Okay, so I'm asking you guys for your opinion. I've chosen to recently record my beats at lower samplerates to both achieve a darker sound, and to make my drum samples more sonically consistent with each other (when I'm mixing high-quality drum samples with chops of lower-quality drum breaks).
I've enjoyed the sound that I get when converting my exported wave files into a monophonic MP3 with samplerates of 11 kHz (I think most songs are typically 44 kHz). Really my only concern is that a lot of the time, some sounds get muffled (due to the lower quality). For instance, a violin in one of my tracks was badly overshadowed due to the lower samplerate.
One of my tracks posted here in Warbeats was rated low, and one of the main complaints was sound quality.
Really, I only chose to convert my tracks to a lower-quality for sonic aesthetic reasons (to achieve a certain style). I wonder if there is another way of making my drum samples more consistent (without having to make copy and convert new files entirely).
Also, I use Linux Multimedia Studio on Windows XP.