Posts by NotScott

    yeah, I've noticed the online retailers seem to have the bundles with the remote, but not the remote on it's own. That was one of the factors that made me decide to bite the bullet and buy the bundle when I bought mine.

    This. Same reason why I bought a bundle too.

    Thanks. It is intentionally designed to be compact.

    I do like having the Kemper higher so it is easier to see on stage and the vertically oriented cabinet keeps the footprint as small as possible.

    EVMs are very neutral sounding speakers and tend not to over-color everything like a Vintage 30 would. They also are nearly indestructible. However, they are heavy and two or more of them in a single cab does not make for a lightweight rig.

    I have had this happen with my performances. I read here that someone tried reversing the polarity on the pedal switch in settings and that resolved their issue. However, that didn't work for me. What did work for me was to boot my Kemper up in Browse mode and then as soon as it is fully booted, switch to Performance mode. Everything loads perfectly then.

    I have tried FRFRs with my Kemper and Amplifire and I just don't like that sound for my stage monitoring. It sounds too synthetic and processed to me.

    I like open-back pine cabs with EVM 12S. Pine cabs just have a natural warmth and reverb to them that makes anything sound more organic. The EVs are a very neutral sounding speaker with extended high end that was originally designed for PAs. With a slight tweak of the monitor output EQ, I can send the cab emulated tone to the FOH while I have what I want on stage. For me, it is the perfect solution, a kick ass rig that is compact, light, road worthy and sounds great. Obviously, my solution isn't right for everyone. Open back pine cabs with their loose, wooly low end are probably not the best choice if you are into chugga chugga detuned metal, but they are perfect for my blues rock and classic rock gigs and will do great jazz, funk and country tones too.

    I have been using this one for small gigs:

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    It is basically a tweed Deluxe extension cabinet made by Soundsrite Audio. I think it cost me just under $300 unloaded. It is my favorite cabinet with my tube heads and has killed every FRFR and studio monitor that I have tried with my Kemper.

    Although I love my tweed cabinet, I am not quite happy with the 50s look of it with the Kemper and wanted something a bit more modern looking and taller for easier access to my toaster. So J Designs built me this for about $300 unloaded:

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    It should arrive tomorrow. It is all pine with an open, oval-ported back. It was about $300 I believe. I will load it with another EVM 12S.

    I also have various 2x12s and 4x12s for larger gigs that also use with the Kemper. I just use the output EQ to dial them in and then store it as an output preset.

    I would like to try a Xitone Michael Britt or one of the RedSound FRFRs, but after being disappointed by Yamaha, QSC and Mission, I am in no rush to jump on the FRFR train just yet.

    My first gig with my Kemper was at a small club that is a hang out for all of the top, local musicians. I use a powered toaster with a 1x12 cabinet loaded with an EVM 12S. The stage is rather loud and my drummer is an animal (he broke his kick pedal midway through the 3rd song) but the Kemper had more than enough headroom and sat in the mix perfectly between the keys/second guitar. Not only did it sound great, it felt great, just as natural and responsive as any of my tube amps.

    When we finished, I had 3 guitarists asking all kinds of questions about the Kemper and my little 1x12. They were more than impressed. I probably sold a few units that night. Does that entitle me to a commission? :D

    Exact replica? Like a profile? (Sorry, I couldn't resist.) :D

    Since I never actively shopped for a Helix, I forgot about the price. Yes, that makes sense to me and why a more affordable Kemper would be desirable. I get that. However, in my case, I bought my powered toaster with controller for just under $2,300. I use it with my existing cabs and I am good to go. If I were to buy a Helix and add a decent FRFR, I am right about at the same price point with all of the disadvantages I listed earlier.

    The great thing about all of this tech is that it provides more versatile tools to apply to our craft. We just have to know what side of the tool we are on. ;)

    I have been reading these wish lists on a few different sites now and have avoided putting my 2 cents in. Maybe I am missing something here based upon how I use my Kemper, so perhaps some of your replies will open my mind to new possibilities.

    I bought my Kemper for two reasons:

    1) I needed something more versatile and easier to cart around for my live gigs.
    2) I needed something that sounded and felt at least as good as my vintage amps.

    My latest band does a mix of everything from the 60s to today, so I needed something that would allow me to easily and seamlessly switch between various tones but be more portable than my tube amps. I place my powered head, controller, two expression pedals and all my cables and other accessories in a wheeled tool bag and then place a small 1x12 tweed Deluxe extension cabinet with an EVM 12S on top of that. I can then comfortably wheel all that and my guitar into any venue in one trip. It's light, compact, easy to move and kicks ass. Also, it all fits into my convertible's trunk.

