@civilization 3 said:
When I instantiate the MIDI track I start with 100; or no setting = 100 in Cubase. Chances are good that I'm going to do something here with it. What the instrument opens up as has no relevance to me, I never noticed that.
I don't think 'what is the correct usage of Natural Volume' is anything either really. It's a suggested starting point and doesn't have to suit anything particularly.
Thanks for your insight. I have to disagree respectfully about Natural Volume, though. It's a real, objective measurement, not a matter of art or taste. If you have a real flute and a real trumpet right next to each other in the real world, and one real microphone, and the microphone records the timbre of the flute playing softly, and it records the timbre of a the trumpet blaring, the trumpet will naturally be recorded louder. That's the laws of physics, it's real and objective.
If you go to a real concert and wait to hear the soft timbre of a flute sounding louder than the blaring timbre of a trumpet, you'll never get it. It doesn't happen in the natural world. The natural world is real, and the natural sound of orchestra has an important place in my music.
If you want a blaring trumpet timbre to sound quiter than a soft flute timbre in your music, that's your prerogative and your listeners may like your music all the more for it; but it's not natural. It's a departure from the natural arrangement of timbres and volumes.
VSL could have said, "Just set volumes where you like them; what sounds good is good," and that's true; but VSL went further and said, "If you buy MIR from us, we deliver a feature -- 'Natural Volume' -- which allows you to achieve the physically natural balance between timbre and volume," and that promise was a significant factor in my decision to give VSL money for the product. They're not delivering on that promise now, as their "Natural Volume" function is giving me inconsistent balance between flute and violin, depending on whether I load Presets or Patches.
If I wanted to use my inexpert ears to try to figure out how to set volumes to get a natural timbral balance, I wouldn't have paid for a product which promised to do that work for me.
VSL has the answer. They know exactly how the VI Pro volume should be set in order for the MIR "Naural Volume" to work as designed. It's just a matter of their withholding that information from their customers.