Hey everyone, i need a bit input.
I'm on the hunt for a new amp. For weeks it's been between 5150III or D-Moll now. Then it occured i might look at the kemper as well. So my initial questions:
1. I seen no problem with recorded tones. Thats where it's at for the kemper, but does it deliver live through a cab? Every other moddeling i've tried always lacked the low end thump and defined popping bass end. Does the Kemper hold up to a Tube amp in that regard?
2. How good is the cab removal? Since most other modelers add the cab afterwards, they don't have to substract it. I fear the process of substracting the cab might make the model sound artificial.
3. Powered or not? I will play live and have never played a show direct only. Would you pay the added cost for the powered model or go with the non powered and add a external poweramp if needed
4. Lastly, 5150 plus evh 2x12 or kemper without a cab? For home playing and recording the kemper wins hands down. If i go with the EVH i have the Pod HDX to cover home practice. I'm really lost. Mostly because the Kemper is hard to test in store as most of it's qualitys depend on the loaded profiles...
Oh and one last thing. I don't intend to do my own profiles (neither do i own amps worth it, nor the equipment/knowledge to do so...). Is this something that makes the kemper less valueable for me?
Any informative input is much appreciated!
1. not experienced this myself but seen loads of bands play with the Kemper through the a Cab, plus heard endless reviews by people who have claiming it sounds amazing and "you cant tell its not the amp that was profiled".
2. Cab removal is spot on and easy to, press the "Cabinet" button to toggle it on of off. Its certainly not guna be artificial.
3. I saved money and bought the Non powered version to go direct if need be but Kemper added a new feature in the newer firmware updates called "pure cabinet" which is assigned to knob and co be manually set anywhere from 0-10 and this is the amount that it simulates a real cabinet sound. The more you have it set the more AIR and Feeling you actually get in the sound if going direct. So going direct works brilliantly now. This is an additional setting ontop of all the Cabinet tweaks you can make (High sound, low sound, character etc). Loads of tonal shaping.
4. Kemper for home use is stunning and all you would ever need for practice and recording. Means you dont need a cab at home which can free up space. Also it comes stock with profiles of the amps your talking about, except the Pod but even they are available on the exchange bizarelly. In most instances the Kemper can take a average sound and actually make it better, so alot of the HD Pro profiles are better sounding than the actual HD Pro.
5. Ive had it now quite a while, and also own no amps now to profile even If I wanted to. (I sold the tube amp I had to fund the Kemper) and it doesnt depreciate the value what so ever. Especially with how many amps are available to download Free on Kempers Rig Exchange and also the paid for studio packs of amps.