In this free guitar lesson, I explain what the Kemper Profiling Amplifier is, how the digital amp technology works, and why more and more guitar players are choosing to use Kemper amp profiles over real amps.
Using the Kemper Profiling Amplifier with a Speaker Cabinet
Most people who use the Kemper would connect it directly to their computer using a USB audio interface like a Focusrite Scarlett Solo and then monitor with headphones like the Audio-Technica ATH-M50X or studio monitors like IK Multimedia iLoud Micro Monitors or something even higher quality and more expensive.
When playing live, guitarists would connect directly to the PA system and then monitor with in-ears or perhaps a wedge monitor.
If you want to have an amp-in-the-room experience, you would connect the Kemper to an FRFR (full range, flat response) cab such as the powered Kemper Kabinet or something similar like the Headrush FRFR. These types of powered cabs will amplify the sound without adding any additional amp character or coloring.
You would not want to connect the Kemper to a regular guitar amp. Since the Kemper produces the sound of an amp, including the sound of an amp’s circuitry and speaker, you would not want to run that sound through another amp. For example, you would never plug into a regular guitar amp, put a microphone in front of it, and then connect the mic to another guitar amp. Likewise, you don’t want the sound of the Kemper colored by the circuitry of another amp. Instead, you want to connect the Kemper directly to an audio interface for recording or a PA system for playing live. If you’re going to use a cabinet, it should befull range and flat response like the ones previously mentioned.
All this said, you could turn off the Kemper’s cabinet section and then run into a regular guitar amp cabinet. This would require a powered Kemper or a powered cabinet. Or you could turn off the cabinet and the amplifier sections in the Kemper and connect it to a regular guitar amp. In this case, you’d be using the Kemper for the effects only. These applications kind of defeat the purpose of the Kemper. The Kemper produces the sounds of various amps and cabinets. It seems silly to buy a piece of gear with this functionality only to turn off these functions and plug into a regular amp.