Most customers want masters at 44khz, but occasionally people want them at 96khz. There are two issues with this:
If I capture the master at 44khz (which I think sounds better than sample-rate-converting 96khz down to 44khz), then to give them a master at 96khz, I have to upsample to do so - it’s kind of pointless.
If I capture the master at 96khz, in order to give them a master at 44khz, I have to sample-rate-convert.
AVAILABLE OPTIONS) I can do two masters - one at 96khz, and one at 44khz, but I have to recreate all of the fades, etc. - or I just sample-rate-convert…
So I thought of a potential solution… What if Wavelab could capture as DSD (just like the Korg MR-2000 or MR-1000)? And then DSD tracks would have selectable “decimation” settings - to output the track at any sample-rate and bit-rate desired. It would be a similar thing to the sample-rate-conversion we have currently built-in the master section, but it would be real-time decimation instead. The great things about this?
A) All fades and settings and any other processing happens post-decimation (at whatever sample-rate & bit-depth we set). If we want to work with our favorite ITB EQ at 192khz because we prefer the sound at that rate vs 44khz, no problem.
B) Fades could be left the same! There would be no need for multiple montages at different sample rates… no need for sample-rate conversion… One single DSD montage could do the entire process, and output any sample-rate or bit-depth requested… with all fades and plugins/processing at any sample-rate and bit-depth we want.
I imagine this might be a lot of work to implement, but the idea just popped into my head so I figured I’d share it. There would be no need to actually edit audio as DSD… all editing would remain as is, but being able to record/playback DSD and decimate to whatever rate would be cool.