I've been on and off thinking somethings wrong with my Kemper as of late or it might be my ears.
I have tried a lot of profiles, all the stock profiles, paid MBritt, Tone Junkie, Sinmix, ReAmpZone, Live Ready Sounds and more and all I'm getting is a thin sound that makes the tweeters crackle at times while playing. I feel like almost every mid- to high gain profile sounds the same, I can get some nice sounds out of it but it reminds me of when I had a Fullbore Metal pedal into my first amp, a Spider Line 6 75W.
Below are a few audio samples using different Profiles on my Gibson LP Studio 2018, bridge humbucker with tone knobs at max in standard tuning.
Profile - Tone Mister A4 (Free Profile) by Tone Junkie;
Profile - LL-Chain Of Damnation (Stock Profile) by Lasse Lammert;
Profile - 3P Plexi Klon 2.1 (Stock Profile) by MBritt;
Profile - Savage V02 21 that my friend EQ'd (Purchased Profile) by SinMix;
I have the following setup and routing ---- Guitar --> Front Input on the KPA --> Scarlett 6i6 via SPDIF --> DAW.
I have two Yamaha HS8's connected to the 6i6 via two TRS cables.
Regarding the sound and what I've tried
- Restored it to factory default and from a backup file
- Turning Purecab on and off, different levels etc
- Noise Gate in stomp slots at different levels etc
- Fiddled around with definition and clarity
- Switching Cabs
- Fiddling with both the front EQ's and the EQ
- Clean and Distortion Sense
- Using different Drives, Boosts and Dist stomps in the stomp section
- Lowering/increasing output levels in the output section (also turned purecab on and off here)
- Hooked my Kemper into another set of Monitors and into a Orange PPC212 CB cab
- Made sure that I'm not using a profile without a cab in the cab section
- Tried High/Low shift in the Cab Section
- Tried a High/Low pass in the X-slot
- Switching ALL cables
- Switching guitars, EC-1000 with EMG's, Solar with SD-pickups, Jackson JS32T with stock pickups, Yamaha TRBX505 Bass Guitar
- Tried different power outlets
- Bought a power conditioner
None of the above has helped.
I am fully aware of that the KPA should sounds like a mic'd amp and not an actual amp-in-the-room feeling when using studio monitors.
Using direct profiles with my PPC212 through a Baby Bomb 30 does make it sound fuller, but I'm still not getting much of a difference.
I know that demos can lie and that many youtube videos aren't very representative but I'm not getting near that tonal difference between profiles that I've heard in the store before purchasing it or in youtube videos (I did try the powered KPA in the store through a PPC212 but went with the unpowered one).
Is it my ears? Could something be wrong with my KPA? Is it my playing?
Am I making an excuse for not practicing enough? Do the stock profiles sound close to my recordings for the rest of you?
Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.