hard drive is C:, then the file should be located at C:\WINDOWS\FORGE32.INI
2) Double-click the file to open it in Windows Notepad.
3) In the section marked [AM MRU List], you'll find a list of all the impulse files that are currently displayed in the Impulse drop- down list.
4) To delete a single file from the list, just remove its associated DIR line in the AM MRU List section.
5) To delete all the files from the list, just remove all the DIR lines in the AM MRU List section. Be sure to leave the [AM MRU List] section heading though.

The next time you click the Impulse drop-down list, you'll notice your changes.

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