SARACON sampling frequency converter

SARACON – a versatile multichannel file format and sampling frequency conversion tool of utmost sonic quality and unprecedented conversion speed. All standard sampling frequencies are supported, including DXD and DSD. The Super Audio Center recommends SARACON for DSD conversion. POW-R dithering is also included.

Saracon runs on Windows™ or OSX™ platforms and comes in two variants: SARACON and SARACON-DSD. The latter obviously also supports DSD conversion in both directions, including DSD64 and DSD128 variants. SARACON is a batch processor working on source and destination files. It does not support streaming modes. Many standard input and output formats are supported. POW-R dithering is a standard feature as well.

“Now that I have used it on everything I do, it is the only re-sampler I can listen to.”

“Doing the new Superior Drummer III Core Library, I’m reminded yet again that I can’t live without Saracon!”

Georg Massenburg, Professor, McGill University, Canada

Main Features 

Sampling frequencies

The SARACON is an extremely versatile software tool for sampling frequency and format conversion. Supported sampling frequencies include all the standard digital audio sampling frequencies like 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192, 352.8, 384 kHz, DXD, DSD64 and finally DSD128.

 

Output

The output word-length can be set to 16, 20, 24 or 32 Bits fixed point, or to 32 or 64 Bits IEEE floating point. Plus DSD. The word-length reduction uses flat TPDF dithering as well as any of the three POW-R dithering algorithms.

File formats

In terms of file formats as input or output SARACON shines with a plethora of supported formats, including wav, aiff, au, bwf, sd2, caf, paf, mat, raw, dsdiff, FLAC, Ogg/Vorbis. The number of channels is unlimited in a PCM to PCM or DSD to PCM conversion, while it is limited to six in a PCM to DSD conversion.

 

Conversion algorithms

The conversion algorithms are based on our several decades long experience with sampling frequency converters. The user interface is tidy and a simple – as one would expect from a professional tool. A sine wave generator is built in for testing purposes. 

DSD version

The DSD version of the SARACON sports some additional, DSD specific features like an extensive DSD conversion analysis with log files, selectable interpolation/decimation filter sets, flexible input to output channel routing, different modulators, each with its own options like gain, dithering etc.. Note: All DSD specific features are supported by the SARACON-DSD version only.

Reviews and user feedback 

User

“Now that I have used it on everything I do, it is the only re-sampler I can listen to.”

Georg Massenburg, Professor, McGill University, Canada

Professional Mastering Engineers

“Saracon is not only the world’s best audio sample rate converter (cross-platform!). It’s also a great batch re-namer, format converter, interleaver, de-interleaver, word-length reducer and all-round utility tool!”

Bob Katz, Digital Domain, USA

 

“Again, many thanks for this great conversion software. We love it! And it is a big help for the SA-CD format.”

Gus Skinas, Super Audio Center LLC, USA

 

“I use the SARACON Mac daily and WOW! It’s 16× faster than real time to do conversion with the Mac Quad G5. It is both stunning in mastering workflow and sound quality.”

Kent Poon, Design w Sound, Hong Kong

 

“Saracon is not just the most transparent SRC available, it is also the one with the most natural dynamics and spatial depth preservation. I have tried many other software SRCs and none gets even close to Saracon for quality.”

Alvaro Balana, Impact Mastering, Spain

 

“I am absolutely thrilled at the speed of the new Intel version of Saracon, definitely a must-have tool for me at this point, thanks again for such great piece of software.”

Alvaro Balana, Impact Mastering, Spain

Technical Data 

File formats

  • Support for all major audio formats including wav, aiff, au, caf, sd2, mat, raw
  • Compressed formats: FLAC, Ogg/Vorbis
  • RF64 and BWF support with meta data transfer
  • All major PCM number formats supported: fixed point (16, 24, 32 Bits), float and double)

 

Sampling frequencies

  • Sampling frequencies supported: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz, 352.8 kHz, 384 kHz, DXD, DSD64 (2.8224 MHz), DSD128 (5.6448 MHz)

 

Conversion algorithms

  • Choice of different modulators for DSD generation (low, medium and high order)
  • Time reference transfer between BWF and DSD and vice versa
  • Tag transfer for certain formats 
  • Heavily optimized for sse2 enabled processors with multiple cores
  • Unlimited number of channels, files and jobs
  • Up-sampler characteristics selectable (different interpolators)
  • Different modulators selectable, each with its own options like gain, dithering etc.
  • Flexible input to output channel routing
  • Selectable interpolation/decimation filter sets for DSD conversion

Dithering

  • TPDF, POW-R1, POW-R2 and POW-R3 dither algorithms

 

Quality

  • PCM to PCM and DSD to PCM conversions better than −180 dB THD+N
  • PCM to DSD conversions −159.4 dB (CRFB10)

 

Batch mode

  • Smart batch modes to interleave several different mono input file sets into multichannel files
  • Super batch conversion to keep the workstation busy overnight or over the weekend

 

Monitoring

  • Non volatile signal monitoring for PCM to DSD conversion
  • Log file/window for documentation of conversion processes
  • Extensive DSD Conversion analysis
  • Non-volatile level/peak meter and history with full featured viewer

Goodies

  • Dithered test signal generator for PCM
  • Test signal generator for DSD

 

Command line interface

  • Complete command line interface for automation with bash scripts or from other tools
FAQ 

For Frequently Asked Questions and discussions about this and other products our new Forum will be available soon.

 

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