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Kemper Profiler - 12 Years Old - Is It Still Worth Buying?

  • Published on Jun 12, 2022 veröffentlicht
  • I got a Kemper Profiler as soon as it came to the market 12 years ago and this is now my 3rd Kemper profiler. A few weeks ago I had a couple of gigs that came in for a silent stage and I really want to use my Matchless Independence 35 but as it is a silent stage this won't be possible, hence the Kemper.
    In this video, I explore the features of the Kemper profiler that were missing in previous updates before I sold my last one.
    Here is what Kemper says about the 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 that 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.
    The Studio Rats are core band members Paul Drew on guitar/production/mixing, drummer James Ivey and Dan Hawkins on bass. They collaborate with singers and musicians to produce radio-ready songs.
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Comments • 102

  • FX101
    FX101 5 months ago +4

    Having had drinks with Muse front of house sound engineer I was shocked to learn they use Kempers for all guitars including Bass. Now is probably a good time to get one as they have had time to improve and develop. I have a few classic amps ie Fender Marshall Vox vintage that I’ll keep until such time I’m convinced that Kemper can duplicate every aspect of real tube amps. Kemper has the edge in comparison to other digital tech simulators… I have yet to own one and looking forward to that journey. Thanks for posting! It really helps with buying decision

    • TheGriff7628
      TheGriff7628 14 days ago

      Matt Bellamy has just moved to Axe Fx III apparently

  • dver4624
    dver4624 5 months ago +3

    I love my Kemper. The reverbs and delays are stunning and some profiles sound (and feel) better than anything from my Axe III. They got it so right with the Kemper.

  • covereden Beez
    covereden Beez 5 months ago +4

    A trick for mid to high gain is to find a good sounding profile with more gain than needed out of the gate. When you take a lower gain and add in the kempers onboard gain it feels way less real. Where if you have way too much gain profile and back down the distortion it's more natural sounding.

  • Tim Jauernig
    Tim Jauernig 5 months ago +7

    I’ve had a Kemper Stage for about 6 months now. I’ve noticed it comes down to the individual profiles and how you set the compression, and where you place it in the chain. It’s a pretty impressive device. It is however different from an amp in a room. Not better or worse, just different. Also, direct profiles vs. miced are entirely different.

    • Juan Valdez
      Juan Valdez 11 days ago

      It can do amp in room if done carefully (see my channel if you like)

    • Ian Simmons
      Ian Simmons 4 months ago +1

      @Tim Joseph Bert Meulendijk's F-MAN (Friedman BE100). Lots of profiles of one amp with various settings on/off, and different channels. I'll probably never play a real BE100, so I can't vouch for its accuracy, but to me it is inspiring. Also his Bogner pack is good - but I mostly use the Friedman set up in various Performances (normal, one in E flat, one in D, one default double-tracked).

    • Tim Joseph
      Tim Joseph 4 months ago

      @Ian Simmons what pack did you buy?

    • Ian Simmons
      Ian Simmons 4 months ago

      @Chadd Sullivan I found a pack that sounded like the amp 'in my head', that truly inspired me, and have hardly varied from it since.... minimal tweaking, except for the effects. I set up live Performances with different profiles of mostly the same amp on different channels and gain stages. I think that's the key, at least it was for me. Once the cab sims are off, there's no mic or speaker present as you say, but that works best with 'merged' profiles, where the amp is captured without cab or speaker, and the cab added later. 'Studio' profiles (as you imply) are the majority, and they will sometimes have the issue you describe as they were profiled with the complete chain, and the KPA uses an algorithm to 'subtract' them. But they are still good...
      As an aside, I had a Helix and tweaked it till I bled, and was still never satisfied with the results. With the Kemper however, I found that it was more about auditioning until you find the sound and feel, then just a little tweaking. Much better for a guitar-and-amp guy like me! 🙂 But I am not a pro, I only play pubs and clubs!

    • Chadd Sullivan
      Chadd Sullivan 4 months ago

      it can be hard to find a profile that sounds just the way you want and learning how to tweak the profile can be a learning curve unto itself. I use a powered toaster with the cab sim disabled on the monitor/speaker out. it is an amp in the room for me. however, most profiles are captured with a mic within inches of the speaker, that's never going to sound like it does elsewhere in the room.

