Good for the price. i think about $70 Can its a pretty good buy. to get all the effects that are on this you have to spend thousands, so its a good cheap way to get to know some other sounds. i probably wouldnt replace it if it were lost or stolen cause i really dont use it that much. one thing that really sucks about it is that it doesnt have true bypass, so if i'm not using it i have to take it out of my circuit or esle it ruins my tone. still, for the money it's a good buy.
Model Year: 2004
Price: $0.00 (new)
Basic effects unit. has a bunch of effects, amp simulators, pickup simulators etc...
Has a drum machine which is really useful
i wish it ha some kind of recorder, but for this price theres no way
Can get lots of sounds with it. very versatile. has some cool presets. effects sound sort of cheesy. obviously not as good as actual effect.
Pretty easy to use. buttons can be a pain sometimes
Made out of plastic. the plus is that its really light
I had it briefly and sold it quick to a student who wanted some cheap diverse sounds. he likes it.
Price: $50.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Ebay
Seems like a good idea. Simple to operate. Would probobly be cooler with expression pedal.
Well... I hate the way it sounds. Very few sounds worked for me at all, even after major tweaking. Would probably work best in a live situation where no one pays too much attention
Ease of Use:
Kind of a drag with menus and button pushing. Knobs are so much more intuitive.
Seems OK construction wise.
Good for around the house, but if you are looking for something to play out with go with a higher up processor or even better, singel pedals.
Price: $0.00 (new)
Where Obtained: musicians friend
Basic buttons. Has both AC and battery. Alot of different tweaking you can do with such a small processor. It has a drum beats on it too, but they don't sound all that great.
I like to use the RP-50 to mess around with, but I don't think it has great sound quality, but I feel the same way with most processors. Single effects have the best, but the RP-50 is a great mess around or beginner processor.
I think this is a great little effects processor to use around the house. It's easy to edit and use the effects and is small in size.
It's solid for normal use. I would not drop it down a flight of stairs, but it will last for guitar playing use.
If your on a low budget and are seeking an easy to use, decent multi-effects unit, the RP 50 may be what your looking for.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $200.00 Canadian (new)
The RP 50 can be both battery and AC powered. The switches (push button, not knobs) are kept pretty simple. It has amp, cabinet and pick-up modeling and a number of effects, plus a tuner and a decent drum machine.
I've used it with my Yamaha RGX 121S, B.C Rick Warlock, 1979 Gibson Les Paul, and a homemade axe. The sound quality is not fantastic but it's not poor either. My biggest complaint is it can be pretty noisy in certain situations. It's pretty versatile, you can find effects to suit any style of music.
This unit is pretty much idiot proof; It is programmable, and a desired effect can be attained with ease. I believe that anyone (except drummers) could run this unit with their eyes closed.
It has a plastic casing which sorta sucks. Not real heavy-duty; It works well enough for home practice and everyday use, but I dont recommend it for live performances or studio work. That being said it has held up pretty well for me (I just wish it had a metal casing).
I looked at buying the Zoom 505 II, but i chose the Digitech because its a more reliable brand, has more, and better quality effects and just better!
I would definetely buy this unit again,
This effects unit could be better if it came with a power supply (as i am from Australia, the power supply was useless) But overall this is a great little unit, with PERFECT sound, and i would recommend it to ANYONE.. not just beginners!!
Model Year: 2003
Where Obtained: Troy's House Of Music
The digitech rp-50 can be powered by 6 AA batteries, or a 9V 300Ma AC Power Supply.
The only other thing it needs is an expression pedal (like on the rp-100)
I use this unit with my essex traditional custom series strat imm.
Any musical style would suit this, as i play spanish, rock, metal, punk, classical and pretty much anything
It is very good, as i have used the set of danelectro pedals, and although theyre better quality, you can barely tell teh difference!
Its not noisy.. except for on the flange/phase effect where it has a slight background noise, but you cant hear it over the effect
The unit can be programmed, its is SO easy to create and edit patches
It takes about 10 seconds to get a good sound and is MUCH easier to use compared to other units!
The unit is very reliable and could easily be used for steady live playing.
The Manufacturer (DigiTech) Are very well known for their effects units and pedals.
Although its sturdy.. i would not recommend that you drop this unit to heavily, but storage wise, a little bit of bubblewrap will keep it safe.
The RP-50 is worth every penny you spend on it. Players of any skill level can easily learn to use the unit, and it is a very good choice for any setting.
Price: $159.99 Canadian (new)
Where Obtained: Cosmo Music Warehouse
The RP-50 has two convenient footswiches to switch between presets. It is mainly AC powered, but it does take batteries, if you want to play it in the car or something ;).
