Today, we learned how to set up multiple headphone mixes using the auxiliary sends on the mixing desk, and patch bay.
The scenario: I'm recording a band. The instrumentalists want to hear everything except for the vocal, and the vocalist wants to hear everything plus some reverb on her vocal to help her keep in tune.
- The first thing to do is to take the signal out from aux 1 and 2 and feed them into headphone mix 1 and 2 respectively using the patch bay.
- I'll set all aux 1 and 2s to 'PRE' on the desk so that the signal gets sent out before the fader has any influence. I'll then turn up aux 1 on all channels except for the one that vocal is on, and turn up aux 2 on all channels.
- To add the reverb onto the vocals, I'll first make sure that aux 3 on the vocal channel is set to 'POST'. Then, on the patch bay, I'll come out of aux 3 and go into the left input of the reverb rack. I'll then come out of the left and right outputs of the reverb and go into 2 new channels on the desk (setting them both to 'line' input). I'll then turn up aux 2 on those channels so that the vocalist can hear the reverb.