OK, so please bear with me as :
A - English is my second language only so I am doing my best to make me understood here...
B - I am just starting using pedals with the KPA I have had for a few months now.
That said, here is my concern. I have been lucky enough to be gifted some nice boutique pedals (fuzz, overdrive and Klon clone). Those I had been lurking at for a few weeks and they sounded spectacular so I managed to get them (you too know that big guy in red, don't you ? ).
At first I built my pedal chain in front of the KPA and played them with some ultra clean Fender profiles. That sounded OK but the more I play them, the more it sounds harsh and I now see that they put my KPA at the edge of clipping most of the time (flashing red input light). This happens with most profiles I tried them with.
For the record, I nearly exclusively play my KPA via SPDIF though a Scarlett 6i6 then a Shiit Magni headphones amp to a pair of BT 990 Pro and that clipping is absolutely obvious to my ears, even when using the Klon clone just as a boost. I feel I hear it even when the input led is not going red, I don't really know.
The main goal of my pedals are to give dirt but also to boost and thus lowering the boost is kind of a bummer but it actually mostly stops the clipping. I suspected something wrong in my KPA settings so I went as far as resetting it to factory defaults, that helped me fix some SPDIF volume volume as I had to reset everything but I still can't seem to play my pedals without getting some clipping. I sure checked my SPDIF clock and sample rate and everything is fine there.
Of course I fiddled with the "clean sense" setting but that doesn't do the job consistently, some of my (commercial) profiles already have it set low too. So my question is (finally !) :
how do you guys manage to play dirt and boost pedals in front of your Kemper ? What is the secret sauce I am missing ? Any profile you do use with success that I may try ? (I own most of MBritts if that helps).
I read some others have had issues using pedals too but I didn't really find an explained solution so I thought I would ask the veterans here.
Thanks in advance !