Kemper Stage Profiler Review

 

Website: https://www.kemper-amps.com/stage

Average Price: 1613€

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Product Overview

 

The Kemper Stage Profiler is the all-in-one pedalboard version of the more famous Kemper Profiler. 

It contains all the most important features and sound of the Kemper but in a small and easy to carry pedalboard. 

The Stage profiler is the long time waited for floorboard for all the touring musicians that want to have a high range of sounds and high-performance effects without carrying around expensive tube amps. 

 

The Pros & Cons

Pros:

PRO #1 All the advantages of the Kemper in a small format, easy to carry around

PRO #2 High-Quality Effects, Amp simulations, you can charge your custom IRs

PRO #3 High-quality sound, you can use it as a Preamp or a multi-effects in your pedalboard

PRO #4 Intuitive and easy to program

PRO #5 Solid and robust build

Cons:

CON #1 No Expression pedal, you have to have an external one

CON #2 No integrated power amp

CON #3 Small monitor

CON #4 No mobile app 

 

Inside the Kemper Floor

 

Profiler Stage | Kemper Amps

 

I am a happy Kemper user for many years. The first time I tried this machine I have been falling in love with the tone clarity, the fidelity of the dynamic response, and the overall sound. I have had the opportunity to try it both with the power amp version and with a tube power amp. 

In both cases, the Kemper did its job incredibly well, and I loved how high quality the sound was during the gigs. 

My only issue was with bringing with me the Kemper + a midi pedalboard + a tube power amp. I just was wondering why it was not possible to have a pedalboard version of the Kemper, so to have everything at your feet without linking together midi instruments and bringing with me more cables and stuff.

The answer arrived a few time ago with the Kemper Floor, specifically designed to occupy as little space as possible while keeping the same quality as its brother in rack-mounted version. 

The Kemper Floor is a complete unit: it will allow both to capture and profile your best amps, charge ready to use amps and IRs, built your favorite high-quality effects chain, and send everything into the PA or your favorite active monitors.

The Kemper Floor contains also an intuitive looper for live use, with 30 seconds of high-quality audio in normal speed mode. 

 

The Kemper Floor Features

 

KEMPER PROFILER Stage™, top view

At first sight, the Kemper floor is practically identical to the Kemper Rack. You have all the wheels for volume, gain, and amp EQ available in front of you like a real tube amp. You can easily scroll through the different patches and scenes only by tapping a button. Likewise, you can also easily select the tuner (very useful during a live gig), the look, and most importantly the tap tempo. Personally, I am a maniac of the tap tempo delay and I could not live without it. 

What I like about this workstation is that everything is already in front of you. You don’t have to scroll infinitely among 10000 programs, algorithms, and features. Everything is there, intuitive, clear. The learning curve is low, and I like how it can be almost directly plugged to be played instantly. 

You of course have to tweak a little before building your sound, but the time spent will be very well worth it. 

Additionally, you can add external expression pedals to control parameters like volume, wah, whammy, modulations, and many others. 

All will be at your feet, all available in a click. So I can basically go gigging around with my best-profiled studio amps boxed in a single unit, 2 cables for connections, and my in-ear, and I am ready for a tour. Nothing more. How cool is this?

The only con in a live is that maybe the display is a little bit difficult to read, but personally I don’t consider this a real con, as you will be too busy to play to have the time to read around. You will know already your sounds during a concert, why you should bother tweaking around on nobs in front of an audience? 

 

Kemper Profiler Stage review

 

How does it sound?

The answer is as usual very well. If you are already used to the quality of the Kemper, you won’t find so many differences with the floor version. The sounds are always top class, realistic, and full of headroom. 

The only difference with a real tube amp I think is in how your guitar is perceived in a live mix. Indeed with almost any simulator, your guitar won’t be as much realistic presence in a band in which the drummer pushes hard and there are voices and many other instruments. I guess this is the little price you have to pay with any simulator, but on the other hand, the portability and the easy use largely compensate for this lack of realistic tone. 

Despite that, the Kemper DOES sound realistic, with great dynamic response and great flexibility for any use. 

I think this is the perfect machine for the always on stage session man that needs to have maximum flexibility and low risks while touring around. 

The case also looks very classy, and robust, great to see in a live act. 

The lights also help to control the parameters in real-time both on your darkest and sunniest gig. Very practical. 

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