Thank you, oh Sirius One!
I love these back-stories.
Welcome, brother, to the Kemper family.
Welcome from Jungleville, Down Under, Cam.
Enjoy that stash, bro'.
Johnny, be good.
Γεια σου φίλε, Καλώς ήρθατε στο φόρουμ.
Hey Nikos, I'm Nicky. Enjoy your new, epic beastie man!
Thank you very much, mate.
Tears in my eyes!
It's also about the digital audio coding, isn't it? I've always assumed that the VDI guitar signal isn't a standard one such as AES/EBU or S/PDIF.
Monkey_Man: what I don't understand is why have you spent so much time with these crap-guitars, there are so many good ones on the market. You don't have to repair good guitars, because they don't need it (just a bit of adjustment from time to time). Recently I tried 2 Variax-models and they were both far away from the standard I'm used to. And the sound.... if you own -like I do- the original guitars, it is just a bad joke. The "acoustic" guitars sound very sterile, if you've ever heard a nice Martin or Gibson acoustic guitar mike up with a Neumann-mike, this a joke, too.
If you don't want to have troubles, just buy the right stuff and don't waste your time with crap made in China. Nowadays you have 2 choices if you buy musical instruments and music-gear:
- cheap stuff made in China, not very reliable and produced in huge factories
- more expensive stuff, handmade or produced in small companies, mainly in Europe and the US
In my studio there's just one thing made in China: my 27" iMac... the rest is mainly made in Germany (Klein & Hummel, Neumann, SPL, DTC, Kemper) or the US (Universal Audio, Strymon). My guitars are either vintage Fender or Gibson or mainly Custom Shop-models.
Over many years I NEVER had one problem with my music gear.
Guenter, I really appreciate your concerns. It's purely a money thing.
The acoustic sounds are good enough for the mix, IMHO, and the sitar and other "exotic" guitars could be handy. There are also the semi-acou jazz guitars, which I reckon sound OK, as well as the strat, tele and Les Paul "approximations". Oh, and one can use the mag pickups too. Things like the resonator add value too, IMHO.
That said, a Luke, a Tele and an LP have been on my wish list for decades. A high-end acoustic isn't even on the radar, but obviously one day I'll get one. I've been extremely ill and have skipped tens of thousands of meals to buy what I have; high-end stuff is not an option most of the time. I got lucky by finding a fretted MM bass at the porn shop, and have only managed to buy one other "proper" guitar so far - the fretless version of the MM bass, which took around 6 years to save for.
One day... I can't wait, and never stop dreaming! Thank you again for your advice.
FWIW, I don't know what all the OT fuss was about; IMHO, discussion as to the validity of Variax guitars in various contexts is directly relevant as the arguments have been about price vs quality, precisely the same as for the Helix... and they're from the same company. If this was the "OT" issue mentioned previously, I personally would argue that Guenter was "right on the money", so to speak.
Both of you, it seems, aren't exactly at the heart of the value for money range, Herr Haas and Monkey_Man.
Your gear is needlessly pricey. His gear is unreliable. There's a reason why extremities have earned a bad reputation.
I believe the name of the game here is 'close enough'.
Let's face it, even the Profiler isn't 100% spot-on with every amp - but it's close enough even for connoisseurs and people who's livelihood depends on it.
The Variax models do a great job of being 'close enough' if you're not willing to go on stage with an armada of vintage instruments, haul a truck full of gear to every session or invest tens of thousands of dollars in gear just so you could have an archetypal Fender or Gibson sound in the studio.
The HD broke about as much as it had fixed. Let's hope the Helix fares better - i still go to shows, you know. I'd really like them to sound good.
Right on, Quitty.
As I implied, I bought what I could afford. I don't like crap any more than the next guy. Probably a whole lot less, actually.
I would pay $200 for an adapter that lets my KPA control Variax settings. Never going to happen, I know, but that's how valuable that feature is to me, at least.
Same here. Would be extremely handy.
I'm dreaming of a small box that accepts the Variax' VDI cable and connects to the KPA's Ethernet and Input jacks.
