Posts by Awesome_Elvis

    If you're like me maybe you've experienced what it's like playing direct profiles through a cabinet vs playing merge profiles through a cabinet while trying to also either use the main out to a PA or headphones. Especially when changing the cabinet section while using a regular cabinet with monitor cab off you might have noticed changes in the sound of the profile and how that little difference can keep you up at night when you know that playing direct profiles yield such a wonderful experience. You might have also tried all sorts of things to try and balance this out like I have over the years and I've wondered if it's my cab or my profile or the cab in the profile or the EQ in the output section.

    So! Here's a little tip and trick I figured out today...

    After so much fiddling around I think I may have found a simple solution while waiting for the Kemper cabinets and kone's to become more available. The simple shorthand solution for now that I figured out today is to try to match the sound of the cab in the profile with the cab in the room. Basically if the cab in the profile was kind of dark and warm sounding then I would turn the treble and presence down in the monitor output EQ section and turn the bass up. Opposite of that sometimes I play profiles that are very elastic sounding and have a fair amount of high-end sizzle like clarity. So in this case presents goes up first then treble. Sometimes even in this case I'll turn the bass up as well.

    So obviously when you are in performance mode and you switch to a profile that's completely different cabs sound simulated and the monitor output EQ stays the same this can be conflicting but even then sometimes I find it to be a good sound when the real cab is dark and the profile going to the PA has a lot of sizzle and vice versa.

    Some of you might be thinking that a studio EQ or graphic EQ and the X or mod slot wood also do this and that's true and would be better for each individual preset profile but I sometimes find that the monitor output EQ is better suited to tune the real cab overall.

    This whole idea is also relative to how you feel about the sound of your cabinet in general. Some cabs I have I don't feel the need to add so much extra EQ at the end. Those ones sound the best and so I try to preserve the speakers as much as possible which leads me to use lower tier guitar cabinets and when that happens this little trick helps me a lot. Sorry for the lengthy post, I hope this may help some of you.

    Cheers! 8)

    I'll let someone more tech savvy jump in on this whenever but basically depending on the settings it can introduce anything from a lo fi bit crush sound to a heavy clipping circuit sound and that hairy zizzle sound to your signal path which combined with other gain stages can produce a wide variety of results before and or after the amp stack.

    Extreme settings yield more of a collapsing gain structure sound. Like adding an R anywhere to the word meow.

    One time I got some clean profiles that got louder in volume instead of compressing into distortion when turning the gain up but also causing the output to peak really hard really fast and I could start to hear my speakers burning haha. These profiles were deemed, an error in the code from profiling or something. Still some of my favorite clean profiles to use with a cab though, cheers!

    Yes and no, kinda lol

    I think it depends on the sonic architecture captured in any given profile and the way it relates to the data as it's interpreted by the profiler.

    Some distorted profiles I've had were affected in a different way with clean sense than others.

    I've also had opposite behavior in turning down the dist sense making the gain structure "louder" if that makes sense but on other profiles this would only happen if i turned up.

    i think CK recently said somewhere that the clean sens is a limiter that increases the level of analog signal going into the AD convertors to maximise available headroom. A matching reduction is then applied in the digital domain to maintain the original signal level. The balancing clean and distortion levels was a side effect of the design.

    I saw that he said this too recently, and it got me thinking about it in a different way on how it could benefit changing the sound, feel, structure etc. With past profiles exhibited some rather strange behavior and those being referenced as an error in the data code or something, mixed with changing cabs from DI profiles to merged, to studio then back, I've come to realise that using your ears and tuning in to the ways it feels is always the best move.

    What that means is, if you have a profile that you feel has a less brittle sound when turning the clean sense on a dirty profile then by all means do that regardless of what the manual says or how general consensus on what any given parameter might do or doesnt do as it relates to the situation.

    The manual is a guide and not the actual path itself. (a guide as is, a coworker of truth.) ^;^

    Or something like that :D

    I asked about this once. I think I suggested like a pause phase during profiling so you could get ,pre, power, cab and mic all separate and then add together at the end in different ways. I believe the response I got was they were thinking about it but there was a hardware limitation to overcome because it would be like two or more different profiles at once.