And so it begins - Kemper Clip with review

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  1. Gasp100

    Gasp100 Silver Supporting Member

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    Literally grabbed the KPA out of the FedEX guys hands, rounded up my kids, ran down to the basement and setup the KPA. Here is my initial, extremely rushed first point review along with a super quick one take clip and some pics on my Blackberry. This is the first patch on the KPA, I yet to scroll through one patch. Overall, very impressed. I would not sell my AxeFX II just yet if I was completely digging, but I'm quite certain (already) this is my path. Here is stream of consciousness review as it was happening:

    [SOUNDCLOUD]http://soundcloud.com/gasp100/kemper-ford-boost-lp[/SOUNDCLOUD]

    Size - for my situation, perfect (see pic)
    Weight = featherlite, amazing
    Construction Feel = solid, but a little tenous because it feels empty lol
    I/O presentation = fantastic front and back
    Athstetics = unmatched coolness factor
    Boot up = ~45 seconds
    OS = old, need to upgrade immediately
    Noisegate = amazing... no need to change or upgrade pups to noiseless!!!
    Tuner = pretty cool, not as intuitive and perfect as AxeFX II
    First preset = Ford Boost. Pretty nice, easy to disengagate any FX to hear the core. Solid, definitely useable.
    Tweaking = Pretty much dead simple, figured out how to dial down some nice room verb and save as both an FX and the

    full preset. Renmaing looks like a PITA, but not worse than on the 11R front end. I still don't even know how to do
    that on the AxeFX front panel.
    Gain changes = wow, this needed a touch more gain for me so I could gain into harder rock territory and roll back

    to some straight ahead rock (think the rhythm to some Melloncamp, maybe some Stones, or even AC/DC). Volume
    rollback on guitar seems very nice, going lower is cleaning up the right way into a very useable strong clean
    without losing too much volume. Tested my strat and LP Black Beauty with P90's and I'm getting serious growl with
    the LP to nice strong slightly hairy cleans. This patch is almost giggable in about 5 minutes worth of tweak :)
     
  2. bmi

    bmi Senior Member

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    lol and wow.
    me want more demos...
    (i'm a lucky european guy i could have one for a long time but i'm waiting for the black one..moron i am):bonk

    Where is pic?
     
  3. Audioholic

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    That Sounds VERY VERY VERY good to me!!!! Very natural. Awesome playing to
     
  4. Gasp100

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    Thanks.
    Hehe the little boy found his place.(i'm talking about the kemper of course)
     
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    compact studio. No chair? ;o)
     
  8. Gasp100

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    Thanks guys... kids went up stairs for a few, time for another beer and I found out how to scroll through presets one at a time. I still can't see the actual numbering for the presets so I have no idea where I am in the place, but the presets so ar (about 10 deep) are hands down the best I have ever heard in any modeler. A little excess FX or sauce to show off the quality, but really, some of these are gig worthy right from start. And my LP is tempermental right between the clean and the hairy clean and the amps are breaking up very smoothly so far.
    I'm going to try and go offline for a few hours and dig in before saying anymore. Gotta upgrade the firmware too.
     
  9. shasha

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    On the AxeFX push store and then the down arrow and it will allow you to rename the preset with the value knob and arrows. Took me about a year to figure out how to do it since I always used AxeEdit. :)

    Sounds like you like it.
     
  10. bmi

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    damn :bonk:bonk:bonk:FM:FM:eek::waiting:waiting:cry::jo:jo:nuts:nuts:nuts:puh:puh:bkw:bkw

    Enjoy your new box.
     
  11. fakeox

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    Turn it on, 1st patch & it sounds that good!? Gotta get the cash for 1.
     
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    Congrats! Sounds great.

    You really like that riff don't you?

    Just teasing. ;)

    I want a desk like that lol. :)
     
  13. Gasp100

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    HAHA... I'm limited ;)
     
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    Sounds GREAT to me. Axe FX II for sale now? ;)
     
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    Hey Gasp,
    The presets don't have numbers. You can scroll through them by name, date profiled or author.
    More 'sort' option i.e. amp type etc coming soon.
    You assign midi program change numbers to profiles you like via the quick button,
    When the performance mode is finalised you probably won't even bother with 'patch' change numbers.
    BTW, glad you're liking the KPA.
     
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    Cool, Guitarnet70 sorted me on clearing the cache and now monitor out to power amp cab is working (and sounds excellent). Got my headphones and monitor out mixes working, figured out how to browse to rigs... wow, this is seriously good. Very happy and excited. Thanks!
     
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    :agree
     
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    Gasp, are you getting a very noticeable volume INCREASE as you turn the gain down on some presets?

    Fwiw, I'm leaving for my gig in a bit and will not be taking it. Still a bit scared about the crashes. Are those still happening? I haven't kept up, but I don't feel like taking a chance. Love to use it at church tomorrow, but not w/a crash risk. Someone update me.
     
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    You may get a volume increase when reducing gain on the SLO100, bear in mind that that amp has a very funky gain structure anyway, it's feeding clean + gain at the same time normally. You may be able to adjust that though with the amp compression control (and input sens settings).
     
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    It's multiple amps
     

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