Approaching Microphone Mixes in the SSO

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  • Kim Arnesen

    This is all extremely helpful!
    Two questions:

    1. If you used the full brass section, would they have the same mics as the solo horn?
    2. Would it work to use the mic levels to balance between different articulations, would I need separate patches for that?

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  • Luke

    Hi there Kim! To answer:

    1. In the audio example there is a Tuba and 2 Trombones acting as some orchestral 'glue' from around 0:20 seconds. The microphones for these are only slightly different in that they have less Outriggers and slightly more Ambient.

    2. You could indeed do this, using the "Mix by Articulation" feature shown in the article.

    Best,
    Luke

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  • Kim Arnesen

    Thanks!

    Btw, did you change the mic settings in the first example?

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  • Luke

    Hi Kim,

    Yes there were some changes! We'll be uploading all of the new mixes today that will correspond with the images.

    Best,
    Luke

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  • Aaron Smith

    Hey, so I am wondering, since Andy Blaney uses only mic mixes in his demos, what's his favorite mix, or a mix that he uses often? It sounds like he uses the close mix, but I am not really sure.

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  • Luke

    Hi Aaron,

    I believe that it varies from piece to piece, however I do know that most of his SSO demos are using Outriggers and Ambient as the main microphones.

    Best,
    Luke

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  • Kim Arnesen

    As I don't have the outriggers (yet), would you add the tree mics instead?

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  • Luke

    Hi Kim,

    Generally yes, the Tree mics would be the best choice if you do not have the Outriggers. In fact, the Tree is actually a stronger choice a 'main' microphone!

    Best,
    Luke

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  • Andreas Häberlin

    How would you go about mixing SSO products with orchestral libraries by other brands? Is this a desirable scenario at all?

    Since the mic positions already exist, I assume that using SSO with MIR Pro or VSS 2 would be counterproductive?

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  • Sandy

    Hi Andreas

    Generally when mixing libraries recorded in different spaces you will need to use some additional reverb as "glue". Christian has recorded a video on exactly this subject here: https://youtu.be/n02ZCYM_cQ0

    Thanks
    Sandy

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  • Kevin Gibbs

    Actually, this was very helpful. If I buy the extra mic mixes, will they automatically appear in the SSO libraries once downloaded? I presume I'll have to add additional outputs in Kontakt/KK in order to isolate them on stem tracks. Correct?

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  • Sandy

    Hi Kevin

    In libraries which have extra mics such as chamber strings professional, you will have additional instruments in the instruments folder with the extra mics and mixes, the original instrument files remain the same.

    Typically these extra instruments are "CTAO", "Alt Mics", and "Stereo Mixes"

    In most cases the original patches can simply be replaced with these as desired.

    Thanks
    Sandy

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  • Arturo Albero Gabriel

    This article was fantastic. Being able to control the mics in using CCs allows me to work with Decorative, Core and Performance Legato as if they were one. And, if in the short passage I need more bite, I can bring up the close CC. Thank you!

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  • Luke

    You're welcome Arturo, I work the same way!


    Best,
    Luke

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  • Kim Arnesen

    That’s a really lovely mock-up. Any chance for a video walkthrough on how you did that with the SSO and mixing?

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  • Luke

    Hi Kim, which mockup were you referring to here?

    Best,
    Luke

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  • Kim Arnesen

    Sorry, I was thinking about the John Williams Dartmoor mock-up, but both are very nice.

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  • Kim Arnesen

    Sorry, I was thinking about the John Williams Dartmoor mock-up, but both are very nice.

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  • Matae Jeong

    Hello! These article is great!

    Can I use these sound examples for my students or opening lecture sessions? It is completely educational use only.
    Now Im using Hz strings to demonstrate how achieving different strings sounds for my students but these samples are great too
    Please let me know thank you!

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  • Luke

    Hi Matae,

    You can absolutely use the examples as you wish. I'm glad that it's useful!

    Best,
    Luke

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  • Matae Jeong

    That’s good!
    Thank you!

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