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Play4Remote – Win a Kemper Remote for your Profiler

This is for all the guitarists out there who own a Kemper Profiler and who are longing for a Kemper Remote pedal. There is a challenge coming up: The Play4Remote video challenge. Kemper are giving away a Kemper Remote pedal!


What do you have to do to qualify? Just shoot a video of yourself playing the Profiler. The Profiler should be clearly visible (or spottable :-) in the video. Then upload the video to Youtube and make sure that the release date of the video is not earlier than August 1st, 2015 and not later than August 31st, 2015.


The video description line has to include the following: #Play4Remote082015. This is so that we can find your video in youtube-country.


Then on August 31st at 1 pm RLT (Recklinghausen Lunch Time) the Kemper Team will check which of the videos will have the highest view count and pick the winner. Make sure you have your Facebook link or something else in the video notes as well so that we can contact you easily. We will contact the winner personally and immediately for a proper shipping address and ship the Kemper Remote within a week after the shipping address is approved.


Don’t shed a tear if you are not the chosen one at the end of August. You will have another chance in September as well and then October … you get the vibe.

The shipping of your Kemper Remote is free of charge for the winner. Also any customs affairs are cleared by Kemper GmbH. It may happen though that in some territories some special rules might apply. Hopefully then these things can get sorted out beforehand.
By putting the #Play4Remote082015 tag into the video line you agree that your video will be published and promoted on all possible social media channels. Your video will remain at all times your property and Kemper will only use the public Youtube sharing link for any kind of promotion.


Some good practice tips:

  • The video quality is not important, but you know, in 2015 everybody has at least some kind of smartphone at hand or an HD Cam built into his computer.
  • Try to get a good overall audio quality going. It is just the entire world watching and listening to you.
  • Make sure you wear appropriate clothing.
  • Please avoid nudity, display of sexist, racist, religious, political and any other imagery because this is simply not the right place for this.
  • Try not to play and use material which might be copyrighted.
  • And here the note from the legal department: The decision of the jury is legally binding; there is no recourse to legal action.


Good luck, have fun and make more music!!!

 

Michael Wagener Signature Rig Pack

Kemper GmbH today released the Michael Wagener Signature Rig Pack for the Kemper Profiler.
Some of you have been waiting for this:

"A Rig Pack with legendary producer Michael Wagener's favorite amplifiers incl. 17 Rigs overall. Nine Rigs are Merged Rigs based on Direct Amp Profiles and Studio Profiles taken from the same amplifier with identical settings."

Please visit the support section on the Kemper Website to download. To get an idea about some of the amps available in this Rig Pack check out the video:



Kemper at Musikmesse 2015

This year at Musikmesse Frankfurt Kemper again will host the fancy Airstream Trailer outside in the courtyard right in front of the Agora stage (AG15 in front of Hall 4. The Trailer is packed with Kemper Profiler Heads and Racks for you check out with headphones and some monitor stations. A special thanks goes out to Ibanez who were so kind to equip all the Profiler stations with guitars.

We are happy to meet you, answer all your questions and of course we are interested in your input, learning what you think. Looking forward seeing you at Messe 2015!

Just right for Messe we also are very happy to launch the Kemper Profiler Tutorial Video Channel. Here’s what we told the press:

Kemper GmbH just opened their dedicated Youtube Tutorial Video channel for the acclaimed Kemper Profiler. The videos offer straightforward tips and tricks regarding the basic and essential features necessary for finding your way around the Profiler’s sonic and architectural power.

Christoph Kemper founder and inventor states: "We meet a lot of guitarists and bassists at trade shows, workshops and concerts. We then often realize that some unique and incredible features of the Profiler remain unknown to the users. So we came up with this series of videos that allow for new users to get started with the profiler in no time. But also experienced users will most definitely discover something new and helpful regarding the Profiler. Another very important point is that for guitarists who just want to know everything about the Profiler prior to their final purchasing decision get the best introduction to its unique features and sonic power possible.
For this we have created a dedicated and streamlined production environment to be able to provide new multi language tutorial videos on a frequent basis."

