Posts by davec69

    Lots of drama with that band apparently. They've gone through lineup changes, fan revolts, ect. Used to be a cute gimmicky thing.

    Looks like now they are using older girls, maybe in a effort make it more legit. The musicians have always been solid.

    First time since 2012, that I've accidentally fired up the looper at a gig, so it's not a problem. I'll just refresh myself on the pedal mappings. The main problem was determining what was actually happening at the moment. I thought my KPA was possessed. Having a panic button, in my opinion would have helped.

    Any button combinations on the KPA, which act as a "Panic Button"? It's pretty common in midi keyboards/synths, which on occasion have midi glitches which can result in stuck notes, random noises, stuck loops, ect. Kind of a last resort reset button, when nothing else is working. It would be nice if we could had similar for the KPA.

    Ok, so what happened was ;-)........during my last gig, i managed to activate the looper by accident, which resulted in a random guitar lick being recorded, which repeated about every 15 seconds or so. So, as I'm playing the next song, I hear this random chord jumping out every few seconds. It took a while to figure out what was going on, then since I rarely use the looper. (I have a Behirnger Foot Controller with EurekaProm, btw) another couple minutes to figure out how to stop it.

    A "Panic Button" or button combination on the front panel would have helped a lot.

    Agree with the comments below. You really need to hear them both.

    For my personal monitors, I started with the JBL 308's, but I felt they were too clinical sounding for my taste. I ended up trading them for a pair of Yamaha HS7's, (I didn't need the extra bottom end from the HS8) and haven't looked back.

    Let me say, that I mixed in studios for many years, on Yamaha NS10's, so I may be a little biased.

    The JBL's to me, just seemed a little too polished. Great sound, but it didn't translate well on other systems.

    Don’t know if this has been mentioned already, but I was watching the Charles Mingus Revisited concert on You Tube just now, mainly because it has that crazy sax guy (Leo P) from the British subway video that went viral a while back, and what do I hear in the symphony, a freaking Gretsch guitar solo with this monster tone. Next to the guy I spot a Kemper, and I want that profile. Man, that sounds killer to me. Check it out here starts around 35:20.

    Personally, I use my KPA's master volume to get a similar effect on purpose. Maybe you don't have enough headroom in whatever you are using as a power amp. Headroom carries all the way through the signal chain, so you should check it at each stage.




    FX Loop


    Power Amp (I use a powered cab)

    Try disabling everything between the input and Power Amp, except the "Stack" section. This should give you the loudest, clearest output from your profile. Then one at a time, turn the other sections on, and note what they do to your overall level. You may find that something in the chain is drastically lowering the overall KPA volume.

    I had a similar problem for a while, and I found out it was a shorted cable in my FX loop, which was causing the problem. Once replaced, the overall volume jumped significantly. I've also had similar findings with stomps (some of which have their own volume) that for some reason had there volume set very low.

    Disabling and starting from just the Stack section should give you some ideas. If there is no problem in the signal chain, you may just need more headroom in whatever amp you are using. This way, you can turn down the KPA master, and still have enough output volume.

    Just headed over to your site to check out the latest profiles, and got the following on your homepage:

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    Just saw a review of this little pedal appear in my YouTube feed, and thought I'd post it here for us KPA users, looking for a backup solution. Looks interesting.

    Apparently, it's a inexpensive Ebay item (around 70.00). Probably from China. The reviewer in the video below says the length is about the same as a wah pedal, and about half the width, which is the main appeal for me (other than the sound).

    Sonicake Twiggy Blues…&rt=nc&LH_TitleDesc=0%7C0

    YouTube Demo Video -

    They also have a higher gain version (Haven't checked this one out yet)

    Sonicake Rockstage…&rt=nc&LH_TitleDesc=0%7C0

    FWIW, I have no experience with these pedals, other than what I see on YouTube, but I am thinking about ordering one.

    Our band recently added Dark Necessities by Red Hot Chili Peppers to our set list. Cool tune. There is a cool stutter/glitch effect which occurs throughout. You can hear it first at the 1:13s mark into the video below.

    There is also a a tutorial by someone using a Boss DD3, but I wasn't able to duplicate his settings in the KPA.

    Anyone have any luck achieving this sound in their KPA, and want to share your settings?

    FWIW, I also have an Eventide H9, gonna give that a shot tonight.

    I spent about an hour yesterday, trying to get my KPA to connect via S/Pdif, to my Roland Quad Capture audio interface. The problem, as it turns out, was the S/Pdif cable that I used, or even more importantly, the fact that it was not actually a S/Pdif cable at all, but instead, a simple RCA audio cable. They both look the same for the most part, but they are not the same.

    When I connected what I thought was a S/Pdif cable, it did work, but only at 44k, turning the sample rate up any higher, and the audio interface and KPA would not sync with each other, at all.

    It seems that you can use a generic RCA audio cable to connect your KPA if, the sample rate is low, and/or the cable is very short. The minute you start increasing the sample rate and/or the cable length, the sync signal quality will start to suffer due to the cable.

    I'm no expert, but I've read that impedance changes with the length of a regular audio cable, so i assume that at some point, the impedance is out of the range required for successful sync between digital audio devices, especially when you start increasing the sample rate.

    The fix? Make sure to use a 75ohm RCA cable to connect your KPA and digital audio interface. These cables are designed so that a 5 foot, 10 foot, or even 25 foot rca cable length, will still have 75ohm impedance, end to end. This will allow for a solid sync connection at any sample rate. I actually used an AV cable that I received with my TV, I think. Those are the red, white and yellow cables that you probably have in a drawer somewhere, around the house. The red and white connectors are for analog audio, Left and right. The yellow connector is 75ohm, for video.

    Again, regular RCA audio cables (short ones), may work fine, but why risk it?

    My biggest help. Don't write songs in the studio. Too many distractions. Mind you, this used to be the general rule, when studio time cost hundreds of dollars an hour. Now days, everyone has a studio in their bedroom, and the concept has been lost.

    I try to get to the basics of the song during the writing process. Makes it much easier to tell if you have a good product.

    When I write in the studio, its on the rare occasion that I'll end up with a complete finished tune. Generally, I'll end up with a song fragment, which I swear I will get back to later, and that rarely ever happens.

    Or, the other thing happens, and 5 minutes into the new song, something stops working as it should, (computer, instrument, Daw software, ect.) and I spend the rest of the evening chasing ghosts around the studio, with the song only a faded memory.

    Nope, not any more. Now, I write songs on guitar or keyboard, away from the studio. Only when I have a complete song on paper, do I take it in the studio. This way, if the studio ghosts do appear, they only get my time, not my song.