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The simplicity of a stompbox. The control of an effects switching system.

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

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SPECIFICATIONS

RP500 Guitar Multi-Effects Switching System & USB Recording Interface

  • 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
 
4.8

(based on 108 reviews)

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  • 3 Stars

     

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good selection of effects (15)
  • Excellent sound quality (14)
  • Versatile (14)
  • Compact (10)
  • Responsive (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (16)
  • Home studio (14)
  • Amateur recording (9)
  • Outdoor events / games (7)
  • Professional recording (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Does what it was designed to do well.

I'll try and make this as short as possible: I've researched for hours and hours and hours and hours on all of the multi-effects floor units in this price range. I used a Line...Read complete review

I'll try and make this as short as possible: I've researched for hours and hours and hours and hours on all of the multi-effects floor units in this price range. I used a Line 6 POD X3 Live for over a year as a comparison and reference point. My main use of this pedal is the XLR out into the board. I've used both units now for many hours and easily prefer this unit. So here goes:

Pros:
- Lots of Headroom; it doesn't sound compressed like the POD did, especially the really heavy tones
- Tons of amp AND cab models
- Lots of effects, all of them usable... mostly
- SUPER NICE BUILD QUALITY. Can't stress this enough. Multiple things on the POD were falling apart and half of it was plastic; the RP500 is solid metal and built in the USA.
- Super nice vacuum switches
- Really nice expression pedal. I know people say they accidentally turn the wah on a lot accidentally, I only experience this when I'm acting stupid or my friends use it; I've never had it happen live except for maybe once, which says a lot because I rely on the volume pedal heavily for swells
- The post-EQ effect is VERY powerful; it didn't really do a lot on the POD
- works great as a direct box for my acoustic and for subtle reverbs and delays
- reverbs (for you ambient guys) are AWESOME
- this amp crushes any Line 6 product in the arena of metal tones (yes, it can djent. the RG100 sim is surprisingly the best one for this application)
- not plagued with the typical digital harshness this kind of product is known for
- the looks I get from fellow worship guitarists who spent thousands for their rigs but don't sound as good as my RP500 because they can't turn their tube amp past two while I can simulate a Twin Reverb going through a 4x12 being pushed into power amp distortion

And now some Cons:
- No control over mic type or placement like the POD
- Room sound simulation takes up the reverb; the POD had an ambiance control that was separate from the reverb
- Very few effects that are stereo; on a unit like this that is primed for stereo, there should be more effort into including stereo sounds
- No bass sims
- Can only run one amp at a time; POD could run two simultaneously
- Hard to use; the menu, which is a sticker, can only be read by ants
- tuner is not very precise
- will randomly delete the last preset I was using every so often
- no modulated reverbs (this can be somewhat worked around by using one of the unit's splendid chorus effects in conjunction with the reverb)
- low gain (not clean) tones have a grittiness that is hard to get rid of (post-EQ helps); the Mustang Floor sounds like it excels in the low gain area of tones

Worth it? Yes. BUT. If you are going for direct-to-XLR Swiss Army knife and are using mainly low gain tones (like worship) I might suggest the Mustang Floor instead. But nothing, not even the Line 6 HD500X, can touch this unit in the high gain realm. I would get the RP1000 if you EVER think you might possibly use this with an amp; the ability to use the 4-cable method is vital.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

RP 500 review

I am a 36 yr old guy in southwestern Colorado who gigs out regularly in two local bands. Between the two I cover the gamut of rock, pop, reggae, psychedelic rock, country...Read complete review

I am a 36 yr old guy in southwestern Colorado who gigs out regularly in two local bands. Between the two I cover the gamut of rock, pop, reggae, psychedelic rock, country and a little jazz - no hardcore metal (although plenty of hard rock and loud distorted guitars of course). Both bands also perform originals and are involved with recording projects in their respective studios. I live for syrupy class A tube distortion and those 3-D tube cleans and this clunky hunk a junk sucks the life outa' both. Obviously processed tone and slow response to the point of cutting off your attack. have to compensate with the compressor to get your attack back and there goes your tone more. If your a solid stater this may work for you, I sounds ok in stereo through a decent solid state amp. Wha's are flat and lifeless - no sweet spot. Effects are ok not that great but in the mix sound decent. Adds a fair bit a noise to the signal chain. If you have a solid state buffer (solid state preamp might work), this unit will sound significantly better. I used to plug it into an old 80's era analog Ibanez multi effect rack unit so I could slave in into the patch channel and it sounded quite a bit better through the buffered circuitry. It is very easy to program and operate, it is pretty bullet proof as well. It survived drunk dancers spilt drinks and other abuse. I played out with it for about a year, using it in just a few songs and as a really big floor tuner. I used to call it my floor tuner sarcastically. There are better multi effects processors for the money. But if you want a simple all in one solution that sound a heck of a lot better than just a solid state amp & is tough and versatile this may do it for ya. If you want a good multi effect unit to add nuance and versatility to your already awesome tube amp sound - keep looking - nothing beats analog but other digital units get a lot closer. Whenever considering anything digital always look for the best & highest resolution AD & DA converters you can find, I currently use a Zoom 9.2tt for my floor multi unit. You can still hear digital artifacts in certain instances, but for the most part it sound pretty darn real and it does not suck tone like the digitech did. My RP 500 I gave to my Dad who uses it in his band in San Fran. He plays a small 15 watt solid state amp and the RP series are very simple to program and understand so it is perfect for him. And everyone lives happily ever after the end.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