    As for the tube amps I have been using on my past gigs, I have a collection of many of the amps that modelers/profilers are advertised as sounding identical to. Some of those amps are a 1959 Bassman, 1960 Deluxe, 1964 Vox AC30, 1965 Vox AC10SRT, 1973 Marshall SL, 1988 Boogie Mark III, Carol-Ann Tucana and a RedPlate RP40. I have owned and gigged all of these amps for years and know how they are supposed to sound and feel. Yes, I know, these amps have spoiled my ear and cause me to be a bit of a tone snob from time to time, but if a guy like me can be happy with the sound of a Kemper, I think that says a lot about how great the current unit is.

    When I realized I needed something more versatile for my new gig, I checked out all of the available digital units I could find. I have an Atomic Amplifire A3 that I have been using as my headphone/late night practice tool for a few years now and it does a good job with modded Marshall tones as long as I add aftermarket IRs and tweak some cabinet parameters. However, It failed miserably in a live situation. It sounded either too compressed and dirty or too clean and dynamic. I couldn't find any usable, touch-sensitive, in-between tones that I liked. It also fails at recreating Vox and tweed Fender tones, and this is what I found in every other digital device I researched. The Kemper was the only device that I found that actually sounded and felt like my old Fender and Vox amplifiers.

    Since the Kemper meets and in many ways exceeds my two requirements from above, I am not real worked up about wanting some of the features that I see constantly being asked for. Aside from the usual techies and tweakers who insist on having every imaginable parameter to muck with, the impression I get from reading these threads is that most people want a Helix that actually sounds like the amps it is supposed to be recreating.

    As for the requests I see most often:

    Floor Unit Format - Perhaps I am missing something here, but what advantage(s) would I gain as a gigging musician by going to a floor unit as opposed to my current toaster/controller pair? How do I easily adjust volume and tone controls on a floor unit on a darkened stage between songs? Assuming the floor unit is not powered, I would need an FRFR which I don't like and are often heavy, require their own power and would take up more space than my current rig. Granted, I could just send the outputs to the monitor mix, but then I would probably need to spend some time equalizing for those monitors and then hope they do my tone justice. I also assume I would need to bring a laptop with me if it requires any tweaking or troubleshooting. Now, this floor rig is larger, not as easy to adjust on the fly, requires more power, requires I tote around a laptop and has more powered devices in the chain of possible failures. If I wanted to use this in a studio, I would assume I would need another computer or at least open another window on an existing computer to control and tweak the thing. Seeing how many computers (particularly Windows machines) are woefully inept at handling multiple, simultaneous programs designed for processing audio, I would be constantly worried about running everything from a single CPU and being greeted by the blue window of death in the middle of a session.

    Editor - This isn't a deal breaker for me and considering what the Kemper is designed to do, I understand why one was not included originally and appreciate the current layout and work flow. It works fine for me. That being said, I would definitely use an editor that would allow me to tweak rigs and design performances offline that I can later load into my Kemper. That would be very handy and used often.

    Tone Controls to Mimic Actual Amp Models - I understand the desire for this, but it is not what the Kemper is. The Kemper recreates a recorded sample of an amplifier. The amplifier has already been tweaked in the profile. The tone controls on the front panel are similar to the strip EQ on your console. What I think would be an even better solution would be a fully parametric EQ in addition to or in place of the existing tone controls. This is something I would use but again, not a necessity for what I currently do, as I select those profiles that require little or no changes to best match what I need to cover.

    USB Audio and/or DAW - I understand the convenience of this, but if I want a DAW, I will (and have) buy a dedicated unit with the specs and features I want. As for a USB interface, I have been constantly fighting with Windows updates that insist upon installing "new improved" drivers that all of the sudden render my USB audio programs useless until I either reset parameters or downgrade to an earlier driver. If I need digital out, SPDIF into my Focusrite works just fine for me without any drama or BS.

    Simultaneous Rigs - I understand how this could be useful and desirable, but can't this already be achieved via a created profile that recorded multiple amps? Being able to blend your own profiles in Kemper would be super cool, but how much would that super cool function cost?

    Updated Screen - I agree, the current screen is classic German spartanism at its best. It works well, is very legible and is easy to use on a darkened stage, but it doesn't add a premium experience to a premium piece of kit. I could live with or without an upgraded screen.

    Improved Effects and added Loops - I am not Dave Evans playing death metal in my bedroom, so I am not an authority on stomp effects. I can understand and appreciate the desire for more processing options in a single unit, but if you need all that processing, why not just go with a Fractal or Helix? When you start piling on the effects, does it really matter if your AC30 model sounds like a real AC30 any more? Better sounding reverbs would be nice and I would probably use them. As for drive stomps, I don't use them at all and prefer to use profiles that have the gain I need. I like to hear my amps, not stomps.

    Ability to Profile Amps with Multiple Distorting Points and other Devices - Now this is something that I would really like and would be very useful and I think could be done in software. Put me in the YES PLEASE! camp for this one.

    As for the future of the hardware, it is a modular design, so it may be possible to make some upgrades at a reasonable cost in the future by upgrading cards. However, I think by the time those hardware upgrades are needed, the current platform will require a complete redesign.

