So true, one tone from each amp and you have to enjoy THEIR settings
I do have a Bogner Rev 2 which sounds very similar to that clip I posted but I was thinking of selling that and copping the tones from the Kemper. TBH That would be the only way I could sell that amp and be happy about it.
I did the same when I sold my ENGL and got the kemper. I just got the profiles from the same engl. But it turned out it was still way more limiting than having the actual amp.
maddnotez I mean, with the kemper profiles, you are just going to be very limited in terms of different sounds you can get from it. If you want a kemper for that one specific sound, i think you are going to be dissapointed. Have you thought about getting some sort of a Bogner amp, if you cant find the mod or a modded jcm 800 anywhere?
diabolical How did you try this? Because a kemper trough a frfr sounds vastly different than an amp trough a cab that you have 1m away from you. You have to either run the kemper into a cab, or mic the amp up to get the same sounds.
Well jesus, I have to say this is the worst review I have yet to see. Sounds like a major pain in the ass with a horrible interface.
Not sure I am willing to go through all of that.
Quote by DarthV Bought mine when they were first available in Canada and it's the best piece of gear I've bought. It does have a rather steep learning curve (does some things ass backwards), but with the right profile/cab it sounds amazing. Since I'm mostly a home player, the low volume performance is much better than my tube amps. If I were to start over, the simplicity of the Helix might win me over.
I have been debating on this or a Helix for a while. Very hard choice, everyone I know that has a Helix loves it. I know the interface will be way better. The only thing that still makes me want the Kemper over the Helix are certain profiles like that Snorkle Mod I mentioned just sound amazing and I know the Helix wont have that sound.
Honestly, im much happier with the helix. I the hi gain 6505 sounds i can get from it rival anything that i got from the Kemper. So do Mesa sounds, or Plexi. I think the sound of the models in the helix is just as good as PAID kemper profiles. All you need is a set of impulses. But yeah, if you need a really specific sound of some osrt of butiqe amp, then the kemper is your only choice. But id be willing to say that the helix can get you so close to those sounds, that it really isnt worth it, at least for me.
I used one for a while. In studio and live, and at home. Lets get this out of the way: it sounds amazing. When you find a great profile, its magic. But getting to that level is a chore. You have to sift trough thousands of profiles to find the ones you really like. And the user interface on the thing really does everything it can to prevent you from doing so in a efficient and fast manner. The profiles browse knobs are also feel like they are going to break off if you just look at them wrong. If you load a bunch of custom cabs onto the unit, you have to delete them one by one. Boy, i wish i knew that before i loaded up about 150 cabs. If you want a flanger you scroll down to the flanger section in the menu, but then you want to try the next flanger, so you have to scroll all the way again. You have to use the kemper itself to create preformances, because if you do it in the RIg Manager, there is a really big chance it will screw up the existing ones. And while on the topic of rig manager, even loading and deleting profiles from the unit is a nightmare because its buggy as hell. I had to use a usb stick because it was just less stressful. The menu system is just annoying, and the screen responds slowly, so sometimes you dont even know if you saved changes or not. So yeah, the whole user experience is just crap.
The second thing is, the nature of the profiles themselves is kind of limiting. The profile only captures that exact sound of the amp and cab and microphone. If you want a different sound, you have to find a different profile. You can of course tweak the existing profiles as much as you want, but the more you do, the less "real" they sound. So you got to find a profile thats 95% the sound you want, and then tweak it just a bit. Thats why you have to sift trough thousands of them, to find one that suits you.
On the plus side, it sounds great if you have the willpower to go trough all of this, and it feel like an actual amp. I also had the powered version, so the fact that i could turn of the cab sim for just the monitor out and keep it on for the main outs, was great, since I could run direct into the mixer and still have my cab on stage for stage volume and feel. The effects sound good, at least to me, and once you have the performances setup, its great for live, because its easy to use and easy to setup. I used the fcb1010 controller, not the official one, and it worked perfectly. And if you have a really nice rig with some sort of butiqe or moded amp, and you want to profile your exact sound to take to the stage, the kemper is really the only thing that can do it.
