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CHIEFTN – Kemper Profile and Performance Pack

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Kemper profile and performance pack based on a Matchless Chieftain amplifier. We’ve profiled this amp through a matching Matchless ESS 1×12 cabinet with a custom Matchless/Celestion G12H30 speaker. You also get a fully featured performance designed to cover everything you’d need with our favorite profiles. Includes options for both single coils and humbuckers.

Description

IMPORTANT NOTES

  1. KEMPER STAGE AND REMOTE FUNCTIONALITY BUILT IN. All the profiles and performances included in this pack have button assignments for both the Kemper Stage and Kemper Remote built in. Every profile and performance also includes morphing – morphing will increase the amount of ambience.
  2. PROFILES AND PERFORMANCES INCLUDED: We’ve included both profiles and performances in this pack, which let you get up and running instantly.
  3. HOW TO IMPORT: To import these profiles and performances, connect your Kemper to a computer via USB and use the Rig Manager software from Kemper to import.

THE AMP

This pack includes profiles and performances of a pristine Matchless Chieftain amp through a Matchless 1×12 cab with a custom Matchless/Celestion G12H30 speaker. The Chieftain has the chime and clarity of an AC style amplifier, but gets very Marshall-like when you increase the gain. You could think of it as a boutique AC-30 type circuit with a bit of Marshall rock thrown in when it counts :).

THE PROFILES

This pack includes eight profiles – four for single coil equipped guitars and four for humbucker equipped guitars. We created the profiles separately using different guitars (Telecaster style for the SC profiles and a Les Paul style guitar for the HB profiles). All profiles were made using the ‘Low’ input of the amp, as we felt this allowed for more headroom and sounds a bit sweeter overall.

Mics and signal processing:

All profiles were done using the matching Matchless ESS 1×12 cab loaded with a Matchless/Celestion G12H30 speaker. We mic’d the cab with an Earthworks SR25 and a Beyerdynamic M160, both running into a Neve 1073 style hardware preamp.

PERFORMANCES

This pack includes two performances – one dailed in for guitars with single coils and one for humbuckers.

We’ve set up these performances to use all five slots and all four effects buttons of the Kemper Remote/Stagte with morph functions in all slots. Here are the slots and associated effects:

SLOT 1: CLEAN-ISH

This is your clean tone, but we set it up so that it breaks up on the bridge pickup, as long as your pickup has moderate output. Here are the effects in the different slots:

  1. EFFECTS 1: Tremolo (off by default)
  2. EFFECTS 2: Pure Booster (off by default – gives you a bit of drive)
  3. EFFECTS 3: Quarter Note Delay (off by default)
  4. EFFECTS 4: Dotted 8th Note Delay (on by default)

MORPH: Morphing will increase the wetness of both the reverb and delays. The reverb goes into a big ambient verb sound, and the delays increase in both level and feedback.

This slot uses the ‘CHIEFTN SC/HB 2’ profile

SLOT 2: DRIVE 1

This slot gives you two levels of overdrive. It’s default tone is a light to medium-light level of drive (depending on how hot your pickups are). Hit the boost, and you’ve got a bit more gain on tap.

  1. EFFECTS 1: Tremolo (off by default)
  2. EFFECTS 2: Pure Booster (off by default)
  3. EFFECTS 3: 8th Note Delay (off by default)
  4. EFFECTS 4: Dotted 8th Note Delay (on by default)

MORPH: Morphing will increase the wetness of both the reverb and delays. The reverb goes into a big ambient verb sound, and the delays increase in both level and feedback.

This slot uses the ‘CHIEFTN SC/HB 3’ profile

SLOT 3: DRIVE 2

This slot gives you two more levels of overdrive, both louder than the biggest setting in ‘Drive 1’. It’s default sound is a big rhythm drive tone. You can add more gain with the boost on Effects 2.

  1. EFFECTS 1: Tremolo (off by default)
  2. EFFECTS 2: Pure Booster (off by default)
  3. EFFECTS 3: 8th Note Delay (on by default)
  4. EFFECTS 4: Dotted 8th Note Delay (off by default)

MORPH: Morphing will increase the wetness of both the reverb and delays. The reverb goes into a big ambient verb sound, and the delays increase in both level and feedback.

This slot uses the ‘CHIEFTN SC/HB 3’ profile

SLOT 4: LEAD

For our Lead tone, we set up a big gain sound with a level boost above the biggest drive sound in ‘Drive 2’. You’re guitar will lift nicely in the mix. Here are the effects available via the effects buttons:

  1. EFFECTS 1: Analog Octaver (off by default) – this adds a subtle low octave that will add a lot of body to your leads.
  2. EFFECTS 2: Pure Booster (off by default)
  3. EFFECTS 3: Quarter Note Delay (on by default)
  4. EFFECTS 4: Dual Delay – 8th and dotted 8th (on by default)

MORPH: Morphing will increase the wetness of both the reverb and delays. The reverb goes into a big ambient verb sound, and the delays increase in both level and feedback.

This slot uses the ‘CHIEFTN SC/HB 4’ profile

SLOT 5: AMBI/SWELL

This slot can be used for volume swells or for super ambient playing (without swells). The delays and reverbs trail for a very long time – proceed with caution :).

  1. EFFECTS 1: Tremolo (off by default).
  2. EFFECTS 2: Pure Booster (off by default)
  3. EFFECTS 3: Crystal Delay (on by default) – this delay creates an awesome Shimmer reverb sound.
  4. EFFECTS 4: Dual Delay – 8th and dotted 8th (on by default)

MORPH: Morphing will increase the wetness of both the reverb and delays. The reverb morph adds more shimmer, and the delays increase in both level and feedback.

This slot uses the ‘CHIEFTN SC/HB 2’ profile

MAKING CHANGES FOR YOUR GUITAR

Start with the ‘Definition’ and ‘Clarity’ controls on the amp

These two controls have an enormous impact on the overall tone, and are very efficient at adjusting the gain structure and clarity/tone of the sound, all without straying too far away from the base tone. They’re perfect for tailoring a patch made with humbuckers to a single coil guitar (or vice versa). We always recommend starting here rather than EQ or Gain controls.

EQ Controls: From there, adjust the EQ controls (in the amp stack). If the tone is a bit dark or bright, adjust the EQ to compensate.

Gain control (proceed with caution). We recommend adjusting the gain on the amp last – especially raising the gain. This will introduce digital gain, which sounds pretty gross – it does not behave like a gain knob on an amp. If you need more gain, either adjust the definition control or increase the level control on the compressor. If you need less gain, turn the gain control down works well.

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