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    Got a Kemper

    I am doing some dates starting in late June and I just got a Kemper. Mainly, this will be used to go to FOH and the monitors. Also, some television shows are requiring the direct stuff as opposed to the live maps these days (I mentioned this a while back).

    Previously, I used a rented AxeFX and just used the standard sound with my pedals (I think I used a Marshall and a Twin, it was only for a few things). It was ok, but this is supposed to be different.

    Pretty much playing through studio monitors/headphones right now. Seems pretty cool.

    Anyone have one?


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    Re: Got a Kemper

    Gigged with a Fractal for over a year -- never played a Kemper.

    Does that one have built in amp?

    Have you done any profiles of your amps yet?

    This forum just got interesting because I would love your take on the axe vs kemper thing.
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    Re: Got a Kemper

    I'm not sure if it has an amp in it (I didn't know they made one that did). I literally got it, opened the box and stuck it in a rack. So far, I have run it directly into my ProTools interface (192 Digital) via SPDF.

    TBH I could have gotten an AxeFX again, but due to certain people involved in the forum I opted for the Kemper because I will have to have this one ready to go for 5/20 and was worried I may have had some "issues" on the AxeFX forum. I can't really back that up, but I think it was a reasonable assumption and couldn't risk it.

    So far, I have played through it a bit and it's pretty cool. I like the idea of AxeFX better because (as I understand it) that models the components inside a physical amplifier, kind of along the Fender Cyber Twin idea whereas the Kemper takes a snapshot of an existing amplifier and allows you to modify that, much like a POD or impulse reverb processor.

    In my situation I think the Kemper will be the best solution because I simply want to profile two different amplifiers that I am using (a Soldano SLO-100 and a Fender Twin Reverb). Both sounds are fairly straightforward, and from what I understand I can easily take a line off of my effects and send it into each. My guess is the clean sound of the SLO-100 will not be in the Kemper, but I want to see how that reacts with my Klon - as that is the basis of my main sound (I add another overdrive or modulation here and there).

    So far, I spent a little time with the presets but haven't really gotten that in-depth with it. I am looking forward to cracking the manual. I was Music Synthesis (which is now Music Technology) back when I was in school, so these kind of things always remind me a bit of being back in school.

    Here is another shot - I didn't know they made one with a power amp in it, I'll have to pull it out and take a look at the back panel again. I have it sitting on top of an Orange 4x12 I could just stick it into that if that's the case.

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    Re: Got a Kemper

    Kemper is missing an editor -- that is one thing the axe has that kills as well as all the routing options. You can layout your signal chain any way you want in the editor, creates presets, scenes etc.

    I really want to check a kemper out -- especially since like you, I am really looking at a few amps.

    I am sure they are working on an editor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amp360 View Post
    I'm not sure if it has an amp in it (I didn't know they made one that did). I literally got it, opened the box and stuck it in a rack. So far, I have run it directly into my ProTools interface (192 Digital) via SPDF.

    TBH I could have gotten an AxeFX again, but due to certain people involved in the forum I opted for the Kemper because I will have to have this one ready to go for 5/20 and was worried I may have had some "issues" on the AxeFX forum. I can't really back that up, but I think it was a reasonable assumption and couldn't risk it.

    So far, I have played through it a bit and it's pretty cool. I like the idea of AxeFX better because (as I understand it) that models the components inside a physical amplifier, kind of along the Fender Cyber Twin idea whereas the Kemper takes a snapshot of an existing amplifier and allows you to modify that, much like a POD or impulse reverb processor.

    In my situation I think the Kemper will be the best solution because I simply want to profile two different amplifiers that I am using (a Soldano SLO-100 and a Fender Twin Reverb). Both sounds are fairly straightforward, and from what I understand I can easily take a line off of my effects and send it into each. My guess is the clean sound of the SLO-100 will not be in the Kemper, but I want to see how that reacts with my Klon - as that is the basis of my main sound (I add another overdrive or modulation here and there).

    So far, I spent a little time with the presets but haven't really gotten that in-depth with it. I am looking forward to cracking the manual. I was Music Synthesis (which is now Music Technology) back when I was in school, so these kind of things always remind me a bit of being back in school.

    Here is another shot - I didn't know they made one with a power amp in it, I'll have to pull it out and take a look at the back panel again.

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    Re: Got a Kemper

    The switching is going to be pretty straightforward, but it's a little different on how I would do it if I were gigging by myself.

    Basically, since I mainly use the SLO-100 (I use the Twin for a couple intro things) I'm going to have someone else switch for me. Right now, I have a Ground Control Pro from my GCX which I haven't been using (I have it plugged into my Digidesign MIDI IO to control Guitar Rig) so I am going to hook that up a little later.

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    Re: Got a Kemper

    Congrats on your latest acquisition amp360! Now that you have had it for a while how do you like it? I'm sure it has the sound but does it also have the feel that you are used to getting with your tube stuff?

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    Re: Got a Kemper

    It is fun to play with. I would not want it for my main amp, but that's just me. For what I'm using it for this summer (mostly modern sounds) it is great for what it is. I can see why more live bands are going for them (like Metallica). I think it's closer then anything I have tried (Axe FX 1, Digitech 11, POD). My fav modeler is still the old Cyber Twin (flame suit on) because it works like a regular amp and doesn't take tons of programing and sounds good.

    This will do the job and I don't have to deal with the AFX Forum. It will gather dust when I'm not required to use it. I should point out that I'm using it for a gig that I have done recordings/tours for over 10 years now so I have a setup that works well for that.

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    Re: Got a Kemper

    UPDATE - Returned Kemper. Long story short, not really for me. Out of AxeFX (never had the II), 11R and Kemper the 11R is the only one I can really get into - mainly using it for bass.

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