Kemper Profiler Review

Kemper Profiler Review

Is the Kemper Profiler ‘THE’ best solution for the gigging guitarist?

In this months blog post we’re going to be taking a look at the Kemper Profiler. Is it an all in one solution for the gigging guitarist? Having just purchased this system myself and still being amazed by it every day. I feel I’m just about qualified to talk about the unit in a bit more detail.

What Is A Kemper?

Kemper Profiler Remote

For me the Kemper is an all in one solution for the gigging musician. A great tool to have on hand to take into the studio, it allows me to call on multiple guitar amplifiers and effects all within this one unit.

I think it’s best I let Kemper themselves explain in more detail what exactly is a Kemper Profiler?

 

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.

A Brief Back Story

After years of using every valve amplifier on the market, from Marshall to Mesa Boogie. I was still unhappy with the variables in my sound from gig to gig. At one gig I would have the most inspiring tone, where I felt like Slash on the cliff top playing the November Rain solo. If you have no idea what I’m referencing, check out the video Here. (Solo starts at 4.10)

Then at other gigs I would feel really frustrated at my sound, left wondering how could it be so different from gig to gig. This also affects your enjoyment at gigs. You start relating a bad gig to bad sound, when actually the crowd was loving it and they couldn’t tell a difference.

The brief here was to find an all in one system that streamlined my back breaking current set up, that didn’t compromise on tone, and gave me a consistent live sound from gig to gig.

This left me looking for an alternative solution for consistent live sound,  and that’s where the Kemper comes in. After having a conversation with store manager Andy at PMT in Bristol, Andy suggested trying the Kemper out so I decided to order one in and give it a go.

First Impressions

Being honest here I wasn’t blown away, my initial thought to myself was, I had just wasted mine and Andy’s time by ordering one in. Here’s the thing though once I sat with the Kemper for at least an hour, it was like my ear had warmed and adapted to the digital tone, and I actually really started to like it. It felt like my ear had been accustomed to the analog valve tone for so many years immediately I was comparing the Kemper profiler to that.

Once I gave it some more time and fiddled around with a few parameters, I was very quickly able to achieve a very pleasing tone. A smile returned to my face as I imagined how this system could simplify my live rig and give me consistent tone. I bit the bullet and purchased the Kemper, which is a large bullet to bite considering the hefty price tag. But this was the all in one solution so you can’t put a price on perfection can you?

Who Is The Kemper For?

The Kemper is a professional piece of equipment and aimed at the professional market. Great for live performing musicians and a great asset in the studio.  I’ve been to a few studios recently where they have a Kemper and it just means they can call upon thousands of different amp profiles without having thousands of ‘real’ amplifiers littered around the studio. I can even save my Kemper presets to a USB flash drive and load them onto the studio Kemper. Meaning I don’t even need to take my Kemper to the studio. Less gear to travel with is always a bonus as a musician.

Who Is The Kemper Not For?

The Kemper is not for the faint hearted. If you don’t like having to spend a few hours setting up your basic sounds, road testing them and then tweaking them live, the Kemper is not for you. Trust me it nearly went back as I was tweaking at every gig until I got it right. Now though I couldn’t be happier with its functionality and it delivers a consistent tone at every gig. This isn’t aimed at the beginner guitarist though, so please don’t buy this as a magic bullet to make your playing better, it doesn’t do that. Invest in a quality guitar tutor for that. It just so happens that we know a few of those.

Conclusion

Having tried and tested the Kemper Profiler over the last six months, I can safely say its the best thing I’ve found that keeps things still sounding authentic but with the functionality of digital technology. I should also mention my previous pedal board looked like the control station for a NASA space shuttle. The Kemper and the remote have allowed me to ditch all of those pedals and use exclusively the onboard effects on the Kemper. Yes they really are that good and in my opinion rival any good Strymon or Eventide unit.

Here’s a picture of my current set up incorporating the Kemper Profiler. We hope you enjoyed reading this months blog post, please Like & Share this post with other like minded musicians. If you have any questions about the Kemper or guitar gear in general we would be more than happy to help out.

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Ipad Mini

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