Originally Posted by cyclic604b33
after mixing a while with 96 i find the sound smoother and more analog like
the higher frequencies are more lively
That may often be true, but working at lower rates still makes more sense, then using 96 just for rendering, when asio latency doesn't matter.
No-one in their right mind would use 88.2k or higher on a laptop for live performance.
And what happens when certain drivers only allow ASIO rate change directly in their driver software, not via the DAW? What you're suggesting can't actually be done for many drivers. Changing sample rates with E-mu requires you to go into it's own driver software if you change the rate in Reason prefs, and I recall M-Audio did that as well when I last used it a few years back.