Okay, after doing a tour temporarily playing guitar for Whitechapel and getting to use their Kempers every day, i have decided to sell my EVH and get one for myself. I love the versatility, i love the size and weight, i love the effects, and i love the usefulness in the studio.
I just need to figure out what is going to work best for me!
My original idea was to get a Kemper, get a power amp (Matrix, ART, or that new ISP Stealth), and run it into my Avatar contemporary 2x12 cabinet. But over on the Kemper forum, a lot of dudes are telling me i should NOT use it with my Avatar 2x12 cab, but rather get a powered speaker like the Yamaha DXR10. Reason being, my cab will 'color' the tones and not be a true representation of the profiled amps i am using.
I understand that, and see how a cab would change the tone of a profiled amp.... but all i wonder is, does it matter?
Okay, for my particular needs, i DO NOT CARE if the profiled amps sound IDENTICAL to their real life counterparts. I'm sure my V30 + G12H loaded cab will sound different than a tiny Supro amp with its tiny speaker that was profiled. But i really don't care. All that matters to me is WILL IT SOUND GOOD?!? That's really all i care about. For example, i realize that the Recto patches on the Axe FX that i have used in the studio don't sound anything like any Recto i've tried. But do i care? No! Because they sound GOOD, and that's all that really matters to me.
So, in summary, tonal accuracy isn't something i am very concerned about. Tonal QUALITY is paramount. Will i be able to get a whole gamut of good tones live, running this through my cab like a traditional amp head, with this setup?
Thanks so much for the input!
You can get plenty of tones running dramatically different amps into the same cab; the same principal works with the Kemper.
I think using a guitar cab makes it sound way more "real" and authentic in the room; it sounds and feels more like an amp in the room rather than an amp mic'ed up and run through a PA. Whether that actually matters to you is another story.
You can always get the Kemper and keep the guitar cab, then try out powered speakers at GC or Sam Ash or some such. Especially since cabs are often kind of a pain to sell.