The Kemper Profiler Is Changing The Way Of Amplification

The Kemper Profiler Is Changing The Way Of Amplification

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 nail the full and dynamic sound of a guitar or bass amp. This is made possible by 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.” The combination is undoubtedly glorious, but far from ideal – attain consistent results between practice room, studio and stage, present a significant challenge to guitarists, just as it has since the early 1940s.

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 as living, vivid and dynamic as the original amps. A mandatory A/B comparison is made after every profiling run ensures the unique authenticity of the profile: So close that you won’t be able to distinguish from the original.

We use proprietary digital technology to analyze the sonic DNA of your amp. As a result, you can go beyond what’s possible with 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. Or exchange the cabinet later on.


The Profiler revolutionizes the typical workflow of a recording session. Guitarists can now move freely between projects, as taking profiles of any guitar rigs they use allows them 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 re-amping, Imagine you’re working on the final mix of an album – wouldn’t it be great to re-amp tracks with the same sound and response, without having to rebuild the entire recording setup for each song?


Playing live is where the Profiler comes into its own – all the time and effort you put into making profiles in the studio means you can now play live with the 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 familiar stage-monitor wedge, and save a lot of backache and cargo costs. Not to mention your bandmates (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 speaker 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 speaker cabinet by either a solid-state or tube power-amp, fed by the Profiler’s monitor output. 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 speaker cabinets in a row, the virtual cabinet can be switched off for the monitor output, while remaining active for the main outputs feeding the PA.

Now, as the speaker cabinet is only being used as your monitor, you can adjust your volume on stage independently, without affecting the signal volume going to front-of-house.

The Kemper Profiler Is Changing The Way Of Amplification
Photo by Renee Jahnke

Everything that they say is true. I have experienced it for myself. I was there when Jeff Duncan was laying down various guitar tracks, for the upcoming DC4 album at Bill Metoyer’s studio (, he was using the Kemper. On a break, Bill showed me what the Kemper could do. He dialed in the classic Marshall Head profile, and, I was blown away. It sounded, had the feel and the power of my 70’ Marshall super lead head. It was simply mind-boggling.

When Rowan Roberston and Jeff Duncan, were tracking their solos for the upcoming album, again, Bill was using the Kemper. The tones, the sonic power, were impeccable. It made the process of setting up, dialing in tone, and laying solos down, so simple and so easy that it was, like this; sit, playback, shred and cut print.

When I interviewed Monte Pitman at the Kemper booth at NAMM 2018, he swore by this amp. He broke it down, and its vast range of studio and live applications.

There is no doubt that this is a game-changing product.

Written by Tony Lepre.  Photo by Renee Jahnke.

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