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Preamp/Multi-EffectsProcessor & Controller

User’s Guide

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C A U T I O N

RIS K O F ELECTRI C SHOCK

D O NO T OPEN

ATTENTION: RISQU E D E CHO C ELECTRIQU E - N E PA S OUVRIR

WARNING: T O REDUC E TH E RIS K O F FIR E O R ELECTRIC SHOC K D O NO T EXPOS E THI S EQUIPMEN T T O RAI N O R MOISTURE

The symbols shown above are internationally accepted symbols that warn of potential hazards with electrical products.The lightning flash with arrowpoint in an equilateral triangle means that there are dangerous voltages present within the unit.The exclamation point in an equilateral triangle indicates that it is necessary for the user to refer to the owner’s manual.

These symbols warn that there are no user serviceable parts inside the unit. Do not open the unit. Do not attempt to service the unit yourself. Refer all servicing to qualified personnel. Opening the chassis for any reason will void the manufacturer’s warranty. Do not get the unit wet. If liquid is spilled on the unit, shut it off immediately and take it to a dealer for service. Disconnect the unit during storms to prevent damage.

WARNING

FOR YOUR PROTECTION, PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING:

WATER AND MOISTURE: Appliance should not be used near water (e.g. near a bathtub, washbowl, kitchen sink, laundry tub, in a wet basement, or near a swimming pool, etc). Care should be taken so that objects do not fall and liquids are not spilled into the enclosure through openings.

POWER SOURCES: The appliance should be connected to a power supply only of the type described in the operating instructions or as marked on the appliance.

GROUNDING OR POLARIZATION: Precautions should be taken so that the grounding or polarization means of an appliance is not defeated.

POWER CORD PROTECTION: Power supply cords should be routed so that they are not likely to be walked on or pinched by items placed upon or against them, paying particular attention to cords at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit from the appliance.

SERVICING: To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, the user should not attempt to service the appliance beyond that described in the operating instructions. All other servicing should be referred to qualified service personnel.

FOR UNITS EQUIPPED WITH EXTERNALLY ACCESSIBLE FUSE RECEPTACLE: Replace fuse with same type and rating only.

U.K. MAINS PLUG WARNING

A moulded mains plug that has been cut off from the cord is unsafe. Discard the mains plug at a suitable disposal facility. NEVER UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES

SHOULD YOU INSERT A DAMAGED OR CUT MAINS PLUG INTO A 13 AMP POWER SOCKET. Do not use the mains plug without the fuse cover in place. Replacement fuse covers can be obtained from your local retailer. Replacement fuses are 13 amps and MUST be ASTA approved to BS1362.

ELECTROMAGNETIC COMPATIBILITY

This unit conforms to the Product Specifications noted on the Declaration of Conformity. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:

this device may not cause harmful interference, and

this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. Operation of this unit within significant electromagnetic fields should be avoided.

use only shielded interconnecting cables.

SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

NOTICE FOR CUSTOMERS IF YOUR UNIT IS EQUIPPED WITH A POWER CORD.

WARNING: THIS APPLIANCE MUST BE EARTHED.

The cores in the mains lead are coloured in accordance with the following code:

GREEN and YELLOW - Earth

BLUE - Neutral

BROWN - Live

As colours of the cores in the mains lead of this appliance may not correspond with the coloured markings identifying the terminals in your plug, proceed as follows:

The core which is coloured green and yellow must be connected to the terminal in the plug marked with the letter E, or with the earth symbol, or coloured green, or green and yellow.

The core which is coloured blue must be connected to the terminal marked N or coloured black.

The core which is coloured brown must be connected to the terminal marked L or coloured red.

This equipment may require the use of a different line cord, attachment plug, or both, depending on the available power source at installation. If the attachment plug needs to be changed, refer servicing to qualified service personnel who should refer to the table below. The green/yellow wire shall be connected directly to the unit's chassis.

CONDUCTOR

WIRE COLOR

 

 

 

 

L

Line

Brown

Black

N

Neutral

Blue

White

 

Earth Grnd.

Green/Yel.

Green

 

 

 

 

WARNING: If the ground is defeated, certain fault conditions in the unit or in the system to which it is connected can result in full line voltage between chassis and earth ground. Severe injury or death can then result if the chassis and earth ground are touched simultaneously.

LITHIUM BATTERY WARNING

CAUTION!

This product may contain a lithium battery.There is danger of explosion if the battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace only with an Eveready CR 2032 or equivalent. Make sure the battery is installed with the correct polarity. Discard used batteries according to manufacturer’s instructions.

ADVARSEL!

Lithiumbatteri - Eksplosjonsfare.Ved utskifting benyttes kun batteri som anbefalt av apparatfabrikanten. Brukt batteri returneres apparatleverandøren.

ADVARSEL!

Lithiumbatteri - Eksplosionsfare ved fejlagtig håndtering. Udskiftning må kun ske med batteri av samme fabrikat og type. Levér det brugte batteri tilbage til leverandøren.

VAROITUS!

