Importing and Exporting Rigs and Presets requires a USB flashdrive or other mass storage device. For more on hardware requirements and initial setup, see Other Hardware.
- 1 Rig Manager
- 2 Importing Rigs
- 3 Favorite Rigs
- 4 Autoload
- 5 Rig Up/Down Buttons
- 6 Exporting Rigs/Presets
- 7 Deleting Rigs
- 8 Renaming Tags
- 9 Copy and Paste
- 10 Creating a New Rig from Scratch
- 11 Browsing Cabs
- 12 Sharing Cabs
- 13 Old program change map remains after restoring different amps
- 14 Sorting Rigs
- 15 Quick & Dirty via Favorites
- 16 Renaming Profiles on the Computer
- 17 New Tag Editor
- 18 Restoring Stock Profiles
- 19 My Rigs
- 20 Importing Corrupt Rigs
- 21 A Safety Tip
- 22 Saving Stomp/FX Presets
- 23 Exporting Stomps/FX Presets
- 24 USB Subfolders
- 25 List Based Rig Management
- 26 Ordering & Renaming Rigs
Kemper has released a RigManager software that greatly reduces the effort needed to find, demo, import, and export rigs. Before spending too much time messing with USB sticks, try the software out. See the linked page for more details.
Importing New Rigs and Local Presets
- On your computer, put the rigs/presets you want to import in the Shared folder at the root of the USB drive.
- Plug the USB stick into the KPA. Once the KPA recognizes the USB stick, the third top button will show External Storage. Press it.
- Press Import
The Profiler will import any rigs and presets in the Shared folder that aren't an exact match for a rig/preset on the profiler.
Profile Management on the USB stick
Q: After I import profiles from my USB stick, should I delete them from the Shared Folder of my USB before adding additional profiles to be imported to my Profiler? Or do I leave them all in the Shared Folder for as long as I wish to have them in my Profiler?
A: guitarnet70 - Remove them after importing: if you edit the version on the Profiler it will re-import the old one the next time crating duplicates. Keep a copy on the computer, it is enough.
OTOH, if the rigs on the Profiler are the exact same as the ones on the USB, it will not import them again.
Importing thousands of rigs
You can create a sublist of rigs using the Favorite function.
Rig -> Favorite.
Press and hold Rig to toggle the favorite state.
Q: If I delete everything except favorites, will I lose all the cabs that I have save or changed in the rigs that are now in my favorites? And can I delete all but favorites and save all cabs as well?
A: timo - Amps and cabs are embedded in the rig. Deleting the rig means loosing the content incl. the amp and/or cab. You can store the amps and cabs separately as stack presets if you want just to keep those.
Favorite list appeared already filled with lots of profiles !
Q: When I import profiles, some of them seem to be automatically added to Favorite…
A: Checking the Store sets Fav. case in the System menu automatically sets as favorite any rig that you've stored (even only another name). Just uncheck it.
Autoload can be switched on and off. It is great to audition a series of profiles, but it is better off if you're just scrolling through searching for something.
Deleting Defective/Corrupted Profiles
In case of a defective profile making the system crash: when the Autoload option (the small box appearing at top right corner, when browsing profiles) is checked, the rig is loaded immediately as soon as the cursor is on that rig (profile). Uncheck the Autoload, locate the cursor at the profile, and delete it.
Scrolling through many Rigs
Another reason to want to switch Autoload off is when you want to pass through many profiles aiming an a specific one: this will make the rigs flowing much faster. In Browse mode (turning the Browse knob once) it is a matter of a single button switch.
If you just want to pass through rigs because you’re aiming at a specific one, disengaging Autoload will definitely speed the process up because rigs will not be loaded as soon as they are shown on the display. In Browse mode (turning the browse knob once) it is a matter of a single button switch.
Also, see the Rig Up/Down Buttons...
Rig Up/Down Buttons
If you selected to list the rigs alphabetically, the up/down buttons will take you to the next/previous character following the selection you've made. If you sort them “by amps”, they will take you to the next/previous amp in the list. This is for example useful when you have several variations of the same amp and want to quickly scroll among amps.
