I've played guitar for over 20 years, and I have only recently become interested in using more effects pedals. I've always been a big fan of many distortion, fuzz, and overdrive pedals throughout the years. But I never had any interest whatsoever when it came to reverbs, delays, pitch shifters, phasers, chorus, etc....
In short, I have never used anything in my effects loops. That is true for my old tube amps and my kemper.
So anyways, I just got these old analog delay and chorus pedals, and I'm excited to use them with my Kemper in my home studio setup. A few things I would like clarification on before I mess something up:
First of all, how well does the Kemper even take to pedals? The kemper has a pretty sweet arsenal effects built in, so is it even worth it to bother with pedals (especially in a studio setting)?
Next, I understand why I wouldn't want to run the pedals before the kemper. Basically, what I should do is try to run the effects after the amp, but before the cab simulation in the kemper.
That must be what the Sends and Returns are for, right? This is basically just an effects loop?
Also, doesn't the signal get converted after the amp processing? In other words, won't the kemper be sending a line level signal into the delay pedal? isn't that going to be problematic? Does the delay pedal return an instrument level signal into the kemper, and is that problematic? If this stuff ends up in line level, then should I be using a TRS cable, or does it not matter?
What parameters do I need to be mindful of when setting this up? And I mean the parameters on the Kemper. I'm guessing it's not a simple plug and play.
Mono/ stereo... ok so... I might get two chorus pedals eventually. But not yet. And I just want to start with my delay (mono effect).
Since this is for a recording, I thought I would take advantage of the Kempers output routing. I would like to separate the amp sound and the effects, that will just give me more options once it's all in the box. I don't care about doing a DI right now.
My main output will be mono through an XLR. Do I select "Stack" for this output configuration? I've read the manual several times, but I am still confused about the difference between all of these outputs.
For the effects, I am guessing that I should use a mono output, since the pedal outputs in mono. How would I separate this? I could use spdif. Would that work? Do I select the "wet" configuration as the output?
Sorry guys, all these effects shenanigans are part of what kept me away for so long, but I don't want to keep avoiding it. Any help is appreciated.