I used it with 3 different pair of headphones, works great! I will check again. Spec-wise the headphone output is the same on both toaster and stage.
I thought the gain knob did something different to the profile, not just a boost of the guitar signal pre stack, but that makes sense.
It's also in the manual:
The Pure Booster features a “Volume” control like all the other effects, but that’s it. The
“Volume” control will boost or attenuate the signal without coloring the sound. When
you place it in front of the amp or a distortion stomp, the Pure Booster has the same
effect as the gain or drive control; placed after the stack section, the Pure Booster
becomes a simple volume control, with no further coloration of the signal.
Great, thanks guys!
I know how pedals work but the cables were already connected to my pedal and set to function as wah and volume, so I didn't understand why the morph got activated.
I'm having a little problem and don't know if it's a bug or if I have a faulty unit.
As you can see in the video, when connecting a cable to pedal 2, the morph function gets activated. The morph button lights up and also the LEDs on the switch.
When connecting a cable to pedal 1, the tuner gets activated randomly.
No big deal as the cables don't have to be constantly plugged and unplugged, but does this happen to you?
You can set the brightness separately for the color LEDs, the buttons, the LED collars and the TAP button.
Yes, and when I checked that I noticed the leds weren't even at max! They are very bright, beautiful!
Are these controls exclusively for the stage or is it a new option introduced with OS7 also for the rack/toaster version?
Don't cover it; it's there to enable convection through the unit, Sheldon.
Just use risers of your choice to create at least as much clearance as it would've had otherwise.
A floor unit with a vent on the bottom, isn't that weird?
Maybe with thick velcro on the sides (3M for example), there is still a small gap between the stage and the board.
My Stage has arrived and I had a couple of problems like "freezing" during the power on process and it messed up my audio interface so bad (via s/pdif) that I had to restart my pc to make it work again.
Anyone having problems with the plastic display cover? Mine is not placed very well... seems like it's not "glued" on the right side and if you touch it, it "sinks" a little bit. That doesn't seem a huge problem btw. Same for the knobs: bass, middle and treble are "firm", the presence knob is way looser.
The layout is kinda weird coming from the rack version and I really miss the undo function, please come up with a way to undo and what about the vent on the bottom? I hope covering that vent is not going to be a problem when placing the Stage in a pedalboard with velcro ecc.
Also, I don't like the fact that it turns on as soon as you plug the power cable, and the on/off button light stays on even when you turn the Stage off.
That said, all the leds seem brighter to me and it sounds better than the rack version! I know it's just my brain, but during the last week I played with a modeler and I kinda got used to that crappy sound. Playing the Kemper again feels like being in heaven. Oh and the morph button..
The Thon Case Kemper Prof. Stage + EP1 is:
W 684 mm
D 426 mm
H 146 mm
Weight: 6.2 kg
There is also the pure boost stomp. When placed after the amp it acts as a clean volume booster.
I heard it said on a YT video about the workings of the profiler stage; that you should find profile you like & use it as is. I find that all hi gain profiles need some tweaking like reduction of treble & an increase in gain on the guitar I use, which has a medium output bridge pickup (SD Full Shred).
It sounds absolutely awesome. I added a green screamer to the Top Jimi brown sound FW M profile & it sounds awesome. As do the Keith Merrow 5153 profile
You can do whatever you want to the profiles as long as you like the results. Personally I don't like to add gain to the profile with the gain knob, I use a stomp for that, sounds better to me or I look for a profile with more gain. If you are looking for good metal high gain profiles, check out the Lasse Lammert folder in the rig manager (or the STL Tones packs, but they are not free).
EDIT: check this out
Not only that, you also get the guitar sound going to the speakers and the delayed sound going into your DAW on top of that, creating phase issues... that is why I gave you the simplest solution above: connect everything as usual (kemper to scarlett, scarlett to speakers) and open 2 channels in your DAW, panned left and right. You can save a project like that so it's quick to recall.
I don't think you can set the kemper main outputs like that. If you get a new interface, yes go for spdif.
Sorry I haven't read the whole thread, but did you notice the Stage has lower specs? For example:
Analog Outputs PROFILER Head, PowerHead, Rack, and PowerRack:
MAIN OUTPUT L and R:
XLR balanced, ¼ inch TS unbalanced with ground lift max. output level: XLR +22 dBu, TS +16 dBu
MAIN OUTPUT L and R:
XLR balanced, ¼ inch TS unbalanced with ground lift max. output level: XLR +15 dBu, TS +15 dBu
And the input is "impedance 22 kohms - 1 megohms selectable". Selectable where? In the input section?
Also, the kemper stage S/PDIF can be set to slave.
Unfortunately I have a gen 1 or 2... not sure how I can tell but definitely not a generation 3.
My version doesn’t have any software.
I would like stereo sound without having to go through my DAW.
