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

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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

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89%

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Pros

  • Versatile (8)
  • Good selection of effects (7)
  • Excellent sound quality (6)
  • Compact (5)
  • Responsive (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (9)
    • Home studio (6)
    • Outdoor events / games (6)
    • Amateur recording (5)
    • Professional recording (5)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Nothing Comparable In This Price Range!

    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...Read complete review

    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!

    VS

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    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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    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.

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    4.0

    Great Starter

    By Wannabee Tool Bassist

    from Wallingford, PA.

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Both Wah And Whammy
    • Compact Design
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances

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

      This pedal board got me started and helped me explore many effects I had never heard before, and includes some pretty strange but fun effects, too. If you do get this, and want to switch rapidly among the effects, I would recommend using this pedal for whammy, compression, distortion, and delay,or other wild card effects while using other pedals along with it to add versatility.

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      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      RP500

      By Sycamoredave

      from OhiO

      About Me Experienced

      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.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Change For The Better

        By John Latch

        from Houston, Tx.

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        Verified Buyer

        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.

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          (7 of 8 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!

            Comment on this review

            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great recording tool!

            By Uncle Light

            from Madison Wi

            About Me Experienced

            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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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Pretty Nice Unit

            By robung

            from west michigan

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Gets The Job Done Nice
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • None at this time

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Performances

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

            It's a pretty nice unit. Good selection of effects and the sound is really good for what you get. Customization is easy.

            I haven't tried any of the recording to PC yet, so I am not sure of those features yet.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            my life in a pedal

            By Karl Newbedford

            from scotland

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • No Looper

            Best Uses

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

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

            What a masterpiece. I mean really digitech out did themselves. this unit is so good it is comparable to the old RP-1s. great sounds, wide range of effects, iv had this unit for a year now and cant imagine life without it. BUY THIS UNIT!!!

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            (6 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Serious Disappointment

            By Anchoret

            from California

            About Me Professional Musician

            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.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Buy it

            By mrjamminjb

            from Birmingham, AL

            About Me Experienced

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            Pros

            • Durable
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Set up is time consuming

            Best Uses

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

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

            Quality unit with a nice selection of effects combinations. The pre-sets can be tailored but it takes time to dial in your specific sounds. Switching from one effect to another is immediate once you set up your banks. I created my favorite 12 presets and moved them to banks 1, 2 and 3. I purchased a second RP500 for back up and set it up the same way but have never had to use it. My oringinal unit is 2 years old and still sounds and looks as good as it did when I bought it. Very durable and sounds great out of a Marshall MG.

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