But that is not true! With MR816 you can send the reverb for direct monitoring wherever you want! However, in order to achieve this, you should not forget about the following two things:
- Set the reverb return levels for the output channels - the reverb destinations. (This one is quite logical.)
- Now the tricky part: for MR816, the reverb send routing is always post-fader. It means that the resulting amount of the reverb is given not only by the “Reverb Send” and “Reverb Return” parameters, but also by the level of the signal sent to the particular output channel which is actually selected as the reverb source in the reverb routing window.
So, for instance, let’s have the following situation:
- you have set the reverb send on the input channel “5” (vocal microphone) to the max
- you have set the reverb return on the output channel “3+4” (vocalist’s headphones) to the max
- the output channel “1+2” (drummer’s headphones) is actually checked as the reverb source in the reverb routing window
Now, let’s assume that you have decided not to monitor the vocal (input “5”) on the drummer’s headphones (output “1+2”) at all. To achieve this, you have completely turned down the respective fader or send (depends on whether you use Control Room or not). Although this may seem okay, now you have effectively switched off the reverb from the vocal for all output channels, including the vocalist’s headphones (output “3+4”). This result obviously wasn’t intended, however, I suppose that it’s a common mistake in direct monitoring with MR816.