The videos are available in english, german and will be available in japanese soon. The Kemper Tutorial Video Channel is available at:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCGGZ01rd9e82wTUK406XVaw

Divide and Conquer - Kemper take Profiling to the next level

Profiler Firmware Version 3.0 allows for separate profiling of Amps and Cabs and much more

Kemper GmbH/ Ruhr Area, January 22nd, 2015 (ictw) – Kemper GmbH today announced the next level of their acclaimed Profiling technology. The Profiler Firmware Version 3.0 now allows for profiling the guitar amps’ output independently from the connected guitar cabinet.

This opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Guitar players can profile their favorite amp sound and afterwards play thru a neutral power amp or the Profiler’s built in Class D amp into a guitar cabinet with the exact tone and behavior of their original tube amp. It also allows for freely combining “Direct Amp Profiles” with individually profiled cabs or imported impulse responses. The result is a complete Profile that can run a physical guitar cabinet onstage for monitoring and simultaneously feed the virtual guitar-speaker sound to the main PA.
Furthermore the new Firmware supports the tight integration of the Profiler Remote control pedal, featuring the smoothest preset switching available, a 30 second Looper and an incredible new Rig Pack created in cooperation with producer legend Michael Wagener in Nashville, Michael Britt of Lonestar and with renowned Profile vendor The Amp Factory.

More than 50 new Factory Profiles

The new Rig Packs contain a selection of “Merged Profiles”, created with the new direct profiling technology. Kemper have spent some significant profiling time with studio legend Michael Wagener at his Nashville based Wireworld studios and have profiled everything from legendary preamps, amps and cabinets that have been used on numerous platinum selling records.

Michael Britt is the guitarist with the Nashville based platinum band Lonestar and has created a great collection of profiles which were already showcased by Pete Thorn in this awesome video:


The Amp Factory collection consists of amps like Redplate, Clean Blackface, Driven Tweed, Fender Tweed Deluxe 58, Toneking Metro, Evil Robot, d/13 jtr37, Carr Roamer, Two Rock Bionyx and Marshall Jtm45.

Understanding Direct Profiling

The Kemper profiling technology has already had an incredible impact in the guitarists’ community for being able to capture the sound and feel of the classic guitar rig: Tube Amp/ Cabinet/ Microphone. These profiles are called “Studio Profiles”.
Now with Direct Profiling Kemper have gone even further and are able to capture the sound of a tube-amp including its power-amp separately from the cab - even when the cabinet load is active. This works by tapping the sound exactly where it hits the speaker cabinet: The speaker output! As high voltage and high wattage are present, a dedicated DI is required. This specialized DI box is capable of scaling down the tube power amp voltage to a line-level signal, suitable for the Profiler, on a XLR output jack. The high-power signal is forwarded to the speaker cabinet through a different output jack.
What is the purpose of this when the sound of the speaker will not be captured in the Profile? The purpose is to capture the amp including the complex impedance behavior of the speaker. This method captures those often discussed interactions between the power tube-amp and the connected speaker cabinet. When the Profile is played back through the Profiler’s built-in class D amp, or an external solid state power amp, it will recreate the same impedance situation to the connected speaker-cabinet. This is the key to making the built-in power-amp sound like a real tube power-amp.
The Direct Amp Profile can later be merged with the respective cabinet portion of a Studio Profile. Alternatively, Direct Amp Profiles can be paired with arbitrary cabinet impulse-responses, imported by our CabMaker 2.0 software. The result is a complete Profile that can run a physical guitar- cabinet onstage for monitoring, and simultaneously feed the virtual guitar-speaker sound to the main PA.

Pricing and availability


The Kemper Profiler Firmware 3.0 will become available in Q1/2015 – free of charge for all registered owners of a Kemper Profiler.

Kick-Down for more Performance Power – The Profiler Remote

Kemper GmbH/ Ruhr Area, Jan. 12th, 2015 (ictw) – Kemper GmbH today announced the new Profiler Remote for the acclaimed Kemper Profiler to be available in Q1 2015.
The Profiler Remote is the perfect remote foot controller for the Kemper Profiler, fully integrated with the Profiler hardware and software. This integration includes phantom power supply from the Profiler, a display to reflect important information about the current working mode, connectors for additional pedals and automatic maintenance during firmware upgrades.

