When I bounce my nebula projects @ 24/44.1 I can hear a loss in quality using Cubase 5. Is it recommended to bounce to 32 bit floating instead, even if the project is 24 bit? Then import into a 24bit again?
I've never noticed any difference in audio after bouncing, but I don't use it much.
Keep your project bit rate unchanged until at the end of your 'mastering' process, at higher bit rates the damage from processing digital audio is sort of minimised. At the very end of the whole process dither to the required bit and sample rate, eg. 16bit 44.1kbps for CD. At least that's what I do
Cubase 9 Pro x64 + jBridge, W10 x64 Dual Boot on 2 SSDs + 3 SSDs for samples & project files, i7 5930K @ 4.2GHz, ASUS X99 Pro, 32GB RAM, RME HDSPe AIO, 2 x UAD2 Solo, Mackie HR624 MK2, 2 x 24" BenQ LED monitors, N4 - Aquamarine - Nebula 3.