The KEMPER PROFILER™ is the leading-edge digital
guitar amplifier and all-in-one effects processor.
Hailed as a game-changer by guitarists the world over,
the PROFILER™ is the first digital guitar amp to really
nail the full and dynamic sound of a guitar or bass amp.
This is made possible by a radical, patented technology
and concept which we call "PROFILING™".
For decades, the electric guitarist has been shackled to
the tube amplifier as the only means of achieving "that
sound". This magical combination is by no means ideal - the
challenge to achieve a consistent sound from the practice
room to the studio, and especially to the stage, continues
to frustrate guitarists, just as it has since the early 1940s.
With the advent of the KEMPER PROFILER™, everything has
changed. For the first time in history, guitar players are free
to create their most individual tones - tones that reflect the
very essence of their playing style - and then capture these
tones exactly into the digital domain with the unique technology
provided by KEMPER™.
PROFILING™ is an unparalleled technique to extract the exact tone and feel from any amp. The entire process takes you only a minute and can be performed on virtually every guitar and bass amp. A PROFILE™ does not only capture the amp itself but every aspect of the cabinet and microphone configuration as well. The result is every bit as vivid and dynamic as the original amps. A mandatory A/B comparison is done after every PROFILING run to ensure the unique authenticity of the PROFILE: so close that you won’t be able to distinguish from the original.
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We use proprietary digital technology to analyze the sonic
DNA of your amp. Now, you can go way beyond the boundaries
of the original amp and tweak everything to your liking. Use
the gain control and equalizer to adapt the sound to your
guitar. Add power sagging to the distortion and tweak the
power of your pick attack without compression. You can even
exchange the cabinet later on.
The PROFILER™ gives you more freedom
of choice than any other real or virtual amp
A PROFILE you take in a tracking session for your next song
will work perfectly on stage when you take it on tour. It
was never easier to have a unique and consistent tone in
The best amps in the world
Feel like you don't have any tube amps worth PROFILING™?
The PROFILER™ ships with hundreds of amps and
Rigs pre-installed, created by professional musicians and
engineers from some of the world’s top studios. In addition,
you can access and explore another couple hundreds of Rigs
that come bundled in our free Rig RigManager software. This
premier selection of factory Rigs grants you
access to the rarest and finest amps on
the planet. We are constantly refining, updating and
extending our free-to-use libraries by fine-tuning the existing
catalog and by adding brand new, licensed content. Our goal
is to allow our users to explore the full spectrum of guitar
culture and heritage, which is why we have strived to create
the widest range of PROFILEs in every possible genre.
You have probably seen guitar amps based on so-called "modeling" technology: these are based on predefined algorithms, designed by their respective manufacturers to replicate a number of specific reference amps. By nature, such algorithms are limited in number and cannot allow for the subtle variance between tube amps, even within the same product line - this might explain why you rarely see an A/B comparison between a tube amp and its respective digital model.
The KEMPER PROFILER™ has
no predefined amp models and, therefore, no
signature sound. The model is the PROFILE, and
each PROFILE has been lovingly created - its maker having
meticulously set up the reference amp, selected which
microphones to use, and then positioned them accordingly.
By design, each PROFILE will have undergone the
obligatory A/B comparison and passed the judgement of its
maker. Every single PROFILE will sound like you have
plugged your guitar into that exact same amp in this
specific studio situation. And yes, the PROFILER
will react to your individual guitar and playing style,
just as the original amp would have.
The PROFILER™ revolutionizes the typical workflow of
a recording session. Guitarists can now move freely between
projects - the PROFILEs of their guitar rigs allowing them
to do overdubs or alternative takes whenever they like. You
could rent a professional studio for a day or two to create
the best PROFILEs of your amps, and then
record in your project studio later - you'll have the exact
sound of the professional studio, but with all the time in
the world. Think reamping … Imagine
you're working on the final mix of an album - wouldn't it
be great to reamp tracks with the exact same sound and
response, without having to rebuild the entire recording
setup for each song?
Playing live is where the PROFILER™ rreally comes into
its own - just spend a little time making PROFILEs in the
studio, and you can play live with the exact
same sound that you used on your blockbuster hit, only
without the need for multiple amp setups on stage. You
will sound better than ever before through the PA.