Paristo voi räjähtää, jos se on virheellisesti asennettu.Vaihda paristo ainoastaan laitevalmistajan suosittelemaan tyyppin. Hävitä käytetty paristo valmistajan ohjeiden mukaisesti.

VARNING!

Explosionsfara vid felaktigt batteribyte.Använd samma batterityp eller en ekvivalent typ som rekommenderas av apparattillverkaren. Kassera använt batteri enligt fabrikantens instruktion.

RP-3

 

DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY

Manufacturer’s Name:

Digitech Electronics

Manufacturer’s Address:

8760 S. Sandy Parkway

 

Sandy, Utah 84070, USA

declares that the product:

 

Product Name:

RP-3

Product Options:

All

conforms to the following Product Specifications:

Safety:

EN 60065 (1993)

 

IEC 65 (1985) with Amendments 1, 2 & 3

EMC:

EN 55013 (1990)

 

EN 55020 (1991)

Supplementary Information:

The product herewith complies with the requirements of the Low Voltage Directive 73/23/EEC and EMC

Directive 89/336/EEC as amended by Directive 93/68/EEC.

Digitech

President of Digitech

8760 S. Sandy Parkway

Sandy, Utah 84070, USA

Tel: 801.566.8800

Fax: 801.566.7005

Effective February 1, 1998

European Contact: Your Local Digitech Sales and Service Office or

International Sales Office

3 Overlook Drive #4

Amherst, New Hampshire 03031, USA

Tel: 603.672.4244

Fax: 603.672.4246

 

 

 

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RP-3

Quick Start

For those of you who prefer to burn now and read later, we've included this Quick Start section to get you up and running.

Connect Cables:

Connect guitar into the Input jack (located on the rear of theRP-3).Connect the Output(s) of theRP-3to the Input of the either the Guitar Amp, Power Amp or Mixing board.

Apply Power:

Note: It is recommended that the<Output> knob be turned down prior to powering up theRP-3.

Adjust Output:

Now adjust the <Output > level knob on the rear panel of theRP-3to the desired output level.

Adjust Presence:

The <Presence> knob will act as a quick EQ. Use this knob tofine-tuneyour tone by turning clockwise (Brighter tone) orcounter-clockwise(Darker tone).

Select Preset:

Begin playing your guitar, and choose any preset by either pressing the Value <UP> or the<Down> buttons or by pressing the<UP> and bank<DOWN> footswitches.

Jam-AlongandLearn-A-Lick:

The RP-3will let you mix a CD or Cassette tape signal with the signal of theRP-3so that you can play along with the music, or use theLearn-A-Lick function for recording and playing back sections of music and play it back at varying speeds without changing pitch. Simply connect the CD or Cassette headphone output into theJam-Alongjack (located on the rear of theRP-3).

 

 

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RP-3

Table of Contents

 

Safety Information

 

Declaration of Conformity................................................................

i

Quick Start........................................................................................

ii

Table of Contents ............................................................................

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Section 1 - Introduction

 

Congratulations ................................................................................

1

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

1

Product Features ..............................................................................

1

Warranty ..........................................................................................

2

A Quick Tour of the RP-3 ..............................................................

3

The Front Panel............................................................................

3

The Rear Panel..............................................................................

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Section 2 - Setting Up

 

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

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RP-3into Combo Amplifiers ........................................................

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RP-3Direct into a Mixer ..............................................................

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Section 3 - Basic Operations

 

About the RP-3’s Modes ................................................................

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Program Mode..............................................................................

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Bank Mode ..................................................................................

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Edit Mode ....................................................................................

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Store Mode ..................................................................................

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

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

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Learn-A-LickMode........................................................................

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Section 4 - Effects and Parameters

 

About the Parameter Matrix ............................................................

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

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

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

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Equalizer ..........................................................................................

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Gate/Swell ........................................................................................

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Mod/Pitch..........................................................................................

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

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

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

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

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

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Pitch Shifter ..................................................................................

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Whammy (bend) ..........................................................................

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Harmony........................................................................................

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Dual Delay ........................................................................................

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

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Speaker Cabinet Emulator ..............................................................

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

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Master Level......................................................................................

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Section 5 - Appendix

 

Resetting the RP-3 ............................................................................

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Recalibrating the Expression Pedal ..................................................

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Harmony Interval Chart ..................................................................

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

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Preset List ........................................................................................

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RP-3

 

 

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RP-3

Section -1Introduction

Section-1Introduction

Congratulations...

... you are now the proud owner of a Digitech RP-3Guitar Preamp/Processor. TheRP-3offers you 2 distortion voicings along with a full palette of high quality digital effects that can accommodate any style of music. TheRP-3also features theJam-Alongjack for CD insert for playing along with your favorite band and theLearn-A-Lickmode that allows you to record the incoming music, then replay it down to 1/4 speed without changing pitch, making theRP-3a truly unique and essential tool.

This owner's manual is your key to understanding the powerful world of the RP-3.Read it carefully. After you've had time to familiarize yourself with the unit, try experimenting with unusual effect combinations. You are certain to achieve sounds never thought possible before. Good luck, and thank you for choosing Digitech.

