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BobThomas
that
ackin the late1970s,I reckoned
owninga CSLWah-Fuzz-Swell
and
anMXRPhase
90wastheabsolute
heightof effectscoolandcouldn'tthinkof
anyreason
to buyanythingelse- untilsome
kindaudience
memberliberated
theCSL
froma stagesomewhere
nearLimoges
during
a tourin France.
Notlongafterthatincident
I stoppedtouringandwentto workin a music
shop,withthe resultthatI endedup spending
a notinconsiderable
amountof moneytrying
andbuyingmorepedalsthananysaneperson
(especially
onewhowasn'tgigging)wouldever
neeo.
yearsthecollection
Overtheintervening
hasebbedandflowed,andisnowprettymuch
non-existen!
sincefor recording
andrehearsal
l'vemovedoverto modern(andvintage)
88
processor
Guitqrmulfi-effecfs
0ntopofawealth
ofquality
effects,
thelatest
toDigiTech's
addition
renowned
RP
series,
theRP1000
features
switchable
external
amp
and
formaximum
stomp
boxloops
on-stage
flexibility.
rackmounted,
effects
studio-grade
unitsforall
mytime-based
effects,
witha modernboutique
distortion
oedalat theheadofthechainfor
whenthosemoments
of madness
strike.
And
wahandvolumenowadays
comecourtesy
of a coupleof original1970s,
mains-powered
Morleys.
Allof whichmeansthatit'stakenme30years
or soto go froma simple,
two-pedalsetupto
two pedalsplusa rackwithenoughgearin
it to outfita prettyrespectable
homestudio
andthatweighsenoughto needa trolleyfor
a longcarry.Asyoucanimagine,
overthe last
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12 yearsor sol'vehada goodlookat theeffects
andamplifi
er-modelling
multi-effects
units
thathaveenteredthe market,
andhaveeven
(forrelatively
shortperiods)
useda coupleof
themon stage.MooretLaw(namedfor Graham
Moore,
the co-founder,of
the IntelCorporation,
whofirstpropounded
it)states
thatthe power
of technology
doubleseverytwo years,
which
meansthatpresent-day
modelling
technology
shouldbe64timesmorepowerfulthanthefirst
ampandeffectsmodeller
I ranintoin 1997.
DigiTech's
RP1
000guitarmulti-effects
processor
isthe latestin a prettydistinguished
Themanualisonly50pageslongandis
anessential
readalmostbeforeyouplug
yourguitarintothe RP1000.
Why?Well,there
(100factoryand100user),
are200presets
whichin Preset
modeareaccessed
viathe
10footswitches
in 10banksof 10,andin
Pedalboard
modeareaccessed
in 20banksof
fiveviathe lowerrowof footswitches,
whilethe
otherfivecanswitchindividual
effects
types
(Compressor,
Distortion,
Chorus/FX,
Delayand
Reverb)
in or out.Underthealphanumeric
display
thattellsyouwhereyouareandwhat
you'redoing,thereta l0 x 6 matrixaccessed
via
Up/Downbuttons,andsixrotaryencoders
that
letyouadjustparameters.There
areover160
effectsmodels(stompboxes,
choruses,
delays,
ampsandcabs)plus40tonelibraries
and40
yourwaythrough.
effectslibraries
to navigate
Andthatt justfor starters!
Asyou'llby nowhaverealised,
the RP1
000is
a prettycomplexpieceof kit,but if you readthe
manual(whichcanbefreelydownloaded
from
you'llalsodiscover
the DigiTech
website)
that
it isn'tactually
thatcomplicated
to useand,in
prettyintuitiveonceyouknow
fact,isactually
itsmajorlandmarks.
AsI don'thavetheentire
issueof thismagazine
to fillwiththisreview,
...there isn't anything else around
that'll do anywhere near as much in
such an elegant and cost-effective
line.Builtof solidmetalwithanabundance
of
blackandshinymetallic
detailing,
the RP1000
verydefinitely
looksthe part.Addin heavy-duty
switches
foryouto stompon andanintegrated
pedal,whichcanbesetto control
expression
almostanyof the RP1000's
functions
in real
time,andyouhavethe basisof a verytasty,
floor-mounted
multi-effects
unit.
reading
Essential
Included
withthe RP1000
isa manual,
a Cubase
LE4 DVDandwall-wartpowersupply.
