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Digitech RP500 Guitar Multi-Effects Switching System & USB Recording Interface

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Get the best of both worlds with the DigiTech RP500 Guitar Multi Effects Pedal. The RP500 features a Pedalboard mode that allows you to turn on and off individual stompboxes and effects by pushing but... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

Get the best of both worlds with the DigiTech RP500 Guitar Multi Effects Pedal. The RP500 features a Pedalboard mode that allows you to turn on and off individual stompboxes and effects by pushing buttons 1-5. You get the expressiveness of stompboxes and you can change them from preset to preset. Next take the Amp/Cabinet Bypass button that defeats the internal amplifiers and cabinets leaving you with only stompboxes and effects and you have a switching machine. Save each combo in a preset for a uniquely switchable pedal setup found only in pro switching systems.

The RP500 Multi Effects Pedal is built like a tank, from a cast metal chassis to the 9 vacuum-style switches. A large 10 character LED display makes for easy stage use topped by an built-in expression pedal to control wahs, volume, Whammy and other parameters.

Your sound is king so having control of your sound is imperative. The DigiTech RP500 pedal gives you the control to express yourself the way you want-no longer will the lack of control stand in the way of your expression.

*Other product names modeled in this product are trademarks of their respective companies that do not endorse and are not associated or affiliated with DigiTech or Harman International Industries, Inc. Ibanez Tube Screamer, Voodoo Labs Sparkle Drive, Guyatone Overdrive, ProCo Rat, MXR, Boss Metal Zone, Roger Mayer Octavia, Demeter Fuzzulator, Arbiter Fuzz Face, EH Big Muff Pi, Dunlop Cry Baby, Vox, Clyde McCoy Wah, MXR DynaComp, TC Electronic, EH Electric Mistress, EH Small Stone, Boss Octaver, Unicord Univibe, Fender Opto Tremolo, Vox Bias Tremolo, Maestro Echoplex, Fender Twin Reverb, EMT, Fender Tweed Deluxe, Fender Bassman, Fender Blackface, Twin Reverb, Marshall Super Lead, Mesa/Boogie, Hiwatt, Fender Tweed Champ, Soldano, Jensen Blue Backs, Celestion, Johnson Amplification and VHT Amplification are trademarks of other manufacturers and were used merely to identify products whose sounds were reviewed in the creation of this product.