The Profiler has two means to export rigs: export and backup.
Export can export the current or all rigs/presets as individual .kipr files on the USB drive.
Backup will create a single, time-stamped file that includes all rigs.
A more Convenient Way to Manage Large Amounts of Rigs
- make a backup of the rigs, and use an USB pen to export the .kpbackup into your computer;
- make another copy of the file, and change its extension to .rar or .zip;
- use any compressed archive manager (Total Commander, IZArc… or Stuffit on a Mac) to browse through the file folders;
- delete/add what you want to get rid of from the folders;
- once happy rename the file back to the backup again (.kpabackup), and import back.
You can also get rid of unwanted effect settings and amp or cabinet presets. There is no CRC control, otherwise the manipulated backup would be rejected. Avoid renaming the profiles on your computer though, unless you’re using a proprietary tool.
For detailed instructions on how to do this, see here.
Export vs. Backup
The Profiler has got a function to export rigs to the USB stick (Export all rigs). Unlike a backup, it does not export local presets and global settings; so a backup is complete, Export all rigs is not.
Exporting all rigs also takes much longer than a backup (a user with FW 1.1.0 has recorded 6h 20’ for his 2869 rigs!) since the file system on the USB sticks is not really good in handling lots of files. A backup wins here, too, since it is just one file.
Backing up FX Presets?
You cannot export to backup an fx preset. So here’s how to do it:
When re-importing FX to the Profiler you can do vice versa.
Too many Rigs? Fast Delete & Restoration
Push the Soft button One (top left button above the display) while you switch on the Profiler and keep pushing until the message Maintenance Mode appears. As soon as the unit has started push the Maintenance button, then the Memory button, and then Init Flash. This will clean-up the internal flash memory.
Shut down and start again. There will be no rigs on your unit right now. Now you can Restore factory rigs (which will bring your Profiler into its initial state) or import some from the USB stick.
You can also
- Make a backup on the USB stick;
- open it on the pc with Winrar or Total Commander; or use IZarc on a Mac;
- erase the content of the Rig folder;
- save the Rig folder and replace the file on the USB;
- restore the backup. Done, the Profiler is empty.
For more information about the proper way to manage your backup file on a computer, see the chapter A more convenient way to manage large amounts of rigs later in this section.
A Faster Way to Delete Profiles from Inside the Profiler
Yes, we can use the computer to delete profiles - but the Profiler is fast as well.
If I test some profiles from an author - and found they do not work for me – I:
- select 'Current Author';
- switch to Browse Rig view - Switch Auto load off;
- press Delete and confirm; at this stage, I used to wait until the dialog box disappeared. But it's much faster to
- press the third soft button again (even if the dialog is still displayed). By doing this, I can delete many profiles in a few seconds.
Do Amps/Cabs Stay on Profiler if I Erase All Rigs?
Q: If I were to delete all of the rigs that came on the Profiler, would the associated amps and cabs be gone as well?
A: guitarnet70 - Yes, they would. You can still make a backup of everything and/or restore the factory rigs at any given moment.
A: timo - Yes, theay are gone. The amps/cabs aren't associated, they are embedded in the Rig. If you want to keep them solely, you can store them as local presets (Stack Preset). In this case, you can dial them up again at any time.
Errors in deleting rigs
Q: I've been deleting lots of rigs. Yesterday the count was showing me 1300 when I turned the Profiler off, today I start again and the count is at 1700 !! and I see some rigs I'm sure I had deleted.. as I'm deleting now I see the count lower 1 at a time.
A: timo - I assume that the actual rigs are deleted, yet, the data structures think they are still there. You can fix this by creating a backup and restore the Profiler from it right after it. During reboot, the sound content gets rescanned.
To rename the tags for the Amp or Cab block:
- Hold Amplifier or Cabinet for some time;
- Press the Show Tag soft key;
- …and don't forget to save ;)
To change Username in the full rig press
Rig -> Show Tag ...
Profile name, Author and comments can be edited from the unit. For the other fields, if you have a lot of rigs’ names to edit, upload them to the Rig Exchange and edit, then re-download. Delete in the Rig Exchange if it's a duplicate of another profile.
