Here we're collecting all information about Kemper Profiler effects, how to set them up, how to use and tweak them.
- If you want to learn more about using effects, please go to our Effects Tutorials section.
- If you are looking for specific artist tones, see Signature Tones.
- If you are looking for settings, including emulating classic effects, see FX Settings & Presets.
The colors of the tables below represent the color of the stomp LED and the background color of the effect settings screen.
- 1 General Information/Tips
- 2 Effects
- 2.1 Wah
- 2.2 Shaper
- 2.3 Distortion
- 2.4 Boost
- 2.5 EQ
- 2.6 Widener
- 2.7 Compressor
- 2.8 Gate
- 2.9 Modulation
- 2.10 Loop
- 2.11 Pitch
- 2.12 Delay
- 2.13 Reverb
- 2.14 Input/Output Effects
What are Stomps and FX Modelled After?
What about Profiler's FX knobs ?
Q: Why aren't the knobs on each effect on the Profiler work exactly like the real counterpart? If I use my tubescreamer out put at max, it's about +2 on the green scream. If you go over you get a hotter output.. The fuzz in the Kemper has to be toned down, the output is way too loud on that one !!!! Not realistic at all!!!
Are Effects Saved as Part of a Rig ?
Q: Are the stomp/effect types and settings saved within a rig file, independently of the stomp/effect presets on your Profiler? I have loaded XXX’s back up and he has changed the names of most of the stomps/effects presets. I bought an YYY pack and some of those rigs have stomps and effects added. So I was thinking how do these YYY rigs link to stomp/effect presets that no longer exist on my Profiler?
A: A combination of effects – including their on/off status – gets saved with a full rig. And yes, fx are part of the Profiler's OS, unlike rigs. You can delete a rig and you can delete an effect preset, but you can't delete an effect.
Copying FX Parameters between Rigs
If you want the effect of one rig to be on another, say the exact settings of a delay, just choose the delay, lock it, then go to the destination rig and store it. [timo] Or you go to the delay, press Copy, go to the destination rig and press Paste.
FX Presets Names
- Calling a certain distortion 'Muffin' is kinda self-explanatory
- BM adds a Big to it.
- BP stands for band-pass, also commonly used, but maybe more in a synth context, just like
- LP for low-pass and
- HP for high-pass.
You can always save these local presets with a different name, delete the older versions, and create your own presets.
Q: How do you move effects on the Profiler?
A: Push and keep pressed Stomps (or Effects), navigate to the desired one using left/right buttons, select it with the first soft button, move it with the 2nd 3rd one.
Q: Should I place my effects before or after the Stack section?
A: Neither way is right or wrong, but it does have a tonal impact. The key part of the signal chain is where your heaviest distortion is occurring: everything before this is "pre" and everything after is "post". Most of this time this will be your amp profile, but in some cases it could also be a Distortion effect. Effects can be classified generally as 5 kinds of effects: Gain/Dynamics, Modulation, Pitch, EQ, and Time. The general rule is to place Gain/Dynamic effects towards the front of the chain, Time effects towards the back, with the others having applications on both sides. Any effects placed post-distortion will more prominently display their characteristics, while pre-placement tends to have the effect get "baked into" the distortion sound.
|Modulation||Gets baked into the distortion, causing the distortion tone to change a bit as the modulation progresses through its cycle. You can clearly hear it on palm mutes. You have to mind your settings or the swooshing can sound irregular. I like flangers/phasers here.||Clear swooshing sounds; can be distracting if used with high feedback or mix levels. Effects will sound most lushous here. I like chorus here.|
|Compression||Evens out the distortion, allowing you to have a thicker tone with less distortion, while still having natural volume dynamics||Useful to add sustain while retaining distortion dynamics (can still use pick attack to go from clean to crunch to raucous)|
|Distortion||A mild distortion before heavier amp distortion can add some character to the overall tone||A heavy amp distortion into a Distortion box will most likely sound like manic noise (broken amp sound)|
|Pitch||Sounds more like 1 guitar playing intervals/chords or using the whammy bar; distortion on shifted notes sounds a bit more natural||Sounds more like 2 guitars harmonizing; distortion on shifted notes sounds more artificial and noticeable|
|EQ||Will alter the distorted tone - can make distortion more/less muddy, smooth, harmonically-rich.||Adjusts the final frequency response, useful for balancing frequencies or fitting into a mix.|
|Delay||Delay trails will also compress/distort - can make things muddled/chaotic even at low settings if your amp has high distortion, but there are sweet spots and use cases that sound great||Sounds like natural echoes|
|Reverb||Sounds like scary movie effects, like feedback without the high pitched squeels.||Sounds like natural reverberations|
The 4 Stomp, X, and MOD slots are open to all the effects, other than delay and reverb. The Delay and Reverb slots are exclusively for delay and reverb, respectfully.
