Talking through some of the elements of Martin Gore’s live gear setup for Depeche Mode’s 2013 Delta Machine Tour, Jez Webb mentions Martin Gore’s use of the Kemper Profiling Amplifier (3:17 into the video): “The new addition to the setup is the Kemper Profiling Amplifier. This is the first tour we’ve used that. Within a couple of days [of receiving it] we dialed in roughly six - eight songs. We found it very easy to use, the interface, the layout of it, particularly the way it’s split into three sections: your effects, the amp, and delays & reverbs, etc. So as I say we were pretty much out the box, plug it in, we were up and running and using that. From this, we take a stereo feed into the [Rivera amps, the Venus 5](http://equipboard.com/items/rivera-venus-5-head)…”more
"Profiling means you setup your amps and you can make what is essentially a tone print of your amp/mic chain to take with you. For the sake of weight, I wanted to try it. "I’ve been using the Rectos for so long for a specific sound, but I wanted to see if we could do it with less weight. There’s a 23kg weight restriction when you fly and we have to keep our costs down. So I tried the Kemper and it’s worked out killer. "This rack-mounted one has a 400-watt Class D power amplifier under it. So I have a Mesa cab onstage to get some sort of air movement, which I do like. I miss having amps onstage. The whole completely direct thing kind of sucked for me. So having the cab onstage has been great," says Devin Townsend, on [Music Radar](http://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/rig-tour-devin-townsend-project-621935/20).more
¨Not long ago, I used to run four amps at the same time and we were starting to play live on TV - for example, we recently did ´Later... With Jools Holland.´ If you send four mics from four different amps that are always changing to someone in a BBC truck, they´ll think, ´F*** you - it all sounds the same!´ This makes my signal a lot easier for everyone. My main clean sound is a 1957 Fender Champ, my main fuzz profile is a 1962 Vox AC30. There are about 100 Marshalls in there, too. We even profiled The Big Cheese pedal by Audio Kitchen, which works as an amp you can run through a cab and ended up being used for 90 per cent of our albums... some things are too fragile to take on tour! (Total Guitar, January 2017)¨more
St. Vincent says in this [*Guitar World* interview](http://www.guitarworld.com/enigmatic-st-vincent-talks-technique-gear-choices-and-dimebag-darrell) "I’m using a Kemper modeling amplifier for live work. Originally I was bringing out vintage ’66 Kalamazoo kind of small amps—the kind of little guy that you could ram a lot of signal through and get a nice breakup and saturation and all of that. But I just stopped."more
I don't know how much it has changed, really. I mean, in 2002 we went with SansAmp, and on the last tour we did I think I had five Marshall amps hot rodded with the eight Marshall cabs. But this time we're going to go with Kemper. It's like an Axe FX kind of rack. I actually get to simulate the guitar sound I have in the studio. I don't know how it's going to work, but they say it's very simple. I just got it at home today, so I'm going to sit and program it and do everything with it. Hopefully, that's going to be enough. No speakers, only the pre-amps.more
Alex Gaskarth says in [this Facebook post](https://www.facebook.com/kemperamps/posts/1058187784197544) "There's nothing like Kemper. We've used other profilers and amp simulators in the past and they just never compare to the real thing. Kemper gets the job done, and it makes touring the world with every amp sound we know and love so simple and straightforward, without sacrificing tone, quality and organic sound.”more
Alex and Jack are shown here in front of their Kemper Profiler Rack Guitar Amp System. Jack says in [this Facebook post](https://www.facebook.com/kemperamps/posts/1058187784197544) "Kempers have changed touring for me. In the past I believed that no matter what, digital heads would always sound a little "robotic". But now I have been proven wrong. My Kemper has given me any amp I could imagine. As crisp and accurate as the real thing."more
Neil uses Kemper Profilers while on tour. He switched to kemper as a way to cut down on shipping costs. It would have cost alot more to ship a regular amp head and cab around the world for tours. He set up his presets while recording the album Bad Vibrations. Bill Stevenson of Decendents helped get the presets while producing the album. The presets are bassed off Neil's Bogner Extacy, EVH 5150 III, and Marshall JCM 800 amps. They tone matched the amps and the kemper until they sounded as identical as possiblemore
Josh uses a Kemper Profiler on tour. Much like the rest of ADTR, he switched to a Kemper as a way to cut down on shipping costs. It would cost an insane amount more to ship a regular amp and cab around the world for tours. Josh uses a Ampeg preset that was already on the Kemper. He uses this preset rather than tone matching his personal amp collectionmore