FEATURES

  • Exclusive Pedalboard mode changes the RP500 into 5 individual stompboxes and effects
  • Amp/Cabinet Bypass turns the RP500 into a true effects processor that works with your amp's tone
  • Heavy-duty vacuum switches for program changes, effect on/off changes, bank up and down, tap tempo and tuner
  • Bright LEDs display program status and effect on/off
  • Large 8 character LED display for program name, bank name, and tuner
  • Large 2 character display for program number and tuning reference
  • Built-in expression pedal controls the RP500's internal wahs, volume, Whammy, and other parameters
  • Includes PS0913B power supply
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Stompboxes based on:
  • Compressor / Sustainers:
  • Boss CS-2Compressor / Sustainer
  • DigiTech Main Squeeze Compressor
  • MXR Dynacomp
  • Wah / Volume: Dunlop Cry Baby Wah
  • DigiTech Full Range Wah
  • Vox Clyde McCoy Wah
  • Volume Pedal
  • Distortions & Overdrives:
  • SCREAMER (Based on an Ibanez TS-9)
  • TS 808 (Based on an Ibanez TS-808 Tube Screamer)
  • SPARKDRIVE (Based on a Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive)
  • OD OVERDRIVE (Based on a Guyatone Overdrive OD-2)
  • DOD 250 (Based on a DOD 250 Overdrive/Preamp)
  • RODENT (Based on a Pro Co RAT)
  • MX DISTORTION (Based on an MXR Distortion +)
  • DS (Based on a Boss DS-1 Distortion)
  • GRUNGE (DigiTech Grunge)
  • ZONE (Based on a Boss MT-2 Metal Zone)
  • DEATH METAL (DigiTech Death Metal)
  • GONKULATOR (Based on a DOD Gonkulator Ring Modulator)
  • 8TAVIA (Based on a Roger Mayer Octavia)
  • FUZZLATOR (Based on a Demeter Fuzzulator)
  • CLASSIC FUZZ (Based on a DOD Classic Fuzz)
  • FUZZY FACE (Based on an Arbiter Fuzz Face)
  • BIG PI (Based on an Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi)
  • DigiTech Redline Overdrive
  • Amplifiers & Acoustics:
  • 57 CHAMP Based on a '57 Fender Tweed Champ
  • 57 DELUXE Based on a '57 Fender Tweed Deluxe
  • 59 BASSMAN Based on a '59 Fender Tweed Bassman
  • 62 BROWN BASSMAN Based on a '62 Fender Brownface Bassman
  • 65 TWIN REVERB Based on a '65 Fender Blackface Twin Reverb
  • 65 REVERB(Based on a '65 Fender Blackface Deluxe Reverb
  • 65 JTM-45(Based on a '65 Marshall JTM-45
  • 68 SUPER LEAD PLEXI Based on a '68 Marshall 100 Watt Super Lead (plexi)
  • 68 JUMP PANEL Based on a '68 Marshall Jump Panel
  • 77 MASTER VOLUME Based on a '77 Marshall Master Volume
  • 83 JCM800 Based on an '83 Marshall JCM800
  • 93 JCM900 Based on a '93 Marshall JCM900
  • 01 JCM2000 Based on an '01 Marshall JCM2000 (Solo Channel)
  • 62 AC15 Based on a '62 Vox AC15
  • 63 AC30 TOP BOOST Based on a '63 Vox AC30 Top Boost
  • 69 HIGH WATTAGE Based on a '69 Hiwatt Custom 100 DR103
  • 81 MARK IIC Based on an '81 Mesa Boogie Mark II C
  • 01 DUAL RECTIFIED Based on an '01 Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier
  • 99 LEGACY VL-100 Based on a Carvin Legacy VL-100
  • 96 MATCH HC-30 Based on a '96 Matchless HC30
  • 88 SLO-100 Based on an '88 Soldano SLO-100
  • Gibson GA-40
  • Peavey 5150 II
  • Roland JC-120
  • Sunn 100S
  • Randall HT-100
  • DIGITECH SOLO DigiTech Solo
  • DIGITECH METAL DigiTech Metal
  • DIGITECH BRIGHT CLEAN DigiTech Bright Clean
  • DIGITECH CHUNK DigiTech Chunk
  • DIGITECH CLEAN TUBE DigiTech 2101 Clean Tube
  • DIGITECH CRUNCH DigiTech Crunch
  • DIGITECH BLUES DigiTech Blues
  • DIGITECH FUZZ DigiTech Fuzz
  • DIGITECH SPANK DigiTech Spank
  • DIGITECH HIGH GAIN DigiTech High Gain