  • Giancarlo Paolini
    Giancarlo Paolini 5 months ago +1

    I've got mine back in 2013 and I still have it despite all the additional items that I've got since then (FM3, new tube amps etc.,). I think it still deserves today full attention from guitar players ...

  • Ian Lorimer
    Ian Lorimer 5 months ago +2

    Nice one Paul. Inspiring as always. I've never owned a kemper but did have an Axe 2, sold that for a QC (very fizzy to my ears) and now I'm back using an Axe 3. Would love to hear you messing with an Axe 3. The only problem with ur vids is you make me want to buy everything you test 😃

  • podxtv
    podxtv 5 months ago

    Great sounds as always Paul, looking forward to seeing how you get on with profiling your amps - and as I own one, also looking forward to trying out your profiles :-)

  • envisiotube
    envisiotube 3 months ago

    Did you ever do a blindfolded test between your favourite amp and this amp emulated in profiler? I ask because many people failed to tell the comparison. Each time someone claims that it sounds not the same, not so good etc. I wonder if this a psychoacoustic effect. Maybe not - but I'm not convinced that your personal optionion has objectivity in it.

  • ulissespacifico
    ulissespacifico 5 months ago +1

    I love Kemper Stage !!! Was my first digital unit . Playing tube/valve amps for many years.

  • Occasional Crunch
    Occasional Crunch 5 months ago

    Another great video.
    You are a great player, so you make everything sound great.
    I bet you can make great sounding my solid state Randall amp, lol
    I think digital technology is handling clean tones all right, but high gain is questionable.
    All digital wants is to become analog.
    Thank you very much for taking the time to create this video.

  • Gianfranco Torrisi
    Gianfranco Torrisi 2 months ago

    one of the Best demos of this product that I've seen on Clip-Share! straight forward to the point... thank you ;-)

  • Second Note
    Second Note 3 months ago

    I think you pretty much nailed it, Its still a hell of a tool despite being very long in the tooth. I know someone who bought one way back in 2011 for full RRP - he took some stick for it at the time too! But what a bloody good investment in kit that turned out to be.

    • Second Note
      Second Note 3 months ago

      it may have been early 2012 but I remember they were brand new at the time anyways

  • Andrea Maddalone
    Andrea Maddalone 4 months ago +1

    Now way more than before: better profiles, more effects, more experience.

  • BatistaStrums123
    BatistaStrums123 2 months ago

    There’s some guys that I listen to called Darko US who utilize a 9 string Legator with Fishman’s into a Kemper through an Orange 2x12 in one of their live video sessions and, it sounds incredible. Since I’m so interested in all these different tones and am an audiophile, I’ve seriously considered just saving up for one of these bad Larry’s. There’s not a gig I can’t say no to if I got one of these, and it leaves my experience for different, in person amplifier sounds as open as it can be, to be able to know basically, what an amplifier will sound like in person through a 4x12, and eventually a 2x12. Please don’t ask.

  • BenJ2827
    BenJ2827 5 months ago

    I had my Kemper from the early days and at first was disappointed but the software got better along with the profiles available .I love mine and use it all the time, although surely its time for a hardware update and better processor?

  • CentaurusRelax314
    CentaurusRelax314 5 months ago

    I love my Kemper Stage. I was on the pre-order list for the Quad Cortex early on, but canceled. I wonder if you'd share what you didn't like about it, and how/why the Kemper amp tones are better (assuming that's what you were saying).

    • CentaurusRelax314
      CentaurusRelax314 5 months ago

      @The Studio Rats Thank you, sir. Yeah, the design of the QC is quite nice. But, the touch screen and capacitance switches would be wasted on me. I only use the Kemper's Rig Manager editor, and never touch the hardware-unless i kept the QC on the desk instead of the floor, the QC UI benefits would be moot. I did tell myself i would revisit the QC after a year of its teething, but frankly, i'm really happy with the Kemper. Rig Manager could be better still-so much better-but at some point, i'll have all my amps/profiles settled and won't even need to do much with that.

    • The Studio Rats
      The Studio Rats  5 months ago

      I loved the experience of the Quad cortex, the touch screen and the drag and drop functionality, the Quad (when I had it, there’s been some updates) had latency, that disconnected feel like they hadn’t optimised the processing. I’m sure it’s great now.