The Profiler gives you quick access to change the most commonly-adjusted parameters for Mod, Delay, and Reverb effects.
When I save two patches with different tempo, it will not change the tempo on preset change.
But I got it working now, tempo changes on preset change. I did hold the Lock button and then same time pressed tempo (to lock it) and pressed tempo again (to unlock it). Seemed to be locked somehow without showing it.
|Wah Wah (WWAH)||Wah Low Pass (WLPF)|
|Wah High Pass (WHPF)||Wah Vowel Filter (WVOW)|
|Wah Phaser (WPHA)||Wah Flanger (WFLA)|
|Wah Rate Reducer (WRR)||Wah Ring Modulator (WRM)|
|Wah Freq Shifter (W FS)||Wah Formant Shift (WFORM)|
Using an expression pedal with the Profiler is definitely better than a real wah! I had them all, I mean the real ones. Now sold them all because the wah in the Profiler is outstanding. The expression pedal gives you a ton of advantages that you don't have with a real wah.
I really love the fact that the touch activation really works without any noticeable transition effect. It just blends in and fades out very smooth which is something I always disliked about traditional Wahs. it works like a Morley Bad Horsie but way smoother. The ability for it to engage when the pedal is moved is just a fantastic feature. And its tweakable enough to cover the sounds of quite a few different wahs. The biggest difference will be in feel of the expression pedal throw versus a dedicated wah. Expression pedals almost always have a wider throw which takes some getting used to. But tonally, it delivers IMHO.
Q: I'm using an expression pedal linked to my MIDI pedalboard. I just assigned CC#1 to this pedal and worked like charm. I see though a small lag, something like 1 second (maybe less) when stopping moving my foot.
A: ckemper - The lag is intended. The Profiler needs to wait a bit to be sure that you have really stopped moving it.
For more, see MIDI.
The Kemper recognizes the MIDI CC #1 and #7 without being told anything else, you can leave the external switch sockets on the back to be used for other things (such as tuner, or to turn on and off effects as I use it with an additional pedal).
If you set up the wah in slot A and lock it in place (setting it to turn off when you don't use the pedal in the 2nd settings page of the wah page) you can use it on every patch with no additional setting up, in my case for example also freeing up the use of the control pedal of the GR-55 (which I had previously set to turn the wah on and off) to be used for tap tempo as I have it set.
|Bit Shaper (BIT)||Recti Shaper (RECT)|
|Soft Shaper (SHAPR)||Hard Shaper (SHAPR)|
|Wave Shaper (SHAPR)|
The wave shapers are pretty cool for getting a better cascading gain tone & feel, turn down the gain in the Amp section and put a wave shaper before and/or after - each with very little drive. Improves the tone w/o sounding like a distortion pedal.
I kinda like cranking the waveshaper's gain up into a moderately high gain amp creating a completely bizarre, squelchy, alien, broken amp type of tone.
|Green Scream (DIST)||Plus DS (DIST)|
|One DS (DIST)||Muffin (DIST)|
|Mouse (DIST)||Fuzz DS (DIST)|
|Metal DS (DIST)|
Try putting an GEQ before or after the fuzz effects in the Profiler, there's a lot of variety to be had.
|Treble Booster (BOOST)||Lead Booster (BOOST)|
|Pure Booster (BOOST)||Wah Pedal Booster (BOOST)|
|Graphic Equalizer (EQ)||Studio Equalizer (EQ)|
|Metal Equalizer (EQ)|
|Stereo Widener (WIDE)|
Also, see the Amp Profile Compressor parameter.
Also, see Input Section Noise Gate.
|Gate 2:1 (GATE)||Gate 4:1 (GATE)|
The new 2:1 and 4:1 gates (FW 1.0.9) are basically expanders (the opposite of a compressor). This means that loud signals get louder while soft signals get even softer. In this case, they are only softening the signal when it is lower than the threshold value.
Normally, those loud signals should be your guitar signals, while the noise should be the soft signals that are reduced. However, there might be situations where the signal and noise cannot be separated properly and the expander will fail. This might be the case if the noise is extremely high while the guitar signal is rather soft. Maybe you could try set the Clean Sens a little higher if your pickups are not that hot.
... this is why we have the more intelligent gate in the Input section. It works much better in many situations.
Q: I would like to see all of the choruses, flangers and phasers totally stop all modulation when the speed is set to zero (there is still some modulation at zero currently). This way, these effects could be used for 'stereophonic thickening' of the sound (without adding modulation), much like a very short stereo delay.
Q: totally agree, need more thickening fx without modulation. The stereo widener is quite good if you use it in the x position.
Q: I see this especially important since we don't (yet) have a short 'ambient' delay we can use in the X slot - a stereo chorus with zero modulation & a bit of pre-delay can create a huge sound.
A: Choose Phaser or Flanger and set the Depth (not Rate!) to zero.
