Wheresthedug Enlightened

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  • Can you please explain how you use -5 for clean sense (the rational). I thought if you had low volume on the clean channel compared to OD rig you’d want to put the clean sense UP in positive territory? Clean sensitivity is something I’ve never really ‘heard’ so it’s hard for me to set. Why at -5?

    I’ve always just left it around 2.5 but I really can’t hear or tell how it works and usually just use variable rig volume to adjust rigs in songs

    • hi oozish, i don’t have any specific wisdom to impart here I’m afraid.

      From the very first moment I plugged my guitar into the KPA in the shop I always felt the clean sounds were WAY too loud compared to the distortion sounds so I fully expected to need to readjust all the levels manually if I bought it. After a full afternoon in a demo booth comparing the KPA and Helix I decided the KpA was the best suited to my needs.

      When I got it home I started redadjusting the levels and resaving rigs. I also noticed that the input light was flashing red more than I expected. Then I watched the videos and resd the manual properly. The Clean Sens control sounded like just what I needed. I played with it for a while and just found around -5 to be the best compromise for me in terms of stopping clipping and making the clean and dirty sounds sit well together. For stopping clipping around -7.5 or more worked best but then the clean sounds weren’t balanced as well. It’s still a work in progress as I’m sure it is guitar, context and gernre specific so I may well find I need to change it in future but for now around -5 works for me it still goes well into the red sometimes but I can live with it quite happily.

      I just noticed you said you can’t really hear how it works. Try this. Turn the gain to 0 on any profile. Turn the Clean Sens to it lowest setting. Now increase the gain gradually all the way to max and observe how the levels change as gain increases. Now set the clean sens to max and do the same thing. That should really highlight what it does. Now just tweak to something tht works for you. It doesn’t seem to critical that you get an exact setting just somewhere in the right ball park.

      Hope that helps.


    • Thank you so much for a wonderful, detailed response! I do appreciate!

      Ok, I'll try that; that's the ticket it seems with the Kemper to discovering what it does, just tweak knobs full right full left and see what it does, lol. THanks again. :)

    • you’re welcome