please please please
The music may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I thought I’d post here since the KPA is all over the record.
I’ve always loved ‘Rule The World’
Even when it came out and I was into metal, I could tell it was just a great track. Great melodies, hooks, lyrics, performance etc.
They did a great job on it here, and the Kemper sounded great.
No bassist though? Was I missing something?
Looks like both guitarists are using them.
I could make a video showing the apple touch code and post it but it does not matter.
Please post the video.
I have never experienced this phenomenon, and it seems no one else has either.
Some of the things Apple does badly (in case Kemper engrs are reading this):
1) When you press your finger onto the screen, they read this too fast. So as your finger smushes into the screen they read this as a swipe which results in the UI doing nothing or going into swipe mode and a phone getting tossed into a wall.
2) They have code that looks at the angle your finger is pressing. So in portrait mode your finger has to be in portrait mode also or no touch happens. This would make me smash my Kemper if I am balancing a guitar, wearing headphones, and reach over to make a change and it doesn't register because I am at a 15 degree angle.
I have never #1 in any disqualifying or even irritating amount.
I have never experienced #2 at all. Not once. And I’ve been using iPhones since the very first model.
…one thing that did strike me as potentially very good design was the way that the footswitches all serve a dual function as physical knobs for data entry.
They worked great. In fact I used them for dialing in values more than the touchscreen. You can certainly use the screen to turn virtual knobs and it worked fine, but I preferred the foot switch/knobs.
But the touchscreen was amazing for quickly getting to different section like the outputs etc, and seeing everything on one page. Truly brilliant in fact.
The mixed approach of touchscreen and physical knobs is the sweet spot, IMO.
A touch screen is the last thing I think of when I think about the long list of most important things that really should be developed, improved and fixed in a generation II. It would be handy and nice to have, though.
Being a former QC owner, I can say that in my opinion a touchscreen would be a very welcome addition to the Kemper world.
The touchscreen on my QC was very responsive. I didn’t have any of the problems that people here are worrying about.
And it could be optional, of course. If Kemper implements a touchscreen, I hope they would make all the functions available via buttons and knobs as well, for those who do not like to use touchscreens.
I would like an FM9.
I love my Kemper. I have a powered rack, but I never use the power amp (I thought I would use the KPA live, but digital still doesn’t do it for me) so I may trade it in for a Stage.
Since I only use my digital solutions (KPA, Amplitube) for recording purposes and playing at home, I would like an FM9 to supplement. I sometimes find that profiles are not great for a song, and tweaking them too much starts to sound weird to me. In those instances the ‘modeling’ paradigm would make sense.
Amplitube is great for this and I’m pretty happy with it, but I am Fractal curious.
That the KPA is still very relevant after 10 years is a remarkable achievement.
That said, the unit could use a refresh or a v.2
The modulation effects need updating.
The UI needs updating. I will get some pushback here, but the UI on the QC really is the best thing going right now.
I know CK has stated that the profiling process can’t be improved, but I have my doubts that he really believes that.
second post should have been “different strokes” and then /thread
I was thinking I might sell my KPA (rack) as I want a more portable digital amp to take on the deck and elsewhere around the house, and maybe even some gigs (although I have not had luck with digital solutions in a live setting, even the KPA)
The FM9 was my first consideration but it seems to be huge. I think it’s even wider than my KPA rack.
Maybe an FM3 with a small 3 button midi controller on a small board, but I worry (a little) about processing power.
Ok Team Kemper…it’s time to release a full KPA that will run on my iPad
I had a love/not-love relationship with my QC when I had it.
My opinions are based *only* on recording and playing at home. I do not use digital solutions for live playing. Kemper, Line6, Neural…doesn’t matter. I just can’t get it to work for me.
The UI is brilliant imo…the best in the biz. I found everything to be so quick and easy. Zero problems with the touchscreen.
The models and captures sounded great, but the models weren’t as nice as I had hoped. I wanted a modeler for recording when I wasn’t getting what I needed from the KPA. I know that many people think KPA profiles are very tweakable, and they are, but I think when you get too far from the original profile things start to sound unnatural. So I was hoping models would fill in the gaps. The QC models sounded quite good actually, but it still wasn’t what I was hoping. I’ve never tried a Fractal product. Maybe I’m just not a modeling guy.
My main gripe was that the unit was noisy. Granted, my Kemper can be noisy as well if using a higher gain profile. But the Kemper is far away from my computer monitor and I use the Editor to control it. Since there is no PC editor for the QC yet, it had to be right on my desktop near my monitor/computer, and I think that was the main difference. It was just picking up a ton of noise due to proximity whereas the Kemper is a good distance away. Also, I primarily use a Strat so that isn’t helping the issue. But Neural should have had a desktop editor at launch (same with the KPA!)
I think it’s very likely that I will try it again someday when it has matured and when they’ve added an editor, and upgraded some of the effects.
I really hope the modulation effects get a full upgrade soon. They aren’t bad but I can’t get a good Univibe sound to save my life. And the rotary is workable but not very inspiring imo.
I do like the phaser and use it quite a bit, although again I think it could be better.
Tremolo is fine.
I’m not a chorus or flanger guy so I don’t have much of an opinion there.
Please Kemper…hit those mod effects next!
The drives, reverbs, and delays have received some very nice updates. And the new fuzz is pretty darn good for a digital fuzz.
I think the modulation effects are ok, but they need an update as well imo.
As an owner of both the Kemper and the QC, I will say that the UI on the QC beats the Kemper and everything else on the market, hands down no questions.
But the Kemper UI is very usable, and now with the Editor it has become much easier.
But I would like a 2nd generation Kemper with a smaller form factor and a touchscreen.