One to rule them all – Rigs, FX and much more

The Profiler Remote is a unique remote foot controller that goes beyond the obvious and established concepts. The tight integration with the excellent features of the Kemper Profiler make this combination the most powerful and inspiring performance solution ever while keeping it simple and straightforward in terms of programming, assigning and operation.

Well designed in a sturdy metal housing complimenting the look and feel of the Profiler the Profiler Remote connects via an included 7 meter/ 21 feet long Ethernet cable and draws its power from the Profiler, no extra power supply needed. The Profiler Remote features 4 direct connectors to hook up your favorite pedals to control continuous controllers like WahWah, Gain, Volume, Delay Level, Delay Feedback, etc.

The buttons on the Profiler Remote provide direct access to 5 program patches (Rigs), patch bank up and down, permanent Tuner with three LEDs, 30 sec. stereo Looper, Tap Tempo that also drives the unique real time Beat Scanner and an all time direct access to effects assigned to the current patch with the dedicated Stomp FX Buttons. The current status is visually represented on the Remote’s display.

The versatile and unique Stomp FX Buttons

These four dedicated buttons can be freely assigned to switch on/ off stomps and effects. They can also trigger special features in certain effects. Their respective assignments and their on/off status are stored per Rig. Each button can also be assigned to multiple stomps and effects. Assigning the Stomp FX Buttons is simple and straightforward: Simply by pressing the Stomp Button on the Profiler and the respective button on the Remote simultaneously.

Connecting up to 4 expression pedals and/ or external switches

The Profiler Remote offers four TRS-sockets named to connect expression pedals. If there is the need for additional switches, mono and stereo switches can be used with these sockets, too.

The 30 second stereo LOOPER

The Looper Button activates the Profiler’s new Looper function for recording up to 30 seconds in stereo. When activated the Looper turns the Bank Up/ Down and Rig Buttons on the remote to versatile Looper controls:

  • Record/Play - to control recording, playback and overdubbing
  • Stop - to interrupt recording, playback and overdubbing, and to clear the loop
  • Trigger - to start one playback cycle
  • Reverse - to change direction of recording, playback and overdubbing
  • Halftime - to change speed of recording, playback and overdubbing
  • Undo/Redo - to discard or recover last track

Additional Connectivity

The Profiler and the Profiler Remote communicate with each other via an ethernet cable. The cable included in the Profiler Remote package has been carefully selected, and is perfectly suited for this purpose. Kemper have included a Neutrik® etherCON® cable connector carrier which ensures a robust connection. For the use on bigger stages and using multiple Remotes for the Profilers it is possible to use additional powered Ethernet Hubs. This way, distances of more than 100m (300ft) can be bridged. 

Controlling external MIDI Gear

With the Profiler Remote it is of course also possible to switch and control external MIDI Gear. Program changes executed with the Profiler Remote for example can be defined with a MIDI program change command that is sent to external MIDI gear simultaneously via the Profiler’s MIDI Out connector.

Pricing and availability

The Profiler Remote will be available exclusively from the Kemper Online store in Q1/2015 for EUR 499.- (incl. VAT) and USD $599,- (plus appplicable tax). In stores, the Profiler Remote will be offered as a bundle with the Kemper Profiler.

The famous tones of Ace's guitar amps in a free Rig Pack

Kemper GmbH/ Ruhr Area, Germany, Nov. 26th, 2014 (ictw) - Kemper Amps today released the free Ace of Skunk Anansie signature Rig Pack featuring all the glorious amp tones known from Ace with Skunk Anansie from the very beginning to today.  

The two day profiling session took place during summer 2014 at SX Studios north of London. All of Ace's amps were profiled with their original sound settings and numerous variations with two cabinets utilising Delta Sontronics, Shure SM 57 and Royer 121 microphones.
The team paid extra attention to the refining process to make sure that every nuance of the sound was captured to definitely match the sound, the dynamics and playing of the original amps.
The rig pack features 26 studio profiles as well as 4 direct profiles for the use of The Profiler with standard guitar cabinets.

