DigiTech RP255 User Manual

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Modeling

Guitar Processor

Owner’s

Manual

DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY

Manufacturer’s Name:

DigiTech

Manufacturer’s Address:

8760 S. Sandy Parkway

 

Sandy, Utah 84070, USA

declares that the product:

 

Product name:

RP255

Product option:

all (requires Class II power

 

adapter that conforms to the

 

requirements of EN60065,

 

EN60742, or equivalent.)

conforms to the following Product Specifications:

Safety:

IEC 60065 (7th ed. 2001)

EMC:

EN 55013 (2001 + A1)

 

EN 55020 (1998)

Supplementary Information:

The product herewith complies with the requirements of the Low Voltage Directive 2006/95/EC and the EMC Directive 2004/108/EC.

 

Vice-Presidentof Engineering

 

8760 S. Sandy Parkway

 

Sandy, Utah 84070, USA

 

Date: January 02, 2009

European Contact:

Your local DigiTech Sales and

 

Service Office or

 

Harman Music Group

 

8760 South Sandy Parkway

 

Sandy, Utah 84070 USA

 

Ph: (801) 568-8800

 

Fax: (801) 568-7583

If you want to dispose this product, do not mix it with general household waste. There is a separate collection system for used electronic products in accordance with legislation that requires proper treatment, recovery and recycling.

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Table of Contents

 

Section One - Introduction

 

Getting Acquainted..........................................................

1

Included Items...................................................................

1

About the RP255..............................................................

2

Performance Mode........................................................

2

Bypass Mode...................................................................

2

Tuner Mode.....................................................................

2

Tone Library Knob.........................................................

4

Effects Library Knob.....................................................

4

Master Level Knob........................................................

4

X-EditTM Editor/Librarian.............................................

4

Presets..............................................................................

5

A Guided Tour of the RP255.........................................

6

Front Panel......................................................................

6

Rear Panel.....................................................................

10

Getting Started...............................................................

12

Making Connections......................................................

12

Mono Operation - Amplifier.....................................

12

Stereo Operation........................................................

13

Applying Power...............................................................

15

Section Two - Editing Functions

 

Editing/Creating Presets................................................

16

Storing/Copying/Naming a Preset...............................

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Section Three - Models and Parameters

About the Models..........................................................

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Model Definitions...........................................................

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Pickup................................................................................

20

Wah...................................................................................

20

Compressor.....................................................................

21

Distortion.........................................................................

21

Amplifier...........................................................................

23

Cabinet..............................................................................

25

EQ......................................................................................

26

Noise Gate.......................................................................

26

Chorus/FX........................................................................

27

Chorus............................................................................

27

Flanger............................................................................

28

Phaser.............................................................................

28

Vibrato............................................................................

29

Rotary Speaker.............................................................

29

VibroPan.........................................................................

30

Tremolo..........................................................................

30

Panner............................................................................

30

Envelope Filter..............................................................

31

AutoYaTM.........................................................................

31

YaYa™.............................................................................

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Step Filter......................................................................

32

DigiTech Whammy™..................................................

32

Pitch Shift.......................................................................

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Detune...........................................................................

33

Harmony Pitch Shifting...............................................

34

Delay..................................................................................

35

Reverb...............................................................................

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Section Four - Other Functions

 

Phrase Looper.................................................................

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Drum Machine................................................................

39

Aux Input..........................................................................

40

Expression Pedal.............................................................

40

Factory Reset..................................................................

41

Expression Pedal Calibration.......................................

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Section Five - Appendix

 

Specifications...................................................................

43

Expression Pedal - Assignable Parameters...............

45

Tone LIbrary....................................................................

47

Effects Library.................................................................

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Warranty

We at DigiTech® are very proud of our products and back up each one we sell with the following warranty:

1.The warranty registration card must be mailed within ten days after purchase date to validate this warranty.

2.DigiTech warrants this product, when used solely within the U.S., to be free from defects in materials and workmanship under normal use and service.

3.DigiTech liability under this warranty is limited to repairing or replacing defective materials that show evidence of defect, provided the product is returned to DigiTech WITH RETURN AUTHORIZATION, where all parts and labor will be covered up to a period of one year.A Return Authorization number may be obtained from DigiTech by telephone.The company shall not be liable for any consequential damage as a result of the product’s use in any circuit or assembly.

4.Proof-of-purchaseis considered to be the burden of the consumer.

5.DigiTech reserves the right to make changes in design, or make additions to, or improvements upon this product without incurring any obligation to install the same on products previously manufactured.

6.The consumer forfeits the benefits of this warranty if the product’s main assembly is opened and tampered with by anyone other than a certified DigiTech technician or, if the product is used with AC voltages outside of the range suggested by the manufacturer.

7.The foregoing is in lieu of all other warranties, expressed or implied, and DigiTech neither assumes nor authorizes any person to assume any obligation or liability in connection with the sale of this product. In no event shall DigiTech or its dealers be liable for special or consequential damages or from any delay in the performance of this warranty due to causes beyond their control.

NOTE:The information contained in this manual is subject to change at any time without notification. Some information contained in this manual may also be inaccurate due to undocumented changes in the product or operating system since this version of the manual was completed.The information contained in this version of the owner’s manual supersedes all previous versions.

Section 1 - Introduction

Getting Acquainted

Congratulations on your purchase of the RP255. You now have an incredibly advanced modeling guitar processor that can keep up with your creative impulses and even increase them. Armed with DigiTech®’s patented AudioDNA2® custom audio DSP chip, the RP255 gives you a huge selection of tones and effects, right at your fingertips.When you easily dial up a tone or effect from the Tone Library or the Effects Library, you’ll appreciate the accuracy in each model, and the dynamic interaction in each tone. Add USB support for computer recording with the included Cubase LE® 4 software and abuilt-indrum machine, and you have the RP255: the key to unlock your creative potential.

Included Items

Before you get started, please make sure that the following items have been included:

• RP255

• Cubase® LE 4 Recording Software DVD

• PS0913B Power Supply

• Warranty Card

The utmost care was taken while your RP255 was being manufactured. Everything should be included and in perfect working order. If anything is missing, contact the factory at once. Please help us become acquainted with you and your needs by completing your warranty card or registering online at www.digitech.com. It is your safeguard should a problem arise with your RP255.

Disclaimer: DigiTech, Lexicon,Whammy,YaYa,AutoYa, and Johnson Amplification are trademarks of Harman

 

International Industries, Inc. Other product names modeled in this product are trademarks of their respec-

 

tive companies that do not endorse and are not associated or affiliated with DigiTech or Harman International

 

Industries, Inc.They are trademarks of other manufacturers and were used merely to identify products whose

 

sounds were reviewed in the creation of this product.

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About the RP255

Performance Mode

When you first apply power to the RP255, it powers up in Performance mode. Performance mode provides access to all of the presets within the RP255 via the Up andDown Footswitches.Knob 1 selects a tone from the Tone Library,Knob 2 selects an effect from the Effects Library,Knob 3 adjusts the Effects Level, andKnob 4 adjusts the Master Level (volume).

Bypass Mode

The RP255 presets can be bypassed via a true analog bypass circuit for a clean, unprocessed guitar signal. To bypass the RP255, press both Footswitches simultaneously. The Display reads Bypass indicating the preset is bypassed. Press eitherFootswitch to exit Bypass and return the RP255 to the last preset used.