Also, see Copy and Paste...
Copy and Paste
The Copy function loads in memory the text of the selected field. You can paste it into another selected field by pushing the Paste button. But the Paste function keeps in memory 10 different character strings or copy instances, so if you push several times the Paste knob you have access to older copied data as well!
Copy/Paste can also store the settings for any block, including Stomps, Stack, and Effects. So you can hold Cabinet on one rig, then hit Copy. Select another rig, and hold the Cabinet button again. Now press Paste, and you've copied over the cabinet profile and the cabinet parameter settings from the first rig to the second.
Also, see the Lock Button.
Creating a New Rig from Scratch
You can start with an empty rig:
When creating a new rig from scratch a trivial suggestion would be to choose an amp profile. Then start creating your new rig.
Just switch off the stomps and the fx with the dedicated soft buttons and use the lock function (press and hold Stomps, press again once, press Lock. Same thing for fx). Now you can browse through the amps only. When you want to add something just unlock the block and select the desired stomp or fx.
If you have updated the firmware to at least v 1.5.1, then you can browse through the amps without locking the stomp and effect sections: just press and hold the Amp button and then use the Browse knob.
Presets vs. rigs browsing to build and store amps/sounds
Q: When choosing to browse cabs from rigs, instead of the cab from that specific rig the rig itself gets loaded, replacing the original rig where everything started out.
A: Be aware that only the cab gets loaded to the actual profile, as it’s expected. It’s just that the cab keeps the rig’s name.
Q: How can I share a cab of a rig I profiled?
A: Just select the rig, go to the Cab section (Hold the Cabinet Button) and use the Store. Don’t forget to name it correctly cause you won’t be able to change that afterwards. You can now load the cab profile to the rig exchange.
Old program change map remains after restoring different amps
Q: I created a backup containing no profiles (I deleted all of the Rigs off of the USB drive via Windows, plugged it again in the Profiler and restored the backup. Worked great. A clean slate. What I didn't notice until I loaded some newer backups is that the Program Map names remained the same as the older backup not reflecting the new programs loaded. The only way I could make it work is by manually (in System) assigning the newer programs to the numbers overwriting the patch names (that no longer existed) in the Profiler.
A: Also delete the file MidiAssignments.xml at the root of the backup. It contains MIDI the program changes and should be deleted if there.
NOTE: for a creative use of the MidiAssignments file see the MIDI section. (Still to be written)
Managing rigs is much needed since the amount of rigs is recently limited to 1000 units to be stored in the Browse mode of the Kemper Profiler. There are several ways to sort rigs:
- All Rigs - All stored rigs on the Kemper Profiler are visible.
- Current Author - Only rigs by the Author of the last selected rig will be displayed.
- Favorites - Only those rigs marked as favorites will be displayed. To mark and un-mark rigs as favorites just hold the RIG button for two seconds.
- Last Imported - Selecting this will display the last imported rigs. Very useful to check out the latest imported rigs to keep.
- My Rigs - Shows all rigs generated by yourself. If your registered author name is "MeMyself&I" then all rigs by this author are shown.
- By amp (<- This uses the Amp name tag; first entry of the amp tag)
- By gain (<- This is very cool)
Of course there are several approaches to find out which rigs to keep and get the number of rigs down to a reasonable level.
Quick & Dirty via Favorites
This is the simple way. We are in browse mode. The upper left dial (Type) just below the gap is set to show "All Rigs". A quick way to get started is to play all rigs with your favorite guitar. Press the rig button for 2 sec to make the currently tested & liked rig a favourite. Once you went through all rigs, get your USB stick and perform a backup. Now use the browse knob to just show the "Favourites" and go through again. If the current one is no keeper just press the Rig button for 2 secs. How many rigs should you keep? Well, all the ones you like! If the list of "Favourites" rigs has changed (rigs got kicked out) make another backup on your stick. Please be aware that this "quick and dirty via favs way" might take days or even weeks. To be continued...
Renaming Profiles on the Computer
Q: I'd like to rename preset which I downloaded before I store them on my Profiler. Can I do that on my computer? Simply change the name?