Your RP-3was carefully assembled and packaged at the factory. Before you proceed any further, make sure the following items are included:

(1) Owner’s Manual

(1) Digitech RP-3Guitar Preamp/Processor

(1)Power Supply

(1) Digitech warranty card

Please save all packing materials. They were designed to protect the unit from damage during shipping. In the unlikely event that the unit requires service, use only the factory supplied carton to return the unit.

RP-3Features:

2 Distortion Types

Built-inExpression Pedal

Full bandwidth effects (20-20kHz)

24-bitsignal path,48-bitinternal data path

S-DISCII ™ Processing

Harmony Effects

Jam-AlongJack

Learn-A-LickMode

Programmable Speaker Cabinet Emulator

Chromatic tuner

 

 

 

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Section -1Introduction

RP-3

We at Digitech are very proud of our products andback-upeach one we sell with the followingwarranty:

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.

DigiTech™, S-DISCII™,Whammy™, and Silencer II™ are registered trademarks of the Harman Music Group Incorporated.

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.

 

 

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RP-3

Section -1Introduction

A Quick Tour of the RP-3

The Front Panel

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1)Pedalboard - TheRP-3’spedalboard consists of five footswitches. The two Mode footswitches (<2> and<3>), allow you to change from Program mode to Bank mode by pressing them simultaneously. When changing modes, the appropriate mode LED will light to indicate whether you are in Program mode or Bank Mode. In Program Mode, the<UP> and<DOWN> footswitches allow you to move through Programs, while the three main switches, labeled<1 - 3>, act as toggle On/Bypass switches for Distortion, Mod/Pitch, and Delay. In Bank mode, the<UP> and<DOWN> footswitches allow you to move through Banks, while the<1-3> footswitches are used to select Programs. If footswitches<1> and<2> are pressed simultaneously, Bypass Mode will be activated. If footswitches<1> and<2> are pressed and held simultaneously, Tuner mode will be activated. If the<UP> and<DOWN> footswitches are pressed simultaneously,Learn-A-Lickmode is activated.

2)Parameter Matrix - The Parameter Matrix consists of a group of vertical effect LEDs and a second group of horizontal parameter LEDs. The Effect LEDs are: Wah, Compressor, Distortion, Equalization, Gate/Swell, Mod/Pitch, Delay, Reverb, and Cabinet Emulator. This matrix shows you exactly what effects and parameters are in use or selected.

3)Display Window - The display window shows all current operating and programming information. The right decimal in the lower right hand corner of the display window indicates you are in a User (U) bank . The first number indicates the Bank number currently in use, and the second number indicates which Program number is currently in use. These numbers will change as you scroll through the available Programs.

4)Value, Store and Edit Buttons - The Value<UP> and<DOWN> buttons allow you to scroll through theRP-3’sPrograms, or change Parameter values in Edit mode. The<STORE> button allows you to store an edited Program in memory for later use. The<EDIT> button allows you to edit the User and Factory Programs.

 

 

 

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5)Mode LEDs - Indicates whether theRP-3is in Program or Bank mode.

6)Parameter Select Buttons -The<LEFT> and<RIGHT> Parameter buttons allow you to navigate the horizontal parameter LEDs of the Parameter matrix. The<UP> and<DOWN> Parameter buttons allow you to navigate the vertical effect LEDs of the Parameter matrix. These keys are only active in Edit mode.

7)Output Level - Controls the overall output level of theRP-3.Also controls the overall level of the headphones.

8)Presence - Enhances the high frequency content of the overall sound. This will affect all presets.

9)Expression Pedal - Thisvolume-typepedal allows real time control over Parameters in theRP-3.

The Rear Panel

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1) Input - Plug in your instrument here.

2) Jam-A-Long Jack- Connect a CD or Cassette player headphone output here for eitherJam-A-LongorLearn-A-Lickuse. Uses a standard 1/8" stereo plug.

3)Right Main Output - This is theRP-3’sright main audio output. Use both left and right main outputs to take advantage of stereo effects.

4)Left(Mono) Output - This is theRP-3’sleft main audio output. This output should be used when using only one output.

5)Headphone Output - 1/4” stereo plug for headphones. The headphone level is controlled by the main output level knob.

6)AC Line Input - This is the AC power adapter receptacle. Use only the included PS 750 power supply.

7)Strain Relief Clip - This holding clip is used to secure included power supply cord.

 

 

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Section -2Setting Up

Section-2Setting Up

Making Connections

Your RP-3can be connected in several different ways to meet the requirements of specific applications. The following diagrams offer some different ways yourRP-3can be connected.

Right Output

Input

Left Output

RP-3into two 2X12 Combo Amplifiers

For those of you out there that feel that “bigger is better”, this set-upshould work quite nicely for you. First plug into the input of theRP-3.Connect bothRP-3outputs into the inputs of both of the amplifiers. Using aset-upsuch as this will let you produce guitar tones with lots of body. This is also a greatset-upto produce lush and thick stereo effects.

