Posts by xzyryabx

    Oh you're the man I've been looking for!!

    Possible to share your settings so I can have a starting off point?

    How would you change your settings to get it closer to the settings Marty uses for the af9?

    Oh wow, didn't know they were still in production! Thanks for the pointer.

    I've been scouring the used sites for months and all I've found are a few here and there but for more than I would like to pay, especially for used, $250+.

    Good to know there's a source for new ones, I'll look into whether or not they ship to Japan.

    Still interested if there is a way to get the sound in the vid with the kemper since that's cheaper, less hasstle, and I prefer to not start getting into pedal logistics.

    I'm a huge Marty Friedman fan, and one of the few pedals he uses is the Maxon af-9.

    I've been trying to hunt one down but not having any luck, so I was wondering if anybody knows how I can emulate the sound using the kemper?

    It's basically an auto filter pedal, and the way he sets it kinda sounds like an auto wah with minimal sweep.

    He uses it with all parameters in the "off" (switches all the way down) position.

    Is getting something to mimick that snapshot doable?


    Here is the pedal in action:

    I have the same studio monitors and also mainly use high-gain profiles from the producers you mentioned.

    One of the standard things I do to most profiles is add a low-pass filter b/w 70-110Hz depending on the cab, a notch filter to taste to mute some of the droning bass frequencies that make the profiles a bit muddier than I would like, and set the amps compressor around 5.

    If its a very bassy profile, I'll play around with the high/low shift cab settings.

    I need to setup the same profile specifically to each of my guitars to get the ideal tone out of each, so I am assuming I will need to do that for each set of studio monitors and also volume levels; I noticed that bassy profiles don't sound as bassy once I raise the volume.

    To answer part of your question, yes, you can record a loop and use it to audition rigs. All you need to do is find the settings page for the looper and switch it's position b/w pre and post. I forget which one you need to choose but it's easy to figure out by trial and error.

    There already is a latency control; two settings fixed or as little as possible (so to speak). I forget where to change that though. It's set to as little as possible by default.

    On that note, I was messing around with the transpose feature recently and I couldn't detect any latency, even between 1 step vs 10. I recall noticing the latency before, so perhaps in one of the more recent updates they somehow were able to reduce the latency?

    I think the monitor section is greyed out because the main link is selected. This allows you to control both the main and monitor output volumes at the same time using the master volume knob. Click on the top left soft button to unlink.

    Is that true? Are you talking about the system/input/out settings?

    I wouldn't expect that to be the case....

    What I do is keep the original on my Kemper, immediately "save as" a new profile, then edit the new. To compare with the original profile I just switch to that.

    The Kemper has a snapshot functionality but I haven't looked into that, so not sure how it works and if it would work for this.

    And I can never understand why Pod and Kemper owners get personal, when you say your having problems with the gear they love.

    How about you upload your samples, so we can hear what you think is a great tone?

    How old are you? There's no need to be like that.

    You're the one with a problem with the Kemper not him.

    He makes a valid point, instead of vague "I don't like the tone I'm getting" complaints, post a clip so we can hear if what you are getting is what you should expect from the kemper, in which case you should just give up on the kemper as it's not for you, or we can let you know that it's not your ears and there is something wrong with the unit or interface/DAW setup.

    Also, one thing I should mention, which you are probably already aware of, is the difference in tone b/w what sounds good for a recording vs what sounds good as a player in the room.

    For recording, you actually want a thinner, more middy, less bass heavy sound (b/c the bass guitar and drums will fill that part of the spectrum in the mix), while when playing live, especially alone, you want a thicker tone.

    The Kemper, as well as the modelers, are essentially emulating the tone you would get in the mixing room when you mic the cab and are listening through studio monitors, which is a shitty tone for playing live if you are looking for that in-the-room cab tone. Many say you can't get that tone from the Kemper but I disagree, it's very doable but of course will never be the same since you're using smaller speakers in the monitor and you won't be moving much air. I rarely record and use it exclusively for replacing my head/cab setup, and the results I'm getting I am very happy with. I usually need to activate pure cab, boost the lows (via a post-rig studio eq) a bit, maybe add a boost, maybe play around with the cab high/low shift filters.

    Finally the guitar/pickups you use will naturally affect the tone, so unless you play with the same gear that the producers used in their sample videos your tone will sound different. Plus, you never know what reverb or post-processing the producers used for those videos.

    Hold on to the Kemper, it can do what you need, you just need to get your head around what it is and how to manipulate it to get the tone you are looking for. I was so frustrated it with it the first month and missed my return window and got depressed that I was now stuck with a 2k paperweight, but now am so happy I can't believe I waited so long to get it.

    I'm no Kemper pro, but when I first got mine I had a similar frustration, here is what I would suggest:

    1) Try w/ Pure Cab off and then on at different levels

    2) Test different gain settings (try not to go way too far off in either direction); try adding a clean boost or greenscreamer before the stack

    3) Adjust the CAB high/low shift settings

    4) Add a studio EQ after the stack

    5) Adjust definition/clarity

    6) Try pairing with another cab

    7) If you have to tweak too much the profile isn't for you, try the next one. It now takes me around half an hour to setup a profile once I find one that is 90% there.