What’s the benefit of monitors through the audio interface anyway?
It's just easier to connect and record: 4 cables instead of 6, free 2 Kemper outputs, free return and alternate input. If you record your guitar, you'd still have to open 2 channels and pan them in your DAW, and monitor from there (unless you want to record with your DAW channels muted). Also you may have some problems with latency and sound if you send your Scarlett out to your kemper in and back to your speakers, but if all that works there's no problem as long as you like the results.
I’m asking cause my audio interface (Focusrite Scarlett 2i2) doesn’t seem to support panning, so if I go from KPA to 2i2 with 2 TRS cables I get mono audio from monitors connected to the 2i2.
I’d really love to hear the stereo effects directly from the Kemper into the monitors and still be able to send the signal to the audio interface for recording without having to plug and unplug cables.
If you have a 2i2 3rd gen, it should support panning in the mixer control software, otherwise you can play through your DAW and get stereo panning from there. Just create 2 mono channels in your DAW and set their inputs respectively on 1 and 2, then you can pan channel 1 on the left and channel 2 on the right. It should work!
About the sound quality, make sure to not hit your converters too hard and stay on green.
Just received my Stage today. Never had a profiler before & didn't buy it to profile my own amps but to play others :).
I have only used the early Line 6 UX1, 11 rack & Amplifire Box (with which I was very happy). Have heard nothing but good things about Kemper products & I'm psyched to get to know the workings of this machine.
If you use the right profiles, it will be like night and day and you'll be very happy with your purchase. Now that I sold my Kemper, I'm playing through a famous modeler and it sounds laughable in comparison with the Kemper. (I won't say the name of it to create suspense and to avoid a web riot).
Thanks, not native unfortunately
if you are going to buy new cables, there is no real reason to get TS over TRS, you can find good balanced TRS and XLR cables for a fairly low price. I can't recommend any quality brand as there is no real difference. As long as you get well built cables with metal connectors, you won't be able to hear any difference. Cordial cables cost around 6-8 euro each, if you live in Europe they are easy to find.
Regarding S/PDIF there is no real advantage I think, considering you have to spend money on a new audio interface. That said, I use S/PDIF because it does stereo with only one cable and the sound should be more pristine. Also the reamping process with 2 cables, is very easy to do if you like to reamp. You can find a few threads about it here on the forum.
You can use both TRS and TS cables, the difference is that a balanced cable (TRS plug) carries a more robust signal and so it's less prone to interferences. Especially when you use longer cables, it is better to use balanced cables (assuming you are using equipment with balanced connections, and both your scarlett and kemper have balanced connectors). TRS or XLR are just different plugs, no difference in signal if the cable is balanced so don't worry about that. The problem with the Scarlett is that the XLR connectors are there to connect microphones and there is a preamp inside you can't bypass, unless you plug a TRS cable. So, you connect a TRS cable and it automatically bypass the preamp (don't forget to set the switch to "line") I'm trying to put it in a simple way, obviously you can do some research if you want to learn more about cables, signals ecc...
Also, an XLR plug is not that easy to unplug compared to TRS, and this can be an advantage in some cases, but in your particoular case as explained above, you can only use TRS or TS cables to bypass the preamp. And yes, you can use TS cables, it will work just fine but the cable may pick up some noise. You can try that and if that works, no need to buy TRS cables (usually more expensive).
The difference between mono and stereo is easy: if you connect only one cable you get a mono sound, it means everything will be centered in your stereo image. When you connect two cables you can use stereo effects such as ping pong delays, so that you will hear delays bouncing around your left and right speakers, creating a more spacious, open, stereo sound (same apply for all stereo effects).
So, to sum it all up:
balanced cables are better when you have the possibility to use them but there's no difference in sound
there's no difference between XLR and TRS plugs
TS cables are unbalanced and can be noisy but worth a try (your regular guitar cable is TS)
connect two cables as described in the previous post if you want to play with stereo effects
How can you understand if a cable is TRS or TS? A TRS plug has two little rubber rings on it, a TS plug has only one rubber ring.
I hope I didn't make a mess with my English, if it's not clear I can send a picture tomorrow. Cheers!
That's not the proper way to connect the Kemper to your audio interface. The XLR input of your Scarlett has a mic preamp that you are not going to bypass using an XLR plug. You need a TRS/TRS cable (or TS/TS will work just fine) for mono sounds. For stereo you need two cables.
Connect Kemper L output to channel 1 of your interface (switch set to LINE)
Connect Kemper R output to channel 2 of your interface (switch set to LINE)
In the Scarlett mixer, link together channel 1-2 to get a single stereo channel/fader, and set them to inputs Anlg In 1 and Anlg In 2
Then you need 2 cables TRS/XLR male plug:
Connect output L of your interface to your left speaker
Connect output R of your interface to your right speaker