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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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
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
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year warranty. 6 year extended warranty for X series if registered by customer.


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DigitechRP500 Guitar Multi-Effects Switching System & USB Recording Interface
 
4.6

(based on 33 reviews)

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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.

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