2nd October 2019

masteringthemix
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What sample rate for mixing?

Your DAW gives you the option to record your audio at sample rates such as 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 96kHz etc. So whats the difference? Research shows that a sample rate will capture frequencies at half of its amount. For example, a sample rate of 44.1Hz will accurately represent frequencies up to 22kHz.

Subsequently, one may also ask, which sample rate to use?

44.1 kHz is also perfectly fine and good, but 48 khz probably has a tiny advantage in the highest end of the spectrum (again, read Monty's article to understand why). 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz are the sample rates most professional electronic music producers work in.

What is the best sample rate to record vocals?

Research has shown that recording your audio at a higher sample rate (such as 48KHz or 96KHz) and then dithering it back to 44.1KHz doesn't improve the sound of the recording and even cause slight distortion. We highly recommend recording your songs at 44.1KHz.

Which sample rate is best?

44.1 kHz (44100 Hz) is the sampling rate of audio CDs giving a 20 kHz maximum frequency. 20 kHz is the highest frequency generally audible by humans, so making 44.1 kHz the logical choice for most audio material.
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