  • Scott Peters
    Scott Peters 5 months ago +2

    I am an AxeFXIII owner…I used to have a Helix..Awhile back,a friend brought his Kemper over and I played with it for a couple of weeks….as far as pure amp tones,the Kemper sounds better to me than anything else I have tried…..Still not the same as a real amp….but it does sound very good….

    • Scott Peters
      Scott Peters 5 months ago

      @Jacob K Guitar Just my opinion of course…but the Kemper,as far as pure amp tones,sounds better…much better..The FX are no contest..the AxeFXIII is worlds better…That’s really all I use the AxeFXIII for anyway…again,I have found NO digital device that sounds better than the real thing….

    • Jacob K Guitar
      Jacob K Guitar 5 months ago

      This surprises me to read, as AxeFX III is many times more powerful and known for very exact modelling. Not to defend it, I’m just surprised. When I tried a Kemper it felt like a great live tool but not always right for the studio, at least not for every case.

    • The Studio Rats
      The Studio Rats  5 months ago


  • Siena959
    Siena959 5 months ago +6

    Paul, I know you really rated the Boss IR-200, aside from the fact that the Boss unit is shed load cheaper, how do the overall tones compare, or are they two completely different type of units?

    • sneifert1968
      sneifert1968 4 months ago

      Depends if you have anything to profile, or the additional $ to pay for other profiles. The newer modelers have great models built in and numerous affects. Better on the wallet as well

    • Robert Hwang
      Robert Hwang 5 months ago

      John me happen jrbirthday and l

    • The Studio Rats
      The Studio Rats  5 months ago +2

      They are really very different as you can’t profile on Boss products. Video coming today where I profile one of my Matchless amps.

  • Erik Anders
    Erik Anders 16 days ago

    Kemper changed my whole game. ❤ I sold all my amps but one. To use as a power amp 😅

  • Karl Houseknecht
    Karl Houseknecht 5 months ago +1

    The irony of saying that digital amps take a lot of work to capture good crunch tones, and then dialing up a profile of a Line6 DT25 combo and calling it fantastic is not lost on me.

  • Shaun Macey
    Shaun Macey 5 months ago

    What reverb are you using on the first couple of pieces that you played? It sounds massive : ) Why can't I get my reverb to sound like that?!
    Nice demo as usual - thank you...

  • Ralf Ramone
    Ralf Ramone 5 months ago

    Get the right profile base, and it’s brilliant. You can turn up the Gain and scoop the mid out just like a real amp.

  • Carl Hardwick
    Carl Hardwick 5 months ago

    Still the best. Nothing else sounds as warm and as close to a tube amp. Period.

  • Rick Whitney
    Rick Whitney 5 months ago

    What happened to your quad cortex? I’ve had them all and even though I’m using the axe3 now (for integration with my tube amps) I still think the straight amp tones in the kemper are the best.

  • michael constantino
    michael constantino 5 months ago

    This is incredible I was actually going to ask you about this on another video! Seriously thinking of getting one

  • Jazzer J
    Jazzer J 5 months ago

    Hi Paul
    I noticed during your video you briefly mentioned that the Quad cortex wasn’t really for you. If possible could you elaborate on this as I recently purchased a Quad cortex but have yet to feel the vibe from the unit.

  • Gus Kalogeros
    Gus Kalogeros 5 months ago

    Paul, you get as good of sounds on your Boss Katana videos.
    As with anything, one piece of gear being better than another is subjective and wildly dependent on the user.

    • The Studio Rats
      The Studio Rats  5 months ago

      The boss stuff is fantastic, but you can’t profile on boss products.

  • Mike Carter
    Mike Carter 5 months ago

    Hi Paul.
    I have the non-powered head and while I can get great tones through headphones I am trying to replicate them without success through a couple of amps and a p.a. that I have.
    What do you play through on the video or are you going through the computer? Finally, what would/did you play through at your gigs?

    • Mike Carter
      Mike Carter 5 months ago

      Thanks Paul.
      I keep searching for the solution and I look at the various FRFR speakers, the Powered Kemper etc and each time I think I’ll get one or the other I read the negatives about them so I search again😂
      Keep up the great work, I’m sure everyone, like me appreciates your videos.

