Well, I'm 98% sure I'm going to put the Close / Decca / Surround onto rust, the differences are really small in this hall, it's nothing like as pronounced as for an ambient library. Incidentally I think this could be the same hall as LASS, confirming what I've always thought that the single mix they provided for LASS works just fine (it was a mix of close, Decca and Surround just as with MSB AFAIK), and others are just bloat really.
So loading up the following Full Mix only patches with all artics loaded:
Horns 1, Trumpets, Piccolo Trumpets, Bones, Cimbassi, Tuba, Flugelhorn, Euphonium and a couple of Intuition patches comes to 3.67gb on preload buffers of 18k. That's really very reasonable imo. I run disabled in VE Pro and usually purged, but I know some of these patches aren't DFD, so will likely break it down into a few different patches some of which will be purged and some not. Though TBH these figures are so low I may as well run them unpurged but disabled.
SoNowWhat - I've not yet touched placement tools yet, finding the defaults a perfectly good start though. I've added some dry (in both senses of the word) examples of the different mic mixes without reverb, along with some dynamics tests on the shorts.