Kemper Profiler Power Head - 600-Watt Profiling Head

Guitar Amp System for Playing and Creating Custom Profiles of Real Amplifiers, with 600W Power Amplifier Onboard
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Killer Amp Profiling from the Studio to the Stage!

The Kemper Profiler PowerHead packs the same awesome amp modeling and emulation of the original Kemper Profiling Amplifier plus a powerful 600-watt power amp. As with the rest of the Profiler Series, the Profiler PowerHead doesn't limit you to a bunch of preset models. Instead, it lets you create your own amp profiles and call them up whenever you like. What's more, Kemper's high-tech wizardry gives you total tone-tweaking control over your profiled amps, going well beyond gain and tone. Talk about a must-have studio and live performance tool - get your Kemper Profiler PowerHead from Sweetwater!

Kemper Profiler PowerHead at a Glance:
  • 200 factory presets and extensive online resources
  • Profile your own amplifiers
  • The perfect link between stage and studio
200 factory presets and extensive online resources

Right out of the box, the Kemper Profiler PowerHead has a ton of profiled amps ready to play. Just connect the Profiler PowerHead to your sound system or recording rig, and you're set. And even if you don't have a collection of amps to profile, there are hundreds of profiled amplifiers available online, and the community of Kemper profilers is growing every day.

Profile your own amplifiers

While the incredibly lifelike profiles included with the Profiler PowerHead will appeal to everybody, you'll love the Profiler PowerHead if you have a ton of amps already. It's easy to connect the Profiler PowerHead to the amp you want to profile, hook up a microphone, capture the sound of that amp, and store it as a preset. You'll be amazed at how accurately your profiled amp preset responds to the gain and tone controls.

The perfect link between stage and studio

Ever been frustrated trying to re-create the tone you captured on a recording when you play out live? Then you'll love the Profiler PowerHead, because it can profile your studio sound while you're recording. Just take a split of the mic you're recording with and use the split signal to connect to the Profiler PowerHead. You'll capture the sound of your studio performance, ready to be recalled on any stage in the world at a moment's notice. What's more, this Kemper Profiler PowerHead comes loaded with a 600-watt power amp section, so you're ready to rock out live with the same great tones.

Kemper Profiler PowerHead Features:
  • Lunchbox-style guitar amplifier can create profiles of any physical guitar amplifier
  • Onboard 600-watt power amplifier makes this an awesome live amp as well
  • Includes 200 amplifier profiles for you to start with
  • Easy to profile your own amplifiers - all you need is a microphone and cable, guitar cables, and a combo amp or amp head and cabinet
  • Built-in DI can split your signal to a direct output for simultaneous recording of your dry guitar signal and the guitar amp profile when used in the studio
  • Great-sounding collection of effects in addition to the amplifiers
  • Automatic spillover lets your delay and reverb tails fade out naturally when you change presets
  • You can lock individual module settings when changing presets, keeping your current delay effects settings while changing amp profiles
  • Effects loop lets you integrate your hardware effects and stompboxes
Don't settle for any old amp or effects profile; use the Kemper Profiler PowerHead to capture the sound of your own gear!

Additional Media

Guitar Amp Buying Guide
Can I Capture Kemper Profiles with Effects?
Can I bypass the Kemper PowerHead Power Amp and Record Direct?
Kemper Releases Firmware v2.0 for Profiling Amp

Tech Specs

Type Solid State
Number of Channels 1
Total Power 600W
Effects Yes
Reverb Yes
EQ 8-band (Graphic), 4-band (Parametric)
Amp Modeling Yes
Number of Models 200
Inputs 1 x 1/4", 1 x Coax, 1 x 1/4" (Alternative In), 1 x 1/4" (Return), 1 x XLR (Return)
Outputs 2 x 1/4" (Main), 2 x XLR (Main), 1 x 1/4" (Monitor), 1 x 1/4" (DI), 1 x Coax, 1 x 1/4" (Headphones)
Effects Loop Yes
MIDI I/O In/Out/Thru
Footswitch I/O 2 x Switch/Pedal
Height 8.54"
Width 14.88"
Depth 6.81"
Weight 14.33 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number PowerHead

