Mixing & Reverberation
Vienna MIR PRO is a holistic mixing and reverberation engine for Mac and PC, based on revolutionary Multi Impulse Response convolution. Based on the central idea of “spatial mixing”, the software merges all parts of the creative process into a single intuitive workflow. Not just virtual instruments, but any audio signal can be processed and delivered in stereo, or in various surround formats on up to 8 output channels. You may choose your acoustic spaces according to your needs from various Vienna MIR RoomPacks with over 53,000 impulse responses of world renowned concert halls, legendary studios and recording facilities as well as exceptional churches.
As opposed to traditional production, where the mixing console is often seen as a barrier between the music creator and the music environment, Vienna MIR PRO / MIR PRO 24 offers an entirely new spatial concept, allowing the user to interact with the players more like a conductor than an engineer. Get rid of two-dimensional faders and pan pots – simply use the innovative MIR Control Icon to change volume or stereo width and even rotate instruments within a fluid three-dimensional environment!
Vienna MIR PRO / MIR PRO 24 is much more than just “a multi-sample” of a hall – and this is where it far surpasses any other convolution reverb on the market. The software combines specific directional frequency profiles with reflectional information from every instrument, assembling all of the acoustic interactions into an accurate and satisfying recreation of musicians playing their instruments in place and in space. Vienna MIR PRO / MIR PRO 24 is multi-source, multi-directional, multi-positional, and multi-format.
Every room has its own voice, with its own characteristics, its imperfections – its magic. Imagine the sound of a Bösendorfer Imperial Grand. Do you think it would be sufficient to record a single Middle C to make for a convincing virtual instrument? No, you have to go for individual samples from as many keys as possible, captured in as many velocities as the human ear is able to distinguish. The same is true for sampling a room. What the industry has had up to now are single samples from an acoustic entity, whereas Vienna MIR PRO / MIR PRO 24 is based on multi-samples with up to 5,000 individual impulse responses (IRs) per room.
Let’s look at what happens when you place a sound source, e.g., a solo horn, on Vienna MIR PRO’s virtual stage of a given concert hall. First of all, the position on stage triggers the selection of one or more sets of 8 impulses (6 for horizontal directions, 2 for upward and downward directions). Equally important, the directivity characteristics of each instrument are applied before the convolution of impulses, making the result dependent on the frequency distribution and the volume an instrument is emitting in various directions. The software engine calculates all of this in real-time, and what you get is what you hear – a solo horn that sounds exactly as if it were playing on that very spot on stage. But you are not limited to those spots that were used for impulse recording in the first place. The Ambisonics format allows for seamless interpolation of each and every point within the available areas of the room.
New approaches to virtual orchestral music production require novel ways of handling them. Creating music is not about tweaking thousands of parameters individually – it’s about intuitive interaction with your instrument, or with the players you’ve written music for. The graphical representation of an instrument or ensemble allows you to shape your music from the conductor’s point-of-view.
The Vienna MIR Control Icon gives you an at-a-glance overview while allowing you to control almost any sonic aspect of a given instrument quickly and intuitively. Parameters such as volume, stereo width, direction or dry/wet signal ratio can be accessed at the touch of a single mouse click.
Please note: Vienna MIR PRO comes with one license per purchase. If you'd like to use Vienna MIR PRO on multiple computers simultaneously, Vienna MIR PRO 24 will be a great and cost-effective option to get additional licenses.