Sadly(as
isalmostalways
thecase),
the powersupply
doesn'thavea lockingconnector,
whichon
unitssupposedly
designed
for stageuse,Ijust
can'tunderstand.
l'mslowlybeingdrivento the
conclusion
thatmanymanufacturers
actually
don'texpectanyof us,apartfroma madfew,to
beout giggingwiththeirgearl
LE4 (whichyouhaveto install
Cubase
andregister)
| don'tIntendto getintq other
thanto saythatthe RP1
000,onceyou've
downloaded
andinstalled
the USBdrivers,
offers
two simultaneous
stereoUSBstreams,
which
meansthatthestereooutputofthe RPl000
canbestreamed
to andfroma comouterin the
exDected
manner.
I alsodon'tintendto listout everyeffectpedal,
amplifier
modelandcabinetmodelthatthe
RP1000
offers,
asyou'llfindallthatinformation
on DigiTech's
website.
Modes
andloops
l'vealready
brieflydescribed
thetwo RP1000
topleveloperating
modes,Preset
and
Pedalboard,
whicharesetviaa front-panel
switchthatnestles
belowtheAmp/Cabinet
Bypass
switchon the rightof the matrix.
in the RP1000
Bypassing
everything
isa simple
matterof steppingon thefootswitch
thatcalled
lt'sworthnotingthatin
up thecurrentpreset.
Bypass
modeyourguitardoesntgo through
anyprocessing,
whichmeansthatthereisn'tany
degradation
of youroriginalsoundin thismode.
TheRP1000
alsofeatures
two switchable
externalloops:'stomp'and'ampi
Intheamploop
youhavethechoiceof inserting
yourfavourite
preamp,
or if youhavea guitaramplifier
with
aneffectssendandreturnyoucanruntheAmp
LoopSendout to the inputof youramplifier,
connectthe amp'seffectssendto the Amp Loop
Returnandruntheoutputofthe RP1
000back
to theamo'seffectsreturn.
Thefootswitchable
pedals
stomploopletsyouinsertyourfavourite
intothe RP1
000t effectschain,eitherbeforeor
afterthe internalampmodelandtheexternal
amploop.Whenyougo intoBypass,
thesetwo
loopsremainactive,
andsinceyourguitar's
signalisunaffected,
you'vealways
gotyour
pureamplifier
andeffectpedaltonesitting
there.Someof us,in the past,havehadto build
pedalboards
switching
halfa stagewideto get
thislevelof functionality.
Infact,whenyou're
in pedalboard
modewiththeampandcab
simulation
switched
out,the RP1000
actsas
a comprehensive,
cost-effective
andcapable
effectsswitching
system,
anditspurchase
could
wellbejustifiedon thatalone.
Justbelowthe StompLoopfootswitch
sitsthe
TapTempofootswitch,
whichletsyousetdelay
timesthatarein timewithyourplayingjustby
steppingon thefootswitch
in timewithyour
music.
Youcanexperiment
bytappingonceper
baron thedownbeat,
twiceoerbaron theon
beatandtheoffbeat,
andthenfourtimesper
bar...andsoon.lfyou'veneversync'ed
delay
you'llbesurprised
timesto yourplaying,
atjust
howmuchbetterthe resultsoundsandfeels.
Thein-builttunerisanotherhighlypractical
item.Standon the currentoreset's
footswitch
fortwo seconds
andthe RP1
000cyclesthrough
Bypass
toTunermode.The
tunerisveryeasyto
use,displaying
the noteplayed,
witharrowsto
tellyouwhenyou'resharpor flat.lf you'reinto
detuning,
no problem;you
canpickalternate
references,
eitherin semitone
format(downto
G-flat)or betweenA427and A453shouldyou
needto moveawayfrom4440.
Threeof thesixrotaryencoders
thatsit
underthe 10x 6 matrixha\retheirowntop-level
functions
in Preset
andPedalboard
modes.
On
theextremeleft,knoboneselects
fromthe list
of40 amptonesin theToneLibrary.
Next,knob
two doesthesamethingforthe40 effectchains
in the Effects
Library,
andknobthreecontrols
thebalance
betweeneffects
andthedrysignal.
(knobsfour,fiveand
Theotherthreeencoders
six)handleAmpGain,AmpLevelandMaster
plusa selection
Level,
ofeffectsparameters
in
theirpartsof the matrix.
Processor
operation
Allofthismeansthatyoucansetup a sound
reallyeasily.First,youdecideyouroperating
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DigiTech
RPl000
Guifor mulli-effectsprocessor
mode,depending
on whetheror notyouwant
footswitchcontrolofyour effects.Next,you
theampand
decidewhetheror notto bypass
cabinetmodels,
depending
on whetheryou're
running
theRP1000
intoa guitarampor mixing
youstartbuildingyourbasic
console.
Finally,
oneofthe basictones,which
soundby selecting
areessentially
differingcompressor,
distortion,
picking
amp/cab,
EQandnoise-gate
settings;
a setof post-amp
effectschainsof chorus,
delayplusreverb,
andsoon;
chorusplusdelay,
settingtheeffectslevel,ampgainandamplevel
(ifyouhaven'tbypassed
the ampmodelling);
andadjusting
the masterlevelto yourIiking.
"In the RPL000
you'll firq
a mouth-watering
away of effects
pedals,vintage
and modern,
current and
obsolete..."
ifyoudont likethe
Andoffyougo.Ofcourse,
youcanedit
RP1
000presets
fromeitherlibrary,
awayto yourhearttcontenton both.
Youcanalsodelvedeepintothedelightsof
programming
viatheX-EditEditor/
the RP1000
fromthe
Librarian,
whichcanbedownloaded
that
DigiTech
website,
andyou'llneedto ensure
youdownloadallthefllesrequired
to update
yourunitto Version
1.2beforesallying
forthinto
itsinnersecrets.
Backat the RPl 000,onceyou'vegot past
you'll
throughthe presets'stage
the'playing
90
probably
yourown,
wantto startprogramming
Presets
1 to 100
andthatiswherethefun starts.
and,whenyoufirstopen
arethe userpresets
the box,areidentical
to thefactorypresets
residing
in F1to F100.lt isyourbounden
duty
to makesurethatyouchangethemall,andthe
RP1
000givesyouaccess
to modelled
effects,
ampsandcabinets
- notto mention
alltheir
possible
parameters
- that'llhaveyoufilling
thememory
slotsin notimeat all.
Awealthofeffects
you'llfinda mouth-watering
In the RP1000
array
of effectspedals,
vintageandmodern,cunent
andobsolete:
threewahs;threecompressors;
(no I x 10
23distortions;
55amps;26cabinets
or 2 x 10though);three-band
EQwitha swept
mid (youcanadjusttheQ of allbandsand
movethe bassEQtfrequency
rangeviaX-Edit);
a noisegatethatalsoactsasanautoswell;seven
choruses;
sixflangers;
fourphasers;
10 delays;
six
reverbs;vibrato;
Leslie;
Univibe;
two envelope
effects,
including
filters;proprietary
DigiTech
plusfourmore
thelegendary
Whammy;
Allof whichmakesavailable
oitch-based
effects.
animpossibly
largenumberof potential
combinations.
(andthankfully),
DigiTech
have
Thoughtfully
introduced
someorderby Iayingouttheeffects
chainasit shouldbe,startingwitha Wahand
In betweenthesetwo
endingwitha reverb.
pointssittheCompressor,
(which
Chorus/FX
canbe inserted
beforeor aftertheamo/cabinet
models),
Distortion,
theamp/cabinet
models,
NoiseGate,EOVolume(insertable
before
or afterthe post-amp/cab
Chorus/FX),
the
post-amp/cab
Chorus/FX,
the post-Chorus/FX
Volume,
andfinallythe Delay.
ofallthesegroups
Adjusting
the parameters
of effectsiswherethe 10 x 6 matrixcomes
intoplay.The10 families
in theeffects
chain
rundowntheside,andthesixrotaryencoders
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El Beneath
theLED
display
arethe10effects
chain
families
parameters
andsixrotary
rontrols
toadjust
thevarious
foreach
model
withinthefamily.
controlthevariousparameters
for eachmodel
withineachfamily.LEDs
indicate
whichfamilies
areactiveat anyonetime,andselecting
betweenthemisaccomplished
by Up/Down
keyssittingjust belowandto the leftofthe
matrix.
Thealphanumeric
display
abovethe
matrixtellsyouwhichmodelyou'redealing
withandthevaluethatyou'resetting.lt all
mightsounda littledaunting,
but it isextremely
intuitiveto use- the hardpartisremembering
allthemodels!
pedal,in additionto its
Theexpression
obviousvolume,
wahandwhammyroles,can
besetto control,in realtime,almostevery
parameter
accessible
throughthe matrix.And
to makeyourlifesimple,it isequippedwitha'V'
switchsothata toe pushcanswitchit intowah
modeat anytime.The
top rowof footswitches
canbeassigned
to differentroleswhenin
Pedalboard
mode,soyoucould,for example,
useoneto togglechoruseffectspeeds
between
fastandslow.
Storing
andconnecting
Onceyou'vetweakedandassigned
to your
youcanstorethe resultin one
hearttcontent,
of the useroresetlocations
andstartto havefun
alloveragain.Justto addto thissense
of ddjd
vu,the RP1
000alsofeatures
a 20-second
looper,
whichyoucancontrolviaanexternal
footswitch
sothatyoucanrecorda phrase
andoverdub
and/orsolooverit hands-free.
Justasanaside,
l'veworkedout thata looperisreallyuseful
duringbandsoundchecks
ifyouwantto hear
what'shappening
to yoursoundout frontand
you'renoton a wireless
system.
Gettingyoursoundin andout ofthe RP1
000
isalsoa fullyfeatured
areaof operation.
Allthe
connectors
siton the backpanel,andin addition
DigiTech
RPl000
Guifor mulfi-effecfsprocessor
)) to the guitarinputandampandstomploops
jacksandXLRs
you'llfindstereoquarter-inch
to
Thejackshavean
connectto ampsor mixers.
levelswitch,
andthe XLRs
always
Amp/Mixer
compensation
active,
asthey're
havespeaker
audio
to always
be runintoa full-range
designed
output
a 3.5mmheadphone
system.There's
wheninspiration
strikes
at
forthosemoments
midnight,
togetherwitha GroundLiftswitchto
helpreducehumloops,the U5Bconnectotthe
jackforthe looperfootswitch,
andthe
stereo
nonlockingpowerconnector.
aforementioned
playing
Practical
TheRP1
000isoneofthoseunitsthatisvery
hardto faultfroma playingperspective.
Once
you'vegot yourpresets
sorted,itt justa caseof
up,tuningupandplaying.
turningup,plugging
I went
Theeffectsmodelsareveryauthentic.
throughthosewhereI havetheoriginalpedals,
betweenoriginalandmodel,and
switching
betweenthetwo,
althoughthereisa difference
I dont thinkthatyou'dreallynoticeit at a gig.
Thedifference,
to myears,isin thedynamics
isn'ta hugedifference
ofthe sound.There
butto methe
andit isn'tin anywayoffensive,
justthatbit
sounded
modelled
effectalways
thantheoriginal.
morecompressed
front,thechoiceisso
Ontheamp/cabinet
hugethatthere's
nowaythatanyoneof mortal
in orderto
meanscouldeverownalltheoriginals
Essentially,
they
makemeaningful
comparisons.
someampand
allsounded
fine,andI prefened
to others.
Goingdeeper
cabinetcombinations
ampsthatI knowwell('57
intothe modelled
AC30Top
TweedDeluxe,'65
DeluxeReverb,'63
JTM45)througha varietyofcabinet
Boost,'65
models,
I cameawayveryimpressed
indeed.
Nothing
- andI meannothing- sounds
likea valveamprunninghotthrougha good
cab,butthe RP1
000comespretty
speaker
if yourunit intoa decentPA
close,
especially
at amp-realistic
levels.
I ranthe
caboperating
RPl000fromitsXLRoutputs,througha mixer,
andhada greattime
intomy BoseLl system,
amps.Since
remembering
thosefourclassic
Ijusthappento havea mint'65DeluxeReverb
on loan,I setit up withanMXRDynacomp,
92
plusaTCElectronic
Distortion+
andflanger,
the results
directlywith
chorus,
andcompared
running
theRP1000's
modelled
equivalents
throughthe11.
froma practical
stage
Lookingat the results
perspective,
it wasa close-run
thing.Certainly,
the realthingwas,for me,morefulfillingto play
gig situation,
on,butthinkingabouttheaverage
l'dhaveto saythatthe RPl 000anda decent
ooweredPAcabwouldoftenmakea lot more
sense
thana vintagevalveampanda bunchof
pedalslaidout on thefloor.
Running
intothe Deluxe
withthe amp/cab
000into
emulations
turnedoffturnsthe RP1
probably
in theworld.
the biggestpedalboard
whose
Youjustcouldn'townallof theoriginals
modelsresidein here- | havent,andl've
Theabilityto runyour
owneda lot of pedals.
loops
andpedalsin theexternal
ownpreamps
isa reallygreatfacility,
asl'vegotan Ethos
Tubes
TriothatI really
anda Groove
Overdrive
likeasfrontends.
hub
Enormously
flexible
Withanenormous
amoandcabinetcollection
switchable
loops
thrownin for goodmeasure,
ampsandcabs,
to interface
withyourexisting
moretweakability
thanmostof uscouldhandle
greatsoundsandrealeaseof use,
in a lifetime,
what'snotto like?
youcaneitherruntheRPl000into
Onstage,
or,withamp/cabemulations
a PA-type
backline
theamp/cab
turnedoff,plugit intoanamp.With
emulations
turnedoff,the RPI000becomes
abilityto
a giantpedalboard
andswitcher.The
andeffects
integrate
it withyourownpreamps
justmakesit anevenmoreenormously
pedals
Whoever
flexiblehubforyouron-stage
setup.
specified
anddesigned
the RP1
000certainly
knewwhatheor shewasdoing,andonceyou
you'll
delveintothemodeleditingpossibilities,
seejusthowgooddesigncanallowyouto tailor
a soundprecisely
to yourneeds.
great,interfaces
So,it'sbuiltlikea tank,sounds
you'llrunintoin stageandstudio
withanything
canbeassimple
iseasyto programme,
situations,
asyoulike,andisoperationally
or complex
andan integrated
controlledbyfootswitches
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RPt000
. Pedalboardmode provideson/off and
real-time (ontrol to any five RPI000 effects
or parameters,
. 14 heavy-duty vacuum-stylefootswitches
control tap tempo, stomp box bank up/
down, program select,and effect on/off
Footswitchesalso accesstunel, bypass,
and phraselooperfunctions,
. Amp/cabinet bypass.
. Built-inphraselooper,expressionpedal
and chromatictuner,
. Switchableamp and stomp-box loops.
. 40 tone and 40 effects libraries
, . 200 presets(10Ofactory, 10Ouser).
i .Overl60effectsincludingstompboxes,
l
<horuses,delays,ampsand cabinets,
. Up to five secondsof delay time.
. 2+bit l44.lkHzsample rate.
. . DSPsection;Audio DNA2DSPplocessor.
. Largeeight-character
alphanumeri<and
'
two-characternumeric LEDdisplay.
. Quarter-inchLeftand RightOutputs;XLR
Left and RightOutputswith ground lift.
. Amp/Mixerswitchfor driving amp or
.
mixer.
. Looper footswitch inpu! for usewith
optionalDigiTechF53X.
. Stereo3.5mmheadphoneoutput.
. CubaseLE4 softwareincluded.
. DownloadableX-EditLibrariansoftware.
. Two-in,two-out U58 audio streaming.
. Dimensions(WDH):495x 222 x 57mm.
. Weight:3.6kg,
expressionpedal.lf you'relookingfor something
that doeswhat the RP1000 does,or evenifyou're
just lookingto downsizeyour existingpedalboard
input
andampandstomp
A Inaddition
totheguitar
youwillfindstereo
quarter-inch
loops,
ontherearpanel
jacks
plusan
amps
andmixers,
andX[Rs
toconnectt0
Amp/Mixer
levelswitch.
whilstaddingto yourpedalarmoury,
thenthere
isn'tanything
elsearoundI knowofthat'lldo
and
anywhere
nearasmuchin suchanelegant
manner.I PM
cost-effective
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