This is the first multi effect I have used.
Its a little tricky at first, but once I started making patches it is pretty easy.
I am going to AB it with a tube amp soon.
Has 40 factory presets, and 40 presets that you can assign - which are based on the other 40. It has many effects, and its a stereo unit. It is solid state , no tubes.
Uses 9V AC power supply - this unit runs on AC power
Has tuner, vol/wah or expression pedal, drum machine.
So far I have used it with a 2 humbucker Takamine guitar.
Some of the amp models are very bland, and a couple are really over the top. There are about 4 that sound pretty good, and sound useful. There is an emulation of single coil pickup for your humbuckers, and a humbucker emulation for single coil. ( no other review seems to bring this up) and the HB to SC is pretty good. The acoustic sim is pretty good as well. The wah effect is not great, but the delays, reverbs, chorus are pretty good. The overdrive is pretty good on certain models,most notable are the Tweed and Stack emulations. There are some very high gain sounds too. You can set up doubling (adding octave lower or octave higher) and it seems to work with chords pretty well. I made a patch to imitate a 12 string, perhaps with a little more tweaking could be used live.
Some of the presets with a lot of stereo just don't sound that great going into an amp. I am going to try it with a couple solid state amps that have effects loops and see how that goes. I also plan to record with it, and I think it will do well at that. I plugged it into my stereo and it sounded pretty good, so should do well for recording at home.
It is programmable. I did not find it to be very intuitive, but a quick glance at the manual online got me going setting up patches that I like.
I think that it can be made useful for jams if you set up a few of your favorite patches/tones in presets 1 to 10. Perhaps a clean, overdrive, high gain OD, OD with reverb, acoustic sim,etc.
Not sure if it is durable enough for live work. I would bring backup equipment.
I looked at, pretty much, every kind of multi-effects out there and I used to own a Zoom 505. This RP200 is (I think) the best of the bunch! I would definately replace this unit if it were lost or stolen. If you want a multi-effect processor that you can plug straight into a recorder, This is it. Hands down!!
Model Year: 2002
Where Obtained: Ebay
This unit has 2 footswitches and 3 parameter knobs. It is AC powered only. The unit is all digital (No tubes) and it is a stereo unit.
I use this unit for everything! I mainly use it for recording directly into my 4 track recorder. You can use this unit for just about any style of play. In my opinion, this is the best multi-effects units for the money!
This unit is easily programmable, not hard to figure out at all. It really doesn't take too long to get a good sound with it, even though it has so many parameters that can be adjusted.
I've always heard great things about digitech products. This unit has a steel chassis and, In my opinion, could hold up very well to the rigors of live playing.
This is definitly much better than the comparable Zoom model I tryed, because it has a larger display 6 instead of two characters, and feels much more sturdy. My favorite part of this is the 6 letter display which even some more expensive models by other brands don't have.
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
It runs on AC power. It has a stero out jack. It would be nice if the drum loops were programmable but I guess you can't have everything.
I use this mostly with my Strat Standard thru a fender frontman 15 and it sounds great. It seems to sound better for on a single coil pickup than a humbucker and some settings can be horribly noisy without the silencer. It works well for the rock, punk, and metal that I play, as they are all distortion dependent. Most of the effects are geared toward some kind of distortion, wheter it be a scooped sound, distortion w/ wah, or Digitech's own patened sound effects Ya-Ya which is not very useful. The wah isn't that great but it offers a lot of good distortion types.
It is a little ahard to make patches as you have to cycle thru all the different effects and you have to play around with a lot to know what sounds good together and what dosen't
A great buy, fun to use, interesting to play with, 5 stars.
Model Year: 2004
Price: $149.99 (new)
Where Obtained: activemusician.com
2 stomp pedals and one "expression" pedal to control effects manually. AC powered
This unit is good for every style of music you'll ever want to play; it has settings you can use for rock, blues, metal, jazz, funk, acoustic, and more. Some of the effects are lame, but most are awesome to hear. It is very versatile as far as genre goes.
When I first got it I was overwhelmed with the display and buttons, and I had to read the INSTRUCTION MANUAL to figure it out. You can program and save 40 different combinations of whatever you want, use 40 presets it came with of "todays popular guitarists," or use/modify 40 factory settings it came with.
I looked at the Boss floorboards and
the RP-300, but decided for the price this was the best, i could not afford the others at the time, but wanted a durable floorboard for fx, considered buying a ton of stompboxes and pedals, but decided this was the cheaper more convenient alternative
Worst thing is the drum machine is hard to use with your feet, it has a small button, other than that it is great.
if stolen i would probably upggrade to the GNX3 with programmable drums and built in digital 8 track recorder.
Price: $149.95 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
1 expression pedal
does not have stereo output, but
you can buy a Y-splitter
built in drum machine, however
I wish it was programmable
I use this with my fender strat & BC Rich warlock
& play country/Southern rock it has good modeling and effects, for both. I bought it for the fx with the expression pedal, but the modeling was so good that after i used it with my POD for about a week, I realized that for a 100 bucks less, I had a better sounding modeling device.
Programmable fx & modeling
easy to use just pick a favorite preset and modify it, or create one from scratch, holds 40 user presets.
only 3 knobs, lot easier than the 10 that my POD had.
Havent had a chance to gig with it yet, but it held up for my new mp3's that i recorded.
metal chasis plastic footswitches, the pedal seems sturdy enough.
Well, I enjoyed the DigiTech RP-200, but It's not for me, I'm more into analog effects.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $200.00 (new)
Where Obtained: PMC
It has many great features. It has 28 effects and u can use up to 11 at one time. Some effects it offers are chours, flange, wah-wah, auto wah, ya-ya [which is like a wah and a flanger], auto ya, synth talk, envolope, and many others. The amp models many vintage and modern amp styles, and with cabinat and mike placement options, its like haveing a whole rig in a single pedal. The expression pedal can be assigned to any one of a number of options. The only problem i had with it is that it runs on AC, not a battery, so u have to drag the pack with u and u need two outlets to play.
