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  • Some help before purchasing Mir Pro

    Hi, (I posted this in another section before I realized this was the correct place, sorry) I'm demo testing Mir Pro 24 and a couple of the Room packs now, but I'm a little confused. 1. Does Mir Pro 24 come with any of the Room packs or is it completely without any rooms? 2. Do you know how much CPU and RAM one instance of Mir Pro 24 use? 3. Does Miracle come with Mir Pro 24? I didn't realize I had a Miracle demo also until it suddenly appeared in my Audio FX list in Logic. Is Miracle a simple version of Mir Pro 24, or an algorithmic reverb based on Mir Pro 24? 4. Is it possible to have early reflections "bleed" from one instance with the woodwinds to one instance with the brass, or is there some automatic thing going on between the instances, as the placement of instruments changes the room and how the sound is developed. This is why some like to bleed early reflections by sending this between buses. 5. Does it work well for placing whole instrument sections, or does it have to be each instrument (I know you can, but wondering if 20 violins in one instance or 12 horns in one instance sounds OK or weird). The reason I ask is that my system would not handle each instrument in the orchestra + various solo instruments/non-orchestral. So my plan is groups: 1. Flutes + piccolo 2. Oboes + English Horn 3. Clarinets + Bass clarinets 4. Bassoons + Contrabassoons 5. Horns 6. Trumpets 7. Trombones + Tuba 8. Harp + Piano 9. Violin 1 desk 1 10. Violin 1 desk 2 11. Violin 2 desk 1 12. Violin 2 desk 2 13. Violas desk 1 14. Violas desk 2 15. Cellos desk 1 16. Cellos desk 2 17. Double basses 18. Timpani 19. Mallets 20. Various low percussion 21. Various high percussion 22. Choir 1 23. Choir 2 24. Solo Which I hope my system can handle. 6. Is having two different instances for choir necessary or can I just use the width slider for it to reach the left and right side of the choir? Is more than one instance for each desk for the strings necessary? I thought of it as a compromise for not having every instrument in Mir Pro 24. 7. Is it recommended to use Mir Pro on a slave computer inside VEP6? Or on the master machine inside the daw? 8. If on the slave, can I still use Miracle in the DAW on my master machine? 9. Do you have an overview of the dimensions of the various halls in each Roompack? 10. Must Mir Pro be added as a plugin on each instrument/mixer channel, or can I have one instance of Mir Pro on its own bus, and send the instruments to it? 11. If run in VEP and I have 40 instances, will all instruments still be seen in ththe stage map, or only if used in a daw as a plugin?

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    Hi McArnes,

    Thanks again for our interest in MIR Pro. I answered your questions already on VI Control, but for the sake of completeness I'll copy/paste my replies:

