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DigiTech RP1000 Guitar Multi Effects Pedal



Sound Quality

I originally got it to use as a modeling box for recording direct. It works great for that but it also works extremely well in a live situation with a preamp and power amp setup. I have used it mainly with high end humbucker equipped Ibanez and BC Rich guitars with Marshall pre and power amps. This thing is dead quiet going into a Marshall DSL 100 amp head. It is even more quiet than my Marshall JMP-1 pre. I'll admit I'm not an avid FX user so take this with that in mind. I think the FX sound really good. I can only compare it side by side with two older rack FX processors by Digitech(TSR 12 & GSP 2101) and to me it sounds much more real and organic than the older sterile rack processors. It is also sooo much easier to get a real "guitar voiced" sound out of the FX than the Old Digitech rack gear. The next question is...Can you get the sound of your favorite artists? Who are they? I assume that I could but really I just want to get "MY TONE" out of it which is more important. I am with out a doubt a Marshall tube amp snob. All of my sounds from clean to dirty and everything in between come out better thru a Marshall tube amp setup. I currently use a Marshall JMP-1 pre into a DSL 100(as a power amp) with KT77 power tubes, into two 4x12 Marshall JCM 900 cabs w' gt12-75's. I can run this RP1000 as a preamp and put my JMP-1 in the "amp loop" and switch between the two and compare them. And wow! I can get about 90 to 95% close to my sounds out of it using only the RP1000's sound! Unbelievable! No it will not replace the real deal but getting that close is truly amazing. I have used the other modelers (V-amp, Pod, Vox)in the past and couldn't even get in the ball park of my sound. They always sounded to fake and distant. As for using the RP1000 just as a modeler with the cab sim on I would have to say it also exceeds the competition in getting "My Tone".

Reliability/Durability

So far so good.

General Comments

My style ranges from lighter rock and blues to hard rock, Metal, progressive rock and metal to even the occasional death metal riff. I have played for over 20 years and have owned pro quality gear for many years. Id definitely get another if it came up missing. I love the fact that I can get my sound out of it. I have as stated at the begining only one problem with the RP1000. When editing presets for a live situation(read cab sim off and using the amp models as pre amps)when you scroll thru different amp models everytime you switch to a different amp model a "cab" comes on and you then have to turn it off. That is annoying! I wish there was a way to make just the "cab" simulation to stay off while editing. There is a switch for "amp/cab" on and off but going a step further and having two buttons, one for amp and the other for cab would have been more logical. The only other things I wish it had was more "Marshall" models and maybe a beer tap.




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