I’m finishing setting up my orchestral template and I have a few questions about track sends and routing tracks to FX channels.
In my template, the instruments are grouped into sections, so let’s take the Violins 1 sections as an example:
I have a group channel for Violins I that contains all Violins 1 tracks (with different articulations/libraries);
I created an FX channel (reverb) called “Reverb: Strings” as a send in the Violins I group channel. This FX Channel is routed to BUS 1.
Regarding routing, the group channel “Violins 1” should be routed to the FX Channel “Reverb Strings” or routed to BUS 1?
I noticed that if the “Violins 1” group channel is routed to BUS 1, I can change the send amount in this channel to get a more wet or dry sound.
If the “Violins 1” group channel is routed to the “Reverb: Strings” BUS, changing the send amount doesn’t affect the sound (more wet or dry). It’s only affected if I move the fader of the “Reverb: Strings” FX channel in the Mix console.
So, what would be the best approach for routing?
Is there a real difference between:
changing the reverb amount in the track send slider (leaving the fader of the FX channel in a fixed position)
and moving the fader of the FX Channel (leaving the track send slider in a fixed position)?
The only advantage that I can notice using the first method (moving only the track send slider), is that I can have a single reverb FX channel for each orchestral section and then adjust the amount of reverb for each instrument.
Example: I can have Strings long and short articulations routed to the same reverb FX Channel and then adjust the track send slider differently for long and short articulations (usually these require less reverb).
With the second method, I need to create different FX channels for Long and Short articulations and then adjust the faders in the Mix console.
Thanks in advance for your help!