Die doppelte Portion „Camper“
Die “Camper”-Serie entstand in Zusammenarbeit mit Tilman Ritter von RITTER Amplification und ist weltweit völlig eigenständig. Sie unterscheidet sich gegenüber der üblichen FRFR-Verstärkung für Modeler, bei der immer 2 Schallquellen (Tieftöner + Hochtöner) nötig sind. Ein “Camper” kommt mit einer einzigen Schallquelle aus. Phasenauslöschungen sind somit Geschichte und der Sound ist etwas plastischer. Der Frequenzgang ist linear und arbeitet in dem Bereich, den ein herkömmlicher Gitarren-Speaker abdecken würde (GFR = guitar flat response). Somit die ideale Modeler-Verstärkung für Gitarristen, die davor Röhrenamps mit einer 2×12″ gespielt haben.
Der „Camper 212“ wird auch als passive Version angeboten. Bei Kemper-Usern mit integrierter Endstufe (Kemper Power-Head und -Rack) erfreut sich die Box größter Beliebtheit.
- auch mono betreibbar
- linearer Frequenzgang (70-10.000 Hz)
- Maße (BxHxT): 72x56x25 cm
- Gewicht: 25 kg
- interne Endstufe mit 2x 180 W/8 Ohm (2x 360 W max)
- Kaltgerätebuchse als Netzeingang
- Powercon Out
- 2x Klinkeneingang
“I´ve took the time to move to rehearsal as well in order to try this baby at a decent stage volume. Having already reviewed the 112 I will concentrate on the differences.
First of all adding the volume knob was a very good idea: it improves dramatically the usability at low volume. Now you can go from VERY quiet to a decent home loudness without problems and still keeping 0db on the monitor out….’till about 3/4 of volume…then the turbo switches on and it goes on “Stage mode” and you’re invested from a roaring wall of sound!!! Not an issue at all, actually quite usefull: Playing home? Turn the volume of the KPA all the way up and you have a very smooth and wide range of volumes for home playing on the volume of the Camper. Playing on stage? Turn the volume of the Camper all the way up and adjust from the KPA. Is like having 2 different setups. Quite amazing, but very good!
Due to the bigger case and the double bass channel it has at least 20 Hz more on the lowest range, good news for all people playing drop tunings or 7 strings guitars. At rehearsal I’ve been able to match quite closely the PA sound (4 QSC on poles + 2 subs) with Bass -1,9, Middle +0,3, Treble +1,7, Presence +2,4. At home (Studio in the basement, concrete walls, deeper ceiling) the EQ was quite different. Anyway, that’s why the output’s EQ are there…
The sound is rounder and warmer then the 112, definitely more pressure and in the face. With a Twin profile on clean is almost like having the amp screaming in your face. The all range of “normal” sounds (I’m not a modern High gain player) is very well represented by this box. As said: is definitely NOT full range (BTW, with my Ovation sound still OK for stage monitoring) but it sounds a lot more like an amp if compared to my RCF NX-12.
Conclusion for today: it was a good decision and had a lot of fun! This weekend I have 2 shows (one is open air, hope it stops snowing….) and I’ll put it through a proper field test.
Think it´s like a 212 combo amp that allows you to leave the cab sim on. The RCF gives me the same kind of sound as my monitors, just louder (ok, also better due to the 12″). An amp and guitar Cab gives me a fantastic sound with the trade off of using only 1 cab (though the Cab Driver makes a very good job). With the Camper you get to leave the Cab on and still have an Amp-like sound instead of a PA sound.
Question: Does it reproduce the sound of the different cab sims with as much accuracy as a PA cab?
It get’s near, without sounding hi-fi. It has his own signature but in a good way. Is like playing with amp and cab with the cab being a lot more flexible then a guitar cab will ever be. It´s warm and full and pushy…
Question: Better solution than the RCF in your opinion?
To me yes. It gives me back the amp feel.
I’ve forgotten to mention that this thing is dead silent, I mean REALLY silent. No hiss at all, you don’t even notice is on ’till you hit the first chord.
Going to rehearsal with the all band this evening and leaving the RCF off. I’m sure they’ll be happy that I finally show up with something that looks like an amp. Lol!”