DLS File Extension

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Downloadable Sounds Format
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What is DLS file?

Full format name of files that use DLS extension is Downloadable Sounds Format. DLS file format is compatible with software that can be installed on Mac OS, Windows system platform. Files with DLS extension are categorized as Audio Files files. The Audio Files subset comprises 694 various file formats. The most popular program for handling DLS files is Awave Studio, but users can choose among 2 different programs that support this file format. Software named Awave Studio was created by FMJ-Software. In order to find more detailed information on the software and DLS files, check the developer’s official website.

Programs which support DLS file extension

The list that follows enumerates programs compatible with DLS files, divided into 2 categories based on operating system on which they are available. Files with DLS extension, just like any other file formats, can be found on any operating system. The files in question may be transferred to other devices, be it mobile or stationary, yet not all systems may be capable of properly handling such files.

Programs that support DLS file

How to open file with DLS extension?

Problems with accessing DLS may be due to various reasons. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to Downloadable Sounds Format files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Get the Awave Studio

Problems with opening and working with DLS files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with DLS files being present on your machine. The most obvious solution is to download and install Awave Studio or one to the listed programs: SimpleSynth, DirectMusic Producer. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. The safest method of downloading Awave Studio installed is by going to developer’s website (FMJ-Software) and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Update Awave Studio to the latest version

If the problems with opening DLS files still occur even after installing Awave Studio, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of Awave Studio is available. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. If you have an older version of Awave Studio installed, it may not support DLS format. The latest version of Awave Studio should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Set the default application to open DLS files to Awave Studio

If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate DLS files with latest version of Awave Studio you have installed on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Change the default application in Windows

  • Right-click the DLS file and choose Open with option
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where Awave Studio is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open DLS files and clicking OK.

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the DLS file and select Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • Select Awave Studio and click Change for all...
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with DLS extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

Step 4. Ensure that the DLS file is complete and free of errors

Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the DLS file is valid. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

1. Verify that the DLS in question is not infected with a computer virus

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the DLS file hinders attempts to open it. Scan the DLS file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. If the scanner detected that the DLS file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

Did you receive the DLS file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. It could happen the the download process of file with DLS extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the Downloadable Sounds Format file.

4. Make sure that the system has sufficient resources to run Awave Studio

The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support DLS files. Close all running programs and try opening the DLS file.

5. Verify that your operating system and drivers are up to date

Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with Downloadable Sounds Format files. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with DLS files affecting older versions of given software.

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