I have just downloaded and tried to use the last version (2.0.2) of Audacity on my WinXP PC.
I would like to use this software just for file transfer from flac (e.g. Linn Records downloadable hires files - http://www.linnrecords.com/linn-download-quality-and-file-type.aspx) to high quality SACD format to prepare the music-files for DVD burning. Unfortunately, I could not find any help to do this in Audacity help file.
Sorry, I am not an expert of these kinds of file formats but I would like to save the very high quality music format of these downloaded master flac files to SACD discs. I have a Marantz SA-KI Pearl Lite player and would like to utilize its very high quality sound representation ability.
So, could you make a kind of “format transfer” modul within Audacity which can translate “studio master flac” format to standard SACD music format to burn it onto DVD disc, please?
I need to apologize if this question has already been anwered but I could not find so far.
According to your advice, I have downloaded and installed FFMpeg format library.
I was looking for DSD format (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Direct_Stream_Digital) very accurately (as far as I know, DSD format can be found on SACD layer) among the new files but could not find it.
Yes, this is why I have sent my first message to this “development” topic.
I do not want to increase the quality of Linn files but just would like to preserve and play exactly the SAME “studio quality” from a SACD media on my audiophile SACD player at home. (Studio Master FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec), see on Linn Records website.)
You can download several test files from their site: http://www.linnrecords.com/linn-downloads-testfiles.aspx
At the moment, I cannot do this but yes, this is what I want to achieve. (And this would be a very nice feature of Audacity application for many other “hifi-funs” as well I think.) But, as far as I know, DSD format is indispensable for creating SACD image on a DVD media.
Audacity does not have the resources to add support for this format at this time, but we can add your vote. I would expect since DSD is a proprietary format that it will not be possible to write DSD unless FFmpeg produces an open source licensed version in the future. Decoding or converting from DSD to other formats is a more sensible proposition, but that is not what you are asking.
By the way DSDIFF (as I understand it) is a similar non-proprietary standard that predates Sony DSD and SACD, so playback support for DSDIFF is probably fairly easy.
Those files are nothing to do with SACD/DSD, they are ALAC or FLAC.
If you are sure you have to burn the Linn files to an SACD I would ask on Doom 9 or a similar Forum, or possibly here http://www.ps3sacd.com/forums/ . That has nothing to do with Audacity. If you need to convert the FLAC files to 24-bit 192000Hz WAV for burning to data CD (which would preserve their quality), then Audacity could do that.
Sorry, I am not an expert of different file formats of music recording and playback.
I am just an enthusiatic music listener who would like to enjoy the music in the best quality which can be achievable.
So I just want to burn a DVD or data CD (or whatever other type of) disk where I could store the studio quality FLAC source files dowloaded e.g. from Linn site and I could play them on my Maranzt SACD player. As far as I know, SACD player cannot read disks with FLAC file directly. So I need to convert these music files from hires FLAC to some kind of format readable by SACD players in the SAME quality, without any quality degradation.
If DSD coding is not available (and if there is no SACD layer burner device on the market on reasonable price) but there is any other format which can be used in this way, it is okay for me.
Please correct me if I am wrong: as I understood from your last comment, 24-bit 192000Hz WAV format (which is available conversion from Audacity) burned onto a CD ROM (data CD) disk or DVD (?) disk in a PC disk writer device can preserve the very high studio quality of the downloaded Linn FLAC master files and can be read by SACD players (e.g. Maranz). (I will check Marantz documentation in very detailed way.) If it works I am fine. (Not the SACD format itself is important to me but the quality.)
Note that you will not fit much audio onto a CD at 192 kHz 24 bit. Depending on the CD, the capacity will be around 11 minutes.
I think that the first thing that you need to do is to find out exactly what formats your player supports, then see which of those your CD/DVD burner supports, then you can look at how to prepare the audio (if pre-burning preparation is required).
It is also very likely that even after all of this time and trouble, there will be no difference in sound quality compared with a well produced CD.
Thanks for your very sipmle and clear explanation (this is why I can understand it…).
I will check the possibilities that you have spoken about.
But let me have only one question just to be sure.
My intention is to reserve the SACD quality of the original studio FLAC but not destroy it down to “well produced CD” quality.
It was just a mispelling from your side or this procedure will really cause some degradation in sound quality from “SACD-level” to “CD-level”???
I have just checked the highest quality format which can be read by MARANTZ SACD player from a disk.
This is a WMA file with 44.1kHz sample frequency and 192kbps. No info regarding your bit-rate (e.g. 24bit).
I do not know how these parameters can match to your provided numbers (24 bit at 192kHz).
Regarding media type, the player can manage CD-R/RW disks only (based on the manual and Marantz site) but no DVD. As I understand, this capacity is far not enough for studio FLAC quality demand.
So it means no way to use the disk player slot of the MARANTZ SACD player for utilization of the high sound quality of downloaded master FLAC files, in spite of any format transformation in Audacity or other softwares… I have to use a PC connected to the PC-input of the player. F@ck. (Sorry.)
I am not too happy with it, even more, I am quite disapointed…
I did not want to use a whole computer next to the player in the living-room just to listen a stupid music player.
Audio CD only supports the normal two channels (left and right). So unless you accept downmixing that six-channel file to two channels, you cannot burn it to an audio CD. If you don’t care about that file, it doesn’t matter - it is only a fragment a few seconds long.
I’m pretty sure that neither my computer nor my audio CD players can read the SACD layer, so usually, I pay for their hi-res flac downloads. I have not so far been disappointed with the quality of any of their recordings and find their pricing perfectly reasonable.
I believe that Foobar2000 (for WIndows) can be persuaded to play SACD, but haven’t experimented.