    These are just my personal observations based upon how I use my Kemper. I realize that other players have their own unique needs which may need many of the requested updates, so I am hoping some of the more experienced Kemper users here can open my eyes to some new potentials I may be missing. Regardless, I am quite happy with my Kemper as is and it still suits my needs better than anything else out there. Sorry for the long-winded rant. Thanks for reading!

    I have been gigging my powered Kemper through a conventional guitar cab. I have tried it through various FRFRs and never bonded with that tone. What I have noticed with the powered Kemper is that the response is very linear no matter the volume. With my tube amps, as I turn them up and/or as the night wears on and the amp gets hotter, the high end tends to soften a bit and the amp compresses a bit more. The powered Kemper remains the same as it turns up. This isn't exactly a bad thing, but it did take some playing adjustments by me to compensate. Now that I have adjusted to the differences, I probably prefer the more linear Kemper response. It's not a good thing nor a bad thing. It's just different.

    Several years ago, I was in a hurry to set up an account and every username that I could think of with my real name, Scott, were taken. I finally got pissed off and entered NotScott, and it worked! So I use it on several forums now to save aggravation.

    My avatar is Scott but it is not from several years ago.

    Ben, the Carol-Ann is pretty unique. It is not Dumble and it's not Marshall. It has the sustain and low-mid warmth of a Dumble but it has enough of that upper mid bite and reacts much like an old Marshall. My current gig does not really do any of the tunes I did with my old act so, I don't feel a need to have the CA profiled yet. I will get to it after the holidays when my travel schedule slows down.

    For now, Michael Britt's Dumble profile gets me in the ballpark with some tweaking.

    To be clear the powered version does exactly the same as unpowered but you have the option to drive a mono cab or FRFR speaker. So you can run stereo out of the main outs to FOH.

    I went powered because I'm not bothered about stereo live and didn't want a separate amp for driving guitar cabs.

    This is exactly why I went with a powered head.

    Welcome on board! :thumbup:

    You are prolly one of the few, who owns the sought-after-amps and sounds.
    Last time I played a real AC30 or a Twin was in the early 80s... :S:D:D:D

    Thanks D!

    It was primarily my old Vox and Tweeds that turned me to the Kemper. Those tones in my Kemper sound and feel right to me. I tried those models in my AmpliFire and they were nothing recognizable to my ears. Then I started digging into some presets for AmpliFire and other modelers to see if they could really cop the vibe of those old amps and I kept seeing blocks of compressors and parametric EQs added to the signal chain to try and recreate what those old amps are about (assuming they were actually modeling a real JMI Vox or Fender Tweed). The only device my vintage amps need to sound right is a cord from the guitar. If you have to add all that electronic duct tape to your amp models, I think your models may need some more work.

    I can officially take the plastic off the screens now! The Kemper passed the live test brilliantly. It sounded and felt right to me and my bandmates liked it. Aside from a few tweaks to the bass and gain settings, everything sounded as I expected and reacted as I hoped it would. I am used to tweaking my guitar controls and ride the volume and tone knobs all night for different tones. I was curious to see if the Kemper would react well to those adjustments and it did just fine. As for any setting changes I made, it was very easy to store them in the performance. I am also glad I went with the toaster and its LED rings around controls. Those LEDs made adjustments VERY easy to see and dial in without having to squint reading tiny print on a screen.

    Now that I have been assimilated into the "hive", time to check out the other sections here. 8)

    Thanks D. I have been beating on the unit the past few days at gig levels through my favorite small guitar cab and I am pretty impressed with how it sounds so far. The cab I have it dialed in for now is a small pine cabinet the size of a Fender Deluxe extension cab loaded with an EVM 12S. The EVM is a pretty neutral sounding speaker so it doesn't color the profiles as much as a more assertive (i.e. Vintage 30) speaker would. Also the open pine box adds a natural reverb and airiness to the sound that I love. Plus, it is extremely light weight, even with the EVM, so my entire rig is now smaller, lighter and even more portable :thumbsup: . Once I finish dialing in the cabinet sounds, I will work on the output EQ to try and warm up the mains feed.

    I am expecting it to take a few live outings to fine tune everything and lock it in but, I can already tell this isn't going to be the shrinking violet on stage that my AmpliFire was.

    Hopefully you are tweaking the tone of your performances while listening at gig volume for tomorrow night, otherwise you may be less than impressed. Good luck!!

    Thanks for the well wishes and of course I test everything at gig levels, exactly as I have been doing in analog world for the past several years. 8)

    Thanks, but is the correct and current version of RigManager for Windows. I am using Windows 10 Pro 64-bit on my laptop that I use to connect. It may be a USB issue. I know some devices once originally connected to a specific USB port only want to work when connected to that same port. Fortunately, much like anything in the digital world, there are more than one way to get you where you need to be.