Recording DSD (Direct Stream Digital)

As of version 8.6, VinylStudio can record DSD from a suitable ADC, such as the PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter, or (with a firmware upgrade) the Ayre QA-9. Uniquely, we believe, for a program in its class, VinylStudio can monitor your recording while it is in progress and allows you to play it back while you are working on it - when splitting tracks, for example. VinylStudio's 'needle-up' detection feature, which stops recording automatically at the end of the album side, will also work.

DSD, it should be said, is not for everyone. Firstly, you will need a USB ADC which supports DSD over PCM, such as the ones above. You should also be aware that you can't edit your recordings in any way, although you can split them into tracks and save these as bit-perfect copies.

DSD recordings can also be saved as PCM files, and VinylStudio's full range of editing features, bar a couple, are then available. Files saved in this way can be played on mobile devices and streaming media players. DSD files generally cannot - to play these you will need a DSD-enabled player, such as Foobar 2000 with the SACD plugin installed, or a DSD-capable DAC.

VinylStudio supports both DSF and DFF (DSDIFF) files, as well as being able to record DSD over PCM to a range of uncompressed file formats. You can also convert between these formats if your needs change.


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