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DSD encoder - How to apply gain without "normalising"?

Posted: Tue Mar 09, 2021 10:52 pm
by Dave54321
Hi

I want to convert an album of DXD (24-bit / 352.8kHz) tracks to DSD64 (.dsf). I have done this with nice results, but the resulting tracks are all 6.05dB quieter than the originals. I don't want to apply normalisation, i.e. I want to retain the original album and song dynamics and do not want all of the tracks to peak at the same level. Is there a way of applying simple gain, e.g. +6dB, to all of the tracks when converting??

Re: How to apply gain without "normalising"?

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2021 8:16 am
by poiko
DSD files follow the SACD standard that requires that the audio signals must be encoded at -6dB level. You won't lose any dynamic range.

Re: DSD encoder - How to apply gain without "normalising"?

Posted: Tue Mar 16, 2021 10:20 pm
by fuddrich
I am currently evaluating this software. From your reply, does this mean that all SACD`s are "album gain" normalised and therefore there is no need to apply "normalisation" to unaltered SACD dsf files relative to other SACD albums? Also, there is no Help explanation regarding DSP Options for the selection of "Normal" or "Single File". How does one select normalisation of a folder based on Album Gain rather than individual Track Gain? There are information columns for both of these terms on the GUI but no information is presented.