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"Bedroom recording" advice for use in MIRpro
Last post Sat, Mar 20 2021 by stephen limbaugh, 3 replies.
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Posted on Sat, Mar 20 2021 00:33
by stephen limbaugh
Joined on Tue, Feb 23 2016, Los Angeles, Posts 274

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?

2019 MacBook Pro, 8 core i9, 32gb RAM. Heavy Digital Audio PC slave, 6 core Xeon E5-1650, 128gb RAM. Logic 10.4.8. Mojave & Windows 10.
Posted on Sat, Mar 20 2021 08:57
by Dietz
Joined on Tue, Aug 06 2002, Vienna / Europe, Posts 7729

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
Posted on Sat, Mar 20 2021 22:44
by stephen limbaugh
Joined on Tue, Feb 23 2016, Los Angeles, Posts 274

Great!  Thank you!

 

Originally Posted by: Dietz Go to Quoted Post

- 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. 

2019 MacBook Pro, 8 core i9, 32gb RAM. Heavy Digital Audio PC slave, 6 core Xeon E5-1650, 128gb RAM. Logic 10.4.8. Mojave & Windows 10.
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