I’m a musician and a sound designer at Planet Sound Lab Studio, a recording, mixing and mastering facility run by Umberto Cimino, a professional sound engineer with more than three decades of experience in the industry.
I recorded these Diezel® VH4 Kemper profiles and Fractal Audio® presets of my own rig (I own both the amp and the cab profiled) there at the studio in order to capture its sound in a more practical format for the everyday studio needs.
The goal was to capture the amazing and powerful raw tones of my Diezel® VH4 silverface head in the best possible conditions, so me along with the studio engineer dialed the amp, chose the best spot for the cab (a great sounding Mesa/Boogie® Stiletto 2×12″ closed-back), miced it and started a very long session which resulted in the the selection of profiles and presets you can purchase on this website.
The achieved results were truly amazing compared to the real rig, both regarding tone and feeling, so I decided to make the whole selection available for purchase, including – talking about the Kemper – the Direct profiles (meaning without the cab in the signal chain, so they can be used with any other cabinet impulse response you like), the Studio profiles (full chain, with Mesa) and the Merged profiles (DI amp + cab) ones.
The Fractal Audio® presets were later created via a multi-stage process involving tone matching, convolution and refining in order to match the original tones and the KPA profiles. To make the presets compatible with the AX8 pedalboard, the results of this process were embedded in the proprietary IRs attached to the presets (that’s why there’s one IR for every preset).
This basically means that – due to the modeling nature of the Fractal machines in comparison with the profiling ecosystem of the Kemper – you can tweak the amp block to your liking and needs while keeping the original tonal characteristics at the same time.
I went through this whole process for my personal needs (I needed to get the tones inside my Fractal AX8) and I was really blown away by the results; I’m sure you’ll be as well!
Anyway I’m not starting a business here, in case you’re wondering; there are a lot of good ones out there already. These profiles and presets were created for a very specific purpose and then made available for those who are looking for these particular tones in their productions.
Oh, and btw…If you’re looking for a full 100% Diezel® experience, I STRONGLY advice to get one of their amps; they’re not just amps: they’re pure works of art, carefully crafted by Peter himself and the small Diezel family.
Seriously, you won’t regret it.