    [QUOTE]I'm demo testing Mir Pro 24 and a couple of the Room packs now, but I'm a little confused.
    1. Does Mir Pro 24 come with any of the Room packs or is it completely without any rooms?[/QUOTE]
    MIR Pro is the engine, the "sample player", if you want. The RoomPacks contain the IRs of your choice.
    [QUOTE]2. Do you know how much CPU and RAM one instance of Mir Pro 24 use?[/QUOTE]
    This depends on a lot of factors, like the actual reverb length, cache and buffer settings, but also on system-related ones like processor architecture, RAM speed etc.. As a rule of thumb, CPU speed is always crucial for MIR Pro, RAM size is much more usage dependent.
    [QUOTE]3. Does Miracle come with Mir Pro 24? I didn't realize I had a Miracle demo also until it suddenly appeared in my Audio FX list in Logic. Is Miracle a simple version of Mir Pro 24, or an algorithmic reverb based on Mir Pro 24?[/QUOTE]
    Like mentioned in the manual, MIRacle is an algorithmic reverb add-on for those who don't have access to a Lexicon 480 ๐Ÿ˜‰ for spicing up the natural (and sometimes quite raw) sounding room information derived from MIR. It's an integral part of the license.
    [QUOTE]4. Is it possible to have early reflections "bleed" from one instance with the woodwinds to one instance with the brass, or is there some automatic thing going on between the instances, as the placement of instruments changes the room and how the sound is developed. This is why some like to bleed early reflections by sending this between buses.[/QUOTE]
    This "bleed" concept comes from conventional reverberation approaches, I guess. ๐Ÿ˜Š MIR's impulse responses are all recorded in the same room, using the same mic positions, but different IR positions and directions, and much of the interaction that would happen between instruments in this room (due to phase cancellations and the like) will happen in MIR Pro, too. But of course there is no "bleed" from one instrument in another instrument's channel.
    [QUOTE]5. Does it work well for placing whole instrument sections, or does it have to be each instrument (I know you can, but wondering if 20 violins in one instance or 12 horns in one instance sounds OK or weird). [/QUOTE]
    The more individual signals you give MIR to work with, the better (due to reasons mentioned above). MIR relies on highly sophisticated "Instrument Profiles" to make sure that the typical sound emanation patterns of each instrument type are emulated. - But technically it's ok to use ensemble submixes, too.
    [QUOTE]The reason I ask is that my system would not handle each instrument in the orchestra + various solo instruments/non-orchestral. So my plan is groups:
    [...]
    Which I hope my system can handle.[/QUOTE]
    That's nothing that would make a modern DAW sweat, especially with higher latency settings.
    [QUOTE]6. Is having two different instances for choir necessary or can I just use the width slider for it to reach the left and right side of the choir? Is more than one instance for each desk for the strings necessary? I thought of it as a compromise for not having every instrument in Mir Pro 24.[/QUOTE]
    MIR will handle stereo signals with ease, of course, and as a matter of fact it takes care for proper distance-dependent handling of stereo width all by itself, as the engine is completely based on Ambisonics. But you can overrule this natural narrowing manually, of course. - Using individual instances for each desk is good practice (e.g. with VSL's Dimension Instruments series), but truth to be told: You will get quite far with a submix sent into one single instance of MIR Pro, too.
    [QUOTE]7. Is it recommended to use Mir Pro on a slave computer inside VEP6? Or on the master machine inside the daw?[/QUOTE]
    That depends completely on your needs and habits. Personally I like to have MIR on my main mixing system, though, and this makes sense especially when taking into account that MIR's license is valid for one machine only. - Keep in mind that MIR Pro comes as "ordinary" VST/AU/AAX plug-in too. It does not necessarily need VE Pro as host (although its workflow is much more streamlined there, especially when using Vienna Instruments).
    [QUOTE]8. If on the slave, can I still use Miracle in the DAW on my master machine?[/QUOTE]
    No. MIRacle needs to see the same eLicenser as MIR Pro itself.
    [QUOTE]9. Is there an overview of the dimensions of the various halls in each Roompack?[/QUOTE]
    Yes, of course. Either in the RoomPack manuals, on VSL's product websites, or during the Venue selection in MIR Pro's GUI.
    [QUOTE]10. Must Mir Pro be added as a plugin on each instrument/mixer channel, or can I have one instance of Mir Pro on its own bus, and send the instruments to it?[/QUOTE]
    Like mentioned before: MIR should be used on individual sound sources, but technically you can use submixes, too. - MIR Pro is _not_ meant to be used as conventional AUX-send based reverb, though, as it has to take care for the positioning of the dry/direct signal components too, to work as expected.
    HTH,
    /Dietz

    /Dietz - Vienna Symphonic Library
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    ... and in answer to your additional 11th question:

    @McArnes said:


    11. If run in VEP and I have 40 instances, will all instruments still be seen in ththe stage map, or only if used in a daw as a plugin?

    With MIR Pro you can run as many instances as your system is able to handle; their Icons will all be visible on the Venue Map. MIR Pro 24 is always restricted to 24 instances, as the name implies.

    ... this is true for both the Vienna Ensemble-based "full" version and the plug-in version.

    Kind regards,


    /Dietz - Vienna Symphonic Library
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    @McArnes said:


    11. If run in VEP and I have 40 instances, will all instruments still be seen in ththe stage map, or only if used in a daw as a plugin?

    With MIR Pro you can run as many instances as your system is able to handle; their Icons will all be visible on the Venue Map. MIR Pro 24 is always restricted to 24 instances, as the name implies.

