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!
Blue Coast Music (store for high resolution audio from many labels)
Blue Coast Records (label that I record live performance)