I use an Ibanez SA-160 QMAM, which is about $530 CDN, a decent guitar. The unit is best suited for rock musicians who want to spice up their sound. It could be used for other styles, but ther are really no features geared towards other styles. There are 31 drum patches, each with a changeable tempo.
The unit sounds very professional.
It is extremely easy to create patches with the RP-50. There are 80 presets, 40 are user presets and 40 are factory presets. Presets 40-80 are exact duplicated of presets 1-40, but they cannot be saved over, to ensure that you don't lose those presets. Changing effects and setting just takes pushing a couple of buttons. Almost no fiddling required. My only qulam is that there is no "clean slate" mose, in which the default is with effects, and you can slowly start to build your own tone from that. That can be done by going to a certain preset and turning off all of the effects, though.
The RP-50 is a small unit, made of mostly plastic. It is very good for home use. The pedals are sort of small, so I'm not sure it is the best effects processor in a live setting. Models higher in the RP series (100, 200) have larger expression pedals, which are better for live performances. The manufacturer, DigiTech, is very well known for its extremely high-quality products.
I looked at some boss units but they were out of my price range. i wouldnt buy this unit again if lost or stolen, i would go for the rp100. i think digitech could have made it a bit more user friendly for stage playing. having said that it is still a good unit for recording with or solo playing at home etc. if you are looking for a unit for home you couldnt go past this one.
Model Year: 2003
Where Obtained: better music
The unit has two foot pedals so you can go up or down through the unit. has both ac and battery facilities.
I have used both my american strats and my aussie made monterey tele through a peavey rage amp. being a blues nut this unit fits the bill. with the built in drum synth it really is great. having never owned a unit like this before i cant comment on other units. i really like the wah wah sound and it also has a great reverb on it. some of the sounds i would never use because they dont fit into my style. it is perfect for my home playing.
You can create you own programes. it has an edit mode and a store mode. found it hard to use at first because the info book was not real clear to follow. after advice on WN i got what i wanted from this unit.
Having not used it for live playing i couldnt comment. i would not think you could use it for live playing it is a bit fiddley for this type of use. digitech have a good rep and the reviews of thier products also speak well of them. it is a very solid little unit and seems very well made.
If this were lost or stolen, I might consider getting a bigger model of this Multi-Effect, so I can get more specific sounds, but for a begginer this is great. I do wish it had distortion control. I liked the chromatic tuner. I saved 20 bucks because the tuner is built in. This is a great multi-effect!
Model Year: 2003
Price: $75.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Parkway Music
Multi Effect Beauty.This thing is a begginer guitar players best friend. So many effects! You can control Pick-up, Wah, Compressor, 12 Amp/Cabinet Models, Epualization, Noise Gate, Chorus, Flange, Phaser, Tremolo, Panner, Vibrato, Rotary Speaker, AutoYa, Envelope Filter, Detune, Pitch Shift, Whammy, Delay, And Reverb. It also has a Drum Machine, Global Cabinet Modeling, and a built in CHROMATIC TUNER!!! It has 40 custom presets and 40 factory presets. It takes Batteries or 9V DC Power. You can use up to 8 effects at once. It has a port for an expresion pedal. I just wish you didn't need to use the Amp Modeling to get distortion.
All of these effects are quality sounding, so you wont need to buy tons of effects pedals after this.
Very Easy to use and tons of storage room, but it does take a while to get the right sound.
As long as you don't beat on this (Chuck It, Kick it against the wall, etc.) It wont break, even though it plastic, not metal. DigiTech is a good company, and the warranty isnt bad.
Over all, I would honestly have to say this is a -very- good unit for the price! There are a number of good amp models to choose from (11 I believe), as well as your standard slew of effects...chorus, flange, octave doubler, delay, reverb...the "a" settings are wonderful sounding thru my Bandmaster which has no reverb, sounds as "real" as a Twin...as well as an acoustic simulator, the afore mentioned drum machine, built in tuner, compression, etc.. There's allot packed into this unit for around $70 retail new! If I lost this unit, I would definatly get another one...although to be honest I would probably step up to the RP100 just for the extra flexibility on adjusting the effects (I do like to "tweak"). I think the patch that really suprised me the most was the "#38"...the one that sounded like a mandolin. I did an on the fly cover recording of Led Zepplin's "Battle of Evermore", just to see how it would sound...I was blown away! More over, I've had a number of people listen to that recording and not believe that the mandolin part was actually done on a Strat! I also plugged my Kramer in and used the "British stack" amp model with a ton of compression and ripped of my version of Jimi Hendrix's redition of "Star Spangled Banner"...quite impressive! The only reasons that I do not rate this unit over all as a "5" are simply the plastic housing and the amp noise from the cranked amp models...other then this, the RP50 is truely a great unit unit for the price!
