Are there benefits to having a higher sample rate? The standard sample rate is 44.1khz. When people talk or argue about sample rates, they talk about frequency; how it makes no difference because humans cant hear above 20khz. Is there actually more to it than just frequency? I thought sample rate literally meant the number of samples per second. There are benefits of having more samples per second, but when people argue, they just argue about frequency and that we can't hear anything above 20khz, but nothing about the number of samples per sec. There's only one application that I know of where having a higher sample rate is beneficial. That's when you want to extract the lead vocal from the rest of the song (for remix). I'll explain how. You'll need both the original and instrumental (off vocal, karaoke) version of the song. Then you invert the signal of the instrumental version. Place the original and the instrumental songs side by side and you'll cancel out the rest of the background instruments leaving only the lead vocal. You'll have to move the track to the left/right so it aligns perfectly with each other. Moving it merely 1 sample makes a tremendous difference, not even 44.1khz is accurate enough! I upsampled the tracks to 192khz, and there was a big improvement but a few of the instruments still bled through a little bit, but not as bad as the 44.1khz sample, which is a lot worse. So there, higher sample rates does have its use and benefits. Just wanted to dispel this myth where having a higher sample rate (>44.1khz) is totally useless.