I certainly agree that running some the output of some synths in 88.2kHz or higher sounds better. This has been demonstrated convincingly to be beneficial in other discussions I've read, which is one reason why I tried it (think it was on Gearslutz). The reason behind this probably have more to do with filter types and technical design than anything else. Monark from Native Instruments explicitly states it's made to be run in 88.2kHz mode or higher.Division Monarchy wrote:Is there really any point to working at 96Khz? I try it, and I think it sounds better, but it just might be more like a placebo effect.
Oversampling is also used in many plug-ins. The fact is that it can be better, in at least some cases, from a resource standpoint if your signal chain is using a higher rate to begin with. But this is far from certain and will be affected heavily of the design of the DAW and the devices and plug-ins that you're using. I've heard from other producers that think their DAW works better with this.
Personally, I've so far opted to run all synths that I can in 88.2kHz output mode, but keep 44.1kHz in my project, as I haven't done any evaluations on any possible benefits of upscaling my projects. Any comparisons would have to be made in a final 44.1kHz product.
I maintain my belief (haven't tested) that a well-made 44.1kHz music product in a fairly high quality system will be on par or better than any 88.2kHz or higher sample rate sound-wise. It could be of course that some DACs actually work better with higher sample rates, but I'm not so sure about this.
At any rate, practice beats theory. Theories not proven by actual experiments are just theories.