The Kemper Profiler Player is a compact stomp pedal-sized package that offers professional amp tones, studio-grade FX, and seamless switching capabilities.
Requiring only the floorboard space of two standard distortion pedals the PROFILER Player turns any pedal board into an arena-grade touring rig. And, what’s more, the Player indeed itself is already the arena-grade touring rig that fits in every guitar bag. It offers the full arsenal of KEMPER amp tones (yes, the Amp section of the Player sounds identical to the Amp section of its famous Big Brothers - it loads any amp Profile from the vast library of existing free and commercial Profiles), selected FX settings, IR loading, and switching capabilities - at home, in the studio, in the rehearsal room, and on stage. Made in Germany.
This is simply because the acclaimed KEMPER Profiling Technology, including the new and acclaimed Liquid Profiling tech, and the unparalleled KEMPER FX, all combined with seamless switching now comes in one straightforward stomp pedal-sized package. The PROFILER Player features three freely assignable footswitches and the essential control knobs and buttons. The comfortable on-board LED system provides detailed visual feedback on the current device status at all times. For digging deeper into every aspect of the FX, enter Rig Manager, the only guitar amp control and editing solution that is available for all relevant platforms. It works on iPhones, iPads, Android Phones, Android Tablets, Kindle Fire, macOS, and Windows. All are available for free from the App Stores and the Kemper Website.
The Player offers a massive, well-curated selection of 136 different FX settings from the legendary KEMPER PROFILER FX arsenal of over 444 FX presets in total. All the important tools of the trade are just ready to be engaged with the next switch!
The Player’s signal chain comprises 4 effect blocks in addition to the amplifier stack. Up to two effects can be placed "pre" the amp stack, and another two "post" the amp. The post-amp modules of the effect chain are ideal for delay and reverb effects. Both delay and reverb offer "spillover" at any time, meaning the sonic tail is not cut off when changing to another Rig.
The Player connects seamlessly to one or two KEMPER Power Cabinets, making it a combo amp solution with the „cab-in-the-room“ sound.
Size does matter! Musicians need to be mobile and flexible at all times. But they also always need to be the best version of themselves in terms of musicality and tone - now it is easy because the Player is here and with you! All the time!
- Fully compatible with KEMPER PROFILER Amp Rigs
- Sturdy metal pedal housing
- 127 dB dynamic range Guitar Input - amongst the best in the industry
- 3 Footswitches for Rig, FX, and Performance switching (Further control units supported)
- All Push-pots for additional second-level parameter access
- Amp controls Gain, Bass, Middle, Treble, and Rig Volume
- 4 x PROFILER FX - 2 pre and 2 post amp stack
- FX 1 and FX 2 Control and switch
- High Power Headphone Output
- Loads Cabinet IRs
- Master Volume
- Bluetooth and WiFi Connectivity (Audio streaming for Spotify, etc. & ext. Control/Editing)
- Connects to RigManager remote app on all relevant platforms
- Supports KEMPER Kone Technology for running speaker Imprints with KEMPER Power Kabinets
- Audio Interface 4/4 via USB
- MIDI via USB - Supports typical USB2MIDI cables
- Three separate Output Groups: XLR FOH/ Studio Out, Independent 2 x 1/4“ TSR Jack Stereo Monitor Out, Stereo Headphone Out
- USB B/A for external connections (Computer, USB Stick)
- 9V Power Supply
- 50 Rigs on board plus access to thousands of rigs from the Factory Content/ Rig Exchange etc.
- Editor apps for iOS, iPad OS, Android, Kindle Fire, MacOS, Windows
The KEMPER PROFILER Player is available for Euro/ USD 698,- from the KEMPER Online Store and selected Dealers worldwide.
For more information, please visit kemper-amps.com.
KEMPER PROFILER Player - It's a beast!
Check out the signature models (and more) that Scott Ian, Jon Donais, and Frank Bello are rocking on the thrash masters’ 40th anniversary tour.
Anthrax went to church when they brought their Covid-delayed 40th anniversary tour to Nashville—the Mother Church of Country Music, that is, aka the Ryman Auditorium—on August 15. And PG’s Perry Bean was there to welcome the thrash metal royals and talk with guitarists Scott Ian and Jon Donais, and bassist Frank Bello. Some things have changed in their gear since our earlier Rundown, in 2012, but not Ian’s loyalty to Jackson, which makes the signature-model King V’s he loves to play. Donais is equally stoked on his Dean Exile signature axe, which he also used on the recent Shadows Fall reunion tour. And Bello shared his new signature Charvel bass and EMG pickups. Ian kicked things off, playing his V with a vintage-diner-tile-style finish, his current favorite. Check it out!
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The first axe Ian picks up for most Anthrax shows is this two-year-old signature model from the Jackson Custom Shop, sporting the company’s old-school logo, an FU-Tone Floyd Rose, Seymour Duncan JBs, and—key—Eddie-approved Iron Maiden wristbands holding his wireless packs.