    ... this is true for both the Vienna Ensemble-based "full" version and the plug-in version.

    Kind regards,

    Thank you, again!

    One last question: I'm trying to figure out how to use MIRacle as a master reverb while still having Mir Pro on a slave. Is there a way? Can I send the master output in Logic to VEP6 and back to Logic again, or will it drive the system crazy? I'm mostly worried about my RAM limits on the master computer.

    I figure MIRacle is good if you want to blend VSL instruments with instruments in other halls? 


  • Thanks for the explanation.

    I did not know that MIR PRO could be used in your DAW ;)


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    @Another User said:

    I figure MIRacle is good if you want to blend VSL instruments with instruments in other halls?

    Actually, MIRacle is meant to add some artificial (and typically modulated) reverb tail, on top of the otherwise unaltered room information derived from MIR Pro. After decades of audio engineering our ears got used to that kind of nice, but completely unnatural aural sensation ... the combination of MIR Pro and MIRacle could be seen as some kind of glorified hybrid reverb. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Kind regards,


    /Dietz - Vienna Symphonic Library
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    As a post scriptum to this question, please see the attached screenshot. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    @Another User said:


    11. If run in VEP and I have 40 instances, will all instruments still be seen in ththe stage map, or only if used in a daw as a plugin?


    /Dietz - Vienna Symphonic Library
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    @Dietz said:

    As a post scriptum to this question, please see the attached screenshot. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Dietz!  What's the scoop with this Sychron setup???  Different from the default when this pack is opened.  I'm seeing the "wide" stage option, but the orchestra set up in the "long" format.


  • A new question, if I may: How does automation of instrument positions work? Let's say I want to have an instrument closer for a solo section?


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    @Dietz said:

    As a post scriptum to this question, please see the attached screenshot. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Dietz!  What's the scoop with this Sychron setup???  Different from the default when this pack is opened.  I'm seeing the "wide" stage option, but the orchestra set up in the "long" format.

    That's the "classical" MIRx setup for Synchron Stage I'm working on since quite a while now. We plan to do a second, "non-classical" setup to supplement the Synchron Instruments series later. 

    ... and what you see is just the visually rotated Venue Map of SSV "long", for better visibility. You can achieve this by Alt-Ctrl-clicking anywhere in the map. ๐Ÿ˜Š 


    /Dietz - Vienna Symphonic Library
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    @McArnes said:

    A new question, if I may: How does automation of instrument positions work? Let's say I want to have an instrument closer for a solo section?

    You can't automate movements of MIR Icons, because this leads to small, but audible interruptions and clicks in the audio signal. This is due to the pre-rendering of the case-dependent IRs which takes places as soon as you put an Icon into a chosen spot.

    For a solo part I would create a seperate instance (much like the MIRx presets are organized).

    HTH,


    /Dietz - Vienna Symphonic Library
  • That makes sense. I know nothing about programming, but a great feature would be to turn close mics on and off on each instrument with CC. And some more questions Iโ€™m afraid (I hope this thread can be useful for others who are interested in Mir Pro, and if I buy it I want be sure itโ€™s right direction for me. 1. I see that there are no presets in Miracle for the Pernegg Klosterkiche, is that right? I still don't know how to use Miracle though. I have some instruments in Mir Pro, in the Pernegg at the moment. Then I have instruments outside of Mir, from Spitfire. I have positioned the instruments and used Spitfire's mic settings so that they match quite well. But I want to glue all this together with an algorithmic reverb. Is this where using Miracle would be useful? At the moment I'm just using my favorite preset in Lexicon Randomhalll. That works quite well! 2. I guess when I use a VSL instrument in Mir Pro, each instrumentโ€™s profile contain eq information? So that a flute loses itโ€™s lower frequencies further back in the room, while a bass drum actually get more lower frequencies back in the room. But it I use a flute or bass drum from another library this changes wonโ€™t happen because itโ€™s impossible for Mir Pro to know the instrument. Which means I need to EQ these instruments so that their eq profile gets different in various positions in the room? Or, can I use the 8dio oboe and use the VSL oboeโ€™s profile to get a similar result? 3. When using instruments from other companies, would you recommend using just their close mics before MIr? I wonโ€™t use wet Spitfire libraries in Mir though as their just too wet.

