Also just noticed with Stack selected I am hearing both wet and dry.
Also just noticed with Stack selected I am hearing both wet and dry.
And also for the love of God how good does this sound. Even reamped incorrectly this think sounds amazing. Got a riff I had already recorded and it's playing using the LL Big Rock profile and it sounds huge.
I am struggling with Reamping. Now I have reamped for many years so I understand the concept. Also I have read the manual, read a great post on the forum and watched a few you tube videos.
My problem is when selecting Git Studio as my output I get no signal.
Return in to output on soundcard
Direct out to input on sound card
Main out in stereo to two inputs on soundcard
Now from the tutorials it says to go to Input on Kemper and select Return Input Reamp.
Go to output on Kemper and select Direct Out to Git Analog to record dry guitar, then set Main Out as Git Studio.
When I do I get no sound at all unless I set Main Output to Stack.
Also the signal is very low, mainly to start with as I have the - 12db select lol, but on my sound card I have my Pads in and the gain around 8.
Also the Master Volume where do you have it set? Should this be maxed out or should Main set to Git Studio produce a line level signal.
Sorry guys but I have read all I can and just want some assurances I'm not going to fry my baby
I have already asked myself that question.
I didn't even know about the Kemper, found it, reviewed it, got some help from the guys on this forum, ordered and loved. It is so bloody cheap for what it can do and the thought of how much cash I have spent on mediocre gear over the years I could own about 10 of these.
My next step is just that, look at some pro vendors but I want to see who is best and what profiles are made for Firmware 5 so I can test merged profiles.
One other great point I would like to make.
When we practice the room has a huge impact on the sound. Last few times I have jammed with my JVM it was lost in the mix due to the GT75 speakers being quite dark sounding. I could easily buy a new cab for £800 with v30s in but again money after money. Now I can just hit Cab and select a V30 loaded cab. The Kemper is just so reliable from a consistent sound perspective it seems unreal.
I am a very happy Kemper.
Lads you were not wrong, blown away and I have only been playing for 6 hrs!!!
This thing is ridiculously easy to operate, not had the manual out once and only needed a little help with importing the DLY Pitch effects, took no time and the download had a guide so covered.
Have not even opened the floorboard or mission pedals yet.
OK....Kemper owners put down your cup of tea, inhale and prepare yourself.
Kemper, it is ok providing a beautiful looking amp profiler, its great having one nicely constructed user guide, its marvellous that you included 2 plectrums for me to use, but for the love of God could you not have included some Anti Wrinkle cream for my laughter lines!!!!! This thing is on par with my JVM.....plus some.
Updated the firmware.....no need for a manual.
Loaded Rig Manager......no need for the manual.
Downloaded some Rig Packs.....No need for a manual, more so no need for the packs as there are a ridicules amount of profiles already available as soon as Rig Manager connects.
Downloaded the DLY and Pitch pack......Did need the guide to import these as it required the USB....5 minutes of my time.
Now I loaded up a few Rigs to test, a few more like about 100, and apart from the ones that don't suit my playing, they sounded bloody awesome. I felt like I was in front of a tube amp screaming away at a gig....only I was at about 5 watts out of a DXR10!!!!. Amps that I know I would like but would never buy I got to play. There is a great amount of feel with this profiler, its so touch sensitive, roll back the volume, cleans up beautifully, alter you pick attack and it responds accordingly.
All I did was scroll to another amp and play, smile, play, smile.....
The delays I played with are inspirational especially the pitched ones.....wow.
Now I always gauge my love of a device by one thing, is it inspirational. I must say having this many fantastic tones was instantaneously inspirational, from low fi fuzz making want to play QOTSA to extremely saturated distortions taking me back to when I was 15 and into Deicide, Cannibal Corpse, Dark Throne (Was loving riffing with these) then I put a dry Marshall on, Velvet Revolver, GnR all day long.
I had to get my notepad out and take notes, no notes regarding the operation of the Kemper but I had to write tab for the amount of riffs and hooks I was coming up with.
