Owner`s Manual
Integrated Effects
Switching System
Owner’s
Manual
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Warranty
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1.
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Table of Contents
Section 1 - Introduction................................. 1
Getting Acquainted......................................................... 1
About the RP500............................................................ 1
Pedalboard Mode....................................................... 1
Preset Mode and Pedalboard Mode...................... 1
Bypass Mode .............................................................. 1
Amp/Cabinet Bypass Mode .................................... 1
Tuner Mode................................................................. 2
Tone Library (Knob 1).............................................. 2
Effects Library (Knob 2)........................................... 2
Effects Level (Knob 3).............................................. 2
Amp Gain/Effect Parameter (Knob 4).................. 2
Amp Level/Effect Parameter (Knob 5)................. 2
Master Level (Knob 6).............................................. 2
X-Edit™ Editor/Librarian........................................ 3
Presets.......................................................................... 3
Create Your Sound in Three Easy Steps.................... 3
A Guided Tour of the RP500....................................... 4
Front Panel.................................................................. 4
Rear Panel.................................................................... 7
Getting Started................................................................ 8
Making Connections................................................. 8
Amp/Cabinet Bypass................................................. 8
Mono Operation........................................................ 8
Stereo Operation...................................................... 8
Applying Power .......................................................10
Section 2 - Editing Functions....................... 11
Editing/Creating Presets..............................................11
Storing/Copying/Naming a Preset.............................12
Section 3 - Effects and Parameters............. 13
About the Effects..........................................................13
Effect Definitions...........................................................13
Wah.............................................................................13
Compressor .............................................................13
Distortion..................................................................14
Amplifier....................................................................15
EQ...............................................................................17
Noise Gate/Auto Swell..........................................17
Chorus/FX.................................................................18
Delay ..........................................................................24
Reverb .......................................................................25
Section 4 - Other Functions........................ 26
CD/MP3 Input...............................................................26
Expression Pedal...........................................................26
LFOs.................................................................................26
Wah Min/Max................................................................27
Expression Update........................................................27
Factory Reset.................................................................27
Expression Pedal Calibration.....................................28
Section 5 - Appendix..................................... 29
Specifications..................................................................29
Tone Library...................................................................30
Effects Library................................................................30
Section 1 - Introduction
Getting Acquainted
Congratulations on your purchase of the RP500. You now own a very powerful integrated effects switching
system allowing you extra control over stompboxes, effects, amplifiers and cabinets. The RP500 combines
the simplicity of a stompbox with the control of an effects switching system for control the way you want
it. Armed with DigiTech®’s patented AudioDNA2® custom audio DSP chip, the RP500 gives you a huge
selection of tones and effects, right at your fingertips. Easily dial up a sound using the Tone and Effects
Library knobs. You will appreciate the tone and dynamic interaction of each of the amps, stompboxes, and
effects with your system. Add USB support for computer recording and you have the RP500: the key to
unlock your creative potential.
About the RP500
Pedalboard Mode
When you first apply power to the RP500, it powers up in Pedalboard mode. Pedalboard mode provides
access to all of the presets within the RP500 via the Up and Down Footswitches. Knob 1 selects a tone
from the Tone Library, Knob 2 selects an effects chain from the Effects Library, Knob 3 adjusts the Effects
Level, Knob 4 adjusts the Amp Gain, Knob 5 adjusts the Amp Level, and Knob 6 adjusts the Master Level
(volume).
Preset Mode and Pedalboard Mode
Since the RP500 has two different footswitch modes of operation (Preset Mode and Pedalboard Mode),
presets can be selected in two different ways:
Pedalboard Mode
Pedalboard mode is the default mode, where each numbered footswitch turns on and off the effect
labeled above it. Use the Up/Down Footswitches to select presets in Pedalboard mode. When the
Pedalboard button is on (lit), Pedalboard mode is active.
Preset Mode
In Preset mode, the numbered footswitches recall presets in the active bank. Use the Up/Down
Footswitches to select preset banks in Preset mode. When the Pedalboard button is off (not lit),
Preset mode is active.
Bypass Mode
The RP500 presets can be bypassed via an analog bypass circuit for a clean, unprocessed guitar signal. To
bypass the RP500, press the Bypass Footswitch. The Display reads Bypass indicating the preset is
bypassed. Press any Footswitch to exit Bypass and return the RP500 to the last preset used.
Amp/Cabinet Bypass Mode
The RP500 has the unique feature of being able to turn off amp and cabinet modeling globally in all presets.
This is extremely useful when you just want to add effects processing to your own core amplifier sound.
The RP500 effectively becomes a straight multi-effects box at this point where only Wah, Compressor,
Distortion, Equalizer, Noise Gate, Chorus/FX, Delay, and Reverb are being used.
To bypass amp/cabinet modeling in all presets, press the Amp/Cabinet Bypass button. When it is lit,
amp/cabinet modeling is globally bypassed in all presets.
Amp/Cabinet Bypass can be used in either Preset or Pedalboard modes.
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Tuner Mode
The Tuner in the RP500 allows you to quickly tune or check the tuning on your guitar. Enter Tuner mode by
pressing and holding the Bypass Footswitch for 2 seconds. The Display briefly shows TUNER indicating
that you are in Tuner mode. To begin tuning, play a note on your guitar (a harmonic at the 12th fret usually
works best). The Numeric Display shows the note being played. Arrows on the right indicate the note is
sharp and should be tuned down. Arrows on the left indicate the note is flat and should be tuned up. A
left and a right arrow in the center indicate the note is in tune. The output is muted in Tuner mode. The
Expression Pedal controls the guitar volume while tuning. Exit tuner mode by pressing any Footswitch.
Left and right arrows
in the center indicate
note is in tune
Note being played
A
In Tuner mode, you can change your tuning reference. The default factory setting is A=440 Hz (displayed as
A=440). Rotating Knob 1 selects alternate dropped tunings and tuning references. Alternate tunings are
A = A , A = G, A = G , and tuning references A=427 - A=453. The display window briefly flashes
the current tuning reference.
Tone Library (Knob 1)
In Pedalboard and Preset modes, this knob selects a variety of genre-based amp tone defaults ranging from
Blues to Metal to Country. Behind the scenes, the Compressor, Distortion, Amp/Cabinet types, EQ, and
Noise Gate are configured to create a specified tone with a single click of this knob. You can further refine
the sound by editing the preset (see Editing/Creating Presets on page 11). Changing between different Tone
Library defaults does not change the Chorus/FX, Delay or Reverb, letting you experiment with different
amp styles quickly in the context of the current effect chain. When in Amp/Cabinet Bypass Mode, the
amplifiers are defeated leaving distortion and overdrive stompboxes as the only means of distortion.
Effects Library (Knob 2)
In Pedalboard and Preset modes, this knob selects a variety of post-amplifier effect chains (Chorus, Chorus
+ Delay, Delay + Reverb, etc.). You can further refine the sound by editing the preset (see Editing/Creating
Presets on page 11). Changing between different Effects Library defaults does not change the Compressor,
Distortion, Amp/Cabinet types, EQ, and Noise Gate settings, letting you experiment with different effect
chains quickly in the context of the current amp tone.
Effects Level (Knob 3)
In Pedalboard and Preset modes, this knob changes the relative level of the post-amp effects (Chorus/FX,
Delay, and Reverb). This can be thought of as an effects mix control, where turning this knob clockwise
increases the level of these effects and turning it counter-clockwise decreases the level of these effects.
Amp Gain/Effect Parameter (Knob 4)
This knob adjusts the Gain (distortion) for the selected Amp (not available for Acoustic) and is also used
to adjust parameters of other effects in the matrix. The amplifier and cabinets cannot be adjusted when the
Amp/Cabinet Bypass button is enabled.
Amp Level/Effect Parameter (Knob 5)
This knob adjusts the Level (volume) of the selected amp and is used to adjust other effect parameters in
the matrix. Amp Level cannot be adjusted when the Amp/Cabinet Bypass button is enabled.
Master Level (Knob 6)
This knob controls the overall output volume of all of the RP500’s presets and is used to adjust other effect
parameters in the matrix.
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X-Edit™ Editor/Librarian
You can edit your RP500 with your computer, using the X-EditTM Editor/Librarian, which you can download
from www.digitech.com.
