Kemper Liquid Profiling, Marketplace and USB Audio
Upcoming free update adds Liquid Profiling and more
Kemper surprises users with an update for the Profiler, which is now equipped with liquid profiling, a mix of profiling and modelling. Plus, there are a few more subtle updates to the system for users.
Kemper Liquid Profiling
The new software update from Kemper brings a really exciting feature for owners of the Profiler amplifier: Liquid Modeling.
It seems to fix the problem that many guitarists have with the Profiler. The controls now really affect the sound after the profile has been created. Which, in theory, should sound more authentic.
Kemper combines modelling with well-known profiling. By modelling EQ or Tonestacks and the Gain Control, users now have the best of both worlds.
Whereas, Kemper is currently deliberately limited to the parts on which you have influence as a guitarist on real amps (on the amp controls).
This new update should indeed make for a more fluid/liquid experience.
With the update, a marketplace will also be introduced in the rig editor on the computer and tablet. Profiles and (presumably) models can then be exchanged or purchased.
For many, this probably facilitates the workflow with the profiles.
In addition, with the update, there is finally the possibility to send audio via USB and use the profiler as an audio interface. In addition, Kemper gives the profiler the possibility to set exactly what is delivered to the USB outputs.
Kemper still manages to make the profiler more and more interesting with free updates.
Apparently, they have done a good job here in the design of the hardware and really created something sustainable that can be updated over the years with more than just new sounds.
So this update is also free for everyone.
In the second (linked down) video, an interesting question was asked: When will the Kemper 2 be announced?
The answer was simple: “Maybe never.”
As the marketplace is full of great amp modelling solutions for guitarists, it makes sense that Kemper adds some modelling to their current product line.
I guess if the hardware is already powerful enough, then there is currently no need for a Kemper 2 system.
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Presumably, the reason why there might not be a Kemper 2 is the same as why there hasn’t been an Access Virus 3 (both respective companies are Christoph’s). Like the Virus, the Kemper uses a DSP chip from the Motorola (Freescale) 56k line, the development of which stopped years ago and it looks like production of it has come to an end. There isn’t a more powerful chip in the line for them to use. And the code written for it can’t simply run on a different DSP chip (many of the Kemper’s competitors use newer ARM chips) – all of it has to be completely re-written to be ported. It then becomes a matter of if it makes sense financially to do so, especially since that time and effort could be used towards developing completely different new products while the older products remains competitive and carry on. And I don’t get the feeling that Christoph, who basically only sells two products, has a team that can do parallel development on multiple products. I presume Kemper / Access has stockpiled 56xxx chips and can continue selling their current lines for years to come.
Since the Motorola chips have already been successfully emulated, they could bypass the specific DSP route and go virtual. https://dsp56300.wordpress.com
I know about this product. I don’t see it happening for the Kemper, not only from a business perspective, but also from a performance perspective. Guitarists are much more sensitive to latency than keyboardists. To have a computer running an additional layer of a chip emulator running the software, is going to add too much latency I would expect.
Maybe hardcore tone junkies will disagree, but for me there is such a thing as too much choice / too many options.
After all, Pod 2.0 Preset 4D did me fine for about 15 years 😆
I’m still using 12AX7s, ECC83s, EL84s and EL34s