Model Year: 2002
Price: $0.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center's Cleveland
Allot of people seem to can Digitech equipment, so I thought this was worth a review! If your looking for a relatively easy to use multi-effects unit with amp modeling at a very reasonable price, this is the "toy" to get! (Going by the features suggestions)This is a stereo non-tube unit, but can also be ran in mono. It's not in front of me at the moment, but I believe it can use batteries, but from my experience with these types of units...get an AC adapter (not included)...uses a standard 9 volt AC adapter. The only real draw back of this unit as far as features go it the amount of flexibility you have with editing the presets. For editing stuff like the flange, chorus, etc in terms of "depth" and "rate" etc., your pretty much limited to what the unit is set at. With that said, all of the effects and such are very usable...whoever set these up had a pretty good idea of what most people would want. If you need more, look at its "big brother", the RP100. The one big thing that at first I thought was a little strange, but the more I've worked with this unit, the more I find that I like is; it has a built in drum machine! Now granted, its little more then a basic "thump box" and non of the patters are editable beyond tempo and volume, but especially for practice, I am really finding this to be a nice little feature. I have a slightly better Dr. Rythym unit that I often use for scratch tracks in the studio, but I have to admit that it is kinda nice to have this right on the pedal itself, and the sounds are actually pretty decent. In addition, you have 40 factory presets and 40 user presets. Now the one thing here that I really liked was that the "user" presets are set up in front of the factory's. Many other units I've used have the factory presets in front and the user settings up higher in the patches where you have to go "looking" for them. I also liked that you basically just pull something that is close to what you want...adjust it to -your- needs, then just double click it and its set into that patch....very nice. Another thing I am finding quite useful is the built in tuner...its nice to not have to unplug when something goes out. Also the tuner works in a "silent mode" so you don't have people climbing the walls while your getting it back in tune (the wifes motto is "Tune it or die!" LOL)
I've used this unit primarily with my MIM Standard Strat (which has 2 vintage noiseless pu's and one Duncan "Scorcher Rail"), but I have also used it with my Tele clone and my Kramer. I've ran this thru a '73 Fender Bandmaster and my Peavy Backstage as well as directly into my mixing board for recording. I play mostly classic rock and blues styles of music (and have done some slide thru the Tele clone). It seems to be a pretty well rounded little gizmo...theres really something there for everyone. It has some really heavy distortion/overdrives sounds for those "thrashers" out there to some very nice melodic settings. There is even one patch that sounds remarkably like a mandolin! I would say that over all the sound quality is pretty comparable to allot of much higher $ units such as the pods. The only reason I rate it as a 4 and not a 5 is that some of the amp models are almost a little "too" acurate in that they also have the noise and "hum" from the given amp...that is a little annoying. Other then this, the quality of the effects/modeling unit is really very good for a product in this price range.
Ok...this unit has a realitivily easy learning curve. You can start using it right away out of the box, just by pressing the patch buttons (two big foot pedals), but to get the most out of it, its worth going thru the manual. Most of it is pretty straight forward and well marked and given time I would have would have figured out what "sounds" I liked and what I didn't, but if your looking for a specific amp model or a specific type of reverb, it 's worth lookin in the manual. The manual is pretty well written too...you can thumb thru and find what you need pretty easily.
Well...I would say this is really the only place this unit is somewhat lacking. The whole housing is plastic. It appears to be of that "ABS" high impact stuff, but I'm kind of old school when it comes to a stomp box...I like a nice, heavy duty metal box that can take abuse. Only time will tell if this unit actually holds up!
The RP-50 is good for someone who wants a decent sounding, user friendly, low cost effects unit.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $70.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Brook Mays Music
Not a bad little unit. Especially for those who don't like to jack around with a bunch of parameters. You can use battery power or a wall wart.(as usual, it doesn't come with a wall wart) It has most of the effects that the RP-100 has, a few less I believe. And also a little less control of the parameters. No knobs, just push button controls. I was also surprised to find that the unit housing is made of plastic, which looks like metal. The RP-100 has a metal housing. I wish the RP-50 did too. It also has a drum machine, which does the job.
I use this a lot with head phones and my amp. I have a fender twin.
I play a Yamaha Pacifica through it, and it suits my needs perfectly. This is my first effects unit, so I really can't compare it with anything else. I have noodled with some effects units while in a store. But not enough to make a sound comparison.(no pun intended) One thing that i noticed was a little noisiness. Not too bad but still there. A friend who owns a RP-100 told me i need to balance the input level with my amp. I also think that an external power supply will quiet it down some. I haven't bought on yet, still using batteries. heh heh.
This is the beauty of the unit. It's easy to use. I tend to like things on the simpler side. This thing keeps it simple.
I haven't had it that long.(I wish it had a metal housing!) We'll see. I'll keep you posted.