What is the Kemper Profiling Amplifier? (And Do You Need It?)

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What is the Kemper Profiling Amplifier? (And Do You Need It?)

Should You Get the Kemper Profiling Amplifier?

In this free guitar lesson, I explain the Kemper Profiling Amplifier, how the digital amp technology works, and why more and more guitar players choose to use Kemper amp profiles over real amps. You should get the Kemper if you want access to a large variety of high-quality amp tones and guitar effects suitable for professional-level recording and live performances. Don’t get the Kemper if you hate complicated digital interfaces that require navigating between different menus to build patches and presets.

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 connect directly to the PA system and monitor with in-ears or a wedge monitor. If you want an amp-in-the-room experience, connect the Kemper to an FRFR (full range, flat response) cab, such as the powered Kemper Kabinet or something similar to the Headrush FRFR. These powered cabs will amplify the sound without adding 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 as 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.

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