Posts by dB Cooper

    dB Cooper Your experience with the high gain tones is disappointing, although the EVH demo already I heard was quite good.

    The high-gain tones I've heard in recent demos have been quite good.

    Does anyone have a list of all the IR lengths supported on each Modelling platform?

    Helix supports mono IRs up to 46ms (2,048 samples). Iridium supports stereo IRs up to 500ms. Kemper does some crazy computational work to convert IRs into EQ curves.

    I don't know exact specs, but given Neural's user base and their partnership with ML Sound Lab, I have to imagine their third-party support will be at least as good as Iridium's.

    I work in the music industry. I got to take home a Quad Cortex in the fall before the units were fully baked. The software was super beta and there were no presets on the unit, but I'm convinced it's going to be the real deal if Neural can iron out the production kinks. Surprisingly, the high-gain tones didn't do much for me (again, total pre-release). But what floored me was the mid-gain AC30 model with Alnico Blues. It definitely delivered something I haven't found in thousands of Kemper profiles — sort of a midrange forwardness and response speed that I don't think I've heard in any other modeler.

    Then there's the ability to use full-length IRs (which have come a long way in the last 9 years since they Kemper's debut), stereo rigs and cabs, the reduced form factor, and the freedom to work untethered from a computer. I'm waiting on the official launch, but I have little doubt it's going to be able to deliver on 90% of its promises.

    My wife DID point out that she'll miss the look of my Kemper (she calls it my spaceship) if I trade up. Those of you who pre-ordered, I think your patience will be rewarded.

    Hey ckemper ,

    I really appreciate you sticking around to weigh in on all these comments. It's been an honor to hear you speak directly on these topics. It continues to blow my mind all the engineering know-how that goes into every KPA module.

    If I may, though, it sounds to me like you're quick to defend the Kemper Drive and issues with the Profiler's headroom rather than heeding suggestions from your most die-hard committed fans. This thread is full of real-world R&D. There may be things that can be improved upon yet in OS8. Just my $0.02.

    I would agree that the Kemper Drive needs bass added in most cases to feel right. See my demo video several pages back. 3-5dB @ 191Hz goes a long way for me. I've also personally never found an analog OD I liked the sound of going into the Kemper's input — and I've tried endless varieties. Maybe a video directly covering Clean Sens and pedal integration could help.

    Thanks for all the continued support after all these years! Team Kemper for life.

    I'm pumped about the Kemper Drive so far. I tried on it a few low- and high-gain Rigs tonight. It sounds great and seems super versatile. I can tell I'm going to get some miles out of it. Thanks, Kemper team!

    Only thing I'd change is that it seems to suck out some lows at most settings. Not a problem when you can add an EQ before the amp, but perhaps it needs to have its own bass knob.

    Short KOT demo here:…EwW8CYWx/view?usp=sharing

    prolixuk , I made some bass profiles using an Acme Audio MTP-66, a fully stocked API lunchbox, and a Chandler Limited Zener Limiter — around $10k worth of signal chain. IMHO, the Kemper didn't really do it justice. I think it captured some of the structure and harmonic character of the gear, but it really didn't capture that "big iron" heft I hoped it would.

    So something like an EQ would probably be doable. But when you're talking about a character pre or LA-2A, other gear might serve you better. A creator called Past to Future has really been impressing me with their console and tape machine IRs lately.

    Hello Kemper,

    I've been doing a number of bass profiles lately with amps and outboard gear. Two feature I'd like to see in future OS builds are:

    1) A wet/dry cab blend — Rather than just turning the Cab module on or off, could we have a blend knob to add just a touch of cab color to the direct sound? This is a common recording practice. It would be handy for acoustic guitar IRs as well.

    2) A wet/dry direct blend — If I've got a highly saturated profile, I'd like to be able to blend some of my clean tone straight from the bass back into the signal for clarity. I know we have the Direct Mix option now, but with my setup, it doesn't seem to do what I'm trying to achieve. The sound is still colored and I can't achieve the blend I want.

    Even just making these options available via stomps would be a godsend. Thanks for your consideration.

    Not only do I agree with you, I’ll go one farther: I prefer the sound of Studio profiles even if I’m replacing the Cab module. Crazy, right? I did an experiment last year where I captured a 6505 Mini into a Two Notes Torpedo Reload (reactive loadbox) two ways: directly into the Kemper without a cab, and out of that same box into a miked speaker cab. Same settings, same signal path. I found I got more pleasing results to sub in cab IRs for the Studio profiles than the Direct.

    I also tend to prefer the baked-in cab sounds running into a full-range speaker or monitor than a cab-less Rig run a traditional guitar cab, based on my experience.

    I’ll echo what others have said: the mono folddown on that pedal is not great. I had one given to me and ended up giving it away after one use. By design, it’s going to mess with your timing and phase if you’re monitoring in mono.