September Sweetwater Giveaway: DigiTech RP500


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DigiTech RP500 Modeling Pedal



The simplicity of a stompbox with the control of an effects switching system.

The RP500 operates in two modes, the default mode at startup is Pedalboard Mode where the 5 buttons in front operate as labeled: compressor, distortion, chorus, delay, and reverb. When Pedalboard Mode is off then Preset Mode is activated where you get 100 preset combinations of effects, amp and cabinet modeling and an additional 100 blank presets so you can dial in your own personal sound and have it at the ready. There’s a button to turn off the amp and cabinet modeling in any mode so that the RP500 becomes a straight multi-effects box and your amp does the rest.

You can use the RP500 as you would a bunch of different stompboxes or you can use it with your own amp’s tone (bypassing the amp modeling feature), or use the amp sounds inside. The amp modeling feature provides an impressive array of modern and vintage amp sounds including Marshall, Fender, Mesa Boogie, Matchless, Soldano, and Randall Amp tones.

The stomp box section of this unit has been modeled after the most popular effects used today. The distortion sounds include Tube Screamer, Pro Co Rat, MXR Distortion, Big Muff, Digitech Death Metal, and Boss DS-1 settings. The same variety goes for the other effects as well.

The expression pedal provides real time control of the wah, volume or any other assigned effect parameter. One thing I noticed about the pedal is that since it’s not a click on/off switch the wah would turn off easily if you push your toe down all the way, which I do all the time.

The RP500 seems pretty rugged and has dedicated tuner and tap tempo footswitches right on top. I particularly like the tap tempo because you can customize your effects to the tempo of a song on the fly. A delay sounds best when it’s in time with the music and this button makes doing that a piece of cake.

Besides the 1/4 inch input, the back panel features two XLR outs, two 1/4 inch outs, a headphone jack, and an input for an mp3/CD player so you can jam to your favorite tunes. It also has an amp/mixer switch to control output levels, a ground lift switch for hum solutions, and a USB out. As a total bonus, this unit comes with a copy of Cubase LE! Awesome, you can be up and running your own recording session right out of the box, talk about handy.

This one can be yours courtesy of our friends at Sweetwater by subscribing to our monthly newsletter and reading the product review for the month. Sweetwater sponsors this giveaway and they are always a real pleasure to deal with. They give free shipping on all orders (even strings!) and have an outstanding staff of real musicians who can help you make the right purchase the first time.

Sweetwater provides the gear, we review it for the Guitar Tricks Newsletter, and we give it away to one lucky Guitar Tricks member. Don’t forget to post in the giveaway review forum to qualify to win, good luck!
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09/03/2009 10:45 pm
September Sweetwater Gear Review Giveaway – DigiTech RP500

The September contest is again sponsored by our good friends at Sweetwater.com.

We are going to give the DigiTech RP500 away to a lucky newsletter reader on September 18th.

To register to win, just reply to this thread!

Please read the contest rules here:

http://www.guitartricks.com/giveaway.php

In order to win this prize, you must "enter" the contest by posting on this thread by midnight of September 17th, 2009.
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Special Message for Non-US Members

We deeply regret that we cannot ship contest prizes outside the U.S.

Customs, tariffs, and shipping prevent merchandise from being shipped reasonably between countries.

That is the reason why U.S. music stores cannot sell to musicians in other countries, even as close as Canada.

We originally intended this contest to be run by Ren in the U.K. but we found that just shipping him the gear was so problematic that it would cost more than the contest itself.

Please accept our apologies for making this a U.S. only contest.
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09/03/2009 10:52 pm
Ok, I'll be more than happy to take this own home with me!
It's better to regret something that you have done than something you haven't.
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09/03/2009 11:49 pm
Sweet!! I'm in.
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09/04/2009 2:09 am
this would be the perfect addition to my guitar family!
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09/04/2009 3:41 am
I'm actually on the first page this time!

edit:..............wait..... nevermind
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09/04/2009 8:18 am
Dang I hope I finally win an FX processor!! I have none. :-(!!

Good luck everyone!!
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09/04/2009 11:46 am
sign me up i would love to own this gear
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09/04/2009 12:43 pm
count me in
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09/04/2009 12:47 pm
I would love to win this.... I have an rp50 that cranks.. Having the Whah would make it that much cooler
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09/04/2009 12:47 pm
Nice! Time to upgrade!

Thanks!
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09/04/2009 12:50 pm
AWESOME!! I want it ;-)
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09/04/2009 12:54 pm
I am good to go!
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09/04/2009 12:55 pm
so cool, im in!
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09/04/2009 12:55 pm
This looks like a sweet unit. I am In.
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09/04/2009 1:10 pm
Nice! Put my name in the hat too!
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09/04/2009 1:11 pm
party like a rock star.
Sweeeeet!
count me in!
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09/04/2009 1:13 pm
I've been performing for over 40 years and have never used multiple effect units because of their limitations. But this changes everything!
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