If you’ve owned the Kemper for any length of time, there’s a good chance you’ve looked at the Rig Exchange and have been completely overwhelmed by the sheer volume of profiles available. One of the Kemper’s strongest points is that anyone can profile and share all their favorite amplifiers with the world. But with so many profiles available, it can be challenging to sift through them to find the best-sounding ones.
We’ve put together a list of the best Kemper profile packs, both free and paid, which come highly recommended by other Kemper user. This should help you fast-track your way straight to some of the best-sounding tones on offer from arguably the best modeling amp on the market.
Our Picks for the Best Kemper Profiles
In the Kemper forums, you’ll frequently see people ask for recommendations for the very best profiles. MBritt is usually one of the first names to pop up. Michael offers some of the best profiles of rare and vintage amplifiers ,which have been captured to the highest-possible quality.
There are profiles available for every amplifier you could imagine, from the Fender Bass Breaker and Vox AC30 to high-gain monsters like the 5150.
Profile packs are available for purchase on his website, but there is also a FREE Michael Britt Rig Pack available through the Rig Manager, which contains 50 high-quality profiles.
Tone Junkie has a massive selection of profile packs to choose from. Unlike some other packs on the market, these are a little more focused, tailoring each pack to either a specific amp model or style. This way, you’re not left with a bunch of profiles that aren’t relevant to your needs.
They also have a free pack available, including 50 profiles selected from their more premium packs, giving you a good taste of how they sound.
Choptones deals in all things digital modeling, from Fractal patches to Impulse Responses. But their Kemper profiles are some of the best around and are all very affordable. They also offer ‘DI’ profiles, which are amplifiers that have been profiled without a cabinet. So if you have a favorite IR, you can pair them together easily to make your own custom tone.
If you’re in need of some monstrous high-gain tones for your Kemper, Josh’s JTM Heavy Bundles 1, 2, and 3 are without a doubt some of the best available. They contain a wide variety of profiles from all your high-gain favorites including the Peavey 6505 and 5150, the Krank Revolution, and the Mesa Boogie Rectifier.
Josh has helpfully pre-filled some of the EQ slots to make these as mix-ready as possible straight out of the box. Many have been profiled using a boost in front of the amp for that super-tight, modern high-gain sound.
Unfortunately, there are no free samples available, but Josh does have plenty of demo videos for each pack on his YouTube channel, which gives you an indication of how they sound.
Another favorite amongst Kemper users, Top Jimi offers a range of options divided into high, medium, and low-gain profiles. The high-gain profiles aim to recreate the classic Mark 5 from Mesa Boogie, the ENGL Powerball, and the legendary Friedman Brown Eye to name but a few.
The packs generally each focus on a single amp model, the profiles are taken with a range of speakers and at various gain settings. So you can be sure that you have the full image and tonal range of that amplifier.
There is also a small pack of 18 profiles available for free under the ‘Rig Packs’ section of the Kemper Rig Manager.
Sinmix was founded by Polish mixing/mastering engineer Grzegorz Kulawiak, who specializes in high-gain tones across all the popular digital amp modelers, which includes Fractal and Helix patches. So needless to say, he knows what he’s doing.
There are a range of free profiles already available on the Rig Exchange as well as a staggering number of packs available on his website. These range from small, affordable packs focusing on single amplifier models to bundles that include hundreds of profiles.
SinMix was one of the earliest studios making high-gain tones for the Kemper and is a trusted creator within the community.
The Amp Factory
The Amp Factory was originally a recording studio called OrangeTreeStudios. Because they already had a large collection of amplifiers, as well as the equipment to be able to professionally capture great-sounding profiles, it only made sense to begin producing their own Kemper packs.
With a wide selection of profiles spanning all manner of genres and price ranges, The Amp Factory has a lot of offer to the eclectic player. They also have 4 free packs available, which Kemper distributes directly through the Rig Manager. You can find them under Rig Packs: The Amp Factory 1-4.
Another popular spot for all kinds of Kemper profiles, Reampzone offers some great, professional-sounding profiles for an extremely affordable price. Full-blown profiles are available for all your favorite and essential go-to models. The Mesa Boogie Rectifier, 6505, EVH III, and more are available as individual packs, so you can target your specific amplifier.
Last on the list is a bit more of a pricey one. But coming from acclaimed audio engineer Adam ‘Nolly’ Getgood ,you can be sure these profiles have been created with the utmost attention to detail.
Nolly also has made some of the best impulse responses on the market, which have been captured separately, allowing you to use any combination you wish. Or you can even take the IR’s themselves and apply them to amplifier profiles from another pack.
Should I Pay for Profiles?
One of the nice things about many producers of Kemper profile packs is they’ll often make either a sample or even a complete pack available for free. There are enough fantastic-sounding profiles out there so you can function as a professional musician using only free profiles (and they all work on both rack and head).
Many of the packs are available at a very affordable price, and we have a lot to thank the amazing creators of these Kemper packs for (especially those who haven’t jumped ship to the Quad Cortex). So do be open to supporting your favorite creator by purchasing a pack!
We hope this provides you some good initial directions to explore when making your Kemper sound the best it possibly can. It’s a lot of fun creating a collection of favorite amplifiers and there should be more than enough here to keep you busy for a while!