AlpineSoft's VinylStudio Does DSD

Thanks to Charles Hansen for the heads up on this news—AlpineSoft has added DoP (DSD over PCM) functionality to their VinylStudio vinyl ripping software (v8.6). Now you can rip your records to DSD (or PCM up to 32/384 if you prefer) on the cheap as long as you have a DSD-capable analog-to-digital converter (the Ayre QA-9 and the PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter happen to be two such ADCs).

VinylStudio runs on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 / 8.1 and Macintosh and you can download a free trial version or buy it for $29.95 from

Bruce B's picture

The Ayre QA-9 will not output DSD over USB. It will only output DSD over SDIF-2/3 via BNC.


AFAIK, there is no A/D converter that will output DSD over USB at this time. I'm sure Charlie is working on that as we speak.

Michael Lavorgna's picture

....beta firmware test chip for DSD over USB (and AES/EBU) for the QA-9 (according to Charlie).

Mario's picture

According to "AFAIK, there is no A/D converter that will output DSD over USB at this time. I'm sure Charlie is working on that as we speak."

I own a TEAC UD-501 DAC since 2 weeks and it supports DSD only via USB!! All other formats (PCM upto 32/384) and Flac are availabel on optical/coaxial etc but DSD is only on USB.

Charles Hansen's picture

Hello -

QA-9 owners can just send us a self-addressed padded envelope and we ill send them a beta firmware chip. Since Vinyl Studio supprts both DSD-64 and DSD-128, we are going to a higher clock rate that will let us do 384/24 on PCM and DSD-128 for both the QB-9 and QA-9.

Then we will send out the final firmware update chips.

The current Ayre products worked perfectly on Vinyl Studio for both recording and playback of DSD-64. We tried it with a MacBook Pro running Lion and a Thinkpad with Win 7 and Foobar with no problems whatsoever.

Setting up the ASIO drivers for the Windows side is a little tricky, but we will have step-by step instruction in a few weeks.

Later this week we are going to post some high-res download files so that people with QB-9-DSD DACs can get a truly accurate comparison between PCM and DSD. This is the only complete record-playback chain where everthing is identical -- chassis, power supplies, converter chips, analog circuitry, et cetera. Should be pretty interesting and hopefully put a end to gossip and marketing-fueled "engineering"claims. They will  both sound good, but one will sound better than the other.


Charlie Hansen
Ayre Acoustics, inc.

Paul Sanders's picture

Hello all, my first post here.

In reply to BruceB, yes, there seems to be a scarcity of these currently, but as Charlie was so generous to point out, PS Audio have one.  They have been very helpful recently (not that Ayre are not) so I just wanted to reiterate that.

I'm glad Ayre have joined the fray.  I know they have done a lot of testing recently and it's looking good.  Let's hope more will follow; the convenience, for users, of USB devices is just too good to pass up.

Paul Sanders, AlpineSoft.

Bruce B's picture

Charlie just put up some files DSD and wav files over at CA.

Unfortunately the DSD files are all in mono, so I guess he hasn't worked out the bugs yet. 

I'll have to try the PS Audio unit then. 

rrkay5's picture

I have the Mytek Stereo 192 DSD DAC mastering version so has SDIF input.Right I us it as a Firewire audio interface with a Mytek Stereo 192 A2DC with Wavelab 6 for vinyl pcm recordingn I very happy with the SQ.So if was to buy DSD ADC with SDFI output will be able ti use this set up to recorded vinyl to DSD ? Using a DSD ADC like the TASCAM DSD  DA-3000 SDIF to the Mytek Stereo 192 DSD DAC firewire to computer recorded with VinylStudio software It should work right?

ksalno's picture


Not sure why you would want to use a Tascam DA-3000 (ADC) back-to-back with the Mytek DAC then into the computer when you could just use an ADC like the QA-9 straight to the computer using USB 2.0. You really would use the DAC on the output side of your computer to drive an amp or power speakers,

I don't think there is anyway to get DSD signal between the Tascam and the Mytek anyway because Tascam can only output DSD on the SDIF-3 output and Mytek doesn't have a SDIF-3 input.

I have a Tascam DA-3000 and while it is useful for many kinds of recording, I don't see a good way to use it just as an ADC and do the recording on a PC. I guess you could record the DSD files on the Tascom and then manually move them to a PC running VinylStudio and then use VS to do the click removal and track splitting on the DSD file. But you would only use the Mytek in that workstream for checking the output of the VS process. 


rrkay5's picture

I have mastering modal of the Mytek that has SDIF-3 inputs

From manual:This version is intended for mastering engineers involved in
downloadable DSD and SACD mastering/remastering and for
general professional use. A pair of BNC SDIF DSD inputs allows
digital transfers from existing professional DSD recording equipment
and professional SACD players to the computer’s hard disk.

As for getting a Ayre QA-9 the price over $3000 is way to high , I can get Tascam DA-3000 for a round $900.I also have a Mytek Stereo 192 A2D conected to the Mytek ST 192 DSD DAC(as Firewire a audio interface) AES input tha I us for recording vinyl.What I like to do  is us the Tascam DA-3000  in the same way but with the SDIF inputs  for the SDIF out put from Tascam DA-3000it should work right?