 

 

 

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Section -2Setting Up

RP-3

Right Output

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Running Direct into a Mixer

The RP-3provides you with a Cabinet Emulator for running direct to a mixing board.

A set-upsuch as this, will give you the ability to run directly to the mixing/recording board. To help ensure great recording tones, use the Speaker Cabinet emulator that is located in theRP-3.The first thing you will want to do when using thisset-upis, first run into the Input of theRP-3.Then run out of both of the Outputs into 2 inputs on the mixing board and pan each channel hard left and hard right. Now to use the Cabinet emulator, simply press the<Edit> button and then use the Parameter select buttons to move you through the Effects matrix until you reach the Cabinet emulator effect. The Parameter select buttons and the Value buttons will help youfine-tunethe Cabinet emulator.

 

 

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RP-3

Section - 3 Basic Operations

Section 3 - Basic Operations

About the RP-3’sModes

The RP-3offers several modes, allowing easy operation of the Effects and Parameters. The modes are as follows:

PROGRAM MODE

Allows you to scroll through the 30 Factory and 30 User Programs by using the Value <UP> and<DOWN> buttons as well as the<UP> and<DOWN> foot switches. Select Program mode from Bank mode by pressing the<2> and<3> foot switches simultaneously until the Program Mode LED lights and aP appears briefly in the display window. Foot switches<1-3> act as on/off toggle switches for the specified effects.

BANK MODE

Allows you to scroll quickly through Factory and User Banks by using the <UP> and<DOWN> foot switches. Select Bank mode by pressing the<2> and<3> foot switches simultaneously until the Bank LED lights and aB appears briefly in the display window. When you enter Bank mode, the Bank and Program numbers from the previous mode will be retained. When a program number is displayed in the display window, you can also use the Value<UP> and<DOWN> buttons to scroll through Programs and Banks.

When the <UP> and<DOWN> footswitches are used in Bank mode, you will scroll through Banks only. When you change a Bank using this method, the previous Program number is not displayed with the new Bank. The LEDs above foot switches<1-3> will begin flashing, indicating that you can choose a Program in the selected Bank by pressing one of the three foot switches. Once a program number has been selected, both the Bank and Program numbers will be displayed.

EDIT MODE

Allows you to modify effect Parameters in a program. Enter Edit mode by pressing the <Edit> button. The display window now shows the value of the Parameter indicated by the LEDs in the matrix. You can scroll through the Parameter matrix using the Parameter Select buttons. The Parameter Select<UP> and<DOWN> buttons allow you to scroll through the vertical effect LEDs, while the<LEFT> and<RIGHT> buttons allow you to scroll through the horizontal parameter LEDs.

After selecting a Parameter, you can change its value with the Value <UP> and<DOWN> buttons. When changing Parameter values, a decimal point will begin flashing in the lower right corner of the display when the value shown is not the stored value for the program. If you return to the original value, the decimal point will stop flashing. If you exit Edit mode after changing the Parameters and then return to Edit mode, the last viewed Parameter will be displayed.

STORE MODE

Once you have modified the Parameters and Effects, you can store them to a User Program location. When Effects or Parameters have changed in a Program, the decimal point in the lower right corner of the display will flash, indicating a change and you need to store the changes. Press the <Store> button once and the both of the seven segment LEDs in the display window will flash. Select the User bank and program location you want using the Value<UP> and<DOWN> buttons and press the<Store> button again to save the changes.

 

 

 

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RP-3

BYPASS MODE

Allows you to bypass the RP-3’sEffects. Enter this mode by pressing footswitches<1 & 2> simultaneously andBY will appear in the display window to indicate you are in Bypass mode. Exit this mode by pressing any of the footswitches. When you exit this mode, theRP-3will default to the last mode you were in.

TUNER MODE

Allows you to tune your guitar. Enter Tuner mode by pressing and holding footswitches <1 & 2> simultaneously. Nowtu will appear briefly in the display window followed by:-- to indicate that you are in Tuner mode. To begin tuning, play a note on your guitar (a harmonic at the 12th fret will work best). The display window will show the note being played and the vertical effects matrix LEDs (tuning bar) will light. Once the green LED on the tuning bar is lit, the note is in tune. If the note is not in tune, 1 or 2 of the LEDs above or below the green IN TUNE LED will be lit. If LED’s below are lit, the note is flat and should be tuned up. If the LEDs above are lit, the note is sharp and should tuned down. You can change your tuning preference by using the Value<UP> and<DOWN> buttons while in Tuner mode. The default factory setting is:40 A=440 Hz. The tuning reference control ranges from27 (427) Hz to53 (453) Hz, which is the equivalent of ± 50 cents (1/2 semitone) in either direction form 440 Hz.

When you scroll down from 27 (427) Hz, you will also find alternate dropped tunings. Alternate tunings are A = Ab ((ab), A = G (g), and A = Gb (gb). The display window will briefly flash the currently selected tuning preference.

Exit this mode by pressing any one of the footswitches. When you exit this mode, the RP-3will default to the last mode you used.

