Posted on January 21st, by Graeme in News.

The Kemper Profiling Amplifier might need explaining. Think of software like Native Instruments’ Guitar Rig or IK Multimedia’s Amplitube – guitar amp simulation software. The KPA (as it’s affectionately known by its users) is a like hardware equivalent of these, except it takes the concept to more exacting levels. The original idea wasn’t to cheat the likes of Marshall or Fender out of an amp sale, but to allow professional guitarists to recreate their own sounds in any environment – mostly in the studio – where it was otherwise impractical to stack a dozen 4 X 12 cabinets in the corner and turn the volume up to “11”. So by generating a series of test signals (you don’t even need to play your guitar) the Kemper Profiling Amplifier has the unique ability to sample, analyse and thus “profile” your preferred rig and accurately reproduce it into a mixing console, PA system or any live stage system. Of course, the KPA does come with a bunch of pre-loaded profiles of famous amps, plus stomp effects and cabinets that can be switched around into any combinations. In an amplifier the size of a “lunchbox” (Kemper mean a real lunchbox for sandwiches and stuff, not a 500 series module) you get a truck-load of boutique and to-die-for guitar rigs.

One year later and in time (no surprise) for NAMM Kemper has introduced three new products. First, the KPA is now available in a standard 19 inch rack mount model called the Kemper Profiler Rack with a near-identical interface to the original model. There is also the Kemper Profiler Powerhead which is exactly same, but with a 600 watt Class D amplifier built in – just BYO your own cabinet. And finally Kemper has listened to a chorus of users asking to add their own cabinets to the KPA profiles library. The Kemper team created Cabmaker, a straightforward software tool for Mac and PC that reads IR Wave Files and converts these into local Cab Presets for the Kemper Profiler.

Kemper kindly don’t discriminate between people who want the original or new rack-mount versions of the KPA, so both are priced in Australia at RRP of $2599.00. The Kemper Profiler Powerhead will be $3499.00. You save money with Cabmaker – it’s a free download. Availability of the new models in Oz – and everywhere else for that matter – is to be confirmed. The hype surrounding NAMM can do that. Try hassling Kemper at www.kemper-amps.com

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Innovative Music www.innovativemusic.com.au