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Very simply put, the future is here and it looks like a toaster. The kemper profiler is with out a doubt one of the greatest tools out there right now. They really are in a lot of situations indescribable from real tube amps, once one has the correct profiles that is. This is not to say it is perfect, there are still some aspects that are not correct yet, for example getting it to feed back like a real amp is next to impossible. But for the mass majority of the public who are non guitarists, this will sound perfect. The only other issue I would flag would be that you have to out lay more money on the top to get higher end profiles to really get these perfect sounds the Kemper is capable of. Lots of the other profiles out there are not so great and are very obviously not a real amp. All in all though. Well worth it.
edited over 2 years ago
is this IT?
So much has been talked and written about the Kemper-amp, everybody seems to know this thing or at least has an opinion. Yes, it emulates pretty closely the sound of an amp-box-mic-setup and delivers many on-board-tools to tweak further into the realms of guitarsound. But still this thing has its limitations.
Yes, it reproduces the sound, but never 100%. The more complex the signal chain gets, the harder it gets for the Kemper to “catch” it. So if you’re working with multiple amps, multiple mics (including the mic phase) or distortion pedals it may not be the perfect blueprint you are heading for.
Also I feel the effect section is pretty good but could be improved in some parts. The delay effect is limited to basic functions, the noise gate has a clicky attack and the distortion-pedals mostly deliver useless dirt.
On the other hand you get one of best (maybe the best?) digital amps out there with one of the best emulation of tube amps, but it depends on what you are feeding in. As with all gear, it’s easy to work with it… but you still have to work with it.
edited almost 2 years ago
Nice to have
The fastest way to get your own amp/signalchain into the digital realm. It has minor flaws soundwise, so it doesn't reach the sound of a tubeamp 100% but it is so close that the small differencies overall doesn't matter to me. I recommend this to everyone except for Stonerrock players, because some amp offer more gain and poweramp distortion, everything has it's limits and the extremely fuzzy stoner and doom sounds are not possible to profile.
The Workflow is ultra fast, and since there is also a powered version giging is a dream ... it is so convenient that i most of the time choose the kemper over my tubeamp(s).
Amazing, trustful friend
Great product, trustful friend and works great to do a combo with the Pod X3. I am using the Kemper all the time with my Strandberg #34, and it works perfect with the bass and similar instruments. Really the dig option to "Kempa"(Profile a amp)!
This is the Beast
Over the 25 years or so of playing, Nothing has come close to exciting me every time I plug it in as much as the Kemper Profiler. Yes its a ton of money, but I have every sound I want, when I want it. Live and especially in studio it is just phenomenal how easy it is to get the sound you want, for guitar and bass by the way, and get on with it. and if something isnt there that you like then download a profile that you do. Its pretty simple. I think that possibly, Possibly, it could be more gig friendly if there was a pedalboard version, All in one.The reason I say this is because I find the Kemper Footswitch just stupidly expensive after spending all this moola on the Kemper itself, si I use a Behringer FCB1010 with Uno chip. Not bad at all but not great. The software/rig manager really needs an update, if you compare it to Line 6 or Fractal audio, but again, not really a deal breaker for me personally. Other than that I would recommend the Kemper to absolutely anyone.
Sure I use cabs. The biggest complaint is the digital overdrives built into these new sound boxes. So I use a shitload of drive pedals, problem solved, best of both. I have a choice between internal & enteral drive pedals fro pennies. I have not used the "modeling feature" once, not once. If I want an amp I have a couple dozen, so I don't need to model. I do have the other guitar units, but this is my top dog.