Q: "I am sometimes sent .DSS files for transcription but I cannot get the audio file converted to WAV format to work with my PC applications. Any tips would be greatly appreciated."
A: Just as MP3 for music, DSS is a proprietary compressed digital audio format designed specifically for speech, and is commonly used on digital dictation recorders or voice recording equipment. Most frequently-used media players may fail to read and open this file type. Stop pulling your hair out, next, I'll elaborate on how to convert DSS files to WAV step by step. Just Read on!
A senior member from a forum offered a fallback plan, that is, play DSS files using DSS Player Lite, officially provided by Olympus. Then record and export audio as WAV in Audacity. Really worked! However, it's a slightly cumbersome process, and the quality of recorded audio may not be satisfied. By contrast, HD Video Converter Factory Pro is an all-in-one video/audio processor that is capable of either DSS file playback or DSS to WAV conversion.
Install and runInstall and run HD Video Converter Factory Pro and open "Converter" module. Then click "Add Files" or "Add Video Folder" button to import all DSS audio files. After loaded, you're able to play DSS file by clicking each "Preview" window on the left side with the built-in media player.
Note: As you can see, HD Video Converter Factory Pro is not as simple as the name implies. It's an all-in-one application integrated with five main modules: "Converter", "Downloader", "Recorder", "GIF Maker" and "Toolbox", which aim to help simplify video/audio processing work. Give each one a shot if you get interested.
To convert DSS to WAV, navigate to the Format Profile on the right-hand side, click on the image to open the full list of 500+ predefined presets ranging from common video and audio formats to hot devices. Head over to "Audio" category and select "WAV" profile. Similarly, you're allowed to choose any preferred audio format right there to convert DSS to FLAC, M4A, ALAC, OGG, MP3, etc. as you wish, even to make a personalized ringtone.
Each format profile has been optimized, simply choose one without extra settings. But if you have specific needs, click "Parameter settings" button underneath the Format Profile. On the new window, you can modify audio parameters like bitrate, encoder, channel, sample rate and volume in an intuitive way. Click OK to save your changes.
Once everything is OK, click the inverted triangle icon to specify an output folder to store converted WAV files. Finally, press "Run" button to convert DSS files to WAV in batch mode.
DSS is not a common audio format and many applications and devices can't handle this audio file type. Not only that, but it's also a headache to a large number of audio converters. Hopefully, HD Video Converter Factory Pro is of great help to solve your playback and conversion issue. If it really works for you, give it a thumbs up and share this post through your social media. That's all!