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Behringer KXD-12 amp

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I picked up a Behringer KXD-12 keyboard amp from GC to try out with the Helix.

I had been running into my DT25 with the pre-amp modeling disabled. That was giving me good tone but the DT cab is very directional. I was considering the Friedman ASM-12 and the new Matrix FR12. Both in the $750+ price range. Someone mentioned the Behringer in another post so I decided to check one out at the local GC. At a price of less than half the others and with similar specs I figured I'd try one at home. Hey if I don't like it I can just take it back.

I plugged the Helix in and turned it on. With the Helix volume at 12 o'clock, the input volume (gain) at about 12 o'clock  and the master volume on the KXD at about the 10 o'clock position (0 is at the 7 o'clock position for reference) it was loud. Yes I was alone so there was nothing to compete with but I had plenty of headroom to spare. Let me note that when my band plays out I run the XLR out from the Helix to the FOH and the 1/4" to my DT. The DT (or the KXD) is just for me really and to help fill out the backline sound. That being said back to the review.....Right off the bat I was pleasantly surprised. The tones were very good. My acoustic patch suddenly came to life sounding much more natural. My high gain patches sounded better too. Almost sounded more organic which is funny seeing as they are now 100% digital.

Tonight will be a better test as it is practice night. Let's see if this can compete with another guitar, a bass and a heavy hitting drummer. 

 

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I picked up a Behringer KXD-12 keyboard amp from GC to try out with the Helix.

I had been running into my DT25 with the pre-amp modeling disabled. That was giving me good tone but the DT cab is very directional. I was considering the Friedman ASM-12 and the new Matrix FR12. Both in the $750+ price range. Someone mentioned the Behringer in another post so I decided to check one out at the local GC. At a price of less than half the others and with similar specs I figured I'd try one at home. Hey if I don't like it I can just take it back.

I plugged the Helix in and turned it on. With the Helix volume at 12 o'clock, the input volume (gain) at about 12 o'clock  and the master volume on the KXD at about the 10 o'clock position (0 is at the 7 o'clock position for reference) it was loud. Yes I was alone so there was nothing to compete with but I had plenty of headroom to spare. Let me note that when my band plays out I run the XLR out from the Helix to the FOH and the 1/4" to my DT. The DT (or the KXD) is just for me really and to help fill out the backline sound. That being said back to the review.....Right off the bat I was pleasantly surprised. The tones were very good. My acoustic patch suddenly came to life sounding much more natural. My high gain patches sounded better too. Almost sounded more organic which is funny seeing as they are now 100% digital.

Tonight will be a better test as it is practice night. Let's see if this can compete with another guitar, a bass and a heavy hitting drummer. 

Hi pwik,

 

did you finally tested the KXD12 practicing with drummer, bass and another guitar?

 

I'm thinking on buying it (for now just one unit), but not sure if it is loud enough to stand in a metal band for rehearsals competing with another guitar + bass + voice + drumms.

 

 

Thanks in advance.

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