The Kemper Rack version (not the toaster) arrived a few days ago, and I am completely blown away by it.
Before it was delivered, I watched a ton of the tutorial videos, just to make sure I was completely lost when it showed up.
Day one consisted of just checking out the stock sounds and dealing with learning the buttons, knobs, menus, etc. The stock patches (profiles) are incredible. I’ve had modelers for many years, and in EVERY single one of them come with horrible stock patches. Part of the headache was trying to get a good sound out of the modeler. This was not the case with the Kemper. I was blown away with the clarity and quality of the stock profiles. Maneuvering around the Kemper is very intuitive. It’s all laid out very logically. Played until my fingers started to hurt (sounds like a Bryan Adams song), then realized I was playing for 7 hours, and I completely screwed myself for getting enough sleep for work the next day.
Day 2, began with tweaking some patches, and soon turned into a test of the profile functionality. I hooked up the Eleven Rack, to try to profile my favorite patch from that unit. Without reading the “how to profile an amp” manual, I went for it. To my amazement, it got the tone right. I was able to tweak it to actually make it sound better than the original, because I was able to hear every note in the chord much better than the original. The entire process took about 45 seconds. I was floored.
I checked the Rig Exchange, and there are a TON of profiles that were profiled from the 11R, AxeFX, Helix, etc. So, I guess it’s the best of both worlds.
There is a limitation to the profiler. If the existing patch is very noisy, it simply can’t distinguish between the note and the noise. There are a few patches on the 11R that have some noise in them. It was a certain amp model that was very noisy. I tried turning off the compressor, wondering if that would help, but it didn’t.
Day 3, looked into the available effects, and was overwhelmed with the options. I didn’t realize that there were so many options in the box. This is where the learning curve is. A boatload of options. I’m guessing that’s where the real power is. It’s going to be a daunting task. I’ll probably pick a couple and really try to learn them, then the rest will most likely follow the same paradigm. I put in a couple of calls to friends with a Boogie and a couple of rare amps. I’ll have to pack this up and try to profile those amps using a Shure SM57.
…and that brings us up to date. I still have some of the EQ Tone IRs I created for the Atomic Amplifire. Tomorrow I’ll attempt to create a profile using one of them.
Loving it so far.