Kemper intros Profiler Firmware Version 3.0

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Kemper has announced Profiler Firmware Version 3.0, the next level of its acclaimed Profiling technology, which now allows for profiling the guitar amps’ output independently from the connected guitar cabinet.

Kemper Profler

This opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Guitar players can profile their favorite amp sound and afterwards play thru a neutral power amp or the Profiler’s built in Class D amp into a guitar cabinet with the exact tone and behavior of their original tube amp. It also allows for freely combining “Direct Amp Profiles” with individually profiled cabs or imported impulse responses. The result is a complete Profile that can run a physical guitar cabinet onstage for monitoring and simultaneously feed the virtual guitar-speaker sound to the main PA.
Furthermore the new Firmware supports the tight integration of the Profiler Remote control pedal, featuring the smoothest preset switching available, a 30 second Looper and an incredible new Rig Pack created in cooperation with producer legend Michael Wagener in Nashville, Michael Britt of Lonestar and with renowned Profile vendor The Amp Factory.

More than 50 new Factory Profiles
The new Rig Packs contain a selection of “Merged Profiles”, created with the new direct profiling technology. Kemper have spent some significant profiling time with studio legend Michael Wagener at his Nashville based Wireworld studios and have profiled everything from legendary preamps, amps and cabinets that have been used on numerous platinum selling records.

Michael Britt is the guitarist with the Nashville based platinum band Lonestar and has created a great collection of profiles which were already showcased by Pete Thorn in this awesome video:
http://youtu.be/0KUlmnstp20?list=PLBF1E907BF2A26291

The Amp Factory collection consists of amps like Redplate, Clean Blackface, Driven Tweed, Fender Tweed Deluxe 58, Toneking Metro, Evil Robot, d/13 jtr37, Carr Roamer, Two Rock Bionyx and Marshall Jtm45.

Understanding Direct Profiling
The Kemper profiling technology has already had an incredible impact in the guitarists’ community for being able to capture the sound and feel of the classic guitar rig: Tube Amp/ Cabinet/ Microphone. These profiles are called “Studio Profiles”.

Now with Direct Profiling Kemper have gone even further and are able to capture the sound of a tube-amp including its power-amp separately from the cab – even when the cabinet load is active. This works by tapping the sound exactly where it hits the speaker cabinet: The speaker output! As high voltage and high wattage are present, a dedicated DI is required. This specialized DI box is capable of scaling down the tube power amp voltage to a line-level signal, suitable for the Profiler, on a XLR output jack. The high-power signal is forwarded to the speaker cabinet through a different output jack.

What is the purpose of this when the sound of the speaker will not be captured in the Profile? The purpose is to capture the amp including the complex impedance behavior of the speaker. This method captures those often discussed interactions between the power tube-amp and the connected speaker cabinet. When the Profile is played back through the Profiler’s built-in class D amp, or an external solid state power amp, it will recreate the same impedance situation to the connected speaker-cabinet. This is the key to making the built-in power-amp sound like a real tube power-amp.

The Direct Amp Profile can later be merged with the respective cabinet portion of a Studio Profile. Alternatively, Direct Amp Profiles can be paired with arbitrary cabinet impulse-responses, imported by our CabMaker 2.0 software. The result is a complete Profile that can run a physical guitar- cabinet onstage for monitoring, and simultaneously feed the virtual guitar-speaker sound to the main PA.

The Kemper Profiler Firmware 3.0 is available for download free of charge for all registered owners of a Kemper Profiler. It will be available later in Q1, 2015.

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Kemper announces Profiler Remote

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Kemper has announced the new Profiler Remote for the acclaimed Kemper Profiler to be available in Q1 2015.

The Profiler Remote is the perfect remote foot controller for the Kemper Profiler, fully integrated with the Profiler hardware and software. This integration includes phantom power supply from the Profiler, a display to reflect important information about the current working mode, connectors for additional pedals and automatic maintenance during firmware upgrades.

Kemper Profiler Remote

One to rule them all – Rigs, FX and much more
The Profiler Remote is a unique remote foot controller that goes beyond the obvious and established concepts. The tight integration with the excellent features of the Kemper Profiler make this combination the most powerful and inspiring performance solution ever while keeping it simple and straightforward in terms of programming, assigning and operation.

Well designed in a sturdy metal housing complimenting the look and feel of the Profiler the Profiler Remote connects via an included 7 meter/ 21 feet long Ethernet cable and draws its power from the Profiler, no extra power supply needed. The Profiler Remote features 4 direct connectors to hook up your favorite pedals to control continuous controllers like WahWah, Gain, Volume, Delay Level, Delay Feedback, etc.

The buttons on the Profiler Remote provide direct access to 5 program patches (Rigs), patch bank up and down, permanent Tuner with three LEDs, 30 sec. stereo Looper, Tap Tempo that also drives the unique real time Beat Scanner and an all time direct access to effects assigned to the current patch with the dedicated Stomp FX Buttons. The current status is visually represented on the Remote’s display.