RP500

By sycamoredave

from Central OH

About Me Experienced

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances

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

    I play weekly at church and occaisionally at music events. Our facility is small, and in order to control the sound better, we moved to running guitars with pedals, direct into the house system. A couple years ago our lead guitarist went off to college, and it became apparent that I needed to step up on lead guitar. I bought the RP500 primarily for the flexibility of the stomp buttons, and the pedal. It has met all expectations of versatility, ease of use, and quality of sound. I run both acoustic and electric through it, and have come up with some pretty interesting combo affects. The pedal is just what I was looking for.

    (9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nothing Comparable In This Price Range!

    By Fusion Pirate

    from Kalamazoo, MI

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording
      • Teaching Lessons

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

      As a private teacher with about 20 guitar students a week, modeling stuff is great for me, allowing me to dial up just about any tone I need, at very reasonable volumes. I purchased my RP500 just over three years ago- at the time, my rig was a Line 6 Plextone III 1x12" combo that I'd had for a number of years. I was pleased with it, but was starting to get the 'itch' for something newer and better!

      One day, I had a guitar student come in who'd just picked up an RP355; as he showed me it's features, I was immediately blown away and decided I had to have the "professional grade" version of it. The RP1000 had just come out at the time, but my plan was to run the Digitech as a 'floor preamp' straight into a dedicated power amp and cab; thus, I had no need for the "four cable method" and opted to save some money and get the RP500. I traded in my Flextone III, got a Crown XLS402 power amp and an old 2x10" Pignose cab and the rest is history.

      As far as modeling units in the under-thousand category go, the RP500/1000 have the most organic feel by a long shot. Most of the amp models "breathe" nicely and respond well to your dynamics and playing. The EQ is not overly bright and the distortions aren't 'digitally' and buzzy. The thing almost creates an "ideal tube amp sound". The reason I put emphasis on that is because it doesn't FEEL like an actual tube amp- it doesn't compress naturally and move the air like a good tube amp...But it 'sounds' like a tube amp coming through a stereo, if that makes sense.

      For the money, you get over 40 amp models (many more than anything like Line 6, Vox, Zoom, etc.) and many cab models, which I like to use essentially as an additional EQ stage. You get a 20-second looper, gobs of stompbox effects, from distortions to reverbs, to delays, to compressors, to wahs, to various modulation effects (flangers, choruses, phasers, tremolos, pitch shifting, harmonizing, Whammy, etc.) Furthermore, you can asign just about ANY function to the foot controller- from basic stuff like volume/wah, to the speed of a Leslie speaker, or the gain of your amp model, or the depth of your chorusing, etc. It's got stereo TRS outs as well as stereo XLR outs, which can ALL be used simultaneously!

      I have used my RP500 live and in professional recording situations countless times over the past three years. It's extremely versatile and gives enormous value for the money.

      Bottom line: If you're a 'modeling guy' like me and can't afford something like an AxeFX II, you should DEFINITELY go Digitech! I may get more gear in the future to swap out for interest, but I'll NEVER part with my RP500!

      (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Does what it was designed to do well.

      By TheDistortionist

      from Ventura County, California

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Cuts Through A Mix
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Headroom
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive
      • Solid Metal
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording
      • Worship

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

      I'll try and make this as short as possible: I've researched for hours and hours and hours and hours on all of the multi-effects floor units in this price range. I used a Line 6 POD X3 Live for over a year as a comparison and reference point. My main use of this pedal is the XLR out into the board. I've used both units now for many hours and easily prefer this unit. So here goes:

