96/24 vs. lower



hello all. i will bullet point and skip platitudes, so thank you in advance.

·new project, prosumer/pro gear.
·targeting a&r looksees, for funding, backing.
·will have mastered at pro shop (i live in Bay Area CA), small demo pressing.
·desire excellent commercial quality, but not commercial release.

fidelity, quality loses/gains - pros/cons 96k 24bit vs. 44.1k 16bit? does a 96/24 production give a mastering house more to work with, thereby (hopefully) yielding a better mastered product, or for what i want to do, will keeping it at a lower rate nominally work? (one would hope the music will sell itself, but having a 'resume with no spelling errors' certainly helps)

in other words, with the gear i have..mackies, fast computers, echoaudio cards, great mics, sonar, am i chasing something that only matters if there is truly high end gear involved, a real studio and pros at the knobs?

·ultimately will wind up 'redbook'
·on a vanity press level, due to lack of mastering expertise and resources, i would start and finish in 'redbook'(obviously not real redbook, 44.1k16bit...redbook is easier to type.)
·i understand the difference in processing power, cpu resources.
·my gear will handle about 24 tracks at 96/24

·any other advice or nuggets...

joe lambert

Well-Known Member
Oct 17, 2001
321 West 44th Street Suite 1001
The higher the better. There is no other way to put it. Your only concern is to make sure the mastering place you are working with can properly handle the higher sampling rate. And properly decimate it to 44.1/16bit for your redbook release.