I put mine on a tilt back amp stand next to me. I use a short USB cable for the remote and a short cable from my pedal board to the rack. very tidy-tight setup and can make adjustments (if needed) on the fly.
Good day all!
After performing with my KPA for several months, I am going to take a stab at profiling my amps this weekend. Question: is there any noticeable difference or advantage in using a Les Paul w/ humbuckers or a Strat with single coils when profiling or refining the signal? As I understand it, the initial profiling process does not involve or consider the guitar type and pups (other than the amp is set up with whatever guitar you are using at that time). Any advice regarding this?
Yes. it's that easy. I run IEM with my Kemper and mono or stereo to FOH. A monitor is nice if you want to create feedback and overtones. Otherwise, this kit is very easy to keep it simple. The foot controller is an essential IMO for live use.
Line6 allows for 2 amp blocks to be loaded at the same time allowing to 'Morph" between 2 amps at different distortion/ gain settings. Kemper does not.
Using the morph feature to add hi degrees of "amp" gain does not work well IMO. the amp model used is captured/ profiled at a certain gain stage. adding great amounts of gain to a profile makes the profile sound "fizzy". Conversely, starting with a hi gain profile and lower the gain to a clean setting yields a lifeless profile sound. Morphing gain/ distortion levels works better using stomps. The Kemper really works more like a multi channel amp. I do use profiles that are clean or on the edge of breakup and then morph a stomp pedal to increase gain. I think that works well in most situations, but it cannot go from a Roland jazz chorus clean to a Diezel full blown roar and yield a convincing amp sound. At least I have not been able to do that?
My take; the amp in the room discussion is not even a thought for me. I've played with 100 watts into 412's/ split 412s with (2) 50 watt Marshalls, 212's, dual 1-12s, single combos, dual combos, etc...just about every combo out there. When it comes down to it, here is what the kemper offers IMO...
a multitude of great tones that translate very well to the FOH for your audience. I monitor my Kemper in stereo via IEM and the sound is awesome. I run a FRFR to get feedback on stage as needed. To get such variety of tones you would have to run a slew of amps on stage and a well stocked pedal board/ outboard EFX unit. Even a 3 channel tube amp (mesa, etc) lacks in what you can achieve (variety) with the Kemper. Please know that I am not discounting your concern, I simply believe the benefits of this gear far outweighs the need for the "amp in the room" feel.
Most new pedal train kits come with double stick velcro for the board rails and for the backs of your pedals. Pretty simple to put together. As far as the EFX pedals, usually you would run time based effects in the EFX loop of the Kemper (or an amp). Not the hard rule, they just seem to "play well" in most EFX loops.
Actually if you emulate the way Kemper has its EFX laid out, you should get good results. Drive pedals before amp profiles. Time based EFX after amp. EQ can be pre or post profiles depending on if you want to drive the profile (pre) or do a final EQ shape of the sound (post). If you add drive pedals to your board, run them in front of the Kemper- now, as to the order of your drive pedals, it depends on what you are trying to achieve. But that could probably be a thread of its own and widely debated by guitarists far and wide
THE BETTER QUESTION IS; will a majority of Kemper owners be lured away by the next shiney amp thingy that sounds good? Answer...yes. You can't stop progress or completely satisfy a guitarist.
- dont use pure cab
- hold rig button to quick transpose as oppose to using a pedal
- tap your beat using the tap button to sync your bpm for fx and others
- use rig manager to manage profiles
- use latest firmware
curious, what about the pure cab function is not working for you?
Makes sense. I have a few Pedaltrains (and Voodoo power), among them one of the small ones. I had my Shure wireless velcro'd onto the board as well. Even though I won't run pedals now with the Kemper, I'll probably keep the same power / wireless config on a small board both for ease of setup and fewer things to break from fooling with them.
Out of curiosity, if you've got the Voodoo, why do you still use the wall wart for power - is it a non-standard voltage?
good question. I do not have a cable that will go from the Voodoo to the mini usb to power the G10. I am sure they exist, just never have tried to find one. The other reason is that all my power ports from the Voodoo are being used to power other pedals. I just bought a new, larger pedal train board and flight case (with wheels!) that I will be setting up so I have enough room to mount the Kemper remote. I am trying to set up a pedal board that I can run with my MeBo mark 5/35 analog or any other amp... or use in sync with the Kemper and the Kemper remote. I do a chruch gig that they prefer me to use a tube amp (I am working on them to let me use the KPA- but old attitudes can sometimes die hard). I also do a few travel dates every year that I just take guitars and a pedal board and run thru provided amps. I figure if I set the board up correctly, I could meet any of these requirements and be able to use the Kemper if allowed to do so.