My final statement which I feel sums it up for me:
Every time I have purchased a modeller I have had huge doubts after testing, 6 months down the line I have had buyers remorse as I was never fully satisfied (this is in regard to amps not effects as I don't really use any)....but it was easy to transport and control. If this thing weighed twice the amount of my JVM and 4x12 I would still keep it.
I am extremely satisfied with my Kemper!
If you are thinking of a Kemper stop thinking about it and buy one.
I cant wait to re-amp this baby and start writing.
I noticed after I posted my first message on the forum that straight after many other people posted "Should I buy a Kemper". What I thought I would try to do is give a first impression and my little journey to tone heaven.
I ordered the Power Rack, foot pedal, 2 x Mission Pedals and the DXR10.
My previous kit was a Gibson and a JVM410H with 4x12 GT75's.
Effects are to subjective so I will leave them out.
My JVM and Amps
Let me start by making a rather strange statement.....I hate/hated the sound of guitar cabs. I have been playing for over 20 years and in this time I owned a HH amp as my first, then a Laney solid state, even with my JVM I hated the sound of the cab as it was either to shrill or my ears would compress quickly and I could hear nothing. I moved onto Line6 and Boss modelling as I would mainly write music rather than played live and I think all those years with modellers has tuned my ears to a more processed sound rather than an amp.
Then I bought a Grandmeister36 for one reason......to much tweaking. Once I opened up the tubes on that amp there was no looking back. Now the Grandmeister36 has a flaw in my opinion, and a strange flaw for me from my previous statement, but it sounded so processed. Then I bought my JVM, hit the OD1 channel and I have been hooked ever since.
In a band context the JVM is just a monster hence why I own two and I learnt one thing......I love Marshall tone. When I bought my Gibson I had various Jacksons, Epiphones and all revisions of the Variax and all none inspiring but once I had a Gibson I have not even looked at another woman.
Well I have gigged a lot in the past with modellers. Now I am 41, carrying around a JVM and 4x12 with a huge pedalboard (the largest pedal train is full to the brim) and I am now not only the song writer and lead guitarist but I am the singer too.
TOO MUCH KIT!!!!
Here I am today
Well I took my order in this morning, I am now sat in my little modest home studio and have it all set up.
My first test was to just connect it and play, no altering sounds or changing any EQ as I wanted to see what it can do out of the box.
Well I have to say the sheer weight alone was impressive, my whole body was elated that I may never have to carry my amp and cab again. I have yet to unpack the pedal or Mission's as I don't see the point until I know I love the sounds. The Kemper is a very well built piece of kit with a LOT of inputs and outputs I will certainly put to good use.
After I plugged it all in, I read the manual before I bought it, I turned it on and began browsing the amps. At this stage my only disappointment was that the 4 main large knobs touch the front panel when turned, luckily they pulled out ok......I am very fussy.
Now after a few models I am feeling mildly positive, not as overwhelmed with joy as I anticipated. Then I got to the clean section with a little delay, 30 minutes of playing lead I fell in love with the preset (it now escapes me which one) but the distortions were ok but not to my taste which would be a killer for me as I actually have no use at this stage for clean sounds.
Then it hit me, I have no idea what a Bogner sounds like so how the hell can I judge it on that. So I scrolled along to the Marshall amps..........Shit, the JVM sounded like a monster, far to much distortion but the creamy full bodied sound was righty there, and which channel, the bloody OD1 on the JVM, the nirvana of sounds for me. It had to much gain so I turned down my volume, holy crap. Now any Line6 owner knows 1 thing, turning down guitar volume = lower distortion, not less, just a drop in volume. This crazy piece of digital madness actually cleans up.
I scrolled through all the presets and found nearly all would be extremely useful in the studio, about 30% I can see me using live!!!! This is with no firmware update, no Rig Manager and no packs just absolute stock .
My biggest problem I had with modellers was applying firmware. As a high level infrastructure person I know the consequences of a firmware corruption and it equals an RMA back to the manufacturer 90% of the time. I have chewed my fingers to the bone updating modellers as they are so reliant on a PC........1 power outage, "Windows would like to reboot" or knock of a cable and you have a brick on your hands.
How bloody cool was it to move a file to a USB, then plug it in and have the manual process removed whist it just updates on its own.......hats off to Kemper for this.
