Vocals with Reverb | Direct Monitoring or Software Monitoring

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Over Christmas I did a lot of recording with my family in their studio using a M-Audio Delta 44 and Mackie 1202-VLZ3 Pro. It was a ROCK SOLID setup!  I kept the interface buffer at 1024 and used the Mackie for direct monitoring.  I used the “Inserts 1-4″ off the back going into the 4 1/4 inch inputs of the Delta 44.  If you are interested in this setup let me know and I’ll help you set it up. 

One of the issues we needed to resolve was getting reverb from Reaper back to the singers headphones.  This is actually a lot easier then you think… There are 2 ways to do this(that i can think of).

Option 1
1. Set audio buffer all the way down.
2. Create vocal track – Enable input monitoring and record enable
3. Create Reverb Track
4. Send audio to the Reverb Channel

Option 2 – for direct monitoring solutions(ie USB)
1. Set Audio buffer to whatever works best
2. Create Vocal Track – Record enable
3. Create Reverb Track – Record Enable + Monitor Enable
4. Right click the Record button on the REVERB track and set it to “Record Disable”
–The reverb channel will have a latency of whatever your round trip latency will be. SO if you are running at 1024 you might have a latency of ~35ms… So I would recommend NOT putting “Pre-Delay” on te reverb plugin.

4 comments to Vocals with Reverb | Direct Monitoring or Software Monitoring

  • Peanut  says:

    Yet another great tutorial!! Thanks for doing these, they’re a real help.

    I apologise if you’ve been asked already, but might I ask what theme you use for Reaper? Also, is it the latest release or the beta of the new version (v4)??

  • chris gee  says:


    Great tutorials.

    You mention about using M-Audio Delta 44 and Mackie 1202-VLZ3 Pro set up. Could you give us some more info on how you used
    this set up?

    Many Thanks

  • Jiveman  says:

    Hmm, I’m not sure if I’m missing something… In the option #2, when live-monitoring the Reverb “track,” you hear both the reverb and the dry sound. This is the case even though “dry” is all the way down in the plug in. I would think the Reverb track should ONLY have the wet/reverb sound, not the dry.

    What I’m trying to do is use a USB interface (with external mixer monitoring), play my guitar through it, but add Reverb (or other EFX) through Reaper and hear it “on top of” the dry sound. But if I just follow your instructions above, I get the repeated/delayed dry sound as well as reverb.

    Sorry if I’m missing something simple (beginner).

    • JonnyGinese JonnyGinese  says:

      Hmm. For your setup you will want to have a record armed audio track that you are going to actually record on.. And then a “reverb” track that is record enabled(recording disabled) with the monitoring button clicked. Then put your reverb plugin on at 100% wet. I would recommend turning the Pre-Delay all the way down since your interface will already have some delay.

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