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Kemper Profiler Stage Floorboard Amp Modeler

Kemper Profiler Stage Floorboard Amp Modeler

Take your profiled sounds from show to show with this pedalboard/amp modeler combo from Kemper. Play on any venue's PA with just a this board and a guitar.

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Submitted October 27, 2019 by Michael R in Springfield, OH
"Finally, real tube amp sound and feel. The Kemper is a Keeper!"
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I was very skeptical jumping in on one of these. I am a tube amp user for many years and I have never found any sort of modelling gear that comes close to the real deal. I have watched many vids about these kempers and for the most part could always hear a difference when comparing the real deal to the profiled one. So, to me it was about, can it feel like a real amp? I can deal with not sounding identical but if the feel isn't there then back to the store it will go. The first day I got it all I did was run through the many presets. I wasn't overwhelmed by the tones I was hearing. They were just ok. I'm also not a big FX guy so the FX for me were just fine. It did seem to react to my playing dynamics better than any other modeler I have tried. If I were to have stopped right here the kemper would have went back. I waited until the following weekend when I could profile some of my amps I know very well to give it the true test. My first amp up was my trusty Marshall DSL. It did a fantastic job at re-creating that tone and feel! Test 1 is a big pass! I also did my Marshall JMP-1 and the results were again, very good! Ok, the big one, how about a plexi? Could it capture the cranked sweet tone, feel and power amp bloom that no other modeler even comes close to? Well, it does 2 out of 3. The tone and feel were there but not the bloom. Not surprising. Power amp bloom comes from one thing only and that is real tubes driven into saturation. I will keep my plexi as well as the Kemper. My DSLs, JMP-1 preamp, Silver Jubilee and my JCM 800 could all get replaced. I'd say the Kemper is about 95% there capturing the tone and feel. In a recording scenario or live through a PA you would probably not be able to tell the difference. I have read a lot about the " Michael Britt" profiles and I would say they are good but not great to my liking. The Kemper became great only after I profiled my own amps. If you are considering a Kemper go at it if you already own great sounding amps tweaked to your liking then profile those amps. If you don't have the proper setup to profile your gear, then go to a real studio and have it done. It would be worth the added expense. I do a lot of recording using real amps with reactive load boxes and IRs. The Kemper can do that setup superbly. It takes pedals really well. You can profile your pedals in the chain but it seems to respond best putting those pedals in their natural environment. Definitely a KEEPER! As a side note, this makes one of the best headphone amps I have ever played. I can put on a decent set of headphones and bring up one of my profiles and get lost for hours thinking I'm playing my real amp. I love it! As does my wife! Expect a bit of a learning curve and give it some time and profile your own amps and you will be rewarded. I have given mine almost a month now and it will join my other gear as a permanent fixture.
Musical Background:
Musician/ recording engineer for 30 years
Musical Style:
Rock, hard rock, prog rock and metal
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Submitted December 2, 2019 by Zachary Barnes in Las Vegas, NV
"Hands Down Best of The Best"
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I purchased a Headrush unit before this. While the headrush was ok, this Kemper is truly head and shoulders above the rest of the competition. Helix, boss gt-1000 and Headrush are just simply no in the same league. Yes you can tweak but it still doesn't com close. Best of all, the Kemper doesn't need tweaking like those other units. It's just like an amp. Plug it in and you've got great tone. Of course you can tweak and edit but it's simple and the sounds this thing is capable of is so inspiring. If you are a SERIOUS guitarist, do yourself a favor and buy this. Compact, cheaper than a full fledge pedalboard and amp setup and portable and rugged.
Musical Background:
26 years professional
Musical Style:
Gospel, Rock, Pop, Jazz
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Submitted September 5, 2020 by a customer from gmail.com
"Best amp modulator!!!!"
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A few years ago i had bought my kemper Powerhead toaster and decided to sell it and replace it with the kemper stage and buy it at zZounds. When I received it I had a little problem with one of the foot switches and they replaced it with another one. The shipping was super fast and customer service was excellent. I can’t complain!
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Submitted September 21, 2019 by Gates of Celestia in La Jolla, CA
"Amazing sound, atrocious interface design and implementation,without editor yet!"
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The Kemper profiler Stage is a great concept, just way too late to the game at this point and the interface looks completely out of the 80's! The sound is amazing unfortunately which is the only thing it has going for it...I tried to setup a rig from scratch and it is absolutely atrocious an experience. In the process many things can go wrong...I have seen numerous black screens, things jumping around, exiting suddenly from the menu where I was at so many small bugs and glitches I cannot return it quicker...Just unacceptable behavior for a 2019 piece of gear. If you use it like you're supposed to scrolling through presets you get amazing tone. You're supposed to slightly touch some basic tweaking factor like an overall Master EQ to adjust response to your guitar. The dialing of it from scratch, creating something modern its like phd course in sound with obstacles to jump through that are mind boggling which is why I cannot recommend this rig. My Boss GT-1000 sounds way better although not a profiler, it does parallel chains and external loops, lush soundscapes and modern sound, by far at least, It blows the pants off the Kemper tone wise, effects quality wise and sadly its like we are moving backwards in time with this unit...Just too hard to harness without an editor ??? So sadly I'm dumping it for poor and outdated interface design and lack of editor option!
Musical Background:
Producer
Musical Style:
Electronic and Metal
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Submitted July 9, 2020 by Christopher A
"Dull and Lifeless"
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For this kind of money I expected a lot more. Editing on the unit is a PITA. The computer editor is even worse. After 5 days I’ve decided to return the unit.
Musical Background:
Recording Engineer, Musician, Songwriter
Musical Style:
All
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