    • The Studio Rats
      The Studio Rats  5 months ago

      Hi Mike the kemper is going into an interface in the studio and for live I go straight into the desk and use in ears.

  • Zappa 66
    Zappa 66 5 months ago +2

    Every rig or pedal sounds great when your fingers touch the fretboard. Like your presentation 's and your quit gentlemen like speech. Great informations with no self-loved attitudes.
    Thank you and greeds from germany. And sorry for my bad english.

  • Mike van Leeuwen
    Mike van Leeuwen 5 months ago +2

    Do you listen to your guitar sound via studio monitors? Are they loud ? To get the feel. I can't get used to that "studio monitor " sound. Headphones sounds way better (more 3 D and dynamic on all the modelers) . Other question: what do you think of the universal audio dream 65 pedal and the ruby

    • The Studio Rats
      The Studio Rats  5 months ago

      I listen via studio monitors. They are never loud, I guess it’s what you get used to. I haven’t tried the UA amp pedals yet.

  • Adiel Elgi
    Adiel Elgi 5 months ago +1

    For me this is a perfect ‏solution, that cover studio and live shows. I love my kemper

  • Jason Sapp
    Jason Sapp 15 days ago +1

    Wow some more tweaks and you could have a JP IIC Mesa tone...I have wondered about the Kemper since they came out...one for trade local to me...might have to give it another look

  • Rich Collura
    Rich Collura 5 months ago

    Looking forward to hearing those profiles. Thanks

  • Guitar_Lord
    Guitar_Lord 5 months ago

    Have a powerhead for almost 3 years. Best piece of guitar hardware i ever bought! LOVE it! I found the tone i had on my head!
    Would love to know the reverb and delays on the first 2 clean pieces please!

    • The Studio Rats
      The Studio Rats  5 months ago +1

      I was using the Cirrus reverb and the basic kemper delay.

  • Muso
    Muso Month ago

    I would love to know what profiles you are using especially on that intro

  • Music Nerd
    Music Nerd 5 months ago +2

    The Kemper is great, but not $2,500 great. Even though I can’t profile my home amps, for less than $1,000, I prefer using my Boss GX100 with a Two Notes Cab M+ with a few real pedals (ie, Tumnus, Eco, Equator, etc). I can usually get it close enough that I don’t miss my home amps when playing away from home.

  • g g
    g g 5 months ago

    can you explain how you hook it up to speakers to hear it ?

  • Robert Parker
    Robert Parker 2 months ago

    awesome,i must have one of those!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • David Rensa
    David Rensa 5 months ago

    Hi Paul, at around the 3 minute mark, you stated that you didn't like the quad cortex. Can you tell me why and also why you think the Kemper is somehow better? I've watched alot of vids on both and I'd really like your take on this. Thanks! Cheers!

    • David Rensa
      David Rensa 5 months ago

      @The Studio Rats Oh, ok. So the cortex didn't have enough "real amp" feel compared to the Kemper. Can I ask what modeler you feel IS most realistic? I have a Pod Go and MX-5 currently. Thanks in advance. Happy happy..

    • The Studio Rats
      The Studio Rats  5 months ago

      I didn’t like the disconnection that was apparent when you played through it. I’m sure they have fixed that by now.

  • Paddy Partington
    Paddy Partington 5 months ago

    This is why I try not to sell any gear I've only ever let one guitar go ever and sold no equipment .

  • Chunky Cheese
    Chunky Cheese 5 months ago

    IMO Kempers are fine, but in a live setting a Blues Junior is better for some reason. I cant not hear how 2d the modler sounds, the BJ is better in that $400 vs 2500

  • William Li
    William Li 5 months ago

    for me , i think not because of line 6 helix and bluguitar amp x

  • michael constantino
    michael constantino 5 months ago +1

    Do you think the amps sound better than the boss 200?

    • The Studio Rats
      The Studio Rats  5 months ago

      Not necessarily, but you can’t profile on boss products.

  • Short Sharp Scratch music

    Love mine :)

    • The Studio Rats
      The Studio Rats  5 months ago

      I didn’t realise you had one. I can send over a bundle of profiles if you need some?

