First Gig with Kemper....

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  1. M@tt C

    M@tt C Supporting Member

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    And all I can say is wow.

    Fantastic tones all night on stage, and comments that my guitar sounded great in the main mix.

    This is honestly the best sounding, most flexible rig I've ever owned (after owing amps by Suhr, Budda, PWE, Marshall, THD, Dr. Z, and others), and I've barely scratched the surface of what it can do- I got the unit on Wednesday, set up some basic rigs and gigged with it on Saturday. It was really like having my pick of amps to play for each song, and it was SO inspiring to nail the tones I've been hearing for so long!

    I have zero regrets about selling my boutique tube amp and pedals and going with the Kemper!

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    Exactly how I feel. Bogner Helios, Metro12000, Jubilee, Emplexador. Still have them all in my studio, but only gig the Kemper. I have had more people come up to me to compliment me on my tone and ask what I was playing through in the 5 months that I have had the kemper, then years of playing through my boutique amps. Its not because the amps didn't sound good. Its because of stage volume, mic'ing, etc all having an effect on what people hear out front. Soundmen also keep saying that the signal they are getting is "clean". I am assuming that mean less noise and less bleed from the other stuff on stage.
     
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    Cool!

    Once digital modeling / profiling / whatever-you-want-to-call-it works for you, it's an awesome epiphany moment! IMO/IME.

    Congrats... :aok
     
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    Are you running the Kemper into the Peavy Power amp into the Bogner cabinet and not using cabinet IR's?
     
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    welcome to the club, happy for you that you had such a great experience... I feel the same way... wow is right

    the beauty of having such a killer portable rig that sounds better than any of the boutique rigs I've owned is really unbelievable... I never would believe I'd be playing sans tubes

    enjoy
     
  7. M@tt C

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    The FOH send is the full rig with cab IR's.

    The Peavey/ Bogner setup gets the monitor send with the IR's disabled just for my on stage monitoring. Even though Kemper recommends a neutral sounding power amp when going this route I gotta say it sounded friggin' glorious!
     
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    Very cool, I got my Kemper on a Tuesday and played a gig that Friday with it. Never looked back since and that was Feb 2012. Excellent piece of gear.
     
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    probably a dumb question but is it safe to put a monitor on top of a rack case? no risk of hurting anything? i know you can put the rack case on top of a cab and be fine
     
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    that's great Matt...I can totally see how playing gigs with the kemper would rock. But what about us retired guys playing in man-caves... You gonna reach for the kemper thru monitors or that Dr. Z?
     
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    Wow is correct. :dude

    I've been using the Michael Britt profiles exclusively the past week and my tone is the best I've every had with the band. I still love my Mark V for a real stage, but in small quarters, the Kemper is it. However, I've never tried a real guitar cabinet and power amp. I might try that next.
     
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    Not to speak for Matt, but I have a room full of tube amps and 99% of the time I play through my Kemper at home. Here's an old small panoramic pic - I've changed a few amps out since then, but still have a decent collection. Thing I love about the Kemper is, I have all of my amps at my fingertips without having to mess with moving this half stack over here where I need it, or this pedalboard or this amp doesn't have an fx loop so I have to run a line out to a power amp and another amp, etc.

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    Hey, I remember this room! :D
     
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    Congrats, M@tt C.

    Enjoy.
     
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    Congradulations Matt on your success with the Kemper! That's great to hear you had such a wonderful time.
     
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    Awesome!!! I have been running the same way but using the ISP Stealth solid state power amp. I really think I m going to pull the trigger on a Fryette Power Station.

    Beautiful rig man. Which profiles are you using?
     
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    +1000

    M@tt C,
    I also would be very interested in what profiles you ended up using on your gig. Are they commercial profiles...or were you able to profile some of you killer amps, before you sold them?

    JerEvil,
    The Fryette Power Station looks like an awesome piece of kit. Are you interested in it mainly for use with your tube amp(s), with the ability to use it's tube power section with your non-powered KPA, kind of as a bonus, additional feature/benefit. Or, is it vice versa?

    Cheers,
    John
     
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    Just the opposite. Main use would be the Kemper. I know many say "use solid stateĀ…" but I use so few profiles live that I really just want the best sound fro them and love using a traditional guitar cab. Honestly I bought the Kemper to take my Splawn Quick Rod tones with me for gigs where I have to run direct. All the corporate gigs I do require this. The Splawn Loop Master volume works great at getting good sounds at conversational level so attenuation is not an issue.

    I love the size and features of the Power Station. Live I basically use 1 clean profile with a few effects in my IA spots of the Ground Control Pro. I have a Crunch, Mid Gain and Hi Gain profile - again with a few effects in the IA spots. I treat the Kemper just like my Quick Rod live. These are all "merged" profiles made from my amp and cab.

    All the other profiles I have I use for recording.
     

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