  • DIGITECH MONSTER - Maxed out gain
  • DIGITECH "TWEEDFACE" ” Tweed preamp w/Blackface power amp
  • DIGITECH "65 Blackface Bassman" ” '65 Blackface preamp with Bassman power amp
  • DIGITECH STONERROCK ” Thick, sludgy distorted amp tone
  • DIGITECH DARKMETAL ” Responsive, tight metal tone
  • DIGITECH TRANSISTOR ” Solid state transistor amp sound
  • DIGITECH BROWNSOUND ” Hot rodded '80s stack tone
  • DIGITECH MOSH ” Chunky metal tone with just the right amount of sizzle
  • 2101 CLEAN TUBE DigiTech GSP2101TM Artist Clean Tube
  • 2101 SATURATED TUBE DigiTech GSP2101 Artist Saturated Tube
  • DIRECT No amp model
  • DREADAUGHT ACOUSTIC
  • JUMBO ACOUSTIC
  • Cabinets:
  • CHAMP 1X8 Based on a 1x8 '57 Fender Tweed Champ
  • DELUXE 1X12 Based on a 1x12 '57 Fender Tweed Deluxe
  • DELUXE REVERB 1X12 Based on a 1x12 '65 Fender Blackface Deluxe Reverb
  • BRITISH 1X12 Based on a 1x12 '62 Vox AC15 w/20W Vox Speaker
  • BLONDE 2X12 Based on a 2x12 '57 Fender Blonde Bassman
  • TWIN 2X12 Based on a 2x12 '65 Fender Blackface Twin Reverb
  • BRITISH 2X12 Based on a 2x12 '63 Vox AC0 Top Boost w/ Jensen Blue Backs
  • BASSMAN 4X10 Based on a 4x10 '59 Fender Tweed Bassman
  • BRITISH 4X12 Based on a 4x12 Marshall 1969 Straight w/ Celestion G12-T70
  • GREENBACK 4X12 Based on a 4x12 Marshall 1969 Slant w/ Celestion 25W Green backs
  • FANE 4X12 Based on a 4x12 Hiwatt Custom w/ Fane Speakers
  • BOUTIQUE 4X12 Based on a 4x12 '96 VHT Slant w/ Celestion Vintage 30's
  • VINTAGE 4X12 Based on a 4x12 Johnson Straight w/ Celestion Vintage 30's
  • DIGITECH SOLO 4X12 4x12 DigiTech Solo
  • DIGITECH BRIGHT 2X12 2x12 DigiTech Bright
  • DIGITECH METAL 4X12 4x12 DigiTech Metal
  • DIGITECH ROCK 4X12 4x12 DigiTech Rock
  • DIGITECH ALT 4X12 4x12 DigiTech Alt Rock
  • DIGITECH VINTAGE 4X12 4x12 DigiTech Vintage
  • DIGITECH CHUNK 4X12 4x12 DigiTech Chunk
  • DIGITECH SPANK 4X12 4x12 DigiTech Spank
  • DIGITECH SPEAKER COMP 4x12 DigiTech Speaker Compensation
  • DIRECT No cabinet model
  • FX Models:
  • Chorus Stompbox Models based on:
  • Boss CE-2 Chorus
  • DigiTech Dual Chorus
  • DigiTech Multi-Chorus
  • TC Electronics Chorus
  • DIGITECH GLISTENING Chorus
  • Flanger Models based on:
  • MXR Flanger
  • DigiTech Triggered Flanger
  • Electro Harmonix Electric Mistress
  • ADA Flanger
  • Phaser Models based on:
  • MXR Phase 100
  • DigiTech Phaser
  • Electro Harmonix Small Stone
  • Pitch Models based on:
  • DigiTech Whammy
  • DigiTech Pitch Shift
  • DigiTech Detune
  • DigiTech IPS
  • Boss OC-2 Octaver
  • Vibrato/Rotary Models based on:
  • DigiTech Vibrato
  • DigiTech Rotary
  • DigiTech Vibro/Pan
  • Unicord UniVibe
  • Tremolo Models based on:
  • DigiTech Tremolo
  • DigiTech Panner
  • Fender Opto Tremolo
  • Vox Bias Tremolo
  • DIGITECH SCATTERTREM ” Dual tremolo effect
  • Envelope/Special Models based on:
  • DOD FX25 Envelope Filter
  • DigiTech Auto Yah
  • DigiTech YaYa
  • DigiTech Synth Talk
  • DigiTech Step Filter
  • DigiTech Sample & Hold
  • Delays:
  • Digital Delay
  • Analog Delay
  • Pong Delay
  • Modulated Delay
  • Tape Delay
  • Reverse Delay
  • DM Analog Delay - based on Boss DM2 Analog Delay
  • Echo Plex - based on Maestro EP-1 Tube Echoplex
  • Reverbs based on:
  • Lexicon Ambience
  • Lexicon Hall
  • Lexicon Room
  • Lexicon Studio
  • EMT Plate - based on EMT 240 Plate Reverb
  • Spring - based on Fender Twin Reverb
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DigitechRP500 Guitar Multi-Effects Switching System & USB Recording Interface
 