      Pros:
      - Lots of Headroom; it doesn't sound compressed like the POD did, especially the really heavy tones
      - Tons of amp AND cab models
      - Lots of effects, all of them usable... mostly
      - SUPER NICE BUILD QUALITY. Can't stress this enough. Multiple things on the POD were falling apart and half of it was plastic; the RP500 is solid metal and built in the USA.
      - Super nice vacuum switches
      - Really nice expression pedal. I know people say they accidentally turn the wah on a lot accidentally, I only experience this when I'm acting stupid or my friends use it; I've never had it happen live except for maybe once, which says a lot because I rely on the volume pedal heavily for swells
      - The post-EQ effect is VERY powerful; it didn't really do a lot on the POD
      - works great as a direct box for my acoustic and for subtle reverbs and delays
      - reverbs (for you ambient guys) are AWESOME
      - this amp crushes any Line 6 product in the arena of metal tones (yes, it can djent. the RG100 sim is surprisingly the best one for this application)
      - not plagued with the typical digital harshness this kind of product is known for
      - the looks I get from fellow worship guitarists who spent thousands for their rigs but don't sound as good as my RP500 because they can't turn their tube amp past two while I can simulate a Twin Reverb going through a 4x12 being pushed into power amp distortion

      And now some Cons:
      - No control over mic type or placement like the POD
      - Room sound simulation takes up the reverb; the POD had an ambiance control that was separate from the reverb
      - Very few effects that are stereo; on a unit like this that is primed for stereo, there should be more effort into including stereo sounds
      - No bass sims
      - Can only run one amp at a time; POD could run two simultaneously
      - Hard to use; the menu, which is a sticker, can only be read by ants
      - tuner is not very precise
      - will randomly delete the last preset I was using every so often
      - no modulated reverbs (this can be somewhat worked around by using one of the unit's splendid chorus effects in conjunction with the reverb)
      - low gain (not clean) tones have a grittiness that is hard to get rid of (post-EQ helps); the Mustang Floor sounds like it excels in the low gain area of tones

      Worth it? Yes. BUT. If you are going for direct-to-XLR Swiss Army knife and are using mainly low gain tones (like worship) I might suggest the Mustang Floor instead. But nothing, not even the Line 6 HD500X, can touch this unit in the high gain realm. I would get the RP1000 if you EVER think you might possibly use this with an amp; the ability to use the 4-cable method is vital.

      (7 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Very Good, Your Mileage May Vary

      By blujonz

      from Westchester, NY

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

      Overall this a nice unit, it greatly simplifies my live setup while providing tonal flexibility and it's great for practicing at home. But like a Swiss Army Knife, there are some tools that are great and others that are weak. For example, IMO the wah-wah sound doesn't compare to my Morley, you just don't get the depth on any setting. Also, there are leveling problems between clean and distorted tones that are difficult to overcome - takes a lot of tweaking within the patch and still not as effective as switching on a traditional stompbox or amp channel switch (not enough boost for leads). As for the "mileage may vary" factor - I've found that it can sound very different depending on the amp you use. In my experience it sounds best in front of a clean amp like a Fender DR. On my Fender DR it is surprisingly musical; the effects respond nicely to my playing and the distortions drive the amp beautifully, just like the traditional stomps did. So this is my main gig setup for the rock/pop/blues/funk covers I play. It does tend to color the tone once you add effects to the chain, not a lot but you might want to use the on board EQ to compensate, depending on your own taste. I don't use the on board EQ live because I prefer to EQ on my amp and not have to engineer EQ's for every patch combination I use. But on some amps, it can be dreadful, especially through the effects loop - like on my Soldano HR50 only the chorus and delays sound good; same with some Marshalls I've tried to use in the studio and I'm not thrilled with the tone runing the unit in front of those amps either. Probably a matter of extensive tweaking which doesn't appeal to me; I'd rather play than have to engineer settings for every possible setup I use. With the Fender DR - done and it's a nice simple gig rig. I have never used it live going directly through a PA or power amp using its amp modeling; I consider that my backup plan if my DR goes out. Recording with modeling directly into Logic or GB, it's directly compatible and sounds good although I prefer mic'ing an amp. I would definitely recommend this product but also advise that if you plan to use it live, test it out on your amp first while having it hooked up to x-Edit (easier to go through all the parameters). I am giving it a 4 because of the headphone jack issue.
      No doubt this unit is packed with great features. Nice modeling, good stompbox selections and parameter tweaks both on board and with x-Edit s/w; gets a "4" IMO only because there are some limitations on the ordering of multiple effects.
      I've had this unit for 3 years. It's very solid and gig worthy, absolutely no complaints there. The metal switches can be stomped on like a traditional stompbox with no worries. I've played dozens of shows (mostly bars) with it and it can take a fair amount of abuse. Like anything electronic, don't pour a beer on it and expect it to pull through. But it can take it's fair share of normal "accidents" without getting shot. I do have one big complaint on quality - the headphone jack is very weak. This pedal is absolutely perfect for learning songs - plug in a MP3 player and headphones and you can jam away - so I use this feature a lot. The problem I've had is that after less than a year of owning the pedal I started hearing a delay in the phones with one channel cutting out. If I jiggled or repositioned the headphone plug it would "fix it" but wouldn't stay put. So I had the unit repaired under warranty (took several weeks) and it was good for another year and now it's starting again. In my book this is a serious flaw since using the headphone jack is a big reason I bought this - the ability to practice without driving the wife crazy.
      Great value when you think about all the effects and stompboxes you can replace or not buy.