LEARN-A-LICKMODE

The Learn-A-Lickfunction allows you to record a 12 second passage of music and play it back as slow as 1/4 speed with no change in pitch. This is very useful for picking out the notes of a fast solo passage.

There are 3 functions for Learn-A-Lick.They include:

Start / Stop

Rewind

Record

Using Learn-A-Lick

Connect the headphone output of your CD or tape player to the Jam-a-longinput jack on the rear panel using an 1/8” stereo plug. Set the level to a desired listening level using the CD or tape player volume control.

Press the <UP> and<DOWN> footswitches simultaneously to enterLearn-a-lickmode.

Cue up to the passage you want to record and hit pause on the CD or tape player.

Release the pause button and press the <3> foot switch together when you are ready to begin recording the passage. The display will read:rE and recording will begin. When recording is completed, the phrase is set into anauto-loopplayback mode. Stop or press pause on the CD or Tape player.

Pressing the <TEMPO DN> foot switch will slow the playback down to 1/4 speed in 1/8th speed intervals.

Pressing the <TEMPO UP> foot switch will increase the playback speed to normal speed at 1/8th speed intervals.

Pressing the <REWIND> foot switch steps back through the loop at 1 second intervals.

The Expression pedal will control output level of auto loop.

To re-recorda passage, press the<RECORD> foot switch again.

To exit the Learn-A-Lickmode, press the<UP> and<DOWN> footswitches simultaneously.

 

 

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Section - 4 Effects and Parameters

SECTION 4 - EFFECTS AND PARAMETERS

About the Parameter Matrix

The Parameter matrix displays all the effects and parameters available in the RP-3.The parameters are arranged in rows and columns. Use the Parameter select keys to navigate the matrix. The effects and their parameters are as follows:

Wah

Parameters

Displayed Values

 

 

 

On/Bypass

O n - b y

 

 

 

 

 

Type

1? .? .? .?

7?

 

 

 

 

 

Amount

0 . . .

9

9

 

 

 

 

The RP-3offers a classic wah wah effect, which can be used with or without distortion for that classicwah-wahsound. The effect can be controlled with the expression pedal.

Wah

Turns the Wah on and off.

Type

The Wah types include; 1. being full-rangeand 2 through 7 move from darker to lighter tones.

Amount

This parameter is a manual setting to control the wah effect. This parameter can be modified manually

 

using the RP-3’sparameter keys to perform the wah function. As the parameter is modified, the tone of

 

the original note will change. Ranges 0 to 99.

Compressor

Parameters

Displayed Values

 

 

On/Bypass

 

O n - b y

 

 

Amount

L O - 1 . . . 9 6 - H I

 

 

The RP-3’sCompressor can be used to increase sustain and to tighten up guitars, and is particularly useful on clean sounds. Parameters of theRP-3compressor are as follows:

Compressor

Turns the Compressor on or off.

Amount

Controls the amount of compression applied to the signal. Higher settings yield a tighter, more focused

 

sound, while lower settings allow better dynamics. Ranges from 1-Loto96-Hi.

 

 

 

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Distortion

Parameters

Displayed Values

 

 

 

On/Bypass

O n - b y

 

 

 

 

Type

G r - o d

 

 

 

 

 

 

On/Bypass Level

0

. . .

9

9

 

 

 

 

 

Gain

¡

0 - 1

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

The distortion section of the RP-3has two extremely flexible distortion types, capable of producing the smoothest of blues tones to the full

shred gain of a hot-roddedamp.

 

Distortion

Turns the Distortion on or off.

Type

Selects the type of distortion voicing used. Gr(Grunge) is an over the top high gain distortion which

 

provides a high amount of sustain and od (Overdrive) is a low to medium gain distortion.

On/Bypass Level

Sets the output level of the Distortion when the effect is On or Bypassed. Ranges from 0 to 99. The On

 

level is displayed when distortion is on and Bypass level is displayed when distortion is Off.

Gain

Controls the amount of distortion produced by the RP-3.High settings produce greater gain and drive for

 

effortless soloing, while low settings offer better nuance and dynamic control. Ranges from 1.0 to 11.

Equalizer

Parameters

Displayed Values

On/Bypass

O n - B y

Low Gain

- 1

5

. . .

0 . . . 1 5

Mid Freq

0.1

. . . 1

6

Mid Gain

- 1

5 . . .

0 . . . 1 5

High Gain

- 1

5 . . .

0 . . . 1 5

 

 

 

 

 

The RP-3offers aThree-bandequalizer. The center frequency of the Mid band is adjustable along with its gain (boost or cut).

Equalizer

Turns the Equalizer on or off.

Mid Frequency

Allows you to select the center frequency of the Mid band. Mid Band ranges from 0.1 to 16 (100 Hz to

 

16 kHz).

Gain Low, Mid, High

Allows you to boost and cut the frequency. Ranges are from -15to 15.

 

 

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Gate/Swell

Parameters

Displayed Values

 

 

On/Bypass

O n - b y

 

 

Type

1 - 2 0

 

 

Threshold

L O - H I.

