Direct Profiles - Not even close

  • Hey guys. New Kemper user. Love it! But I’ve run into a strange issue...

    I’ve made one studio profile. It killed. Sounded identical. Now I’m trying some direct profiles. I like the idea of using IRs as cabs. I’m also using a Palmer PDI-03 load box, which means I can profile silently. Win-win.

    The only problem is, the results are way off. Big muddy low end, way more driven than it should be. Refining does nothing or not close to enough.

    I’m trying to profile a Bat Cat Cub. My chain is guitar—>front of Kemper—>direct out—>Bad Cat Input—>speaker out—>Palmer speaker in—>Palmer direct out (no cab sim)—>return. I was doing a TRS cable from the Palmer to the return. I’ve also tried using a direct box in between to take the level down to mic level.

    The Direct level appears to do nothing. I don’t think that level control is active for profiling.

    I could understand if it’s just not possible but I don’t know why. When I’m listening to the “reference amp” during profiling, it sounds exactly as expected so the Palmer and cables are doing their job.

    Any help is appreciated.