4.6

(based on 33 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Digitech RP500 ROCKS!!!!!!!!!

I have been looking for a new mulit-effects processor for a while now and I haven't had much luck. I have had trouble finding one that had a lot of strong effects in it,...Read complete review

I have been looking for a new mulit-effects processor for a while now and I haven't had much luck. I have had trouble finding one that had a lot of strong effects in it, that was simple to use on stage. This model beats every other multieffects processor in its price range. I love the idea that you can make 40 different preset chains on it and then turn each individual effect off and on at will during a song. It's like having 40 custom boards at your feet. Another bonus is that it had an internal amp and cabinet simulator. This helps so much when you want to just plug right into the board, instead of the hassle of miking your amps. This system rocks and I would recommend it to anyone that wants a GREAT processor at a reasonable price.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good Begginner Board

I got this board because I didn't have any effects, and didn't have $$$$ to spend on getting a bunch of pedals. This board is a good value because, like many others...Read complete review

I got this board because I didn't have any effects, and didn't have $$$$ to spend on getting a bunch of pedals. This board is a good value because, like many others have said, there are a lot of effects to choose from. I've had it for almost two years now and here is my experience. The things I liked about it is that you can get some pretty cool, unique sounds out of this board. It offers a broad range of effects, and helps players become familiar with how to use many effects. What I didn't like about it is that it sounds thin when played through a direct box with the amp modeler. It sounds a lot better played through an amp without the optional modelers, but still sounds a little thin and sucks some tone. Also, if you want to change one of the effects, you have to squat down, press a bunch of buttons to get through a menu, turn a bunch of knobs to get to an effect you want, etc. Another option is to set up a different channel that is identical to the first one, but with the one effect difference you want and just switch back and forth. However, the transition is very choppy. Bottom line, the interface was not created with the performer in mind. Altogether, I am glad I purchased it two years ago, because I have learned a lot since then. The tonal problems I experienced could just be me since I was running a '52 Tele RI through the rp500 to a Fender 212r. I recently lent the board to a friend of mine who ran an Epi Dot through the rp500 to a Fender Ultra Chorus, and the tone was nice and thick. However, the two guitars are so different, it's like comparing the sound of a small car to a diesel truck.

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(166 of 177 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Digitech RP500 ROCKS!!!!!!!!!

By Joey James

from Northeastern, PA

Comments about Digitech RP500 Guitar Multi-Effects Switching System & USB Recording Interface:

I have been looking for a new mulit-effects processor for a while now and I haven't had much luck. I have had trouble finding one that had a lot of strong effects in it, that was simple to use on stage. This model beats every other multieffects processor in its price range. I love the idea that you can make 40 different preset chains on it and then turn each individual effect off and on at will during a song. It's like having 40 custom boards at your feet. Another bonus is that it had an internal amp and cabinet simulator. This helps so much when you want to just plug right into the board, instead of the hassle of miking your amps. This system rocks and I would recommend it to anyone that wants a GREAT processor at a reasonable price.

(46 of 46 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best in multi- effects

By Ryan Deusenberry

from Nevada

Comments about Digitech RP500 Guitar Multi-Effects Switching System & USB Recording Interface:

I have been using pedals for awhile, including the RPs, I wanted to up grade to a bigger pedal board to eliminate some pedals, I tried the Boss multi- effects, (sounds all the same no change in distortions) Zoom, Line 6. But the new Rp 500 is by far the best on the market. All my stompboxes are by digitech and they even work with the RP 500 without bypassing. If I were you go get one, You'll love it.

