John, I really like the sounds I am getting for the SF Orchestra. I am really much happier wth SF brass now than before the extention. It is so much more improved. I really used the Cinebrass alot before I acquired the mic extentions. My only issue is that my CPU performance was impacted. I expected the memory to be impacted but I have double the kontakt instances now due to the fact that the extended mics are in a separate session. I have each instrument with all the mics and articulations in one session of VEP. Then I do a shorts track and and Longs Track in Logic. The memory is not hurt with the duplication because VEP and Kontakt use the same samples in memory, but the Midi traffic is multiplied with the setup. I use Artz-id for Switching. That part works great and I created Instruments in Logic that automatically create the VEP session. However, I find after about 20 tracks are recorded, I have to begin freezing and/or having to manually avoid the Live mode. If I had a big gig now, I would choke because my workflow is so badly affected. I was hoping my powerful iMac Pro would give me head room. I run a buffer of 256 and at times 512 buffer. Playing in and recording is limited far more than I like. I am having to compose and record tolerating the cracks and studders that accompany the hot CPU core problem. Once I get out of Live mode for playback everything works great. I do not want to sacrifice the sound of the additional mics for workflow. I am trying to see if Cubase will help my workflow. I know that it crashes alot more and saving time can be a really challenge. I may have to go to an additional slave computer to see if that will lighten my CPU pressure.That must sound awesome.
Maybe a couple more PC satellite computers? I'm down to three, but it helps a lot. Raises complexity in other ways of course.
Mixing on, and monitoring through, a separate PT Mac also helps since the DAW computer isn't suddenly taxed with mixing and recording tasks on top of everything else.