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    @Another User said:

    3. When using instruments from other companies, would you recommend using just their close mics before MIr?

    This is highly recommendable, yes. In case of ensembles I would also try to get rid of any "burnt-in" panning information (by means of an stereo imaging processing device like Vienna Suite's PowerPan or Waves' S1) before feeding the signal into MIR.

    Kind regards,


    /Dietz - Vienna Symphonic Library
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    @McArnes said:

    [...] a great feature would be to turn close mics on and off on each instrument with CC.

    Another nice solution will be to add individual mics for the solos 


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    @McArnes said:

    [...] a great feature would be to turn close mics on and off on each instrument with CC.

    Another nice solution will be to add individual mics for the solos 

    Yes, that was kind of what I meant but you wrote it better ๐Ÿ˜Š


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    @McArnes said:

    [...] a great feature would be to turn close mics on and off on each instrument with CC.

    Another nice solution will be to add individual mics for the solos 

    Yes, that was kind of what I meant but you wrote it better ๐Ÿ˜Š

    That's not what MIR is about. ๐Ÿ˜Š

    MIR "thinks" like an audio engineer in a recording venue: There's a main microphone array, maybe a secondary one for additional spatiousness and eveloping, and there are perfectly aligned spot mics (i.e. the positioned "dry" signal component). All instruments are meant to sit in different positions, but in the same acoustic space. You can easily bring up the volume of one of them, reduce its dry/wet ratio, or (in case you want to achieve a solo-concert like impression) use a dedicated Icon in front of the Main Microphone. - For a pop-mix like, completely seperated solo instrument, simply don't put it into MIR. ๐Ÿ˜‰


    /Dietz - Vienna Symphonic Library
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    @Dietz said:

    in case you want to achieve a solo-concert like impression) use a dedicated Icon in front of the Main Microphone. - For a pop-mix like, completely seperated solo instrument, simply don't put it into MIR. ๐Ÿ˜‰

     

    These are good idea.

    Thanks

    Cyril


    MacBook Pro M3 MAX 128 GB 8TB - 2 x 48" - 1 x 27" screen --- Logic Pro --- Mir Pro 3D Dolby Atmos --- Most of the VI libs, a few Synch... libs --- Quite a few Kontakt libs --- CS80 fanatic
  • I think I'm starting to get a good knowledge of what Mir can do now, thanks to you and the manual, of course, Dietz. Not saying I know how to use it in detail though.

    I have a limit with Logic, as I can only have 255 separate instrument tracks. But as my 500+ multi-timbral template consists of a lot of Spitfire instruments, I think I'm able to create enough tracks to have each one in Mir Pro. 


  • Your screen shot of the 400 Instrument configuration loooks amazing., I am curious as to what kind of mega computer can run this setup without encountering cpu issues? 

    I'm using a MacPro 2013 2.7GHZ 12 core Xeon E5 w/ 128GB memory and in process of building my template. I am using Mir Pro as a plug in on each Vienna Instrument channel and am at about 36 instruments in my orchestra and already having major clicks and pops. Even with a larger buffer size I can see the lots of core spikes. How can I optimize my system to handle a bigger orchestra template? Suggestions would be very welcome, Rich 


  • :-D ... this template includes _all_ Vienna Instruments for MIRx preset creation. It was never meant to be used with all instruments playing at the same time. But as long as Vienna Instruments are set to open without any samples loaded, this setup won't make any recent machine sweat (... provided there's enough RAM for all the pre-rendered IRs, of course).

    By today's measures, my MIR development DAW is a below-average i7 based machine from late 2012 with 32 GB RAM. I did stress-tests with about 190 instruments playing inside MIR Pro in stereo setups without drop-outs, and about 90 in a 5.1 setup (using Windows 7 64-bit as OS). Latency was set to very high values for both the RME audio system as well as MIR itself. Modern machine will outplay these results easily, I assume.


    /Dietz - Vienna Symphonic Library