 

 

The RP-3’sSilencer offers you a professional quality digital noise reduction effect.

Gate/Swell

Turns the Gate on or off.

Type

Controls how fast the Silencer™ gate opens after detecting a signal above the threshold. Large numbers

 

yield longer swell times, while small numbers give a fast attack. Varies from 1-20(2 seconds).

Threshold

Sets the level at which the Silencer™ gate will open. Ranges are Lo and High.

Mod/Pitch

Parameters

Displayed Values

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On/Bypass

O n - b y p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Type

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C h

F L

P H

t r

P A

P t

b d

H 1 - H 6

Level

0...

99

0...

99

0...

99

0...

99

0...

99

0...

99

0...

99

0...

99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The RP-3’smulti-functionMod/Pitch module, will allow you to select effects such as; Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Tremolo, Panner, Pitch Shift, Whammy™, and Harmony effect. The parameters of these effects are adjusted in this module.

Mod/Pitch

Turns the Module on or off.

Type

Allows you to select a specific type of modulation/pitch effect. The Types are; Chorus, Flanger, Phaser,

 

Tremolo, Panning, Pitch Shifting, Whammy (Bend), and Harmony.

Level

Controls the overall mix level of the mod or pitch shifting effect. Ranges from 0 to 99.

 

 

 

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Ch (Chorus)

Values

Displayed Values

 

 

 

Speed

 

 

0 . . . 9 9

Depth

1 . . . 9 9

The RP-3offers a chorusing effect that is unique in both character and sound. This dual chorus offers exceptionally rich chorusing using multiple voices with different phasing characteristics. Chorus parameters are as follows:

Speed

Controls the speed of the chorus sweep. Ranges from 0 to 99.

Depth

This parameter sets the sweep depth (intensity) of the chorus. Ranges from 1 to 99.

FL (Flanger)

Values

Displayed Values

 

 

Speed

0 . . . 9 9

Depth

1 . . . 9 9

The RP-3also offers exceptionally rich flanging. Flange parameters are as follows:

Speed

Controls the speed of the flange sweep. Ranges from 0 to 99.

Depth/Regeneration

Sets the depth amount and regeneration present in the flange effect. Ranges from 1 to 99.

 

PH (Phaser)

 

Values

Displayed Values

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speed

0 . . . 9 9

 

 

Depth

1 . . . 9 9

 

The RP-3’sclassic adjustable phase shifting effect is reminiscent ofmid-70’skeyboard and guitar sounds.

Speed

Controls the speed of the phase sweep. Ranges from 0 to 99

Depth/Regeneration

Sets the sweep depth (intensity) and regeneration of the phaser. Ranges from 1 to 99.

 

 

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tr (Tremolo)

Values

Displayed Values

 

 

Speed

0 . . . 9 9

Depth

1 . . . 9 9

Tremolo was one of the first real effects, and appeared mostly on early guitar amplifiers. Because of this, Tremolo is sometimes perceived as sounding “old” or “vintage”. The RP-3,breathes new life into this classic effect, providing totally transparent volume modulation of

sound sources.

Speed

Controls the tremolo speed (speed of modulation). Ranges from 0 to 99.

Depth

Adjusts the intensity of the tremolo effect. Ranges from 1 to 99.

PA (Auto Panning)

Values

Displayed Values

 

 

Speed

0 . . . 9 9

Depth

1 . . . 9 9

An auto panner is a modern relative of the tremolo that modulates the sound from left to right at a given rate. Parameters are as follows:

Speed

Controls the panning speed (speed of modulation). Ranges from 0 to 99.

Depth

Adjusts the intensity of the panning effect. Ranges from 1 to 99.

 

 

 

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Pt (Pitch Shifting)

Values

Displayed Values

 

 

 

 

 

Amount

- 1 2 . . .

0 . . .

2 4

Key/Bend

- 1 5 . . .

0 . . .

1 5

This RP-3’sPitch Shifting effect gives you a shifted signal from 0 to 24semi-tonesabove or-12semitones below the pitch of the input signal.

Amount

Sets the interval between the original note and the pitch shifted note. Variable from -12to 24.

Key/Bend

Determines the amount of detuning applied to the shifted note. Variable from -15to 15.

bd (Pitch Bending/Whammy)

Values

Displayed Values

 

 

 

 

Amount

1

. . .

1 6

Key/Bend

 

. . .

9 9

0

The RP-3’spitch bending effect allows you to smoothly shift between two preset pitch intervals using the Expression Pedal.

Amount

Selects the function of the Whammy™ module. There are 16 bend ranges available in the Whammy

 

module. They are as follows:

 

 

1=Up 1 Octave

9=Down 1 Oct - Up 1 Oct

 

2=Up 2 Octaves

10=Down 4th - Down Minor 3rd

 

3=Down 2nd Reversed

11=Up 5th - Up 6th

 

4=Down 2nd

12=Up 4th - Up 5th

 

5=Down 4th

13=Up Minor 3rd - Up Maj 3rd

 

6=Down 1

Octave

14=Up 2nd - Up Maj 3rd

 

7=Down 2

Octaves

15=Down 4th - Up 5th

 

8=Down 6

Octaves

16=Up 5th - Octave Up

Key/Bend

This Parameter is a manually selectable bend amount of the Whammy™ effect. As it is modified, the pitch

 

of the original note will change in intervals according to the setting of the Amount parameter. Ranges

 

from 0 to 99.