Now, last year i decided I had enough, and i sold my kemper, and got an amp and the Line6 Helix. I honestly think its better. After you throw on some nice impulse responses, the whole thing sounds just as good as a kemper. I did a blind test, and nobody that i showed it to could really tell it apart from the kemper. And the user interface is just amazing. Its simple to use, feels robust, and has pretty much the same capabilities as the kemper. The only thing i miss is the built in poweramp, but all in all im just so much happier with it than the kemper, that i have zero regrets about selling it.
You can plug your laptop into anything that makes sound basicly. A powered FRFR speaker would do the trick. You can also turn of the cab simulation and plug into the fx loop of an actual amp. Or you can basicly go into any kind of sound system, that has an aux in, so for example if your friend has a stereo system, you can just run into that and jam.
Well the way I work is, I slowly accumulate a bunch of gear like cabs, pedals, amps, some guitars and some oshter knicknacks. And then after a while when I realize i really dont need all of it, I sell most of it, and just keep what i "need". I went from 3 amps, 2 cabs, 7 guitars and a decently sized pedalboard to a kemper with a 2x12 cab and like 4 guitars i think. Now im back to owning an amp, some pedals, 7 guitars and a Helix, and a bunch of microphones that ill probably never need again. I guess it takes about 2 years for my cycle to repeat, and everytime I do it, i loose money because obviously i cant sell off stuff for the price it was when it was new, and usually I dont sell EVERYTHING. If there is a particular piece i really really like, i keep it. Thats why my total number of guitars keeps increasing...
I just ran through a Diezel Herbert (180W) head that ran about $3500 all by itself at Sweetwater. Weighs 56 lbs. A retube will cost you $200 or so (KT77s). Very nice tube amp. If you want to run the whole Diezel thing, a footswitch will cost you another $330, a MIDI footswitch will cost you $500. A Diezel 4x12 cabinet (100 lbs) will handle around 240W and run about $1200.
I currently run a Helix (15 lbs, $1500 new) through a 1500W power amp (9 lbs, $300 new) into a 48 lb cabinet that will handle up to 900W ($1100 new) @ 8 ohms with frequency response down around 35-40Hz and up past 18Khz.
Hey man, im just curious, what power amp and cab do you use? I have a helix as well, and im transitioning from using a real amp again.
^what he said. Longer scale guitar, there really isnt any other solution if you want to use thinner strings. For the record, I used a 56-10, or even a 52-10 set for dropC and D standard on a 24.75" scale guitar, and it worked fine, you just have to play less hard. For recording I used a 60-10 set from ghs strings for dropC. But yeah, longer scale. Try putting the same set on one of the strats you have, those have 25,5" scale, so it should have slightly higher tension compared to les pauls for example. If that doesnt work, look into longer scale guitars...
Dont return it, i hate all this bandwagon of spider line 6 hating, look up on YT about some great tones and huge effects you can get it by dialing and and some presets!
People hate it mostly because of their first versions some years ago which really sucked (i admit), however, the new revisions are much better by comparison.
Its a good unit for entry-medium level in my opinion.
I say keep it, later if you want to you can always upgrade anyway!
I just played trough a Spider V240 a few days ago. It was horrible, i couldnt get a good tone to save my life, and im used to dialing in digital stuff. Compared to the Katana for example, its just plain bad. There is absolutely no reason whatsoever to have a Spider these days, because most amps in its price range outclass it by far. And im saying that as a Line6 fan, i own a helix and use line6 wireless units, but the Spider is just shit.
OP, if you have the chance, return it, and get something better for a similar price.
Depends where you live. Mesas are so goddamn overpriced in europe, its not even funny. Then again, new Engl amps are also expensive as hell. What you should do is look at the used market wherever you live. I often find Mesas, Engls, Peaveys and even Diesels for like half the price of a new one. You may have to change the tubes after you get it, but it still totals much less than a new amp. And if you get a decent used deal on any of those amps, they are definetly worth it. I had a JCA50 and then switched to an Engl Powerball, and there was no contest whatsoever. Its just a whole other level, when you go to a propper ful sized tube head.
If the QC is so amazing, why didn't they reject this one?
