Profiler Stage Introduction Thread

  • I did it. Seems fine but I haven’t used it live yet.


    I’m a Mod for a good size Kemper group on Facebook and several guys had issues live yesterday. I may revert for now.

    I drive a C7 Corvette. They have a new C8 coming out that's totally redesigned, shifting to a mid-engine architecture. My friends have asked me when I'm getting one. My reply is always the same - "You want me to trust my life to version 1.0 of a technology dependent, high performance car? Are you insane???"


    I think that applies here as well. :)

  • Warning note for those who switch to the new version:

    Stage can't lock Stomps and Effects sections as a whole. Be sure to not restore a backup where those were locked in some rigs: individually unlocking the slots won't make it.

    While Kemper suggest a solution/offers a workaround, check your backups beforehand.


    So if I get it right, I can connect a mic to the Return Jack using an appropriate cable without a preamp inbetween?


    I am using the mono loop to insert a talkbox /w mic into the signal chain. And I wonder, if this is still an option with the stage.

    Yep and yep :)


    Should I stay or should I go??


    Rig Manager suggests me to update my Profiler Stage to version 7.0.0.14827.


    ... only because you asked to be informed about available betas :p

  • Chris, I sure hope you have the 7-speed manual transmission...you know, the one with the extra pedal on the floor. Otherwise, you have no business looking at the KPA Stage. :P;)8)

    What can I say? I like automation, in both amps and velocity prone vehicles. After all, what could possibly go wrong? :)

  • Well my maths, as awful as it is, has the anomaly at £73.62 GBP... :)

    It seems, within the past ten minutes, their price is now £1423.00 GBP..... Odd

    Isnt this a result of the pound dropping?

    Retailer got it at an earlier rate of the poind, Kempers website is probably compensating automated based on Exchange rates.

  • My Profiler Stage just arrived today. Never used a Kemper before, been using Fractal for years and before that, my old Bradshaw system rack.

    It sounds really good. Very happy. Just need to learn the Kemper way of doing things now and get my live set programmed up.

    Going to dig into the manuals tonight and work out as much as I can. Before I do that, is there a way to have a performance default to any of the 1-5 switches on selection of that performance? For instance, on selecting a particular performance, it will already be set to go on rig 3 in that performance. Do performances have to have identical effects chains to have spillover work properly when switching between rigs in any given performance.

    Anyway, like I said, really happy with how this sounds and looking forward to getting it programmed up. 😊

  • Vinny the manuals are generally really good. Rember that the printed manual that ships with all Kempers is just a basic guide the full upto date manual is downloadable from the website.

    I would actually suggest starting with the tutorial videos on the Kemper website. Although they relate to the Head and Rack the functionality is pretty much identical between them and the Stage as far as I can make out.

  • Vinny the manuals are generally really good. Rember that the printed manual that ships with all Kempers is just a basic guide the full upto date manual is downloadable from the website.

    I would actually suggest starting with the tutorial videos on the Kemper website. Although they relate to the Head and Rack the functionality is pretty much identical between them and the Stage as far as I can make out.

    There's a pretty good 30 minute Stage video as well. Goes over the difference in layout etc.

  • Vinny the manuals are generally really good. Rember that the printed manual that ships with all Kempers is just a basic guide the full upto date manual is downloadable from the website.

    I would actually suggest starting with the tutorial videos on the Kemper website. Although they relate to the Head and Rack the functionality is pretty much identical between them and the Stage as far as I can make out.

    Thanks so much. Will watch the videos now. Cheers. 😊

  • Vinny the manuals are generally really good.

    I just wanted to quote this for emphasis.


    Tech documentation is really hard to get right. On one extreme you can get dense information dumps that are technically accurate but mind numbingly tedious to read (looking at you, Roland). Then there's the stuff that tries to be user friendly but ends up being so light and fluffy that it's useless. Not to mention docs written by those with an inadequate grasp of the given language (every Chinese product ever exported). And then you have to consider that your target audience are musicians. We're not the brightest bulb in the room to begin with, and just wanna play guitar.


    A few companies over the years have nailed it. Mackie manuals, back in Greg Mackie's day, were comprehensive, accurate and written with a sense of humor that managed to entertain without getting in the way. While Kemper's docs don't opt for humor, in most other respects they're well written and highly readable. Good language skills, accurate information and they don't read like a technical data dump from an android with intestinal malfunctions.


    Maybe I just notice this sort of stuff more because I'm a writer myself, but product documentation never gets the glory. It's more often mentioned in passing, usually accompanied by the ever popular RTFM acronym. So, when a company does it right, I think it's worth a round of applause.

  • A few companies over the years have nailed it. Mackie manuals, back in Greg Mackie's day, were comprehensive, accurate and written with a sense of humor that managed to entertain without getting in the way

    I learned more about ITB setup from Mackie mixer manuals than I did reading any DAW documentation. Maybe because I grew up with analog mixers the mackie manuals made more sense to me. BTW, you can find many of them online.