Hmm, yeah, I have tried the Victory Kraken from reampzone and was very underwhelmed with the direct profiles that were on offer there.
Here's a question for all you powerhead users out there: What are the "best" direct/merged profiles on the market for use with a cab?
My definition of best is that nice trouser flapping feeling of a full, present profile. For reference - the MBritt profiles are a touch too distant through a cab for my tastes.
I've had some good experiences with some merged profiles from STL Tones.
Looking a vendor with a wide range of punchy profiles.
EDIT: As an aside, if anyone has a very good Tremonti style Ubershall profile that is Direct/Merged i'd be all over that!
Does anyone have any experience with the Direct profiles from ChopTones? That's what interests me the most about them.
Are there Direct / Merged profiles with this?
I have an issue with my Kemper Toaster, the hole that the strap button is screwed into has stripped itself (as I was pulling it out of my kemper bag, the screw was already loose), essentially rendering the strap unusable.
Has anyone had this issue before / is it resolvable?
As far as i'm aware there is no metadata that shows this (on the kemper + rig manager at least). Would be nice for us powerhead owners to have!
Which of these guitar amps are direct, merged etc.?
No, If I am understanding what "Merged" means. I am still learning this thing. I assume "Merged" means that the amp was also done separately and then merged back with the same cab that was initially used?
Someone please explain to me if I am incorrect in my thinking.
"Studio" means the profile was created with the amp and cab in one session.
"Amp" means that just the amp was used for the profile.
"Merged" means I did both "Studio" and "Amp" and then re-combine those with the "merged" setting.
1) Studio means you have captured just that Mic'd up sound.
2) Direct means you have captured just the Head without and Cabinet Section
3) Merged is a combination of the two! You capture a Studio Tone and you capture a Direct Tone, and it takes a difference of the two to get very good separation of the head and cab.
Hope this helps!
Thanks for the add!
My name is Conrad and i am based in the UK. I play originals and covers and have played live for the last 5 years. Main axes are les paul gibson traditional (PEARLY GATES PUPS) and the very first guitar i ever owned - a Mexican strat which i have changed EVERYTHING on! I have owned a serious amounts of amps in my time (as i am an AMP guy - some guys are guitar guys - i'm an amp guy)
1) a 1959 JCM 800 (from 81) 100 watt head (the good one),
2) a Victory V130
3) a Victory Sheriff 44.
I own several cabs with different speaker combinations and had too many analogue pedals to list. I have tried modelling in the past (Helix, pod and plug ins - S gear) BUT HAVE NEVER BEEN IMPRESSED ENOUGH TO DITCH MY VALVE AMPS AND i have always returned to them! I have been playing for over 20 years and love all things rock, classic rock and blues rock.
Bought the kemper (powerhead toaster and remote) a week ago and have been trying it with my guitar cab (creamback 65) and an alto TS212. I have read the entire manual three times, and bought some good profiles (M Britt and Top Jimi) BUT I thought i would use this thing for at least two weeks before i posted. Yes i am still in the honeymoon period but i am comfortable enough to now commit my views to writing.
I was initially impressed with the Kemper BUT NOT BLOWN AWAY. That was until i found M Britts FREE JCM800 profile and the FREE fender vibrolux profile!! JESUS this thing has BLOWN ME AWAY!!!!! Both profiles sound EXCELLENT through the guitar cab and Alto (both at low and high volumes !!) Those classic rock sounds we all grew up on are NOW AT MY FINGERTIPS!! No tweaking , no messing about - I HAVE LED ZEP TONES AT MY FINGERTIPS finally!!! . I have the BEST TONE I HAVE HAD IN 20 YEARS!!
I have now realised that MY REFERENCE TONE (the one in my head) has been based on those classic guitar recordings, i grew up with! I have spent thousands of pounds and hours of my life chasing those tones - ONLY TO REALISE i needed to hear those tones as they were created (RECORDED THROUGH A MICROPHONE AND GUITAR CAB!!) I am beaming from ear to ear this morning, as i have been learning good times bad times and the tone is AWWESOOOOOME!!!!!
I packed all my valve amps away today !! I have also sold most of my analaogue pedals (with no sellers regret!) .
This is an INCREDIBLE amp (i'm not even going to call this a modeller as it is WAY ahead of any real valve amp i have played!! )
If you cannot get good tone out of this amp - then i do not think you'll ever achieve the "tone in your head" This thing is the most tweakable bit of technology i have every come across. IT IS BETTER THAN A TRADITIONAL VALVE AMP as you can tweak every conceivable parameter UNTIL you find the tone you are looking for!! Clean tone not bright enough? : brighten it up! Tone too bright? (darken it up!) - Got a frequency bothering your ears? - record your guitar into the looper - let it play and simply sweep the frequency range until you find the offending frequency! As has been suggested on this forum countless times - THE PROFILE MAKES all the difference - i will find myself a maximum of 10 profiles i like and will tweak these until they work FOR MY EARS. I will then DELETE EVERYTHING ELSE.
I know i have bought a good piece of kit when all i do is PLAY! With the helix i spent weeks trying to find a tone my ears liked. With the Kemper i find myself trying a profile and an hour later i'm still playing, that profile ! THIS IS THE POINT!! I hated the Line 6 pod and Helix BECAUSE I LANDED UP PLAYING SO LITTLE AND TWEAKING ENDLESSLY
This valve amp purist is CONVERTED!!! Thanks to those who helped me when i asked for workflow suggestions.
If you'd like to make a Direct profile of that Sheriff i'm sure people would be very happy
Is this a merged profile?
I've got my eye on the Misson Expression Pedal for Kemper (the one with the button in the toe down position) - mainly for Wah effects, but i've got some questions.
1) Can the Kemper map any parameter to the Expression Pedal?
2) Can the Kemper map more than one parameter to the Expression Pedal?
A seriously good profile! Bit bassy for my tastes but that was easily tweaked out. Very Good.