Kevin uses a Kemper Profiler on tour. Much like the rest of ADTR, he switched to a Kemper as a way to cut down on shipping costs. It would cost an insane amount more to ship a regular amp and cab around the world for tours. With the help of Bill Stevenson of Descendents, Kevin amp matched all of his personal amps. The Presets he uses are matched to his Marshall JCM 800, EVH 5150 III, and Toneville Broadway amps. The Kemper helps get a consistent tone each night regardless of venue size or conditionsmore
In this demo, Rob and Lee compair a Kemper to an actual amp head. They had Rebea and Danish Pete switch between a victory silverback, Fender bassbreaker, and their kemper profile equivilent. He could not tell the difference. He was so impressed that, he and Rebea each baught one for them to use live. He decided to leave his amps home and just profile them into a kempermore
> "Irons uses a Kemper Profiling Amplifier live, and all of his profiles are Fender Bassman sounds. Irons is used to playing Marshalls, so he’s currently trying a real-amp approach with only boost, clean, and dirty profiles. 'The Kempers can do so much more than that, but I’m still adapting to using them, so I’m going for a basic thing right now.'" -Tessa Jeffers; Rig Rundown by [Premier Guitar](http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/23529-rig-rundown-awolnations-zach-irons) on Zach Irons When looking at his pedalboard [here](http://www.premierguitar.com/ext/resources/images/content/2015-12/RRs/AWOLNATION/pedalboard-ENL.jpg?14508998780), he uses a footswitch to switch between amp settings (left of the volume pedal).more
Andy James started using his Kemper before his new album, "Exodus", and used his Kemper in the Album. According to Andy, the Kemper sounds amazing, as he said on :"Kemper is the way forward for me and it sounds killer #fuckrealampsinrealtime". You can clearly see that he thinks Kemper is a very good product and enjoys it. He also has a profile pack, the "Andy James signature bundle" on STL tones's website. https://www.stltones.com/collections/andy-james/products/andy-james-signature-bundlemore
“We’ve actually just moved over to Kempers! We were using the Axe-Fx Ultra pretty much up until the end of last year." - James Monteith (MetalSucks, Rigged: TesseracT Guitarist Acle Kahney, metalsucks.net, June 12, 2013, http://www.metalsucks.net/2013/06/12/rigged-tesseract-guitarist-acle-kahney/)more
The Kemper Profiling Amp is the only piece of equipment any studio needs. It accurately captures the tone of any amp/ cab any guitarist can want. I have had many a guitarist come to my home studio and swear by the tone of their amp just to be blown away by the Kemper (its the tone you end up hearing on the record). Don't spend good money on one amp when you can have any amp you want with the Kemper.
I am your typical tubes or nothing man, I love my fender. So I borrowed a rack model off a friend already convinced this would never stand against my tube power!!! One hour later I'm sold, I hate that they are so good, but they really are, for theatre shows or pit shows this makes total sense. you can have all your best amps and amps you could never hope to own in real life, right in one small package. They are being updated all the time so they are always on the top of there game. Are they worth the money? Yes. Are they for everyone? maybe not. Do they replace a great amp ripping your face of with tone?....... thats not for me to say.
The Kemper PA has been my go to rig for both live and studio applications for two years now. It has been all over the US and even overseas. It is durable and provides the best tones available in any device. Solid state or tube. Nothing beats the KPA. They have top notch support staff as well. The 5 star rating only goes to Kemper. It is the benchmark for excellence.
For studio-work I use the unpowered "toaster"-version since 5 years (but not solely!). For live performances the rackmount version was an obvious choice. Regarding the sound of the Kemper and the accuracy of profiling an original tube-amp I have to admit that this thing is not the absolute 100%-solution in every case despite all the praise you are reading elsewhere. Still this thing is a good alternative to using a tubeamp on stage especially when you have no crew to carry your stuff around.
It's well build and the handling of the controls are almost perfect and especially the powered version makes a lot sense on stage since you can route your signal to a cabinet and the DI-box at the same time plus feeding your inear-monitoring. To integrate and control other hardware the Kemper is not as versatile as a Helix. Also the effects-section feels limited in comparison to an AxeFX. But the focus of the Kemper is basically the amping itself and based on the use of it as an amp onstage, this is pure gold.
See inside and out of this Kemper amp. I have owned one for years and originally had the unpowered version. Later I carried out a conversion to make the Kemper powered and I still have the unit today. See what the amp is made of and how it stacks up.