Tuner Mode

The Tuner in the RP255 allows you to quickly tune or check the tuning on your guitar. Enter Tuner mode by pressing and holding both Footswitches simultaneously. The Display briefly shows tuner indicating that you are in Tuner mode. To begin tuning, play a note on your guitar (a harmonic at the 12th fret usually works best). The Display shows the note being played.The Matrix LEDs indicate whether you are sharp or flat. The top 5 red LEDs indicate the note is sharp and should be tuned down. The bottom 5 red LEDs indicate the note is flat and should be tuned up. The center green LED indicates the note is in tune. The output is muted in Tuner mode. The Expression Pedal controls the guitar volume while tuning. Exit tuner mode by pressing either

Footswitch.

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Display shows note played

Top LEDs indicate note is sharp

Green LED indicates note is in tune

Bottom LEDs indicate note is flat

In Tuner mode, you can change your tuning reference. The default factory setting is A=440 Hz (displayed as A=440). Rotating Knob 1 selects alternate dropped tunings. Alternate tunings are A = Ab, A = G, and A = Gb. The display window briefly flashes the current tuning reference.

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Tone Library (Knob 1)

In Performance mode, this knob selects a variety of genre-basedamp tone defaults ranging from Blues to Metal to Country. Behind the scenes, the Compressor, Distortion, Amp/Cabinet model, and EQ are configured to create a specified tone with a single click of this knob. You can further refine the sound by editing the preset (seeEditing/Creating Presets on page 16). Changing between different Tone Library defaults does not change the Chorus/FX, Delay or Reverb, letting you experiment with different amp styles quickly in the context of the current effect chain.

Effects Library (Knob 2)

In Performance mode, this knob selects a variety of post-amplifiermodel effect chains (Chorus, Chorus + Delay, Delay + Reverb, etc.).You can further refine the sound by editing the preset (seeEditing/Creating Presets on page 16). Changing between different Effects Library defaults does not change the Compressor, Distortion, Amp/Cabinet model, and EQ settings, letting you experiment with different effect chains quickly in the context of the current amp tone.

Effects Level (Knob 3)

In Performance mode, this knob changes the relative level of the post-ampeffects (Chorus/FX, Delay, and Reverb). This can be thought of as an effects mix control, where turning this knob clockwise increases the level of these effects and turning itcounter-clockwisedecreases the level of these effects.

Master Level (Knob 4)

This knob controls the overall output volume of all of the RP255 (Presets, Drum Machine, and USB playback).

X-EditTM Editor/Librarian

You can edit your RP255 with your computer, using the X-EditTM Editor/Librarian. Download X- EditTM, USB drivers, and documentation from www.digitech.com. Open the readme file for detailed

4 instructions about installing and using this software.

Presets

Presets are named and numbered locations of programmed sounds which reside in the RP255. Presets are recalled with the Footswitches. The active effects in each preset are indicated by lighted LEDs in the Effect Matrix. The RP255 comes with 60 User presets (1-60)and 60 Factory presets(61-120).The User presets are locations where your creations may be stored. The Factory presets do not allow you to store any changes to them. From the factory, the 60 User

presets are exact duplicates of the 60 Factory presets. This allows you to create your own presets without losing the sounds that came with the RP255.

TheTone Library knob, Effects Library knob, and Effects Level knob make it easy to quickly load preset tones, effects, and effects chains.

1. Select a tone

2. Select an effect

3. Adjust the

with the

or effects chain with the

effects level with the

Tone Library knob

Effects Library knob

Effects Level knob

To learn about storing changes to presets, see page 17.

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A Guided Tour of the RP255

Front Panel

5 6

4

3 7 2

8

6

1

 

1. Footswitches

These two Footswitches are used to select presets, access the Tuner, enable the Phrase Looper, and Bypass the RP255.The Footswitch on the right will select the next preset up, and the Footswitch on the left will select the next preset down. Pressing both Footswitches together will bypass the currently selected preset. Pressing and holding the Left Footswitch will enable and disable the Phrase Looper. Pressing and holding both Footswitches for 2 seconds will access the Tuner. Press either Footswitch to exit Bypass or Tuner mode.

2. Knobs 1-4

These four knobs perform various functions, depending on which mode is currently active and what (if anything) is being edited. The functions are listed below:

Tone Library (Knob 1)

1.In Performance mode, this knob selects from a library of preset amp tones. (See page 47 for a list of preset amp tones.)

2.When editing a preset, this knob changes the Amp or Effect model for the selected row.

3.When editing an Effect row, press this knob to turn on or bypass the effect.

4.When the Drums row is selected, this knob selects the first pattern of each drum pattern style (Rock, Blues, Jazz, etc.).

Effects Library (Knob 2)

1.In Performance mode, this knob selects from a library of preset effect configurations. (See page 48 for a list of preset effect configurations.)

2.When editing a preset, this knob modifies the parameter listed in the column directly above it for the selected Effect row.

3.When the Drums row is selected, this knob selects the different drum patterns available.

4.When the Expression row is selected, this knob selects which parameter is assigned to the Expression Pedal.

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Effects Level (Knob 3)

1.In Performance mode, this knob adjusts the overall level of post amp model effects (Chorus/Mod, Delay, and Reverb).

2.When editing a preset, this knob modifies the parameter listed in the column directly above it for the selected Effect row.

3.When the Drums row is selected, this knob adjusts the playback Tempo of the drum machine.

4.When the Expression row is selected, this knob selects the heel value for the Expression Pedal

Master Level (Knob 4)

1.In Performance mode, this knob adjusts the output level of the RP255.

2.When editing a preset, this knob modifies the parameter listed in the column directly above it for the selected Effect row.

3.When the Drums row is selected, this knob adjusts the drum machine playback level.

4.When the Expression row is selected, this knob sets the toe value for the Expression Pedal.

3.Edit buttons

These buttons navigate up and down the matrix, selecting the row of parameters which the knobs will edit. Press one of these buttons to step through the Effect rows, and return to the preset name display. See page 16 for more information about editing presets.

4. Matrix

The matrix provides information regarding the current preset and parameter edit functions. In Performance mode, the LEDs running down the left side of the Matrix provide a visual indication of which effects are in use for the currently selected preset. While editing a preset, the LEDs indicate the Effect row currently selected for editing. In Tuner mode, the LEDs indicate whether

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5. Display

The Display provides information for different functions depending on the mode that has been selected. In Performance mode, the Display will show the currently selected preset name and

number. In Edit mode, the Display will show the name and value of the parameter being adjusted. In Tuner mode, the Display will show the note played.

6. Drums

The Drums button is used to turn on and off the RP255’s built-indrum machine. When the Drums button is turned on, the Drums LED lights and the selected drum pattern plays continuously. Select the Drums row using theEdit buttons and useKnobs 1-4 to change the style, pattern, tempo, and level of the drum machine. See page 39 for more information about the drum machine and a list of patterns.

Note: The drum machine cannot be used while the Phrase Looper is active.

7. Store

The Store button is used to save your custom edits to the user presets. See page 17 for more information about storing presets.

