I don't fingerpick like you mentioned, so am not moving the pick to different fingers like you are, but I always had trouble with dropping the pick, or having it at the wrong angle all the time. Playing mostly metal. I moved onto triangle shaped picks, they're huge, ha! Pretty tough to drop or get the wrong angle. Plus there's 3 picking edges in case you wear one out.....
Liking the Cobra! For heavy rhythm tone. Thanks!
Is the XR18 an audio interface? or a mixer?
It should sound exactly the same, especially because it reads like you are using the same Kemper output for recording and monitoring. If you were using 2 different outputs, you could possibly have different output eq settings. You could look at those settings in the output menu anyway just to check.
It's mysterious, because my setup: Guitar/Kemper/Audio interface/Pc sounds fairly identical on playback.
Easy fix- with a screwdriver, lower your pickup height a little bit, until no clipping.
Wow! Fantastic sound.
On really, mega high gain profile settings with my noisier guitar, I go with 2 instances of the Noise gate 4:1 in the pedal section. Set them both around 5. Usually dead quiet between notes at that point.
Then set the input noise gate as low as possible because I want more of a raw sound, say 2 or less. Matter of taste on that one.
Then if still noisy, raise the 4:1 noise gates as needed depending on the profile, maybe as high as 6 or 7 if out of control.
The number one thing I notice as the difference between demos/home recording and pro studio recordings is the tightness. Pro recordings you can barely tell that guitar parts were played separately, they sound so perfectly in time.
Of course, for your style of music, tightness may not be as important, but still you want what you played to play back as you played it, in time with the other instruments. Then render your tracks and when sent to the studio, time is right on.
If you're using Reaper, consider getting your recording latency adjusted perfectly first before you start recording anything. That way you ensure your tracks are perfectly in time, as you recorded them. (then play them super tight, ha!) What I'm getting at is- most audio interfaces report their latency to Reaper incorrectly. They won't line up perfectly in Reaper on the grid exactly as you played them. A manual adjustment can be made in Reaper in the options/recording/input manual offset area. Both of my audio interfaces are off by hundreds of samples. Doesn't sound like much, but you asked for tips- this is my #1 tip- get the latency adjusted, get the timing right. Basically you connect a cable from an output to an input, and measure how the recorded tracks line up in Reaper then make an offset adjustment, I use my headphone jack out as that's how I monitor when recording. You can also do it using Reainsert (a little easier)
As far as recording, all good advice above, if you have enough interface inputs, yeah, record dry track+effects track+di track, and then you have all the options.
Closest thing in a vst for guitar I remember used to using a ways back was called pvnonoise. It helped cut the noise while you were playing which a regular gate doesn't. Regular gate just cuts signal off when not playing. Kemper's is pretty awesome!
Looks like it was renamed and updated: http://pvamps.blogspot.com/2015/05/pvnonoise.html
Agree with the above, check those settings out.
In Reaper, for the DI sends, click the io button, uncheck master send (if it's a sub folder, it'll say parent send). Then add a new 'hardware output' using the output your cable is connected to. It should be a unique output, one not used for anything else.
Then on the master track, make sure that the DI output is not selected as the master hardware output.
You could also try direct monitoring the input (return from Kemper) thru your audio interface instead of record monitoring in Reaper as a test.
If that sounds fine, then the problem is within Reaper. Maybe it's track leakage, or a plugin somewhere if that is the case.
So my possibilities are at the moment:
- a dedicated headphone amp for my old interface and recording the kemper through the preamps (cheapest option, 50-150 euro)
- a new interface with SPDIF and a good headphone out (200-500 euro?)
A 3rd option:
Plug one set of your audio interface's outputs into the Kemper. Then you can monitor your DAW and your guitar from the Kemper's headphone output, and get that killer sound. I use this mostly. (for the reasons you describe) But can also just plug the headphones into the audio interface, or use monitors at any time. In the RIG menu, there is a panorama control, so you can pan the guitar signal to hear the daw playback easier when tracking.
