Kemper Amps

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About Kemper Amps

Kemper amps represent a whole new dimension in realism. These digital heads go further than any other modelling technology by creating a digital 'profile' of the amplifier that takes into account the physical properties of the amp, it's specification, the signal path and its three dimensional sonic properties, not just its overall EQ and so on. The result is actually incredible. It is now a fact that you can carry around the greatest amp collection in the planet, all in a small green box! The Kemper saves all of these profiles in its memory so you can have any selection of amps (dialled in however you want them) at any point. You can play a show and have a profiled Blackface Twin for your clean sound, a vintage Plexi for your crunch and a roaring VH4 for your high gain sound, all at the touch of a button!

Kemper amps are being used by more and more touring professionals as an effective, practical and sonically exceelent choice for gigs and recording sesisons. This, more than anything else, proves that the Kemper technology does actually live up to its lofty promises.

Kemper really have to be experienced to be believed: so why not? Visit any of our guitarguitar UK showrooms and ask for a demo in one of our soundproof booths. Kempers are also available here on our site in both 'powered' (go directly into a speaker cab) or 'unpowered' (DI it or use a power amp) versions in both rack sized and 'lunchbox' shaped versions to suit however you need them to be. Our trained expert staff are on hand to help out and offer guidance. For Kemper, the first choice is always guitarguitar.

Frequently Asked Questions about Kemper Amps

Okay, the process of creating a profile goes a little like this... Switch on the amp you want to profile (solid state or valve, by the way: the Kemper doesn't mind), plug your guitar into the Kemper's input, and then connect a mic to the XLR jack in the back of the Kemper. Next, grab a 1/4"" jack form the amp's input jack into the Kemper's direct output/send connection. Right, next you set the main chicken head knob to PROFILE and follow the on screen instructions. You play your guitar and the Kemper sends out three different bits of mangled noise through the loop you created. This is the Kemper assessing the low, mids and high frequency properties of the amp. That is almost the whole thing done! Afterwards, you have some final options to tweak the sound on the Kemper. After that, the profile is complete/ Voila! Done! It takes about two minutes and is REALLY easy. Start borrowing your friends' amps!
It does! Each Kemper Profiler is shipped with scores of carefully profied amp presets to get you off and running straight away. You can also dowload endless shared profiles via the free-to-use libraries that form part of the Rig Manager software. This means you never actually have to do any profiling of your own if you dont want to!
Yes: despite it's high level of funtionality, the Kemper isn't much more complicated than a standard multi-channel amplifier. The fornt panel is clear and sensibly laid out with every element having its own space and dedicated controls. The screen is large, clear and straightforward to follow. You'll be comfortable navigating the Kemper in less than twenty minutes.
Well, profiling is all about getting the amp sounds that YOU want so if you normally mic up your amps with, say, a Shure SM57, that's maybe what you should do with the Kemper. Most profiles seem to be made using an SM57 and whist we aren't saying one way or another which mic to use (or even whether the 57 is the best for any given application) it does seem to be the most popular mic used in profiling. This may be because lots of musicians already have one in their home or studio but any mic will work when profiling.
Here is a list of players who have used or currently use the Kemper Profiler live or in the studio: Jakko Jakszyk (King Crimson), Steve Morse, Trent Reznor, Robin Finck (Nine Inch Nails), Bruce Soord (the Pineapple Thief), Paul Gilbert, Pat Metheny, Hans Zimmer, Munky (Korn), Tony Levin (King Crimson, Yes, Peter Gabriel)