(43 of 44 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect Pedal

By DigitechIsMyPedalCompany

from Los Angeles, CA

Comments about Digitech RP500 Guitar Multi-Effects Switching System & USB Recording Interface:

I've had my RP500 since last September. It was perhaps the most important purchase I made since buying my first guitar. This pedal has been my best friend on stage, bringing me really cool tones and effects without a whole mess of cables and power supplies. If you bought every single effect on here individually, you'd be spending thousands of dollars. My favorite effect is the whammy. No one can make a pitch shifter like Digitech can. Now, the amp sounds may not be as cool as Boss, but this pedal is still the best choice. For the money, you get way more than the ME-50 or 70 or GT-10.The free Cubase software is great. It is studio grade and is fairly easy to use. Also, the X-Edit controller works really well. Just be careful not to hit any footswitches when using X-Edit. Now the low points. The wah doesn't sound that great, but it will do for beginners. The wah is way too easy to activate. Sometimes when I'm heavy on the whammy, the wah will turn on, killing a great Rage Against the Machine solo. This is avoidable, but you have to be careful. These are the only problems I have had with this product and I wouldn't let them stop me from getting one. For those of you who think this is too complex to control, it really is very simple. Just read the manual once or twice and you'll get it. As for the reliability, this pedal has never malfunctioned once and it really is built like a tank. Also, I like the tuner feature. If you're also looking at the RP1000, I would stick with this unless you absolutely must have the looper. This one is lighter, plus the extra footswitches on the 1000 don't give you much of a control advantage; they only change presets. I hope this freakishly long review has helped you people decide whether or not this is the pedal for you. Thanks for reading. Rock on.

(40 of 42 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An Effects Station for Every Style Desired!

By Warren

from Denver, CO

Comments about Digitech RP500 Guitar Multi-Effects Switching System & USB Recording Interface:

I was very pleased with this purchase. I have played guitar for many years, almost my whole life now and normally I tend to play straight through my amp and use overdrive or not for my playing. I wanted to get a new multi effects pedal as the one I purchased years ago by ART I didnt feel was a very good one, nor did it have a wide variety of great sounds. With this Effects pedal I found not only does it have amazing sounds, but it has so many effects for every style of playing. I tend to play different styles so this was great for me. I absolutely love the fact that you can create your own, and adjust the Amp's as well. This pedal has more then anyone can dream of offering at least for me. I have been enjoying playing my different guitars and find that I am playing more now with this pedal then I ever did straight through an amp on it's own. I also love the fact that it has the built in Wah pedal too, one thing my last effects center did not have. I would highly recommend this effects center for anyone who enjoys playing different styles, and who wants to have a unit with a lot to offer!

(33 of 37 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing

By King of Albanmar

from Michigan

Comments about Digitech RP500 Guitar Multi-Effects Switching System & USB Recording Interface:

The metal chassis is solid and everything sounds great, had to replace a plastic Zoom 606 after 3+ years of abuse. Bought this with my rebate check; the wahs sounds spectacular and i'm gonna try to fill up all 100 sound banks with my own tones. The built-in Whammy, amp/cabinet simulators and Cubase are worth the price of admission alone.

(21 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Digitech rocks..

By Anthony

from Wappingers Falls, NY

Comments about Digitech RP500 Guitar Multi-Effects Switching System & USB Recording Interface:

I was a little sad that my RP500 pedal didn't come with a looper but digitech just added one in the latest 2.0 firmware update. The music shop I purchased mine at said it had one. The added looper works awsome and doesn't feel like it was scotch taped on. This shows that digitech cares to make people happy. They could easily have never added this option so people would have to upgrade to the RP1000. I'm not going to talk about all the awsome sound effects because everybody else nailed it.

(13 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Problems

By Billy Davis

from Coolidge

Comments about Digitech RP500 Guitar Multi-Effects Switching System & USB Recording Interface:

I play country and some rock. I have owned 2 RP 100 before and the RP 200. I tried the RP 500 liked it, so I purchased it. After I got it all set up and took it on stage I started have issues with it. Twice on stage in the middle of a show the unit reset itself to factory settings. I lost all of my sounds and had to scramble to find a sound to be able to finish the show. The amp sounds are very thin at best. It is well constructed. If I can't find a way to keep the problems from happening I will have to look for another processor.

(7 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Buy

By Wes Thompson

from Eminence, Kentucky

Comments about Digitech RP500 Guitar Multi-Effects Switching System & USB Recording Interface:

I ordered the Digitech RP500 to be able to have all the effects that I need for the wide range of music that I play. This device has lived up to and surpassed my expectations. Even after playing with it for hours, it seems I am finding something new about it that I didnt know. The amount of combinations that are possible are amazing. With the RP500 you will never have a lack of inspiration.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow.

