Academy Dashboard Forum Production Digital Recording Sample Rate Debate Reply To: Sample Rate Debate

Mark Warner

    When I first started working with DAW's I used 96KHz 32bit mainly because a lot of what I was working on was tape to digital transfers. I maintain that I can hear a difference in quality between 96KHz and 48/44.1KHz on tape transfers but I have switched to using 48KHz/24 for new recording work because I do not have to reference back to original work on new recordings. The exception to that is that, if I know something is to be released on vinyl I will again use 96KHz/24 or 32bit where (or in case) the mastering and cutting are required at 96KHz/24. All work destined for digital or CD release is recorded and worked on at 48KHz/24bit. The benefit of not using 96KHz all the time is that is saves on disk storage and file transfer times on backups and sending out for mastering etc. Masters I usually ask to come back in both 44.1/16(Red Book) for CD and 44.1/24. This is because digital aggregation and distributions services prefer 44.1/24 for their automated systems (at this time) to make the many formats from such as .wav, .aiff, or .flac, MP3(320) etc. They offer the choice to the customers in many cases and need to work from high quality and given that once of the choices is WAV 44.1/24 then giving them the best quality is always the way to go. Some aggregators, I believe, are starting to accept 48/24 and there maybe some asking for still higher but I am not in a rush to go back to working solely on 96KHz just yet.
    Cheers - Mark

    • This reply was modified 8 years ago by Mark Warner.