Posts by scratch17

    The Rack must be master, with the Axe FX 3 as slave to connect with S/PDIF. If the Axe FX 3 can operate as a slave. this connection method will work. If not, you bought the wrong Kemper model. The Stage can be either master or slave.

    Ability to separate pre-amp and power amp or combine power amp and cabs

    This would offer much more accurate options for live rig . Having the ability to monitor pre amp only no power amp no cab simulation into a tube amp and real cabs on stage, sending front master the pre amp> power amp- cab instead of pre-amp power-amp >cab option.

    I have good news for you.

    You can create a profile of a preamp. Read the manual. It describes the procedure required to create a preamp profile.

    Load the preamp profile and output the Kemper into a tube amp connected to a speaker cab. You have exactly what you want.

    However, you can't create a separate preamp profile and a separate power amp profile and load both into a single Kemper. You'd need two Kempers to do that.

    For example, say you wanted to create a profile of the Twin/Deluxe (T/DLX) module of the Synergy system and send it to a profile of a Mesa California Tweed power amp. The Mesa amp's section uses 6V6 tubes which can be set up in various ways.

    From the Mesa web site:


    The all-tube California Tweed is powered by 4x6V6 Power Tubes and our Multi-Watt™ Power Amp, featuring Duo-Class™ and Dyna-Watt™ technologies, provides five power levels, two operating-classes and three wiring options via a single 5-Way Rotary Switch!

    Obviously, you could create a profile of the Synergy T/DLX preamp module, load it into the Kemper, and feed the Kemper's output into the return of the California Tweed.

    But you'd still need to turn the switch to change the power amp's settings. That's not a good thing to try in mid performance.

    So let's say you create 5 profiles of the Cali Tweed's amp, each with a different switch setting. Again, that is perfectly possible.

    The issue is that a preamp profile is a rig. And so is a power amp profile. That's why to use both a preamp and a power amp profile, you'd need to use two Kempers connected in series.

    People made a great careers out of twiddling knobs.

    I can no longer play guitar as well as I was able to play just 5 years ago. In my case it is the result of ulnar nerve

    issues in both arms. Sadly, ulnar redirection surgery two years ago was unsuccessful.

    However, I can still 'twiddle knobs', so I haven't sold my studio or my guitars.

    Creating tone that stands out can be as valuable to the success of a piece of music as the melody and lyrics.

    Having said that, I know a very successful hooker that has retired to Tahiti from the money

    she made from her career of twiddling knobs.

    Is this similar to the Powercab?


    From the 2019 NAMM recap with news of the Kemper Kabinet:

    The Powecab works with any modeler.

    The Kemper Kabinet is designed to work specifically with Kemper rigs, as an integral part of the rig.

    What tube amp are you using? Until you tell us specifically, we cannot know what your

    hardware is capable of and what its limitations might be. Even if there are some limitations,

    there may be workarounds.

    Also, it might help if you describe your cabling; both method and type.

    Please be specific.

    No matter the form factor (Rack, Toaster, Stage) a single Kemper can not create a parallel path with two separate rigs. With two Kempers, what you want is easily doable.

    The vast majority of members of this forum are fanboys because the Kemper does what it does so very well.

    Having said that, I'd say that there is a huge variance in how members use their Kempers, what features they like and don't like, and whether they would ever want to use two Kempers to do some creative (but complex) sound paintings.

    In my case, I think that Kempers are like potato chips. Once you try one...

    Brand new from RJM:

    What's new about this model?

    The big new feature is the ability to rearrange loop order. Your effects can automatically be placed in a different order for each preset. Aside from that, it's smaller and less expensive than the original Mastermind PBC, making it more suitable for smaller pedalboards.

    What are its main tech specs?

    • 6 audio loops
    • 1 insert loop, which can be used for a 7th effect, a split point for the 4 cable method or other special routing arrangements
    • 3 loops and the insert loop are switchable between mono and stereo
    • Programmable loop order per preset
    • 1 switchable buffer at the input, and 1 buffer in the insert loop
    • Secondary, switchable unbuffered input
    • Expression pedal input
    • External switch input accepts 1 or 2 button switch
    • Function switch output which can control channel switching on some amps, or additional feature switching on select pedals
    • MIDI output jack, which can be split into an input and output using a Y cable
    • USB connector for connection to a computer to use with our Mastermind Editor or DAW software
    • Easy to read LCD screen displays preset and song names
    • Built-in tuner
    • Fully user configurable using the Mastermind Editor software
    • Extensive MIDI support (the same as our other Masterminds)
    • Built in support for many popular MIDI devices

    Why is it called PBC/6X?

    The "X" indicates that this is a matrix switcher, which means that you can change the order of loops. We wanted to differentiate the PBC/6X from the PBC/10, which is a relay switcher.

    Is the PBC/10 going to be discontinued?

    No, we're selling both PBC models.

    Will there be a PBC/10X?

    We haven't decided that yet. We'd love to hear your opinion on this!