8. Expression Pedal

The Expression Pedal provides real-timecontrol of the RP255’s Volume,Wah, or the assigned effect parameter. Almost every parameter is available for Expression Pedal control. The Expression Pedal is equipped with aV-switchthat activates or deactivates the Wah feature when you apply extra pressure to the toe. See page 20 for more information about Wah models; see page 42 to learn about adjustingV-switchsensitivity and calibrating the Expression Pedal; refer to pages45-46for a list of parameters you can link to the Expression Pedal.

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Rear Panel

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

 

1. Input

Connect your instrument to this high-impedanceTS input.

2. Amp / Mixer

This button optimizes the RP255’s outputs for use when plugged into a guitar amp or a mixer/ recording device. When set to Mixer (“In” position), speaker compensation is turned on and the outputs are optimized for connecting to a mixer, recording device or headphones. When set to Amp (“Out” position), the outputs are optimized for running directly in to the input of a guitar amp.

3. Left (Mono) and Right Outputs

Connect the Left (Mono) output to the input of a single amplifier (or mixer input) for mono operation. Connect the Left and Right outputs to the inputs of 2 amplifiers (or 2 mixer channels)

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4. Headphones

Connect a pair of stereo headphones to this 1/8" jack. For proper frequency response, the Amp/ Mixer switch should be set to Mixer (“In” position) when using headphones.

Note: The Headphones output can have either a mono or stereo signal, depending on what 1/4" outputs are connected. If neither (or both) 1/4" outputs are connected, the Headphones output will be in stereo. If a cable is connected to the Left (Mono) 1/4" output only, the Headphones output will be in mono.

5. Aux In

Connect the headphone output of an MP3 or CD player using a stereo 1/8" cable to this 1/8" stereo TRS jack for rehearsing with your favorite pre-recordedmaterial. Adjust the output level of your playback device and the RP255’sMaster Level knob for the proper volume balance.

6. USB Port

The USB port is for connecting the RP255 to a computer and serves two purposes: (1) for use with the downloadable X-Edit™Editor/Librarian software, and (2) for streaming audio to and from the computer when using the included Cubase® LE 4 software. Audio streaming is limited to 2 channels up and 2 channels down from the computer at 44.1kHz, 16 bit and 24 bit. A utility panel in the Editor/Librarian controls the direct/playback mix with any recording software the RP255 is connected to.Knobs 2 and3 also control the direct/playback mix and USB record level when USB is connected and the Pickup Row is selected.

Note: You can download theX-EditEditor/Librarian software and USB drivers at www.digitech. com.

7. Power Input

Connect only the DigiTech® PS0913B power supply to this jack.

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Getting Started

Making Connections

There are several different connection options available with the RP255. Before connecting the RP255, make sure that the power to your amplifier and the RP255 is turned off. There is no power switch on the RP255. To turn the RP255 on or off, connect or disconnect the included PS0913B power supply from the Power Input jack.

Mono Operation - Amplifier

Connect your guitar to the Input of the RP255. Connect a single mono instrument cable from theLeft (Mono) output of the RP255 to the instrument input or effect return on your amplifier. Set theAmp/Mixer switch to Amp.

NOTE: When using a guitar amp, it may be best to connect the guitar to the Input of the RP255 and the Output of the RP255 to the effect return of the amplifier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left (Mono)

 

Guitar Amp Input/Effect Return

Output

Input

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amp/Mixer switch set to Amp.

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Stereo Operation

For stereo operation connect the guitar to the Input of the RP255. Connect one cable to the RP255’sLeft (Mono) output, and another cable to the RP255’sRight output. Connect one cable to the input of one amplifier, channel of a mixer, or power amp. Connect the second cable to a second amplifier, second channel of a mixer, or power amp. If connecting to a mixing console, set the pan controls of the mixer channels hard left and right in order to retain stereo separation. If connecting to a mixer, set theAmp/Mixer switch to Mixer. If connecting to two amplifiers, set theAmp/Mixer switch to Amp.

Stereo Amp Setup

Guitar Amp Input/Effect Returns

NOTE: When using a guitar amp, it may be best to connect the guitar to the Input of the RP255 and the Output of the RP255 to the effect return of the amplifier.

Outputs

Input

Amp/Mixer switch set to Amp.

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Stereo Mixer Setup

Outputs

Mixer

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

Instrument Input

Computer Recording Setup

Amp/Mixer switch set to Mixer

Powered

 

Powered

Studio Monitor

 

Studio Monitor

 

Outputs

Amp/Mixer switch

 

set to Mixer

 

 

USB

 

Instrument Input

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Applying Power

Before applying power to anything, set your amp(s) to a clean tone and set the tone controls to a flat EQ response (on most amps, this would be 0 or 5 on the tone controls). Then follow the steps listed below.

1.Turn the amp volume all the way down.

2.Connect the plug of the PS0913B power supply to the power jack on the rear panel of the RP255.

3.Connect the other end of the PS0913B power supply to an AC outlet. Turn the RP255’s Master Level knob (Knob 4) down to “0”.

4.Turn the power of your amplifier(s) to the on position and adjust the volume(s) to a normal playing level.

5.Gradually increase the RP255’s Master Level knob to achieve the desired volume.

2.Connect PS0913B to power jack

4.Turn amp volume up

3. Connect PS0913B to AC outlet and turn the RP255’s Master Level to “0”

5.Turn the RP255’s Master Level to the desired listening volume

1.Turn amp volume down

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SectionTwo - Editing Functions

Editing/Creating Presets

The RP255 is designed to make preset editing and creation easy and intuitive. When creating your own sound, you must first start with an existing preset. Note that the preset you begin with doesn’t have to be in the memory location you intend to have it reside, since you can store it to any User preset location during the store procedure.

The easiest way to start is by using the Tone Library andEffects Library knobs. TheTone Library knob will let you select from a variety ofpre-programmedamp/distortion tones (see page 47) based on different musical styles. TheEffects Library knob will then let you select from a palette of effects chains (see page 48), from simple delays to fullmulti-effectsignals with modulation, delay and reverb. Use theEffects Level Knob to easily increase or decrease the Chorus/FX, Delay and Reverb levels if desired. Using these three controls should get you close to a sound you are after. From there you can then use theEdit buttons to navigate through the individual effects for some fine tune edits.

To edit and create a preset:

1.Use the Footswitches to select the preset you wish to edit.

2.If you are trying to find something different from the existing presets, begin by using the Tone Library,Effects Library andEffects Level knobs to get close to a sound you want.

3.Press the Edit Up/Down buttons to begin selecting the individual Effects rows to edit their parameters.

4.To bypass or enable an Effect row, press the Tone Library knob.

5.Use Knobs 2-4 to modify the effects’ parameter settings.

6.Select the Pickup row and useKnob 4 to adjust thePreset Level.

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Anytime a stored value within a preset is changed, the Store button LED lights up. This indicates that you need to store the changes. Changing presets, or turning the power off before storing any changes, erases any changes made and the RP255 will revert to the stored values for the preset.

Storing/Copying/Naming a Preset

Once the preset has been modified to your liking, you may store your settings to any of the 60 User preset locations (presets 1-60).The following steps outline the procedure for storing changes to a preset or copying a preset to a different location:

1.Press the Store button once. TheStore button LED blinks and the first character in the Display flashes, indicating that you can now name your custom creation.

