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ML Sound Lab impulse responses are provided in a raw .wav format that works with every device or program that supports IR's. The list of devices grows every month so please check your manual in case your device is not listed on our product page. Remember that some devices use their own IR format f.ex. Fractal Audio uses the .syx format which we aren't allowed to include in the packs. These companies usually provide a free conversion program f.ex. Fractal Audio has the Cab-Lab 3 Lite that'll do the job.
MPT stands for minimum phase transform, the majority of IR's out there at the moment are MPT'd as it is used to time align IR's with each other. The down-side to using MPT is that it removes all phase information of the IR and is therefore slightly less realistic which becomes more evident once you start mixing IR's. The regular ML Sound Lab IR's are our own superior format that is both raw and time aligned so you can mix them together and they still retain the phase information that would be deleted if we opted to use MPT. Only the people who want to mix ML IR's with other people's IR's should try the MPT folders to avoid phase issues.
Many of the current modelers use different sample and bit rates. F.ex. Fractal Audio = 48kHz 24bit, Line 6 Helix = 48kHz 16bit, Kemper = 44.1kHz 16bit which is why IR's are provided in several formats to ensure compatibility. Please refer to your device manual to ensure you're using the correct sample rate. The specific modeler folders are shortened to 200ms in hopes of ensuring a safer conversion that may happen inside the modelers when importing IR's. If you're using IR's in a digital audio workstation with an IR loader we recommend matching your project settings.
ML Sound Lab .wav IR Cab Packs offer 5 brightness variations for every microphone going from a dark sweetspot called "A" to a bright almost dead center sweetspot called "E" and the letters inbetween "B", "C", and "D" enable you to virtually move the mics inbetween those two sweetspots to find exactly what you're looking for. IR mixes are too complex to explain with just a few characters and we want to keep the recipes to ourselves as it's the signature ML Sound, therefore we decided to give the IR mixes names. They're in alphabetical order as in the first one is always our top pick.
Everyone needs to install the free MIKKO Player before purchasing any of the full version MIKKO Plugins. The MIKKO Player has a "License Manager" window which includes your computer specific "Request Key". Just copy and paste it onto the product page. This enables you to purchase the MIKKO Plugins that you want and mix and match them inside the same program. Also this enables you to try the MIKKO Plugin before buying it and making sure that it runs smoothly on your system.
The previous "full version" MIKKO Plugin was originally launched as a 9 cabinet plugin suite. Immediately after its launch we started getting tons of requests for more cabinets. Instead of charging for expansion packs we wanted to make it so that if you wanted to get only one cabinet that would be also possible so the previous full version MIKKO is now known as "MIKKO Essentials" and it's the full version for those 9 cabinets just like the MIKKO ORNG, MIKKO BGNR UBER and MIKKO Mars Silver are all full version MIKKO Plugins with just one cabinet. So yes - you'll get access to our next-generation cabinet simulator by purchasing just one of the MIKKO Plugins.
Once you've purchased a full version MIKKO Plugin you'll receive a confirmation email with download links and your license. Please install the software and once you open the MIKKO, enter your license into the "License Manager" of the MIKKO. You'll need to restart the plugin and you're good to go. If you're having issues with your license please contact support and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.
Loading a single IR file into the MIKKO is like asking if a streaming service can play your old tapes. The answer is "NO" because the MIKKO Plugin is not an IR loader - it's a next-generation cabinet simulator where you're able to scroll through thousands and thousands of IR's in a matter of seconds. It's not using automated filters or EQ tricks to simulate mic movement - it actually gives you real microphone captures in 3D space. This requires a very serious systematic IR capture process for the simulation to work so not even our own Cab Packs are designed work with the MIKKO.
The AAX version of MIKKO is still in beta along with many new updates. The plan is to get Pro Tools support during 2020 but until then we recommend trying VST wrappers. It's no AAX substitute but for the time being it works quite well.
AMP PACKS & ARTIST PACKS
There could be many reasons for this but the most common one is that you're not using the latest firmware for your modeler. Fractal Audio users know that there's a new firmware update every two weeks or so which means the majority of users are running different firmware versions and sometimes there are compatibility issues so please use FracTool if you're having issues using Axe-Edit. If you're running the latest Kemper firmware and still have issues please try installing the profiles with an USB memory stick.
All ML Sound Lab Amp and Artist Packs are designed to run an IR as the cabinet section. All packs come with IR's dedicated to the specific pack so be sure to also install the cabinets to the correct cabinet slots that's being used in the presets. Otherwise you will not get any sound going through the Cab Block or IR Block.
Your guitar cabinet is one of the powerful guitar tone shaping tools and anything going through a real cabinet will sound like that cabinet. Artist Packs are not designed to be used with real cabinets, they're completely designed to be direct tones. Amp Packs work very realistically with neutral solid state power amps going through real guitar cabinets, just remember to bypass the IR/Cab Block when doing so.
NEED MORE SUPPORT?
The quickest way to get support is to ask a question in the ML Sound Lab User Group For matters regarding license issues please contact us via Facebook. If that is not an option you can email email@example.com and we'll get back to in 3-10 days. Please contact us just once to avoid confusion - we always go through all messages. :)