The Boss GT-100 has a polyphonic tuning mode and the awesome feature, that it recognizes if a single or mutiple strings are played and automatically switches between the standard and the polyphonic mode.
During longer distance travels, my six years old son used to ask right after starting the ride "Are we there, yet?" and kept on doing so until arrival. Sometimes this was really annoying for his parents.
Since I very rarely change my cab/IR settings, for my needs good IRs (e.g. Celestion Plus), the free Plugin "LePou LeCab" combined with any good EQ and "Voxengo Deconvolver" do the same job very well.
Another very useful and free tool for creating and editing IRs is "IRWorkshop":
All devices are in neat condition. Used in non smoking environment only.
- Kemper Profiling Amp Rack, unpowered
- many commercial profiles (Rock/Metal)
- wireless system "Beyerdynamic Opus 910"
- MIDI controller "Microdesignum MIDI Grande 8F1D"
- expression pedal "Mission Engineering SP-1"
- pandaMidi "midiBeam", wireless MIDI
- case "Gator GR-6S"
- case with integrated shelf for wireless MIDI board
- breakout-connector for XRL, USB, ...
- switchable power strip
Fixed price: 2500 EUR
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Background information: the Kemper Amp sounds awesome and is totally reliable. But for me it's "too much", I got something smaller and simpler that gives me everything I need.
I am sure, that a software lock would generate a lot of annoying support requests for Kemper: "Please help, I forgot my lock code."
If your Kemper is in a rack, you could completely close the rear side of the rack and then include a key switch for the power connection.
Something like this:
Our singer uses a Shure PSM 300 wireless system with Shure SE425-CL headphones. I haven't checked the sound yet, but he told me several times, that it's outstanding and totally reliable.
I love this song, will check the profile!
Maybe you help yourself by opening the FCB1010 and change cable/pin connection of one of the expression pedal pots!? So you can have one expression pedal in normal and the other in reverse range.
I like the polyphonic tuner of the TC Polytune, Korg Pitchblack Desktop and also Boss GT-100. Would be nice to have such an option for the Kemper, too.
A possibility to set semitones offset or other tunings (e.g. drop d) would be great.
The "Alfa Network APOE03" (use Google) is a battery powered PoE injector that can be operated in a wide voltage range. The VAP11G-300 needs 5V and it's easy to find totally cheap step-down modules at eBay.
So if e.g. 12V PoE would be suitable for the Kemper remote any good 12V/~5Ah battery should fit to power both devices.
Using two VAP11G-300 configured to work in bridge-mode might work... as shown on this example for surveillance cameras:
At the Kemper amp's site it should be easy to connect the network and use a simple USB power-supply for the VAP11G-300.
The real challange will be the PoE-part for the Kemper remote. I guess it would be nice to have just a single battery for the PoE-injector and the VAP11G-300.
If you can find a way to do this for ethernet ( i.e. for the remote) you would be my friend forever...the remote for me is brilliant but it would be even better if totally wireless!
I don't own or use the Kemper remote, but to set up a wireless connection with it I'd try to use:
- wireless ethernet bridge (e.g. VAP11G-300, look at eBay)
- battery powered PoE injector (look at eBay)
- eventually an old wifi-router (disable DHCP here!)
This is just an idea, no recommendation for a working system
The Kemper tuner can be displayed with the LEDs of the Microdesignum MIDI Grande:
As I don't need morphing or the looper, I don't know, if this would work. Everything in the Kemper, that can be controlled via MIDI, should work with the MIDI Grande.
How to control the looper is explained here:
I have been using the Kemper for 4 years now and the sound, usability and reliability is perfect for me. I don't have the Kemper remote, but use a MIDI footswitch (Microdesignum MIDI Grande), which works great.
As I only need about 5 sounds with no special effects I learned, that the Kemper is a bit "overkill" for my needs.
My band's other guitar player uses a Boss GT-100 and with some tweaking we got totally awesome sounds out of it... slightly different compared to the Kemper, but not worse. In the band context it's impossible to tell which is the Kemper or the GT-100.
Same for a Digitech GSP1101 and with just little limitations even a cheap Boss GT-1. With proper tweaking they can sound really good.
I'll keep my Kemper, but if I wanted to buy a new amp/modeler today, I'd think twice, if it would really be necessary for my needs.
I use an about 10 years old 1st generation i3 wih 8 GB, SSD, Windows 7 and Cubase 8. No problem to record 32 tracks simultaneously.
For mobile recording I use an old Lenovo T400 with Core2Duo, works also great.
I had a similar problem with a no-name (but really good) China Les Paul, which has very strong bass frequencies and with the original pickups the sound also was muddy. I replaced them with Carvin/Kiesel C22B / C22N and now it sounds very well balanced, great for rock & classic metal.
Hi Sercho, great decision to play the guitar again
Finding the right PU can be a science and in the end it's just a matter of your personal taste. If you have really no idea where to start I suggest you try to find out with which combinations of amp, cabinet, guitar (Les Paul type) and PU some of your favourite sounds on recordings were used. If you can find at least 3 good sounds (in your ears) that were created with the same PU, it can't be that bad
Another good idea might be to go to a local guitar store and try some Les Pauls with different PUs.
Seymour Duncan have a "Pickup selector", which may help to get an idea, what kind of PU might match your taste:
It's almost impossible to give an advise for "your" PU... there are so many good, bad and average. You'll have to try and find it out for yourself.