Posts by sambrox

    Sambrox,
    What versions of windows are you using on parallels 7? Please let me know how this works for you? Does preview work?


    Thanks,
    Dave


    It. Is. Awesome!!!


    I'm using Windows 7 on OSX 10.6.8
    Preview on Rig Exchange works a treat. I've encountered 1 bug so far; previewing with All Rigs checked suddenly jumped about 20 rigs back when I hit a rig that was already on my Profiler and kept looping back when I got back to that same rig. Easily fixed, I just selected Rig Exchange to browse those rigs exclusively.


    Cheers,
    Sam


    Ps it really is worth the admission alone, so to speak. I don't care if nothing else works, it's FANTASTIC!!!


    Edit: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit!

    Finally got around to installing Parallels 7 after purchasing it 2 years ago (I KNEW I'd have reason to run Windows someday, haha!). Rig Manager has just installed and is syncing with the Rig Exchange and I am giddy as a kid at Christmas! Can't wait to try the new preview feature!


    Bugs at this stage I can sure as heck live with when the new feature is such a KILLER!


    Cheers,
    Sam

    ...if you enabled the spring reverb, you couldn't use X/Mod.


    I, for one, would willingly sacrifice X/Mod for Spring Reverb, if that was the trade-off. Most genres and tones that benefit from a bit of spring reverb don't lend themselves very well to the likes of effects that the X and Mod slots were intended for (although I'd probably miss the option of post-stack EQ… a little bit, anyway;-)


    Cheers,
    Sam

    For me, it's the only thing seriously missing from the Profiler, and I can't quite understand why other more niche effects have obviously been given greater priority. At its core, the Profiler is intended to profile tube amps, many of which have spring reverb tanks which are an integral part of their sound. Therefore, the Profiler can't actually be considered a true, 100% replacement for those amps without some kind of spring reverb effect built in, thereby failing in its core purpose. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE my Kemper, but am not fond of the messy and botchy workarounds I've been forced to come up with up to now. What I'd like to know is whether it's being worked on and how highly prioritised it is. I know if CK and co. put their minds to it it'd be a kickass emulation, so I don't want to have to shell out an extra £200 on a Carl Martin Headroom...


    Cheers,
    Sam

    I sold my Mesa Boogie V-Twin Rackmount and 20/20 Poweramp (silver face). Still have my mid-90's AC30TBX with greenbacks, though I'd sell that too, if it wasn't for the need to repair it first...


    Cheers,
    Sam

    Hi Manchild. I have one of these that I use with my PowerRack, play almost exclusively Fender profiles, and I haven't had a problem. In fact, the lead guitarist in a surf band I play with (who's a bit of a purist and plays through an original Super Six from the 60's) commented on how great it sounded at a small gig we played the other night. The 60's Deluxe Reverb I usually use is being serviced, you see. (By the way, if anyone's interested, I used my Strymon El Capistan on the shortest delay possible with the spring reverb emulation turned fully up and the mix knob at 12 o'clock in a stomp slot as a mono loop, to get that surf reverb wash in the absence of a spring reverb in the Kemper. Bit of a blag, but it sounded pretty damn good!)


    Cheers,
    Sam

    Here's a great trick for multimic setups that a guy called Jack Ruston wrote for Sound on Sound. It's helped me hugely!


    Link


    Basically, you use the first mic to get the best sound that you can (using any of the methods mentioned in the other replies, for example) ie closest to the sound that you hear in the room coming from the cab. Then you phase invert the preamp of the second mic and position it so that you get most cancellation. Typically, you'll need someone else's help for this or a reamper as Jack suggests, although you can get around it by putting a long, clean delay (more than a couple of seconds) between the guitar and amp and using a set of closed headphones in the live room. That way you can strum a bit and then position the mic once the signal hits the amp. Depending on the types of mic used, you'll find the best result will be when the sum of the first mic and the phase-inverted mic sounds thinnest and wimpiest. All that's left to do is to re-invert the second preamp and hey presto! Instant thick, gratifying tone (as long as the original tone from the amp is thick and gratifying, haha!).


    Cheers,
    Sam

    OK, so here are the first profiles from my very first profiling session. I'm afraid that my Mesa Boogie V-Twin needs a bit of love and care (lesson : NEVER leave your gear in a damp attic for years...!), so these are just what I could get out of it before it started to make too many funny noises (the power connector needs resoldering and all pots need cleaning). They're quite usable, though. The Drive1 profile however isn't quite the sound that was coming out of the original; the Kemper didn't seem able to capture a fuzzy oversaturation in the low end, but that'll be work for another time when the amp is healthier. All in all, it was a very exciting and satisfying exercise! :-)


    Info about the profiling conditions :


    Profiled using an American Standard Telecaster (single coils) into a Mesa Boogie V-Twin rackmount, Mesa Boogie 20/20 Poweramp (silverface), through a Marshall 1936 2X12 in mono (8 Ohms). Recorded using a blend of Shure SM57 and Røde NTK mics through SSL Super Analogue pres, at a distance of just about two inches from the cone.


    Hope you enjoy them!


    Cheers,
    Sam


    PROFILES!!!!


    ps. also uploaded to Rigexchange

    Thanks a lot, guys.


    I'm falling deeper and deeper in love with my Kemper! Now I just need my controller and case to arrive and I'll be over the moon.
    I'm planning on making my first few profiles this weekend, I'll post when they're up on the profile exchange. Would be great to find out what you guys think:-)
    For the record, I'll be using SSL pres, SM57, AKG C414 B-ULS and Røde NTK mics (separately and in tandem) to capture the amp. Should be interesting!


    Cheers,
    Sam

    Hello all!


    I bought my PowerRack 10 days ago, after months of salivating over the prospect of a Kemper with built in power amp, then 3 months of trying to find a way to convince the missus that I HAD to have one, hehe. My rack case and controller are on order, however I already gigged with it on Friday, using it in conjunction with my conventional pedalboard set up, in the place of my regular amp through a Marshall 1936 2X12. After switching off the cab sim and tweaking the low end a little, it sounded awesome playing through a Twin profile. Fantastic stuff!


    I'm still working through the manual (haven't really touched the effects yet!), and sometime this weekend I'm going to take it in to the studio to profile my Mesa Boogie V-Twin => Mesa 20/20 system through a couple of different cabs and mics, before flogging the Mesa gear on Ebay! Even if it only did amp profiling, I'm already totally content with my PowerRack. Despite certain Internet opinions, it really works! If it didn't, I'd be making use of the 14-days return policy, that's for sure.


    As the owner of my own small studio, juggling making music for media whilst producing up-and-coming bands on the side, as well as playing the odd session gig, the Kemper on paper fits my needs perfectly. Time will tell, but I'm extremely confident that that will prove to be the case. Even if it doesn't, it's a hell of a fun piece of kit!


    Cheers,
    Sam