    Can I upgrade my original PBC to have loop reordering?

    Sorry, no, that would require a complete redesign.

    Why would I want the PBC/6X over the PBC/10?

    • The PBC/6X is smaller, which allows it to fit on smaller pedalboards (or allows you to put more pedals on a big board!)
    • The PBC/6X is less expensive
    • The PBC/6X has the ability to change its loop order on the fly

    Why would I want the PBC/10 over the PBC/6X?

    • The PBC/10 has more: 10 audio loops (4 stereo), 2 insert points, 3 buffers, 4 function switches, 11 buttons
    • The PBC/10 has an internal line mixer that allows you to use parallel effect routing
    • The PBC/10 has individual left and right outputs, and the right output has an isolation transformer and phase switch
    • The PBC/10's layout has more space in between buttons and a larger LCD
    • The PBC/10 uses relay switching which allows you to use it without any buffers. Matrix switching needs a buffer in front of it when used with a standard guitar

    In short, if small size, lower cost or loop reordering are a priority, the PBC/6X is probably a better choice. If you are planning a larger pedalboard with extensive use of stereo effects and parallel routing, then the PBC/10 is what you're looking for.

    Why is there no line mixer / parallel capability in the PBC/6X?

    The primary goal was to have a smaller, less expensive PBC. Adding an internal line mixer would interfere with both of those goals. You can use our Mini Line Mixer in conjunction with the PBC/6X to get up to three loops in parallel. You won't be able to switch between series and parallel on the fly - you'll get full time parallel routing for the loops connected to the mixer.

    What are the dimensions and weight of the PBC/6X?

    Dimensions: 10.1 x 4.4 x 2.4 inches (25.7 x 11.1 x 6.1 cm)

    Weight: 2 lb (0.9 kg)

    This has an editor that like the MMGT series is easy to use, quick to set up with its many fully implemented devices.

    Yes, the Kemper is supported.

    Even if you already own a Stage or a Rack/Toaster with a Kemper Remote, this will add tons of functionality.

    So say you have a Remote or a Stage, what good is having more buttons? How about leaving the Kemper's

    overall control with the Stage or Remote and dedicate the PBC/6X to individual stomps?

    And for anyone with pedals, guitar preamps, multi-effects units, the possibilities are endless for mixing and matching gear.

    And reordering your gear on the fly.

    Has anyone seen any Neural DSP cracks?? ...... nope. Why? They got it right by using ilok. ilok happens to be very secure right now. If piracy was such an issue in 2019, then I guess there would be no plugin companies right? Obviously this thread, among all the others about the subject, is to hopefully get Kemper to consider that direction.

    If you knew some of the coders I met in school, you wouldn't bank online, use social media or trust

    your hardware product in a plugin release.

    Just because you have identified a potential market, it doesn't mean it is wise to enter it. A plugin would

    cannibalize hardware sales. That would make hardware more costly to manufacture. And there is no guarantee

    a plugin would have as great a profit margin as the hardware you are already selling.

    That's a lose / lose strategy.

    As for the Kone, it only seems like three of us here are planning on buying it on day 1. I'm not hearing much hype about it anywhere else. Also lots of discussion about other recent FRFR/cab purchases by users here, don't know why anyone would buy anything until this is released and reviewed. Oh well, too bad for them

    I want both a Kemper Kabinet and a FRFR.

    Certain profile types like Studio and Merged might actually sound better with a FRFR. Adding speaker emulation DSP might be detrimental to the overall sound. But a DAP with a Kemper Kabinet might be heavenly.

    The thought of hearing the Kemper as it is intended to be heared, through an engineered solution designed by the OEM, has me about as excited as I was when the Kemper was first announced.

    The use of a DAP and a traditional guitar cabinet should get just as close to 'amp in the room' sound as a DAP with the Kemper Kabinet. The difference between the two would be negligible assuming the Kemper technology gets really close to modeling the speaker types they include.

    There is nothing inherently better about the technology of modeling a Vintage 30 in a 1 x 12 cab, than using a real Vintage 30 in the same cab. So I doubt it will get you any closer to what you conceive of as "hearing the Kemper as it is intended to be heard". You just won't need as many real cabs to cover the modeled speakers offered by the Kemper technology.

    One of the areas that has not been addressed with the Kemper Kabinet is ports, open backs, and specific cabinet dimensions and designs (think Thiele, for example). I doubt that these parameters will be included in the initial models.

    Another parameter which might be desirable would be speaker loading. Using a 16 ohm cab with an 8 ohm output will definitely sound different than an 8 ohm load. So will using a 2 ohm load with an 8 ohm output. It might be a nice parameter to have available. Since the loading would only be modeled as a sound quality parameter, there would be no electrical downside. The actual cab will always provide the nominal load to the amplifier that it is designed to handle.

    Finally, Kemper, please add a Polytone driver to the models list. Kemper Kones should be able to help with jazz tones too.8)

    I own one Friedman product. I think he is one great amp designer, and as such I respect his opinion when it comes to amp design.

