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  • "Bedroom recording" advice for use in MIRpro

    Dietz,

    For small ensemble (quartets, duos, trios) recordings on a budget, do you have any specific advice for capturing audio that will be later mixed in MIR Pro?  Is the goal generally, since everything is going into MIR, to get as dry a recording as possible and let MIR take care of the rest?

    Any other tips or things you have learned on translating "bed room" recordings in this manner?


  • No specific advice, just the usual stuff:

    - Stereo recordings are preferable (X/Y, ORTF, M/S, small A/B). Mono will offer MIR less detail to work with.

    - Signal sources should be centered in the stereo image.

    - Avoid reverb, but don't think "bone-dry" - some air around the sound is absolutely fine.

    - Try to avoid obvious close-mic artifacts (too much bass, too many finger-/breath-/bow-noises etc.). While they won't do any harm technically, they make it harder to create the impression of distance.

    - Within MIR, don't stick to a visually "pretty" or seemingly "logical" stage setting, but trust your ears and make use of all the different reflection patterns offered by emanating sound into different directions, from different positions.

    - EDIT: Don't use Instrument Profiles that were created for Vienna Instruments, but General Purpose Profiles, The former are much too specific for 3rd-party signal sources.

    All the best,


    /Dietz - Vienna Symphonic Library
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    Great!  Thank you!

     

    @Dietz said:

    - EDIT: Don't use Instrument Profiles that were created for Vienna Instruments, but General Purpose Profiles, The former are much too specific for 3rd-party signal sources.

    So, I have seen you post this advice before.  However, there was a single instance where I had two live flutes and a live english horn in MIR Synchron Stage.  After fiddling around for a while, I decided to try the VI-crafted presets and they sounded really good. 😃