Presets
Presets are named and numbered locations of programmed sounds which reside in the RP500. Presets
are recalled with the Footswitches. The active effects in each preset are indicated by lighted LEDs in the
Effect Matrix. The RP500 comes with 100 User presets (1-00) and 100 Factory presets (F1-F00). The
User presets are locations where your creations may be stored. The Factory presets do not allow you to
store any changes to them. From the factory, the 100 User presets are exact duplicates of the 100 Factory
presets. This allows you to create your own presets without losing the sounds that came with the RP500.
Create Your Sound in Three Easy Steps
1.
Tone Library
Select one of 40 different tones from rock, metal, blues, country, and
more. The tones consist of a combination of Compressor, Distortion
Stompbox, Amplifier/Cabinet, EQ, and Noise Gate.
For a complete list of available tones, see page 30.
2.
Effects Library
Select one of 40 different effects chains. The effects consist of a
combination of Chorus/FX, Delay, and Reverb.
For a complete list of available effects chains, see page 30.
3.
Effects Level
Adjust the overall level of the post-amp effects to your liking.
To make further edits, refer to page 11.
To store the preset, refer to page 12.
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A Guided Tour of the RP500
Front Panel
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1. Tap Tempo Footswitch
This footswitch is used for setting the delay time in the current preset. By pressing this footswitch
repeatedly you can set the delay to repeat in time with your music.
2. Bypass/Tuner Footswitch
This footswitch bypasses all of the RP500’s effects sending an unprocessed signal out all of the outputs.
Pressing and holding the Bypass footswitch accesses the RP500’s chromatic tuner. The Displays will provide
feedback for the tuning function (see page 2 for more info on using the Tuner).
3. Edit Up/Down Buttons
These buttons navigate up and down the rows of the matrix for editing presets.
4. Effects Matrix
The matrix provides information regarding the current preset and parameter edit functions. In Pedalboard
and Preset modes, the LEDs running down the left side of the Matrix provide a visual indication of which
effects are in use for the selected preset. While editing a preset, the LEDs light individually to indicate which
Effect row is selected for editing.
5. Displays
The RP500 has two sets of displays. The 8 character alpha-numeric display shows preset names, bank
names, and effects names while editing. The 2 character numeric display shows preset numbers and effects
parameters while editing and shows the note being tuned when the Tuner is enabled.
6. Knobs 1-6 (From left to right)
These six knobs perform various functions, depending on which mode is currently active and what (if
anything) is being edited. The functions are listed below:
Tone Library (Knob 1)
1. In Pedalboard and Preset modes, this knob selects from a library of preset amp tones.
2. When editing a preset, this knob changes the Amp or Effect for the selected row and pressing the
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knob will turn the effect row on or off. When editing an Effect row, press this knob to turn the
effect on or off. When editing the Amp/Cabinet row, pressing this knob will switch between editing
the amp or the cabinet.
3. When the Expression row is selected, this knob selects the Expression, LFO 1, LFO 2, and Wah
parameter links, and pressing this knob has the same effect as turning it.
Effects Library (Knob 2)
1. In Pedalboard and Preset modes, this knob selects from a library of preset effect chains.
2. When editing a preset, this knob modifies the parameter listed in the column directly above it for
the selected Effect row.
3. When the Expression row is selected, this knob selects which parameter is assigned to the
Expression Pedal, LFO1or LFO2.
Effects Level (Knob 3)
1. In Pedalboard and Preset modes, this knob adjusts the overall level of post amp effects (Chorus/FX,
Delay, and Reverb).
2. When editing a preset, this knob modifies the parameter listed in the column directly above it for
the selected Effect row.
3. When the Expression row is selected, this knob selects the heel (minimum) value for the
parameter or Wah linked to the Expression Pedal.
Amp Gain (Knob 4)
1. In Pedalboard and Preset modes, this knob adjusts the Amp Gain (distortion) for the selected Amp
model.
2. When editing a preset, this knob modifies the parameter listed in the column directly above it
for the selected Effect row. This knob also is used to adjust the RP/USB mix when the RP500 is
connected to a computer and using recording software. Just select the Wah row to adjust this
parameter when USB is connected to the RP500.
3. When the Expression row is selected, this knob selects the toe (maximum) value for the
parameter or Wah linked to the Expression Pedal.
Amp Level (Knob 5)
1. In Pedalboard and Preset modes, this knob adjusts the Amp Level (volume) of the selected Amp
model.
2. When editing a preset, this knob modifies the parameter listed in the column directly above it for
the selected Effect row. This knob is also used to adjust the USB Record Level when the RP500
is connected to a computer and using recording software. Just select the Wah row to adjust this
parameter when USB is connected to the RP500.
3. When the Expression row is selected, this knob selects the LFO waveform. LFO 1or LFO 2 must
first be selected with Knob 1 for this parameter to be available.
Master Volume (Knob 6)
1. In Pedalboard and Preset modes, this knob adjusts the output level of the RP500.
2. When editing a preset, this knob modifies the parameter listed in the column directly above it for
the selected Effect row.
3. When the Expression row is selected, this knob sets the LFO speed. LFO 1 or LFO 2 must first be
selected with Knob 1 for this parameter to be available.
7. System Buttons
There are three system buttons: AMP/CABINET BYPASS, PEDALBOARD, and STORE.
• AMP/CABINET BYPASS – When this button is lit, the internal amplifiers and cabinets are bypassed
in all RP500 presets
• PEDALBOARD – When this button is lit, the 5 numbered footswitches turn the effects labeled
above them on and off. When this button is not lit, these footswitches select the five presets in
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the active bank.
• STORE – Press this button to begin the store/copy procedure.
8. Up/Down Footswitches
These Up/Down footswitches select preset banks or they select individual presets when Pedalboard mode
is active.
9. Expression Pedal
The Expression Pedal provides real-time control of the RP500’s Volume, Wah, or any assigned effect
parameter. Almost every parameter is available for Expression Pedal control. The Expression Pedal also
turns on and controls the Wah effect when you apply extra pressure to the toe.
10. 1-5 / Effects Footswitches
In Preset Mode, these 5 footswitches select between 5 different presets in the active bank. The footswitch
LED will light to indicate which preset is active. In Pedalboard mode, these footswitches are used to turn
Compressor, Distortion, Chorus/FX, Delay, and Reverb effects on and off. Effects that are on will have their
footswitch LED lit.
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Rear Panel
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1. Input
High impedance 1/4” instrument input.
2. Amp/Mixer Switch
This switch optimizes the 1/4” Line Outputs for connecting to either a guitar amp system or directly into
the inputs of a mixer.
3. 1/4” Line Outputs
These 1/4” outputs can be plugged into a guitar amplifier or into inputs of a mixer or recording device.
The front panel Master Level controls the level of these outputs.
4. Headphone Output
Connect headphones here. Output optimized for use with headphones having 60 Ohms of impedance or
less.
5. CD/MP3 Input
Connect the headphone output of an MP3 or CD player using a stereo 1/8” cable to this 1/8” stereo TRS
jack for rehearsing with your favorite pre-recorded material. Adjust the output level of your playback
device and the RP500’s Master Level knob for the proper volume balance.
6. Ground Lift Switch
This switch lifts pin 1 from the XLR Mixer Outputs from all ground references. This may be necessary to
help solve troublesome ground loops that can cause hum in the system, especially when both XLR and 1/4”
outputs are used with a mixer and a guitar amplifier.
7. XLR Mixer Outputs
The XLR outputs are designed for connecting to a recording device or mixing console. These outputs
always have speaker compensation active as they are intended to be sent into full a range audio system.
8. USB Jack
The USB jack connects the RP500 to a computer and provides two purposes. First it is used to provide
communication between the RP500 and the X-Edit editor librarian software. Second, it is used to stream
four channels of audio (2 up / 2 back) to and from the computer when recording using the RP500 and your
recording software of choice.
9. AC Jack
The AC Jack allows you to connect a DigiTech recommended power supply for supplying AC power to the
unit.
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Getting Started
Making Connections
There are several different connection options available with the RP500. Before connecting the RP500,
make sure that the power to your amplifier and the RP500 is turned off. There is no power switch on the
RP500. To turn the RP500 on or off, connect or disconnect the included PS0913B power supply from the
Power Input jack.
Amp/Cabinet Bypass
The RP500 lets you bypass its amp and cabinet tones so you can apply its effects to your own amp/cabinet
tone. To bypass the RP500 amp and cabinet tones in all presets, enable the Amp/Cabinet Bypass button.