2.Use Knob 1 to select thealpha-numericcharacter andKnob 2 to select the next character location.

1. Press Store; characters in Display flash individually

2.Use Knobs to name Preset

3.Once the desired name is shown in the display, press the Store button again to enter the second stage of the storing process. The Display begins to flash.

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4.Select the User preset location where your new sound will reside using the Up andDown Footswitches. The display alternates between showing the preset name and User preset number about to be overwritten.

3. Press Store again; Preset number flashes

4.Select destination with Footswitches

5.Press the Store button again to save the changes.

The procedure for copying one preset to another preset location is the same. Use the Footswitches to select the preset that you want to copy, then follow steps1-4for storing a preset as described above. Press eitherEdit button at any time to abort the Store procedure.

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SectionThree - Models and Parameters

About the Models

The RP255 can be thought of as several different “virtual” amplifiers and individual, high-techstompboxes in a single programmable package. With stompboxes, the order in which they are connected affects the overall sound. The RP255 has placed the Amp and Effect models in an order for optimum results. The following diagram shows the order in which they are connected.

Pickup

 

Wah

Compressor

Chorus/FX

Distortion

Amp

EQ

Cabinet

Simulator

(Whammy)

Modeling

Model

 

 

 

 

 

Noise Gate

Volume

Chorus/FX

Delay

Reverb

Volume

 

 

Pre

Post

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Model Definitions

Each Amp and Effect model within the RP255 can be programmed to suit your personal taste and application. Understanding how these components alter the sound, and how each parameter

alters the effect, will help you achieve the sound you are looking for. The following overview of the RP255’s effects outlines what each effect and parameter does.

Pickup

The Pickup Simulator provides the thick tone of a humbucker pickup to a guitar with single coil pickups, or the bright, edgy sound of a single coil pickup to a guitar with a humbucker. This gives you the best of both worlds without having to change guitars during a performance.

Pickup Model - Knob 1 selects the Pickup model to be simulated. Values include: SC>Hb (gives a single coil pickup the warm tone of a humbucker), and Hb>SC (gives a humbucker the unique sound of a single coil). Press this knob to turn Pickup modeling on and off.

Preset Level -Knob 4 adjusts the preset’s level.

Wah

Wah is an effect controlled by an Expression Pedal making the guitar sound as if it’s saying “Wah.”

Wah Model -Knob 1 selects the Wah model. Values include: FULRNG (DigiTech® Full Range Wah sweeps the entire spectrum of audible frequencies), CRYwah (Cry Wah is a traditional sounding Wah), and clyde(based on a Vox® Clyde McCoyTM Wah). Press this knob to turn Wah models on and off.

Wah Minimum - Knob 2 adjusts the Wah Pedal Minimum. Ranges from 0 (toe up) to 99 (toe down).

Wah Maximum - Knob 3 adjusts the Wah Pedal Maximum. Ranges from 0 (toe up) to

99 (toe down).

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Wah Level - Knob 4 adjusts the Wah Level. Ranges from 0dB to +12dB.

Compressor

A Compressor is used to increase sustain, tighten up guitars, and prevent the signal from clipping the input of other effects. It sets a maximum boundary for the strength of a signal.

Comp Model - Knob 1 selects one of two Compressor models: DIGCMP (DigiTech® Compressor) or CSCOMP (Based on a Boss® CS-2Compressor/Sustainer). Press this knob to turn the Compressor on and off.

Sustain - Knob 2 adjusts the amount of sustain. Ranges from 0 to 99.

Tone/Attack - Knob 3 adjusts the tone for the DigiTech Compressor, or attack for the BossCS-2.Ranges from 0 to 99.

Compressor Level - Knob 4 adjusts the Level from the Compressor. Ranges from 0 to

99.

Attack (X-EditTM only for DigiComp) - Adjusts the amount of time the Compressor takes to respond to a signal that exceeds the threshold. Ranges from 0 to 99.

Distortion

The RP255 models the tones of 13 popular distortion stompboxes, each of which can be tweaked and modified, just like the real thing.

Distortion Model - Knob 1 selects one of 13 Distortion models. Press this knob to turn the Distortion on and off.

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scream - Based on an Ibanez® TS-9

808- Based on an Ibanez TS-808Tube Screamer

oddriv - Based on a Guyatone® OverdriveOD-2

dod250 - Based on a DOD® 250 Overdrive/Preamp

rodent - Based on a Pro Co RATTM mxdist - Based on an MXR® Distortion +

DSDist - Based on a Boss® DS-1TM Distortion grunge - DigiTech® Grunge

zone - Based on a Boss MT-2Metal Zone® death - DigiTech Death Metal

gonklt - Based on a DOD Gonkulator Ring Mod

fuzz - Based on an Arbiter® Fuzz FaceTM big pi - Based on anElectro-Harmonix® Big

Muff Pi®

DigiTech and DOD are trademarks of Harman International Industries, Inc. Other product names modeled in this product are trademarks of their respective companies that do not endorse and are not associated or affiliated with DigiTech or Harman International Industries, Inc.They are trademarks of other manufacturers and were used merely to identify products whose sounds were reviewed in the creation of this product.

Knobs 2, 3, and 4 have the following functions for the various Distortion models:

Dist.

Knob 2

Knob 3

Knob 4

P4

P5

P6

Model

(Gain)

(Tone)

(Level)

(X-EditTM

(X-Edit

(X-Edit

 

 

 

 

only)

only)

only)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scream

Drive

Tone

Level

--

--

--

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

808

Overdrive

Tone

Level

--

--

--

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

oddriv

Drive

--

Level

--

--

--

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DOD250

Gain

--

Level

--

--

--

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rodent

Distortion

Filter

Level

--

--

--

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dist.

Knob 2

Knob 3

Knob 4

P4

P5

P6

Model

(Gain)

(Tone)

(Level)

(X-EditTM

(X-Edit

(X-Edit

 

 

 

 

only)

only)

only)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mxdist

Distortion

--

Output

--

--

--

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dsdist

Gain

Tone

Level

--

--

--

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grunge

Grunge

Face

Loud

Butt

--

--

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

zone

Gain

Mid Level

Level

Low

Mid Freq

High

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

death

Low

Mid

Level

High

--

--

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gonklt

Gunk

Smear (Ring

Suck

Heave

--

--

 

(Dist Gain)

Mod Level)

(Dist Level)

(Output Lvl)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

fuzz

Fuzz

--

Volume

--

--

--

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

big pi

Sustain

Tone

Volume

--

--

--

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amplifier

Amp Modeling is a technology which applies the tone of several popular modern and vintage amps. Amp Modeling also includes an acoustic guitar simulation.

Amp Model - Knob 1 selects one of the classic, modern, and DigiTech custom Amp models. Press this knob to turn Amp and Cabinet modeling on and off. Note that when you select an Amp model, the default Cabinet model is automatically selected. You can, however, change the Cabinet model after selecting an Amp model.

