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  1. Dietz

    Waves Abbey Road Studio 3 (control room modeling)

    Well - binauralization is not snake-oil per se, but a technique to avoid the in-your-head localization issues of head-phone listening. Personally, I already liked (and still own) one of the first "real" products that used this approach in the early 90ies, AKG's legendary BAP-1000 (for Binaural...
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    Anvils

    Rails, actually, which are used here on Vienna's stages and orchestra pits in those cases where anvils are asked for (AFAIK). There's a quite "fat" version in the "Processed Percussion", too. :emoji_hammer:
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    Steinberg SpectraLayers Pro 6 - opinions?

    Spectral Layers's main benefit is that it scrolls through the sonogram lightning fast. Great for visual insight and comparisons. The slowness of the display is my only real gripe when talking about RX Advanced 7 - which plays in a different league, otherwise.
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    Cubase 10.30 Update

    Thanks for the info, @Dewdman42 - the graphics says "Cubase 10 + VEP", though. Is this just an oversight?
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    Ducking music volume to make way for voice narration - is there a better way than side-chaining ?

    Good point - but keep in mind that this is also a socially shaped phenomenon. Especially in an Anglo-american environment it seems to be social expectation that men have markedly virile, deep voices, while women there usually tend to have a decisively higher-pitched fundamental. This difference...
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    Ducking music volume to make way for voice narration - is there a better way than side-chaining ?

    PS: I also had great success with a "reverb only" version of the VO track as a much smoother side-chain. Makes the ducker react less nervous to single syllables.
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    Ducking music volume to make way for voice narration - is there a better way than side-chaining ?

    I was about to suggest the same approach, just with 250 ms look-ahead time. :-)
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    Convo Reverbs - What's the Diff?

    The "reverb" part relies on convolution in every aspect. (The algorithmic reverb add-on "MIRacle" doesn't count, it's just for sweetening purposes). MIR's source positioning is based Ambisconics _and_ positional impulse responses (... which were recorded in this format, too). In addition, the...
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    Convo Reverbs - What's the Diff?

    Not necessarily so: -> https://www.vsl.co.at/en/Vienna_Software_Package/Vienna_MIR_PRO ;-)
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    What makes a mix sound wide if its bad practice to pan orchestral samples?

    Exactly. Mixing is always about relations: If everything is loud, nothing is loud. And this is true for any aspect of sound, of course: If everything is dry and close, nothing is dry and close. If everything is bright, nothings sounds bright any more. And so on. Or put simply: The basic...
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    What makes a mix sound wide if its bad practice to pan orchestral samples?

    Huh! Thanks for the flowers ... :emoji_bouquet: ;-) ... but I still learn something new from every production I do, and from every discussion - after more than 30 years in this business. So please don't hesitate to share your thoughts!
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    Over 1000 Vintage Synthesizers....is this real?!?

    Over 1,000 keyboards? Ha, you ain't seen nothing yet: ;) -> http://www.eboardmuseum.com/100e_eboardmuseum_eboardmuseum.html http://www.eboardmuseum.com/300e_eboardmuseum_highlights_az.html .... brothers in mind, I guess ... :alien:
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    What makes a mix sound wide if its bad practice to pan orchestral samples?

    In a similar vein, yes. Not necessarily "very dry", and not just coincident, but also all kinds of small A/B (like ORTF-setups). - I rarely feel the urge to pan recordings derived form a full-blown Decca tree. ;-D
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    What makes a mix sound wide if its bad practice to pan orchestral samples?

    What kind of issues? 8-/ Quite contrary: Using "balance" instead of a proper panning device will very likely ruin the sound because you lose 50 percent of the information. As a (very obvious) example, imagine the recording of a piano in full stereo: When you just lower the volume of the right...
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    Synchron-ized Special Edition

    .... and there are tailor-made pre-EQ settings for each and every instrument, I would like to add (being the poor guy who created them :geek: ). Can be switched off, too, of course.
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    Hi from austria

    Lei lei! :-)
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    What FX plugins can be used to transform an acoustic sample into a pad or something else interesting

    Talking about Reaktor: One of my all-time favourites in this realm is "Metaphysical Function". I can listen hours (literally!) to its never-ending drones and ever-changing micro-rhythms.
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    What FX plugins can be used to transform an acoustic sample into a pad or something else interesting

    Several generations of so-called "freezers" (stand-alone or plug-ins) are great tools to make pads from _anything_. My first-call used to be "Freeze" form INA-GRM -> https://inagrm.com/en/store
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    What are your techniques for early reflections on dry orchestral libraries?

    You're wrong! ;-D But seriously: I understand the approach. OTOH, like you wrote yourself: As soon as you start to adjust - let alone automate! - the instrument's channel's volume, you actually move the instrument back and forth on the stage, too, which is most likely not what you want when...
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    What are your techniques for early reflections on dry orchestral libraries?

    I'm not answering for Ben, but personally I would definitely start with one of the large scoring stages. They will give you the maximum freedom to put your signal sources more or less anywhere around the virtual Main Mic. Synchron Stage Vienna was captured with more individual IR positions than...
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    Imager plug-ins yay or nay?

    That's a first call, yes, but there are other tools, too.
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    Imager plug-ins yay or nay?

    ^^^^^^ This! That said, I use M/S-processing for enhancing (or reducing) the stereo width - and even more "dangerous" stuff like Gerzon shuffling - on many sources, even on the main bus.
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    Which Celesta?

    Which one - Vienna Instruments or Synchron Instruments? The latter sounds nicely rounded, to my ears. (... and before you ask: No, I didn't record it ;-) ...)
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    Do You Use the Cubase Control Room?

