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Sony Sound Forge Demo

 
I have been using a legal demo version of Sony Sound Forge Audio Studio 10 to follow the tutorials given by Eddie Bazil in his excellent e-book 'The Art of Drum Layering'.   

In '...Drum Layering' Bazil uses Sound Forge 9 to edit the Attack Decay Sustain and Release (ADSR) envelope of drum samples.  Several questions have arisen in my mind since searching first for a freeware alternative to Sound Forge and then ultimately a legal demo version:
    Is there a freeware VST which is solely used to edit the ADSR envelope of samples /drum hits in the way that Sound Forge does?  That is, with the envelope clearly being 'drawn' by yourself, rather than dialed in. 

    How does the Sound Forge 10 demo work?  Can it be used for a limited time period only?  Is it crippled or cut down in some form?

    I am very new to the whole sphere of computer music making so forgive my ignorance, but why don't the creators of software such as Sound Forge adopt an approach which is more akin to buying music from a website such as iTunes?

    If you like three songs from an artist's new album, you simply buy those three songs, rather than buying a physical copy of the whole album which works out more costly - in more ways than one.

    Would it not be more cost effective for a company to create a piece of software which can either be bought as a complete package with 400 uses costing £400 or bought piece meal, whereby you download only the applications you require  and the bare minum software to run them with for, for argument's sake, £4.99?

    Would this not go some way towards stemming the flow of cracked software being downloaded?



    Image: sonycreativesoftware.com


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