Since the sound of the cabinet you mic’ed in the studio
is immortalized in the PROFILE, there is no need to mic a
speaker cab on stage. In fact, you don't have to carry a
cabinet up on stage at all! You can monitor yourself via
the common stage-monitor wedge and save a lot of backache
and cargo costs. Not to mention your band mates (and mixing
engineer), who might just love you for leaving this very
loud sound source at home!
Of course, you might still be drawn to the raw energy that
a real cabinet can bring to the rehearsal room and live stage.
The KEMPER PROFILER is well prepared for this as well - you
can still drive a cabinet by an external power-amp, fed by
the monitor outputs of the PROFILER. Or, for ultimate convenience,
our 'powered' PROFILER versions are equipped with a built-in
Class-D amplifier with up to 600W output. To prevent the
amp sound going through two guitar cabinets in a row, the
virtual cabinet can be switched off for the outputs feeding
the monitor and speakers, while remaining active for the
main outputs feeding the PA.
Now, as the real cabinet is only being used as your
personal monitor, you can adjust your volume on stage
independently, without affecting the signal volume going
Let's face it - rocking-out at home is difficult for most
of us. Analog tube amps only start to sing at levels where
the only neighbors who’ll enjoy your 10min rock’n’roll
extravaganza will be the ones who live half-a-mile away!
The PROFILER, however, sounds great at any level.
Play it through your home stereo or through headphones.
Use the dedicated ‘Space’ effect to make headphones a more
pleasurable experience, and to reduce ear fatigue. Play
along to your favorite music by connecting your MP3 player
to the auxiliary in, and then mixing it with the amp signal.
The PROFILER™ Head comes with
classic curves. It makes a perfect silhouette on a 4x12
cabinet. Yet it's so light and compact that it can be taken
onto a plane as hand-luggage. The footprint of the Head is
tiny - perfect designed for the desk of your project studio,
right beside your computer. The PROFILER Head
is available in black and white color.
The PROFILER™ Rack has a 19"
enclosure. It offers the same feature set as
the PROFILER Head. The only differences
are that the LED collars are restricted to the GAIN knob
only, and the two controls for the MOD module have been
omitted - the pay-off being that the entire device is only
3 units high.
Both the Rack and
the Head (black
version only) are available with a
built-in Class-D power amp. It produces
600 Watt @ 8 Ohm or 300 Watt @ 16 Ohm.
The power amp was designed in Denmark by the renowned
IcePower. It offers pristine sound quality, whether it is
driving full-range speakers or classic guitar cabinets.
The Class-D technique makes for the most energy-efficient
power amp solution, emitting only a minimum of heat. This
reduces the need for heat-sinks, as well as minimizing the
overall size and weight. Combining this power amp with the
KEMPER PROFILER™ turns the PowerHead and
the PowerRack into a super smart, compact,
all-in-one solution. The PowerHead weighs in
at a little over 6kg.
If required, you can switch off the built-in power amp,
converting your powered PROFILER into a
line-level unit for recording purposes.
We offer a growing range of accessories, from custom-tailored
transport solutions, to a dedicated and highly integrated foot
controller called PROFILER Remote.
The RigExchange provides a free cloud-service
for users to share their own creations, where thousands of additional
Rigs can be downloaded. Lastly, to keep on top of all this content,
there is RigManager - a free librarian for
Windows and Mac users.
The signal-chain comprises 8 effect modules in addition
to the amplifier stack. Up to four effects can be placed
"pre" the amp stack, and another four "post" the amp.
The final modules of the effect chain are ideal for
delay and reverb effects. Both delay and reverb offer
"spillover", meaning the sonic tail is not cut off when
you change to another Rig. Pretty much every effect
offers optional "ducking", allowing you to control the
effect intensity just by the dynamics of your playing.
All effects - even the whole signal flow - can be
accessed by 13 dedicated buttons. Editing a Rig could
not be easier! The effects are individually color-coded
by LEDs, allowing you to tell at a glance what type
of effect is in use, simply by activating an effect
module. You can lock one or more effects by pressing
the LOCK button - any locked effects will
stay exactly as they are when you change to another Rig.
A number of parallel routing options are also available:
An effects loop (sending and receiving sound to the
outside world) can be placed in any of the free effect
The amplifier provides a Direct Mix control,
for instance to add the clean guitar to
the distorted signal.
The delay and reverb can be configured in serial and
parallel fashion by using a continuous crossfader.
A parallel signal path can be established, bypassing
the whole signal path. This will appeal to bass players
who often like to mix the dry bass signal to the processed
signal to maintain the bass fundamental and original
dynamics. This also makes parallel compression very
easy to achieve.