 

 

 

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H1-H6 (Harmony)

Values

Displayed Values

 

 

 

 

 

Type

H 1 . .

 

H 6

 

Amount

O d . . .

O u

Key/Bend

a b

.

. .

G #

The RP-3also offers Intelligent Harmony Pitch Shifting that lets you select the key, scale and amount of shifting in the signal. The parameters are as follows:

Type

This parameter lets you select the scale that the Harmony effect uses. There are six different scales and

 

they are numbered as follows: H1- Major,H2- Minor,H3 - Harmonic Minor,H4 - Dorian,H5 -

 

Mixolydian, and H6 - Blues.

Amount

Amount lets you select how much the pitch is shifted. This Ranges from: Octave down-OctaveUp

Key/Bend

This parameter lets you select which key the harmony shifting takes place in. This ranges from: Ab to G.

Note: The reverb and Wah effects are not available when the Harmony effect is selected. For complete reference guide to these scales, please refer to the Harmony interval charts located in the Appendix section on page 18.

Delay

Parameters

Displayed Values

On/Off

O n - B y

 

Type

1

. . . 2

 

Level

0

. . . 9

9

Delay Time

1

. . . 3.

5

Feedback

0

. . . 9

9 . . . r h

 

 

 

 

Delay Parameters are as follows:

 

Delay

Turns the Delay on and off.

Type

Determines the type of delay. Type 1 is a mono delay and Type 2 is a ping pong delay.

Level

Controls the level of the delay. 2. Ranges from 0 to 99.

Delay Time

The available delay time ranges are 1 (no delay) to 3.5 seconds.

Feedback

The number of delay repeats. Ranges from 0 to 99 and rh (repeat/hold).

 

 

 

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Reverb

Parameters

Displayed Values

 

 

On/Bypass

O n - b y

 

 

Type

C L . . . S P

 

 

Level

0 . . . 9 9

 

 

Decay Time

1 . . . 1 0

 

 

Ambience, or reverberation, is produced when sound energy is reflected off room surfaces and objects. 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. Reverb Parameters and their functions are as follows:

Reverb

Turns the Reverb effect on or off.

 

Type

Allows you to choose your ambience or setting you want to use. There are ten available type settings:

 

CL=Club

HA=Hall

 

St=Studio

Ch=Church

 

ro=Room

Ar=Arena

 

PL=Plate

Sp=Spring

 

gA=Garage

 

Level

Controls the amount of reverb signal to be mixed in with the dry signal. Ranges from 0 to 99.

Decay Time

The amount of time it takes for the Reverb to fade to inaudibility. Ranges from 1 to 10.

Cabinet Emulator

Parameters

Displayed Values

 

 

On/Bypass

O n - B y

 

 

Type

1 . . . 9

 

 

The RP-3’sprogrammable Speaker Cabinet circuitry allows you to use it in both recording and live situations without lugging heavy amps and/or cabinets around. Just connect theRP-3’soutputs to a mixing console and kick in the Speaker Cabinet. Parameters are as follows:

Cabinet

Turns the Cabinet Emulator on or off.

Type

Selects the tonal characteristics of the simulated cabinet. There are 9 different cabinet types; 1 being the

 

brightest and 9 being the darkest.

Note: When headphones are plugged in, the Speaker Cabinet Emulator is engaged globally on all programs. This will affect the sound at the left and right main outputs.

 

 

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Expression Pedal

Parameters

Displayed Values

 

 

Expression

 

O F . . . A H - S P - D e - b d - F b - L 1 - L 2

 

 

The RP-3’sExpression pedal allows you to control various parameters in real time during performance.

Expression

There are eight parameters that can be controlled by the Expression Pedal. AH=Wah,SP=Speed,

 

dE=Depth,bd=Whammy,Fb=Delay Feedback,L1=Pre Effects Volume,L2=Post Effects Volume.

Master Level

Parameter

Displayed Values

 

 

Master Level (L1 and L2)

0 - 9 9

 

 

The RP-3’sMaster Volume controls the overall volume level of the selected program. The level can be controlled with the Expression pedal for balancing levels inreal-timeduring live performance. One of two level types can be linked to the Expression pedal, L1 is a pre effects volume and L2 is a post effects volume.

Master Level

Controls the overall program level. Variable from 0 to 99.

 

 

 

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Section - 5 Appendix

RP-3

Section 5 - Appendix

Reinitializing the RP-3

This option allows you to restore the contents of the RP-3’smemory to the original factory condition and to calibrate the expression pedal.

WARNING: Performing this function will destroy alluser-programmeddata. All such data will be lost forever!