The Ace of Skunk Anansie Rig Pack is available at www.kemper-amps.com from the download area free of charge.

In the following Interview Ace himself talks about the process and what it means to him personally to have now all his own amps as profiles available with the Kemper Profiler:

Profiler is hitting Rock Bottom – for that perfect Bass Rig

The Profiler has been pretty quickly adopted by a lot of renowned Bass players and their feature requests have helped the company to now offer the perfect solution for Bass Amp substitution for authentic playing feel, dynamics and creative sound design for all things electric bass. The Profiler is already played by bassists in the studio, at rehearsal and live from club gigs to the biggest arena shows the world over.

Just to name a few bass players who rely already on the Profiler’s tone and versatility:
Muse’s Christopher Wolstenholme, Pino Palladino touring with NIN, Filter’s Phil Buckman, Faith No More’s Billy Gould, Garth Brooks’ Mark Greenwood, Tony Levin with the King Crimson Project and Peter Gabriel as well as Trivium’s Paolo Gregoletto and many more.

The Profiler now features numerous bass profiles in the factory rig content, including excellent direct profiles taken from the DI output of the bass amps. Additionally, of course players will like the mildly distorted profiles taken from tube-driven bass amps and speakers, captured by microphone.
In addition to the factory content, we have also released special rig packs containing excellent complete rigs for bass. These are available from the our download page. Players should also be sure to check out the Rig Exchange webpage to download rigs by other users, or even share their own. In the Rig Manager software the bass rigs can easily be identified by right clicking the top row, selecting the column ‘Instrument’ and then sorting by this column.

Low End Connectivity Guide

Bass players are free to use any kind of bass cabinet for monitoring the Profiler on stage or in the rehearsal room. Modern bass cabinets typically have a neutral sound character like PA cabinets do, while classic bass cabinets, e.g. the famous Ampeg 8 x 10” cabinet, tend to color the sound. When monitoring through a bass cabinet that colors the sound, to avoid a double coloration the Cabdriver should be engaged by setting “Monitor Cab Off” in the OUTPUT menu. Still the complete simulation, including virtual cabinets is available simultaneously for the mixing desk from the Main Outs, so no microphone is required. When using a neutral cabinet the cabinet simulation for the monitoring signal should be activated.

The built-in 600 Watt power amplifier of the Profiler PowerHead and PowerRack provides plenty of power to cut through a band during rehearsal or in live situations with drums.

Bass Signals going Separate Ways

For the classic Amp plus DI procedure the Profiler features a built-in analog splitter box. The Direct Output feeds the unprocessed bass signal to a mixing desk or recording device while the Main Outputs carry the processed signal in stereo. Selecting “Git Analog” as the source for the Direct Output in the OUTPUT menu avoids unnecessary analog/digital conversions for the Direct Output.

“Parallel Path” finally is a feature designed for bass players in particular. When a bass is played through a distorting amplifier or a distortion pedal, the bass can lose some of the fundamental frequencies as well as some dynamic range. To compensate for this, a parallel feed of the undistorted bass signal can be created, and then mixed back to the processed signal path. In his case, Stomps A and B are moved to the parallel path, e.g. for compressing or equalizing the parallel signal.

The Profiler features many stomp and studio effects that are suitable for bass, and some have even been tailored for bass players. Below is a brief description of selected features.

Analog Octaver is a classic effect originally intended for bass.

Pitch Shifter types for different intervals and colors. The Pitch Shifter allows for polyphonic playing, including chords.

Formant Freeze and Formant Shift possibilities in some Pitch Shifter FX. Although restricted to monophonic playing only, shifting the characteristic formants of the bass will provide a whole new character for the instrument, while remaining very authentic.

To extend the passive equalizer in the Stack section (tonestack) for even more flexibility shaping the bass sound, the Profiler provides a number of stomp equalizers. In particular, the 4-band parametric Studio Equalizer is extremely flexible and well suited for bass.

Every chorus type FX features the “X-Over” (crossover) parameter, inspired by specialized bass chorus units. Raising the value of “X-Over” shields the lower frequencies from the effect of the chorus modulation, thus giving the sound a stable bottom-end.