To utilize the RP500 amp and cabinet tones, disable the Amp/Cabinet Bypass button.
Mono Operation
Connect your guitar to the Input of the RP500. Connect a single mono instrument cable from the Left
(Mono) output of the RP500 to the instrument input or effect return on your amplifier. Set the ¼˝ Amp/
Mixer switch to Amp. This setup usually uses the Amp/Cabinet Bypass.
Mono Amp Setup
¼” Amp/Mixer
switch set to “Amp”
¼” Left (Mono) Output
Input
Stereo Operation
For stereo operation connect the guitar to the Input of the RP500. Connect one cable to the RP500’s
Left (Mono) output, and another cable to the RP500’s Right output. Connect one cable to the input of
one amplifier, channel of a mixer, or power amp. Connect the second cable to a second amplifier, second
channel of a mixer, or power amp. If connecting to a mixing console, set the pan controls of the mixer
channels hard left and right in order to retain stereo separation. If connecting to a mixer, set the ¼˝ Amp/
Mixer switch to Mixer. If connecting to two amplifiers, set the ¼˝ Amp/Mixer switch to Amp. This setup
usually uses the Amp/Cabinet Bypass.
Stereo Amp Setup
¼” Left (Mono)
Output
Input
¼” Right Output
¼” Amp/Mixer
switch set to “Amp”
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Stereo Mixer Setup
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XLR Left Out
XLR Right Out
Computer Recording Setup
Studio Reference
Monitors
XLR Left Out
XLR Right Out
USB
USB Ports
Input
Power Amp/Mixer Setup
PA Speaker (Left)
PA Speaker (Right)
Stereo Power Amp
2- Speaker Cabs
1/4" Left and
Right Outputs
XLR Left and
Right Outputs
Mixer
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¼” Amp/Mixer
switch set to “Amp”
6
8 2
0
2
-4
-5
Input
4
2
-3
0
-5
-5
-10
-10
-20
-20
-30
-
-30
-
Pan
+5
Applying Power
Before applying power to anything, set your amp(s) to a clean tone and set the tone controls to a flat EQ
response (on most amps, this should be set to 5 on EQ’s to obtain the amp’s natural voicing.). Then follow
the steps listed below.
1. Turn the amp volume all the way down.
2. Connect the plug of the PS0913B power supply to the power jack on the rear panel of the RP500.
3. Connect the other end of the PS0913B power supply to an AC outlet. Turn the RP500’s Master Level
knob (Knob 6) down to “0”.
4. Turn the power of your amplifier(s) to the on position and adjust the volume(s) to a normal playing level.
5. Gradually increase the RP500’s Master Level knob to achieve the desired volume.
2. Connect PS0913B to power jack
3. Connect PS0913B
to AC outlet and
turn the RP500’s
Master Level to “0”
4.Turn amp volume up
1.Turn amp volume down
5.Turn the RP500’s Master Level
to the desired listening volume
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Section 2 - Editing Functions
Editing/Creating Presets
The RP500 is designed to make preset editing and creation easy and intuitive. When creating your own
sound, you must first start with an existing preset. Note that the preset you begin with doesn’t have to
be in the memory location you intend to have it reside, since you can store it to any User preset location
during the store procedure.
The easiest way to start is by using the Tone Library and Effects Library knobs. The Tone Library
knob will let you select from a variety of pre-programmed amp/distortion tones (see page 30) based on
different musical styles. The Effects Library knob will then let you select from a palette of effects chains
(see page 30), from simple delays to full multi-effect signals with modulation, delay and reverb. Use the
Effects Level Knob to increase or decrease the overall Chorus/FX, Delay and Reverb levels if desired.
Using these three controls should get you close to a sound you are after. From there you can then use the
Edit buttons to navigate through the individual effects for some fine tune edits.
1. Select a tone
with the
Tone Library knob
2. Select an effect
3. Adjust the
or effects chain with the effects level with the
Effects Library knob
Effects Level knob
To edit and create a preset:
1. Use the Up and Down Footswitches to select the preset you wish to edit.
2. If you find a preset close to what you want, you can begin editing the effect parameters by pressing the
Edit Up/Down buttons and selecting the Effect row you want to edit.
3. If you are trying to find something different from the existing presets, begin by using the Tone Library,
Effects Library and Effects Level knobs to get close to a sound you want.
4. Press the Edit Up/Down buttons to begin selecting the individual Effects rows to edit their parameters.
5. To bypass or enable an Effect row, press the Tone Library knob.
6. Use the Knobs 2-6 to modify the effects’ parameter settings.
NOTE: Anytime a stored value within a preset is changed, the Store button LED lights up. This indicates
that you need to store the changes. Changing presets, or turning the power off before storing any changes,
erases any changes made and the RP500 will revert to the stored values for the preset.
Also, if you are using the RP500 with the Amp/Cabinet Bypass button enabled (effects only), Tone Libraries
that use amps only will not provide distortion or tone changes since amps and cabinets are globally
disabled.
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Storing/Copying/Naming a Preset
Once the preset has been modified to your liking, you may store your settings to any of the 100 User
preset locations (presets 1-00). The following steps outline the procedure for storing changes to a preset
or copying a preset to a different location:
1. Press the Store button once. The Store button LED blinks and the first character in the Display
flashes, indicating that you can now name your custom creation.
2. Use Knob 1 to select the alpha-numeric character and Knob 2 to select the next character location.
1. Press Store;
characters in Display
flash individually
2. Use Knobs to
name Preset
3. Once the desired name is shown in the display, press the Store button again to enter the second stage
of the storing process. The red Display begins to flash.
4. Select the User preset location where your new sound will reside using the Up and Down
Footswitches. The displays show the preset name and User preset number about to be overwritten.
3. Press Store again;
Preset number flashes
4. Select destination
with UP and DOWN
Footswitches
5. Press the Store button again to save the changes.
The procedure for copying one preset to another preset location is the same. Use the Footswitches
to select the preset that you want to copy, then follow steps 1-4 for storing a preset as described above.
Press either Edit button at any time to abort the Store procedure.
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Section 3 - Effects and Parameters
About the Effects
The RP500 can be thought of as an assortment of “virtual” amplifiers and individual, high-tech stompboxes
in a single programmable package. With stompboxes, the order in which they are connected affects the
overall sound. The RP500 has placed the Amps and Effects in an order for optimum results. The following
diagram shows the order in which they are connected.
Amp/Cabinet
Bypass
Wah
Compressor
Equalizer
Chorus/FX
(Pre)
Distortion
Volume
Pre
Chorus/FX
(Post)
Noise
Gate
Amp/Cabinet
Delay
Volume
Post
Reverb
Effect Definitions
Each Amp and Effect within the RP500 can be programmed to suit your personal taste and application.
Understanding how these components alter the sound, and how each parameter alters the effect, will help
you achieve the sound you are looking for. The following overview of the RP500’s effects outlines what
each effect and parameter does.
Wah
Wah is an effect controlled by an Expression Pedal making the guitar sound as if it’s saying “Wah.”
Wahs - Knob 1 selects the Wah type. Values include: CRY wah (Cry Wah is a traditional sounding
Wah), clydewah based on a Vox® Clyde McCoyTM Wah), and FULlRaNG (DigiTech® Full Range Wah
sweeps the entire spectrum of audible frequencies). Press this knob to turn Wah on and off.
Wah Level - Knob 2 adjusts the Wah Level. Ranges from 0dB to +12dB.
Compressor
A Compressor is used to increase sustain, tighten up guitars, and prevent the signal from clipping the input
of other effects. It sets a maximum boundary for the strength of a signal.
Comp - Knob 1 selects one of three Compressors: DIGiCoMP (DigiTech® Compressor),
CS COMP (Based on a Boss® CS-2 Compressor/Sustainer), or DYNoCOMP (Based on an MXR®
Dynacomp). Press this knob to turn the selected Compressor on and off.
Knobs 2-6 have the following functions for the various Compressors:
Compressor
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Knob 2
(Sustain)
Knob 3
(Tone)
Knob 4
(Attack)
Knob 5
Knob 6
(Compressor
Level)
digicomp
Sustain
Tone
Attack
--
Level
cs comp
Sustain
--
Attack
--
Level
dynocomp
Sensitivity
--
--
--
Output
Distortion
The RP500 includes the tones of many popular distortion stompboxes, each of which can be fully dialed in.
