Ideas for a Kemper 2 in the future.

  • Heres a idear :incoporate 2 12ax7 like the digitech 2101 i wish the kemper had a bigger lcd color scrn and master on off for effects.

    I had the 2120 (purple version). I loved the idea at the time that it had real tubes, and I even bought NOS JAN Phillips tubes for mine at a pretty penny.


    I have to tell you, the KPA puts it to shame. I sold mine within 6 months of getting my KPA .... and I was using it just for efx, since I had a VHT UL setup which had very nice distortion (and the KPA sounds better than the VHT as well).


    I am with you on the larger LCD Color screen and master on/off (although you can accomplish this through the FC I believe).

  • I had the 2120 (purple version). I loved the idea at the time that it had real tubes, and I even bought NOS JAN Phillips tubes for mine at a pretty penny.


    I have to tell you, the KPA puts it to shame. I sold mine within 6 months of getting my KPA .... and I was using it just for efx, since I had a VHT UL setup which had very nice distortion (and the KPA sounds better than the VHT as well).


    I am with you on the larger LCD Color screen and master on/off (although you can accomplish this through the FC I believe).

    I had the GFX1 Twin Tube back in the day because I fell for the “real valve preamp” marketing. They did nothing and it sounded terrible compared to the Kemper. I also had a Mesa V Twin valve preamp pedal. Basically an normal solid state pedal with two valves stuck in to look good and give it something to market. Only ever used it as an emergency backup to get through a gig if my real amp went down. Again it sounded OK. But the valves in the pedal were for the marketing team not the end user. I sold it after I got the Kemper.

  • Main Manual, page 116

    Reading over those pages, it appears that you CAN run Delay and Reverb in parallel (pg 267). You can output the wet signal only for Delay and Reverb as you mentioned (page 116), but not your Modulation sounds.


    My ideal would be four effects: 1. micropitch; 2. chorus (TC1210, SDD320 style); 3. delay; 4. reverb... *ALL* in parallel-wet L&R, with the miked cab sound right down the center, using no outboard gear.


    It's doable on a Fractal, and is, realistically the most complicated signal path I would ever care about for 80's era Lifeson tones with no extra stuff to lug around. Like I said, I love this Stage Profiler, but as long as we're making wishlists, that's the ultimate for me.

  • I’m not the only one but… a small pedal version no larger than the HX Stomp. And make it able to load two profiles. I’d be happy if it just did that and no effect blocks… it would be entirely for amp tones and a pedal board platform or studio tool for adding plugins to.

    This. A super portable profile player that fits in a gear bag and integrates with Kab would be an incredible addition. The best thing about kemper for me has been the lack of need or want to "upgrade" my hardware in typical axefx or line6 fashion.

  • I honestly shouldn’t be here anymore because I use fractal now 😅

    Naw man, there's room for everybody, everywhere. I never really understood the whole "fractal vs kemper vs line6 vs (insert the latest brand here) debate". It's like comparing a strat to a paul. They're all incredible at what they do but everyone has different needs. If I had to choose just one for a desk, it'd be fractal. Since I'm mostly just performance and want easy transport/setup I find kemper the best. If I was a billionaire, I'd have all of them in every room.

  • I don’t see the IK Tonex being mentioned much as a new player in the field. That could potentially change everything actually. I’ve not seen or tried it myself though, but if profiling can be done with a reamp-box and software, the need for a new physical Kemper MKII might become close to obsolete. The Kemper Stage might have its place still as a complete solution for touring and recording artists. But as I see it the Tonex can change the game.


    I remember asking about this once. Whether or not it would be possible to use the computer to profile amps, because they have more power and such and now the answer is actually here. Less than a year after my question. Whether or not it’s going to be a success and change the game, it’s hard to say. But to me it surely would be something I would be very aware of, being a producer of expensive physical units.


    One would have to wonder if “reality” has caught up to you and if there are valid reasons to put out new physical versions now. What would be the such valid reasons if the Tonex happens to be as good at capturing profiles as the Kemper?


    It’s very interesting. It just opened my eyes….that’s for sure. As much as I love my Kemper and the company and the value it has given me over ten years, the fact that a new company presents a cheaper and “easier” solution and possible equally as good makes ME wonder, what reason of existence a new physical Kemper will have.


    It would have to be a seriously crazy unit, because the Tonex opens up brand new possibilities using the computer. The computer you’re using already to record and stuff. Easier reamping just by changing amp in the plugin (like all other plugins of course). It’s definitely interesting and very convenient. Maybe this is the way, Kemper needs to go? 🤔


    I love my Kemper and will not jump ship as long as it keeps working like a charm. At least not right now. But what will happen in a year or two from now? No one knows. I just know that if buying a Kemper MKII, it has to be a very huge upgrade. Otherwise I will doubt its reasons of relevance in the future and I cannot justify a purchase. Not when an easier, cheaper and probably equally as good alternative is there.


    Again….the Kemper Stage is a different thing and might be “future proof” as it fulfills other stuff than profiling.