The RP-200 sounded wonderful. Its great for any style of music that you would want to play effects with. All the effects have the same quality; excellent!
With three knobs to program your personal effects, this is perhaps the most user friendly digital effects pedal I've ever used. The only problem is that the chord from the AC adapter to the pedal is only six feet.
This pedal is made of tuff aluminum and is very duriable. It's very hard to dent and won't break unless you drop it from a 3rd story window.
-Some other effects i looked at where seprate stompboxes... but this is cheaper so i went with this.
-I would buy this multi-effects processer again if it was stolen.. Its defientaly worth it.
-It could be better with a creat an effect like delay, and a certain destortin.. but other than not its perfect.
-My favriote aspect is the many options, the worst is its lack of accsesabilty between effects during play.
-My overall opinion for the Digitech RP 200 is a great buy i give it 4 out of 5 stars.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $350.00 Cdn (new)
Where Obtained: Music Stop
-120 watt ac power supply (included)
-The only thing i wish it had was delay, it has echo but not attack delay.
-regular head phone size jack
-I used my westone (immation) with it... made it sound like a good guitar. Now I use my Ibanez RGT 42! Makes my excellent guitar an amazing one.
-You can play ANY type of music with this pedal. Metal, Rock, Classical, etc.
-Has excellent sound. The effects are arranged in the correct order for maximum performence.
-No extra noise, because it has a "silencer" to block out any range of excess noise, from none to it can't pick up you arm rubbing the strings and better!
-It is a multi-effect unit, and all units are equal.
-This unit is extemely easy to edit and create effects, and you can store 40 of your own while still have the other 40 factory presets.
-No effort to obtain good sound. My only beef is that its a bit of a pain moving effects around for live playing and switching effects in the middle of play... But nothing too bad.
-Easy to switch effects, and easy to bypass all together.
-Very reliable... good for steady live playing... althought in my opinion i would rather have seprate stompboxes... but thats just me... you get the same effects... less work as well with this unit.
-Good name "Digitech" <--- Rellaible
-Stainless steal constuction... very strong
I looked at some Zoom and Korg units, and did a lot of research before deciding on the Digitech. I'm very pleased with it and think it is a great value.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $150.00 (new)
Where Obtained: ActiveMusician.com
It doesn't have an On/Off switch - you have to plug and unplug, or use it with a powerstrip that you can turn off and on.
Comes with 40 factory presets and 40 programmable user settings. Using the factory presets are a breeze - just cycle though them with the up or down pedals.
So far I've only created 1 user setting. It's not difficult to program, it just takes some time.
Seems to be durable.
After I had the unit for about two weeks, it suddenly stopped working. I had to re-calibrate the expression pedal (which didn't work exactly like the instructions said) but I finally got it and it has been working fine since.
Multi-effect units raise the possibility of creating all new effects. The difficulty of easy access however still makes individual stomp boxes preferable, until a happy medium is created.
Model Year: 2001
Where Obtained: Ebay
Has a lot of effects in one package, which is its virtue, and its largest detraction.
I play mostly rock. The sound quality is good for some effects and for others, so-so.
Ease of Use:
This is the problem. It provides so many options, that it is frankly daunting. Because the modulation of effects is bound to a pre-set, you have to noodle around quite a bit , especially if all you want is some simple effect, rather than something complex.
For the flexibility and sound that you get from the RP-200, I did not see anything else that compared. I would definitely buy it again. I am looking forward to having it for a couple of weeks to get comfortable with it. I am thrilled that I have a way to jam again after my kids have gone to sleep!
Price: $149.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center (Towson, MD)
Both AC and battery powered. Unlike the RP-100, this comes with an AC adapter and a built in expression pedal. I just got it last night and was up half the night playing with it. There is a dizzying array of sound combinations that you can produce. I thoroughly enjoyed that I put my kids to bed at 10:00 and sat up in the room next to them for hours jamming away. There are about 10 different amplifier models that it will simulate and you can adjust gain on each amp. There are a ton of effects, including wah, echo, chorus, flange, distortion, etc. There is also a tuner and an equalizer. Digitech has taken some of the effects and combined them to make 40 preset sounds. You can program an additional 40 presets for other combinations that you make. Also features an input for playalong from a CD player. There is also a rhythm function that gives you a bunch of drum machine tracks that you can control the tempo for. Pretty much the same that you would find on a keyboard. This is an extremely flexible and functional unit.
The sound blew me away when I plugged in and started playing. I am not a heavy user of effects, but I was sincerely impressed with the sounds I was getting. I was partial to the amp modeling and some of the clean and distorted effects. I would rarely use effects like wah and fuzz. I also do not think that they were nearly as good as pro-wah pedals, but, keep in mind how much I paid for the thing. I really liked the way they did the tuner and I can even set the tuner to automatically do drop tuning for me. I thought that some of the sounds that were preset were to heavily effected to really be used, but like I said, i do not usually play with a lot of effects. The guy at the Guitar Center suggested that it sounds best when played through a combo amp. One thing I did find lacking is that the order of effects are preset as to their order when you choose multiple effects. you do not have any order flexibility to experiement with sounds as you would with seperate pedals.
Very easy to get started. More difficult as you become more demanding of the unit. If you are a beginner and all you want to do is plug and play, it is not a problem. If you are looking to dial in specific sounds, expect to spend some considerable time playing with the knobs and buttons.
The front of the owners manual says that it is so easy to operate that you probably do not need to read the manual. They are right.
Looks and feels durable as hell. Metal case, pretty solid.