Posts by VoodooJef

    Started off with the tab book for Ride The Lightning and a Guitar World magazine with an Eric Johnson lesson in it. That carried me for a few months, then I moved half way across the country and I realized there was a lot more to learn. Took a few lesson and didn't have a good teacher so back to self taught. I eventually worked with a guy who had gone to GIT (back then that was the unchallenged holy grail of guitar education) and that seed was planted. Not long after, I packed up and moved to LA and attended GIT myself. I learned more there in a comparatively short time than I would have in ten years elsewhere. Took the next couple of years to assimilate what I learned, then found one of the world's most deeply buried jazz virtuosos, Gary Brunner, and took a few lessons to broaden my influence. By that time I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to do as a guitar player so I just jammed with everyone I could from all kinds of styles. Several more years go by and I had the absolute blessing to sit down and study a bit with the one guy who inspired me to pick the thing up to begin with, and easily my number one influence.


    Now I've got 181 unpublished, unreleased songs spanning 20 years of my life so the next "lesson" will be to sit down and learn how to objectively be my own producer and start filing the songs into groups that could end up on the same album together and put some of it out 8)

    Well then. I was kinda bummed to not see a new thread with all the folks that got the editor before I did but alas, my hiatus has yielded nothing of the sort. LOL. Oh well.


    This is reminiscent of Eventide and the android app for the H9. People were losing their damn minds, accusing the Eventide folks of intentionally dismissing the android users and other wildly heinous actions. Someone from Eventide finally put it on the table and said "fine, you think you could do it? We'll PAY YOU. Hire on and develop it with/for us".


    What came of it? Crickets.


    It was a good three years between the desktop release and the android version, all the while the response was "we're working on it", which they were. It was a huge pain in the ass for them, but they got it done in a timeframe the company could support. Imagine how that went for three years, having a fully functional, operating version for Mac, Windows, AND I.os but no android. People screamed about how it couldn't be that hard to write the code and such since the platform was already there. But it was.


    I want the editor just like anyone else. I was super excited to get my hands on it after seeing it in action last January but I'm not gonna lose my marbles over it not being ready.



    When they released it all former owners had to / still have to pay if they'd like to have the upgrade. Not so for the editor.

    Thinkin' it's time for another couple of months hiatus from this forum. It was funny at first but some of you guys are way too eager to nitpick and just argue for the sake of arguing.

    Aaaannnnnnd while I'm at it......


    The KPA operates fine without the editor.

    It did, nor does not now come with one.

    One was never promised nor offered in the marketing of the device.

    They don't owe us an editor.

    We are not entitled to one.


    As much as I would like to have it available, I'm just not going to get bent out of shape over it. I sure did shell out my hard earned dollars for my KPA, and it does exactly what I bought it to do. It also does everything it's advertised to do.


    And to further reinforce my car references, here's another analogy:

    Ferrari: we've decided we're going to engineer a supercharger for our production cars. Not sure when it'll be done, but we're working on it."

    Ferrari owners: "well, if it's not available immediately, without a single issue, for free, then I'm going to sell my car and buy a Porsche"

    Mazda was one of the last car companies to offer Android Auto in their cars. All they ever said was "we're going to have it eventually". A year and a half later there it was. Plenty of people whined about it because "every other car manufacturer has it". Meh. They put it out when they had it ready. Incidentally, I had a hacked version of it in my 2016 mazda and it was unstable as f**k.


    I'm going to just sit back and chuckle if the folks at Kemper say "welp, you cried about it too much. We're tired of hearing it. The editor is shelved. We'll get back to it when we have nothing better to do".

    I think he's looking at having them removed from Rig Exchange.


    Kinda defeats the purpose of RE, it's like going to the library and having the books you don't like removed (not that I don't totally relate to what you want to do).


    With that said, you *should* be able to whittle down your "local" folder to just the ones you like.

    I got to see and dabble with the editor at NAMM. It's very, very cool and I definitely see folks liking it way more than they expect. I won't go on a tirade to try and validate it, folks are going to stand by their opinions regardless until it's out.


    Nope, it's not going to do much for the plug-n-play types. It's the ones who want/need/prefer building a rig from the ground up that will be singing the highest praises. It's a lot more natural, almost akin to putting together a rig with tangible hardware.


    TBH, unless there was a stability issue I can't fathom what the holdup might be. It was functional nine months ago. Literally saw it in action with my own eyes. If it's not ready it's not ready. It's not my name on the box so I don't get to make those calls.

    While I ap and identify with your love of high-octane fun, this is not a suitable analogy. In the event where one pleads their case to Christoph and says "Hey, I love Kemper but I can't afford one. Please make a cheaper one"..


