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    Kemper Megathread

    Thought I'd throw this up here and see if there's anyone other than me and Quigs using Kemper stuff. I've been using it since 2014, it's still blowing my mind down with some of the features they come out with.

    #2
    I absolutely love mine and wish I got one sooner than I did. I've bought a bunch of amp packs for it and have always felt like I got my money's worth - the STL tone stuff especially. It's the digital rig for people who usually hate digital rigs. Super easy to use, and once you get used to the layout of the controls they make perfect sense.

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      #3
      Agreed on the STL stuff, the Mark Lewis and Lasse Lammert guitar packs are superb and Will Putney for driven bass. Some of the Deadlight Studio stuff is superb as well and Katzbach Marshalls.

      I think you're right, it's tweakable without option paralysis, changing amps and cabs but not down to mics and valves. There's also enough on board to be able to tighten sounds and the EQ's are powerful enough that you can notch out nasty shit at the source.

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        #4
        Switched to Kemper a year or so ago and haven't fired up my "real" amps since, lol! I spend way too much on profiles, but, fuck it, it's fun Replicant, STL, and some SinMix are awesome, but my favorites come from ToneCrate. His Chris Mora, Alex Wade, and Rudy Alvarez packs are absolutely brutal. His Driftwood pack and the Uberschall pack are my main go-to's, but his new MB Badlander pack is quickly working it's way into permanent rotation. One of the cool things is that every once in a while he'll offer custom packs. The last go 'round of those I jumped in. I sent him DI's and he made profiles based on that. Ended up 5 profiles, MB Dual Rec(Rev G), Bogner Uberschall, Driftwood Purple Nightmare, Krank Rev 1, and the Peavey 5150. Having a Kemper is way more fun than I thought it would be, lol!

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          #5
          I love mine for live use - it's set and forget, sounds great and weighs 10lbs.

          I still record my tube amps, but now I don't have to lug them around.

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            #6
            mine has been my main live amp since i got it and will be for the forseeable future. so easy to set up and teardown and stupid powerful. i don't have a ton of amp packs, but i like the ones i have. i primarily use my own profiles.

            apparently there's a gary holt STL pack coming soon and im very hype for it.

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              #7
              I've been rocking a Kemper for a few years now and I love it! Sold my Mesa and all my pedals. I mainly use the GGD Kemper pack for rhythm and lead tones but I have so many great choices for different sounds.

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                #8
                I had one up til a week ago. Found myself reaching for the axe fx 3 90% of the time, so let it go. I really liked it, just didn’t use it much. With the right profiles it is amazing.
                https://www.iamtheowl.com/

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                  #9
                  I am probably in minority here, but I really don't use my Kemper as most other people.

                  I only use mine for monitoring. And super expensive DI-box and visual tuner
                  So I only use three "monitoring" sounds:
                  1. Metal distortion
                  2. Bass
                  3. Clean guitar

                  When I got tired of reamping for "perfect tones" I simply started using ampsims and IRs in Cubase instead.
                  That way I can change tones immidiately without reamping.
                  I cannot see myself going back to using the Kemper tones anytime soon.
                  The unit SOUNDS GOOD, absolutely. But I am simply really bad at knowing WHAT tones are good for certain recordings, and it has led to me wasting insane amounts of time reamping various recordings.

                  Sure, sometimes I try some extra profiles but I cannot see myself really using any...

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Bohmer View Post
                    Switched to Kemper a year or so ago and haven't fired up my "real" amps since, lol! I spend way too much on profiles, but, fuck it, it's fun Replicant, STL, and some SinMix are awesome, but my favorites come from ToneCrate

                    Do you have the Replicant Killertone pack? That's sitting right at the top of my purchase list, but it's priced slightly above my 'fuck it, I'll just buy it' threshold.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Lozek View Post


                      Do you have the Replicant Killertone pack? That's sitting right at the top of my purchase list, but it's priced slightly above my 'fuck it, I'll just buy it' threshold.
                      I do and it rips IMHO, Jason's tones are among the most brutal out there.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by 7deadlysins View Post
                        I've been rocking a Kemper for a few years now and I love it! Sold my Mesa and all my pedals. I mainly use the GGD Kemper pack for rhythm and lead tones but I have so many great choices for different sounds.
                        I bought the GGD All The Gains pack because Nolly's tones are always so solid, but was really disappointed with it. IIRC Nolly wasn't the one who actually dialed those in or something like that. I never use them.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Chris View Post

                          I bought the GGD All The Gains pack because Nolly's tones are always so solid, but was really disappointed with it. IIRC Nolly wasn't the one who actually dialed those in or something like that. I never use them.
                          Same. I convinced myself they were great at first, especially for the cab that they come with, used them in a soundcheck and my soundguy requested I change as it wasn't working for him. I ended up switching over to a JTM cab for that tour, I've picked up a lot of better stuff since then.

