There are several options in the full-blown versions. A quick and dirty method would be to use the Sony Express FX Dynamics. Try the presets, starting with 2:1 compression and see if you like the results. I can't remember if Sound Forge 9 came with the iZotope bundle, but if you have it, try the Multiband Compressor Richard mentioned, run the Moderate Compression preset, and then normalize levels.
SF 9 does have the two older Sony plugins under the Effects/Dynamics menu. Again, try the presets, starting with the most conservative and listen to the results.
With any of these, watch for clipping after running the process. You may have to lower overall levels first, then run the compression. If the overall levels drop, then normalize after you're done.
I used SF 11 Pro, which does have the iZotope plug-ins. As I said, I don’t remember if 9 has them. Also, I'm assuming that you're using the full=blown version 9, and not the light Audio Studio version. If you have Audio Studio, you may be limited to the Express FX Dynamics plugin.
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Compressing music in Sound Forge 9.
According to the B&H website, SF9 includes:
"Mastering Effects Bundle powered by iZotope includes Mastering Reverb, Multiband Compressor, IRC Limiter loudness maximizer and a six-band Mastering Parametric Equalizer "
I use iZotope Ozone for this sort of thing, although I previously used Alloy which is also nice, but not as powerful as Ozone. I was going to suggest this before I found a version of it was already there.
I also use the multiband compressor in Samplitude (when I'm working in Samplitude, it's there, and I've used it for over a decade and a half.
I prefer a three-band setting because bass does not then duck midrange and highs.
Adjusting the threshold downward and adjusting the compression ratio or slope will affect the sound the most, but attack and release times are also useful. It will change the sound, but it will provide a much more enjoyable listening experience while on the road or in the air.
Most compressors also provide static or signal-driven graphics that help you visualize what's going on.
On 2018-01-25 8:59 AM, 6295LARGE . wrote:
> Does anyone know how to compress music using Sound Forge 9?
> I listen to music in my car, but because of all the dynamics (loud,
> soft, loud, soft) and a noisy road, I have to keep adjusting the
> volume while I'm driving. I know there's a way to more or less get the volumes more equal.
> If anyone knows how, please email me at my work [log in to unmask]
> Thank you.
> Ben Roth
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