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      RP 500

      By Tentop Rocker

      from Dallas, TX

      See all my reviews

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

      Overall I would recommend this product. I have owned separate stomp boxes and a few BOSS multi effects units and this is the most versatile and user friendly of them all. Just needs a longer power cable.
      I use this unit as a stomp box pedal board only. I have turned off the amp and cabinet models.

      It is very versatile and has great sounding effects. I don't compare them to the original stomp boxes. I just find one with the sounds I like and store them. I especially like the fact that each patch has separate effect controls.
      I started off with an RP355 but I it has too many features (looper, learn a lick) that can be inadvertently turned on when you don't need them. I sold the rp355 and purchased the rp500. Much better control and effects.
      This unit is built well and seems to be versital. I did extend the power supply wire because the original is a little too short.
      I was lucky because I purchased my rp500 for a great price.

      (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      GREAT PEDAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      By Mordy31

      from NY

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      Pros

      • A Lot Of Fun To Use
      • AWSOME WAH PEDAL
      • Built Well
      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive
      • So easy to use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Having fun
        • Home Studio
        • Jamming
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

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

        I wasn't sure which pedal to get so I called Musicians Friend and they suggested the Digitech RP500 and I am so happy with it, this pedal does it all from tremendous sound to a great wah pedal it actually has a Vox Clyde Wah which is my favorite. This pedal is cheap in price but expensive in quality. THANK YOU MUSICIANS FRIEND!!!!

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Change For The Better

        By Latch

        from Fast Johnny Latch

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

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

          I own A POD XT Live and I am not unhappy with it, but a recording producer suggest I try the RP500, because the effects are less "processed" & mechanical.

          I also have started a pedalboard of analog effects pedals, but am not able to have the diversity of the multi effects unit.

          I noticed a definite improvement in the quality of the patches; more like the pedal board analog sounds.

          And the RP500 is easier to setup than the POD XT was.

          I am very happy with my investment, and have completely replaced the POD XT.

          (6 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Serious Disappointment

          By Anchoret

          from California

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          Pros

          • Rugged Build

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use
          • Excessively Complex
          • Poor Model Sound
          • Poor Sound Quality
          • Unresolved Firmware Bugs

          Best Uses

          • Performances

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

          My need for this thing was very simple and limited: I wanted to use the DigiTech Whammy and Harmonizer effects in my recording studio, and perhaps the looper for practicing. I had no illusions about the amp and analog effect models, but I figured that the proprietary DigiTech digital effects running off the same AudioDNA2 engine as the stand-alone effects would at least be OK.

          Wrong.

          The harmonizer effect has some bug in the RP500's firmware that many have complained about, but DigiTech says they are not bugfixing, presumably because this model is at the end of its marketing cycle and it's not worth it for them.

          The X-Edit external editing program is not bad, but it is extremely hard to see because of the tiny fonts in the menus.

          I actually have many of the original analog effects and amps in my studio, and they sound NOTHING like the DigiTech models of them in the RP500. What the models are actually from, I can't guess.

          For setting up some fuzzy high-distortion live performance stuff, I imagine this has its uses and it's a solid, rugged unit that looks like it would survive stage use, but it's just not a product that has much place in pro-grade recording, especially if DigiTech doesn't fix its screw-ups.

          I definitely regret buying this device and recommend against it.

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very Impressed!!

          By D. Stump

          from Floresville, TX

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

          If you want an upgrade or a multi-effects pedal that is fluid combined with your own effects pedals, I recommend this one! I honestly believe you will not be disappointed!
          I have to say that I am blown away at all the features on this thing! 100 factory presets along with 100 user presets, all tweakable to your liking, you can find the tone your after...I honestly believe it! After the update, you get a 20-second looper. There's also software to edit each of your presets on your computer. You can turn the amp/cabinet off and just go with effects or bypass the pedalboard completely and use your own effects pedals.
          Honestly, this thing is built tough! Love the feel and sound of stomping on the switches! Lol! Makes me feel like a pro! Lol!
          To be honest, in my opinion, with as much as this thing can do, I believe the price is just right!

          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great recording tool!

          By Kelly martin

          from Madison Wi

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          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality

          Cons

          • None
          • None really

          Best Uses

          • Professional Recording

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

          Sell your amps-this is all you need. You should hear the guitar tracks I recorded with this beast-direct! Forget the overpriced guitar processors. This is all you'll ever need! Two enthusiastic thumbs up!

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