Or choose Wah Phaser or Comp Filter and set Pedal Range to zero (or Pedal Mode to Off). Then set the desired sound by Manual.
It's not a good advice to set rate to zero on any device for a static sound. Even if the LFO frequency goes down to zero, you might end up with an undetermined (arbitrary) frequency setting.
|Vintage Chorus (CHO)||Hyper Chorus (CHO)|
|Air Chorus (CHO)|
Vibrato, Tremolo, Rotary Speaker, and Micro Pitch
|Micro Pitch (uPTC)||Vibrato (VIB)|
|Rotary Speaker (ROT)||Tremolo (TREM)|
|Phaser (PHA)||Phaser Vibe (PHA)|
|Phaser Oneway (PHA)|
|Flanger (FLA)||Flanger Oneway (FLA)|
|Loop Mono (LOOP)||Loop Stereo (LOOP)|
|Loop Distortion (LOOP)|
Pitch Effects were introduced to the Kemper Profiler with firmware 1.8.0 public beta. The following pitch effects are available:
|Transpose (TRP)||Pedal Pitch (PPTC)|
|Chromatic Pitch (CHROM)||Harmonic Pitch (HARM)|
|Micro Pitch (uPTC)|
There are many example rigs that demonstrate the pitch shifting capabilities.
How to musically use the pitch shifter by Joptunes
Naturally people gravitate to root, plus up a third, and up a fifth, because this is what makes up a normal chord. This is in the smart harmony settings.
Octave is also popular whether up or down because it just matches the note you are playing in any given key.
Or you can choose to go up a fifth, then match that same note down below which is down a fourth.
Fifths work well because they are not dependent on what key you are in, so that's a good generic patch to have for a basic pitch solo effect. Can be in chromatic pitch setting.
There is nothing wrong with any interval on the smart harmony, it's all just different flavors of sounds. Of course you have to stay in the key you've selected.
Lots of possibilities. For me I plan to keep the following presets:
- Whammy pedal set to go up one octave;
- chromatic pitch with one note down an octave and one note up a fifth;
- chromatic pitch up a fifth. Typical solo effect;
- smart harmony with one note up a third, second note up a fifth. Will need to adjust key as needed;
- chromatic pitch with one note up a second for that crazy Alan Holdsworth effect;
- chromatic pitch with up a fifth, and up an octave for the normal Owner Of A Lonely Heart setting.
The Pure Tuning feature was added with firmware 2.0.0 public beta
The Formant Shift feature was added with firmware 2.0.0 public beta
The Delay effects are only available in the DELAY slot.
|Tap Delay (DLY)||Free Delay (DLY)|
|Analog Delay (DLY)|
Q: When it comes to delay, I fell like I have to set the mix to like 70% in order for the delay and regular signal to sound the same volume. Is that normal? with past brands, I do 50/50 and I'm done.
A: ckemper - The delay mix is a special feature. It works more like a send of a mixing desk, rather than a mix control. When you turn it ip for those 70%, the direct signal will not attenuate, since it shouldn't.
The attenuation is shrinked to the remaining range, as it is quite likely that you will not want the delay louder than your direct signal. This circumstance is visible in the display, when you turn the control. There you can see the level of the delay and direct portions.
Holding/Freezing Infinite Delay Repetitions
The Reverb effects are only available in the REVERB slot.
Also, see the Space effect located in the Output slot.
|Hall (REV)||Large Room (REV)|
|Small Room (REV)||Ambience (REV)|
All Reverb effect types include a Delay/Reverb Balance parameter. This greatly simplifies your ability to apply the reverb to the delay trails vs. the direct signal. This emulates several different parallel routings as well as a serial routing.
- Full left applies reverb to the direct signal only, not delay trails (parallel operation with delay w/ mix at 100% on one side and reverb on the other).
- Middle is equal reverb to both (serial operation).
- Full right applies reverb to delay trails only (parallel operation with the direct signal on one side and the delay w/ mix at 100% feeding into the reverb).
Q: Is there a global reverb in the Profiler? I wondered about this as when I use profiles with massive amounts of reverb on them. Obviously I can turn this down but I wondered if there was a global control?
A: Yes, is there: push and hold reverb and then push Lock.
Some loose Profiler reverb ideas w/a high-gain sound (from David Torn):
- roll-off the low-end RT response;
- if you're playing high-gain rhythmic stuff narrow the bandwidth of the reverb-response; maybe raise the frequency a bit.
- lengthen the pre-delay;
- use a little less "damping";
- play w/the delay+reverb balance (probably turning it clockwise, more towards the 'verb);
- pull the reverb/dry mix more towards "dry".
- turn the 'verb on & off;
- if the signal shows more volume with the 'verb off, simply raise the rig's volume, slightly.
This section covers all the effects releated to the Input/Output slots. These cannot be assigned to the 8 Stomp/Effects slots/blocks.
|Input Section Noise Gate||Space|