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57chmp - Based on a ‘57 Fender® Tweed Champ® 57dlux - Based on a ‘57 Fender Tweed Deluxe 59BMAN - Based on a ‘59 Fender Tweed

Bassman®

65twin - Based on a ‘65 Fender Blackface Twin Reverb®

65dlxr - Based on a ‘65 Fender Blackface Deluxe Reverb®

68plex - Based on a ‘68 Marshall® 100 Watt Super Lead (plexi)

45 jtm - Marshall® ‘65JTM-45head

jmppnl - Marshall Super Lead (“jumped” channels)

77mstr - Based on a ‘77 Marshall Master Volume

800jcm - Based on an ‘83 Marshall JCM800 900jcm - Based on a ‘93 Marshall JCM900

VXac15 - Based on a ‘62 Vox® AC15 topbst - Based on a ‘63 Vox AC30 Top Boost

hiwtag - Based on a ‘69 Hiwatt® Custom 100 DR103

mark2c - Based on an ‘81 Mesa Boogie® Mark II C

rectfr - Based on an ‘01 Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier

match - Based on a ‘96 MatchlessTM HC30 soldno - SoldanoSLO-100

digslo - DigiTech® Solo digmtl - DigiTech Metal digbrt - DigiTech Bright digcln - DigiTech Clean diggan - DigiTech Gain ACdred - Dreadnaught acoustic direct - No amp model

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Cabinet - Knob 2 selects the speaker Cabinet model.

chmp18 - Based on a 1x8 ‘57 Fender® Tweed Champ®

dlx112 - Based on a 1x12 ‘57 Fender Tweed Deluxe®

twn212 - Based on a 2x12 ‘65 Fender Blackface Twin Reverb®

brt212 - Based on a 2x12 ‘63 Vox® AC30 Top Boost w/ Jensen® Blue Backs

bmn410 - Based on a 4x10 ‘59 Fender Tweed Bassman®

cls412 - Based on a 4x12 Marshall® 1969 Straight w/ Celestion® G12-T70

GRn412 - Based on a 4x12 Marshall 1969 Slant w/ Celestion 25W Greenbacks

vtg412 - Based on a 4x12 Johnson® Straight w/ Celestion Vintage 30’s

digslo - 4x12 DigiTech® Solo digbrt - 2x12 DigiTech Bright digmtl - 4x12 DigiTech Metal digrck - 4x12 DigiTech Rock digalt - 4x12 DigiTech Alt Rock digvtg - 4x12 DigiTech Vintage direct - No cabinet model

DigiTech and Johnson Amplification are trademarks of Harman International Industries, Inc. Other product names modeled in this product are trademarks of their respective companies that do not endorse and are not associated or affiliated with DigiTech or Harman International Industries, Inc.They are trademarks of other manufacturers and were used merely to identify products whose sounds were reviewed in the creation of this product.

Amp Gain - Knob 3 adjusts the Gain (distortion) for the selected Amp model (not available for Acoustic). The Gain parameter ranges from 0 to 99.

Amp Level - Knob 4 adjusts the Level (volume) of the selected Amp model. The Level parameter ranges from 0 to 99.

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EQ

The RP255’s EQ helps further shape your tone with Bass, Midrange, and Treble controls. To help get you started, there are four preset EQ curves: Mid Boost (midbst), Scoop (ScooP), Bright (BRight), and Warm (WarM) that can be selected using Knob 1. Bass, Midrange, and Treble parameters range from-12dBto +12dB.

EQ Model - Knob 1 selects between 4 different EQ modes (Mid Boost, Scoop, Bright, and Warm), each with different frequency centers for Mid and Treble. Pressing this knob turns the EQ on and off.

Bass - Knob 2 adjusts the amount of low end level (Bass).Mid - Knob 3 adjusts the midrange level.

Mid Freq (X-EditTM only) - This parameter selects the frequency that the Mid parameter adjusts. Ranges from 300 Hz to 5000 Hz.

Treb - Knob 4 adjusts the high end level (Treble).

Treb Freq (X-Edit only) - This parameter selects the frequency that the Treb parameter adjusts. Ranges from 500 Hz to 8000 Hz.

Noise Gate

A Noise Gate is designed to eliminate noise while you are not playing, or provide an auto volume swell effect.

 

Gate Model - Knob 1 selects between the DigiTech® noise gate or the volume swell effect.

 

Values include: gate (Selects the noise gate) and swEll (Selects the volume swell effect.)

 

Press this knob to turn the noise gate on and off.

 

Threshold/Swell Sensitivity - Knob 2 sets the signal strength (Threshold) required to

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open or close the Noise Gate, or the Swell Sensitivity for the Auto Swell. Both parameters

range from 0 (opens easily/high sensitivity) to 99 (requiring strong signals to open/high sensitivity).

AttackTime - Knob 3 sets the attack time. Ranges from 0 (shorter attack time) to 99 (longer attack time).

Release - Knob 4 sets the Release parameter. Ranges from 0 to 99.

Attenuation (X-EditTM only) - Sets the Attenuation parameter. Ranges from 0 to 99.

Chorus/FX

The Chorus/FX row in the RP255 is a multi-functionmodule, allowing you to select Effect models such as Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Tremolo, Panner, Vibrato, Rotary Speaker, YaYa™, AutoYa™, SynthTalk™, Envelope Filter (auto wah), Detune, Pitch Shift, and Whammy™ effects. When the Chorus/FX row is selected,Knob 1 is used to choose the Effect model. Press this knob to turn these Effect models on and off. Only one of the effects in this row can be used at a time. After selecting the type of effect in this module,Knobs 2-4 can then be used to adjust the individual parameters associated with the selected effect. The following list describes each Effect model and its parameters in more detail:

Chorus

A Chorus adds a short delay to your signal. The delayed signal is modulated in and out of tune and then mixed back with the original signal to create a thicker sound. The RP255 includes the following Chorus Effect models: CE CHS (based on the classic Boss® CE-2Chorus), CHORUS (DigiTech®’s Dual Chorus), and MCHORS (DigiTech’s famous Multi Chorus®).

Speed - Knob 2 adjusts the rate (Speed) of the modulation. Ranges from 0 to 99.Depth - Knob 3 adjusts the Depth of the modulation. Ranges from 0 to 99.

Level - Knob 4 controls the level of the effect (DigiTech Chorus models only). Ranges

 

from 0 to 99.

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Waveform (X-EditTM only for DigiTech Chorus models)- Selects a waveform: triang, Sine, or Square.

Flanger

A Flanger uses the same principle as a Chorus but uses a shorter delay time and adds regeneration (or repeats) to the modulating delay. This results in an exaggerated up and down sweeping motion to the effect. The RP255 includes the following Flanger Effect models: fLangr (the DigiTech Flanger), and mxFLgr (based on an MXR® Flanger).

Knobs2,3, and4 have the following functions for the Flanger models:

Flanger

Knob 2

Knob 3

Knob 4

P5

P6

Model

(Speed)

(Depth)

(Regen)

(X-EditTM

(X-Edit

 

 

 

 

only)

only)

 

 

 

 

 

 

flangr

Speed

Depth

Regen

Waveform

Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

mxflgr

Speed

Width

Regen

Manual

--

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phaser (PHaseR)

A phaser splits the incoming signal, and then changes the phasing of the signal. This signal is then taken in and out of phase and mixed back in with the original signal. As the phasing changes, different frequencies get canceled resulting in a warm sort of twisting sound.

