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Dithering Question

I really want to clarify this. I use Sonar (not that it makes a difference) and have it set at 64bit. I want to export this as an unmastered mix so I can master it however may times I may need to in the future. I like to master in a new project using Isotope Ozone, and have the Waves mastering plugins,... if that info is necessary...

Is there any point in exporting an unmastered mix as a 64bit file? IF NOT, then what dither setting should I use to export it down to a 24bit file.

Dithering necessary?

I've found that when a recording is made in an actual acoustic environment, dithering isn't necessary because the natural noise floor serves as a dither. Does anyone else share that view?

I quit using dither when I found that the noise it adds is often audible. I use Waves L1, which does have fancier types of dither that are inaudible, but the user is cautioned to make sure that the program is never re-dithered or else there may be audible artifacts.
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