Posts by Jimi71

    Wow, fender1971, great playing! Which profile were you using?


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    Hey Kemper Fans,


    Our Brown Sound Pack is now available (14 profiles) at http://www.topjimi.com


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    In this pack we're seeking to recreate the "Brown" sound heard on the early Van Halen recordings


    Speakers Used During the Profiling Process: 1967 Celestion 20W Greenback, Celestion Vintage 30 (paired with Greenback for VH I profiles)


    Gain Range (Scale: 0 to 10): 6 to 7


    Profile Type: Studio, Merged


    These profiles capture Eddie's "Brown Sound" heard on the early Van Halen records, from Van Halen I up to 1984. The Brown Sound has always been my favorite guitar tone, and I've been working to capture it for about 20 years. We recreated his rig as best we possibly could, with the exception of the JBL speaker mixed with the Celestion on the VH I album. The JBL just didn't sound right, so we substituted a Vintage 30 instead, which worked great. We tweaked the rig and created separate profiles to account for the differences in guitar tone on each album. The Kemper Phaser, Flanger and Delay do an admirable job recreating the old analog effects used in Eddie's rig. The profiles have Phaser, Flanger, Delay and Reverb presets as appropriate for each album.


    Please Note: Obviously, the guitar is a very important part of the signal chain, and differences between guitars will affect the tone. We used Jimi's Les Paul Standard as a neutral reference to build the profiles. If your guitar has a fuller tone, we recommend increasing the Treble and Presence together. Try increasing them both by 0.3 and see how that sounds. If your guitar is bright, try reducing the Treble and Presence by 0.3 and go from there.


    Signal Path: Guitar --> Vintage MXR 10-Band EQ --> 1968 Marshall Super Lead using a Variac set to 90V --> Ultimate Attenuator (resistive attenuator + solid state power amp) --> Marshall 4x12 loaded with '67 Celestion 20W Greenback


    -Jimi

    Thanks guys for the great response. To answer a few questions:


    - The profile labels correspond to the VH albums. We tailored the sound of each profile to the album.


    VH I = Van Halen I
    VH II = Van Halen II
    WACF = Women and Children First
    FW = Fair Warning
    DD = Diver Down
    1984 = well, 1984


    - It is possible to play the intro to Mean Street using the FW profile without any extra effects. It's what Eddie used. He's just got really strong hands, a bright sounding pickup, and a really resonant guitar (the original Frankenstrat). If you need more gain, I'd create a new profile and increase the gain as desired.


    - If you want to sound like old Eddie, it's best to use a bridge humbucker that's PAF-like with maybe a little higher impedance. I used a PAF with an impedance of about 9K for the demo. The one exception I'm aware of would be Cathedral, where Eddie used a Strat in the studio (and I did as well in the demo).


    -Jimi

    Here's the new demo:

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    Having a blast in the studio today trying to emulate Eddie's early VH rig. Signal path is:


    Vintage MXR Ten Band EQ (the blue one)
    Jimi's '68 Marshall Super Lead
    Variac, running the Marshall at 90V
    Resistive load
    Line out into a solid-state power amp
    '67 Celestion 20W Greenback
    Celestion Vintage 30


    I went out and spent a bunch of money on a vintage JBL D120F, but it sounded nothing like the JBL on the VH 1 album. :cursing: The Vintage 30 did, however.


    Hope to finish profiling today! :thumbup:


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    -Jimi

    We're happy to announce the Top Jimi Low-Power Tweed2 Pack (24 profiles), which seeks to recreate the sound of an original 1959 Fender Deluxe (15 Watts).


    Speakers Used During the Profiling Process: Jensen P12R and Celestion 25W Greenback


    Min to Max Gain Range (Scale: 0 to 10): 0 to 6


    Profile Type: Studio, Merged


    These profiles capture the unmistakable sound of the small late-50's tweed amps. The clean sound is absolutely stunning, and there's plenty of gain available on tap. The use of two types of speakers during the profiling process gives additional tonal flavors. Pair it with a Strat for vintage tonal nirvana!