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                            #14
                            Long time Kemper user here. I just checked out the "Replicant Killertone pack" and it sounds pretty cool! Tim from Live Ready Sound is my buddy and he does some really killer packs. It took me years to stop EQing the shit out of everything and that is when I really started to enjoy the Kemper!

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Chris View Post

                              I bought the GGD All The Gains pack because Nolly's tones are always so solid, but was really disappointed with it. IIRC Nolly wasn't the one who actually dialed those in or something like that. I never use them.
                              Hmm, interesting. Got any recommendations for packs I should check out?

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                                #16
                                Originally posted by Blazon_Stone View Post
                                I am probably in minority here, but I really don't use my Kemper as most other people.

                                I only use mine for monitoring. And super expensive DI-box and visual tuner
                                So I only use three "monitoring" sounds:
                                1. Metal distortion
                                2. Bass
                                3. Clean guitar

                                When I got tired of reamping for "perfect tones" I simply started using ampsims and IRs in Cubase instead.
                                That way I can change tones immidiately without reamping.
                                I cannot see myself going back to using the Kemper tones anytime soon.
                                The unit SOUNDS GOOD, absolutely. But I am simply really bad at knowing WHAT tones are good for certain recordings, and it has led to me wasting insane amounts of time reamping various recordings.

                                Sure, sometimes I try some extra profiles but I cannot see myself really using any...
                                I'm currently halfway between the two. I've been getting some great results with the STL Amphub (particularly the EVH model), so I'm coming back to the Kemper when I'm looking for complimentary blending sounds. I guess it falls into the category of 'I already know at I'm looking for, let's see if it's there'.

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                                  #17
                                  Originally posted by 7deadlysins View Post

                                  Hmm, interesting. Got any recommendations for packs I should check out?
                                  The STL stuff is quite good, as is the stuff from "The black stymphalian":

                                  https://theblackstymphalian.bigcartel.com/products

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                                    #18
                                    I've thought about getting one for a while, and I've got a lot of unused gear I could shift to fund one. I think what's holding me back is a profile having less tweakability of the sound over a modeller, and the fact they hold their value so well over here.

                                    I may wait for the quad cortex to properly release, and see how it's modelling really compares, and see if that impacts the price.

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                                      #19
                                      Originally posted by Adam View Post
                                      I've thought about getting one for a while, and I've got a lot of unused gear I could shift to fund one. I think what's holding me back is a profile having less tweakability of the sound over a modeller, and the fact they hold their value so well over here.

                                      I may wait for the quad cortex to properly release, and see how it's modelling really compares, and see if that impacts the price.
                                      I would honestly view that as a positive, it drives you towards finding great source sounds and using the functions to make subtle changes (You can do a lot with the drive models, Definition control and onboard EQ). Most of the time when you're making huge tweaks to a sound, you'll come back in a few weeks and hate it anyway.

                                      And they really do hold their price, the ballpark for new and second hand hasn't changed since 2014 (much to my disappointment, as I could really do with four more of them ideally).

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                                        #20
                                        I'd go as far as saying buying used without warranty isn't worth the small saving you'd make.

                                        Good point around using other options to get the core tone where you want it. It's not like I need anything fancy, boost into a 5150 and done.

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                                          #21
                                          Anyone know where I can find some good Killswitch Engage-like profiles? I'm kinda surprised it's hard to find them and I haven't been too impressed with the ones i've heard.

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                                            #22
                                            I've never found any profiles chasing band tones that were great, unless it's engineers releasing profiles they actually took at the point of tracking. You'd be better figuring out which era of Killswitch you like and chasing a specific rig, although I understand they have been amp whores over the years so it could be tricky.

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                                              #23
                                              I think that big monstrous KSE tone is just any good 5150 + a really talented mixing ear. Ask the Sneap forum dudes, they seem to be able to get that sound out of a kazoo these days.

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                                                #24
                                                I've ordered mine and it should be here monday

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                                                  #25
                                                  Originally posted by Adam View Post
                                                  I've ordered mine and it should be here monday

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