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I record and mix metal bands and have stuck with 48 kHz for years like many of the engineers I know. 96 kHz sounded better to my ears last time I checked in the studio (it's been years, maybe I wouldn't notice now that I'm older) but it's not worth the heavier storage and processing impact when nobody is actually going to use my stuff that way. I certainly don't feel limited by working at 48 kHz, either, but the hit to my workflow would be significant. Additionally, a lot of converters start imposing track limits when you go beyond 48 kHz, so that's one more reason to stay put.

More important than sample rate is AD/DA quality. I'll trust a new high-end converter at 48 kHz than an old prosumer device at 192 kHz.

Plenty of the albums we love as listeners were recorded at 44.1 or 48. Plenty were recorded with absolutely horrendous equipment but played and mixed by professionals who created magic. MANY modern vinyl releases where people brag about superior sound quality are just the CD master in all its 16/44.1 glory remastered for vinyl. Little of it matters when the end result is special.

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