The editor for the Kemper has been out for around 2 months now and is video is exactly what the title says, my first look/impressions of the new editor for the Kemper profiling amp. I figured I could just as well let the camera roll as I took my first look at this new feature, so this is that video!
I’ve also included a small howto for upgrading your Kemper via Rig Manager, which is the most convinient way to do an upgrade, if you ask me. And I’d like to stress that this is a beta version, both the OS for the Kemper and the Rig Manager version – I’ve had no problems with this so far, but trying out beta’s is on your own responsibility.
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The new Kemper Profiling Amp OS 220.127.116.1174 is out now and with that comes two new reverbs – the formant reverb and the Ionosphere reverb. This is good news, free updates keeps the Kemper unit alive and exiciting! Of course everyone is eagerly awaiting the release of OS 7 that should (hopefully) give us an editor and maybe even more goodies but for now this is still something nice for all of us!
The Formant “reverb filters to the Cirrus Reverb to give the reverb tail more color, and a very distinctive, choir-like sound. The main purpose of the Formant Reverb, however, is not to create a realistic choir sound, but to give it a certain character, making it sound more like a synthesizer or Mellotron. The formants also help the reverb cut through the mix, even at moderate volume levels”. Quote from the Kemper manual. There are some new parameters for the reverb that I really didn’t include in the video; Formant mix (balance the unfiltered reverb sound against the filtered sound), Formant wovel (Use this to morph continuously between the vowels U, O, A, E and I), Formant offset ( The “voice” character will become more feminine or childlike when turned to the right, and more masculine when turned to the left) and Formant peak (Controls the resonance, or q-factor).
The Ionesphere reverb “is based on the Cirrus Reverb and Formant Reverb. Featuring the finest pitch and shimmer reverbs, it builds on the concept and takes into brand new territory”. Again, quote from the manual. New parameters here are; Pitch mix (Mixes the unpitched original input signal with the two pitched versions), Pitch 1 & 2 (Sets the pitch offset of the two crystal pitch shifters, independently, in semitones), Pitch buildup (a feedback control in the reverb that feeds back the signal output of the two crystal pitch shifters back to their input) and Brass (In addition to the string-like effect of the crystal pitch shifters, the “Brass” parameter allows you to bring some nonlinearities to the reverb structure, giving it a brasher sound, more like that of a brass section).
In this video I’ll show you how to obtain the Kemper OS update and the new reverb presets and demo some of those presets. Hope you’ll like the video – if you like it support Haev Guitar with a subscription! As always a Big Thanks to you who already do so!!
Gibson Les Paul Standard 1976
Kemper Profiling Amp
New Reverbs for the Kemper Profiling Amp (Kemper profiles demo)
Showcase by Have Guitar
Finally here – the new reverbs for the Kemper Profiling Amps! What kinda Kemperist would I be if I didn’t make a video of this?! So the old Reverbs goes into a new cathegory called Legacy Reverbs while we in return get some new one: Echo Reverb, Natural Reverb, Easy Reverb, Spring Reverb and Cirrus Reverb. All of them with their own characteristics. There is also one more called “Space” – according to the updated manual: “The Space effect is identical to the global version of Space in the Output Section. It produces the natural reflections of a small, neutral-sounding room.” Just didn’t make much of a difference to the sound in my ears so I decided to leave that out.
All in all this is great addon to the KPA – to get to keep the old Reverb possibilities and get a bunch of new one for free! Thank you, Kemper! So if you wanna hear anything specific – check out the index below. Appologies for the somewhat fuzzy close-ups of the KPA display – I will experiment some with the new action cam to see if I can improve on that. It takes baby steps to get better…
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Equipment used in this video:
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
Kemper Profiling Amp
Yes, some fixes in the new beta of Rig Manager, you can them below… I’m usually a bit more careful about new betas for the Kemper OS than what I am for these Rig Manager betas. Don’t know why though. Anyways, I have updated my Rig Manager and so far (=playing for about 2 hours) no problems.
Oh, that’s right I think you need to update to beta versions through Rig Manager (well, I can’t see the beta on Kempers webpage!) so if you haven’t:
Goto File->Preferences and check the box titled “Include Beta Test Releases”. Then click OK to close that window and go to “Help” and choose “Check for Software Updates”. Note: even if I’m careless I do not take responsibility for your installation of beta versions. And that was my disclaimer.
Features and changes in this version (2.1.18):
– Fixed: wrong author name when creating new performance
– Fixed: sync indicator shown forever after sorting rig list (Windows only)
– Fixed: wrong Tempo Enable display when selecting multiple performances (Windows only)
– Improved: handling of blocked Profiler communication (macOS 10.13 High Sierra only)
– Improved: error handling in automatic software update
A short informational video about the Kemper Rig Manager update 2.0.18. It fixes some problems and that is of course a good thing but I believe the best part are the new free profiles that gets installed with the update. Have Guitar takes you along the upgrade process and reveals what awaits you after the upgrade…
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Have Guitar presents a short video on the new way to upgrade the Kemper OS through Rig Manager version 1.6. Way easier than before but it do take a computer with an Internet connection to do it (in this video I’m upgrading the Kemper Profiling Amp from 4.0.6 to 4.2.2. via Kemper’s Rig Manager).
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