A: Yes, but that is only the filename, not the one that is visualized on the Profiler. If you want to change that, you must do it on the Profiler or use a proprietary tool. See Tag Editor...
New Tag Editor
Some users have provided (WIP) a software tool to make tag editing easier and faster. See here for details.
Restoring Stock Profiles
Q: how I can get the stock profiles back?
A: Go to System, page one >> soft tab for Factory Rigs
Importing Corrupt Rigs
From version 1.0.0 of the firmware, the Profiler is immune from corrupted profiles. They will just not load.
A Safety Tip
Before Importing profiles into your Profiler, check that every file you're importing is 4kb. If you find one that's 0 kB then it's a corrupt file and you must delete it. Also, a cab file must be 2 kB.
Saving Stomp/FX Presets
Q: Is it possible to save stomp setups? Like if I set up a specific flanger, can I save it under some name so I could use it again in a different rig?
A: Yes, you can save the whole current stomps or effects configuration as a single preset: press and hold Stomps or Effects and press Store. It will ask you whether you want to save the setup or the rig. You can have Stomps presets and Effects presets.
A: I just saved 10 effect presets onto a clean rig; this way I can go back and plug them into my rigs of choice.
A: It’s a great time saver when setting up gig presets!
Exporting Stomps/FX Presets
When you perform a backup, it includes your stomps and fx presets. All you have to do is to rename the backup files to tar or zip and unpack it. You'll see the presets in the appropriate folder.
Q: Is it OK to make sub-folders inside the shared folder for cabinets, Rig Pack 2, paid for profiles ect? Will the Profiler still recognize new additions?
A: Yes. During Import, all files (even in sub folders) are analyzed and sorted to the right locations. However they will certainly not keep this folder structure on the Profiler once imported.
List Based Rig Management
As long as there is no librarian SW available for your computer platform an alternative list based approach could be used. The idea is to create a list of all rigs in your rig collection. This list provides a better overview and can be used to organise your rigs.
- Rig files (.kipr) on your computer.
- KIPR Tag Editor program
- Spreadsheet program (e.g. OpenOffice/LibreOffice Calc, Excel)
- USB memory stick for rig transfer
How To Create The Rig List
Whatever system you use to organise your collection of rig files it should be located in one common base directory on your computer. For instructions how to transfer rigs from Kemper Profiler to computer see Reference Manual chapter "External Storage". All files in one base directory makes it easy to create a list of all Rig files with the help of the KIPR Tag Editor:
- Start KIPR Tag Editor
- Select menu:
Generate csv file from directory..."
- Select the base directory of your rig collection.
- The list/batch file "kipr_tag_editor_output_file.csv" will be generated in the base directory. See log output in right side window of KIPR Tag Editor.
- List file format is .csv (Comma Separated Values).
The top row defines the tag types and the following rows the tag contents for each rig.
Rig List Use Cases
For easier handling the rig list csv file can be imported in your favourite spreadsheet program. For best compatibility import all columns in text format. Freeze the top row to keep the tag type definitions visible.
Sort And Search
The spreadsheet program's search and sort functions can be used to find the rigs you are interested in. e.g. sort by amp model, author, date, amp gain, etc. It would even be possible to sort by amp definition to identify modern and vintage amps.
Rename Rigs, Edit Tags
If some tag entries are inconsistent, misleading or simply missing they can be edited in the list. Search and replace could be used for multiple edits. Empty tags can be filled in directly in the spreadsheet.
Select Rigs From List
If you identified the rigs to be used in the Kemper all unwanted rig rows can be deleted from the list. Make sure the top row of the list is preserved. While batch processing the list in KIPR Tag Editor the rigs mentioned in the list are copied into a new directory. From there they could be transferred to the Kemper Profiler.
Batch Processing The Rig List
- The modified rig list has to be saved as csv file to be processed by the KIPR Tag Editor.
- Process the csv file in KIPR Tag Editor: menu
File - "Batch process csv file..."
- A batch-<date> directory will be created containing the selected and modified .kipr files from the list.