    The Control Room Mixer is maybe Nuendo's (and now Cubase's, too) most unique feature. It really makes the DAW behave like a "real" studio, and then some. ... Steinberg somehow managed to destroy the straight-forward "one window" approach the Control Room Mixer initially offered by introducing...
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    Hans Zimmer on Electric Guitar

    Hey, that's my mix! :) ... but it's in mono, for some reason or the other. 8-/ Here's a link to the original mix in stereo: Enjoy, EDIT: Uh ... the credits say "Mixed by Alan Meyerson" - but it's still my mix (just ask Hans or Alan 8-) ...)
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    Remembering the Northern Sounds forum

    It was pretty much like that, yes. :) The announcement of a library aiming for a measly million of samples was already enough for many to shout "bullshit", though.
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    Struggling with mixing: New monitors or AI?

    I would subscribe to most of these points you made, especially the "balancing engineer" and the "90% room" thing! :-) I would like to add that the most important question during a mix is, "Louder than _what_?!?" Or actually, "... in relation to what?" What I mean to say is: Every mix defines a...
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    Struggling with mixing: New monitors or AI?

    My guess: D-R-Y!!!! :alien:
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    Struggling with mixing: New monitors or AI?

    :emoji_thumbsup: ... I think it was Mr. George Massenburg who said something along the lines, "A mix is never done, it's just running out of time."
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    Building my own little studio, need some resources

    Same here, same here, in my own place. Still professionally planned. :-) I worked with quite a few professional (and successful) composers / musicians who started out on a DIY-approach. During these collaborations I pestered all of them to invest in their respective listening environments...
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    Reverb for piano?

    A Quantec Room Simulator was the first call for classical piano for decades, because its reverb is completely free of modulation components. I have the legendary black stereo-in, quadro-out version from the 80ies, but they still build it as "Yardstick" (based on the same algorithms). ... but...
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    Building my own little studio, need some resources

    You certainly can! :-) Still I prefer (and strongly suggest) to get a professional to design a new audio room as soon as it's not just a hobby. BTW: To judge a control room you don't know it should be enough to sing a few lines of a song you like, and to listen to a few pink-noise-bursts...
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    Show me your d...esk

    I just got a heavily customized version of this model: -> https://www.unterlass.info/EN/products/singledesk-40/ ... with *gulp* red side panels! :dancedance: I'll post some pix as soon as all the acoustics are done, too, by the end of the month. :-)
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    Building my own little studio, need some resources

    No, I wouldn't say that. :-D ... The more I know about control rooms, the less I would plan one on my own. I'm _not_ suggesting to "buy stuff from the internet" - quite contrary: If you're serious about it, there's no shortcut to proper acoustics, and you need a professional to do it properly...
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    Building my own little studio, need some resources

    A studio that deserves the name is 60% about acoustics, 20% about monitoring and 19% about ergonomics. The remaining 11% is gear (... which sums up to the necessary 110%, all in all. ;-) ). ... BTW: The most underrated topic - especially in small rooms - is ventilation, most likely.
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    Show me your d...esk

    This ^^^^^!
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    That would be coiNcideNce, I guess.
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    Specialist Plugins ?

    If I'm allowed to toot my own horn: I had (virtual) orchestral music in mind when I came up with this. :-) Other than that I think that a good dynamic EQ and properly done multi-band dynamics are crucial tools for all but the most transparent virtual renditions of orchestral music.
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    Cool delay effect - how is it done?

    Huh, this takes us OT now; but for the sake of completeness: Yes, MIR is my baby, so to speak (... I came up with the original idea and the GUI concept). I also set up some of the earlier Vienna Instrument recordings, like Appassionata Strings or Konzerthaus Organ, and created thousands of...
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    Cool delay effect - how is it done?

    Oh! I'm neither an VSL employee nor did I work for Soundtoys (although that would be tempting!). My - obviously misleading - pun simply referred to the more-than-obvious reference in the plug-in's name to its preferred application. :-)
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    Cool delay effect - how is it done?

    You would need a delay-processor that's capable of reversing the delayed signal (and adding some pitch-shifting to the feedback path, I assume). That's something introduced in the early days by Eventide's Harmonizers; the effect was often called "chrystallizing", due to the perceived "coldness"...
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    A rant on the hiss that's in so many orchestral libraries.

    You're welcome! Keep in mind that the EQ shapes the _noise_, not the signal itself. Therefore, increasing the treble will also increase the effect of the denoiser, which means a darker output signal (or just more artifacts). RX De-Noise and Z-Noise are quite different animals. Z-Noise actually...
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    A rant on the hiss that's in so many orchestral libraries.

    You can achieve remarkable results with X-Noise using nothing but the default "flat" noise profile and the high-shelf EQ, especially in case of tape hiss and mic/pre-amp noise-floor issues.
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    Professional Mix Engineer Rates

    FWIW: I mix music for a living since about 30 years now. I ask for daily rates rather than for hourly ones. Usually these "days" encompass 10 hours of work, sometimes more, hardly less. I charge for "my work" and my stuff (software and selected outboard hardware). Studio rent will be charged in...
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    Early Reflection and Tail Reverb component panning

    Haas panning is a valid way to artificially pan signals, as long as you stay in stereo. It is very likely that small delays like the ones mentioned above will lead to serious phasing issues when down-mixed.
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    A rant on the hiss that's in so many orchestral libraries.

    That's only fair! - We, OTOH, denoise our samples, so we don't have to drown them in reverb just to hide their shortcomings. 8-)
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    A rant on the hiss that's in so many orchestral libraries.

    Oh my - sorry, English isn't my first language. 8-) Let me rephrase that: In Real Life, the room tone never stops*). A sample, OTOH, reaches its end at a certain point, and any room tone (and/or hiss) will fade away into total silence (or worse: it stops abruptly). This makes it even more...
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