Jump to content


  • Posts

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


Posts posted by SteinbergerHack

  1. 4 hours ago, redEL34 said:

    Freakin Monoprice 15 watt. NOS tubes, new reverb tank, Eminence Legend GB128, that`s one hell of an amp.

    Nice enough, but a combo amp is absolutely not the solution for my gigs.

    I'm not looking for a new sound, I am looking for a lighter weight, smaller way to duplicate what I already have - the Bogner XTC and JCM800.


    58 minutes ago, Red Ant said:

    Makes sense, since what you do requires a very wide palette.

    Yeah, between the horn bands and the theater work, the two things that drive cashflow are being able to read and play a score/book/chart and having whatever sound/style is required for EVERY cue.  No leader/conductor wants to hear whining about needing a different guitar or not having the right pedal.

    Imagine session playing in front of an audience - very similar.  I think the last time we rehearsed the horn band was in 2012, so we just play from the charts every gig.  If the leader drops in a new chart, you play it when called, sight-reading if necessary.

    I may not have the shred chops of Satriani or the smoothness of Knopfler, but I stay busy playing.

    • Like 2
  3. 4 minutes ago, Opposite Day said:

    That is correct. Although it's still pretty minimalist. I think these modeling amps, despite claiming to be all things to all people pretty much sound like themselves, no matter what you do to them, at least that was the state of things when I got it. 

    The Kemper is supposedly different, which is what I want to find out.

  4. 1 minute ago, Red Ant said:

    I suspect he uses his vtx in conjunction with a pedal board.

    Perhaps, but even so, I find that I use all three amp channels and the two boost functions constantly, on top of the basic choris/reverb/delay/comp programs.  

    My core combinations are probably two dozen or so that are just generic sounds, then a few dozen more that are specific to artists or cover songs.



  5. 5 minutes ago, Opposite Day said:

    My main amp has been a Vox ad60vtx for over a decade. I think when I was trying it out I probably tried to get the best overdriven sound I could punched up, and then the best clean one. Funnily enough though I use a single patch I made for 99.999% percent of the stuff I play. :D


    I can't even think of a single song I play that I could do with a single patch!

  6. 33 minutes ago, Telecruiser said:

    With something like the Kemper I think it boils down to how much time you want to spend with it. I'm sure people who have owned and used them for a while can get about anything they want out of them. With me, if I was in the market, I would buy it just to play with it to see what it is capable of. You're a bit more frugal than me, I think. :)

    Not sure if "frugal" is the right word, but I have a strong history of buying things only when planning to keep them for decades - and use them.  I don't mind spending what it takes to get good stuff, but i only do it once, and I don't like constantly changing things out.

    • Like 1
  7. Just now, Hoddy said:

    Not really...I bought a small box non-master volume 50 watt Marshall in 1970...I've stuck with non-master Marshalls ever since. Never needed anything else.

    Well, yeah - you got the right stuff on the first try.  There's nothing wrong with a Marshall of that era from just about any perspective!

  8. 5 minutes ago, gspointer said:

    HX stomp is pretty reasonably priced and is a decent modeler. You might just pick one up, play with it and see if it works. If you don’t like the amp sounds it’s a pretty sweet multi fx 

    Interesting concept, but I haven't played through any standard modeller that doesn't make me want to walk away in disgust.  They just don't work for me.  Keep in mind that the benchmark i am trying to duplicate is a Bogner XTC, occasionally paired with a JCM800.

  9. 9 minutes ago, arcadesonfire said:

    For something like being in a pit orchestra for a Broadway show, I could totally understand the need to go from country Fender cleans to deadly triple-rectified brutalz to plexi rock and on and on. Small tube amps can't cover the range. Even if the audience won't think of the guitar amp as they evaluate the show, the realism of the guitar's various sounds could affect their experience... And it could certainly affect casting directors' opinions.

    This - and the Bogner XTC combined with real acoustic instruments gets the job done.  Something like a Fender Princeton would not (or it would require a whole lot of pedals that I don't want to have to carry around).

  10. 39 minutes ago, Phil O'Keefe said:

    They're not using factory-predefined algorithms for the models, but basically it's still a form of modeling, just as using impulse responses and convolution is a form of modeling. You feed in the sound of the room (via a sample recorded in it) or the sound of a piece of gear (by running a test signal through it) when you create impulses for use in convolution reverbs. I could be mistaken, but my understanding is that the Kemper Profiler works in a similar manner.

    At the processing level I believe that you are correct (and it's probably the only way to effectively mimic a tube amp's transfer function).  For my application, the difference is that I can use my own amps' transfer functions as the base model - which is what I am looking for.  I don't want a different sound - I just want to be able carry it around without having to see a chiropractor after every gig.

  11. 28 minutes ago, erok123 said:

    You probably don't want to hear this, but why not just grab a blues jr. or an ac15? Do you need a modeler?

    I have some really good amps already.  The point is to have their sound (or extremely close) without having to take them out.  If I wanted the sound of a different amp I would already have it.

    • Like 1
  12. 3 minutes ago, Phil O'Keefe said:

    So why not just go through the presets then?

    There are hundreds, so it's not something that you can do in a short audition session.  It's also not clear from the naming exactly what they are, which makes it even more user-hostile, IMO.  Once I get my own setup built, I can easily remember what my own patch names mean, but figuring out what " ACE - CF Rh Zillah " is intended to denote is a bit obtuse, iMO.

  13. 22 minutes ago, Hoot Owl said:

    Stevie Ray wouldn't use a modeler. Neither would Brian Setzer. Or many others.

    I view modelers as production, not art. But I'm of the opinion that it's a hard task to find the right tube amp. Once you do though, the glory.

    For your use, a modeler may indeed be the ticket.

