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DSF to FLAC - HELP!


HamDog

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I've seen many other threads on this page about conversion of dsd/dsf to PCM. Most of those relate to Macs. I'm using Windows 7 and have a problem:

 

Converted SACD to ISO using ps3 (got my PS3 last night!). I used iso2dsd_gui.exe to extract the dsf files from the ISO. Now I'm having problems transcoding the dsf files to flac. I wanted to use the Weiss Caracon software, but that needs a DSD files and I have DSF files. I can't figure out how to extract DSD files from my ISO. The iso2dsd_gui.exe only appears to export to dsf...or maybe I just haven't figured out how to make it output dsd?

 

I know there is Audiogate to transcode from dsf to flac, but I just don't like the idea of tweeting my rips to the whole world. And the Korg website is set-up horribly, so I can't figure out what I have to buy to get Audiogate's abilities without it tweeting.

 

I also don't like to download and install Jriver. I'm an avid Foobar user and would prefer not installing and paying for Jriver just to convert files from DSF to flac.

 

Do I have any other options? How about converting from DSF to DSD and then using Weiss Caracon software to convert to FLAC? Or better still...how to extract DSD files directly from the ISO?

 

I'm just soooo confused!

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First off why do you want to convert and loose quality. Even PCM 24/192 sounds different from dsd 64 witch is on your ripped sacd,s.

Next try db poweramp . Last if you use jriver it also can convert on the fly or to file .

Last audio gate is fine the tweets do not say what you are doing . You can tweet the window is open if you wish. Tweet anything .

Al

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@HamDog:

 

First, don't extract to *.dsf files, as there is a known bug in the SACD_extract.exe (which is used by the gui you use), which causes a truncation/loss of some bits. Use the setting to extract to Philips DSDIFF files instead.

 

I think you are talking about the Sonore GUI? There is a menu setting on the right upper side, which lets you choose this.

 

You might want to take a look at this GUI too:

sacd_extract-gui | Free Audio & Video software downloads at SourceForge.net

 

The needed actual SACD_extract.exe from the Sonore package could be used / copied over to be used with that one.

 

And you could use Foobar if you are familiar with its settings and options, using Maxims plugin to convert to FLAC files directly from your ripped ISOs.

Esoterc SA-60 / Foobar2000 -> Mytek Stereo 192 DSD / Audio-GD NFB 28.38 -> MEG RL922K / AKG K500 / AKG K1000  / Audioquest Nighthawk / OPPO PM-2 / Sennheiser HD800 / Sennheiser Surrounder / Sony MA900 / STAX SR-303+SRM-323II

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First off why do you want to convert and loose quality. Even PCM 24/192 sounds different from dsd 64 witch is on your ripped sacd,s.

Next try db poweramp . Last if you use jriver it also can convert on the fly or to file .

Last audio gate is fine the tweets do not say what you are doing . You can tweet the window is open if you wish. Tweet anything .

Al

 

I need the FLAC files for portability and compatibility. I didn't know dbpoweramp was capable of this. I'll have to check it out. Thanks.

 

@HamDog:

 

First, don't extract to *.dsf files, as there is a known bug in the SACD_extract.exe (which is used by the gui you use), which causes a truncation/loss of some bits. Use the setting to extract to Philips DSDIFF files instead.

 

I think you are talking about the Sonore GUI? There is a menu setting on the right upper side, which lets you choose this.

 

You might want to take a look at this GUI too:

sacd_extract-gui | Free Audio & Video software downloads at SourceForge.net

 

The needed actual SACD_extract.exe from the Sonore package could be used / copied over to be used with that one.

 

And you could use Foobar if you are familiar with its settings and options, using Maxims plugin to convert to FLAC files directly from your ripped ISOs.

 

Interesting! I didn't know there was an issue with .DSF files extracted by SACD_extract. Thanks for the GUI, it's nice! And I've been dealing with command prompts all along! Nice to see this GUI.

 

And I didn't know Foobar was capable of transcoding from DSD/DSF/DSDIFF to flac. I already installed the DSD plug-in for Foobar.

 

Right now, I have so many different things I have tried and installed that my head is beginning to spin. Time to take a little break. Thanks for the advice!

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So I converted the ISO file to DSDIFF to work around the bit problem with DSF type files. Then I used Foobar to covert to flac. The problem is that the flac version's volume is much lower than the dsdiff files when playing it on my Oppo 105 through Foobar. And I've noticed the "click" problem at the beginning of every file (dsdiff and flac).

 

It just seems like it's the wild wild west when it comes to ripping SACD's! So many discussions...some with 100+ pages of info. Then there are the write-ups, most of which may be outdated.

 

I just got my PS3 yesterday. I really don't have a right to complain. I've been studying hard for the past 24 hours, but I just don't see the light at the end of the tunnel yet. Already pulled out some hair...and there wasn't much left to begin with :-)

 

Thanks for everyone's help. I still have so much more reading to do!

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I can add this. J river and I know you have to buy it. Does all,of this for you and lot more.

But it also does something really cool. It plays the ISO,s directly. So all of your rips come out to ISO first so witha CPU running j river you can play the ISO , gapless or by track and see all,the meta data as well meaning album art .

al

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