By guitarmonkey72

from Illinois, Chicago

Comments about Digitech RP500 Guitar Multi-Effects Switching System & USB Recording Interface:

I bought the rp500 without ever playing it. I am so glad I did, this pedal is amazing. It suits to ANY style of playing. I would recommend this product to anyone. It has helped my playing out a lot. Plus, Cubase is pretty awesome.

(6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Plug in, rock out!

By Hi-Jinx

from Studio City, CA

Comments about Digitech RP500 Guitar Multi-Effects Switching System & USB Recording Interface:

Like most gear hounds, I own lots of different guitar effects and processors from various companies, but the RP500 is a significant step up from all of them, most notably for three things; ease of use, versatility, and sound quality. And speaking of the sound (which is ultimately why we get these things in the first place) I have to say that DigiTech is as close as ever to "nailing it" when it comes to modelling. I'm pretty much an entrenched modelling user now, as this unit serves my needs and simplifies my life on stage or in the studio. Just send it direct to a PA, a mixer, an amp, or an interface and be prepared to be blown away. Aside from a couple of very minor issues I have with it, I'd say right now this the best effects processor out there in ANY price range (except for, I guess, the DigiTech RP1000). The bundled X-Edit software is VERY cool, as is Cubase (although I mostly use ProTools and Logic) and the manual is actually useful (bonus!). So if you need a processor that gives you maximum sound and control at minimum cost and fuss, this is the answer.

(5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Multi Effects Board

By Jingalls

from PA

Comments about Digitech RP500 Guitar Multi-Effects Switching System & USB Recording Interface:

I checked out a few other boards, but liked this one the best. Sure there are more options than I need. Each time I plug it in I discover more nuances and sound options. The metal body gives it a rugged feel. The LED display is easy to read. The only down side I've encountered is that there is no on/off switch so you have to plug it in and unplug it. Not a big deal but a switch couldn't have added that much to the cost.

(5 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Dont waste your money

By Jon

from York, PA

Comments about Digitech RP500 Guitar Multi-Effects Switching System & USB Recording Interface:

This thing sounds rediculously thin and is just bad around quallity. It would be much more worth it to just buy a combo amp and use a foot switcher.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

The volume Wah-wah application need some work on the RP500

By Dogbark

from Moline, Il 61265

Comments about Digitech RP500 Guitar Multi-Effects Switching System & USB Recording Interface:

I have owned the RP500 for about 6 months an really like the Pedal board format, and effects quality but... First the CuBase software on the CD will not generate a key code and so I cannot use it which was really disappointing. I have many conversations with Stienberg support an Guitar Center support and they have me load, reload, unload, download and reload the software over and over. And since I could not use it registered I tried the 30 day trial, and it said it was expired when I tried to run the program. But the biggest issue is the Wah-wah and how it turns on if I lean on the volume pedal. If I stand and play a long time it is hard not to lean onto the pedal. And I have always used volume pedal for lead dynamics but I have turned on the way-way at the most embarrassing times. There needs to be a way to disable it but since there is not, I currently have had to put a rubber stop underneath the pedal to keep the wah-wah from coming on. I have used several different pedals for live volume control and on the Rp500 the travel of the pedal is also very limiting so add the issue with the wah-wah and you have to be very careful on how you use it.