- Copy files from batch directory to "Shared" directory on USB memory stick
- If only the selected rigs should be present delete all rigs on the Kemper Profiler.
- Unmount/eject USB stick from computer and plug into Kemper Profiler
- On Kemper Profiler import rigs from "External Storage".
Ordering & Renaming Rigs
Maurizio - I’ve developed a method to organize the rigs trying to override the following:
- different profiles of the same amplifier, or different amplifiers with the same level of distortion, or different amps of the same brand were scattered all around in no order;
- profiles of strongly tweaked amplifiers were mixed with simple profiles with no effects or with no tweaking and also with rigs that try to match particular song sounds;
- acoustic and bass profiles mixed in open order;
- completely different volumes among different amps and different rigs that complicate a lot the research of a sound and any comparison.
So that’s how I organized my rigs collection:
"Raw" Rigs with only Amp Present
Every rig where only the Amp section is present or there’s very little modification is named
Brand Model GainLevel PUType
- FEN Mach Crun NE: Fender amp, Machete model, crunch sound, best suitable for neck pickup;
- MAR JTM45 Cl BR : Marshall amp, JTM45 model, clean sound, best suitable for bridge pickup.
All these rigs are now ordered with the same amp factory and then model and you have them one near the other to better compare the various sound. Moreover, I normalized the Volume RMS to be more comparable and in a way that you can exploit all the dynamic range without clipping the Output LED.
For the same amps I ordered in the rigs, in the Stack Presets I save only the Stack section, and order by the type of sound (Clean, Crunch, Drive, Lead, Metal). These presets are normalized in RMS volume as well, by tweaking the Cabinet Volume.
GainLevel Brand Model PUtype
When searching for a type of sound instead that for a type of amp, (say crunch) I can now scroll all the crunch sounds and with similar volumes.
Some example of Stack presets:
- CR FEN Twin NE: crunch sound, Fender amp, Twin model, suitable for neck pickup;
- DR Corn Harlequin BR: drive sound, Cornford amp, Harlequin model, suitable for bridge pickup.
Unfortunately, we don't have the possibility to share these presets unless we use the backup method that replaces all.
I also use the following conventions:
All the rigs created by strongly tweaking an amp start with a “$” symbol.
- $ Walking Moon
- $ Till’s Petrucci jaws
- $ Strumming
All the rigs created to match the sound of a specific artist/song are named as
# Artist Song Px
where Px is the pickup position used. For example:
- # PF ComfortablyFirst F1: Pink Floyd, Comfortably Numb, First solo sound, Fender Strato Position 1 (bridge);
- # GM StoryBlues G1: Gary Moore, Story of the Blues, Gibson position1 (bridge).
Acoustic, Bass, and Other Sounds
All the special rigs for acoustic, or bass, or virtual sound (like those from the VG-99) are named as “&”.
- & Piezo Acoustic1;
- & MarkBass602
Finally, I created some blank presets where all the modules and effects are switched off: they’re ready for creating a sound from scratch or tweaking in a very user-friendly way. All these presets’ names start with !!, and appear at the beginning of the rigs list.
- !!_BLANK_RIG1_!!: Comp in position 1, gate2:1 in position 2, Overdrive in position 3, EQ in position X, Air Chorus in position MOD; Free Delay and Hall Reverb. All the fx are switched off, but ready to be tweaked in few seconds.
I put the link to my Profiler backup file in my Original Post on the Kemper forum.
Be careful! Do a full backup before trying it, and also save all the rigs using the Export all rigs feature. This way, any rig created by you can easily be recovered.
Prepend '-' on Tweaked Profiles
One thing I realized is I never use a profile as is, and I might eventually end up using the same base profile multiple time but with different modification. That’s why I never modify the original profile: to be able to go back to the starting point. So, each time I want to map a profile to my MIDI controller I save a copy of it with a “-“ in front of it. This way I can quickly scan the profile I'm using and that I modified and I can easily as well go back to the original using the name.
If you re-save both profiles to be compared then sort them by date, they would be side-by-side at the end of the list. This way, all the profiles you edit lie together. It is a hassle to navigate between distant profiles in the list…