Knobs2,3, and4 have the following functions for the two Phaser models:

Speed - Knob 2 adjusts the rate (Speed) of the modulation. Ranges from 0 to 99.

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Depth - Knob 3 adjusts the Depth of the modulation. Ranges from 0 to 99.Regeneration - Knob 4 controls the regeneration of the effect. Ranges from 0 to 99.Waveform (X-EditTM only) - Selects a waveform: triang, Sine, or Square.Level (X-Edit only) - Controls the level of the effect. Ranges from 0 to 99.

Vibrato (viBRaT)

A Vibrato effect modulates the pitch of the incoming signal at an even rate.

Speed - Knob 2 adjusts the rate (Speed) at which the pitch modulates. Ranges from 0 to

99.

Depth - Knob 3 adjusts the intensity (Depth) of the modulating pitch. Ranges from 0 to

99.

Rotary Speaker (ROTARY)

Rotary Speaker is an emulation of a device that included a spinning horn and woofer. The rotation of these two speakers produced an interesting combination of the sound panning from side to side. This produced a slight pitch change due to the speed of the sound coming towards, and then going away from the listener.

SpeedKnob 2 adjusts the rate (Speed) of the spinning speakers. Ranges from 0 to 99.Intensity - Knob 3 controls the intensity of the effect. Ranges from 0 to 99.

Doppler - Knob 4 controls the Pitch Shift effect that is the ratio between the horn and the rotor positions. Ranges from 0 to 99.

Crossover (X-EditTM only)- Selects the crossover frequency between the horn and rotor. Ranges from 0 (200 Hz) to 99 (1600 Hz).

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VibroPan (vibpan)

A vibrato is an effect that modulates the pitch of the incoming signal.This will take the whole signal slightly in and out of tune at a steady pace.The VibroPan also incorporates an automatic panner with the vibrato effect that creates a lush chorus-likesound.

Speed -Knob 2 adjusts how fast the signal is being modulated.Depth -Knob 3 adjusts the amount of pitch change.

Vibrato/Pan-Knob 4 adjusts the amount of panning incorporated with the vibrato effect. When the “Vib” control is at “0”, this effect is a standard vibrato. As the Level parameter is turned up, the phase difference of the vibrato signal sent to the two channels is changed until a full stereo image is obtained at “99”.

Waveform (X-EditTM only) - Selects a waveform: triang, Sine, or Square.

Tremolo (TRMoLO)

A Tremolo effect modulates the volume of the signal at an even rate.

Speed - Knob 2 adjusts the rate (Speed) at which the volume modulates. Ranges from 0 to

99.

Depth - Knob 3 adjusts the intensity (Depth) of the modulating volume. Ranges from 0 to

99.

Waveform - Knob 4 selects a waveform: triang, Sine, or Square.

Panner (PANNER)

An Auto Panner modulates the sound from left to right at an even rate.

Speed - Knob 2 adjusts the rate (Speed) at which the signal pans from side to side. Ranges from 0 to 99.

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Depth - Knob 3 adjusts the intensity (Depth) of the changing pan. Ranges from 0 to 99.Waveform - Knob 4 selects a waveform: triang, Sine, or Square.

Envelope Filter (eNvlOp)

The Envelope Filter is a dynamic Wah effect that alters your sound based upon how hard you play.

Sensitivity - Knob 2 adjusts the sensitivity or the input signal required to trigger the Wah effect. Ranges from 0 to 99.

Range - Knob 3 controls the range of the Envelope effect. Ranges from 0 to 99.

AutoYa™ (AUTOYA)

An AutoYa combines the characteristics of a Wah and a Flanger together creating an almost human vowel characteristic as if the guitar were saying “Yah.” The AutoYa™ automatically provides this animation to the sound at an even rate.

Speed - Knob 2 adjusts the speed of the AutoYa sweep. Ranges from 0 to 99.Intensity - Knob 3 adjusts the intensity of the AutoYa effect. Ranges from 0 to 99.Range - Knob 4 adjusts the throaty quality of the AutoYa effect. Ranges from 0 to 49.

YaYa™ (yaya)

The YaYa is another effect exclusive to DigiTech® products. Like the AutoYa™, it combines the characteristics of a wah and a flanger together providing a unique talk box type of effect, but is controlled by the Expression Pedal.

Pedal - Knob 2 adjusts the Ya pedal position. Ranges from 0 to 99.

Intensity - Knob 3 adjusts the intensity of the YaYa effect. Ranges from 0 to 99.

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Range - Knob 4 adjusts the throaty quality of the YaYa effect. Ranges from 0 to 49.

Step Filter (stpflt)

The Step Filter is like an automatic “random wah” with a square waveform. Speed - Knob 2 adjusts the speed of the Wah effect. Ranges from 0 to 99.

Intensity - Knob 3 controls the intensity of the Wah effect. Ranges from 0 to 99.

DigiTech Whammy™ (wHammy)

The DigiTech WhammyTM is an effect that uses an Expression Pedal to bend the pitch of the incoming signal, or add a bendable harmony with the original signal. As the Pedal is moved, the note bends either up or down. When DigiTech Whammy is selected, it is automatically placed before the Amp modeling as shown in the block diagram on page 19.

Shift Amount - Knob 2 selects the interval and direction of the pitch bend. Choices are as follows:

WhammyTM (no Dry Signal) oct up (1 octave above) 2octup (2 octaves above) 2nd dn (a second below)

rv2ndn (a second below reversed pedal action) 4th dn (a fourth below)

oct dn (an octave below) 2octdn (2 octaves below) DIVeBM (Dive Bomb)

Harmony Bends (Dry Signal Added) m3>Mj3 (a minor third to a Major third)

2ndmj3 (a second above to a Major third above) 3rd4th (a third above to a fourth above) 4th5th (a fourth above to a fifth above) 5thoct (a fifth above to an octave above) hoctup (one octave above)

hoctdn (one octave down) octu>d (octave up/down)

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Pedal Position - Knob 3 provides a manual control of the Whammy pedal position. Ranges from 0 to 99.

Mix - Knob 4 adjusts the Whammy mix. Ranges from 0 to 99.

Pitch Shift (PitCH)

A Pitch Shifter copies the incoming signal, then shifts the pitch of the copy to a different note.The shifted note is then mixed back with the original signal, sounding as if two guitars were playing different notes.

Shift Amount - Knob 2 selects the interval of the shifted pitch. Ranges from-24(2 octaves below) to 24 (2 octaves above).

Mix - Knob 4 controls the mix level of the shifted pitch. Ranges from 0 to 99.

Detune (DetUNe)

A Detuner makes a copy of your incoming signal, takes the copied signal slightly out of tune from the original, then mixes the two signals together. The result is a doubling type of effect as if two guitars were playing the same part together.

Shift Amount - Knob 2 adjusts the amount of pitch difference applied to the copied signal. Ranges from-24to 24 cents.

Level - Knob 4 controls the mix of the detuned note. Ranges from 0 to 99.

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Harmony Pitch Shifting

Harmony Pitch Shifting makes a copy of the incoming signal, and then changes the pitch of the copied note to a diatonically correct interval specified by the Amount parameter. A Harmony Pitch Shifter sharpens or flattens the shifted pitch in order to keep the specified interval within the selected key and scale creating a true harmony.