The versatile and unique Stomp FX Buttons
These four dedicated buttons can be freely assigned to switch on/ off stomps and effects. They can also trigger special features in certain effects. Their respective assignments and their on/off status are stored per Rig. Each button can also be assigned to multiple stomps and effects. Assigning the Stomp FX Buttons is simple and straightforward: Simply by pressing the Stomp Button on the Profiler and the respective button on the Remote simultaneously.

Connecting up to 4 expression pedals and/ or external switches
The Profiler Remote offers four TRS-sockets named to connect expression pedals. If there is the need for additional switches, mono and stereo switches can be used with these sockets, too.

The 30 second stereo LOOPER
The Looper Button activates the Profiler’s new Looper function for recording up to 30 seconds in stereo. When activated the Looper turns the Bank Up/ Down and Rig Buttons on the remote to versatile Looper controls:

  • Record/Play – to control recording, playback and overdubbing
  • Stop – to interrupt recording, playback and overdubbing, and to clear the loop
  • Trigger – to start one playback cycle
  • Reverse – to change direction of recording, playback and overdubbing
  • Halftime – to change speed of recording, playback and overdubbing
  • Undo/Redo – to discard or recover last track

Additional Connectivity
The Profiler and the Profiler Remote communicate with each other via an ethernet cable. The cable included in the Profiler Remote package has been carefully selected, and is perfectly suited for this purpose. Kemper have included a Neutrik® etherCON® cable connector carrier which ensures a robust connection. For the use on bigger stages and using multiple Remotes for the Profilers it is possible to use additional powered Ethernet Hubs. This way, distances of more than 100m (300ft) can be bridged.

Direct Response Preset Switching
With the Profiler Remote Kemper have significantly accelerated the Rig switching time. What’s even better: they managed to avoid the usual silent gap that happens when switching to the next sound and turn it into a smooth crossfade. In conjunction with the implicit spillover of delay and reverb the Profiler provides the smoothest sound switch transitions in the industry.

Controlling external MIDI Gear
With the Profiler Remote it is of course also possible to switch and control external MIDI Gear. Program changes executed with the Profiler Remote for example can be defined with a MIDI program change command that is sent to external MIDI gear simultaneously via the Profiler’s MIDI Out connector.

The Profiler Remote will be available exclusively from the Kemper Online store during Q1/2015 for 499 EUR (incl. VAT) / $599 USD (plus applicable tax). In stores the Profiler Remote will be offered as a bundle with the Kemper Profiler. The price will be announced.

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Kemper Amps releases free Ace of Skunk Anansie signature Rig Pack

Kemper Amps has announced the release of the free Ace of Skunk Anansie signature Rig Pack, featuring all the glorious amp tones known from Ace with Skunk Anansie from the very beginning to today.

Ace of Skunk Anansie signature Rig Pack

The two day profiling session took place during summer 2014 at SX Studios north of London. All of Ace’s amps were profiled with their original sound settings and numerous variations with two cabinets utilising Delta Sontronics, Shure SM 57 and Royer 121 microphones.

The team paid extra attention to the refining process to make sure that every nuance of the sound was captured to definitely match the sound, the dynamics and playing of the original amps.
The rig pack features 26 studio profiles as well as 4 direct profiles for the use of The Profiler with standard guitar cabinets.

The Ace of Sunk Anansie Rig Pack is available to download free of charge.

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Kemper Amps introduces RigManager for Kemper Profiler

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Kemper RigManager

Kemper Amps has announced RigManager, a software that allows to preview, tag and manage the thousands of rigs available for the Kemper Profiler.

Equipped with extensive sort and search features, RigManger helps to find the right tone in no time and allows the guitarist to concentrate on his performance.

RigManager also seamlessly integrates with RigExchange, a cloud storage system that thousands of Kemper Profiler users utilize to store their personal rigs and share them with the Kemper Profiler user community.

RigManager features

  • RigManager Basics
    • One single application for windows acts as a content hub for the Kemper Profiler.
    • rigs from within the Profiler, the local hard drive, USB sticks, backups and RigExchange can be searched, previews and tagged in groups or individually.
    • only one simple USB connection needed, RigManager talks directly with the Kemper Profiler.
  • Applications
    • Completely backup the Kemper Profiler.
    • Download and preview rigs from RigExchange. Currently nearly 4000 rigs from users available.
    • Sort rigs on local hard drive in groups and folders.
    • import rigs from third parties by drag and drop.
    • Preview thousands of rigs by simply moving the cursor on screen, mark rigs as favorite rigs conveniently.
    • Tag rigs individually and in groups. The better the tagging, the easier you find the rigs.
    • Search for specific gain settings (“++++” searches for a gain around 4).
  • Outlook
    • Rate rigs with a simple 5 stars system directly on the Kemper Profiler. RigExchange utilises user ratings to display score of a rig. Only rigs you have previewed can be rated.
    • Update your Kemper Profiler using RigManager.
    • Mac version in 2014.