Customer Reviews

5/5
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5/5

Great amp solution

Just go online and see what the pro's are saying about this lovely little creation. If you ever struggled to get good guitar amp tone then why not get something that only has great amp tones in it? End of day I still prefer the tone of a tube amp at that perfect setting but not enough to forego this simple and hugely flexible live and studio amp tone machine. Price of entry is the only obstacle but just do it if the glossy's sound appealing to you - all of it is true, plus you'll have a lot to sell that you no longer need in order to pay for it. Heck, buy the footswitch package (as I wish I had) as you'll need it in a good way - fully controlled by feet vs using the small buttons/knobs while playing.If you play live, get the Powerhead/Rack as it can hold up on its own into a cab and give the best quiet feed to the mixer board you've ever heard via DI. Nevermind mic'g up and say hello to your new best friend the sound guy who now loves you. So will your back - the Powerhead is ONLY 14 pounds!! Just plug it into a guitar cab or any 8 or 16 ohm passive speaker - what????? Try that with any other amp! This thing does it all.For the studio... again, dead quiet if your guitar is but great noise gate to calm down even the hottest of pickups. Tonal options are far reaching as there are profiles in the box or available through their super fast forum rig download tool. Effects are studio grade and very consistent. All the OS upgrades are free as well as hundreds or thousands of rigs/profiles shared openly online. I was and still am a purist - nothing but the best vintage and modern amps - now they all just fit in a "toaster" as the community calls them (ha).Just do it - Kemper could offer a forever money back guarantee and I'd never return it...
Music background: Live performance and beginning studio recording.
5/5

Nice amp with tons of capability and great tone

I play in a rock/dance/alternative cover band and therefore need many sounds and ability to midi switch the various tones. Based on these needs, I've used a Line6 VettaII combo for many years. Recently been buying tube amps in an attempt to upgrade tone, and have acquired a Marshall JVM410H, Marshall JMD:1, Engl Powerball II with the Z-11 switcher. With the 410H I have to use an outboard processor for effects/noise gate, and pedals for effects with the Engl, and the JMD:1 sonically just didn't do it for me. None of these options gave me the all in one package simplicity & tweaking the Vetta offered though. Then I ran across the Kemper Powerhead, read the reviews and videos and thought this just might fit my needs. Lots of user programs built in and available from the web, plus I can profile my favorite tones from my tube amps, then add all the effects and tweakability later and have midi switching access. Sweetwater has historically offered great service and advice (thanks Randy!) so I opted to get one from them. I've only had the amp for a few days, and only scratching the surface of what it can do, but from the built in 300 rig profiles, I found many that were usable of the bat with minor personal tweaking and within a couple nights was able to create tones similar to the styles in my Vetta and midi assign to the same program numbers I used on the Vetta. I then set up the Engl Powerball II with my Marshall 4x12 30W greenback cabinet and profiled both distortion and clean and the result was a very close clone coming from the Kemper. Additional EQ tweaking and such resulted in a very convincing close match to the real amp from the Kemper. I'll continue to profile more amps and search on the web for other rig profiles to download and try. I've also only dabbled a little on all the effects, but the stompboxes, delays, chorus, reverb all sound very good and each has lots of tweakability. It has a very nice unobtrusive noise gate. I read comments about bad sound when going into a guitar cabinet, but as mentioned in the other review on Sweetwater, this is probably due to the cabinet simulator still being turned on. Thanks to this warning, the first thing I did was search for this when I received the amp and noticed my Powerhead shipped with this feature turned on (makes sense for the non-powered version to have this engaged, but you'd think they'd ship the powered one with this off). This other problem I had was the master volume didn't change the output to the cabinet, I had to go into the outputs section and try turning some of the outputs on and off and then got the master volume working as it should. The manual is huge, all words, and sometimes hard to figure out everything, but it becomes intuitive after a while (plus you need to download the 'deeper view and reference manual from Kemper's website). I studied the manual(s) for a few days while waiting for delivery which helped a lot once it came. Downloading firmware updates from Kemper's website is easy and updating the amp and backing up via a USB thumbdrive is very easy to do. Assigning favorite patches (they call them rigs) to midi channels is easy, and the amp switches between sounds instantly, no lag or delay, something very important to me as I sometimes use 3 or 4 tones within a song (clean, distortion, plus either or both with different volume or effects added). If you only need an amp with one or two great sounds/channels and can get by with a couple stomp boxes for effects, then this amp would not be for you. But if you need tons of versatility and flexibility from an amp that can deliver great tones and aren't afraid of diving in to all the menus and options, then I highly recommend the Kemper Powerhead Profiler amp.
Music background: Gigging hobbyist
5/5

