I stand corrected in several points. However, Apple says the following:
https://www.apple.com/au/itunes/mastere ... itunes.pdf
<< An ideal master will have 24-bit 96kHz resolution. These files contain more detail from which our encoders can create more accurate encodes. However, any resolution above 16-bit 44.1kHz, including sample rates of 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, and 192kHz, will benefit from our encoding process.Don’t upsample files to a higher resolution than their original format. Upsampling won’t recover or add information to an audio file. Don’t provide files that have been downsampled and dithered for a CD. >>
Eventually, this is what I know and support. Obviously, they would not tell this, if there were not a difference in quality by sample rate, but there are diminishing returns if we go 96 and beyond.
Whatever they are delivering for their player, they recommend to go a bit higher in the delivery format, when it is possible with the technicalities of the project.
Here, ephemerally, I found a Spotify user who finds the on-the-fly conversion in his audio interface not good, and receives the confirmation that both sample rates, 44.1 and 48, may be used. He eventually wants to set the audio interface to the sample rate in which the original material was provided.
https://community.spotify.com/t5/Deskto ... d-p/528508
So how should this be an unwanted information.
Thanks for pointing this out, as I am not re-reading rules that I have already read and memorized. Unfortunately I was not aware of this particular change. My bad.There is no mention of "or higher" - this has been removed since last Q4/2019. The second paragraph does not mean "you can submit at a higher sampling rate".
Sure I will consider the invest of a participation on the ground of the particular requirements and specs.
Regarding your statement
I protest decidedly and ask you to explain how I have done that.This is a mixing competition. Not a mixing and mastering or straight up mastering competition. Completely different areas and ground rules. Please stop mixing that up - which you continue to do.
My mixes are not brickwalled, and they may be softly compressed not for loudness but only for some density.
I am never pushing loudness or habits of overcompressing, and I don't defend comrades that have brickwalled, which happened a couple of times also in the current contest.
I hope that more participants will discuss the songs, mixes and issues.