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  • Jon Chappell
    started a topic DigiTech RP250 Modeling Guitar Processor

    DigiTech RP250 Modeling Guitar Processor

    The RP series is the latest in the line of multi-effects processors from DigiTech (http://digitech.com). At the core of the three new units – the RP150 (list/street: $159.95/$100), RP250 ($229.95/$150), and RP350 ($309.95/$200) – is the new sound-generating technology, dubbed AudioDNA2.

    This is a newer version of the engine used in the GNX series of processors, and it's used in the less-expensive and more-portable RPx50 series. If you’re new to DigiTech technology, the company describes AudioDNA2 as a “proprietary audio ASIC that provides more accuracy in the tone and dynamic response of the RP models than its predecessor.”

    The included drum machine has over 60 patterns, and the units are housed in a rugged, heavy-duty (and heavy - which is a good thing!) metal chassis. All run in either mono or stereo and include a back-panel switch for amp or mixer operation. An outlet-hogging wall-wart power supply drives the unit.

    The advantages of the RPx50 line are the easy access to the tone and effects libraries. It’s a quick, three-step process (model, effect, level) to choose any sound. You can have up to 11 effects simultaneously, and you select initial sounds by genre – a nifty concept for dialing up a base sound from which to perform with or edit.

    If you’re a recording or computer-using guitarist, you’ll appreciate the USB interface for editing, archiving, and downloading of new presets. The A/D converter is 24-bit, 44.1 kHz, and allows 2-in/2-out recording on multi-track recording software. You can play back a mix or mp3 files recorded directly from the unit.

    The three versions of this RP series are all related in that they all have the same architecture, but the different models have more or less available models and effects to them, as well as some physical attributes (included expression pedal, back-panel jacks, display quality, etc.).

    All three feature two programmable pedals that advance the presets or bypass the unit, and two (the RP250 and RP350) feature an expression pedal (for volume, wah, effect intensity, etc.) My review unit is the RP250, the subject of this Pro Review, which falls in the middle of the line, but in the next post, there's a chart listing the parameters of all three pedals.

  • awd83
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    the expression pedal can easily be hit too hard, which causes it to stop working. all you need to do is recalibrate it, which you can find instructions on the internet pretty easily, all you have to do is basically turn it off and back on while holding down the pedals (I think) to enter in to calibration mode. I had the problem and was about to send it back, but it turned out this was all it needed

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  • Das Booty
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    I contacted digitech support, and they gave me a link to download new drivers and now it works flawless................ kudos for the fast response



    Digitech has some shortfalls...but in my experience, customer service is not one of them.

    Back when I had a GSP-21 for a few years, something went wrong with it...they fixed for free AND updated the firmware/presets for me (more artist presets)

    I reviewed a RP-300a in HC, and complained about a harsh sound when using it I couldn't dial out. I get an email from digitech giving me pointers on how to set it to sound its best...didn't really work to my satisfaction, but the fact that they went through the trouble to email me after reading my review speaks for itself.

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  • IbanezJon
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    I have a blackstar HT-60 arriving soon.

    What are my best options for using this amp with the RP250?

    Is it possible to use it infront of the preamp or in the effects loop? Which sounds better. I want to use the wah, whammy, delays, reverb, chorus, overdrive pedals (ds-1, or ts9) etc etc. Not all at the same time of course.

    It's been a few years, so if anyone has any experience with this, I'd appreciate hearing about it. Apologies if this has been talked about but it's a very large topic with many pages to read.

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  • humbuckerstrat
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    Oops, sorry. I was talking about my Digitech VL2, not my Digitech RP250. The RP250 did great. I do know about the amp/mixer button and I had it set the right way for inputting into the PA.


    Thanks for the reply, MDL.

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  • MDLMUSIC
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    Do you mean the amp/mixer button that's next to the guitar input jack?


    Oops, sorry. I was talking about my Digitech VL2, not my Digitech RP250. The RP250 did great. I do know about the amp/mixer button and I had it set the right way for inputting into the PA.

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  • humbuckerstrat
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    I have been using the RP250 for a couple of years now and have had no problems, except for one, which was my fault.

    I played the local county fair a few weeks ago and I asked the sound guy if it was OK for me to skip hauling my combo amp from the parking lot to the stage and just go direct from my guitar to the RP250 and then into his huge fancy PA. He said sure, so I did. The first set sounded terrible due to a loud 60-cycle hum from the guitar. The sound guy ran off to get a ground lift plug, but in the meantime I noticed a little ground lift button next to the guitar thru jack on the RP250. Once I pushed that everything sounded great. For some reason I had never needed to use that button before with my dinky little Yamaha powered mixer and speakers on stands setup.
    Do you mean the amp/mixer button that's next to the guitar input jack?

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  • sholing
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    I'm interested in the new RP series,thanks for sharing,hope it helps me dude...

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  • MDLMUSIC
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    I have been using the RP250 for a couple of years now and have had no problems, except for one, which was my fault.

    I played the local county fair a few weeks ago and I asked the sound guy if it was OK for me to skip hauling my combo amp from the parking lot to the stage and just go direct from my guitar to the RP250 and then into his huge fancy PA. He said sure, so I did. The first set sounded terrible due to a loud 60-cycle hum from the guitar. The sound guy ran off to get a ground lift plug, but in the meantime I noticed a little ground lift button next to the guitar thru jack on the RP250. Once I pushed that everything sounded great. For some reason I had never needed to use that button before with my dinky little Yamaha powered mixer and speakers on stands setup.

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  • humbuckerstrat
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    This is a great thread! I just got an RP255 and this thread was a real eye-opener, it's really helped me to figure out what the heck to do with my RP255. Thanks for all the great info.

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  • Roby Lee
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    the pedal on mine stopped working,I now have BOSS GS-10,I must say the Boss gs 10 to me is better,for my needs,

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  • StangLX718
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    Can you bypass the amp/cab simulation on the rp355 and 255 and use it only as a stomp box?

    Also, is the 355 worth the extra cash over the 255?

    Regards,

    Stang

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  • anthony.013
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    I've had the RP 250 for about 2 years now and am quite pleased with its performance and diversity of sound. The expression pedal stopped working after a while and I have yet to try and fix it. But overall I bought the 250 because I didn't have the money for multiple individual pedals. If your wanting something with many effects to experiment with, then I'd have to say give the RP series a try. The fact that you can plug it straight into your PC via USB gives you clean digital sound when recording. Also, the software you can download makes it extremely easy to alter the effect options.

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  • chrisebrooks06
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    I have this pedal mainly for the whammy effect , its great i placed on my board with a seperate wah and a few pedals and its great fun

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  • userpatch
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    I contacted digitech support, and they gave me a link to download new drivers and now it works flawless................ kudos for the fast response

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