Good point, Bob O. But if that is what Zoom and the others are doing —
• for novices, recording at a low level so as to give lots of room for novices who don’t know how to use a meter or whatever
• Measuring the peak level, then Raising the gain within the recorder AFTER THE FACT and then (hopefully) dithering down to 24 bits
Then what they are advertising is a lot of B.S. marketing. Floating point doesn’t “save people’s ass and provide a miracle”, floating point is just how they are raising the gain after the lower level recording. There is no miracle as the article writer implied. Laws of physics have not been violated.