Kemper Profiler PowerHead Profiling Amplifier  From Kemper

Incredibly powerful studio or live tool with incredible tweakbility! Have any amp's tones at your fingertips with a built in power amp so it's ready to plugin to your favorite cab and start gigging!

Kemper

$2,225.00

Retail:  $2,548.00

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What We Think

As powerful as the Kemper unit is, it was surprisingly quick and easy to get up and running within the first minute of using it. This unit had a handful of different amp and stompbox profiles preinstalled, near all of which I found to have an incredibly realistic sound with tons of tweakability, if you so desired. I actually didn't feel much tweaking was needed to get a wide range of tones - starting with a Marshal profile for a high gain setting, the only change I made was adding a TS9-inspired overdrive to the circuit with about 1db of gain, just to add a touch of additional saturation to make the distortion just a hair more complex and interesting. Quite honestly, I was blown away, especially when realizing this emulated sound was achieved with no more than 3 minutes of tweaking and could be captured "as is" by simply plugging into an audio interface. As someone who predominately records high gain electric guitars, the fact that this record-ready high gain tone was achievable this quickly greatly appealed to me, as recording distorted guitars with a clear and defined image can prove to be one of more difficult recording challenges. 

 

From there I jumped around to a handful of different amps, first getting a clean and warm clean tone for a jazzy feel. Then a slightly overdriven indie-rock tone (this one benefitted from a compressor stompbox and a touch of chorus). Finally, an effect-heavy proggy tone with a handful of delay from both stompboxes and the onboard studio-grade delay and reverb sections. After dialing in each setting and playing for 5 minutes or so, I always found myself forgetting I was playing through an emulation, and didn't actually have the actual amp and pedals directly in front of me. The accuracy of these profiles is truly world-class and I'm certain will be the quality benchmark for all future amp, cabinet, and stompbox emulations to come.

 

With how accurate these profiles are and how intuitive the layout is, this box is a clear winner for both studio and live guitarists who love to experiment with world-class quality. For a studio engineer, you cannot beat the access to nearly any amplifier to cover any genre, not to mention how easy it is to achieve a clear and focused high gain guitar recording. For the performer who plays in multiple different projects, or simply loves to utilize multiple different tonal voices within a single band, the Kemper really is a dream come true with its plethora of incredibly affordable (if not free) amp, stompbox, and cabinet profiles available to explore. 

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In this video, Sound Pure electric guitar expert Frank Hamilton tests out the Michael Tuttle Tuned S Fiesta Red HSS Electric #413 with a Kemper Profiler PowerHead Profiling Amplifier.

Manufacturer's Description from Kemper

THE BEST AMPS IN THE WORLD

If you feel that you do not own first class tube amps worth to be profiled, no problem. There is actually no need to create your own profiles.

The Profiler ships with hundreds of amps and rigs already installed. Profiled by pro musicians and engineers in top studios around the world, the premier selection of factory rigs grants you access to the rarest and finest amps on the planet.

On top, we constantly refine, update and extend what’s to your disposal by licensing additional content and fine tuning the existing catalog. We care for a high versatility of the cultural background of the profiles, even in the same genre.

CONNECT YOURSELF

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 Profiler.

 

THE WAY TO 'RE-AMPING'

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.

 

PLAY IT LIVE

The monitor output supplies a cab sim free signal for your (build-in) power-amp and cabinet on stage, while the FOH receives your signal with the cab sim intact.

 

ADD EFFECTS

Accurate models of classic, retro modulation effects and famous overdrive/distortion pedals. Wah, tremolo, delay, reverb and much more. Add up to eight effects at the same time.

 

INTEGRATE EXTERNAL GEAR

Use the effects loop to integrate stompboxes or rack effects in your rig, at any point in the signal chain.

 

ECHO AND REVERB ROUTING

Delay and reverb can be adjusted from serial to parallel configuration - and to anywhere in between.

 

LOCK IT!

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, for example.

 

FUTURE PROOF

Our frequent firmware updates will always be free of charge and a new OS version will never alter the sound of your existing rigs.

 

SOUNDS OF THE PROFESSIONALS

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.

 

DIGITAL GURUS

Developed by the designers of the Access Virus synthesizer - 15 years of innovations in audio.

 

DOES THE PROFILER REACT TO DIFFERENT GUITARS, PICKUPS OR TONE/VOLUME CHANGES LIKE A REAL AMP?

Yes. The profiles don't crush your tone, like so many other digital processors do, but bring out the sound of your fingers, pickups etc.

 

IS IT POSSIBLE TO PROFILE A SOLID STATE AMP?

Yes. As a matter of fact, the Kemper Profiler comes with four factory profiles taken from one of the best-sounding solid state amps in history: the Roland JC-120

JUST GRAB A KNOB…

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' feeling.

 

NO MORE BUZZ

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 your Profiler.

 

AUGMENTED REALITY

80dBs of available gain for the amp simulation lets you clean up a distorted profile or push a clean profile into overdrive.

 

QUIET WHEN IT SHOULD BE

The smart & transparent noise gate is easily adjustable via the front panel. Additional expander noise gates dedicated to metal sounds are available in the list of stomp effects.

 

SMOOTH TRANSITIONS

Automatic spillover lets delay and reverb decay naturally when you change rigs. No need for special arrangements or parameter matching of the effects, the spillover is everpresent.

 

SAVE IT!

Every Stomp and Effect can be individually stored and called by a Module Preset.

 

Dedicated Copy and Paste buttons let you easily move effects to a different location, or even to a different rig.

 

NO FAN

Since the unit is cooled passively, there is absolutely no fan noise to disturb you, even in the quietest of studio environments.

 

SHARE YOUR PROFILES, DOWNLOAD NEW AMPS

The KPA user community has already created and shared thousands of profiles, all of which are easily accessible via the Kemper homepage.

 

DO I HAVE TO PROFILE MY AMPS TO USE THE KEMPER PROFILER

No. It ships with over 300 profiles, created in studios around the world, featuring vintage classics, modern high-gain amps, and rare boutique items.

 

CAN I DISABLE THE CABINET SIMULATION AND USE THE KEMPER PROFILER WITH A POWERAMP AND CABINET?

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.

 

CAN I PROFILE AN AMP WITH ONE CABINET AND THE CHANGE THE CABINET LATER ON?

Yes. A profile consists, basically, of an amplifier portion and a cabinet portion.

Kemper

About Manufacturer

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". The combination is undoubtedly glorious, but far from ideal - achieving consistent results between practice room, studio and stage presents a significant challenge to guitarists, just as it has since the early 1940s.

Specifications

The Head Version featuring a 600 Watts build in power amplifier.The Head amp comes fully equipped with hundreds of studio-grade amp profiles suitable for both Live and Studio artists. Dozens of high-end professional stomp box emulations and effects. Lifetime free feature updates including new effects, additional content and other enhancements. Complimentary access to Rig Exchange, a cloud-based service with over 5000 additional amp profiles.
 
  • Kemper Profiler Head
  • Power Cable
  • User Manual
  • Dimensions: 37.8 cm (14.88 inches) x 21.7 cm (8.54 inches) x 17.3 cm (6.81 inches)
  • Power Amp: 600 Watts at 8 Ohm, 300 Watt at 16 Ohm
  • Weight: 6 kg (13.23 pounds)
  • Line voltage: 100-125 or 190-245V AC