Well, this is the first hugely negative review of hb guitars i saw. And i played like 5ish hbs, and they were all decent guitars, the only thing a few needed was a setup. I didnt play any of their extended range and fanned fret models tho. But ok, i guess they have normal qc. A few years ago i got a shitty jackson, and im not gonna bash their entire range because of it.
Surely that's true with Thomann, too? Harley Benton is its house brand.
It probably is, thats why they are as cheap as they are, especially considering their quality. They do seem to have amazing quality control, i remember seeing a video from thomann where they show how they inspect every guitar they get from china, and there was a huge pile of ones that didnt make the cut.
I love EMGs for metal rhythm, altough i very slightly prefer the 57 (yeah, there is an emg 57, dont confuse it with the 57 classic you are talking about) over the 81. I find that the response of actives is just better for me, it has a tighter attack and just gives me that nice consistent metal tone. I do find them to be a bit less dynamic than passives tho, and i think the 57 is just a bit more dynamic than the 81, while still being "active" enough for me. They sound identical tho, at least to my ears. Actually, i have to say that i barely hear much difference between different pickups, especially if you tweak the eq on the amp a little bit. Its the response to my playing that is different.
Don't get me wrong-- I think cheap modelers still have their place. I've played through a Boss Katana combo a few times and I'm struggling to find a reason why I don't need to buy one. Mainly, I'd leave it at work to play on my lunch break.
As far as i understand, OP doesnt seem to have a good amp yet. With that kind of money you can get a GOOD modeler, not a cheap one
Honestly, unless you already have an amp you really want to use, i dont see the point. Amp sims have come so close, that i doubt you will get a much better result with an amp and IRs. If I were you, id shell out the cash for an actual modeler like the Helix. Its gonna run you less than an amp and a loadbox, and its gonna be much handier. If you want to test out how it sounds, you can download the VST version with the 30 day trial.
If you already have an amp you want to use, then you can just get one of those two notes captors, and run that into your interface and load up some IRs. Its really as simple as that.
So ive never owned a Cort guitar before, and the only one that i played was my friends entry level one year ago, and it played suprisingly well from what i remember. Now ive been on the hunt for a new 7 string, and what do you know, Cort seems to be making a fanned fret 7 string with EMG pickups for 770€, the KX500. And it looks amazing! So how are cort guitars regarded as these days? I know they had mixed opinions years ago, but i only knew people who owned entry level models. Any cort owners in here?
Anyway, heres the pic of the guitar, its just so pretty i couldnt resist....
In my experience, low to midrange modelers still don't sound better at low volumes, they sound worse. It isn't until you get into higher end units like Axe FX or Kemper that they can truly compete. But then, you're paying just as much or more for one of those rigs.
I'm perfectly satisfied with the low volume performance of my 50, 60, and 120 watt heads. EQ them right, throw a little room reverb in there, and I've got excellent practice volume levels. And when I want to shake the house, I still can.
Well, at least here, a 6505 with a cab costs more than the Helix for example. I think in the US its gonna be somewhere in the same ballpark. But yeah, i get the appeal of tube heads, thats why I have a 5150 I just wouldnt change it for the helix for home practice, its just so much more handy.
It can be done. I had a 6 string tuned to B/dropA. You just need some thicker strings, and of course it depends on the scale of the guitar. A 25.5" scale guitar should be able to do drop A. As far as floyds go, i dont think it should be an issue, you just gotta set it up for the tuning. Or you can just block it with a piece of wood.
In theory, no, but honestly, i think its just overkill on so many levels. I have played my 5150 on bedroom levels trough a 2x12, and it sounds fine. But i just dont see the point of having a 120w tube head for home playing.
These seem like clean tones with some delay and reverb slapped on there. The first and the last video also seems to have an octave type effect, sometimes an octave up and sometimes an octave down. Honestly, most multifx units will be able to do this. What is your budget?
