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Product Specialist for over 2 years.
Musician for 30 years and vocalist since I could draw a breath. Getting me to talk and sing was easy, getting me to shut up was the real challenge.
"Calling this a multi effects pedal is like calling a hurricane a light breeze...."
How many pedals do you need? How many pedals do you have? How much spaghetti do you have to untangle and how many pedal boards do you carry around with you? Have you ever found yourself wishing you had this pedal or that effect to sweeten your tone? Did you ever wish you had a dual rectifier with a 4x12 cabinet and then wanted to switch to an AC30 with a 2x10 cab? I was able to do all of this and more in my little music studio with just my big toe.
How you may ask? With Digitech's newest Integrated Effect Switching System, the RP1000. "Oh, another multi effects pedal...so what" you might say. And I would respond "Calling this a multi effects pedal is like calling a hurricane a light breeze." It's a pedal board, it's an amp modeler, it's a cabinet modeler and it has more effects than you can shake a Strat at. 52 amps, 27 cabs, 23 distortions, 8 delays, 7 envelopes, 6 reverbs, 6 chorus, 5 pitch affecters, 5 tremolos, 4 phasers, 3 compressors, 3 wahs, 3 vibratos, 2 Gates and a 3 band parametric EQ in a Pear tree.
But wait there’s more...it's a tuner, it's a looper AND it has an effects send and return so you can implement your own pedals and effects along with the RP1000's effects. And with a press of a switch bypass the RP1000 in favor of your own unique setups and sounds. All of the effects integrated into the RP1000 are fully tweakable and sound surprisingly good.
The amp and cab models truly did impress me. Digitech has made some very important strides in their modeling technology. I found the controls intuitive and easy to use. The only negatives I saw in the RP1000 were too short a sample time in the looper and the compression fall off was a bit too drastic.
Overall, this is an excellent new tool for the musician on the move and unless you’ve got your own roadies, the less you have to schlep, the better.
Tech Specialist for over 14 years.
Multi-instrumentalist and drummer, I've been making and playing music since 9 years old. I've played in bands, developed skills to fix numerous types of instruments, done my fair share of live sound as well as recorded numerous projects. I consider myself to be very knowledgeable in both technical and business aspects of the industry thanks to my experience in the field as an active musician and my work here at American Musical Supply.
"the only thing Digitech neglected here was the addition of the kitchen sink..."
The first thing I noticed about the Digitech RP1000 is the durability. It is very solid and seemed to be able to withstand a lot of abuse from night after night of gigging. It appears to be constructed of a solid piece of aluminum, which is good to keep the weight down. The switch buttons were all very solid and the expression pedal was smooth and effective. Moving on to the meat of this thing, the presets are actually very well thought out and usable right out of the box. I loved scrolling through and playing pieces of tunes, which seemed to be the inspiration for the specific patches, it was a lot of fun. I found the tuner right away as well as I noticed my guitar was very out of tune. Simply hold the #2 switch for 2 seconds and you are in tuner mode. I actually had to look that up in the manual, as it was not labeled on the pedal board that I could see although I may have overlooked that in my excitement to start tinkering.
As I began to modify presets to tones I wanted, I realized how simple it really was. It is as if they wanted to put totally professional sounding patches and footswitch edit ability into a unit that even novice users could figure out and Digitech succeeded admirably. The inclusion of the bypass to turn off the RP1000s amp and cabinet modeling is a marvelous addition especially considering the number of players using all-tube amplifiers these days who love the tone of their rigs. The marriage of digital versatility and tonal transparency is complete. Digitech has really broadened their target audience with this unit and I foresee it being a smash hit with players of all styles and backgrounds.
The inclusion of Cubase LE4 recording software and the USB interface makes setting this up in your studio a breeze. It's actually totally Plug-n-Play so all you need to do is connect a standard USB cable to the RP1000 and then to your computer and it automatically detects the new hardware. This connection gives you the ability to record stereo tracks directly into your computer with no microphones or amplifiers, which means less headaches from microphone bleed and room noise. Using the USB connection also makes the RP1000 an audio interface so you can directly connect your studio monitors to it and listen in full, rich stereo. In my opinion, the only thing Digitech neglected here was the addition of the kitchen sink and I’m not sure how they would tie that in.
Tech Specialist for over 1 year.
I grew up surrounded by music.
I've been playing guitar, drums, bass, and harmonica for over 6 years--Gigging guitarist in Blues/Rock band.
"very user friendly, full of features, great sounding and very fun to play..."
DigiTech has always been on the forefront of guitar multi-effects pedals, always looking for new ways to improve and add more sounds to each new model they design. The RP1000 is a fantastic addition to the RP series and gives hundreds of sonic possibilities for the gigging or recording guitarist.
Right out of the box I could tell that the all metal construction and heavy-duty switches should last for many years and many gigs. The display is easy to read and the layout of the switches and controls is quite simple and easy to get used to. The impressive number of ins and outs makes this RP useable in almost any situation.
After plugging in from a Les Paul to a Vox tube amp, I got to work. At first I decided to go through and use the effects with the Amp/Cabinet bypass button selected. The distortion tones were very impressive, I could get a great light overdrive or crank out some of the heaviest and thickest distortion I've ever heard. I was also easily able to edit the sound of each effect, allowing for virtually endless sonic possibilities.
The amp and cabinet models on this pedal are definitely one of its strong suites. Using the loop feature, I laid down a nice blues shuffle with a Fender Bassman model and then played over that while switching through the many other amp models it features. A lot of the times I could tell which amp model I had selected without even looking at the display! If you don't want to use the amp and cab models on the pedal you can connect with the amp loop send and return to completely bypass those.
The wonderful world of the multi-effects pedal is somewhat scary to get into. If you are contemplating taking that step, or maybe you are looking for every effect and amp model imaginable, I highly recommend the RP1000. I found it to be very user friendly, full of features, great sounding and very fun to play with.