The Green Machine
Avocado burst? Another of Ian’s favorites was about to get a little fine-tuning from Adam Reiver, who was going to meet the band in Philly to replace this guitar’s bridge with a more colored coordinated one from his FU-Tone catalog. Although, like his white No. 1, this 6-string has a 24.75" scale neck, a mahogany body, a 1-piece through-body maple neck, Seymours, a 12"-16" compound radius bound laurel fretboard, and 22 jumbo frets, he thinks “this one has a little more bottom end.”
Dio and Dimebag
Here’s a metal version of Mt. Rushmore. Ian plays this custom-painted Jackson Soloist—his previous signature model—during “In the End,” Anthrax’s tribute to Ronnie James Dio and Dimebag Darrell, from 2011’s Worship Music album. These days, for lower tunings, Ian uses D’Addario .010–.052 sets. (At one point, he was using .012–.060 sets, but was brutalizing his hands.) For standard, he employs .009–.042s.
EVH and EL34
Ian says he’s gotten every EVH 5150 model since they debuted, and the EL34 tubes that stock his trio of heads provide his vision of the ultimate tone. “I mean, the first chord of the set, man, we hit that big E chord and go into ‘Among the Living’ … it makes me so happy,” he says of his hot-wired sound. “It sets the tone for the rest of the night. It’s literally pushing me in the back.” He plugs into the crunch channel, channel 2, and runs clean “but has that right amount of edge that makes it metal.”
Pedals x 3
Ian keeps his stomps simple: a Mooer Ninety Orange phaser, a One Control Sea Turquoise Delay, a One Control Little Copper Chorus, and a Kirk Hammett KH95 Signature Cry Baby wah. Plus, a Fortin Zuul noise gate tames the snakes.
On the verge of his 10th anniversary with Anthrax, Jon Donais is laying it down with his new Dean Markley signature Exile-style, with a mahogany body, Fishman Fluence Modern pickups, a 5-piece flame maple neck with a thin C profile, a USA Hipshot bridge, a quilted maple top, and 24 frets. For now, they’re only available by order from Dean’s Custom Shop, but Donais is hoping for a production model in 2023. His picks are Dunlop Tortex Sharps, and his strings are … surprising. For standard tuning, he uses DR .008 sets and DR 009s for E-flat standard.
Profiles in Heavy
Donais’ setup is streamlined. He uses only three stock Rivera and ENGL patches in his Kemper Profiler, plus a Fortin Zuul noise gate and an Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer “for just a little extra.”
Frank’s No. 1!
Frank Bello is Charvel’s first bass-playing signature artist, and had a blast showing off his new Pro-Mod So-Cal PJIV. The 4-string has a poplar body, a bolt-on maple neck, a 12"-16" compound radius, black block inlays, 20 jumbo nickel frets, a brass nut (for extra sustain), and a 34" scale, with a Charvel HiMass bridge and a pair of his signature EMG pickups. While Bello plays a custom shop model, a production version is also available. The mirrored pickguard is Bello’s tribute to Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott. And the pickups are a P/J setup, which has always been his preference. The controls are just two volumes, because, Bello says, “the tone should always be there.” His strings: D’Addario .045–.105 sets.
Bello rolls with a pair of Hartke LH1000s with matched aluminum-cone Hartke 4x12s. “I’ve been with them for a long time,” he says. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
State of Bello’s Stomps
That box with no markings? It’s Bello’s new pedal from Tech 21—still unnamed and still in development. “It’s like a SansAmp on steroids,” he says. Also aboard the ’board: a Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver, an EBS MultiComp and BassIQ Triple Envelope Filter, and switching devices.
Made with a super light Neodyme magnet, these custom guitar cabinets can be driven by the power amp of a Profiler PowerHead or PowerRack, as well as by utilizing any external solid-state power amp.
The Kemper Kone is a 12“ full-range speaker which is exclusively designed in cooperation with Celestion for Kemper. The Kone is controlled and driven by the Kemper Profiler’s processor to an ultra-linear (full range) frequency response, using a dedicated algorithm. In contrast to the conventional idea of a full-range system, the radiation pattern of the Kemper Kone has been narrowed towards the physics of a classic guitar speaker chassis, so that even the full-range sound carries a distinct guitar speaker character, unlike regular PA speakers or monitor speakers. To season the speaker behavior to the player’s individual taste Kemper offers the unique Sweetening“ and Directivity Parameters for detailed adjustment.
The 19 included speaker imprints offer the finest choice of well-known guitar speakers from Celestion, and many renowned other classic brands, and even rare and particular speakers. More speaker imprints may be added via future software updates.
Pricing and Availability
The KEMPER Kone replacement speaker is available exclusively from the Kemper Online Store for Euro 150,- USD 180,- GBP 128,-. The prices for multi-speaker Sets below:
270,00€ 191,00 GBP 31.280 JPY 545,00 CAD
480,00€ 337,95 GBP 55.609 JPY 1.040,00 CAD
- Dimensions: 30.5 cm (12 inches)
- Weight: 2,4 kg (5,4 pounds) vs. prior 3,90 kg (8.60 pounds)
- Power Handling: 200W rms
- Impedance: 4 ohms
- Cut-out-diameter: 28,3 cm (11,14 inches)
More information at:www.kemper-amps.com.