Kemper Profiling Amp Thread

Discussion in 'Gear & Equipment' started by adrock, Jan 7, 2011.

  1. SenorDingDong

    SenorDingDong Smeller of Smells

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    I go guitar, direct into Kemper, and Kemper either into Friedman ASC 12 or my Yamaha HS8 monitors. I will run through my outputs today and let you know the result--I am going to try shutting all other output options off.
     
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  2. SenorDingDong

    SenorDingDong Smeller of Smells

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    Shutting off all output sources except the one in use still makes no difference, haha. I've run at -40db and still had clipping, so it might be just my current guitar, I guess. My pickup height is actually pretty low but maybe it really is all my pickups doing this.
     
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  4. DudeManBrother

    DudeManBrother Hey...how did everybody get in my room?

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    I found that the line output of the Kemper is +22dB, which makes sense why my settings seem to work at -25, as it ends up being -3dB line output. so if you’re clipping at -40 still (-18dB line out) something is definitely wrong. You might need to do a soft reset on the Kemper or even re install the current firmware. Something might have been accidentally locked or changed inadvertently.

    I payed attention over the last 6 shows or so: and at all different venues with different stage volumes; my Output LED stayed green with an occasional flutter into yellow during palm muting sections. My bridge pickup is around 16k and is installed medium-low into the body.
     
  5. DudeManBrother

    DudeManBrother Hey...how did everybody get in my room?

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  6. Dead-Pan

    Dead-Pan SS.org Regular

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    Thanks :) The pack has been very well received. Been experimenting with different power tubes lately. Fun to have amps that take all types of tubes. Thinking maybe 6550 next and revisit the KT88.
     
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  7. Zender

    Zender Tinkering, please hold.

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    TL:DR Is there that much of a difference between the built in poweramp, and a separate 1u rack power amp to justify a separate power amp?

    On the fence about getting a Kemper, or rather.... powered or unpowered. I have a very nice cab that I sometimes use, (212 Zilla) but I also enjoy just plugging in a headset and playing along that way. Still using an old PODx3 for that which suits most of my needs.

    Next to the current amp setup (see my sig) I use a boatload of pedals I will keep using. The kemper will just replace my tubes, and save my back. But I still want to be able to use my cab from time to time. So a power amp is needed.

    Basically, get a cheaper non-powered rack and get a nice 1u rack power amp (Koch atr most likely.. it has tubes...), or just go for the powered one because the sound difference is negligible?
     
  8. DudeManBrother

    DudeManBrother Hey...how did everybody get in my room?

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    @Zender The sound difference between their built in class D 600w amp and any other class D amp with suitable headroom would be negligible. I think tube power amps are an improvement to the tone, but it’s more noticeable in how the speakers push air with tube power than anything else. Tubes do color the tone, but so do speaker, and I like the color they add.

    The weight savings should be factored in though, I love how my Kemper sounds thru my Mesa 2:90; but I don’t want to lug that thing around all the time. The Matrix GT1000FX and ISP Stealth still hold up as my favorite alternative power amps for the Kemper. They sound really good and are light. I think you’ll probably be happy either way.
     
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  9. LeviathanKiller

    LeviathanKiller Knee-shooting Archer

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    I like the idea of having a separate one that way if you need to get the power amp serviced you don't have to send in the entire Kemper unit. I believe you have to send the whole thing in if your power amp malfunctioned.
     
  10. lewis

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    Im still contemplating either getting a 2nd kemper or waiting to see IF we get some sort of Kemper 2.0 and saving for that instead.
     
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    Has there been that many problems with the Kemper amp to warrant that concern though?
     
  12. DudeManBrother

    DudeManBrother Hey...how did everybody get in my room?

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    Nah man they have been incredibly reliable. I left mine in the van a couple summers ago and it exceeded the heat maximum which screwed up the main switch, but they covered it under warranty and I had it back in a couple days.
     
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    Good to know, starting to flirt with the Kemper idea again. Just can't seem to stay away.
     
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  14. Soya

    Soya Poor person

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    Awwww yisssss
    IMG_20190406_135040.jpg

    What a gear revelation it's been in the week I've had it. All the sounds I've wanted, plenty of volume, limitless connectivity. Still in the honeymoon phase but this could be the end game for me.
     
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    MetalHex SS.org Regular

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    But does the kemper "sound like a kemper"? I know there are experienced users with a great ear who can point out a kempered tone in a blinfold test for reaaon that i dont know...
     
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    I think the power section is more identifiable than the actual Kemper modeling. A fair amount of people can tell the difference in immediacy and sag between a solid state and tube power amp.
     
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    A question for you folks. I wired up a simple 4 button footswitch to change rigs, Looper controls etc. I got it set up and working correctly, however I noticed there is a large volume drop, much quieter than when the pedal isn't connected. Is there a setting somewhere that controls this?
     
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    Everytime I log in to SSO and see no posts in the kemper section, I get a little sad, and wonder if the kemper is losing popularity or something. Then I realise that I barely bother keeping up to date on new kemper updates on the kemper forums (although I AM keen for a software based editor). And this is because.... my kemper "just works", sounds awesome, and has completely killed Amp GAS for me.

    It almost feels like I should be GASing for something, but really don't. I haven't even downloaded new profiles remotely recently.

    Anyone else feel this way?
     
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  20. lewis

    lewis SS.org Regular

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    anyone tried the live ready sound 515 studio profiles?

    I noticed they have a pack up now of the new Meshuggah amp? Was tempted to try them out and the youtube vids sound pretty great
     

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