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  2. From Cookie Marenco, Blue Coast Records and Music. https://bluecoastmusic.com/ Recently questions have come up about recording in DSD and how to stay in the DSD domain. Thank you, @mansr for asking the question. I've reposted my answer here. We use both DSD and tape as part of our recording process when needed. Here's why... I enjoy working on 2" tape for multi-track recording, with more than 8 tracks but tape is very expensive. My guess is 90% of our basic recording starts on DSD256 where we can keep more takes (meaning multiple performances of the same song). I have owned a commercial recording studio since the early 80's and was part of the development / beta testing for the first digital audio recorders on the computer. By the mid 90's I was tired of digital sound from PCM and returned to working on tape. In the early 2000's we were introduced to DSD recording and developed techniques we use today (running through the analog console to mix from DSD and output the stereo mix back to DSD). We did (and still do) maintained the digital gear necessary to run mastering sessions for all formats. We were encouraged to try DSD256 using the Pyramix system (the only system that handles DSD256 recording). I'm not a fan of going to DXD to mix. I don't enjoy the sound after recording to DSD (I'm sure if you're reading this you'd have the ears to hear the difference in the studio as we do). I do understand that many engineers don't have access to a large analog console with all the outboard gear necessary to mix and for them it is necessary to mix inside the computer in DXD.' About editing in DSD... 95% of our edits stay in DSD without conversion to DXD. Because we are mixing through an analog console and back to DSD, if the edit sounds good, we have found it's not necessary to convert to DXD. The style of recording we now specialize in (acoustic / live) also lends itself to this. If we have a session that is more complex or pop oriented, we will assemble the basic performance on DSD, transfer to tape and do the overdubs on tape. It's faster and easier. We sell downloads (Blue Coast Music Store) from other labels in 8 different formats. I will agree that whether the original has been recorded on tape, DSD or PCM the original recorded sound will make more difference than the final recording. More important, a great performance of the music captured on any format outweighs what format used. The real work for the engineer and producer is getting that great performance. If anyone has production questions, I'm happy to answer in this thread. Thank you and enjoy your music! Cookie Marenco Blue Coast Music (store for high resolution audio from many labels) Blue Coast Records (label that I record live performance) https://bluecoastmusic.com/
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  4. Thank you for the response. A lot of people seem interested in higher resolution sound but getting all the components to work right away takes some patience. What about something that's even simpler? Like the Sony HAP S1... where the music manager, amp and DAC are in one box? Or some of the hand held / portable DACs? Any suggestions along those lines? Blue Coast Music Crew
  5. The simplest thing is to buy an inexpensive DSD DAC like an iFi (starts at about $200, I think) and then all you need is software that is DSD capable. Foobar is free, but setting it up to playback DSD would be intimidating for some people. AFAIR, Korg Audiogate and The TEAC HR Audio Player are free and don't need special setup to playback DSD. Of course if they already have something like Roon or JRiver it isn't an issue. The only other thing they would need to check is if their DAC needs to be fed DoP format or not and set that in the software.
  6. We've recently had a lot of questions from newcomers to our music who want to listen to DSD but don't have the gear. What do you suggest as a simple setup for playback? Any articles to point them in the right direction? Blue Coast Music Crew
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