A soon-to-be SOS owner, thanks to this thread...!
I too was a Kemper owner and loved it but it lacked bigtime on the effects side. Due to the fact that I use mine live, I needed more robust effects for one patch instead of making 15 different patches with the same tone. For studio use the Kemper would be amazing, but live it definitely lacks on the effects options.Love the kemper but the effects are horrible. So , I just bought an Axefx II. Primarily interested in clean fender tones but I also use dumbly and holdsworthian overdrives.
I haven't gotten my axefx yet but I have a few questions.
1) Will the built-in speaker impulses be good enough to get great cleans? What I use on the kemper is a '64 vibroverb set for no overdrive. It's profiled with a jensen 15 I believe which is a bit nasally for my tastes but it works for the most part. A 15" JBL might be a better bet...Looking forward to better digital time based effects that the kemper gives you, including 60s spring reverb.
Here's an example of what I get out of the kemper. Looking for something similar to start with.
2) What are some good patches to start with for clean, semi-clean dumble and violiny dumble-style leads?
3) What's the smallest rack that I can get for it? I don't need space for other gear.
thanks in advance!
The newest release of firmware (available soon) has beefed up the Kempers effects capabilities. But sadly mine sits collecting dust next to my Axe FX 2 XL. I also love what it can do, but for some reason gravitate more to the Ax FX.Don't get me wrong the Kemper is killer! As far as tone matching it dominates and only takes about 1 minute to get dead on but, the effects just aren't as robust. You get 1 delay, 1 reverb, 1 drive, 1 modulation in one patch. With the Fractal I can put 3 delays to choose from (long, short, ping pong) Compressor, overdrive and several modulating effects such as (phaser, chorus, tremolo) all in one patch
The newest release of firmware (available soon) has beefed up the Kempers effects capabilities. But sadly mine sits collecting dust next to my Axe FX 2 XL. I also love what it can do, but for some reason gravitate more to the Ax FX.
Actually, the newest firmware release of kemper will include the morphing (useless feature for my use) but not the better delays. Supposedly, they'll be in a subsequent release with reverbs available sometime in 2016. The issue with kemper is that the CPU is maxed out so it's not just a matter of getting a better reverb algorithm. They have to make sure their effects don't overwhelm CPU utilization.
Not sure why that elicits a chuckle. Is it not possible to understand the concept behind a product prior to purchasing it?
Your entire post reads as sour grapes based on incomplete knowledge of the product. If you're happy with your XL+, fine. But to me it sounds like you're trying to convince yourself that everything else sucks.