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In Reply to: RE: MQA Newbie Question posted by Les Anderson on June 25, 2017 at 14:03:24
That sounds about right.
Most hi-rez recordings are 24/44.1, 24/88.2 or 24/96. Nothing to do with Tidal, that's just how it is. Higher resolutions are less common and are often just upsamples of the above files. So native 24/176.4 or 24/192 files are pretty rare, whether MQA'd subsequently or not. Of course MQA cannot process the other hi-rez medium, DSD.
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Actuallly... for remasters i can tell you first hand that the default format for archiving master analog tapes is 24/192 PCM. And almost always it is mastered to 24/192. For remixes the multitracks are bounced to 24/96, then usually. ixed to 24/96, like The Bearles Sgt Peppers 50th release.
As you say, new recordings are rarely ever over 24/96.
" the default format for archiving master analog tapes is 24/192 PCM".
That is good to hear as I remember visiting one of the larger UK independents towards the end of the 1990s. They had recently acquired the pop music catalogue of one of the old UK majors who had gone out of business due to wider industrial ramifications. They were happily engaged in archiving that catalogue (which included a major part of the recordings of one of the " great" British invasion bands) to 16/44.1.
Interestingly, you should know that a well known independent mastering engineer who works for Audio Fidelity, Steve Hoffman, who release hybrid SACDs, captures the Redbook layer of all their discs at 16/44.1 because he believes tapes should be archived in the same native format they will be released in. They do a separate DSD capture for the SACD layer. One would think he would just fold down the DSD capture, but he believes in the least amount of processing.
On another note, many, many tapes have been captured to DSD as well. It is very easy to convert to PCM for mastering, and releasing in PCM.
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