    So if I ever get a Synergy modular preampp, I plan on buying a few of the modules he has designed.

    I also get where his comments in his video in the first post in this thread are coming from.

    My one current Friedman product is a UAD Unison plugin amp simulation of the Dirty Shirley and BE-100 amps. I guess he likes digital when he gets paid a royalty.

    As for 'piracy', I could not disagree more. I used to work for Kodak. Remember them? They sold analog film and the cameras that you had to buy to make pretty pictures. Now they are gone because digital technology made film obsolete. Are digital camera manufacturers committing piracy too?

    The Kemper is often refereed to as taking a 'snapshot' of the sound of an amp. How ironic is that?

    I use a Universal Audio Apollo. There are 17 studio compressors / limiters available such as Empirical Labs Distressor, DBX 160, Teletronix LA-2A, and 3A, UA 1176, Manley Variable Mu, SummitTLA-100A, Tube Tech CL-1B, API 2500, Neve, SSL, Vertigo, Elysia , etc.

    These can all be run in real time with near zero (< 2ms) latency.

    If you need to use these live with snapshots, they also run on Universal Audio's LiveRack platform.

    the ability to store those into a stomp slot so that it could be used in conjunction with any amp profile I chose to use. My gut says that perhaps this is outside the scope of what the Kemper can do, but if someone has alternative info, I'd love to know that.

    The real issue is that you cannot store a profile in a stomp slot. A profile can only be loaded into the stack. So if you made a direct amp profile of an overdrive pedal by itself, it could only be loaded into the stack. And as sambrox noted above, you cannot have dual amp profiles.

    You can, however, load a DAP of an overdrive pedal into a Kemper, and then load a DAP, Studio, or Merged profile into a second Kemper, connecting them serially.

    Kemper 1 loaded with overdrive --> Kemper 2 loaded with a profile of an amp

    The arrow would represent the analog or S/PDIF connection between the two Kempers.

    A few companies over the years have nailed it. Mackie manuals, back in Greg Mackie's day, were comprehensive, accurate and written with a sense of humor that managed to entertain without getting in the way

    I learned more about ITB setup from Mackie mixer manuals than I did reading any DAW documentation. Maybe because I grew up with analog mixers the mackie manuals made more sense to me. BTW, you can find many of them online.

    Maybe someone who designs and builds amps can confirm if this effect is also at play between pre and power amp sections. Assuming it is, it may be part of the reason many people eventually went from rack pre/power amp setups to traditional amp heads.

    Alan, I rarely disagree with you, but I must disagree with this part of your post. And frankly, considering that I know you own a Mesa Stereo 2:90 power amp, I am not sure how you have come to ponder whether there is some truth to that.

    Do you hear a difference between a head and your Mesa rack gear? I sure don't.

    I do agree that by profiling a preamp and a separate power amp, then loading each on two separate Kempers might lose something as the interaction of the electrical systems of the two devices might be lost. But I badly want to try it.

    So I will get a Stage. I want to wait until the OS 7.0 is in full release. I might also wait for a Kemper Kabinet before I buy the Stage. If the Kabinet release drags until next year, I will pull the trigger on the Stage first.

    Once I've purchased a Stage to go with my non powered Rack, I also want to profile my Wheebo Plexface overdrive pedal. I'd load the Plexface profile into the Stage and a DAP into the Rack, connecting them by S/PDIF. I would profile the pedal by itself without a tube amp.

    I suspect the result will be excellent because an overdrive pedal's characteristic sound is by definition extremely close to that of an overdriven tube amp.

    There would be some huge advantages to having multiple profiles of the Plexface (or any overdrive pedal without full MIDI implementation).

    1. You can create presets of as many settings as you want and switch instantly between them.

    2. You can use expression pedals to vary parameters such as drive, volume, EQ, etc.

    Granted, the variable parameters will not be those on the pedal's pots. They will be the ones made available by Kemper. But by doing profiles with various combinations of settings of the pots on the pedal, I can come close to capturing the sound of the pedal with lots of the variations of the pots. That is certainly more parameter control than having to bend over and turn a knob while playing.

    The Plexface has two sections. They can be selected individually or together (connected in series). So it is like two pedals in one.

    It also has a lot of controls that add up to a whole lot of flexibility. There are 6 switches and 6 pots that affect parameters.

    The first section does a switchable model of a '59 or an '87 Plexi, with level, tone and drive controls. The second section has a '57 or a '65 Blackface with volume, treble and bass controls. There is also a switch for flat or pushed midrange and low end that is global to both sections. And there is a switch that changes the power from 9 to 18 volts for added headroom.

    There are even trimmer resistors and pots inside the pedal to fine tune the sound of the Plexface. I haven't played with them, because I love the stock settings. But I plan on trying out some of these adjustments if the profiling works. They'd be just as easy to add to the profile as any other setting.

    So if I can make really accurate profiles of my Plexface I will have far more hands free / instant control over its sounds than what the pedal itself can offer.