Plugging a Variax into a Kemper is blasphemy.
I'll go wash my mouth out with soap now.
Nice one, Guenter!
Go you good thing, Roxette.
Sounds like he's sick of scratching his head and tweaking 'til the wee hours too...
K.I.S.S. seems to work for just about anyone.
There are some pretty good Mesa and EVH profiles on the RE, rothko61.
Hang on... oh ...
This! I can't believe that the myth of bad factory profiles is still alive...
The ratio of hits to misses is far better in the factory set than on RE... by a mile, actually, IMHO, YMMV.
Cripes, you're not kidding!
That one practical feature would see some folks like myself, who just can't justify the expense when using the KPA for home recording only, take another look at least.
Could be very, very handy.
Yes, please upload it to the exchange, MHellerOfficial!
EDIT: Oops! Seems this thread's cooking; I missed the last 3 posts.
Thank you so much, MHellerOfficial!
Yeah, it's hard to imagine how one could go wrong with an Eventide. The company's reputation amongst audio engineers is well deserved IMHO. Always been awesome units across the range and the years.
Jesus, I'm so sorry - that is a crazy story... I can't even quite make sense of all of it. It is amazing how the frustrating pursuit of gear can trip up your creative life, even your personal life in extreme cases. I've wasted a lot of years "kissing frogs", as well. But nothing like that. So sorry for your loss, man.
What a decent person you are, mbenigni. Thank you, mate.
Yeah, the story's novel-worthy so editorialising it into a paragraph was something I should've known better than to attempt to do. In retrospect I could've just said that the L6 Variax trial completed a harrowing 28 year quest for a guitar that played easily enough and stayed in tune.
FWIMBW, the "played easily enough" thing I kept harking back to is critical as since losing the use of my hands for 3 years at age 19 (over-the-top factory work), I've slowly rebuilt strength. It seems to have peaked and endurance just ain't comin' back, but at least there's enough strength there to be able to play a little bit at a time... as long as the axe plays easily... and stays in tune reasonably!
As for Line 6, they never struck me as a company that had any business building or distributing guitars. All of their previous products were essentially thinly wrapped software. I owned several Variaxes and all of my experiences were like your own - right down to a repair center that sat on two guitars for months and months before admitting they didn't actually have any idea how to fix them. I've since gutted all of my Variaxes and used them for parts for transplants, i.e. put them in guitars that are worth a damn. And even then, the piezos are just too unreliable for anything other than toying around with them in the safety of my own home.
As for QC for their preamps/processors - hopefully the Helix will be OK. If nothing else, it has an internal power supply, so that's one less thing. But there is a whole lot of mechanical stuff to consider, including those capacitive switches. I'll have to run it through it's paces pretty hard during the return window, to be sure it's built to last.
Incredibly, I agree with every single point you make here. Well said, bro'.
Funny, that "repair centre" story is exactly one of the many pathetic experiences I had with the JTVs. One time I even received authorisation to attempt to break a piece of plastic moulding off that white "plug" in the rear that has a whole lotta wires going into and out of it (yeah, I'm a real expert with electricals!). The back plate couldn't be screwed on properly 'cause said "plug" sported a "nib" that appeared to be a remnant much like you'd see when assembling plastic model planes or ships. You know, the parts would arrive on a moulded frame and needed to be snapped off. The L6 part, IMHO, must've "retained" plastic where it was meant to snap off.
Sorry. Difficult to describe as I don't have the vocabulary for these things, but you get the idea - so many little things, and they all add up. Can't wait to get a Luke one day, but that's a fair way off yet. These JTVs will have to do for now.
Good luck with the Helix, man. I think that as far as the QC is concerned on the new units, it's a safe bet L6 has learned its lesson, especially at the price. Don't forget to post your findings, of course.
Nice chattin', mbenigni.
Spoken like a true pro.
I hear you, bro'. My HD500 finally killed off any patience I had (which was initially a whole lot) for editing / tweaking.
I'm so over it, Caveman!