Distortion - Knob 1 selects a Distortion. Press this knob to turn the selected Distortion on and off.
screamer Based on an Ibanez® TS-9
808
Based on an Ibanez TS-808 Tube Screamer
Sparkdrv Based on a Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive
guy odrv Based on a Guyatone® Overdrive OD-2
dod 250 Based on a DOD® 250
Overdrive/Preamp
redline DigiTech® Redline Overdrive
rodent Based on a Pro Co RATTM
mx dist Based on an MXR® Distortion +
DS Dist Based on a Boss® DS-1TM
Distortion
grunge DigiTech® Grunge®
zone Based on a Boss MT-2 Metal Zone®
death
DigiTech Death MetalTM
gonkultr Based on a DOD Gonkulator 8tavia Based on a Roger Mayer OctaviaTM
fuzzlatr Based on a Demeter Fuzzulator
clascfuz Based on a DOD Classic Fuzz
fuzzYFAC Based on an Arbiter® Fuzz FaceTM
big pi
Based on an Electro-Harmonix® Big Muff Pi®
Knobs 2-6 have the following functions for the various Distortions:
Distortion
Knob 2
(Gain)
Knob 3
(Param. 1)
Knob 4
(Param. 2)
Knob 5
(Param. 3)
Knob 6
(Distortion
Level)
P7
(X-EditTM
only)
ScreamER
Drive
Tone
--
--
Level
--
Overdrive
Tone
--
--
Level
--
SPARKDRV
Gain
Tone
Clean
--
Volume
--
GUY ODRV
Drive
--
--
--
Level
--
DOD 250
Gain
--
--
--
Level
--
808
Redline
Gain
Low
High
--
Level
--
rodent
Distortion
Filter
--
--
Level
--
mx dist
Distortion
--
--
--
Output
--
ds dist
Gain
Tone
--
--
Level
--
Grunge
Grunge
Butt
Face
--
Loud
--
Gain
Low
Mid
High
Level
Mid Freq
--
Low
Mid
High
Level
--
gonkUltR
Gunk
Smear
Suck
--
Heave
--
8tavia
Drive
--
--
--
Volume
--
fuzZlAtr
Fuzz
Tone
Loose/Tight
--
Volume
--
clasCfUz
Fuzz
Tone
--
--
Volume
--
fuzzYFAC
Fuzz
--
--
--
Volume
--
Sustain
Tone
--
--
Volume
--
zone
death
big pi
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Amplifier
The amplifiers are an assortment of popular vintage and modern amp tones. The amplifiers also include
acoustic guitar simulations.
Amp - By default, Knob 1 selects one of the classic, modern, and DigiTech custom Amp types. Note
that when you select an Amp, the default cabinet is automatically selected. You can, however, change
the cabinet after selecting an Amp to achieve different tones. Press this knob and turn it to select a
cabinet. Press this knob again to return to the Amp types and parameters.
57 champ Based on a ‘57 Fender® Tweed
supergrp Based on a Laney Supergroup
Champ®
ga-40
Based on a Gibson® GA-40
57deluxe Based on a ‘57 Fender Tweed Deluxe or-120
Based on an Orange OJ120
59BassMN Based on a ‘59 Fender Tweed
PV 5150
Based on a Peavey® 5150 II®
Bassman®
RG100
Based on a Randall RG100
62BAssmn Based on a ‘62 Fender Brown jazz 120 Based on a Roland JC120
Bassman
solar100 Based on a Sunn Solar 100S
65 twin
Based on a ‘65 Fender Blackface
dig solo 80s shred guitar
Twin Reverb®
digmetalHeavy
65dluxrv Based on a ‘65 Fender Blackface
digbrght Sparkle clean
Deluxe Reverb®
digchunk Beefy high gain with tight bottom
45 jtm
Based on a ‘65 Marshall® JTM-45
end
68 plexi Based on a ‘68 Marshall 100 Watt
digclean Sparkle clean
Super Lead (plexi)
dig gain Punchy high gain that cleans up
jumppanl Based on a ‘68 Marshall Jump
digblues Tube combo at the sweet spot
Panel
dig fuzz Fuzz Face + Orange Amp
mastrvol Based on a ‘77 Marshall Master
digspank Cool rhythm tone with spanky top Volume
end
800 jcm
Based on an ‘83 Marshall JCM800
2101 Cln DigiTech 2101 Clean Tube
900 jcm
Based on a ‘93 Marshall JCM900
2101 saT DigiTech 2101 Saturated Tube
2000 jcm Based on an ‘01 Marshall JCM2000 digcrnch Based on a modified Plexi
ac15
Based on a ‘62 Vox® AC15
digmnstr Maxed out gain
AC30 tb
Based on a ‘63 Vox AC30 Top Boost digtweed Based on a Tweed front Blackface hiwattag Based on a ‘69 Hiwatt® Custom 100 power hybrid
DR103
digblack Based on a ‘65 Blackface into a ‘58 mark iic Based on an ‘81 Mesa Boogie® Mark II Bassman
C
digstonr DigiTech stoner rock
mark iv
Based on a ‘94 Mesa Boogie®
digdkmtl DigiTech dark metal
Mark IV
digtrans Based on a transistor amp - “Deacy” dualrect Based on an ‘01 Mesa Boogie
from Brian May
Dual Rectifier
digbrown Brown sound
triprect Based on an ‘04 Mesa Boogie
dig mosh DigiTech mosh
Triple Rectifier
dread AC Dreadnaught acoustic
99legacy Based on a 99 Legacy VL-100
jumbo ac Jumbo acoustic
matchc30 Based on a ‘96 MatchlessTM HC30
direct
No amp
sldno100 Based on an ‘88 Soldano SLO-100
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Cabinet - Knob 1 also selects cabinets. Pressing this knob alternates between selecting amps and
cabinets.
champ1x8 Based on a 1x8 ‘57 Fender®
Tweed Champ®
dlux1x12 Based on a 1x12 ‘57 FenderTweed Deluxe®
dxrv1x12 Based on a 1x12 ‘65 Fender
Blackface Deluxe Reverb
brit1x12 Based on a 1x12 ‘62 Vox® AC15 w/20W Vox Speaker
gbsn1x12 Based on a ‘60 Gibson® GA-40 Jensen Speaker
bman2x12 Based on a 2x12 ‘57 Fender
Blonde Bassman®
twin2x12 Based on a 2x12 ‘65 Fender
Blackface Twin Reverb®
brit2x12 Based on a 2x12 ‘63 Vox® AC30 Top Boost w/ Jensen® Blue Backs
jazz2x12 Based on a 2x12 ‘84 Roland® Jazz Chorus
bman4x10 Based on a 4x10 ‘59 FenderTweed Bassman®
clas4x12 Based on a 4x12 Marshall® 1969 Straight w/ Celestion® G12-T70
GRen4x12
fane4x12
botq4x12
vntg4x12
rect4x12
solo4x12
brgt2x12
metl4x12
rock4x12
altr4x12
dvtg4x12
chnk4x12
spnk4x12
digispkr
direct
Based on a 4x12 Marshall 1969 Slant w/ Celestion 25W Greenbacks
Based on a 4x12 Hiwatt® Custom w/ Fane Speakers
Based on a 4x12 ‘96 VHT® Slant w/ Celestion Vintage 30’s
Based on a 4x12 Johnson® Straight w/ Celestion Vintage 30’s
Based on a 4x12 Mesa/Boogie Rectifier V30 speakers
4x12 DigiTech® Solo
2x12 DigiTech Bright
4x12 DigiTech Metal
4x12 DigiTech Rock
4x12 DigiTech Alt Rock
4x12 DigiTech Vintage
4x12 DigiTech Chunk
4x12 DigiTech Spank
DigiTech Speaker Compensation
No cabinet
Amp Gain - Knob 2 adjusts the Gain (distortion) for the selected Amp (not available for Acoustic).
The Gain parameter ranges from 0 to 99.
Bass - Knob 3 adjusts the low frequencies of the amp’s tone. Ranges from 1.0 to 10.
Middle - Knob 4 adjusts the mid frequencies of the amp’s tone. Ranges from 1.0 to 10.
Treble - Knob 5 adjusts the high frequencies of the amp’s tone. Ranges from 1.0 to 10.
Amp Level - Knob 6 adjusts the Level (volume) of the selected Amp. The Level parameter ranges
from 0 to 99.
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EQ
The RP500’s EQ helps further shape your tone with Low, Mid, and High controls.
Knob 1 - Press Knob 1 to turn the EQ on and off.
