A DSD is a shortcut for Direct Stream Digital audio format developed by Sony and Philips.

There are 6 other file types using
the DSD file extension!

empty icon.dsd - DataShaper database file

empty icon.dsd - Document Structure Definition file

empty icon.dsd - Diet Studio data file

empty icon.dsd - CARE-S InfoWorks node/link file

empty icon.dsd - Autodesk AutoCAD drawing set description

empty icon.dsd - DAZ Studio object morph data

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DSD file - Direct Stream Digital audio

What is dsd file? How to open dsd files?

File type specification:

Audio and sound file type icon Audio and sound file type

A dsd is abbreviation of Direct Stream Digital a a recording system used to master Super Audio CDs (SACDs).

Super Audio CD was introduced in 1999 as a successor of Compact Disc Audio. SACD was developed by Sony and Philips.

SACD disk capacity is 4,7GB and audio is encoded by 1-bit DSD, frequency 2.8224 MHz and contains 6-channel audio. Also can be protected with DRM.

It was declared as obsolete format in 2007. However, small market with DSD audio still exist.

Default file extensions used by Direct Stream Digital format are dsf and dff

The default software associated to dsd file type:

Audacity icon

Audacity logoAudacity  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:

Audacity is a free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems.

Audacity is able to:

  • Record live audio.
  • Record computer playback on any Windows Vista or later machine.
  • Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
  • Edit WAV, AIFF, FLAC, MP2, MP3 or Ogg Vorbis sound files.
  • AC3, M4A/M4R (AAC), WMA and other formats supported using optional libraries.
  • Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.
  • Numerous effects including change the speed or pitch of a recording.

Audacity for Mac icon

Audacity logoAudacity for Mac  Apple macOS / Mac OS X software

Company or developer:

Audacity for Mac is free multi-track audio editing tool that allows users to record live audio, convert old tapes to modern formats, edit various audio file types, cut, copy, mix audio data and adds various effects, like change speed of audio etc.

Audacity for Linux icon

Audacity logoAudacity for Linux  Linux/Unix software

Company or developer:

Audacity for Linux is multi-track audio editor and recorder with various features, like recording audio, edit WAV, AIFF, FLAC, MP2, MP3 or Ogg Vorbis files, or cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.

Help how to open:

Use Audacity to open Direct Stream Digital audio files.

How to convert:

Currently there is no specific information available, about how to convert this sound file type.

For general information try to look at:
Basic info how to convert audio files

Related links:

Where you find DSD music downloads

ABCs of DSD downloads

List of software applications associated to the .dsd file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open dsd file, edit dsd file, convert dsd file, view dsd file, play dsd file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in File-Extensions.org's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is ableto perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting dsd files.

  • Open dsd file
  • Edit dsd file
  • Play dsd file

Software that open dsd file - Direct Stream Digital audio

Programs supporting the exension dsd on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open dsd file action.

Microsoft Windows:

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:


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