Originally Posted by living sounds
I've done mixes in Saw for comparison and found them to sound less harsh and more musical than what I normally get out of a DAW (even Samplitude). I've also heard comparisons of Waves plugins in native and TDM (24 bit fixed) and found the TDM-ones to sound better (better definition in attacks for instance, float sounded slightly more muddy; bass sounded more defined as well). Is this really due to the fixed-vs-floating point calculation? How does 64bit float compare to 24bit integer?
This is hard to answer without knowing about the internals of the Waves plugins, etc... I'd be interested to see side by side .wav files, too, so you could do some analysis to figure out why one sounds more harsh or musicial...