Hello, I have read countless articles on this in the past, such as Dan Lavry's "White Papers" and Xiph.Org's article on sampling rate, but I have yet to find an explanation that applies more to my setup.
I am an electronic musician, I do not record anything live and I am entirely inside of the box in Ableton and mainly use vst synths. I have absolutely no interest in keeping small file sizes or putting my stuff on a CD, I just want my stuff to be top quality at the cost of any "convenience". I use a decent amount of samples however, (mostly Ableton Suite pack samples) and they are usually at 16/24 44.1kHZ. Based on my reading, Dan Lavry says that 60kHz (or 88.2kHz being the next closest option) is the optimum sampling rate for audio quality, but Xiph.Org says that anything over 44.1kHz will only introduce distortion.
My question is, is there any reason I shouldn't just set and render with Ableton Live to 88.2kHz? I don't really understand how upsampling my samples will affect them or how that affects my vsts, but from Mr. Lavry's papers and many many articles I've read, 44.1kHz isn't as good in audio quality (however insignificant) as 88.2kHz is (or even 48kHz which is dvd standard).
This has been bugging me for a really long time now and the amount of confusion and arguments surrounding something so objective astounds me, so any advice or input would really help. Thank you.
Another benefit from higher sample rates is lower latency. Keep in mind though that this also mean more CPU, memory and disks pace.
I would only take this route if u have a sound card that don't have good latency.