Kemper Profiler Workshop Tour 2014

Kemper Amps, August 14th, 2014Kemper Amps, the makers of the multi award winning and unique Kemper Profiler annouced the Kemper Profiler Workshop Tour 2014 with a number of dates throughout Europe.

Experience the groundbreaking new guitar amp and see and hear for yourself why The Profiler is considered as the game changer by guitarists from all over the world. Demonstrator Thomas Dill will showcase all the main features and tonal capabilities of the Profiler and answer all your questions.

The workshops are free of charge, pre-registration with the venues is recommended.

05.09.2014 14:30 — Berlin [DE]
Just Music, Oranienstraße 140-142, 10969 Berlin

06.09.2014 16:00 — Köln [DE]
Music Store, Istanbulstr. 22-26, 51103 Köln

09.09.2014 18:00 — Guildford [UK]
Andertons, 58-59 Woodbridge Road, Guildford, GU1 4RF

10.09.2014 19:00 — Epsom [UK]
GuitarGuitar, 6 Capitol Square, Church St, Epsom, KT17 4NY

16.09.2014 17:00 — Oslo [NO]
4 Sound, Trondheimsveien 2, 0560 Oslo

19.09.2014 17:00 — Frankfurt [DE]
Session Music, Hanauer Landstraße 338, 60314 Frankfurt

07.10.2014 18:00 — Toulouse [FR]
Music Action, 5, rue Viguerie, 31300 Toulouse

09.10.2014 tba — München [DE]
Just Music, Hanauer Str. 91a, 80993 München

16.10.2014 18:00 — Basel [CH]
House of Sound, Nauenstr. 63, 4052 Basel

23.10.2014 19:00 — Hamburg [DE]
Just Music, Feldstraße 66, 20359 Hamburg

05.11.2014 18:00 — Helsinki [FI]
Custom Sounds, Meritullinkatu 15 B, Kruununhaka, Etelä-Suomen Lääni, Finland

NAMM 2014 – Feature Fest for Kemper Profiler Players

Software Version 2.3 showcased

Anaheim/ California, January 23rd, 2014 (ictw)Kemper Amps, the makers of the multi award winning and uniquem Kemper Profiler present a range of new features that significantly extend the Profiler’s tonal and sonic capabilities for guitar and bass players. Version 2.3 of the Profiler Software will be available for free to registered users of the Kemper Profiler during the first quarter of 2014.

Kemper Amps constantly update the Profiler Software for architectural enhancements, performance and effects updates. Version 2.3 new features include:

Parallel Path for Bass Processing

This is a feature dedicated for electric bass, can be utilized with any other instrument as well, of course. The Profiler offers a variety of profiles for bass players already, as well as loads of effects and distortion FX that can be used in combination with a bass. But, just like with traditional bass rigs when playing through a distorting amplifier or a distortion pedal, the bass can loose some fundamental bass frequencies. That’s why a parallel feed of the clean bass signal usually is mixed in parallel to the distorted or otherwise processed signal for maintaining the bass frequencies and the original dynamics.

The Profiler now features an optional parallel signal path from the instrument input straight to the output for exactly this purpose, bypassing the Stack section and all effects including the delay and reverb. When the parallel path is activated, it also grabs Stomp A and B away from the regular signal path and puts both into the parallel path. This provides Stomp A and B for applying a compressor and an equalizer individually to the parallel path, while Stomp C and D and the effects remain in the regular signal path. This is great for both live and recording situations.

Analog Octaver – Not only for bass players’ delight

The analog octaver is a classic effect usually used by bass players. But of course it can be utilized for any instrument. The analog octaver adds two lower octaves (-1 and -2) to the original signal. This is achieved with a modeled analog detection circuit which manipulates and filters the input signal. The Analog Octaver should be used for single notes only as intervals or chords might create unstable results.

The Kemper Profiler octaver model features significantly improved tracking for faster response compared to the original devices. The LowCut parameter finally reduces the energy of the low notes. This allows for higher levels of both low octave voices without having to deal with deep growl and rumble produced.

