DigiTech RP-360 Multi-Effect Pedal

Digitech is now set to release the RP-360, an affordable and compact multi-effect pedal for electric guitars.

Last month, the guitar world went abuzz when Sweetwater inadvertently had the RP-360 on sale at their website before Digitech even made the announcement.

Sweetwater removed the links soon after, but like everything else published - as long as it is cached it will be accessible forever (or until the internet becomes a thing of the past). Important details about the upcoming stompbox were made available, and from the information given, it looks to be a compact yet versatile multi-effect unit with a wide range of amps, cabs and effects.

The most notable of its features is the number of effects, 74 stompboxes, 18 cabinet simulations and 32 amp emulations that add up to give you 128 effects to play with. The unit allows for having up to eight effects in its virtual signal chain, and you can save your configurations and settings to a preset. The pedal gives you 198 total presets, 99 default ones and 99 for you to store your own creations. When combined, the number of effects and presets allow for a myriad of sounds, all in 24-bit 44.1kHz sample rate audio quality.

With so many effects and little front space for controls, DigiTech made sure that essential settings are easy to monitor and tweak by utilizing an intuitive display and providing just the right amount of buttons and footswitches. More detailed controls are available when you plug-in the pedal to your computer using the pedal's companion preset editor. The USB connectivity also allows you to record your guitar tracks directly to your PC or Mac.

Going through all the possible sounds that 128 effects can provide can be a time consuming process. To help simplify this process, DigiTech equipped the RP360 with a Sound Check feature - it allows you record a guitar phrase which plays on repeat so you have your hands free to tweak the settings. It can also be a great way to audition the many presets available.

Other cool features of tha 40-second looper, 60 drum patterns for practicing, configurable footswitch modes (Preset, Bank, Stompbox) and a built-in chromatic tuner. The pedal is housed in a durable metal chassis and is also available with built-in expression pedal called RP-360XP.

At the time of this writing, you can find the RP-360 on online music stores with a retail price of just under $150.

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