The PROFILER™ offers a selection of some the
finest effects in the world. As a company, KEMPER™ is also
responsible for creating the Access Virus,
one of the most successful synthesizers of all time -
there can be little doubt that the Access Virus
owes some of its success to the highly regarded inbuilt effects.
Nearly 20 years of experience allows us to find the essence
of both classic and new effects and equip them with well-conceived
parameter sets. We won't overwhelm you with dozens of ineffective
controls per effect algorithm - everything has a clear, intuitive
and musical purpose.
Along with the standard effects, you will find algorithms rarely
seen in a guitar processor - these include the Frequency Shifter,
the Formant Shifter for our pitch shifter effects, an absolutely
authentic rotary speaker, and even a beat scanner that allows
you to control the tempo of time-based effects, such as delays,
just by the rhythm of your your playing.
Without doubt, the delay effect types are some of the most
advanced and comprehensive effects collections in the PROFILER™.
However, the approach we have taken might be a bit different
from what you've seen before. You will not find a dedicated
reverse delay, tape delay or ducking delay, as we realized
there is no sense in splitting such crucial features into
separate delay types. Instead, we have equipped every single
delay type with most of these features. Why not have a dual
reverse delay? Or a serial delay with analog tape character?
Or a melody delay with ducking? All of these are possible
with the delays in the PROFILER.
Two Tap Delay
Serial Two Tap Delay
Pitch Shifter Delay
The pitch shifter delays are powerful combinations of the
delay types with one of four different pitch shifter types. Crystal Delay: The Crystal Delay is a reverse
delay in which the pitched notes are altered by playing
back the delayed signal faster or slower. The crystal is
placed in the feedback loop of the delay, creating a pitch
helix with every repetition. Chromatic Delays: The chromatic pitch shifter
is positioned at the delay input and can be played polyphonically (chords). Harmonic Delays: The harmonic pitch shifter
is positioned at the delay input and is intended to be fed
with single notes only. The pitch is set in musical intervals
and will follow the selected key. Loop Pitch Delay: This pitch shifter also
works chromatically but is positioned in the feedback loop
of the delay, resulting in a pitch helix or spiral with
Loop Pitch Delay
Frequency Shifter Delay
Melody Chromatic Delay
Melody Harmonic Delay
Dual Chromatic Delay
Dual Harmonic Delay
Dual Crystal Delay
Dual Loop Pitch Delay
Quad Chromatic Delay
Quad Harmonic Delay
The reverb offers studio-quality algorithms and works
closely with the delay effect.
Brought over from the Access Virus synthesizer, our delay
and reverb provide an outstanding sound quality. They are
also very unique in that they perform a full spillover when
you change to a new sound. This means that both the delay
and reverb will decay as per the previous sound and
unchanged settings, while you play a new
rig with all new settings.
We have faithfully modeled the most prominent
vintage distortion pedals. In addition, we
have created a number of novel booster and
tone-shaping effects that could not be realized
in the analog domain:
Inspired by the Tube Screamer TS808 or OD808
Inspired by the MXR Distortion +
Inspired by the Boss DS-1
Inspired by the Big Muff
Inspired by the ProCo Rat II
Inspired by the Fuzz Face
Inspired by the Boss Metal Zone
The boosters feature several dedicated
filter settings to perfectly shape your
guitar for your individual amp distortion
Tunable peak filter, emphasizes specific frequencies
Boosting or attenuating without coloring the sound
Wah Pedal Booster
One of the most advanced pitch shifter
algorithms in the industry. It shifts single notes as well
as complex chords with unsurpassed quality. The Pedal Vinyl
Stop effect drives the pitch of your guitar continuously
down to zero and silence via an expression pedal. The PROFILER™
introduces a new technique to the guitar world, called
"Formant Shift" - this maintains the natural sound of
pitched notes, even at large pitch intervals.
The chorus effects span from the faithful recreation of
the bucket-brigade chorus sound of the 70's to the crystal
clear 80's multi-chorus, and the characteristic micro pitch
effect, based on our pitch shifter algorithm. The Rotary
Speaker effect, in combination with a PROFILE™ of a
real rotary speaker, is indistinguishable
from the original.
Inspired by the Chorus Ensemble
Complex six-voice chorus
Inspired by the Jazz Chorus
Detune effect, based on pitch shifter technology
Inspired by the Leslie speaker
Phaser and Flanger
While the Flanger is based on a warm-sounding emulation of
a bucket-brigade circuit, the Phaser allows very complex
modulations by using up to twelve phaser stages. The distance
between the peaks and notches of the Phaser can be controlled by
the unique "Spread" parameter.