It just doesn't get better than this

I was looking for a particular amp to replace my fender hot rod deluxe. I was looking at dr. z, matchless, bad cat, orange, swart, 65 amps, divided by 13, and many similar boutique style amps. Now I "virtually" have them all. Except better. I am very impressed with the sound of the boutique amps and how it captures the tone of clean amps. I think this has a tougher time grabbing the tone of higher end high gain amps. You have to be better in the capture process. The tone stealing is just a portion of what this can do. For example, most Fenders have absolutely terrible gain sections. Unusable. But this has a seperate gain section after the tone stack which makes my fender tone actually have a beautiful gain that fender couldn't provide. I don't think it sounds better than the original amps. I think at times it sounds better cause of all the pre and post effects that can be put anywhere in the signal chain. I love the seperate eq, compressor, delays, and reverbs. these are great effects. you definitely have to read about how to use this thing. I couldn't figure out how to lock turning off the cab emulation cause I like to play through a twin cab at times. I'm a very good guitarist, but the tone coming out of this thing is so beautiful it is distracting. I hear those notes shimmer and I forget what I was playing. I love these profiles dr z kat45, divided by 13, and the wem 15 watt direct box... is one of the most even profiles I've ever heard. You hear every string with the right balance. Then I hit my fuzz pedal and I was in heaven. I've got many profiles and even though I bought a few... There are many that you can download for free that have really blown my mind too. Definitely get out to the amp factory though and buy some of your favorite profiles. mainly cause you get many settings of each or your favorite amps. The profiles that are uploaded to the kemper profile app typically only has one or two captures from each user. I hear users bashing this powerhead version. I must say that they probably have cab emulation on. This sounds absolutely fantastic through my cab. It is what I play it through most. I do find is sounds better through my powered mx8. I just turn the power section off. This is probably due to it being in true stereo at that point and a flatter response. I do have a line 6 m13 that I have going before the kemper and I do like that compressors, reverbs, and delays better that are in it, but I usually combine them with what I have and boy does it make a differences. If you aren't using a nice compressor as a guitarist you are doing yourself a huge disservice. The noise gate is soooo easy to use on this kemper and is one of the best I've ever used. It is a life saver on higher gain profiles. If you learn how to use this thing it is the absolute holy grail of music right now. I don't see how you can beat it's value.... especially since it emulates amps that are $80k like Dumbles, or 30K trainwrecks, or 6k matcheless.... I don't play the matchless in my home cause it hurts your ears. That's what they do though and why it cuts through mixes. I know it's a lot of money, but put in perspective it is worth ever penny and more. I will say I'm scared for when/if this thing croaks... I don't know how long it will take to repair or fix. Or if anyone could ever just tinker and repair it without the name kemper.
Music background: Recording engineer
4.5/5

Worth the wait!

This box really does work wonders, pushing great tone and making the recording process for myself so much more enjoyable. For years I had to resort to the use of amp sims due to space and while they can sound great in their own right - too much time was invested in the juggling of parameters and impulse files, making the process that much more arduous. All that time I would've rather have spent on mixing or recording. With the product comes a great, contributable community where you'll likely not find a shortage of profiles to try and love. If you're on the fence about getting the profiler, stop wasting another moment. I wished I jumped on this unit years ago and saved myself the grief of chasing mediocre tones...Have to give major props to Tony Dayton, he was great to work with. It was a pleasure, and hen it came time for me to make my purchase he managed for me a killer deal in the process! Sweetwater has my future business!
Music background: Rec/Mix Enthusiast - Artist
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