NSA for Tempo - Beat Scanner

The Beat Scanner is a great alternative to using the TAP tempo. The activated Beat Scanner algorithm will listen to the rhythm of the guitar and detect the accurate tempo in BPM in a few seconds. It is not required to play anything special, any riff should do if played with certain accuracy. Beat Scanner allows for creating tempos between 80 and 160 BPM. The Beat Scanner won’t detect whether the tempo is 70 BPM or double - 140 BPM. It will choose 140 in this case.

Headphone Space

The Headphone Space parameter adds a small room simulation to the master signal.

When listening to sound coming from loudspeakers the reflections from the floor, the walls and objects around add to the original sound. Even a mono signal will result in a stereo image once the room reflections reach the ears. When listening through headphones these missing reflections result in an artificial listening experience that quickly leads to listening fatigue. To avoid this, the Profiler now features the Headphone Space effect allowing to add virtual reflections to the headphone signal delivering a sense of room and natural space. Even a mono signal will result into a subtle, pleasing stereo image.

Hard wired to the Profiler’s headphone out the space effect can also be utilized for listening through regular speakers or for recording. For this purpose the space effect is also available for the post stack effects slots.

Pedal Vinyl Stop

Vinyl Stop is a variation of the already available Pedal Pitch effect. While Pedal Pitch can create a "dive bomb" effect three octaves down, Pedal Vinyl Stop will turn the pitch of the instrument down to exactly zero by swelling up the pitch pedal, just as you would stop a vinyl record with your hand. No sound is heard, until you swell the pitch pedal down again, making the instrument sound as the motor has turned back on again. No pitch adjustments available or necessary with this effect, just put the pitch pedal to the metal.

 

Reamping – everything built in to run High and Dry

The method of Reamping is very popular in studios and means recording the unprocessed instrument signal while recording the processed amp signal at the same time on separate tracks. This allows for feeding the unprocessed guitar signal at a later time to an amp again to experiments with various settings that might cater for a better mix without the need to play the guitar a second time. Usually some special equipment is required to convert the high impedance guitar signal into an appropriate signal at studio level for recording. The opposite "reamping" path from the recording to the tube amp needs appropriate processing as well. In case of the Profiler this is much more straightforward and easy as the connections and impedances of the Profiler already deliver all the required connectivity for reamping right out of the box. Both recording the pure instrument signal and reamping can be performed either via the analog outputs and inputs or the SPDIF connections.

NAMM 2014 - RigManager For the Kemper Profiler

Anaheim/ California, January 23rd, 2014 (ictw) - Kemper Amps, the company behind the multi award winning Kemper Profiler guitar amplifier today announced RigManager. RigManager allows to preview, tag and manage the thousands of rigs available for the Kemper Profiler. Equipped with extensive sort and search features, RigManger helps to find the right tone in no time and allows the guitarist to concentrate on his performance. RigManager also seamlessly integrates with RigExchange, a cloud storage system that thousands of Kemper Profiler users utilize to store their personal rigs and share them with the Kemper Profiler user community.

RigManager is free of charge and available during Q1 2014. A Mac version will be released later this year.

To learn more about RigManager, point your browser to: http://kemper-amps.com/rigmanager

RigManager Basics

  • One single application for windows acts as a content hub for the Kemper Profiler.
  • Rigs from within the Profiler, the local hard drive, USB sticks, backups and RigExchange can be searched, previews and tagged in groups or individually
  • Only one simple USB connection needed, RigManager talks directly with the Kemper Profiler

Applications

  • Completely backup the Kemper Profiler
  • Download and preview rigs from RigExchange. Currently nearly 4000 rigs from users available
  • Sort rigs on local hard drive in groups and folders
  • Import rigs from third parties by drag and drop
  • Preview thousands of rigs by simply moving the cursor on screen, mark rigs as favorite rigs conveniently
  • Tag rigs individually and in groups. The better the tagging, the easier you find the rigs
  • Search for specific gain settings (“++++” searches for a gain around 4)

Outlook

  • Rate rigs with a simple 5 stars system directly on the Kemper Profiler. RigExchange utilises user ratings to display score of a rig. Only rigs you have previewed can be rated.
  • Update your Kemper Profiler using RigManager
  • Mac version in 2014