Kemper Profiling Amp – Profiler OS v5.0.3 New Delays – part 1

Here is the part one of a simple demonstration of the new delays presets available in Kemper Profiling Amp Profiler OS version 5. I’m using a completely clean profile Fuchs ODS30 with no effects except for the tested delays. I love the new delays and I have been waiting for “crystal” type of sound since I got my Kemper. Part two here.

Here is what Kemper says about the new delays:

“Without a doubt, the new Profiler Delay effect types are some of the most advanced and comprehensive effects collections in the Profiler and also compared to other solutions. The Kemper approach to delay effects is quite different from what musicians are accustomed with: There is no dedicated Reverse Delay, Tape Delay or Ducking Delay. Kemper decided that it simply makes no sense splitting crucial tone design features into separate delay types. Instead, Kemper have equipped every single delay type with a range of tone shaping parameters – and routing of course: Why not have a Dual Reverse Delay? Or a Serial Delay with analog tape character? Or a Melody Delay with ducking? All of these are possible with the new delays in the Profiler, from OS 5.0 and up.

They new Delay categories are:

  • Single Delay
  • Dual Delay
  • Two Tap Delay
  • Serial Two Tap Delay
  • Rhythm Delay
  • Quad Delay
  • Dual Crystal Delay

These features are available in most of the new Profiler delays:

Most of the delays can be designed towards a tape delay tonality with parameters like Hi Cut/ Lo Cut, Cut More, Flutter Intensity and Flutter Shape, Grit (Tape Sat & Distortion). Many of the delays types feature a Grit control to add typical tape saturation and distortion to the delay signal. With less intensity of these controls, the delays will have both the sonic flavor of an analog bucket-brigade delay or a modern digital delay.

A number of delay types feature the parameters “Swell”, “Smear” and “Cross Feedback”. Each of these parameters will make the delay sound smoother and can turn a rhythmical delay into a more ambient, or reverb-like, effect. And together, they work even better!

All the Parameters at a glance:

  • Cut More – If the sound degradation of Low Cut and High Cut is not drastic enough or the build-up of the degradation is slow at long delay times the “Cut More” soft button doubles the impact of Low Cut and High Cut.
  • Hold – “Hold” is an Action & Hold function, which turns the delay into an endless loop. The delay track will be repeated without losing or gaining level, and without sound degradation.
  • Infinity – Infinity is another Action & Hold function to switch Feedback from the regular value (between 0 and 100%) to the Infinity feedback value that spans from 100% to 200% which is separately controllable. This feedback lets the delay repeats build up instead of decay, pushing them deeper into tape saturation, where they will repeat indefinitely, as the sound degrades over time.
  • Cross Feedback – A small number of delay types – namely the Dual Delay and the Quad Delays – feature a “Cross Feedback” control. Increasing the value beyond zero causes each delay to not only feed its output signal back to its own input, but also to the other participating delay lines. This creates a more diffuse delay rhythm pattern, adding a reverb-like character to the delay.
  • Reverse Mix
 – When set fully to the right, the delay is turned into a reverse delay. With intermediate values, you will get a mixture of the forward and reverse delay, which is quite unique.
  • Swell – The Swell parameter engages an auto-swell effect at the input of the delay that lets the volume rise slowly with every new strike of the strings. At low values, only the pick attack is dampened, creating a smoother delay signal. With larger values, the onset of the notes is blurred, creating a pad-like delay.
  • Smear – The Smear parameter adds a small reverberation unit to the delay, the intensity of which strengthens with every feedback repetition. Pick attacks become increasingly diffused, or smeared, giving the delay a reverb-like quality. In combination, Swell and Smear are a perfect recipe for ambient and ethereal delays.
  • Super Stereo
 – When the Stereo parameter is moved above 100% a novel “super-stereo” effect takes over that lets the delay reflections appear well outside of the regular stereo image.”

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