Yes. It stays wired at all times. the wall wart plugs into the AC plug of my VooDoo lab 2plus. That sits on a Pedaltrain board (secured via velco) which is transported in a road case. I can see where it could break if you are always plugging in / wiring it for every gig. So far, I've had no issues.
G10 user here for the last year or so. No issues for me. I mount the docking unit on my floor board. I don't usually roam too far from the unit, but i have walked out into an empty auditorium during sound checks to hear the mix and had no problems. That was easily farther than 15 meters without any drop outs. I can't sense any latency at all. I have A/B 'd the unit with a gold tip monster cable and cannot hear any noticeable loss in fidelity. The bug is nice and fits wells in all my guitars (les pauls, strats, teles, godins, jacksons) super easy to swap it out when changing guitars vs using a belt or strap pack unit with a cord. All that for $160, hard not to love it.
welcome, lots of good help here.
Wheresthedug ...I think you have a good point about using the Main Out (mono) to the board via balanced signal. I will re wire my rack and send the direct and monitor outs to my rack mixer and see if there is an audible difference. I was hesitant to do this first as sending unbalanced signals to my IEM mixer would be unbalanced and possibly carry line level noise in my IEM mix.
Wheresthedug, thanks for the info. so If I use pure cab per rig, should I disable it globally so as not to have it running in 2 instances thereby summing the effect in the main outs?
As I am getting to know my KPA UNPWR rack, I have a question about the pure cab and space features.
Since the pure cab is global, at what value are you using for your sound?
Space feature... I am running IEM during my shows. I have chosen to run the KPA via the main outs into a Behringer Eurorack to be able to IEM in stereo. I plan on using the direct out set to master mono to run the the FOH as I only have room for 1 gtr input on the board in most situations (9pc band). There will be some larger shows where I can run stereo to FOH, but that is a limited amount of gigs.
will the space effect only be present on signal from the main outs only?
if I run the monitor and direct outs as a stereo pair to the FOH, will space affect be present on those sends?
Lastly, should I use the DIRECT OUT or the MONITOR OUT for my mono FOH feed?
Having 1 cord to power the remote is great as others have mentioned. The ability to have 4 separate controllers (I only use 2) is nice (if you have room on your board ). It works flawlessly (for me), just disable the looper for live use, or assign the looper button to control another parameter (i have it set up for delay hold). I don't think it is over sized for what it does, as some midi or analog boards can be huge enough that you almost need to step sideways to get to all the buttons or "tippy-toe" to upper levels hoping not to activate the wrong switch(s). You can set up morphing (sans exp pedals) using the 5 lower switches if you don't have room for additional exp pedals.
Cons...I think the design was well thought out, however I do agree that lighted numbers on the unit would have been an improvement. The LED screen is smaller than some of the competition out there.
IMHO, it is a must have if using the KPA live. After using very large pedal boards for years, less is more for me (size/footprint vs functionality). This thing just gets it done without having to run 3 or 4 cables from an analog floor board to amp/ EFX loop which makes it fast, easy and efficient and decreases the possibility of a bad cable between pedals or out to the amp issues or loss of signal with large boards loaded with multiple pedals.
My best advice would be to look at this in a "back to basics" approach. For your situation, the signal chain to consider is:
it could be technique (hands)
it could be the guitar (neck/string setup, string gauge/ pickups, etc.)
or the rig (gain stage/ amp selection, compression settings, efx chain)
If it is your hands, practice is the solution
if its the guitar, try a different setup, string gauge, etc
if its the rig, try to solve with compression or gain stage
quite often its a combination of all three IMHO.
I've found that a modulation setting (chorus/flange) that is too intense can be a problem also. If you have the ability to post a video of what you are having problems with, I am sure there are many experienced players here that would offer advice on how to solve your problem. happy shredding.
Welcome. Having owned about every product from L6 over the years and being a Roland V-guitar player, I can relate to the pain of endless tweeking. Crafting patches is a lot of work, but can be rewarding if you have the time to invest. The main reason I love the KPA is the simplicity of getting really great sounds quickly and almost effortlessly. For me, the KPA is like working with a real amp/cab/pedal board setup. I already know what type of delays and reverbs my ears like hearing. With the lock function, I have the ability to have my "pedal board" and instantly run that thru a myriad of amps via rig exchange or saved/ purchased profiles in my unit. It makes for a super simple and fast auditioning process across a broad range of amp profiles. I am also using Rig exchange to see how others setup tones/ cabs/EFX. Couple all these benefits with warm sounding, dynamic responding amp tones...winning!
Welcome and have fun!