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  • Natural volume in MIR query

     The Natural volume in MIR is great concept, as it makes sure the right instruments and dynamics are used. But I cannot get my strings loud enough, if I use Orchestra Violins, Natural volume sets them to -13.5, and even with velocity levels of 127 they just never seem loud enough.

     Obvioulsy I can over ride the natural volume and set them higher, which is what I do, but I can't help feeling that I am doing something wrong. Surely 14 violins at full dymanics should work at the Natural Volume level?

    When I use chamber strings, they go to -19, so my problems are even greater - are 6 violins really that quiet? as just one tubluar bell (-6.5) over powers them.

  • One Tubular Bell can be _incredibly_ loud, yes. 8-o


    Regarding the concept of Natural Volume, we had some discussions on this topic recently, eg. ->

    In a nutshell, Natural Volume won't (can't!) be a one-size-fits-all solution for any kind of arrangement. Actual settings will depend a lot on context, chosen venue, and of course personal taste. It is meant to be seen as a starting point for quick sketches, but you will have to adapt these settings manually in any case.

    Kind regards,

    /Dietz - Vienna Symphonic Library
  •  OK,  I was trusting the scientific approach of MIR more than my judgement, but I think a little lift in level for the strings works best for me.

    I'll give the tubular bell player a smaller hammer.