Kemper release free Michael Britt Rig Pack – The fine art of profiling – the fine art of guitar sound design

The fine art of profiling – the fine art of guitar sound design

With the advent of the Profiler, some might think that getting the sound of a guitar amp into the digital domain is easy now, and that basically anyone can do it: just order a head from a retailer for 30 days, profile, and send it back, right? Well, this may work for some people but, to be honest, the real art in designing sounds for guitarists is about far more than just the electrical devices you happen to use.

When a great chef prepares a culinary masterpiece, they’ll need knives, various other tools and of course the ingredients. But what determines the quality of the result – i.e. the plate of delicious food – is about so much more than just equipment and ingredients.

Let’s just do a breakdown of all the elements that go into making a great profile, and a great guitar sound: We start with an idea – someone needs a certain sound, and they have an idea about how they want to achieve it. A guitar sound consists of a player, a guitar, pickups, a cable, maybe a stomp box (drive, eq, buffer, etc.), an amp, a cabinet, certain speakers in that cabinet, a room for the cabinet to breathe in, the best position for that cabinet in the room, a microphone or a selection of microphones, and the positions of the microphones in front of the cabinet and in the room. Then the mic feed goes into a preamp – shall we use compression, or no compression? And what about EQ settings? So, here is your guitar sound, right? No, not yet, because now every single one of these ingredients has to be adjusted individually – and here is where the human factor kicks in.

There is at least one person that puts all the above ingredients together, and this person has to decide which guitar to use, which pickup to use, define the tone settings on the guitar, and adjust the pedals in a certain manner. Then you try and listen. Maybe ask a friend, a buddy, an engineer? Their opinions are important, as is their taste, and where they are coming from.

Now, you get where we are going here – this guitar sound you are about to profile already consists of so much more than just an amp and the Profiler. If you were to provide the same set of gear to various people you will likely get very different sounds from each of them – because it is the human factor that determines the kind of sound that will end up in a profile. And then, even after all of this, you will still only have a raw profile – you won’t have a Rig yet. Now, you need to decide what kind of further tone-shaping should happen. Let’s not get into the unique possibilities with the Profiler to fine-tune profiles with the amp parameters, here. That is a whole other dimension. So, let’s just skip to the conclusion: A great guitar sound is about the cook(s) that put the environment together, select and adjust the ingredients and – last but by no means least – the players themselves. How someone works the strings with a pick, a tap, a strum and with what kind of guitar… you get the idea.

This is why Kemper are so excited about the new Kemper Profiler Michael Britt Rig Pack, because Michael Britt is known the world over for his great sounding, tasty Rigs. Available for you to download immediately – visit the download section on the Kemper website and check it out:

About Michael Britt
Michael Britt – guitarist of the renowned country band Lonestar – has become one of the go-to guys for Profiler users in search of outstanding and simply musical Profiles. Michael’s no-nonsense attitude and careful tone-sculpting skills have created some of the most satisfying tones available anywhere, or, in his own words:
“I strive to capture and create great tones so that anyone can get those same sounds onstage and in the studio.”

Here is the list of MB Rig Pack’s included Profiles/ Rigs

Rig Name                                Name of profiled amplifier*

MB – /13 JRT9/15 4 M            Divided by 13 JRT9/15

MB – /13 JRT915 84 3             Divided by 13 JRT9/15

MB – /13 LDW39 2.2-              Divided by 13 LDW39

MB – 3P Britt Solo-                  3rd Power Dream Weaver prototype

MB – 3P Plexi Klon 2.1-           3rd Power Dream Weaver prototype

MB – 56 Fan Pro 8*                 Fender Pro ’56

MB – 56 Fan Twins j5 R          Fender Twin

MB – 62 Band Mister ROTO-  Fender Bandmaster

MB – 62 D’Lux 6                       Fender Deluxe ’62

MB – 65 Champion 5 3            Fender Champ ’65

MB – 65 Fan BM Tim             Fender Bassman ’65

MB – 69 Mars 50 9 3               Marshall JMP 50 1987

MB – 69 Mars 50 V3T              Marshall JMP 50 1987

MB – 70 Mars SL 3                  Marshall Super Lead 100

MB – 74 Champion 3               Fender Champ ’74

MB – 79 Mars MP 3                 Marshall JMP 50 1987

MB – Bleatch Fire 45               Tim-Bletchley Belchfire 45

MB – Bogus Spirit B 8             Boggy Soul 30

MB – C Ton SRV 5 S                 Ceriatone Overtone Special

MB – Car Slant 6V 1-               Carr Slant 6V

MB – Colony 2 9                       Heritage Colonial

MB – Dirt Shirt Lo 3                 Friedman Dirty Shirley

MB – Dr. X Crash 2 3                Dr.Z Z Wreck

MB – Dumb ODS FB3              Dumble Overdrive Special

MB – Fried Man 4                    Friedman Brown Eye

MB – Fux FH50 Cln 2 B 2         Fuchs Full House 50

MB – Fux FH50 OD 2 Bst         Fuchs Full House 50

MB – Guy Ton V30 B3             Guytron GT 100

MB – Headstrung Queen*-      Headstrong Lil King

MB – Kranker Rev Jr 1 8          Krank Rev Jr

MB – Little Water 22 3            Little Walter 22

MB – Marlon A 1                     Wizard Modern Classic

MB – Mars J800 1 5 2              Marshall JCM800 100W

MB – Mars Silvie Jubi 1 8        Marshall Silver Jubilee RI

MB – Mars Silvie Jubi 2 6        Marshall Jubilee 2553 1987

MB – Mars TM45 SAO 2          Britsound JTM45 Tribute

MB – Matchbox JJ 3-               Matchless John Jorgenson

MB – Metropol 2203 1 4         Metropoulos 2203 100W

MB – More Gain SW 2             Morgan SW50R

MB – Pea V Mace 1 4              Peavey Mace

MB – Polly Ton MB N6 Polytone Mini Brute 3

MB – Rock Woman 3 2            Scholz Rockman Sustainor

MB – Sold Ammo 1 7              Soldano Hot Rod 50

MB – Tweed Champ 4 5F1      Champ clone

MB – Vibr. Queen F1               Fender Vibro-King

MB – Victor V50 2 6                Victory V50 Earl

MB – Voice Ace 30 4 Klon       Vox AC30TB

MB – Voice Ace 50 K2             Vox AC50

MB – Voice NT 5                      Vox Night Train 15

MB – X-it X50S 3-                    XITS X50S

*All product names and company names are trademarks of each respective holders. Kemper GmbH is not associated or affiliated therewith. These product names are used solely for purpose of identifying the specific products, Kemper Profiler has been operating with.