(4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fine

By ramon g.

from M���xico

Comments about Digitech RP500 Guitar Multi-Effects Switching System & USB Recording Interface:

This Multi effects Pedal is awesome. It works really fine with my marshall MG100HDFX, at first many amp emulators didn't sound too well for me, but after a little configuration of eqs and levels of gain, etc , they get amazing. chorus and flanger are superb. wah also. And the best thing is that you can practice without a amp.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Must have

By Roger

from Boise, Idaho

Comments about Digitech RP500 Guitar Multi-Effects Switching System & USB Recording Interface:

I use the RP500 in stomp box mode with a Marshall amp playing classic 80's rock. Tube amps can be fragile so I preprogramed a JCM amp modeler in the pedal which normally remains bypassed. As fate would have it, my JCM blew an output tube one night. I grabbed a Fender amp from backstage, turned on the JCM amp modeler with a single push of a button on the pedal and was back up and running within 5 minutes. The band said they could not tell any difference. I could tell but the model was remarkably close and very usable. This feature saved the performance. It would have also worked to use the XLR outputs on the pedal straight into the PA. It brings great peace of mind to know that this pedal has you covered if your amp ever fails. The tap delay is another huge feature that I don't know how I ever lived without. Fantastic pedal!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's a Steal

By DM

from Missouri

Comments about Digitech RP500 Guitar Multi-Effects Switching System & USB Recording Interface:

This thing is awesome! I started with the rp350, but this blows it away and is actually like a real pedal board. Couldn't really do that with the 350. It is very easy to figure out and the manual does explain things well. For live use it will serve your needs greatly and it is built tough.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

From clean, to warm OD to totally metal

By AJ

from Brazil

Comments about Digitech RP500 Guitar Multi-Effects Switching System & USB Recording Interface:

For those who considers BOSS as one of the best (as I do) and disregard Digitech, please try this. I use an american strat (standard pups) and I can get anywhere from clean George Benson, to Gilmour's sound, metal dist., bluesy OD. I mean, this baby rocks. Not for the lazy ones, as you need to go through EQ a little bit, but great for anyone else. PLUS to bypass amp/cab, extremely hot switches and very cool amp/cab multiple combinations. Isn't it funny to emulate Gilmour's equipment??? You can get a taste of it with this baby. I recommend 5 stars!

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Effects Pedal - Easy to Use

By Eric Simpson

from Cabot, AR

Comments about Digitech RP500 Guitar Multi-Effects Switching System & USB Recording Interface:

The RP500 is a great system. The stompbox feature gives you great flexibility while playing and is very easy to use. The amount of different sounds it can produce is tremendous. I use mine plugged directly into the sound system at church and it has a great sound to it. No need for amps, cabinets, multiple effects pedals and such because this thing can do it all. I am very pleased. I especially like the ability to hook it up to my computer and edit the settings that way. It makes it a lot easier.

(2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Do Not Buy.. !!!This Does Not Save Your Presets!!!

By Cody

from Lyndon Station, WI

Comments about Digitech RP500 Guitar Multi-Effects Switching System & USB Recording Interface:

I've purchased both the RP500 and RP1000 and they both have noise issues and randomly delete your save states. Happened to me while playing a show. Both the RP1000 and RP500 have intermittent noise problems and delete your saves. You cannot use the USB and 1/4" Outputs at the same time. While used in stereo both models produce noise even after bought new cables and amplifiers. Digitech needs to seriously consider selling products that work.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Everything you need, and more

By Donald Brosnahan

from North Providence, RI

Comments about Digitech RP500 Guitar Multi-Effects Switching System & USB Recording Interface:

I finally broke down and picked up an RP500. Im an old school tube amp & pedals guy, and resisted one of these units for a long time. After researching all the units in the price range, I settled on the RP500. It sounds good, is built like a tank and didnt require an aerospace degree to understand it. The effects are as good as anything out there, and the amp/cabinet models are very useable. The factory presets arent so great, but they are a solid starting point for creating your own sounds. Ive heard some people say this unit is only for metal tones, and thats just false. This unit make some very convincing blues, country and classic rock sounds as well. No, its doesnt have that tube "feel" or the harmonics of a hot tube amp, but, it has a very convincing simulation, and it doesnt break the bank either. Overall I am very satisfied with this product, and coming from me (hater of all things digital) thats a glowing endorsement. One thing to note. If you are using the amp & cabinet simulators, dont plug into a guitar amp, even into the loop return . It just wont sound good. Get a keyboard amp, or small PA system and plug in, you'll be amazed at the tones you can produce.

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