Low Level - Knob 2 adjusts the Low EQ level. Ranges from -12dB to
12dB.
Mid Frequency - Knob 3 selects the frequency that the Mid parameter adjusts. Range
Is from 300 Hz to 4000 Hz.
Mid Level - Knob 4 adjusts the Mid EQ level. Range is
from -12dB to 12dB.
High Frequency - Knob 5 adjusts the High EQ frequency. Range is from 2000 Hz to 8000 Hz
High Level - Knob 6 adjusts the High EQ level. Range is
from -12dB to 12dB.
Low Frequency (X-EditTM only) - This parameter selects the Low EQ frequency. Ranges from 60
Hz to 500 Hz.
Low, Mid, and High Bandwidth (X-Edit only) - This parameter selects the frequency bandwidth
for each frequency band. Range is from Narrow to Wide.
Noise Gate/Auto Swell
A Noise Gate is designed to eliminate noise while you are not playing, or provide an auto volume swell
effect.
Gate Type - Knob 1 selects between the DigiTech® noise gate or the volume swell effect. Values
include: gate (Selects the Noise Gate) and swEll (Selects the Auto Swell effect.) Press this knob to
turn the Noise Gate/Auto Swell on and off.
Threshold (Noise Gate only) - Knob 2 sets the signal strength (Threshold) required to open or
close the Noise Gate. Parameters range from 0 (opens easily) to 99 (requiring strong signals to
open).
Attack Time - Knob 3 sets the attack time. Ranges from 0 (shorter attack time) to 99 (longer
attack time).
Release - Knob 4 sets the Release parameter. Ranges from 0 to 99.
Attenuation - Knob 5 sets the Attenuation parameter. Ranges from 0 to 99.
Swell Sensitivity (Auto Swell only) - Knob 6 sets the Swell Sensitivity parameter of the Auto
Swell. Ranges from 0 to 99.
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Chorus/FX
The Chorus/FX row in the RP500 is a multi-function module, allowing you to select Effect types such as
Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Vibrato, Rotary Speaker, Tremolo, Panner, Envelope Filter, Detune, Whammy™,
Pitch Shift, Detune, IPS, OC Octaver and more. When the Chorus/FX row is selected, Knob 1 is used to
choose the Effect type. Press this knob to turn these Effects on and off. Only one of the effects in this row
can be used at a time. After selecting the type of effect in this module, Knobs 2-6 can then be used to
adjust the individual parameters associated with the selected effect. The following list describes each Effect
and its parameters in more detail:
Chorus
A Chorus adds a short delay to your signal. The delayed signal is modulated in and out of tune and then
mixed back with the original signal to create a thicker sound. The RP500 includes the following Chorus
Effects: CECHoruS (based on the classic Boss® CE-2 Chorus), tcchoruS (based on the TC Electronic
Chorus), CHORUS (DigiTech®’s Dual Chorus), glischrs (DigiTech’s Glistening Chorus) and MultCHRS
(DigiTech’s famous Multi Chorus®).
Knobs 2-6 have the following functions for the various Chorus types:
Chorus
Knob 2
(Pre/Post Amp)
Knob 3
(Speed)
Knob 4
(Depth)
Knob 5
(Regeneration)
CECHoruS
Pre/Post Amp
TCCHorus
Pre/Post Amp
chorus
Knob 6
(FX Level)
Speed
Depth
--
--
Speed
Width
--
Intensity
Pre/Post Amp
Speed
Depth
Waveform
Level
glischrs
Pre/Post Amp
Speed
Depth
--
Level
Multchrs
Pre/Post Amp
Speed
Depth
Waveform
Level
Flanger
A Flanger uses the same principle as a Chorus but uses a shorter delay time and adds regeneration (or
repeats) to the modulating delay. This results in an exaggerated up and down sweeping motion to the
effect. The RP500 includes the following Flanger Effects: fLanger (the DigiTech® Flanger), trigfLnG
(the DigiTech Triggered Flanger), mx FLngr (based on an MXR® Flanger), eh FLngr (based on an
Electro-Harmonix® Electric Mistress), and ad FLngr (based on an A/DA Flanger).
Knobs 2-6 have the following functions for the various Flanger types:
Flanger
Knob 2
(Pre/Post Amp)
Knob 3
(Speed)
Knob 4
(Depth)
Knob 5
(Regeneration)
Knob 6
(FX Level)
flanger
Pre/Post Amp
Speed
Depth
Regen
Level
trigflng
Pre/Post Amp
Speed
Sensitivity
LFO Start
Level
mx flngr
Pre/Post Amp
Speed
Width
Regen
Manual
EH flngr
Pre/Post Amp
Rate
Range
Color
--
AD flngr
Pre/Post Amp
Speed
Enhance
Range
Manual
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Phaser
A phaser splits the incoming signal, and then changes the phasing of the signal. This signal is then taken in
and out of phase and mixed back in with the original signal. As the phasing changes, different frequencies
get canceled resulting in a warm sort of twisting sound. The RP500 includes the following Phaser types:
phaser (the DigiTech Phaser), trigphas (the DigiTech Triggered Phaser), mx phasr (based on an MXR
Phase 100), and eh phasr (based on an Electro-Harmonix Small Stone).
Knobs 2-6 have the following functions for the various Phaser Effects:
Phaser
Knob 2
(Pre/Post Amp)
Knob 3
(Speed)
Knob 4
(Depth)
Knob 5
(Regeneration)
Knob 6
(FX Level)
Phaser
Pre/Post Amp
Speed
Depth
Regen
Level
trigphas
Pre/Post Amp
Speed
Sensitivity
LFO Start
Level
mx phasr
Pre/Post Amp
Speed
Intensity
--
--
eh phasr
Pre/Post Amp
Rate
--
Color
--
Vibrato (viBRaTo)
The DigiTech Vibrato effect modulates the pitch of the incoming signal at an even rate.
Pre/Post Amp - Knob 2 determines where the effect appears in the effects chain. Turn counterclockwise for Pre (appears before the Distortion effect), or clockwise for Post (appears after the
Noise Gate effect).
Speed - Knob 3 adjusts the rate (Speed) at which the pitch modulates. Ranges from 0 to 99.
Depth - Knob 4 adjusts the intensity (Depth) of the modulating pitch. Ranges from 0 to 99.
Rotary Speaker (ROTARY)
The Rotary Speaker emulates a device that included a spinning horn and woofer. The rotation of these two
speakers produced an interesting combination of the sound panning from side to side. This produced a
slight pitch change due to the speed of the sound coming towards, and then going away from the listener.
Pre/Post Amp - Knob 2 determines where the effect appears in the effects chain. Turn counterclockwise for Pre (appears before the Distortion effect), or clockwise for Post (appears after the
Noise Gate effect).
Speed - Knob 3 adjusts the rate (Speed) of the spinning speakers. Ranges from 0 to 99.
Intensity - Knob 4 controls the intensity of the effect. Ranges from 0 to 99.
Doppler - Knob 5 controls the Pitch Shift effect that is the ratio between the horn and the rotor
positions. Ranges from 0 to 99.
Crossover - Knob 6 selects the crossover frequency between the horn and rotor. Ranges from 0
(200 Hz) to 99 (1600 Hz).
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VibroPan (vibropan)
A vibrato is an effect that modulates the pitch of the incoming signal. This will take the whole signal slightly
in and out of tune at a steady pace. The DigiTech® VibroPan also incorporates an automatic panner with the
vibrato effect that creates a lush chorus-like sound.
Pre/Post Amp - Knob 2 determines where the effect appears in the effects chain. Turn counterclockwise for Pre (appears before the Distortion effect), or clockwise for Post (appears after the
Noise Gate effect).
Speed - Knob 3 adjusts how fast the signal is being modulated.
Depth - Knob 4 adjusts the amount of pitch change.
Vibrato/Pan- Knob 5 adjusts the amount of panning incorporated with the vibrato effect. When
set at 0, this effect is a standard vibrato. As the parameter is turned up, the phase difference of the
vibrato signal sent to the two channels is changed until a full stereo image is obtained at 99.
Waveform - Knob 6 selects a waveform: triangle, Sine, or Square.
Unicord Uni-Vibe™ (unovibe)
Based on the Unicord® Uni-VibeTM pedal, Uni-Vibe adds a lush chorus or rotary speaker (vibrato) effect to
your tone.
