Verne-Bunsen Posted May 10, 2019 Share Posted May 10, 2019 Hi all, I'm not affiliated in any way with Redwirez, and while I have bought some of their IRs over the years I tend to prefer Ownhammer and 3 Sigma stuff for my purposes. Which is just to say that I don't have any ulterior motives for singing the praises of MixIR, the Redwirez IR loader and editor. I'll cut to the chase, then I'll tell my story: it acts as an IR loader allowing you to stack multiple IRs in parallel in your DAW of choice, like many other programs out there do, but the kicker is that it allows you to then export the resulting compound IR as a single .wav file that you can then load into Helix. Maybe others do this, but it was the only option I found without actually going through the process of generating the IR myself. Very slick. Here's how I came to seek out such a thing. To get the sounds I'm looking for, I tend to like running two cab IRs, generally a 1x12 and a 2x12, in parallel. Summed to mono, that has worked great for me for some time. Recently I've been running in stereo and I found that hard panning a 1x12 and a 2x12 hard left and hard right created sounds that were so dissimilar as to be almost disorienting. In a bad way. It sounded better if I panned them more gently, but then the image created by stereo delays and reverbs and modulations was diminished. So in order to maintain hard panning for the stereo image without the unpleasant effect of two dissimilar cabinets, I took to just using a single cabinet with different mic mixes for left and right. This sounded good, but I missed the sounds that I was used to from mixing the cabs. So, enter MixIR. Using MixIR in Logic Pro X, I combined my 1x12 and 2x12 cabinets into a single IR, allowing me to have both cabinets together in one channel. To get some separation, I did some experimenting and landed on a couple of "recipes" to make left subtly distinct from right. For Ownhammer IRs I used the OH1 mix of the 1x12 and the OH2 mix of the 2x12 for "Left" and the OH2 mix of the 1x12 and the OH1 mix of the 2x12 for "Right". For 3 Sigma IRs, I used the 3b mix of the 1x12 and the 5b mix of the 2x12 for "Left" and the 5b mix of the 1x12 and the 3b mix of the 2x12 for "Right". This gave enough difference to provide some separation between the channels even without other stereo effects, but it is no so drastic as to be disorienting. Win! Anyhow, that's my thoughts on MixIR. Hope it provides some food for thought for somebody! 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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