DSD tag editor found; another vote for DSF
As I have been merrily ripping my SACD personal collection, downloading DSD files, and creating huge libraries of great DSD music I have been fighting the beta vs VHS thing. Sony and Philips had created two very slightly different DSD containers, one called DSDIFF (aka DIFF or DFF) and one called DSF. The extraction tools (and the onset of various DSD download sites) have basically given us DSD fans a choice. I began ripping in DIFF but later moved to DSF due to the rumor/fact/theory/hope/ that it had slightly better metadata (tags) out of the box. However, since handling DSD has been a very new thing with software players the metadata support for either has been "spotty" at best. And forget about editing these poorly inconsistent tags. The best bet was to edit the proxy files (AIFF) that the Mac players like Pure music and A+ created. It gave one a sense of decent search capabilities within Apple Remote, even though the actual DSD files were still identified only by ugly filenames. Once iIinstalled a DSD-capable Linux MPD the same issue arose...poor tagging support (and no proxy faux tags), although shame on me I only first checked my DIFF files (see below). Note: Our own Jurgen aka Lintweaker, the author of the DSD capability in MPD, has better metadata support coming but not until the MPD gods approve the codes.
Then came plug ins like the SACD plugin for Foobar, and the ones for J River, to name two. I tried the Foobar one (not necessarily for playback but for tagging support) and found that it worked ok...as long as you stayed in Foobar. But Foobar's plug in, as per its co-author, Maxim, converts tags into UTF-16...and MPD does not yet support Unicode. Argh. His recommendation was to try J River as a possible tag solution.
Well, damn!! J River MC 17 is a godsend for the DSF format. It allows very simple yet comprehensive batch tagging, album art support (In J River) and great overall feel. As you can see below the same is not true for DIFF, but who cares!! I'm re-extracting all my DIFF stuff in DSF and not looking back. Furthermore, now that I moved all my DSF over for the MPD server to see (Auraliti's PK90USB) the basic tag support ain't bad at all; I can live with it now. And as long as your album names are recognizable (i.e don't use "DSD" or "SACD" suffixes in the album name) MPD will likely find the album art too. (Again, not for DIFF, only DSF).
So, I'm going to give a big vote to DSF, and tell those DSD audio fans out there that the Windows-only J River is a very nice editing solution for tags. NOTE: I can't comment on its sonics (users seem to love it), as that is not what this experiment and post is about. I use primarliy Linux MPD, and also some Mac OSX for my music playback.
From the AudioGate website
A full complement of editing functionality, with support for editing in the DSD domain.
Edit In the past, editing of data recorded in DSD format required extremely expensive pro audio equipment, and this acted as a significant impediment to DSD recording. AudioGate is able to carry out all of the basic editing operations needed for a stereo recorder --- splitting and joining songs, fade processing, volume adjustments, L/R balance adjustments, normalization, cutting DC components, editing marks --- all while staying within the domain of each supported format, including 1-bit DSD.
The DSD editing engine within AudioGate rivals those of professional DSD workstations. Since all DSD-based editing calculations are done while maintaining the sample rate, all the way up to 64 times (2.8224 MHz) or 128 times (5.6448 MHz), you don't need to worry about audio quality being impaired by the decimation filter that accompanies PCM conversion. "Direct output mode" allows unnecessary recalculations to be automatically bypassed, ensuring that the purity of the original audio source is completely retained in the output file.
A rich array of editing functionality for metadata such as song title, artist name, and attached graphics etc. is also a benefit provided by AudioGate.
jRiver play back through Geekout....
Can tag ISO (SACD Rips) disk images.... I use Audirvana for the EASY of playback, jRiver's metadata display is the best....
Originally Posted by ted_b
New AuI ConverteR 48x44 with DSF meta tag editor - text, pictures
Today uploaded new beta-version AuI ConverteR 48x44 (Mac OS X, Windows) with DSF meta tag editor.
How edit DSF meta tags:
1. Read DSF tags
2. Edit meta tag text fields (track name, album, artist,...).
3. Add/change meta tag picture (album cover/back, artist, conductor, band photos,... - adding more 20 picture in single DSF audio file) formats png, jpeg, gif.
4. Cancellation of changing for selected file (before closing editor).
In FREE version saved only first file in list.
Meta tag editor planned for editions PROduce-R and above (will released in nearest days).
Planned support other types of audio files.
More details here: