I suppose I may offer you all the standard discuss in regards to the skilled sound and consumer pleasant interface that the manufactures like to ramble about of their "critiques", however I do know you will get that from them. What I can inform you about is how these pedals sound to me, and the way simple (or exhausting) they’re to make use of, and the way effectively they’re constructed, from a guitarists viewpoint.
The RP collection begins with the RP55, and continues to the RP355 with roughly the identical structure and performance all through, with the addition of integral foot controllers on the RP255 and RP355. The place issues actually begin to get attention-grabbing, particularly for somebody who performs dwell, is with the RP500 and RP1000.
The RP500 and RP1000 are mainly constructed like a tank. Imagine me once I inform you, this helps when your taking part in dwell. Nothing like a damaged swap when your about to launch into your favourite solo. I've additionally observed that every one the connection factors on the rear of the unit are very strong (XLR, guitar enter / output / USB / CD). That is in all probability as a result of they’re mounted right into a metal casing, which helps resist motion, and cracking. I've had this occur with a couple of pedals. The very best half nevertheless, is the footswitches. They’re, once more, made from metal. Fairly exhausting to wreck along with your measurement 12 cowboy boots, irrespective of how exhausting you stomp. The one weak level I may see could be the rotating knobs used for impact tweaking. They’re made from plastic, and positioned close to the footswitches, so potential for breakage there.
The RP500 and RP1000 are mainly the identical unit, with a couple of key options. They each have a row of results footswitches for controlling compressor, distortion, refrain / fx, delay, and reverb. These results can all be modified on the unit itself utilizing the knobs, or through the use of the X-Edit software program that comes bundled with the items. Many basic, and fashionable sounds might be replicated with this setup together with distortions just like the Ibanez TS-9, TS-808 Tube Screamer, Arbiter Fuzz Face, Massive Muff, Boss DS-1 and extra. This may be present in fairly a couple of multi results pedals, however some cool additions are the Digitech Whammy in case your'e into Jack White, or Tom Morello, or the Univibe and Octavia in case your'e into Jimi Hendrix or Doyle Bramhall II.
Additionally they each include a 20 second looper. In case you have by no means used a looper earlier than, its extra enjoyable than a barrel of drunk monkeys. This function is definitely what persuaded me to purchase the RP500 as I used to be wanting to buy a devoted looper (Line 6 JM4), however realized I might get rather more bang for the buck with this unit. I additionally tried the JM4 in a guitar store and thought the sound was very poor.
In case you have 2 amps, and even higher a PA with a few powered displays, you’ll be able to run a stereo sign (by way of XLR or 1/4 "outputs) and create some wonderful sounds. I do that with my Fender Twin Reverb tube amp , and an inexpensive apply amp, and WOW! Strive some results just like the Tremolo Panner, or the Rotary Speaker and also you get some very attention-grabbing panning sounds throughout the audio system. I can solely think about what two nice amps would sound like.
Ease of use
To rearrange my title right here, its simple to make use of! I believe it took me a grand whole of 10 minutes from opening the field to start out getting good sounds out of this unit, and to start tweaking the presets. The presets are literally not dangerous. I say this as a result of I usually don't anticipate any presets to be price conserving, however on this case, I’ve stored all of them. They make a great place to begin if you’re creating new sounds. Being as there may be room for 100 manufacturing facility presets and 100 consumer presets, there is no such thing as a have to delete something. The X-Edit software program can also be pretty consumer pleasant. The tweakability of the consequences is bigger with the software program than it’s on the unit itself, so if you’re actually into this, then it would be best to get the unit hooked as much as your laptop.
Amp / Cupboard Bypass
Talking of amps, what turns most individuals off shopping for a majority of these results pedals is how they sound by means of an amp. I’ve to confess that I’ve tried some multi impact pedals by means of my tube amp and so they sounded very dangerous (so do some single pedals). This in all probability had quite a bit to do with the truth that you might not flip off the amp modeling, which was designed to be heard by means of reference audio system, or headphones, and never coloured by the amplifier circuitry. One of many largest benefits of the RP500 and 1000 is the amp / cupboard bypass swap. This easy little swap (not less than the swap seems easy!), Lets you apply the consequences of the unit on to the tone of the amp / cupboard you might be utilizing (in my case a Fender Twin Reverb). You actually discover the distinction if you hit the swap on a tube amp, and the sound turns into a lot hotter and natural. Whenever you activate the inner amps and cupboards by urgent the swap once more, by means of headphones, or laptop audio system the sound is incredible, with fairly reasonable sounds. I'm probably not into this function of the pedal (amp modeling), however I'm certain some would have hours of enjoyable with it.
RP500 / RP1000 variations
Effectively, the primary distinction is value. The RP500 usually is available in at round $ 300 whereas the RP1000 prices approx. $ 500. This value distinction is due primarily to the second row of switches on the RP1000 that mean you can management exterior stompboxes. This was added with the pedal freak in thoughts who needs the benefits of the brand new breed of multi impact pedal, however simply can't half with their previous pedals that they’ve constructed their sound round. The facet advantage of that is that it’s going to mean you can experiment with new hybrid sounds, combining your previous pedals, and the brand new library of results, tones and amps that comes constructed into the RP1000 (160 to be actual).
With a mix of stable development, ease of use and nice sound, the RP500 and RP1000 would make a worthy addition to any guitarists arsenal of pedals. After awhile, I wager you’ll discover its the one pedal you want.
by Steve A Grey