Pre/Post Amp - Knob 2 determines where the effect appears in the effects chain. Turn counterclockwise for Pre (appears before the Distortion effect), or clockwise for Post (appears after the
Noise Gate effect).
Speed - Knob 3 adjusts the rate (Speed) of the chorus modulation or spinning speaker (vibrato)
effect. Ranges from 0 to 99.
Intensity - Knob 4 controls the intensity of the effect. Ranges from 0 to 99.
Chorus/Vibrato - Knob 5 selects either the chorus or vibrato effect. Turn counter-clockwise for
Chorus, or clockwise for Vibrato.
Volume - Knob 6 adjusts the volume of the effect.
Tremolo/Panner
A Tremolo effect modulates the volume of the signal at an even rate. The RP500 includes the following
Tremolo types: tremolo (the DigiTech® Tremolo), sctrtrem (DigiTech Scattertrem (dual asynchronized
tremolos)), optotrem (based on the Fender® Opto Tremolo), biastrem (based on the Vox® Bias
Tremolo), and panner (the DigiTech Panner).
Pre/Post Amp - Knob 2 determines where the effect appears in the effects chain. Turn counterclockwise for Pre (appears before the Distortion effect), or clockwise for Post (appears after the
Noise Gate effect).
Speed - Knob 3 adjusts the rate (Speed) at which the volume modulates. Ranges from 0 to 99
Depth - Knob 4 adjusts the intensity (Depth) of the modulating volume. Ranges from 0 to 99.
Waveform (DigiTech Tremolo and Panner only) - Knob 5 selects a waveform:
triangle, Sine, or Square.
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Envelope Filter (eNvfiltr)
The DigiTech Envelope Filter is a dynamic Wah effect that alters your sound based upon how hard you play.
Pre/Post Amp - Knob 2 determines where the effect appears in the effects chain. Turn counterclockwise for Pre (appears before the Distortion effect), or clockwise for Post (appears after the
Noise Gate effect).
Sensitivity - Knob 3 adjusts the sensitivity or the input signal required to trigger the Wah effect.
Ranges from 0 to 99.
Range - Knob 4 controls the range of the Envelope effect. Ranges from 0 to 99.
DOD FX25 (fx25 env)
This envelope filter is based on the DOD FX25.
Pre/Post Amp - Knob 2 determines where the effect appears in the effects chain. Turn counterclockwise for Pre (appears before the Distortion effect), or clockwise for Post (appears after the
Noise Gate effect).
Blend - Knob 3 adjusts the balance between effect signal and dry signal.
Sensitivity - Knob 4 adjusts the sensitivity or the input signal required to trigger the Wah effect.
Ranges from 0 to 99.
Range - Knob 5 controls the range of the envelope effect. Ranges from 0 to 99.
AutoYa™ (AUTO YA)
An AutoYaTM combines the characteristics of a Wah and a Flanger together creating an almost human vowel
characteristic as if the guitar were saying “Yah.” The AutoYa automatically provides this animation to the
sound at an even rate.
Pre/Post Amp - Knob 2 determines where the effect appears in the effects chain. Turn counterclockwise for Pre (appears before the Distortion effect), or clockwise for Post (appears after the
Noise Gate effect).
Speed - Knob 3 adjusts the speed of the AutoYa sweep. Ranges from 0 to 99.
Intensity - Knob 4 adjusts the intensity of the AutoYa effect. Ranges from 0 to 99.
Range - Knob 5 adjusts the throaty quality of the AutoYa effect. Ranges from 0 to 49.
YaYa™ (ya ya)
The YaYaTM is another effect exclusive to DigiTech products. Like the AutoYa, it combines the characteristics
of a wah and a flanger together providing a unique talk box type of effect, but is controlled by the
Expression Pedal.
Pre/Post Amp - Knob 2 determines where the effect appears in the effects chain. Turn counterclockwise for Pre (appears before the Distortion effect), or clockwise for Post (appears after the
Noise Gate effect).
Pedal - Knob 3 adjusts the Ya pedal position. Ranges from 0 to 99.
Intensity - Knob 4 adjusts the intensity of the YaYa effect. Ranges from 0 to 99.
Range - Knob 5 adjusts the throaty quality of the YaYa effect. Ranges from 0 to 49.
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SynthTalk™ (synthtlk)
SynthTalkTM is another effect exclusive to DigiTech®. It makes your guitar appear to speak based upon the
dynamics of your playing style.
Pre/Post Amp - Knob 2 determines where the effect appears in the effects chain. Turn counterclockwise for Pre (appears before the Distortion effect), or clockwise for Post (appears after the
Noise Gate effect).
Attack - Knob 3 adjusts the attack of the synthesized voice. Ranges from 0 to 99.
Release - Knob 4 adjusts the release of the synthesized voice. Ranges 0 to 99, and oo (infinity).
Vox - Knob 5 changes the characteristics of the various synth voices. Ranges from 0 to 99.
Sensitivity - Knob 6 adjusts the sensitivity of the input signal required to trigger the SynthTalk
effect. Ranges from 0 to 99.
Balance (X-EditTM only) - adjusts the left to right balance of the wet signal, Ranges from
left 99 to right 99.
Step Filter (stepfltr)
The DigiTech Step Filter is like an automatic “random wah” with a square waveform.
Pre/Post Amp - Knob 2 determines where the effect appears in the effects chain. Turn counterclockwise for Pre (appears before the Distortion effect), or clockwise for Post (appears after the
Noise Gate effect).
Speed - Knob 3 adjusts the speed of the Wah effect. Ranges from 0 to 99.
Intensity - Knob 4 controls the intensity of the Wah effect. Ranges from 0 to 99.
Sample Hold (smplhold)
The DigiTech Sample Hold randomly shifts the pitch of the note you’re playing, creating an “electronic” or
“robotic” sound.
Pre/Post Amp - Knob 2 determines where the effect appears in the effects chain. Turn counterclockwise for Pre (appears before the Distortion effect), or clockwise for Post (appears after the
Noise Gate effect).
Speed - Knob 3 adjusts the speed of the Sample Hold effect. Ranges from 0 to 99.
Intensity - Knob 4 controls the intensity of the Sample Hold effect. Ranges from 0 to 99.
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DigiTech Whammy® (wHammy)
The DigiTech Whammy® is an effect that uses an Expression Pedal to bend the pitch of the incoming signal,
or add a bendable harmony with the original signal. As the Pedal is moved, the note bends either up or
down. When DigiTech Whammy is selected, it is automatically placed before the internal amplifiers as
shown in the block diagram on page 13.
Pre/Post Amp - Knob 2 determines where the effect appears in the effects chain. Turn counterclockwise for Pre (appears before the Distortion effect), or clockwise for Post (appears after the
Noise Gate effect).
Shift Amount - Knob 3 selects the interval and direction of the pitch bend. Choices are as follows:
WhammyTM (no Dry Signal)
1 oct up (1 octave above)
2 oct up (2 octaves above)
2nd down (a second below)
rev 2nd
(a second below reversed pedal action)
4th down (a fourth below)
1 oct dn (an octave below)
2 oct dn (2 octaves below)
DIVeBoMb (Dive Bomb)
Harmony Bends (Dry Signal Added)
mn3>Maj3 (a minor third to a Major third)
2nd>maj3 (a second above to a Major third above)
3rd->4th (a third above to a fourth above)
4th->5th (a fourth above to a fifth above)
5thoctup (a fifth above to an octave above)
h oct up (one octave above)
h oct dn (one octave down)
octup>dn (octave up/down)
Pedal Position - Knob 5 provides a manual control of the Whammy pedal position. Ranges from 0
to 99.
Mix - Knob 6 adjusts the Whammy mix. Ranges from 0 to 99.
Pitch Shift (PitCH)
A Pitch Shifter copies the incoming signal, then shifts the pitch of the copy to a different note. The shifted
note is then mixed back with the original signal, sounding as if two guitars were playing different notes.
Pre/Post Amp - Knob 2 determines where the effect appears in the effects chain. Turn counterclockwise for Pre (appears before the Distortion effect), or clockwise for Post (appears after the
Noise Gate effect).
Shift Amount - Knob 3 selects the interval of the shifted pitch. Ranges from -24 (2 octaves
below) to 24 (2 octaves above).
Mix - Knob 6 controls the mix level of the shifted pitch. Ranges from 0 to 99.