Shift - Knob 2 selects theamount orharmony interval for the Intelligent Pitch Shifter. Interval choices include:

OCT Dn

(octave down)

2ND UP (a second above)

7TH Dn

(a seventh below)

3RD UP (a third above)

6tH Dn

(a sixth below)

4TH UP (a fourth above)

5tH Dn

(a fifth below)

5TH UP (a fifth above)

4tH Dn

(a fourth below)

6TH UP (a sixth above)

3RD Dn

(a third below)

7TH UP (a seventh above)

2ND Dn

(a second below)

OCT UP (an octave above)

Key - Knob 3 selects the musical key that the Harmony Pitch Shifting uses. Key choices range from the Key of E (KEY E) through the Key of Eb (KEY E∫).

Scale -Knob 4 selects the scale the Harmony Pitch Shifting will use. Scale choices include: Major (MAJOR), Minor (MINOR), Dorian (DORIAN), Mixolydian (MIXLYd), Lydian (LYDIAN), and Harmonic Minor (HMINor).

Level (X-EditTM only) - Adjusts the Harmony Pitch Shifting Level (IPSLVL) of all thepitch-alteringeffects in this module. Ranges from 0 to 99.

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Delay

Delay is an effect that will record a portion of the incoming signal, and then play it back a short time later. The recording can repeat just once or several times.

Delay Model - Knob 1 selects one of the 5 different Delay models. Values include: algdly (DigiTech® Analog Delay), digdly (DigiTech Digital Delay), moddly (DigiTech Modulated Delay), pngdly (DigiTech Pong Delay), and tapdly (DigiTech Tape Delay). Press this knob to turn the Delay models on and off.

Knobs 2,3, and4 have the following functions for the various Delay models:

Delay

Knob 2

Knob 3

Knob 4

P4

P5

Model

(Time)

(Repeats)

(Level)

(X-EditTM

(X-Edit

 

 

 

 

only)

only)

 

 

 

 

 

 

algdly

Time

Repeats

Delay Level

--

--

 

 

 

 

 

 

digdly

Time

Repeats

Level

Duck Thresh

Duck Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

moddly

Time

Repeats

Delay Level

Depth

--

 

 

 

 

 

 

pngdly

Time

Repeats

Delay Level

Duck Thresh

Duck Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

tapdly

Time

Repeats

Level

Wow

Flutter

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time - Knob 2 adjusts the length of time between repeats. Ranges from 10 ms to 5 seconds.

Repeats - Knob 3 adjusts the number of times the delayed signal will repeat. Ranges from 0 to 99/rpthld (Repeat Hold).

Delay Level / Level - Knob 4 adjusts the volume of the delayed signal. Ranges from 0 to

 

99.

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Duck Thresh (X-EditTM only) - Adjusts the level the input signal must reach before the delayed signal is attenuated. Ranges from 0 to 99.

Depth (X-Edit only) - Adjusts the intensity of the modulation (chorusing) in the delay repeats. Ranges from 0 to 99.

Wow (X-Edit only) - Adjusts low frequency modulation (below about 6 Hz) that would be caused by tape speed variation. Ranges from 0 to 99.

Duck Level (X-Edit only) - Adjusts the amount of attenuation applied to the delayed signal. Ranges from 0 to 99.

Flutter (X-Edit only) - Adjusts a higher frequency modulation (from about 6 to 30 Hz) that would be caused by tape speed variation. Ranges from 0 to 99.

Reverb

Using reverb in recorded program material gives the listener a sense that the material is being performed in an actual room or hall. It is this similarity to actual acoustic spaces that makes reverberation a useful tool in recorded music.The RP255 features genuine Lexicon® reverbs, whose rich, lush effects have been heard in countless songs, soundtracks, and live performances for decades.

Reverb Model

Knob 1 selects the Reverb model or acoustic space. Press this knob to turn the Reverb models on and off. The following models are available:

twinrvBased on a Fender®

lexrom - Lexicon Room

Twin Reverb

lexhal - Lexicon Hall

lexamb - Lexicon® Ambience

emtplt - Based on an

lexstd - Lexicon Studio

EMT240 Plate

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Reverb

Knob 2

Knob 3

Knob 4

P4

Model

(Decay)

(Liveliness)

(Reverb

(X-EditTM

 

 

 

Level)

only)

 

 

 

 

 

twinrv

--

--

Reverb

--

 

 

 

 

 

lexamb

Decay

Liveliness

Reverb Level

Predelay

 

 

 

 

 

lexstd

Decay

Liveliness

Reverb Level

Predelay

 

 

 

 

 

lexrom

Decay

Liveliness

Reverb Level

Predelay

 

 

 

 

 

lexhal

Decay

Liveliness

Reverb Level

Predelay

 

 

 

 

 

emtplt

Decay

Liveliness

Reverb Level

Predelay

 

 

 

 

 

Decay - Knob 2 adjusts the length of time the reverb is audible. Ranges from 0 to 99.

Liveliness - Knob 3 adjusts the amount of high frequency content in the reverberation tails. Ranges from 0 to 99.

Reverb / Reverb Level - Knob 4 adjusts the volume of the reverb signal. Ranges from 0 to

99.

Predelay (X-EditTM only) - Adjusts the amount of time it takes for the initial sound to reach the first reflective surface in the simulated environment. Ranges from 0 to 15.

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Section Four - Other Functions

Phrase Looper

The RP255 features a built-in20 second Phrase Looper for creating on the fly performance loops of the music you play. The Phrase Looper can be accessed any time during performance and used with any of the RP’s presets.

To use the Phrase Looper, follow these steps:

1.Press and hold the left Down Footswitch for 2 seconds until LOOPER appears in the display. The Looper LED will also light in the matrix indicating the Looper is active.

2.Arm the Phrase Looper to record by pressing the Down Footswitch again. The display will read ARMED meaning it is ready for you to start playing (You can also start recording immediately when this footswitch is pressed).

3.Begin playing a phrase on the guitar. The Phrase Looper will begin recording anything that is played. The display will read RECoRD.

4.Once you are ready to set the loop point, press any footswitch. The display will briefly read PLAY and the recorded phrase will now begin playing back.

5.To add an overdub to the looped phrase, press and hold the left Down Footswitch. The display will read OVRDUB. While holding the footswitch, begin playing the overdub phrase to be added to the loop. When theDown Footswitch is released, the display will briefly flash PLAY and the looped phrase will continue with the newly added overdub phrase added.

6.To stop the Phrase Looper, press and release the left Down Footswitch quickly. You can resume playback by pressing this footswitch again.

7.To clear a recorded loop, stop the loop playback first as outlined in step 6 and then press and hold left Down Footswitch for 2 seconds until the display read CLEARD.

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To exit the Phrase Looper mode, press and hold left Down Footswitch for 4 seconds until the display reads LPEXIT.

While the Phrase Looper is active, the left Down Footswitch cannot be used to select presets. The rightUp Footswitch can still be used navigate through all of the RP’s presets. To select the next preset up, press the rightUp Footswitch quickly to advance to the next preset. To select a previous preset, press and hold the rightUp Footswitch and the presets will slowly scroll backwards until the footswitch is released.

