M Britt Profiles – SMOOTH PACK
The Smooth Pack for Kemper contains 89 Studio Profiles of 6 amps and 4 Plug’n’Play Performances.
The Smooth Pack is the first in my “6 Pack Series” of profile packs for the Kemper Profiling Amplifier. It contains 89 “Studio” performances of 6 different amps that cover a range of tones reminiscent of Southern CA amps from the 60’s-90’s. Highlighted here are a couple of blackface amps from the 60’s, a silverface twin from the 70’s, a 90’s-era MeBo amp, and a boutique amp that oozes tweedy goodness.
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|Description||M Britt Profiles – SMOOTH PACK The Smooth Pack for Kemper contains 89 Studio Profiles of 6 amps and 4 Plug’n’Play Performances. The Smooth Pack is the first in my “6 Pack Series” of profile packs for the Kemper Profiling Amplifier. It contains 89 “Studio” performances of 6 different amps that cover a range of tones reminiscent of Southern CA amps from the 60’s-90’s. Highlighted here are a couple of blackface amps from the 60’s, a silverface twin from the 70’s, a 90’s-era MeBo amp, and a boutique amp that oozes tweedy goodness.|
The Diaz CD100 is one of those amps you don't see every day. The CD100 is a 100w beast based (a little) on the high powered tweed twins but with added reverb and some pull knob options for getting unique higher gain tones. It stays bluesy no matter where it is (since Cesar Diaz was SRV's guitar tech), but can cover a great range of tones from country cleans to searing lead tones. You can see why this is one of Warren Haynes' go-to amps. I had a CD100 for many years on the road and eventually parted ways but I found another recently to bring those tones back to my KPA. These profiles cover many of the amp settings along with some gain pedals in front.
Diaz Pack requires 3.0 firmware and while most amps were profiled using my trusty 3rd Power cabinet, the new separation algorithms make it easier to get more great sounds by switching to your favorite cabs as well. These clips were recording into ProTools 10 using a Propellerhead Balance interface with no plug-ins or processing using my red Tom Anderson Cobra with 3 P90s (pictured above). Check out the soundclips below and as usual please excuse the sloppy playing...
The Heritage Amp company sprang from the Heritage Guitar Company and was based in Brentwood, TN, just around the corner from where I live. Paul Cochrane, the designer and builder of the Tim and Timmy pedals (one of my faves if you haven't already noticed) was the amp designer and builder at Heritage amps and came up with some incredible-sounding amps. In an effort to put all of his favorite Marshall-type flavors into one amp, he came up with the Colonial.
With switches for changing the preamp section, tone stack, rectifier section, and a knob to change the negative feedback, he could accurately capture the sounds of a '59 Bassman, JTM45, Super Bass, and Plexi. I really don't know what took me so long to get one of these amps other than they're not on every corner. For the money, they are hands-down the best deal on the planet if you want amazing tone.
I've never been a huge fan of a Marshall clean sound but with the US/UK switches I was able to find amazing clean sounds that bridge the gap between American and British amps. Once you get it cranking and setting the switches to the Plexi mode it gets an amazing, creamy, bouncy, smooth overdrive. But this thing is LOUD. It is the loudest 50 watts I've ever heard and it's nice to be able to "tame" it by getting it into my Kemper. I included profiles using my trusty Timmy, Archer, and Red (Col. Angus) homemade od pedal as well as a few different cabs for some tonal variety. This amp is fast becoming one of my all-time favorites.
Colonial Pack requires 3.3 firmware and while most profiles were made using my trusty 3rd Power cabinet, the new separation algorithms make it easier to get more great sounds by switching to your favorite cabs as well. These clips were recording into ProTools 10 using a Propellerhead Balance interface with no plug-ins or processing using my red Tom Anderson Cobra with 3 P90s. Check out the soundclips below and as usual please excuse the sloppy playing...
One of the early boutique amp builders, Jim Kelley created some amazing amps used by Vince Gill, Bonnie Raitt, Lee Ritenour, and others. There were only about 600 made so they're still pretty rare and though they don't fetch Dumble prices yet, they are amazing amps and built to last forever. I profiled this tan 210 combo.
With all the pull knobs and two channels and proprietary power attenuator, there are a lot of possible settings and I couldn't possibly get to them all, but I tried to get some great usable tones from clean to crunch to saturated solo sounds.
The 5150 came out in 1992 and it marked a departure for Eddie from the Marshalls he had used for years. It was unlike any amp Peavey had made and had cascading gain stages that gave it more gain than any other amp on the market at the time. Its cold biasing kept it from blowing itself up from all the power and saturation on tap. Other high gain amps have come and gone over the years but there's still something really cool about these original models.
This particular specimen has seen a lot of work and probably melted a few faces in its lifetime. It just goes to show how bulletproof this little beasts can be. I profiled it my usual 3rd Power 212 cab as well as a matching, old 5150 412 with its original Sheffield speakers. The two cabs give a nice bit of variety. Not known for their clean tones, the 5150 is predominantly a rock beast. The Crunch channel has more than enough gain for rock rhythms while the Lead channel goes more into the super-saturated metal world. Even country(ish) guys like me can find some workable tones in it and it has a nice clarity that I've even used on some recordings already.
The 5150 Pack was creating using the latest 5.x firmware. Please forgive the playing in the audio samples as many of these weren't exactly in my wheelhouse. Thanks!
The Modern Pack is a collection of modern boutique type amps. The profiles are "studio profiles" meaning they are the full profile with amp, cab, and mic captured. They are suitable for studio or live use. There are plenty of high gain sounds in this pack from some of the popular L.A.-based builders' latest amps. There are also some modern EL84 tones from simple, but toneful 2 and 3 knob circuits, custom made for today's modern country and Paisley's chicken-pickin'. There are also some modern versions of older amps like tweed and pawnshop classics, as well as a couple more thick, creamy d-type amp sounds ranging from Ford to SRV. There is also a couple of Britain's new smaller amps that can have surprisingly big sounds thanks to the Kemper.
The Modern Pack contains profiles made with the 3.0 firmware and must be used with firmware 3.0 or higher. Scroll down for sound clips of the profiles.
This is a really exceptional pack. As you can hear in his demo the sound of the guitar really shines through. I have a strat with lace pick ups & I have a les paul r8 both guitars sound great & really have not had to make any adjustment on the distortion sense from strat to les paul. I was intrested in this pack as I hoped my les paul would get that bit of honk & excenuate the 50s vintage sound that i got the guitar for in the 2rst place. I have far to many profiles & I’ve made purchases in the past from various other profilers that afterwards I was just not very impressed with. Instantly after downloading this pack I was really pleased. This is the best pack I’ve ever downloaded. What I heard in his demo is exactly what I got. 5 star all the way very responsive to dynamics. The most balanced pack I’ve purchased yet. I think it’s safe to say you won’t have any regrets with this pack
Jarek Maly –
Really great work. Excellent dynamics. As always. Many thanks. I’m not a fan of MeBo, but this MKIII plays really amazing. Now I understand why it is Mr. Britt “One of my favorite amps”