RigManager is free of charge and available during Q1 2014. A Mac version will be released later this year.

More information: Kemper Amps / RigManager

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NAMM 2014 – Feature Fest for Kemper Profiler Players Software Version 2.3 showcased

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Kemper Amps, the makers of the multi award winning and unique Kemper Profiler present a range of new features that significantly extend the Profiler’s tonal and sonic capabilities for guitar and bass players.

Kemper Amps Profiler Rack

Kemper Amps constantly update the Profiler Software for architectural enhancements, performance and effects updates. Version 2.3 new features include:

Parallel Path for Bass Processing

This is a feature dedicated for electric bass, can be utilized with any other instrument as well, of course. The Profiler offers a variety of profiles for bass players already, as well as loads of effects and distortion FX that can be used in combination with a bass. But, just like with traditional bass rigs when playing through a distorting amplifier or a distortion pedal, the bass can loose some fundamental bass frequencies. That’s why a parallel feed of the clean bass signal usually is mixed in parallel to the distorted or otherwise processed signal for maintaining the bass frequencies and the original dynamics.
The Profiler now features an optional parallel signal path from the instrument input straight to the output for exactly this purpose, bypassing the Stack section and all effects including the delay and reverb. When the parallel path is activated, it also grabs Stomp A and B away from the regular signal path and puts both into the parallel path. This provides Stomp A and B for applying a compressor and an equalizer individually to the parallel path, while Stomp C and D and the effects remain in the regular signal path. This is great for both live and recording situations.

Analog Octaver – Not only for bass players’ delight

The analog octaver is a classic effect usually used by bass players. But of course it can be utilized for any instrument. The analog octaver adds two lower octaves (-1 and -2) to the original signal. This is achieved with a modeled analog detection circuit which manipulates and filters the input signal. The Analog Octaver should be used for single notes only as intervals or chords might create unstable results.
The Kemper Profiler octaver model features significantly improved tracking for faster response compared to the original devices. The LowCut parameter finally reduces the energy of the low notes. This allows for higher levels of both low octave voices without having to deal with deep growl and rumble produced.

NSA for Tempo – Beat Scanner

The Beat Scanner is a great alternative to using the TAP tempo. The activated Beat Scanner algorithm will listen to the rhythm of the guitar and detect the accurate tempo in BPM in a few seconds. It is not required to play anything special, any riff should do if played with certain accuracy. Beat Scanner allows for creating tempos between 80 and 160 BPM. The Beat Scanner won’t detect whether the tempo is 70 BPM or double – 140 BPM. It will choose 140 in this case.

Headphone Space

The Headphone Space parameter adds a small room simulation to the master signal. When listening to sound coming from loudspeakers the reflections from the floor, the walls and objects around add to the original sound. Even a mono signal will result in a stereo image once the room reflections reach the ears. When listening through headphones these missing reflections result in an artificial listening experience that quickly leads to listening fatigue. To avoid this, the Profiler now features the Headphone Space effect allowing to add virtual reflections to the headphone signal delivering a sense of room and natural space. Even a mono signal will result into a subtle, pleasing stereo image.
Hard wired to the Profiler’s headphone out the space effect can also be utilized for listening through regular speakers or for recording. For this purpose the space effect is also available for the post stack effects slots.

Pedal Vinyl Stop

Vinyl Stop is a variation of the already available Pedal Pitch effect. While Pedal Pitch can create a “dive bomb” effect three octaves down, Pedal Vinyl Stop will turn the pitch of the instrument down to exactly zero by swelling up the pitch pedal, just as you would stop a vinyl record with your hand. No sound is heard, until you swell the pitch pedal down again, making the instrument sound as the motor has turned back on again. No pitch adjustments available or necessary with this effect, just put the pitch pedal to the metal.

Reamping – everything built in to run High and Dry

The method of Reamping is very popular in studios and means recording the unprocessed instrument signal while recording the processed amp signal at the same time on separate tracks. This allows for feeding the unprocessed guitar signal at a later time to an amp again to experiments with various settings that might cater for a better mix without the need to play the guitar a second time. Usually some special equipment is required to convert the high impedance guitar signal into an appropriate signal at studio level for recording. The opposite “reamping” path from the recording to the tube amp needs appropriate processing as well. In case of the Profiler this is much more straightforward and easy as the connections and impedances of the Profiler already deliver all the required connectivity for reamping right out of the box. Both recording the pure instrument signal and reamping can be performed either via the analog outputs and inputs or the SPDIF connections.

Version 2.3 of the Profiler Software will be available for free to registered users of the Kemper Profiler during the first quarter of 2014.
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