Lovely stuff.Yes, my mastering service starts every master from 96/24. Some streaming services are now accepting 96/24 releases.
I work professionally on drum sample products. They are all recorded, produced, mixed and mastered at a minimum of 96/24, often higher.
The Roland V-Drums are 24bit/48khz audio. Higher than CD, nowhere near MP3.
I record drum tracks for people. I always record at 96/24 and send them the WAVs to mix themselves.
I have a raid system and back up my audio to WD My Passport drives which cost about $60 for 1TB.
So when the records are mixed down, they are mastered to what for general release?
Chris, I'm not trying to denigrate your professional acumen here at all. Far from it. I think we're talking about two different things. If you're providing mixing/mastering/recording services then of course you record at high-quality. Of course you don't mix and record in MP3 because you're potentially going through several file generations. For a final product, 44.1/16 is the standard as you well know - but making a high-quality compressed MP3 of (say) 320 Kb/s has been demonstrated to be indistinguishable in all of the studies that I've read, including the one I've cited and which you've refused to read.