If you’re one of the lucky few owners of a DCC-175 with a PC-Link cable, and a Windows 98 computer to use the DCC-Studio software, here is some good news:
I just released the first version of a new tool called DCCU (DCC Utility), at https://github.com/DigitalCompactCassette/DCCU/releases. It is the successor of the DCCConv (and DCCConv32) tool that I wrote in 2003, but the new tool has some cool new features:
- Conversion from MPP to MP1
- Conversion from MP1 to MPP (new!)
- Support for 32, 44.1 and 48 kHz sample frequencies (new!) (*)
(*) Note: Only 384 kilobits per second is supported by the DCC standard.
Converting an MP1 to MPP works, but getting DCC-Studio to recognize it and build a track file for it is a little tricky and you have to do a little bit of “hacking”: DCC-Studio can generate a .TRK file no problem, but it crashes if you try to open an MPP file that doesn’t have a .LVL file. You have to copy an existing .LVL file that’s long enough as a workaround, for now.
The first thing on my TODO list for this project is to reverse-engineer the format of .LVL files and try to generate them myself. Later on, I also want to make an attempt to interpret .TRK file but since DCC-Studio can generate those automatically, that has a slightly lower priority.
Have fun and let me know what you think!
PS By the way, you can generate excellent quality MP1 files from almost any audio file with a tool that includes the LAME encoder, such as dBPowerAmp.