    Profiles available here


    Thanks,
    Jimi :thumbup:

    Hey Kemper Fans,


    We're happy to announce the release of the Top Jimi PBall Profile pack, which seeks to recreate the sound of an Engl Powerball head (100 Watts).


    Speakers Used During the Profiling Process: Celestion Vintage 30


    Min to Max Gain Range (Scale: 0 to 10): 0 to 8


    Profile Type: Studio, Merged


    These profiles have a very modern tone, with the tone determined primarily by the preamp, not the power amp. Perfect for today's rock and metal players. I think the clean tone is very impressive as well. They work with humbucker or single-coil equipped guitars.



    Profiles available here


    Thanks, and let us know what you think!


    -Jimi

    We're happy to announce the availability of a new profile pack for the Kemper Profiling Amplifier -- the Stevens 100 Pack. These profiles seek to recreate the sound of a Friedman SS-100 (Steve Stevens signature model) 100 Watt amplifier.

    Speakers Used During the Profiling Process: Celestion 25W Greenback and Celestion Vintage 30

    Min to Max Gain Range (Scale: 0 to 10): 0 to 8

    Profile Type: Studio, Merged

    Comments: To me, these profiles are a perfect combination of vintage and modern guitar tone. The bottom end is tight. The profiles are dialed-in for humbucker-equipped guitars, but you can get great tone from single-coil guitars by reducing the Treble and Presence each by about 0.8.

    Friedman SS-100 Background Info: Dave Friedman’s first signature amplifier, the SS-100 was created to guitarist extraordinaire Steve Stevens’ exacting tonal demands. The SS100 is a 100-watt, EL34 powered, two channel tone machine.


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    Profiles available here


    Thanks, and let us know what you think! :thumbup:


    -Jimi



    Top Jimi Enterprises, LLC is in no way affiliated with Friedman Amplification or Celestion International Ltd. Any mention of "Friedman", "SS-100" or "Celestion" is strictly for comparison purposes.

    Friedman Steve Stevens profiles are almost done. Here's a teaser...


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    -Jimi

    Kemper Fans,


    We're happy to announce the availability of profiles made from an original 1965 Fender Super Reverb (not the reissue) from a private collection.


    20 Profiles


    Gain Range: Clean to mild overdrive


    Speaker: 10" Ceramic


    Profile Type: Studio, Merged


    The amp features the original 10" ceramic speakers, and is rated at approximately 40W. I've had a man crush on this amp for quite some time, so we were thirilled to profile another original specimen.


    The amp has a somewhat brittle clean tone. When you turn up the volume past about 4 out of 10, the amp starts to break up with the beautiful, full tone that this amp is known for. Definitely not an apartment amp, and is better suited for loud stages. If you love Texas Blues, look no further. It's hard not to play Stevie Ray Vaughan, who often played this model Fender, when plugged into this amp with a Stratocaster!


    We've created profiles for both single coil and humbucker-equipped guitars.



    Profiles available HERE


    Let us know what you think!


    Thanks,
    Jimi :thumbup:

    Kemper Fans,


    We're happy to announce an updated profile pack made from an original 1959 Fender 5F8-A Twin! We've updated the profile pack with merged profiles, improved mic techniques, and a different speaker.

    Back in the day this was Fender's amp for the big stages. Designed to give lots of clean headroom at high volumes, it still gives a moderate overdrive when cranked up. This example is an all-original specimen from a collector's treasure trove.

    We got better tones using Celestion Greenbacks instead of the original Jensen P12Q speakers. This is a common mod done to these amps (ask Joe Bonamassa or Keith Richards). Gives the tone more mids with less highs and lows, and a smoother breakup.

    20 profiles

    Gain Range: Clean to moderate overdrive

    Speaker: Celestion Greenback

    Profile Type: Studio, merged

    Includes merged profiles compatible with Kemper firmware 3.0 and above.


    Profiles available here


    Keep rockin',
    Jimi