Sorry I am not a developer, but I have a few thoughts I'd like to share anyway. If you find it irrelevant, you can delete it, but I am going to take the chance
A few thoughts on higher control rates:
For example Micro Q synth has got different modulations rates. Micro Q consists of 2 different mod matrixes, one is normal speed, which i think is krate control rate 3000(or 2600hz if I remember correct). It has got another modmatrix called "fast mod", which updates at much higher rate, same as FM input for oscillators on synths. Difference between FM in regular synths and Micro Q's fast mod is that on Micro Q you can modulate all parameters using FM's fast modulation capabilities, not only the pitch of and oscillator as on regular synth.
This makes Micro Q very capable of making really great drum sounds. To me, the best synth for drums percussion etc.. And this is only when using fastmod(FM) matrix. Using normal speed mod matrix doesnt do that job.
So in term of usablility of higer control rate objects, it is there.
I just tried finding the webpage I have this info from, but cannot find it atm. Long time since I looked at it. But I think it was from Waldorf mailing list, many years ago. Actually I think Blofeld has got only the fast mod control rate. It is also capable of making really good drums.
If you got acces to a Micro Q, then try and make a sound and set the same amount of modulation for the same parameter in Fastmod and Normalmod matrixes and hear the difference.
This is just my personal thoughts on the sample rate:
Sample rate is to me what defines the depth or detail of the sound. To me personally when making track, I think that using 96khz sample rate sounds much more deep/detailed than 44.1. Not said that 44.1 is not good, but 96 khz is just "deeper". When I think of sample rate I always get this picture in my head:
Imagine if you are a painter and you have 44.100 strokes with a brush to finish the painting. Then imagine if you have 96.000 stroks with a brush to finish a paint. Which picture can be most detailed? The one with 96.000 strokes of course.
(This could be taken to a philosophical level, with discussion about is a picture actually better because it is more detailed? Is it a good/bad painter, etc.......... But that is another level and doesnt really have anything to do with what I am trying to say.) So.....:
I am just trying to describe how I look at sample rate. And with 96.000 strokes you can paint a more detailed picture than you can with 44.100 strokes. And that is the same with sample rate. 96.000 samples makes a more detailed sound than 44.100 samples does.
So sample rate can be important in many ways. If you have a oscillator which is 44.1 khz and one 96khz, the one 96khz will probably sound more detailed(Fat or whatever people call it )