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Old 10th December 2019
Yeah, the Kemper is the way to go for your situation. Just be aware that the sound is the recorded/control room sound, not the sound of the amp in the room. Without a real amp for you to profile yourself you will never know just how close it is, but trust me it is very close. When it comes to deluxe verbs of course the spring verb is a must and it has a very nice model of one in there, I used it on a quick man of mystery cover when Kemper first added it (excuse the poor playing but you get an idea of the verb) :

With regards the other comments here. I’m not sure what you guys who say it sounds terrible or is fx laden have been listening to but most Kemper tracks I’ve heard tend to be dry as heck and sound the same as their real amp counterparts, honestly it sounds like you’re just trotting out the old arguments against sims from the distant past in general without having heard any actual Kemper tracks? (Or even any modern sim tracks come to that, they’ve all come a long way and chances are you’re not even aware of what is or is not a sim that you’ve heard if it’s on record).

If you’re talking about albums, for example like the stuff Muse does well they were FX laiden when they were using real amps too. It’s artists choice and albums and songs in the real world are about production and using the right sound for the part, it’s not about pursuit of pure amp tone. That’s why the world gave guitarists FX in the first place.

I personally haven’t encountered problems with the upper strings on the Kemper since the original fix for aliasing about 5 years ago, or at least no problems that don’t also show up on my real amps (bad pickup adjustment, old strings, fret issues), though someone on the Kemper forum recently did experience a problem that was down to poorly carved carbon saddle : In general for me the Kemper’s failings in terms of sounding accurately like a real amp tend to be nothing as easy to pin down.

It tends to be accurate to what it’s been given to profile having said that I found through practice that Profiling is itself not as simple as claimed, it is a bit of an art form. You do need to be quite loud when profiling and ideally not mojo up the signal too much with a colorful preamp (instead the idea is to get just the clean signal then send the Kemper signal through the preamp when it’s done to give you that added color). A highly “live” room or distant micing may also adversely affect things because it only captures the frequency response of the room not the reverberations (no time based effects), so if like me you like that distant mic’d sound you’ll have to make use of a room reverb just for the job after profiling, you can profile distant but you’ll have to add that verb back in digitally as otherwise it just won’t sound right. When it comes to verbs the onboard ones are great sounding but personally I‘m more comfortable with the UI off some of the ones in my DAW. Then after that background noise also has to be at a minimum, otherwise it’ll be accurate as heck during profiling doing A/B because it retains a loop of background sound at that time, as soon as you save though that loop is gone and along with it of course it’s contributing frequencies and suddenly the profile no longer sounds accurate... let’s just say I went through a whole learning process. Now I get accurate profiles, and yes it is easy and quick, knowing all of that. But like I said it wasn’t quite the “oh hey it’s just like recording a amp” that people always claim, it’s got its own workflow.

Anyhow back to the topic, the Kemper has some caveats, stuff like certain tones not profiling well because it can only do either power amp or pre amp distortion, not both together in in a single profile. The fact that it’s a purely dry sound with no room verb present bothers me often (see above about reverb). There’s also the lackluster distortion stomp effects range, which is to say it has distortion stomps, they are not terrible, but they’re no where near the level of the other onboard FX which are beautiful studio quality sounds.

Regardless of those limitations it’s a fantastic piece of studio gear, by far the best of the amp sims, continuing free updates that have added some really nice big features since it was launched (it’s by the Access Virus people) and really IMO the best fit for what you want to do, especially if quality and feel is the biggest concern.