I know this has probably already been discussed before, maybe over a thousand times…
Now that I am almost ready to start recording (moving from the composition stage) I need a little help from the experienced users with this subject or those who are real audiophiles who can perceive maybe spiritual voices.
I have seen and heard a lot that you should just record @ 24 bit/44.1 simply because “It’s all just going to end up on CD anyway”, and that doesn’t really justify much to me.
What I really need to know is if during the mixing process of a song or working with an array of plugins at rates above the 44.1, is there a sonic difference while working with the audio? Do plugins sound better? Is mixing easier? Do eq’s respond better?
And then again, when I downsample the song to 44.1 will it really be reflected, or somehow it all gets readjusted as if I had done it directly at 44.1?
Some say you should record and work at 88.2 simply beacuse of the “theory” that it is double the frequency of 44.1 and the downsample should be smoother and better, I find that one a bit hard to believe, whether its precisely half (or even if you like give it the golden ratio), it’s still going through a resample process, just like when you probably scale an image…doesn’t matter if you’re doing it half or quarter, it still should look smooth at the end, I guess.
Then some say do it at 48000 simply because you do get a little extra headroom and you’re still not wasting drive space, and that you do hear a little more and better during the mix.
And then others (maybe 1%) say “If you consider yourself or want to become good at mixing, do it at 44.1” simply because the power of a good quality song lays on the mixing technique, not in all this computer nonsense, this last one did really mean a lot to me, so I would like to see your thoughts.
So let’s try to stick this maybe at 48000 vs 44100.
Can you really hear a difference WHEN WORKING at 48000 than 44100, mostly the mixing process, do those eq’s or plugins sound better?
And does it really reflect on the final resampled 44100 file?
Thanks to all.