This is some interesting device to be unveiled by German company Kemper Digital at NAMM 2011 in approximately 2 weeks from now. The Kemper Profiling Amplifier is designed to copy the exact tone, and feel of any amplifier to render it in any kind of situation (stage, studio,…). No more losing this perfect tone you’ve once found?
From what I get, it sounds like the Kemper Profiling Amplifier is an on the fly modelling unit. The concept is interesting for the gigging musicians who may play many different amps in sessions. If they pack all these amps in such a unit this will allow them to recreate the tones for later studio sessions or on stage.
This is interesting for studio use too (or home studio) as it allows to extend the collection of available amps in a studio. Obviously a good professional studio should have the real amps. But if you think about it, not every studio can have vintage amps for example because they are rare, and I think this is not going to get better as time goes by!
Even more interesting, the concept is thought to get different profiles of one particular amp as the profiling process takes the amp-cabinet-mic chain into account. The Kemper Profiling Amplifier will come with profiles of classic tube amps in its memory.
It seems like the Kemper Profiling Amplifier is going to push the boundaries of digital modelling further by allowing anyone to profile any amp available. To my knowledge, this is the first device to date that offers this possibility. No price announced yet but I guess this shouldn’t be cheap!
Here are the first orientation videos of the promising Kemper Profiling Amplifier that you can also watch one kemper-amps.com though the website is still empy.