Kemper Amps Announces Release of New Amp Profiles and FX
Kemper Amps has released the brand new Software Version 1.1 for
the Kemper Profiling Amplifier. This mandatory update includes a
set of brand new Lo-Fi FX, and a collection of 50 additional Amp
Profiles carefully collected from a range of guitar players with
outstanding amp set-ups. Since its release in December 2011, the
Kemper Profiling Amplifier has found its way into the recording
studios and live rigs of internationally renowned producers and
guitarists. The possibility to take the unique sound of your own,
personal amp rig into any studio, as well as on tour, has opened up
a whole new world of possibilities to guitarists.
Some examples: Steven Wilson toured South America with his
"Grace For Drowning" project, and his fellow guitar Player, Niko
Tsonev, played the Kemper Profiling Amp through whatever amp was
provided for him at the very diverse venues. He said he loved the
sonic consistency, which can be heard on the Blu-ray/DVD available
later in 2012. Legendary German Rock Act "Die Toten Hosen"
(celebrating their 30th anniversary with a #1 album this year)
played to a crowd of 80,000 at Rock am Ring, with 3 Kemper
Profiling Amps feeding the guitar and bass rigs. Producer Andy
Sneap and guitarist Wolf Hoffmann used the "Profiler" on the
successful new ACCEPT Album "Stalingrad". Andy Sneap also did some
extensive reamping with the KPA during the recording sessions for
the current Testament album. Steve Lukather has been spotted with
the Kemper Profiling Amplifier while talking about his upcoming
solo album, and Steve Morse has already integrated the Profiler
into his studio. The current Marilyn Manson record "Born Villain"
features some Profiler tracks, guitar legend and acclaimed
"texturalist", David Torn, plays and loves the Kemper, country
music megastars Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney are both touring
stadiums this summer, with guitarist Dennis Hemmingson playing the
Profiler. There are several major tours and productions in the
pipeline that we cannot talk about yet - keep your eyes peeled at
www.kemper-amps.com for details as soon as they become
The new Amp Profile set
The profiles were all done by the Kemper Profiler Team which
consists of Manfred Franzkowiak, Markus Wienstroer and Sound
engineer Dirk Baldringer. All the profiles were taken at Dirk
Baldringer's Studio 25, where they worked tirelessly to create the
best possible profiles with that "3D-like" feeling. The team is
delighted with the results and excited that these profiles are now
available to the public. Some of the highlights are:
Mountain Amp / Vancouver Canada, claimed to be the worlds best
9V amp. 6 1/2 heavy duty Eminence speaker.
Blackface Bassman from 1965 modded by Siggi Mehl / 2×12
Celestion Black Shadow speaker
Vox AC 15 from 1975 modded by Siggi Mehl / 1×12 original CTS (
Chicago Telephone Supply ) speaker.
Dead Vox AC 15 / the amp died during the session, we profiled
that very moment, sounds like the Fuzz you can't buy, very early
Selmer Zodiac Twin Fifty Truevoice / Crocodile period from
1963-64 with " Magic Eye " and original Goodman speakers
Siggi Mehl Amp 2 / 50 Watt version completely handbuilt by Amp
designer Siggi Mehlwith 4×12 Marshall Cab, loaded with 1976
Siggi Mehl Amp 2 with Baldringer Dual Drive Pedal,handbuilt by
Dirk Baldringerwith 4×12 Marshall Cab, loaded with 1976 Celestion
VAC 25 version 1 Valvetech USA handmade amp, free point to point
wiring,Celestion H30 Anniversary speaker
Also some special Rigs by Bill Ruppert include:
Marshall Studio 15 4×12
Octavia Jimi 1
Kay Model 703 from 1962
Danelectro Twin from 1962
The new Amp Profiles as well as the new FX set come free of
charge with the Kemper Profiling Amp and can also be found in the
download section on the webiste: www.kemper-amps.com
The Lo-Fi FX Set
The Lofi update for the Kemper Profiling Amplifier brings eight
new and unusual effects that, up until now, were mostly found only
in synthesizers or plugins. The effects are: Rate Reducer, Ring
Modulator, Frequency Shifter, Recti Shaper, Bit Shaper, Soft
Shaper, Hard Shaper and Wave Shaper.
All new effects are available in the 'Stomps' as well as in the
'Effects' section. Due to their non-linear character, the results
of placing them pre-amp or post-amp can be significantly
The Rate Reducer, Ring Modulator and Frequency Shifter expand
the pedal-controlled effects (orange LED), and can be modified with
an expression pedal or by an envelope follower (touch mode). Recti
Shaper, Bit Shaper, Soft Shaper, Hard Shaper and Wave Shaper belong
to the drive effects section (red LED). Here is an overview:
This effect reduces the sampling rate of the audio signal
passing through and results in a raspy, scratchy tone with
aliasing. The 'Peak' parameter continuously controls the quality of
the sample rate interpolation, which alters the harmonic content
The signal is modulated by a sine oscillator. Lower settings
produce a tremolo-like effect, whereas higher settings bend the
complete harmonic structure of the instrument into a bell-like
character by shifting every frequency component either upwards (sum
frequency) or downwards (difference frequency). The 'Stereo'
parameter divides the sum and difference frequencies into the left
and right channel. The bipolar nature of the 'Manual' parameter can
now be used to reverse the stereo panorama.
The frequency shifter can be thought of as a 'deluxe' ring
modulator. Even today, only a handful of frequency shifters exist
in the digital domain. It is as useful for creating beautiful,
subtle harmonic deviations as it is in producing high-pitched,
clangourous noise. Like the ring modulator, it uses a sine wave to
modulate the signal, but in such a way as to produce only the 'sum'
or 'difference' frequencies of the two signals. In contrast to a
pitch shifter, which preserves the dependencies of the harmonics,
the frequency shifter bends these dependencies, resulting in a
bell-like spectrum. It's not unlike a shortwave radio that hasn't
been tuned correctly.
The Recti Shaper behaves like a physical rectifier, by folding
the negative half-cycle into the positive portion of a wave. The
intensity of the effect is controlled by 'Drive'.
This effect is best known from octave fuzzes, which work by
combining a rectifier with distortion. The Recti Shaper provides
just the rectifier part combine it with other effects and
distortions as you see fit.
The Bit Shaper continuously reduces the bit depth of a signal,
with higher 'Drive' settings resulting in fewer available bits. The
effect can be described as introducing a fizzy distortion, with a
choking of the signal at high settings. The signal can even break
off completely at the most extreme settings.
Soft Shaper, Hard Shaper and Wave Shaper
These are distortion effects, with a unique character, that
probably never existed in the analog realm. They are especially
destructive when playing double-stops or chords.
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