Kemper Profiler Head - Black

Guitar Amp System for Playing and Creating Custom Profiles of Real Amplifiers - Black
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Incredibly Lifelike Profiles of Real Guitar Amplifiers

Using the Kemper Profiling Amplifier, you can create a profile of your very own amplifiers (or whatever you can get your hands on) and store it into memory. It's a true guitar preamplifier with real gain and tone knobs ready to plug into a power amp, sound system, or recording system. The real magic begins when you start shaping your tone with the Profiling Amplifier's tone controls - Kemper's high-tech wizardry makes your profiled amp respond amazingly accurately to the Profiling Amplifier's tone and gain controls. So you can take an amazing amp, capture its essence, and play it back anytime with complete gain and tone control. Call Sweetwater today to learn more about how the Kemper Profiling Amplifier can supercharge your guitar rig.

Kemper Profiling Amplifier 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 Profiling Amplifier has a ton of profiled amps ready to play. Just connect the Profiling Amplifier 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 Profiling Amplifier will appeal to everybody, you'll love the Profiling Amplifier if you have a ton of amps already. It's easy to connect the Profiling Amplifier 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 Profiling Amplifier, 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 Profiling Amplifier. You'll capture the sound of your studio performance, ready to be recalled on any stage in the world at a moment's notice.

Kemper Profiling Amplifier Features at a Glance:
  • Lunchbox-sized guitar preamplifier can create profiles of any physical guitar amplifier
  • 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
  • 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
  • Black
Don't settle for any old amp or effects profile; use the Kemper Profiling Amplifier to capture the sound of your own gear!

Additional Media

Guitar Amp Buying Guide
Can I Capture Kemper Profiles with Effects?
Kemper Releases Firmware v2.0 for Profiling Amp

Tech Specs

Type Solid State
Number of Channels 1
Effects Yes
Reverb Yes
EQ 8-band (Graphic), 4-band (Parametric)
Amp Modeling Yes
Number of Models 200
Inputs 1 x Instrument, 1 x Digital S/PDIF (Coax)
Outputs 1 x 1/4" (Headphones), 1/4" (Direct), 2 x XLR, 2 x 1/4", 1 x Digital S/PDIF (Coax)
Effects Loop Yes
Footswitch I/O Yes
Height 8.54"
Width 14.88"
Depth 6.81"
Weight 11.73 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number Profiler BLACK

Customer Reviews

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Kemper Profiling Amp (non powered)

I have been playing guitar 25+ years and this is buy far the best decision I have made. Get one, They are amazing.
Music background: Metal, Rock, Country and now Praise and Worship

Sounds Great.

I've only had it for a few weeks but am really digging it so far. Some of the rigs are amazing. Which means others aren't so much but then not every one likes the same amp tones. It feels great to play. I can see how someone may feel like it isn't quite the same as playing through an amp in the same room. For me, I usually am playing in a control room with the amp miced up in another room so it pretty much captures the same feel.
Music background: Recording and Live sound engineer, musician

Game changer!!

This is the first piece of gear I've ever wrote a review on. The KPA will forever change this industry. It is the first non-processed sounding pre-amp that actually sounds like a real tube amp. It even acts like a real amp when you turn your guitar volume down. STomps are incredible.
Music background: gigging musician

Above and beyond anything else out there.

I was skeptical. Really skeptical but I unpacked it, plugged it in, updated the operating system from the kemper website and scrolled through the 200 plus amp profiles that come with the unit... It sounds, feels and plays EXACTLY like the amps that are profiled. I don't mean "almost there" like most modelers, I mean EXACTLY! I've had a AC30 for years, no difference between my AC30 and the AC30 Profiles in the Kemper. I then downloaded from the Kemper website some new profiles to try out and found the LEGACY amps of Steve Vai fame...again WOW! Everything else is a cheap toy now. There is absolutely no unit out there that can beat the Kemper. I really don't think the sound can even be improved on as there is absolutely no difference between the Kemper and the real amps it profiles. Unbelievable. Needless to say, my new album is being entirely recorded with this.
Music background: Pro Musician

Axe FX II Gone & the Kemper Black KPA Way Lives On!

I have waited a couple of months to do this review to be certain that I was not in the Honeymoon Stage of acquiring this new gear. In a word this piece of equipment is STELLAR! I sold the Axe FX II before getting the KPA. I was tired of constantly tweaking to achieve acceptable tone. I do not regret that sale. With the Kemper right out of the box I was able to get that guitar tone that I have been chasing for decades & have spent $1000's of dollars on. With very little tweaking the Kemper tone is flat out amazing. I have never been an amp man so I cannot tell you if it sounds just like the amp that it has profiled. What I can tell you is that the pick response & the way it cleans up with the volume knob is amazing. It excels in every area. From Clean, Crunch, Drive, & High Gain, all sound fantastic. The effects and stomp pedals are excellent as well. It seems like a lot of buttons & lights on the front panel, but this is one of the most intuitive pieces of equipment that I have ever used. With just 2, 3, or 4 simple tweaks I am in tone heaven. Those tweaks take only a couple of minutes to make & then the fun begins. Time spent playing the guitar & not tweaking. I have been a playing / giging guitarist for 47 years, been a sound engineer, recording engineer, singer, & song writer & I can confidently say that my quest for guitar tone is finally over. I have the Kemper & it will only get better with free firmware updates. Do yourself a favor & put an end to your search for guitar tone. Buy the Kemper now! You won't be sorry. Also, Sweetwater rocks! Dan Van Amerongen is the best! Super Fast Shipping. Excellent Customer Service. Sweetwater has earned my continued business! PS: I have not even profiled with this unit. There is no need because of all of the free profiles inside the Kemper, free profiles on the Kemper rig exchange, & there are awesome profiles to purchase through the Kemper forum. This KPA is truly THE game changer. Axe FX II Gone & The KPA Way Lives On!
Music background: Contemporary Worship Guitarist, Recording/Live Sound Engineer

Sweetwater Advice

Zach Neels

The Kemper Profiling Amplifier is far and away one of the biggest game changers for my home studio. Instead of recording big loud guitars amps and hoping the cops don't show up, I can dial up any tone I want from a motherload of amps and effects. This even makes me practice more because I love to make my own custom profiles!
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