Originally Posted by Petrus
You end up with the same result (or slightly worse) than recording at the PCM sample rate at the first place... So the DSD recording is useless from the quality standpoint, if any editing (mixing & EQ etc.) is done to it.
I would, respectfully, disagree with this. I've used the Korg MR1000 for several years, and 2 Korg MR2000S units for the last couple years (linked via spdf). This includes many, many AudioGate SRC's from 5.6MHz to my standard PT (LE) 48k/24 rates for editing.
Perhaps the retained quality (I hear) it's partly due to the "off-line" AudioGate conversion, or perhaps the algos, or both. But, I definitely think the extra time/steps required to convert and import the original DSD capture to PCM is well worth it in many
However, I will add that my PCM setup is not "mastering" grade (I'm not a mastering engineer like you fine gents) but it is well implemented with 2 Apogee Rosetta 200's. I'm able to easily compare both PCM capture and DSD capture with the following method;
I use 2 API 8200A line mixers, with mirrored, balanced transformer outputs. All my tracking channels (pres/eq/comps, etc.) feed into the 1st 8200A and all my FX channels (verbs, eventides, etc.) receiving solos or sends from the 1st 8200A, feed into the 2nd 8200A. So, I may easily audition and blend original (dry) tracks with effected tracks in PT. It's a similar process for me between tracking and also sending DAW mix-down tracks.
The 1st 8200A mirrored outputs are captured by both (the 1st) Rosetta 200 and (the 1st) Korg MR2000S at the same time
The 2nd 8200A mirrored outputs are captured by both (the 2nd) Rosetta 200 and (the 2nd) Korg MR2000S at the same tim
This setup allows me to easily capture and ompare both PCM (48/24) and DSD (5.6/1) and also the AudioGate conversions between the two formats.
I do find that, in many cases, it's well worth the extra time to do the conversions. This is especially true for tracks that include OD/distorted guitars. I'm always floored by the quality of DSD (5.6MHz) guitar capture. I originally experienced this with the MR1000, which is why I went the extra mile to incorporate the 2 MR2000S recorders in my setup.
I'm a long time guitar player, with an ear tuned and refined to hear the subtle tones/distortions from my playing through many different (stellar) tube amps.
The Korg DSD capture at 5.6MHz always sounds the closet to the original source material (vs. the Apogees). This includes mix-down tracks. And, additional
sound quality is retained in the off-line SRC conversion to PCM, but it's obviously not exactly the same (IMHO).