I've recently been forced to go back to playing on headphones instead on a proper amp. I use a digital guitar processor for that, which also sometimes gets hooked into my FX loop.
I have some presets that sound pretty OK when put directly to the power amp circuit. I typically turn the amp's reverb to 0 for them, because controlling the whole path digitally gives me more flexibility. The reverb settings have reasonable mix values that don't sound overblown at all.
When I've plugged in my headphones, though, the reverb was making it absolutely unplayable. I heard multiple repetitions and the "spacey" feel was lost. I tried turning it down to 1-2%, at which point it got bearable, but still didn't keep the actual effect.
I mean, it's pretty common for the mastered music to have reverbation on it. What could I be doing wrong?
The things I've checked include:
- I ensured clean sound is okay
- The processor is set to output direct signal on line levels
- Cab emulation is on