I consider myself (much) more of a composer than a sound engineer. Although I'll write the occasional progressive-rock instrumental, for the past several years (when I have the time) I've been focusing my writing towards orchestral compositions. My understanding of sound-engineer is mostly self-taught, either working with a friend who knows what he's doing or by reading posts from bulletin boards like this one. Well, I'm never going to be a sound engineer. It is an art all by itself. Whenever I do write and sequence an orchestral composition, i find myself spending too much time on instrument placement, reverb and mixing it all together so that the sound mimics an orchestra recorded in a hall. Despite the efforts, I can create an "OK" mix. It's just OK. But it's no where near the sound that's created by someone with the chops and knowledge to properly mix everything all together. I guess I give up. I'm never going to be a hot sound engineer and I can live with that reality. I'd rather put my time and energy writing the music (when I make the time to write music).
Recently I found that there are programs that can help create that "orchestral sound mix". The Vienna MIR Pro seems to be one of them. Putting expense aside (it's expensive), what are your thoughts on using a program like Vienna MIR Pro to help create that "orchestral sound"?? What is the quality of the mixes created by a program like the Vienna MIR Pro?? How well does the Vienna Mir Pro work with DAWs like Digital Performer and Logic Pro?? (I own both.) I'm not necessarily going for perfection. I'll leave that for the professional sound engineers. I'm just exploring ways where I can better my overall orchestral sound (mixing-wise) without spending a crazy-amount of time doing it like I do and achieving only mediocre results.