The modulation rate of the Phaser and
Flanger can be linked to the song tempo.
Up to 12 filter stages for each stereo side
inspired by the Univibe
The wah effects are a collection of different filter and
lo-fi effects, have in common that they are automatically
linked to your wah expression pedal without further hassle.
Control the various colors with your pedal or alternatively
by the dynamics of your guitar using the Touch Wah function.
Each wah effect features an optional auto-off function that
triggers as soon as you stop moving the wah pedal. You will
find a number of preset wah effects that simulate your favorite
Wah Low Pass
DJ-like wah effects
Wah High Pass
Phaser and Flanger are controllable by your wah pedal
Wah Rate Reducer
Lo-Fi sample rate reduction by pedal
Wah Ring Modulator
Two outstanding Sci-fi effects
Wah Frequency Shifter
Wah Formant Shifter
Shifts the formants and character of your instrument
Compressor and Noise Gate
The compressor features the full compression
bandwidth of well-known compressor pedals,
but without further coloring the signal.
Our unique "Squash" parameter controls
the sponginess of the compression.
The noise gates are not an alternative to
the main noise gate, but a complement, especially for expertly
shaped metal palm-mutes.
Noise Gate 2:1
Soft expander, expansion ratio of 2:1
Noise Gate 4:1
More aggressive expander, expansion ratio of 4:1
A set of parametric equalizers as well as
a graphic EQ helps to shape your signature
sound. As with most effects, they can be placed
before or after the amplifier.
8-band, octave equalizer, with fixed frequency bands
Creates a subtle stereo effect by using equalisation
To connect external gear, the PROFILER™ offers a hardware
effects loop on the rear side of the amp. You can apply the
hardware effect loop in any of the effect modules A-DLY.
The Live Insurance
The PROFILER™ has been designed with live
performances in mind. Performance Mode provides
dedicated memory with which to create and organize complete
musical scenes that correspond to your repertoire. Any
tweaks you make here will stay exclusive to the Performance.
There is plenty of space, allowing you to store up to 125
songs with five musical scenes each. During a concert, you
can simply step from song to song according to your set-list.
PROFILER Remote and MIDI floor board support
The PROFILER Remote is the
perfectly integrated solution to control the
KEMPER PROFILER™. It connects via a single cable,
no additional power cable is required.
Traditional MIDI based foot controllers are
also supported, and pretty much every parameter
can be controlled.
Free Feature Update
Wouldn’t it be great to beam a couple of new tubes from the 50s
straight into your amp? Or for a couple of new stomps to magically
appear in your gig bag? In software, you can already do this, and
we make extended use of it. Providing Free feature additions
via firmware updates is a proud tradition at KEMPER™. This way, your
purchase becomes even more valuable over time.
The Hi-Z input makes sure every nuance
of your playing comes through, and
that your volume and tone pot settings
work just as you would expect. This
is also why your trusty old stompboxes
work so well in front of the Kemper
The Kemper Profiler has a built-in
analog splitter that mirrors your DI
signal to the direct out. Record this
dry signal to a separate track, and
you can re-amp it later, should you
desire to do so. No additional
're-amping' hardware is required, as
the Profiler is capable to connect to
your recording gear by analog studio
level or digital SPDIF.
Lock any number of modules to keep
their exact settings when you
change rigs. This is ideal if
you're curious to hear what your
favorite Screamer setting sounds
like in front of other amp profiles,
Right from the start the Kemper
Profiler comes equipped with more
than 300 profiles, featuring vintage
classics, modern high-gain amps
and rare boutique items. These
profiles were made by top engineers
and producers in premiere studios
around the world.
14 endless analogue potentiometers
combine the accuracy of classic
potentiometers with the ease of
encoders. They allow quick and
easy control over the sound,
without the irritating 'gear ratio'
In case you're encountering
nerve-wracking hum due to ground
loops, use one of the four
ground-lift switches to eliminate
the problem. This is helpful should
in studio or live situations, where
multiple devices are connected to
Yes - and even better, you can
have it both ways at the same time:
use the stereo XLR outs to send
your signal to the front of house
(FOH), and use the dedicated monitor
out to feed your power amp and
cabinet with a signal that bypasses
the cabinet simulation.