Note:While the Phrase Looper feature is active, the RP’s Drum Machine is not available.

Drum Machine

The RP255 includes a built-indrum machine loaded with 60 useful patterns and 5 metronome settings that are easily accessible at the touch of a button (theDrums button, specifically). Pressing theDrums button will enable the drum machine and start playback of the selected drum pattern (except when in Store or Bypass mode). When theDrums row is selected (using theEdit buttons),Knob 1 scrolls through the first patterns for each drum style,Knob 2 scrolls through all the drum patterns,Knob 3 adjusts the Tempo of the drum pattern andKnob 4 adjusts the Level of the drum pattern. Press theDrums button again to stop playback of the drum loop.

Drum Pattern List

Beats (8th beat)

1-5

jazz

1-4

 

 

 

 

Beats (16th beat)

6-8

hiphp

1-4

 

 

 

 

rock

1-8

world

1-4

 

 

 

 

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hRock

1-8

Met

4/4

 

 

 

 

metal

1-8

Met

3/4

 

 

 

 

blues

1-8

Met

5/8

 

 

 

 

groov

1-4

Met

7/8

 

 

 

 

cntry

1-4

met

mtrnom

 

 

 

 

Aux Input

The Aux Input allows you to connect an MP3 or CD player to the RP255 and jam with your favorite artists. The signal from your MP3 or CD player is output through the left, right, and headphone outputs of the RP255. To use the Aux Input, connect the headphone output of your MP3 or CD

player to the Aux Input on the rear panel of the RP255 using an 1/8" stereo cable, and press play on your MP3 or CD player. Use the playing device’s volume control and the RP255’sMaster Level knob to balance the levels.

Expression Pedal

The Expression Pedal on the RP255 can be linked to control the RP255’s Volume, Wah, Whammy™,YaYa™, or almost any of the RP255’s other parameters in real time with your foot. When a parameter has been linked to the Expression Pedal, a minimum (heel) and maximum (toe) value can also be specified. Apply extra pressure to the toe of the Expression Pedal to activate the V-switch,and the Expression Pedal switches between the linked parameter and the Wah. The procedure for linking a parameter to the Expression Pedal is as follows:

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1.Press either Edit button until the Expression row has been selected (indicated by the LED lighting on the Expression row). EXP appears in the display.

2.Rotate Knob 2 until the desired parameter appears in the Display. See page 45 for a complete list of parameters that can be linked to the Expression Pedal.

3.Rotate Knob 3 to select the minimum (heel) value the assigned parameter will reach with the Expression Pedal in the toe up position.

4.Rotate Knob 4 to select the maximum (toe) value the assigned parameter will reach with the Expression Pedal in the toe down position.

5.Store your Expression Pedal assignment to your preset. See page 17 for more information on the storing procedure.

Factory Reset

This function resets the RP255 to its original factory settings. This procedure erases all custom User presets, and recalibrates the Expression Pedal.

ATTENTION: Performing this function will erase all user-programmeddata. All such data will be lost forever! Be sure you want to erase the memory and start fresh before continuing with this procedure.

The procedure for performing a Factory Reset is as follows:

1.Press and hold the Store button while powering up the RP255.

2.When the display prompts you with FACRST, release the Store button, which is now flashing.

3.Press and hold the flashing Store button for 3 seconds until RSTORD appears in the display and release (The Factory Reset procedure takes approximately 20 seconds). The Expression Pedal calibration procedure now commences.

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Expression Pedal Calibration

The Expression Pedal on the RP255 needs to be recalibrated for use after a factory reset has been performed. This calibration procedure is automatically entered after a factory reset procedure. (You can also initiate the calibration procedure by pressing and holding both Footswitches for approximately 5 seconds.) In the event the Pedal’s calibration fails, or if the Pedal does not function properly, it can bere-calibratedusing the Pedal Calibration procedure. This will not erase the User presets.The procedure for Calibrating the Expression Pedal is as follows:

1.Press and hold the Up/Down Footswitches until PDLCAL appears in the display (BYPASS and TUNER will be displayed before PDLCAL is accessed)

2.When the Display prompts you with TOE DN, rock the Expression Pedal forward (toe down) and press eitherFootswitch.

3.When the Display prompts you with TOE UP, rock the Expression Pedal back (toe up) and press eitherFootswitch.

4.The Display now prompts you to calibrate the V-Switchsensitivity (VSwxxx), where XXX is the currentV-Switchthreshold. Rock theExpression Pedal forward and press firmly on the toe

once to turn the V-Switchon (wah ON), and again to turn theV-Switchoff (wahOFF).

5.If the V-Switchis too sensitive, press the rightUp Footswitch to raise the threshold (range is0-200).Keep testing theV-Switchsensitivity and adjust the threshold until it only engages when you want it to (too sensitive a setting will lead to theV-Switchfalsely triggering on or off when using the Expression Pedal).

6.When the V-Switchsensitivity is set to your satisfaction, press bothUp/Down Footswitches simultaneously to exit.

Note: If the Display shows error, an error has occurred and steps 2 through 5 should be repeated.

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Section 5 - Appendix

Specifications

General Specifications

A/D/A Converter: 24-bithigh performance audio

Sampling Frequency: 44.1 kHz

DSP Section:AudioDNA2™ DSP Processor

Simultaneous Effects: 11

Preset Memory: 60 User Presets (1-60) /60 Factory Presets(61-120)

Phrase Looper: 20 seconds of record time

Drum Machine: 60 Patterns

Dimensions: 14.5” Length x 8.75” Width x 2.5” Height

Unit Weight: 4.9 lbs.

Analog Input Connections:

Guitar Input: 1/4” Unbalanced (TS)

Input Impedance: 500k Ohms

Aux Input: 1/8” Stereo (TRS)

Analog Output Connections:

Left/Right Outputs: 1/4” Impedance Unbalanced

Left/Right Output Impedance: 500 Ohms per side

Maximum Output: +10dBu

Headphones: 1/8” Stereo (TRS) – 13.6mW per channel @ 50 Ohms

Digital Connections:

Universal Serial Bus (USB):Type B, supports USB2.0 Full Speed

RP255 USB Recording Specifications:

Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz

Bit depth: supports 16-bitor24-bit(depends on setup in Recording Software)

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Power Requirements:

US and Canada: 120 VAC, 60 Hz Adapter: PS0913B-120Japan: 100 VAC, 50/60 Hz Adapter: PS0913B-100Europe: 230 VAC, 50 Hz Adapter: PS0913B-230

UK: 240 VAC, 50 Hz Adapter: PS0913B -240

Windows® Software Requirements

Vista Home/Premium, XP Home/Professional (SP2 installed, .NET 2.0 installed*) Pentium®/Athlon™ 1.4GHz or later 512MB RAM (1GB RAM recommended) 180MB hard disk space for application

DVD-ROMdrive USB Port

Internet connection required for Cubase activation

*.NET 2.0 will be installed during installation of X-Editsoftware if required on XP systems

Mac® Software Requirements

OS 10.4.x or later

PowerPC G4/G5 1GHz or later

512MB RAM (1GB RAM recommended) 180MB hard disk space for application DVD-ROMdrive

USB Port

Internet connection required for Cubase activation

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Expression Pedal - Assignable Parameters

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