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Sonic Foundry (AMEX:SFO) introduces the new 4.5 version of their flagship Sound Forge" product with expanded features and support for both Microsoft NetShow Services and Real Networks RealAudio/Video 5.0.

The 4.5 version includes the features of the 4.0 release, plus a built-in batch converter for automated processing of multiple files, a powerful spectrum analyzer function, and an advanced loop editing toolset with support for Sonic Foundry's ACID loop-based music creation product.

According to Chief Technology Officer Curtis Palmer, "We expect Sound Forge 4.5's enhanced Internet authoring capability and included batch conversion extension to further demonstrate Sonic Foundry's commitment to providing leading edge Internet authoring tools. NetShow Services and RealAudio/Video 5.0 are the emerging media streaming standards and our continued support for them should help enable content developers worldwide."

Sound Forge is a comprehensive audio editing environment containing a wide range of processes, tools, and effects for manipulating audio. Sound Forge has been built from the ground up as a Windows platform product, featuring DirectX plug-in compatibility and support for the new ASF (Active Streaming Format) for streaming web audio + video productions.

Applications - Music production, multimedia development, internet audio production, sound design, broadcast production and sound analysis.

Features - Powerful tools combined with easy-to-use preset functions in the familiar Windows environment make the program easy enough for beginners and the tool of choice for professionals. Video for Windows support includes editing sound events to video with sub-frame accuracy.

Sound Forge 4.5 is expandable with proprietary and third-party DirectX audio plug-ins.

Upgrades and Demo Downloads on the Internet - Current owners can upgrade from Sound Forge 4.0 for $99, or from Sound Forge XP 4.5 for $249 directly from Sonic Foundry. Demo versions of Sound Forge 4.5 will be obtained by anyone with a web browser by visiting the Sonic Foundry website at http://www.sonicfoundry.com.

MSRP - $499

Technical Requirements - Sound Forge 4.5 runs on Windows 95 and NT 4.0 or later systems. It requires a Pentium computer with at least 8MB of RAM, 5MB of HD space for installation, a 300M or larger hard disk for temporary file storage, and a CD-ROM.

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