Posts by nirm03

    Yes, you do need to use a loop for your external pedal. One of the other suggestions though was to use the Distortion Loop Instead of the Mono or Stereo Loop because Distortion Loop allows control of volume.

    Wah Volume is one of the Wah FX types which lets you use the Wah in the Stomp or FX blocks as a volume pedal at whatever point in the signal path you insert the Wah Volume FX. It functions exactly like the normal volume but can beused as a second volume so you can have volume pedals at more than one point in the signal path and control them independently. There is more information in the manual. Its a great idea but badly named as it is totally counnter intuitive and most people (including me) react the same way as you did when told about it - "what's wah volume?" ^^

    Ah, I see. Well, Kemper introduced me to so many types of Wah's with weird names, that it would be conceivable that's an actual type of wah 8o

    That's a useful trick, but my main goal here was to refrain from wasting two post stack effect slots, just for the looper.

    I don't have an issue with using the distortion loop in itself.

    This is why I had come up with the solution I mentioned earlier. By using the volume pedal as a post stack booster, and using the distortion loop at X, I can achieve a pure booster that doesn't waste a slot, and goes into the looper input. Well, almost a pure booster, because it can only boost, and not attenuate.


    You'll need to set up your rig volumes to be more equal. This differentiates the Master Volume control from the Rig Volume control. Can you tell that the same sort of volume jumps occur without the looper? If so, it sounds like the rig volumes should be adjusted between clean and distorted. I believe this is exactly where the clean sens and dist sens come in for each guitar you use.

    I guess I was misusing the word "equalizing".

    For looping, it's not really that you want to equalize the volumes of the overdubs, but rather, adjust a mix on the fly.

    For example, you lay out a rhythm, and you want the lead to be louder. That's why it's convenient to have an option to boost/attenuate on the fly.

    But, actually, I did end up finding a great solution for this!

    1. Use "distortion loop" instead of "mono loop". This apparently is causing any boost to occur before going into the FX loop.

    2. Configure a volume pedal to the "post stack" location and set it to boost (e.g +2 instead of the default -5).

    With that setup, it is possible to boost the signal that goes into the looper with the pedal, which is way more convenient anyway.

    The only tiny limitation that's left, is the signal volume can only be increased and not decreased this way,

    but in this case, incrementally boosting is more common, so that's good enough for me.

    Still might be room for a feature request where a volume pedal can have min/max values rather than just max. That would effectively turn the volume pedal into the fully featured pure booster, thus saving a slot for everyone.

    Hope this helps someone with the same problem some day. 8)


    I'm using an external Boss RC-2 looper with my Kemper,

    I've been using it with a "loop mono" on the X slot. This is generally working great.

    One pesky problem I'm having is when I'm overdubbing and each overdub is using a different rig.

    The problem is that each rig has a different volume, so some overdubs are bound to be drowned in the looper mix.

    This is of course not a Kemper issue, but I've been looking for a way to compensate for the volume differences.

    The only way I managed to do this so far, is by moving the mono loop into the MOD slot, and assigning a pure booster to the X slot, to boost/attenuate the volume while a new overdub is recorded.

    This is almost perfect, but there's one silly issue with that.

    As I'm "wasting" another slot, I'm left with only two post amp slots, which is sometimes not enough,

    because I need lots of effects to drown out my playing as much as possible 8o

    So my question - is there a way to get a post stack volume boost, without wasting an effects slot ?


    I think, we have snapshots for that purpose since the beginning. Press the soft button Store Snapshot as often as you like. Snapshots are not mixed into the Rig pool. The original Rigs stays untouched. Then you enter Rig Settings/Browse Snapshots, compare and decide which snapshot you want to keep as Rig.

    Thanks for the tip, Burkhard. Haven't noticed this feature before.

    I tried it out, and from my perspective, there's still merit in my feature request.

    I'm a very simple user, and to me it feels more cumbersome to do this that way.

    Using the snapshot approach, say I'm tweaking a rig and would like to compare it to the original, I have to:

    - take a snapshot of the original

    - tweak

    - take a snapshot of the tweak

    - navigate to the menu.

    - compare.

    Whereas, with my suggestion implemented, all you have to do to A/B compare is to long press the undo/redo buttons.

    Yes, this works perfectly for me. Just take a snapshot of the unchanged Rig, and tweak away, snapping when you hear something you like. Then go into Snapshots, and compare. It could be more streamlined (an A/B button would really be ideal), but it works well as it is.

    This A/B button is essentially what I'm proposing. It effectively turns the undo/redo buttons into A/B buttons when long pressed.

    And IMO, this feels natural from a UI perspective. Once it's there, I believe it would feel very obvious and natural to the user.


    When tweaking profiles, often there's a need to do an A/B comparison against the original profile that's being tweaked.

    It would be really convenient if instead of having to save the tweaked rig, or having to press the undo/redo buttons many times in succession to get to the original and back,

    there was a way to move back and forth between to the original and the tweaked version for quick comparison.

    One way this could be implemented : Long press the undo/redo buttons to undo/redo all changes.


    Playin a Strat I presume? Use a compressor with a clean-ish Marshall profile and that should do the trick IMO! ;)

    Thanks for the tip!

    I've never gotten the point of compressors, but that's exactly what was missing to get that driven sound on low notes and remain relatively clean when strumming aggressively.

    For what it's worth, and to follow up on my initial question, the profile that ended up working best for me was "PW-Dry Wet Wet". It's on one of the free rig packs in Rig Manager. It's a great profile.

    I dialed down the gain, added a lot of compression, and tinkered with the EQ. This stuff is sooo time consuming!

    Even though it doesn't sound at all the same, I feel like it's similar in spirit ;)

    In case some n00b like me stumbles upon this, and is interested in how it sounds, here's a sample:

    As can be heard, I'm no John Frusciante (that's an understatement :P). Just wanted to illustrate the versatility of this great profile.

    All of the bits in the recording are the same profile with slight variations in compression and added chorus at times.


    I've been trying to achieve the tone of this tune (specifically the outro)

    Here's the isolated guitar track in all its glory (skipped to 5:35 for the outro) :

    I feel like I, sort of, get close to the tone when strumming, but the single note lines don't sound close.

    The strumming on this track is quite clean sounding, yet the single notes (especially the bass notes) sound overdriven, and it sounds so, well, glorious!

    I've been trying to mess around with the EQ and amplifier setting, but that didn't get me anywhere, as I don't really know what I'm doing 8o

    I realize that the dynamics of the playing plays a big role, but I still feel like there's a missing component in my tone.

    Any tips (or rig suggestions) to achieve this will be greatly appreciated.