Posts by OhG

    I've been anxiously awaiting the official release of the latest OS so I could try the double tracker. For quite some time now, I've been using the Delay Widener set to an intensity of 20 ms to help give some real spacial separation in my in-ears. I run everything in stereo for live performances and using the widener doesn't really have much of an effect out front, but make my in-ears sound/feel better.

    The one thing I wasn't crazy about with the widener is that if I have reverbs or especially delays after it, some of the definition in those either get lost or there is a LITTLE bit of phasey sound in the reverbs. I'm assuming this is because the delay widener is causing the signal to hit the delays and reverbs at slightly different times, so they end up sort of washing over each other.

    I was hoping the Double Tracker might fix that. But after installing it, I honestly don't hear any difference between the Double Tracker and the Delay Widener in terms of effect or getting rid of the phasey stuff. I created a track in Reaper going back and forth between the 2 effects and I couldn't hear any difference at all. Obviously, with the Double Tracker, you can turn up the detune effect, but that sounds worse to me because it sounds almost like a slow panning effect from time to time rather than a detune.

    Just wondering what everyone else's opinions are of this effect so far and if there really is any actual difference between the DT or the DW. For me, I think I'm just going to leave the DW on my rigs since there isn't any noticeable benefit to switching to the Double Tracker.

    And to be clear, I'm not complaining. The Delay Widener allowed me to get rid of the Mimiq pedal I was using in my rig. The Mimic made the in-ears sound great too, but it had a noticeable negative impact on the tone coming from FOH. So either way, I'm happy. Just wondering what the real difference is here between these two effects. Is it just the ability to adjust the detuning and stereo field to 200% (which also negatively impacts the tone)?

    Try your setup plugging in a decent pair of headphones into your IEM receiver. If you like the way that sounds, then the issue is PROBABLY in the quality of your in-ears. If you're using solid headphones and it still sounds weak or high ended, then it could be the profiles themselves that need to be tweaked.

    For reference, I'm using Westone 5-drivers (UM-PRO 50). I've found that triple drivers don't deliver enough bottom end with the bass or kick drum for everything to sound full. Made the move to the 5-drivers and it was like night and day. Definitely improved what I was hearing.

    I've got some standard delays and reverbs set up in the delay and reverb slots. I've noticed that in some rigs, they kind of interfere with each other a bit. For example, my delays aren't very clear and they sort of push into the reverb so that the end result sounds more like the reverb is pulsing a bit rather than being able to clearly hear each individual delay. I know one solution could be to put the reverb first and then the delay, but I'm assuming there must be another technique to solve this problem, otherwise, Kemper wouldn't have put the delay module before the reverb (which is where I agree, it should be).

    Is there some other setting that sort of separates the delay and reverb so that they are more clear rather than mushing them together? I've also noticed that if I use a delay widener in the "X" slot, that also causes my reverb to sound a little off (in a bad way). I'm assuming that's because the delay widener is causing the signal to hit the reverb module at 2 slightly different times, causing a SLIGHT out of phase sort of sound.

    What do you all do to keep your delays and reverbs really defined?

    Answered my own question. I took my buddy's stuff home with me and profiled at my place. Apparently he had some sort of a grounding/equipment hum that we didn't catch (we tried the ground lift option and that didn't work). When I brought everything to my place and profiled, it worked perfectly.

    After owning the Kemper for 5 years or so, I decided to try profiling a friend’s amp. To start, we profiles his Marshall TSL head with a Marshall 4x12 cab. Nothing fancy, just wanted to go through the process.

    My connections were as follows:

    Guitar into Kemper front input

    Direct out into TSL input

    SM57 mic into the Kemper return

    We also ran an XLR cable from the Kemper left out to his mixing board for reference later.

    We went through the profiling process with no problem. And when we were done, we couldn’t hear a difference between the reference amp and the Kemper profile, which is a good thing.

    However, what we noticed is that if we plugged directly into the Marshall, the tone was more full. When I took the same cable and plugged it into the Kemper (meaning, running through the Kemper and then using the direct out to get to the Marshall’s input), there was more noise, less bottom end and a little more quacky mid-range introduced. This is all before the profiling even began.

    So the end result was that the Kemper did match that quacky/less full sounding tone. But not the actual tone of what the amp really sounded like when it was mic’d and fed straight to the board rather than through the Kemper.

    What could be causing the Kemper to introduce noise as well as extra tone coloration before the profiling process even happens? Are my outputs supposed to be set to anything specific?

    So in the end, Focusrite customer support helped me out. They are amazing by the way. They did a screen share with me and walked through everything. I had everything all hooked up correctly. In the end, we just did a factory restore of the Focusrite and that fixed the issue. Glad it was something simple.

    Thanks. If Focusrite support can't help, then I'm going to have to take a look at other interfaces to see if it's just a general Focusrite or Focusrite Control issue. If it is, I'll end up getting a new interface. I'm thinking that is where I'm headed because the tests that I've done are leading me to believe the problem is somewhere in the Focusrite stuff.

    I would suggest doing something a little more scientific. Get a software that can generate whitenois and frequency sweep. or create a WAV file online with whitnoise or frequency sweep. I use the Room EQ Wizard program , with which I also measured my home studio.

    You do a loopback (connect the output of your interfaces to the input or use the audio output of your Mac / PC and connect this to the input of your interface).

    And now you measure each whitnoise and frequency sweep.

    How exactly does that work ...

    Ok, but what exactly would this do for me? I'm not incredibly knowledgeable when it comes to these types of things. I ran the REQ as you mentioned but I have no idea what I'm looking for in the results. Or how it'd even apply to my particular situation. How would this help me determine why I'm losing a little high end and clarity whenever I run into the Focusrite Clarett?

    Are you using instrument cables or mic cables to plug in to your interface? If you're plugging an instrument cable into a line input, it will sound really dull and bassy. I have an ID22 with XLR/TRS hybrid inputs and assumed (wrongly) that the TRS inputs were instrument level and they are not, they're at line level. Instrument into line level won't sound good.

    I'm using XLR (mic) cables. I've also got SPDIF hooked up which is 100% digital. And I've tried 1/4" cables. It's definitely not a cable issue.

    I know most people use an interface when recording (I do too), but is there any way to record a signal directly from the Kemper to a Mac? I'm trying to get the most pure signal from the Kemper to my Mac and I'm 100% convinced that I'm losing some sort of high end or clarity when I have to run it through my Focusrite.

    I tested hooking up my Kemper directly to my monitors vs going through my Focusrite Clarett and then into the DAW and monitors. Going directly into the monitors kept the clarity. So it's definitely either an issue with several Focusrite Interfaces or the Focusrite Control software that is causing some of the clarity to disappear.

    The odd issue is that this same issue happened with a previous Focusrite interface (the Saffire). So I don't think it's a "faulty" interface because the exact same thing happened with my previous one before I upgraded to the Clarett. It's also not a case of a bad headphone output on the Clarett because this issue happens with all outputs (headphone, SPDIF, 1/4").

    It's also not a DAW issue because the same issue happens in both Reaper and Garage Band.

    So it's either a matter of all Focusrite interfaces coloring the sound. Or there is a setting in my Focusrite Control software that is causing this. But I don't have any idea what it could be. All inputs and outputs are working as they should and sending signal. There is no EQ settings in the Focusrite Control. And I've got my DAW, Kemper and Focusrite Control all set to 44,100.

    I'm completely stumped and it's annoying because I see all of these YouTube videos with people posting the most amazing sounds (which I can get live), but my recordings sound nothing like those in terms of clarity, before or after EQ'ing.