  • Richard
    Richard 3 months ago

    Love the iOS editor for iPad & iPhone

  • 4 Nedjo
    4 Nedjo 4 days ago

    Thank you for sharing made

  • Rob Lucas
    Rob Lucas 5 months ago

    Where's bluguitar amp1 mercury edition I love that amp you sound amazing out of thatli bought one I love it

  • NO TALK Guitar Amp Plug-ins Reviews

    Sold mine. A lot more happy with the FM3.

  • Larry North
    Larry North 5 months ago

    Is doggo getting an appearance fee? 😉

  • Jean-Pierre Desruisseaux

    dont need to spend a fortune get :
    Tone junkie free profiles are great
    for rock everybody likes the Top Jimi- brown profile

  • Juan Valdez
    Juan Valdez 11 days ago

    It’s worth it , get one if you can

  • Digital Glove
    Digital Glove 5 months ago

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  • hollywoodactress
    hollywoodactress 5 months ago

    Great review Paul. I need to listen back again with decent headphones as to me the kemper tones sounded as good or similar to the Boss Gt1000 and GX100 tones you reviewed the in the past.
    It could be how you dial in your sounds or the tone in your figures.
    What I like to know is how good is the kemper vs the neural plug-in imperial king or vs boss multi fx?
    It seems they are all now pretty much on par
    I look forward to the the matchless being profiled 👍
    Btw what pickups do you have in the red strat and the tele?

    • hollywoodactress
      hollywoodactress 5 months ago

      @The Studio Rats thanks for the reply and information.
      You have inspired me to look at getting a strat with the single coil in the bridge, as I have always had humbuckers.
      I look forward to the new video on profiling the matchless

    • The Studio Rats
      The Studio Rats  5 months ago

      Cheers Hollywood. I love the boss stuff but you can’t profile on them. Video coming out today where I profile one of my Matchless amps. The pickups in the red strat are Josephine Campos handwound fat 50’s. As far as I know they are only available on Masterbuilt guitars but you might find some used ones somewhere. I don’t know what’s in the Tele I’m afraid.

  • Jhon Felipe Vivas
    Jhon Felipe Vivas 5 months ago +1

    Where are your PRS DGT and Studio? Long time no see 😋

  • Eric Hogan
    Eric Hogan 5 months ago +2

    Here comes the Em9! lol

    • Eric Hogan
      Eric Hogan 5 months ago +1

      @The Studio Rats always sounds killer too!

    • The Studio Rats
      The Studio Rats  5 months ago +2

      It’s the only chord I know.

  • JP
    JP 5 months ago

    The one at the back is a Marshall SVC?

  • Steve Cochrane
    Steve Cochrane 5 months ago

    Use Katana amps

  • Martino Pinto
    Martino Pinto 5 months ago +1

    Oh no doggo, don't go away!

  • Joor
    Joor 5 months ago +1

    Not really worth today imo. Wait for the bluguitar amp x, or get one of the new UAFX pedals if you want to sound like a real amp.

    • Stevo 545
      Stevo 545 Month ago

      I don'y normally pay attention to the guy who comments in opposition to the gear I have my heart set on but man am I glad I read this one! Just discovered the UAFX thanks to your comment. Saved me a ton of money and it sounds WAY better!

  • André Brito
    André Brito 5 months ago

    Can it be That you let it Go because you needed to make some Money!!??

    • The Studio Rats
      The Studio Rats  5 months ago

      No I wanted a different guitar so I sold them to fund another guitar.

  • Paul Ramshaw
    Paul Ramshaw 5 months ago

    Did you remember to let the dog back in ?

    • The Studio Rats
      The Studio Rats  5 months ago +1

      Don’t worry, the door is to my back garden. He was having a lovely time chasing pigeons and squirrels.

  • Zakk Lee
    Zakk Lee 5 months ago

    3rd time's a charm.

    • JackR
      JackR 5 months ago +1

      I bought the Kemper 3 x as my wife reminds he but I prefer 1) amps and I’m a pedal addict 2) the quad cortex with my pedals as I switch them in and out and I prefer the quad’s drives and. I guess the helix is about the same as the Kemper.

  • Google Profile
    Google Profile Month ago

    Fractal Fm9 or Axe FX 3 is much more better than Kemper