I've been experimenting with different sample rates in Reaper over the last few days, and honestly I can't tell the difference between the 48kHz rate mixes and the 88.2khz ones - at least not enough to sacrifice the DAW performance (or justify the upgrade to an SSD).
44.1 > 48k I can definitely hear a difference, and unfortunately with a lot of tracks my ~3 year old hard drive (7200RPM SATA) doesn't seem to be able to keep up with the writes at 96k. (pops/clicks, both in Logic and in Reaper).
What are most of you recording at? Most of my projects have around 20-25 tracks, and the bigger ones tend to get finicky at 88k, so I've just been sticking with 48khz. Small projects (less than 10 tracks) seem fine at 88k, but having to bounce down to 48 when I up the track count is a pain in the ass so I've just been staying at the lower sample rate.
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We did a test in school, comparing 44.1, 48, 96 and 192, and we could hear a difference: the air conditioner was more clearly audible Honestly, most people are going to listen to the final product at 44.1, but I record at 48. It does make a difference, especially with how the plugins respond. More headroom and all that.