This is as far as I have gotten so far. I am about to try the new firmware with Rig Manager and a few downloaded packs.
Is this unit confusing to use, yes as I am new to it and will figure it out but I have managed to alter all the parameters I need from the interface without having to refer to the manual.
Oh and a further hats off to Kemper for an actual basics manual in paper format that has actual content. One of my frustrations is receiving a manual in 3000 languages that contains no real information and is a token gesture.
Sorry if this has bored the life out of everyone but I would like to update it a I go along and share my experience.
Time to play a little more.
Booked the day off, parcel arrives in the morning........
Time to unpack
The last thing I want to do is try all the wrong presets and send it back. I'll give that one a go mate, thanks for the recommendation.
My Kemper is coming tomorrow. What would be the best approach to take to test.
I was going to hook it up to the DXR10 or my studio monitors then:
Kick the missus out
Install Rig Manager
Download a free amp pack (which would you recommend or would the Tone Hammer one be good enough)
Scroll to any Marshall patch
Post something in the forum
Play the next patch
Post something on the forum
Rinse and repeat.
If you had 1 day to test, what would be your approach?
Steve... What?! Shoes.... She can't buy shoes, I've just spent all the money on a Kemper haha
Nar my missus is cool. I took her when I bought my gibson "I don't know, it's 2 grand" "but you work hard"....... Now I own a Gibson haha
To be honest I am quite lucky. A great amp sound is all I need along with a small amount of delay and a wah.
Most of my issues come from my pedal board being so big as it houses a channel switcher from my old Grandmeister36 controlling the Vl3x and the JVM via midi. Then add the wireless system, wah, GT-OD, Noise gate, Mxr 108 eq.... The board just grows. Then add in the heaviest head on the planet and the JVM along with a 4x12 and the spiral staircase in the recording studio becomes Everest...not the most inspiring after a hard day's work.
Plan A - nothing but the kemper, 2 mission pedals and the DXR
Plan B - buy more stuff
Plan C - buy more stuff
There is so much crap I want yet don't need.
I just love writing
That's just in case the missus reads it haha.
The hunt for tone is an endless and expensive journey both mentally and financially.
Oh the standards have been set high.
I am so bloody excited it's unreal.
The I just need a 6u rack and I am done but that's a different post.
Well delivery date is tomorrow.
Good news.... Day off work
Bad news..... Working the evening so if it arrives late I may just cry lol
That's were my fear lies, turn up and there is no place for the DXR and an uncooperative sound guy.
Had it before and had to run my amp modeler via a speaker cab then mic it.... He wondered why it was hard to mix. He was extremely obnoxious but I find most sound guys to be accommodating.
Most enjoy the fact they get volume continuity and it's independent from the monitoring side.
Been told I will have my kemper on Thursday so just need to book some days off.
ah forget that, for an extra 300 I would rather have all basis covered.
100 pages into the manual...nerd needs to sleep, must work tomorrow........
I'm having a little rethink, not about the Kemper but more whether I need a powered version or not as I have ordered the dxr10.
Part of me thinks if I need it it's there, the other part things the difference could be a top quality 6u rack.
It's great when people compliment the sound......the JVM has that when people hear the OD1 orange channel.
I use the AIC wah pedal but I believe there are settings for this wah on the forum....that may be sold too,
To be honest I've read that much about the Kemper it's starting to become addictive.
As I've now read all I can online I've downloaded the manual.
Jesus this is the crack of guitar profilers....
I NEED MY FIX
Do kemper have a rehab clinic?
Cheers dude, I did notice that commercials can't be discussed so avoided it for that reason.
I will definitely PM you once it arrives. It will give me a good starting point but I will profile my amp too as it will take my room into the mix which will give me a realistic comparison.
I can't wait, just recorded a tune with my JVM and I absolutely love this amp, sits nice with my vocals, also another thing I may attempt which is profiles of vocal preamps.... One step at a time though lol
The other thing is a lot of users here seem to be studio owners, people in bands and bedroom musicians. A great mix of opinions and everyone is more than content with the product.
I have a few days off this week and next so hoping it arrives soon.