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Why not use a channel-return?

In using an effect as an insert you get a wet/dry control, but that one setting sort of builds the reverb sound into the channel, and therefore affects the sound of that channel in all mixes and LR. Want less gtr verb in mix1 but more gtr verb in mix2? Can’t do it with an insert. Increasing the wetness of that insert (I’m sure there’s a proper way of saying that) will make that guitar sound verb-ier everywhere it’s routed.

So of course the alternative is to do a send-return. As you can control the amount of return in each mix, you can have different levels of verb in each mix (eg a lot on FOH, a bit in Mix1, none in Mix2 etc.) Unfortunately, this takes up an FX send bus, and the Qu16 only has 2 dedicated FX send buses, which the OP is already using for his ADT and other reverb. Thankfully the Qu allows you to also feed the FX engines from mix1-10, as the OP is doing, which is useful, providing you weren’t planning to use those mixes to feed monitors.

A&H have another solution: the channel-return. Instead of summing inputs to a mix and then feeding the fx engine with that mix, as is the case with the send-return, this channel-return configuration feeds the fx engine directly from the output of a single channel. There’s no summing of channels (as you’re only feeding it with one channel) but is useful when you want an effect on a single channel (like the OP’s gtr, or a gated verb on a snare drum, or a crazy delay on a signle vocal) and want different amounts of that FX return in different mixes. You can have a lot of the FX in LR by raising the return fader a lot in LR, you can have a little bit of the effect in the monitor mixes by raising the fader only a little bit in the monitor mixes (as you do with a normal send-return configuration.) The good thing is in using this channel-return is that you haven’t burnt up an entire mixbus in the process. If later on it turn out you need more monitor mixes, or you want to patch in an external FX processor, you’ve got spare mixes available to feed them, without needing to sacrifice your existing internal FX engines.

PS, apologies for spelling and grammar. I’m tired and not thinking entirely clearly.