To my ears the piano is a little bit too bright and the reverb could be a little quieter. The strings are very well balanced and panned, but I can not precisely locate the harp and wood-instruments... . But it`s just me.
unless you have Altiverb and have experimented with it in your own situation, the discussion of dry/wet is old terminology.
There is a wet/dry mix knob for those times when you do want to use Altiverb in the traditional old fashioned way of "adding" reverb to a sound, as opposed to running the sound "through" Altiverb. There are speakers in the GUI that when used, re-calculate the dimensional space (stage) and allows the user to place the given sound in a very specific place, from left to right and front to back. It is the placement of the speakers (sound) that determines the calculation of wet/dry/phase/delay etc. Typically, if the Altiverb is being used for a "concert hall" recording, the dry/wet mix knob is intentionally set to full wet.
The four basic orchestral groups have their own Altiverb, but Altiverb is not inserted in the group masters. The group masters feed separate aux tracks (faders, not audio tracks) where the different Altiverb IR's are inserted, thus allowing the group masters to be automated with sudden volume changes, but the reverb is left alone to breath naturally, unaffected by the group master fader. Some instruments have their own Altiverb like piano. And, since I used a separate Altiverb for just the piano, I did use the dry/wet mix knob. For this Tango recording of Guy's, I wanted to drift away from a concert hall setting and use a recording studio setting. It is in these situations where we can put aside the "proper" Altiverb treatment of the instruments like we do when we are attempting to insinuate that the recording was made in an actual concert hall.
Thanks for your comments.
If you download and install Quicktime, you can see this video tutorial of how I set up one of Guys recordings. I explain my routing like I am talking about here.
Wow Dan, this video is fascinating. It also gave me a better close up at what you do, despite we already talk regularly. I must admit that the snippet you chose on this video, what you did with the automation gave the ending of the phrase just the right expression, cool example.