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In Reply to: Could you please expand on the Pyramix comment? posted by Phil W on January 15, 2007 at 19:15:22:
Merging Tech http://www.merging.com has info on the Pyramix and in particular: "Pyramix is the first system with enough processing power and resolution to handle in real time a complete digital mixing console capable of operating in 32 bit floating point at 352.8 kHz, which is the minimum requirement to preserve all the intrinsic original quality of 1 bit 2.8MHz DSD signals."
Despite this I like almost all Pentatone/Polyhymnia recordings, be they analog or DSD sourced. They don't over edit things IMO and they sound great. Channel Classics is a little more hit and miss for me.
I think the skill of the recording engineer, etc. can make a lot more difference to a recording than the workstation used.
There are a lot of discs out there which were edited with the Sonoma, for example in the beginning Sony loaned them to people to entice them into producing SACDs and I believe that the Super Audio CD project still rents them out.
It's not a religious issue with me, but the original question was about preferences so I gave mine :)
In addition to the above-mentioned 352k8 editing, Pyramix also has a mode where it only processes the audio *for the duration of the edit*. Otherwise, the audio in the final output file is identical to the source audio, except for the edits themselves.
So, not all Pyramix-created SACDs have been converted to 8fs PCM. Plus, there's yet another method of working with DSD and that's to record to DSD; convert to analogue for mixing and then record that mix back to DSD. That final DSD mix receives a lot/a little/no editing on it's way to becoming an SACD. This method is more popular than you might think.
I had a Sonoma and a Pyramix side-by-side for about 18 months - they're more similar than different...in the 'purist' mode on each, there was no telling them apart.
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