"I was curious if the Kemper Profiler could really capture the sound and feel of my favorite tube amps. My first "profile" took just a few minutes to set up. When I compared the tone of my 'real' amp to the Kemper profile, I couldn't tell the difference. Mind blowing! I've been profiling my whole amp collection since then!" (from [www.kemper-amps.com/artist-gallery](https://www.kemper-amps.com/artist-gallery))more
"This is already an important part of my recording studio. It is very easy to use right away, and I"m looking forward to doing more in depth modeling with it. Without even looking at a manual, I dialed up some keeper sounds very quickly. Very impressed! Thanks for a great working piece of gear!"more
From http://www.unpage.it/kemperamps/luke-kilpatrick-parkway-drive-just-wrote-to-us-ive-known-abou-184583711557960_1134297626586559 “I’ve known about Kemper for a while but refused to believe they could actually do what everyone was saying they could. My first chance to really see their potential was in the studio recording our new album and I was blown away. It simulated whatever we mic’d up perfectly and made recording a breeze! It’s now my main touring rig and I’ll never go back to traditional amplifiers. It’s so convenient, consistent and reliable that I’d recommend Kemper to anyone for either studio or live gigs. I’m sold!"more
What can I say? I have waited a long time for something like this to finally be great enough to implement on the Thirty Seconds To Mars stage. I've always struggled to choose between tonal quality and versatility versus convenience for touring. Unfortunately, I've always had to lug around enormous amounts of gear (multiple different amp heads, multiple iso-cabs, matrix loop switching, literally more than a dozen different pedals, etc...) to do what I needed live so that I could pull off several albums worth of material at the level of quality needed... Then along came the Kemper and changed my life forever! With the Kemper profiling amp, we can profile all of the amps we use live, I have all but two very custom effects available to me in the Kemper library of effects pedals (many of which sound way more rich and have better dimension than the "real" thing), and this all fits into a 3 space rack that I can check on a plane and never have to wonder again what I will be dealing with on a fly-gig. One of the things people who love music don't think about is the cost of touring! Shipping thousands of pounds of gear all over the world is insanely expensive, and the Kemper just demolished that entire problem with one product. The Kemper has truly become that one piece of gear I simply cannot live without.more
Kemper Profiler versus Fractal Axe-FX - discuss. “The Kemper has more of the classic amp tones, as I understand it, and the way it’s laid out is more intuitive because it looks like an old amp itself. The guitarist in Headspace, Pete Rinaldi, uses a Fractal and he loves it; he wouldn’t use anything else. I bought my Kempers because I wanted great amp tones for my studio. I’m an EBS endorser, but because I knew I was going to be using a lot of effects, like Chris did, I didn’t want a huge bank of pedals. The effects in the Kemper are amazing; I use a flanger in the song Cinema, which has a really big regeneration in it so it sounds like an aeroplane landing.”more
"I think the Kemper Profiling Amp is easily one of the most innovative devices in the guitar world today. I was completely blown away by the accuracy of the profiling results. On top of that, the Kemper has astonishing variety and possibilities, enabling you to create, combine and compose rigs with the great onboard effects, amplifiers and cabinets. I'm in love with that device and already used it exclusively on my latest production."more
My signal runs from my custom PRS into a Kemper Profiler head and a PRS Stealth 2x12 cabinet. As you can see, right now it’s on the JCM 800 Drive preset. I’m using a Line 6 Pod HD500X as a MIDI controller for the Kemper. I have a bank setup for each song. Take “Nightmare.” I’ve got my basic heavy sound, one that’s slightly louder, and one with a wah on it, which I manipulate via the HD500X’s footpedal.more
Here you can see the artist listed on Kemper's endorsed artists which includes a quote from Mitch stating: “Search no further, the wait is over. The Kemper Profiling Amplifier was arrived as the answer to our prayers. The sonic DNA approach has found the missing link to what all guitar amp simulators have tried so hard to achieve. The kemper sounded so close to my original guitar sound that it was scary. Imagine the possibilities with multitracking, not to mention the 1,000's of presets already available online. The most amazing thing was the post equalizer settings, which opened the door to possibilities of improving the tone with more bass, mid, treble, presence, and most importantly, GAIN!!! It’s even better now than the tone I was striving for! This unit will revolutionize the recording and home recording industry. It literally is "plug and play" at this point! What are you waiting for, this will change the future, this will change the way things are done, and rewrite the book for the 21st century. If only it had been this easy all along. The benefits outweigh the cost of the genius invention ten fold. Take advantage before the rest of the world does!”more
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.
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)!
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.
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).
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.