Detune (DetUNe)
A Detuner makes a copy of your incoming signal, takes the copied signal slightly out of tune from the
original, then mixes the two signals together. The result is a doubling type of effect as if two guitars were
playing the same part together.
Pre/Post Amp - Knob 2 determines where the effect appears in the effects chain. Turn counterclockwise for Pre (appears before the Distortion effect), or clockwise for Post (appears after the
Noise Gate effect).
Shift Amount - Knob 3 adjusts the amount of detune shift. Ranges from -24 to 24 cents.
Level - Knob 6 controls the mix of the detuned note. Ranges from 0 to 99.
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Harmony Pitch Shifting (harmony)
Harmony Pitch Shifting makes a copy of the incoming signal, and then changes the pitch of the copied note
to a diatonically correct interval specified by the Amount parameter. A Harmony Pitch Shifter sharpens or
flattens the shifted pitch in order to keep the specified interval within the selected key and scale creating a
true harmony.
Pre/Post Amp - Knob 2 determines where the effect appears in the effects chain. Turn counterclockwise for Pre (appears before the Distortion effect), or clockwise for Post (appears after the
Noise Gate effect).
Shift Amount - Knob 3 selects the amount or harmony interval for the Harmony Pitch Shifter.
Interval choices include:
OCT
7TH
6tH
5tH
4tH
3RD
2ND
Dn
Dn
Dn
Dn
Dn
Dn
Dn
(octave down)
(a seventh below)
(a sixth below)
(a fifth below)
(a fourth below)
(a third below)
(a second below)
2ND
3RD
4TH
5TH
6TH
7TH
OCT
UP
UP
UP
UP
UP
UP
UP
(a second above)
(a third above)
(a fourth above)
(a fifth above)
(a sixth above)
(a seventh above)
(an octave above)
Key - Knob 4 selects the musical key that the HPS uses. Key choices range from the Key of E (KEY
E) through the Key of Eb (KEY E ).
Scale - Knob 5 selects the scale the HPS will use. Scale choices include: Major (MAJOR), Minor
(MINOR), Dorian (DORIAN), Mixolydian (MIXOLYdn), Lydian (LYDIAN), and Harmonic Minor
(HarmMINr).
Level - Knob 6 adjusts the HPS Level of all the pitch-altering effects in this module. Ranges from
0 to 99.
Boss® OC-2 Octaver™ (octaver)
Based on the Boss® OC-2 OctaverTM, this adds two signals to your original guitar signal. The first is one
octave below your guitar, and the second is two octaves below your guitar. Each additional signal has its
own volume control.
Pre/Post Amp - Knob 2 determines where the effect appears in the effects chain. Turn counterclockwise for Pre (appears before the Distortion effect), or clockwise for Post (appears after the
Noise Gate effect).
Octave 1- Knob 3 adjusts the the volume of the signal 1 octave below the input signal. Ranges from
0 to 99.
Octave 2 - Knob 4 controls the volume of the signal 2 octaves below the input signal. Ranges 0 to
99.
Dry Level - Knob 6 controls the volume of the dry signal. Ranges from 0 to 99.
Delay
Delay is an effect that records a portion of the incoming signal, and then plays it back a short time later.
The recording can repeat just once or several times.
Delay - Knob 1 selects one of the 7 different Delay types. Values include: analog (DigiTech® Analog
Delay), dm delay (Based on the Boss DM-2 Analog Delay), digital (DigiTech Digital Delay),
modulate (DigiTech Modulated Delay), pingpong (DigiTech Pong Delay), tape (DigiTech Tape
Delay), echoplex (Based on the MaestroTM EP-2 Echoplex® Tape Echo), and reverse (DigiTech
Reverse Delay). Press this knob to turn the Delays on and off.
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Knobs 2-6 have the following functions for the various Delay Effects:
Delay
Knob 2
(Time)
Knob 3
(Repeats)
Knob 4
(Param. 1)
Knob 5
(Param. 2)
Knob 6
(Delay Level)
Time
Repeats
--
--
Delay Level
dm delay
Repeat Rate
Echo
Intensity
--
--
digital
Time
Repeats
Ducker
Threshold
Ducker Level
Delay Level
modulate
Time
Repeats
Depth
--
Delay Level
pingpong
Time
Repeats
Ducker
Threshold
Ducker Level
Delay Level
tape
Time
Repeats
Wow
Flutter
Delay Level
echoplex
Time
Repeats
--
--
Volume
reverse
Time
Repeats
--
--
Delay Mix
analog
NOTE: The Repeats parameter (Knob 3) ranges from 0 to Repeat Hold (Hold) for all delays except the
Echoplex® and DM-2. Repeat Hold is one click past 99, and acts as an infinite repeat.
Reverb
Using reverb in recorded program material gives the listener a sense that the material is being performed in
an actual room or hall. It is this similarity to actual acoustic spaces that makes reverberation a useful tool
in recorded music. The RP500 features genuine Lexicon® reverbs, whose rich, lush effects have been heard
in countless songs, soundtracks, and live performances for decades.
Reverb Types
Knob 1 selects the Reverb Effect or acoustic space. Press this knob to turn the Reverb on and off.
The following types are available:
twnsprng Based on a Fender® Twin Reverb
lexambncLexicon® Ambience
lexstudo Lexicon Studio
lex room
lex hall
emtplate
Lexicon Room
Lexicon Hall
Based on an EMT240 Plate
Knobs 2-6 have the following functions for the various Reverb Effects:
Reverb
twnsprng
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Knob 2
(Pre Delay)
Knob 3
(Decay)
Knob 4
(Liveliness)
Knob 6
(Reverb Level)
--
--
--
Reverb
lexambnc
Pre Delay
Decay
Liveliness
Reverb Level
lexstudo
Pre Delay
Decay
Liveliness
Reverb Level
lex room
Pre Delay
Decay
Liveliness
Reverb Level
lex hall
Pre Delay
Decay
Liveliness
Reverb Level
emtplate
Pre Delay
Decay
Liveliness
Reverb Level
Section 4 - Other Functions
CD/MP3 Input
The CD/MP3 Input allows you to connect an MP3 or CD player to the RP500 and jam with your favorite
artists. The signal from your MP3 or CD player is output through the left, right, and headphone outputs of
the RP500. To use the Aux Input, connect the headphone output of your MP3 or CD player to the CD/
MP3 Input on the rear panel of the RP500 using an 1/8" stereo cable, and press play on your MP3 or CD
player. Use the playing device’s volume control and the RP500’s Master Level knob to balance the levels.
Expression Pedal
The Expression Pedal on the RP500 can be linked to control the RP500’s Volume, Wah, Whammy™,
YaYa™, or almost any of the RP500’s other parameters in real time with your foot. When a parameter
has been linked to the Expression Pedal, a minimum (heel) and maximum (toe) value can also be specified.
Apply extra pressure to the toe of the Expression Pedal to activate the V-switch, and the Expression
Pedal switches between the linked parameter and the Wah. The procedure for linking a parameter to the
Expression Pedal is as follows:
1. Press either Edit button until the Expression row has been selected (indicated by the LED lighting on
the Expression row).
2. Rotate Knob 1 until EXP PeDL appears in the Display.
3. Rotate Knob 2 until the desired parameter to be linked appears in the Display.
4. Rotate Knob 3 to select the minimum (heel) value the assigned parameter will reach with the
Expression Pedal in the toe up position.
5. Rotate Knob 4 to select the maximum (toe) value the assigned parameter will reach with the
Expression Pedal in the toe down position.
6. Store your Expression Pedal assignment to your preset. See page 12 for more information on the storing
procedure.
LFOs
The RP500 includes two assignable low frequency oscillators (LFO 1 and LFO 2) which
can be assigned to any of the same parameters available for assignment to the Expression
Pedal. A low frequency oscillator will automatically vary the value of the assigned parameter at
a steady rate. A minimum and maximum value each LFO will reach may be also be assigned.
For instance, if the Amp Gain was assigned to LFO 1, and the minimum value was set at 1 and
the maximum value was set at 99, the RP500 would automatically sweep the amount of
distortion from a clean sound to a distorted sound. Individual LFO speeds are also available
for assignment. In the previous example, the LFO speed would determine the length of time it
took the LFO to sweep from the clean to the distorted sound. The procedure for assigning the LFOs in
the RP500 is as follows:
1. Press the Edit button until the Expression row has been selected (indicated by the LED lighting on the
Expression row).