    Well, the Kemper isn't a modeler, per se.  It reproduces the sound of your amp - you actually let the Kemper play through your amp to develop the map.

    I agree that finding the right tube amp is a long, arduous task - and I really love what I have with my Marshall and Bogner.

    I haven't found a modeler that I like at all, but the profiler (Kemper) actually does what I am looking for - reproduce the sound of my existing amps, but at a much lighter weght.

  14. 26 minutes ago, nedezero1 said:

    Well there's a couple of ways.....

    You can search YT or forums for folks who have created patches to play songs you know to see if they're close. Maybe get a couple of MP3s to listen to in a car.

    Yeah, already did this to get a sense that it might make sense for me - but that doesn't give me a sense of the "feel" nor of how it works in real practice.  I play a lot of gigis in a wide range of environments, so I need something that's easy to use and intuitive, as well as maintaining the quality of sound that gets me those gigs.

    26 minutes ago, nedezero1 said:

    Or you can test drive someone's who uses theirs regularly for gigs etc.

    I have a buddy at work who has one and has offered to let me borrow it...but he is a bedroom-only player and doesn't have a gig setup.

    33 minutes ago, nedezero1 said:

    I know a guy who uses AXFX fairly regularly and aside from patches, the way in which you use it also determinative. 

    For instance, would you be plugging direct into a mixer-PA? Or using a power amp/cab like a tube amp?

    If the later, a solid state amp or tube?

    My most common rig setups now are either (1) running my head (Bogner or JCM800) into a 1960A cabinet and a Torpedo Live (loadbox / cabinet sim) which generates the FOH feed -  OR - (2) doing away with the cabinet and running the output of the Torpedo into an XR12 which feeds both the FOH and a wedge monitor for me (the second is for when I am also using acoustic instruments that go into the XR12).

    For the Kemper, I am thinking that I would go to setup 2 for all gigs, and just use the XR12 and a monitor wedge.

    41 minutes ago, nedezero1 said:

    Edit: Keep in mind tube amps are similar to modelers except they're for men. ;) :lol:

    Hey now!  I'm not getting rid of my tube amps - I just don't want to be hauling them out every weekend.

  15. This is going to sound really dumb, but:

    For those of you who use digital/modeling/profiling amps, how do you go about auditioning an amp?

    I have never had a problem getting a feel for what a basic tube amp sounds like from simply plugging in and dialing in some gain and tone settings - about 2 minutes in I can have a sense of what the character of the amp is, and what sound it will give. Even a complex one like the XTC or VH4 has a personality that you can sort out pretty quickly. I don't use pedals for any gain or distortion (all amp), and all of my time delay and EQ is rack FX, so I'm only looking at the raw amp emulation.

    I want to go test-drive a Kemper to get a sense of whether it will do what I need/want for live use, but I really don't know where to start, and I don't want to spend hours fumbling around trying to figure out how to get to a basic set of sounds. OTOH, it's enough $$$ that I don't want to just risk-buy based on a bunch of internet reviews and Youtube clips - I really want to get a sense of how the thing operates and how easy it is to set up a basic sound, then navigate around among the rigs/patches.

    Any suggestions on how to start? Help!?!?!?!?!?!

  16. 1 hour ago, Skizzly said:

    Hello I am trying to troubleshoot a tube amp I got from my friend. He says it was very distorted and strange when he would play it. When i opened it up I found that the PCB had gotten so hot that some resistors across the tubes had desoldered themselves and fallen out of place. This was an easy fix and I replaced them with new ones of the same value. I also replaced the power tubes because I assume the old ones were not happy after all of this abuse. I have a set of 8ohm speakers that I wired up in series and connected them with the OT set to the 16ohm winding. The sound that came out was HEAVILY distorted and had volume spikes associated with how hard i would strum. It sounds like a noise gate opening up, with some bit-crush level breakup and artifacts. 


    After this I tried connecting it to two 8ohm wirewound resistors, also connected in series, so I could run a function generator into it and inspect the output with a scope. Sure enough it folded the {censored} out of the waves and it looks like a heavy distortion effect. Also i noticed the amp would create its own whine in the same freq as the input from the function generator. Is this normal for tube amps?


    I am a certified electronics tech but i an not very familiar with tube amps, any help would be greatly appreciated!




    Have you scoped the signal before the output transformer?  What about the V+ rail - is it stable when playing?

  17. Solid wood vs. laminate, which changes resonance.

    Quality and type of wood - plain basswood vs. mahogany vs. maple, rosewood, rosewood, ebony, etc.

    Quality of components (pots, caps, pickups, bridge saddles, etc.)

    Fingerboard material

    Assembly details - fit and finish, binding, inlays, etc.

    Sound quality (subjective, but there IS a difference).

    Setup details - neck stress, fret accuracy, bridge placement, etc.

    Resale value, bragging rights, ego.

    • Thanks 1
  18. First was a very cheap Sears/KMart strat-style that my uncle gave me when he went to college.  It came with a solid state amp with a 5" speaker and maybe a half-watt of solid state power.


    Not long after starting to play it, I realized it wasn't going to get me anywhere so I got an original Epiphone Casino from a friend.  I wish I had never sold that guitar.......oh, well.  I also got this amp, new.  It took me about 6 weeks at full gain to burn it up, IIRC, at which point I started the upgrade cycle.


    • Like 1
  19. 28 minutes ago, Red Ant said:

     music exists to express our "inner" world - ultimately, music is an emotional language.

    Yeah, I would normally agree with you.  However, I played in a theater pit for a production of "Newsies" about a year ago.  This experience cured me of any belief that music is an emotional language.  The score might have been more honestly transcribed had the note symbols been printed as "$" signs.

    • Haha 1
  • Create New...