A question in multiple parts:
First off, we're all recording at the highest bit and sample rates possible (right?) in order to extend the use of the sounds we capture. The opportunity to make bigger, nastier, creepier, and meatier sounds just makes me smile. But should it alter how I record effects in the first place? Should I be extra mindful of the high frequency information around me? Or just hope for happy surprises (miracles)?
Second, after the file is transferred there's plug-ins, samplers, elastic audio, re-recording varispeed playback, all of which seem to have their merits. What's your preferred method?
Myself? I turn to Waves' SoundShifter for changes over time, and SoundShifter/Doubler or Digi's Time Shift for sustained pitch shifts. But that's just what I've become used to reaching for, maybe I just need to shift my thinking as much as my pitch... advice?
I'm all for hearing about purchase recommendations, but if you have advice on methodology, tips, pitfalls, things to listen out for, they would be just as useful, if not more so.