2. Rotate Knob 1 to select one of the two LFO links, LFO 1 (LFO 1) or LFO 2 (LFO 2).
3. Rotate Knob 2 to select the parameter you want linked to the LFO 1 or LFO 2.
4. Rotate Knob 5 to select which waveform you want the LFO to use, Triangle (TRIanGle), Sine (SINE),
or Square (SQUARE).
5. Rotate Knob 6 to select the speed you want the parameter to be controlled at.
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Wah Min/Max
The Wah effect’s minimum and maximum values can be edited via the Expression row. The procedure is as
follows:
1. Press the Edit button until the Expression row has been selected (indicated by the LED lighting on the
Expression row).
2. Rotate Knob 1 to select wah pedl.
3. Rotate Knob 3 to adjust the Wah effect’s minimum value.
4. Rotate Knob 4 to adjust the Wah effect’s maximum value.
Expression Update
The RP500’s Expression pedal has the option to update its position each time a preset change is made.
The default behavior for the Expression pedal is to only update its position on a preset change when the
Volume Pre or Volume Post parameter is linked within a preset. This lets the Expression pedal behave like
a real volume pedal between preset changes. When Expression Update is enabled (ON), the Expression
pedal will update its position regardless of the parameter linked, giving it more of an “analog” feel like a real
expression pedal would behave.
To enable the Expression Update function, follow these steps:
1. Press the Edit button until the Expression row has been selected (indicated by the LED lighting on the
Expression row).
2. Rotate Knob 1 to select EXPUPDAT. The default setting is for Expression Update is OF.
3. Press Knob 1 to enable or disable Expression Update.
Expression Update is a global function that affects the behavior for all presets. You do not need to save this
change to each preset.
Factory Reset
This function resets the RP500 to its original factory settings. This procedure erases all custom User
presets, and recalibrates the Expression Pedal.
ATTENTION: Performing this function will erase all user-programmed data. All such data will
be lost forever! Be sure you want to erase the memory and start fresh before continuing with
this procedure.
The procedure for performing a Factory Reset is as follows:
1. Press and hold the Store button while powering up the RP500.
2. When the display prompts you with FACt RST, release the Store button, which is now flashing.
3. Press and hold the flashing Store button for 3 seconds until ReSTOReD appears in the display and
release. The Restore procedure takes several seconds to complete; during the procedure, the display
will count up. After the Restore procedure is complete, the Expression Pedal calibration procedure will
begin.
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Expression Pedal Calibration
The Expression Pedal on the RP500 needs to be recalibrated for use after a factory reset has been
performed. This calibration procedure is automatically entered after a factory reset procedure. (You can
also initiate the calibration procedure by pressing and holding the BYPASS footswitch for approximately
5 seconds.) In the event the Pedal’s calibration fails, or if the Pedal does not function properly, it can be
re-calibrated using the Pedal Calibration procedure. This will not erase the User presets. The procedure for
Calibrating the Expression Pedal is as follows:
1. Press and hold the Bypass Footswitch until PEDALCAL appears in the display (BYPASS, TUNER, and
EXIT will be displayed before PEDALCAL is accessed, after about 5 seconds.)
2. When the Display prompts you with TOE DowN, rock the Expression Pedal forward (toe down) and
press Footswitch 5 (Reverb).
3. When the Display prompts you with TOE UP, rock the Expression Pedal back (toe up) and press
Footswitch 5 (Reverb).
4. The Display now prompts you to calibrate the V-Switch sensitivity (VSWitchxxx), where XXX is the
current V-Switch threshold. Rock the Expression Pedal forward and press firmly on the toe once to
turn the V-Switch on (WAH ON), and again to turn the V-Switch off (WAH OFF).
5. If the V-Switch is too sensitive, press the Up Footswitch to raise the threshold (range is 0-199). The
Down Footswitch decreases sensitivity. Keep testing the V-Switch sensitivity and adjust the threshold
until it only engages when you want it to (too sensitive a setting will lead to the V-Switch falsely
triggering on or off when using the Expression Pedal).
6. When the V-Switch sensitivity is set to your satisfaction, press Footswitch 5 (Reverb) to exit.
NOTE: If the Display shows error, an error has occurred and steps 2 through 5 should be repeated.
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Section 5 - Appendix
Specifications
General Specifications
A/D/A Converter: Sampling Frequency: DSP Section: Simultaneous Effects: Preset Memory: Dimensions: Unit Weight: 24-bit high performance audio
44.1 kHz
AudioDNA2™ DSP Processor
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100 User Presets (1-00) / 100 Factory Presets (F1-F00)
19.5˝ Length x 8.625˝ Width x 2.75˝ Height
6.6 lbs.
Analog Input Connections:
Guitar Input: 1/4˝ Unbalanced (TS)
Input Impedance: 500k Ohms
CD/MP3 Input: 1/8˝ Stereo (TRS)
Analog Output Connections:
1/4˝ Outputs
Left/Right Outputs: 1/4˝ Impedance Unbalanced
Left/Right Output Impedance: 500 Ohms per side
Maximum Output: +10 dBu
XLR Outputs
Left/Right Outputs: Balanced
Left/Right Output Impedance: 1 kohm per side
Maximum Output: +16 dBu
Headphone Output
Headphone Output: 1/8˝ Stereo (TRS) – 13.6mW per channel @ 50 Ohms
Digital Connections:
Universal Serial Bus (USB): compatible)
Type B, supports USB1.1 Full Speed (12 Mbps Bandwidth USB 2.0
RP500 USB Recording Specifications:
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz
Bit depth: supports 16-bit or 24-bit (depends on setup in Recording Software)
Power Requirements:
US and Canada: Japan: Europe: UK: 120 VAC, 60 Hz Adapter: PS0913B-120
100 VAC, 50/60 Hz Adapter: PS0913B -100
230 VAC, 50 Hz Adapter: PS0913B -230
240 VAC, 50 Hz Adapter: PS0913B -240
Minimum Windows® PC Computer System Requirements:
Windows 7, 8.x, 10 (32/64-bit)
Intel/AMD Dual Core
4GB RAM
USB Port
USB driver installed
Internet connection for software download
Minimum Mac Computer System Requirements:
Mac OS 10.8.5 or later
Intel Dual Core
4GB RAM
USB Port
Internet connection for software download
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Tone Library
OVERDRIVE
DISTORTION
HOT RAT
SUSTAINER
FUZZOH
OVEREASY
DIRTY TUBES
ROCK 1
ROCK 2
BLUES 1
BLUES 2
METAL 1
METAL 2
COUNTRY 1
COUNTRY 2
WARM DRIVE
CRUNCH
TEXAS TONE
ROCKABILLY
SOLO 1
SOLO 2
ROCK WAH
CHUNKY
SMOOTH
HEAVY
CLEAN 1
CLEAN 2
BRITISH 1
BRITISH 2
AMERICAN 1
AMERICAN 2
TUBE DRIVE
SCOOPED
PUNCHY
BRIGHT CLEAN
BIG PUNCH
SUPER GAIN
GRINDER
BAD BOY
LEGACY LEAD
CHORUS-DLEAY-REVERB
FLANGER-DELAY
PHASER-DELAY
PHASER-MOD DELAY
PHASER-REVERB
DIGITAL DELAY-REVERB
DELAY-SPRING REVERB
CHORUS-REVERB
PONG DELAY-HALL REVERB
TAPE DELAY-SPRING REVERB
TREMOLO-TAPE DELAY
PITCH-DELAY
MOD DELAY-PLATE REVERB
ROTARY-DELAY
ENVELOPE-REVERB
VIBRO-DELAY
ROTARY-DELAY-SPRING
SLOW SWEEP
VIBROPAN
VIBE-DELAY
OCTAVE ROOM
A MAJOR
TRIPLET DELAY
SPACIOUS
Effects Library
CUSTOM/CHORUS
PHASER
FLANGER
PITCH
TREMOLO
ROTARY
ENVELOPE FILTER
DIGITAL DELAY
ANALOG DELAY
PONG DELAY
MODULATED DELAY
TAPE DELAY
HALL REVERB
PLATE REVERB
SPRING REVERB
CHORUS-DELAY
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RP500 Owner's Manual
5059478-A
© 2016 Harman
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DigiTech is a registered trademark of Harman
DigiTech®, RP500™, DigiTech Whammy®, MultiChorus®, AutoYa™, YaYa™, SynthTalk™, Grunge®, DOD®, Lexicon®, and
AudioDNA® are trademarks of Harman.
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