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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 11:20 pm 
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Hi Guys,

I seem to be having a problem converting flac to wav. The issue is when I convert a flac dts file so I can burn onto a CD I loose the dts & end up with a wav file in stereo only.

Is there a way or a program where I convert flac dts to a wav dts file?

Any help is appreciated.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2010 12:19 am 
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umaguma wrote:
Hi Guys,

I seem to be having a problem converting flac to wav. The issue is when I convert a flac dts file so I can burn onto a CD I loose the dts & end up with a wav file in stereo only.

Is there a way or a program where I convert flac dts to a wav dts file?

Any help is appreciated.

Thanks In Advance


Foobar2000 should do the trick, provided you've added the correct components and have it set to convert the same channels from source to final output. Hope that helps. Let us know if you need help more specific than that.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2010 12:30 am 
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Also FYI some burner software can handle flac e.g. Nero.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2010 12:58 am 
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Thanks for the quick reply's.

I downloaded foobar & installed some components that I thought I would need. Foobar did a great job converting to wav but again I lost the dts & ended up with wav files in stereo only.

I will try nero next & post my results.

Thanks again.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2010 11:54 am 
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umaguma wrote:
Thanks for the quick reply's.

I downloaded foobar & installed some components that I thought I would need. Foobar did a great job converting to wav but again I lost the dts & ended up with wav files in stereo only.

I will try nero next & post my results.

Thanks again.

First, can you make sure that the wav files are indeed 5.x? In foobar, you need to install the "DTS Decoder" in the Components folder. Then, in Preferences / Playback / DSP Manager, you need to double-click on "DTS Decoder" so it goes into the Active DSPs column. Set the visualization to VU Meters. Load the flac in the playlist and play it: you should see five or six moving horizontal bars in the VU meter. If you don't, you have a problem.

Now, when you look at the properties of a dts wav file, it says "2 channels" even if it will play six channels when decoded. That's because Windows sees this wav as a 2-channel file and it is the decoder software that transforms it on the fly into six channels when you play it. So if you play it and you hear six channels, don't mind what Windows is telling you, you've got your six encoded channels.

Converting from flac to wav is really simple with foobar. Load the flac files in the playlist, select them, right-click, select Convert, set Output format to WAV, set the Output path, set the Output files options and press OK.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 7:26 pm 
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Thanks for the reply.

I tried foobar once again following your instructions. Loaded the DTS decoder, set my visualizations to VU & again only showing 2 channels.

Unless all my FLAC DTS are only stereo I don't know what else to do.

I tried 5 different flac dts albums and all are showing 2 channels.

Again, I really appreciate your efforts but I am at wits end wasting CD's trying to figure this out.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 10:25 pm 
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umaguma wrote:
Thanks for the reply.

I tried foobar once again following your instructions. Loaded the DTS decoder, set my visualizations to VU & again only showing 2 channels.

Unless all my FLAC DTS are only stereo I don't know what else to do.

I tried 5 different flac dts albums and all are showing 2 channels.

Again, I really appreciate your efforts but I am at wits end wasting CD's trying to figure this out.


I'm a bit lost here. Why would you be wasting CDs trying to play DTS flac files in Foobar?

This may also be a question you might try asking on the Foobar forums. Their URL is http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/ind ... SF&s=&f=28.

I'd say it's extremely unlikely that every DTS CD you own is a stereo mix.


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I am not trying to play DTS files in foobar but trying to use foobar to convert flac DTS to wav DTS in order to burn onto a CD.

Thanks though. Maybe I can find something in the foobar forums.


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umaguma wrote:
I am not trying to play DTS files in foobar but trying to use foobar to convert flac DTS to wav DTS in order to burn onto a CD.

Thanks though. Maybe I can find something in the foobar forums.

Just that I try to understand it, when you talk about "flac DTS" is that a DTSWav that got converted to Flac and that you want to convert back to DTSWav?


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 2:27 am 
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umaguma wrote:
I am not trying to play DTS files in foobar but trying to use foobar to convert flac DTS to wav DTS in order to burn onto a CD.

Thanks though. Maybe I can find something in the foobar forums.

Just use FLAC!! (and FLAC FrontEnd) ...
Open up the FrontEnd GUI, Drag/Drop your files on the window, use ONLY ONE SETTING:
[X] Decode thru errors
(MAKE SURE ALL OTHER CHECKBOXES ARE NOT CHECKED!!)
(Most important: NO Replay Gain !! )

click [Decode]
When done, burn .wav files to CD like normal audio CD, 16-bit/44,100Hz
DO NOT EDIT IN ANY WAY BEFORE BURNING

People often stray to use a 'all-in-one' or 'does-it-all' or 'does-everything-I-need' package ... often they forget that sometimes they need to go back to the source of the software to perform certain tasks

If it doesn't work using FLAC.exe (and optionally 'FLAC frontend.exe' for a GUI), then there's most likely something else wrong with the files ... Are they 16/44 .wav? ... If not then they need further conversion before they will be CD Compliant.


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