I forget right now what they're called, think it's alt. input and return input you use for the cables.
Really good job all around. In the mix everything sounds really clear and defined. Drums are played tight! Vocalist can really belt it out, holy crap...
Are you using the Kemper for the Bass guitar as well?
Looking at Rig Mgr, select the 'Amplifier' block.
While looking at Rig Mgr, turn the volume knob on the Kemper itself (not master volume) In my case it's the Powerack I have.
Nothing happens in Rig mgr, knob image does not turn.
If you turn the mid, bass, treble presence, they all work, all move on the screen.
If you do the opposite, turn the amplifier volume knob with your mouse in RM, the Kemper does get louder, so it only works one way.
Same still happening with the new beta. 7.5.018
Hey, these are great. Thanks!
How did the song mix come out after re-amping?
Try this- open any profile- turn the profiler's 'volume' knob (which controls the amplifier volume). Then look at RM-no effect here- nothing changes in Rig manager, it's lot linked/synced, whatever the term is.
Try this- open any profile which you know has an adjusted amp volume in RM- it shows 0.0 DB here, look on profiler unit, shows the correct value.
Just me? Or an error in programming/glitch?
*Rig Manager is #1- waited years and years for editing capabilities on PC. Lots of hard to find adjustments on the unit are easy on PC now.
*Dist sense is #2- Profile doesn't sound right? Go to input settings in rig mgr and adjust.
*Changing Cabs is #3- Lock the amp you like in Rig Mgr, then load different profiles to try with different cabs.
I like to double track my guitars and pan one left and right for that fuller sound. If I'm using a profile with chorus / flange effects I also like to record that track in stereo as mono sounds flat and lifeless. I assume it needs a stereo field to come to bring the effects to life.
I've just started recording this way recently, with so far good, interesting results. I used to record only in mono. Using Reaper DAW, you have 5 different options under the pan control on each track. The most interesting one is 'Dual Pan' mode. What this does is creates 2 pan controls on that track. So if recorded in stereo for the left guitars for example, I'll set one at 100%L, one at 50 or 60L, then do the opposite on guitar #2. Under normal mono pan, I like 100L/100R for the separation, somehow this sounds better, different than say 70L/70R or similar. The dual pan creates an even balance for me- example- parts where everything drops out, and one guitar is playing solo- If you're 100L it really drops out and you'd have to automate for proper audibility. Anyway, hopefully whatever DAW you use has some similar options to try....
When you add a small amount of Micro-pitch or chorus, then things get even more interesting!
I have a Presonus Studio 1824C. All the connections sound great, my recording sound pretty much exactly like the headphone output of the Kemper, does everything I need it to. Not sure how it compares to the others mentioned, but works good for me.
It ran around $500, but they have models in the same series that have less inputs and outputs for around $200 I think.
One factor is it is a USB C interface, so if you have a USB C connection on your computer (or will upgrade at some point in the future), that's a plus. It won' be outdated as fast as some others might.
I still have an older PC with std USB connection, works fine with it. I think with USB C, you can get much faster data transfer which equals lower latency.
The first things to try (if you haven't):
*Adjust the 'Clean Sens' and 'Dist Sens'. Either from the input menu, or better yet the Rig Manager software. Just crank or lower that, see if things improve. (can be drastic, very important)
*Change cabs. Find a decent tone gain-wise you like, lock the amp section in Rig manager, and load other profiles to audition just their cabs.
*If high end fizz is an issue, add an eq, then LP down to 8k, or cut out 7k or 5k.
You're already this far in, consider picking up an audio interface for a few hundred $. Even if you end up returning or selling the Kemper, the audio interface is invaluable, has so much use for home recording and demoing.
When in doubt, refer to Chris's post above, last sentence....
Thanks. It would be hard to choose- all sound good to me!