    ..Where Nissan would direct you to another Nissan product, Christoph would either say "no" or suggest moving onto L6, Fractal or Atomic. There is no Kemper alternative within the Kemper family.

    Add any background sound at all, TV, neighbor mowing the yard, patrons in a bar (you get the idea) and they'd sound exactly the same. I'm not sure the only reason I heard a difference at all was because there was a visual cue isn't the case.

    Well, it is in fact called the Kemper Profiling Amplifier. It's pretty much the technology the device was engineered on, and brought to the market to do.


    All sarcasm and snark aside, I see your point. What you're asking for is basically a device that only loads profiles. I don't know that the profiling section is what makes the device cost what it does. It's the immense processing that allows it to maintain the audio integrity and sound and react the way it does, and that processor is the golden egg of the device (more accurately the process by which it accomplishes that, not necessarily the chipset itself).


    Think of it like this: The Nissan GTR is an incredible vehicle. All wheel drive, twin turbo...and so on. I have seen a couple of them in excess of 2,000 horsepower. I bring my case to Nissan and say "hey, I can't afford a GTR. How about you guys make a cheap version". Their response is the 370Z. Sporty, fun to drive, NOT all wheel drive twin turbo, NOT a GTR.


    The KPA was designed to occupy a specific place in the music gear market, and it does it remarkably. As good as the Kemper effects have gotten I could see them doing an effects only device but I just don't see them being remotely interested in a stripped down KPA.

    The Truth monitors are way above their class (they sound better than they should).


    I picked up a set of Event TR8 monitors a while back, well kept for $200. If I recall they were $700ish new (making finding them pre-owned a great deal). They sound pretty damn amazing.

    Andy is one of the good guys. Been watching him play in my back yard for 20+ years, way back to Blue Cat Blues (and before). The night Steve Vai handed off his guitar to Andy out in the crowd (AT was a spectator!) and giving him the reigns for a bit was second only to getting to see Vai and Satch sit on barstools next to each other and just jam together for half an hour. I've always had enormous respect for Andy.

    I have a particularly unique perspective to offer here.


    I endorse a tube company. Sure, ok....and? Well, our tubes are a cut above (hang on, I'm getting to the good stuff). For one, they're $100. Each. Yeah, a hundred bucks a pop. Are they made for the guys slugging in out in smokey bars who aren't concerned with the last 1% of subtle tone difference? Nope. I even told Don (the guy who owns the company) I'd never pay that much for tubes, even if they sounded better. I was convinced they wouldn't sound $80 a piece better. To make a long story short, they DO sound better. Maybe not $80 better, and that isn't worth it to 99.8% of the guitar players out there, but they will make a difference nothing else will and it can't be replicated. I had two identical amps, and I did a true, honest to god A/B with them, one loaded with JJ tubes, one with the Wathens. The difference was in fact audible, and it could be captured on a recording.


    With that said, some amps respond more dramatically than others. Fender and H&K amps are quite sensitive to them, Marshalls don't seem to be so.


    It's not dramatic, but it's a subtlety that once you hear you can't un-hear. It brings a certain organic presence to an amplifier that nothing else will. And I toured with the same set of tubes in my GM36s for two years, playing Lord knows how many shows, most of them here in the Texas heat. I have found that JJs or Groove Tubes or most other decent replacements will sound better than stockers but the Wathens are genuinely an honest improvement.


    I can't afford to outfit my amplifiers with Wathen tubes, and would opt for JJs any other day. I'll also be the first to say that yeah, our tubes DO make a difference.


    (they make a bunch of other audiophile level products as well. Studio monitors, amplifiers, and a wicked sweet tube conditioned AD converter).

    Certainly give it a go. I distinctly recall the day I got mine. I was at guitar center picking up my 2nd Digitech 2101LE (a legend in its own) and the salesperson said "have you heard the BBE Maximizer on this? it sounds amazing". No, I had not, but the instant the dude clicked the "active" button I was blown away and bought it on the spot. There was a certain sizzle to the sound that I loved (me and everyone else back then). But as dramatic as the effect was it didn't translate well in the real world and we all learned that ultimately it did the opposite of what we wanted and it thinned out the sound. I guess you could say it sounded great but there was no way to actually capture that sound on tape, no matter mic nor placement nor black magic could get it to translate properly. A fun piece for sure though.

    Ok, I'm a little short on time but if I recall it's like this: route a channel insert to the spdif out (KPA spdif in), KPA dry signal to main, wet to monitor and record the new reamped track to its own track on the daw via the monitor out (the specific routing would be up to you, ie; wet to main instead if you preferred). It basically puts the KPA in the effects loop of one channel but routes the output to another open track so you don't record over the dry signal track.


    That's the quick and dirty version, there may be another but that was the on-the-fly solution.