Id say a 5150iii. Its gonna be killer for metal, and im sure you can dial in some of the other sounds you want. I have a 5150ii actually, and i can dial in a good coheed and cambria tone, at least to my ears, on the green channel. Also, with an amp like that, you can get a nice distortion pedal that can do more marshally type tones. I liked my old Tonebone Hot British for such ocasions, but im not sure you can get those anymore.
as far as i know, as long as it seems to be working fine, its ok. But im not sure. Anyway, i once had my JCA50 head upluged from the cab, because a guy from another band pulled out the cable without telling me. It took me like 2-3 minutes to figure out why its not making noise, and then i immediately turned it off. Afterwards it seemed to work fine, and it worked fine for another 2 years, before i sold it. So im thinking if it works, its ok.
dspellman Ive actually been interested in Agiles for ages, but shipping seems like a nightmare with the customs and whatnot. Especially since every person tells me a different story about how it went down. Apparently the customs offices are some sort of lawless country where they decide rules on the spot.
Well, before you get bombarded by suggestions for IRs (i use 3sigma and SeaCow) and "premium" pathces, i got to say, that i have yet to download a preset that i like more than the patches i program myself. I just think that if you are halfway competent, you can just build patches on your own, instead of buying them. As far as IRs go, you can probably just download a few free packs, and there are gonna be some stellar IRs in there, so again, maybe dont jump into buying a bunch of them like I did.
I had a guitar with a floyd, a good one at that (rg550 with the Edge bridge), and it was just a pain in the ass. Yeah, divebombs, fluttres and other tricks are cool, but restringing just took way more time than my hardtail guitars do, and using alternate tunings was basicly impossible. If you plan to keep the guitar in a single tuning, then go for it, but otherwise its just gonna be annoying. You can however block it if you want, and then it doesnt give you as many problems.
Hi guys, so im actively looking to buy a new 7 string guitar. I have a Jackson RRXT24-7, and i actually really like the neck on it. The pickups were changed, and it sounds great, but im really not married to the shape. So in any case, i have been looking for new 7 strings, and honestly, there isnt that much choice out there, when i take in all my requirements. Im hoping you guys can expand my horizons a bit with some choices i havent considered yet.
My budget tops out at 1500€. Like, thats the absolute top. I guess i can go to like 1507€, but you get the idea. The other requirements (in the order of importance) are: 25.5" scale Hardtail (negotiable if there is a guitar that i would REALLY REALLY like) Set neck or neck trough (Again, negotiable, but only if i really really like it) Some sort of "normal" shape, like a superstrat or LP.
Honestly, i dont think im asking for much, but its susprisingly hard to get a guitar with all those 3 specs. The only ones i found were the Jackson that I currently own, and LTD ec407, ec1007 and h1007.
Well there are a bunch of different ec-1000's. The difference COULD be in the pickups, but thats pretty noticable, so you would probably catch that. And now some of them have evertune bridges, but that is also very noticable and advertised, so you would probably figure that out as well. There also may be a difference in fretboard wood, but i dont think i ever saw an ec1000 with anything else than rosewood or maple fretboards, and those two are again, very easy to tell apart. So unless its one of those 3 things, they are pretty much the same guitars, just with different finishes.
Between a used 6505 and a new 6260, I'd go Peavey every time -- not just because it's the original, but because they're proven rock solid, reliable amps.
I couldnt agree more, but then again, used markets and prices of new amps are widely different in different countries. Where i come from, a used 6505 is still more expensive than a new Bugera. Really beaten down ones are kinda in the same ballpark, but then you got to count in the price of new tubes and a general service. Used Mesas can go for 1,5k, while a new bugera trirec is less than half that price. Its kinda hard to justify spending twice the ammount of money for a not that huge improvement in sound. And its hard to argue that better reliability justifies the price, since you can literally buy 2 amps with warranty for the price of one used Mesa.
KailM Thanks man, its interesting to see that you use the blue channel for leads, id have thought its the other way around. And yeah, i plan to use the amp with my Helix. Thats already the way i use my current amp, and its great!
So after luging my old 5150II to the tech, i was reminded why i carry it around with me so rarely. It weight a metric ton, and its big. But, i do still love the sound, so im thinking about selling it and getting one of the new 50w 5150III's. According to the specs its less than half the weight, so thats good.
Seeing how there are two options, which one is better? I like the tone of my 5150ii a lot, so would it be safer to go with the 6l6 version? Im gonna get the new one with the concentric pots of course, so that wont be an issue. I also cant really try them out. Anyway, any opinions or advice?