I've had my Kemper now for ~2 weeks.
Most of this honeymoon has been spent digging through the Rig Exchange to find the perfect tone.
I was able to find a handful of really great rigs for free, and even made a few decent recordings with them - but honestly, none of these profiles really hit the spot for me.
I have done a lot of research over the past week on commercial rigs.
I demo'd most of the free rigs from the popular names that you hear about in the forums - some of them were good, some not.
One of the names that had a couple really nice profiles was ChopTones - so I decided to check out their site and see what else they had to offer.
To give a little back story - I primarily play heavier music, so finding a good high gain amp has been a priority for me.
I do occasionally dabble with some more mellow / ambient writing, so having a nice clean tone would be a 'nice to have'.
After listening to a bunch of their demo tracks / videos, I decided to pick up the following profiles:
Mesa Boogie - IIC+
Mesa Boogie - Mk IV
Mesa Boogie - Mk V
Mesa Boogie - Dual Rectifier
Fender - Bassman
Fender - Twin
On the above list, I have only owned the Dual Rectifier, and have played through the Fenders in person.
The rest of the amps, are ones that I've heard of, or seen, but never had a chance to play.
With that said, I would not be able to give a side-by-side comparison and comment on the accuracy of these profiles.
However, I am happy to report that I am blown away by the quality of these profiles.
I purchased the 'Essentials' pack for each of the amps mentioned above.
These packs come with ~10 profiles capturing a variety of characteristics of the amp (for roughly $11 USD per pack).
They do offer much larger packs (for more money), however I didn't feel it necessary to have more profiles of the same amp (for my use).
Out of all of the profiles, the amps that really have the spotlight in my opinion are the IIC+, the Mk V, and the Bassman.
Both the IIC+ and the Mk V can hit the entire spectrum from clean to heavy.
The Bassman with a touch of reverb and delay is just beautiful.
I would highly recommend ChopTones to anyone looking for really high quality profiles for their Kemper.
I will certainly be buying from them again - thinking about picking up their Engl profiles next!
I just wanted to share my experience with anyone who has been on the fence.
Would also love to hear your experience, or any profiles from their collection that you'd recommend
I purchased a couple of profiles from the guys at Choptones when had a HeadRush Pedalboard and I must say I was impressed with them.
Now I'm a Kemper convert and after reading your post and then receiving a 20% off code from CT I went ahead and purchased the Fender Bassman essential pack and the Vox AC30 'just play' profiles.
I agree with you the Fender pack had some fantastic profiles but I was blown away by the Vox pack.
Im more of a Plexi type player and have never been enamoured with the Vox sound. However am tempted by the Victory Copper amplifier and so for a few months I've been purchasing some packs from MB and TJ. To my mind the Choptones AC profiles blow them away. Don't get me wrong the others are excellent but coming out of my Headrush FR they do sound a bit flat.
I am awaiting the Kemper Kabinet and god only knows when I'll see it given the current global situation, I'm hoping this will improve the MB and TJ profiles but I must recommend the CT pack if you are a Vox man. You won't be disappointed.