DSD to PCM conversion

September 20, 2022
 by Paul McGowan

7 comments on “DSD to PCM conversion”

  1. Hello Paul,

    I think you answer an important question which is why do the vast majority of DSD recordings get converted, mixed and mastered in DXD (PCM)? i.e why not just record in DXD in the first place? Because you get a better end result having captured the initial recording in DSD and then convert afterwards.

      1. Hello Paul I have to totally disagree based on what’s actually out there already. Look at NativeDSD.com and the vast majority of DSD recordings available have been captured but then mixed/mastered in DXD, they make no secret of this fact. Yes there are many folk (Cookie Marenco must be mentioned!) who record and mix in analogue back to DSD and yes I’m well aware of the fact that many don’t like DXD/Pyramix and the result it gives them. There is constant criticism of DSD because of this PCM conversion practice so it deserves to try to be clearly explained and your point is important; that is it gives you a better capture/starting point regardless of where the recording then goes.
        The other explanations of the DSD first then DXD route I have been given are:
        A) It gives you the DSD captures for future use when it may be possible to mix them without any conversion. If you’ve gone direct to DXD you’ve bypassed and lost these!
        B) Converting to DXD post recording rather than directly into DXD in real time puts less pressure on the pc power available to do the job i.e you get a better DXD render done indirectly.

        More interesting are the growing number of recordings in PURE DSD – no mixing just simple balance and edits. These would seem to represent the best of the format.

  2. Donโ€™t worry, Paul. Even physicist Albert Einstein needed the help of a famous mathematician concerning the tensor field calculations when creating his theory of relativity! ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Einstein was relatively young when he asked for help in tensor mathematics and I am sure he didnโ€™t suffer from juvenile idiopathic arthritis, Paul! ๐Ÿ™‚

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