To restore the factory Programs, the procedure is as follows:

1.Plug in the RP-3while holding down the Parameter Select<UP> button.

2.When: rS appears in the display window, press the Value<UP> button

3.The display will now prompt you to calibrate the Expression pedal by reading: Pd andCA.

4.When the display reads: to...dn, rock the pedal forward and press any one of the<1-3> footswitches.

5.When the display reads: to...UP, rock the pedal back and press any one of the<1-3> footswitches. The expression pedal will now be calibrated and theRP-3will return to program mode.

Recalibrating the Expression Pedal

If the expression pedal should for some reason need to be recalibrated, you can recalibrate by disconnecting the power, press and hold the Parameter select <DOWN> button and repeat steps3-5as shown in theRe-intialializingtheRP-3section above.

Harmony Interval Chart

 

H1

H2

H3

H4

H5

H6

 

Interval

Major

Minor

Harm.Minor

Dorian

Mixolydian

Blues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

üOct

C

C

C

C

C

C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ü6th

A

A

A

A

A

 

 

ü5th

G

Gb

Gb

G

G

G

 

ü3rd

E

E

E

E

E

E

 

Ref

C

Cb

Cb

Cb

C

Cb

 

¨3rd

A

A

A

A

A

G

4th (Blues Only)

¨5th

F

Fb

Fb

F

F

F

 

¨6th

E

E

E

E

E

 

 

¨Oct

C

Cb

Cb

Cb

C

C

 

 

 

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Section - 5 Appendix

Specifications

A/D Converter: 20 bit

D/A Converter: 20 bit

Sampling Frequency: 40 kHz

DSP Section:

Architecture: Static-DynamicInstruction Set Computer(S-DISC™)

Digital Signal Path Width: 24 bits (144.5 dB)

Internal Data Path Width: 48 bits (289 dB)

Dynamic Delay Memory: 256k x 24 bits (3.5 seconds)

Static Delay Memory: 256 24-bitregisters (6.55 milliseconds)

Data ALU Processing: 10.0 MIPS

Address ALU Processing: 15.0 MIPS

Multiplier Size: 24 bits x 24 bits

Input Section:

Connector: 1/4” Unbalanced TRS

Nominal Level: -8dBu

Maximum Level: +10 dBu

Impedance: 470 kohms

Output Section:

Connector: 1/4” TRS

Nominal Level: +4 dBu

Maximum Level: +18 dBu

Impedance: 50 ohms

General:

Frequency Response: 20 Hz. - 20 kHz. +0, -3dB

S/N ratio: Greater than 90 dB; ref = max signal, 22 kHz measurement bandwidth

Total Harmonic Distortion: Less than 0.04% (1 kHz.)

Memory Capacity: Factory: 30 Programs User: 30 Programs

Power Requirements:

US and Canada: 120 V AC, 60 Hz

Japan: 100 V AC, 50/60 Hz

Europe: 230 V AC, 50 Hz

UK: 240 V AC, 50 Hz

Power Consumption: 12 watts

Dimensions: Length 14.6” Width 8.75” Height 2.75”

 

 

 

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Section - 5 Appendix RP-3

Preset List

The following is a list of all the factory Programs in the RP-3.

Bank 0 Showcase

Bank 5 Modern

0-1

Solo Time

51

Whammy Head

0-2

Clean Phasor

52

To the Wall

0-3

Thick Rhythm

53

Phase-Delic

Bank 1 Heavy

Bank 6 Retro

11 Crusher

61

Surfer Dude

12

Bad Boy

62

80’s Pop

13

Metal Flange

63

Classic Wah

Bank 2 Blues

Bank 7 Jazz/Fusion

21

Bold Blues

71

Jazz Club

22

Blue Slide (Exp Pdl)

72

Fingerstyle w/Bass

23

Chicago Shuffle

73

Fusion Solo

Bank 3 Studio

Bank 8 Rock

31

Studio Rhythm

81

Rock Tone

32 Spankin’ Clean

82

Chorused Clean

33

Greasy Solo

83

Tray Catz

Bank 4 Country

Bank 9 Special

41 Chicken Slap

91

2 Second Jam Loop (Exp Pdl)

42 Pedal Steel (Expression Pedal)

92

Envelope Swell

43 The Tremolo

93

E Minor Solo

 

 

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Preset Chart

We have included this handy preset chart to help you keep an accurate record of your custom presets.

BANK:

 

BANK:

 

BANK:

WAH

On/Bypass

Type

Amount

COMPRESSOR

On/Bypass

Amount

DISTORTION

On/Bypass

Type

On Level

Bypass Level

Gain

EQUALIZER

On/Bypass

Low Gain

Frequency

Gain

High Gain

EQUALIZER

On/Bypass

Type

Threshold

MOD PITCH

On/Bypass

Type

Level

Speed/Amount

Bend/Key

DELAY

On/Bypass

Type

Level

Delay Time

Feedback

REVERB

On/Bypass

Type

Level

Decay Time

CABINET EMULATOR

On/Bypass

Type

EXPRESSIN PEDAL

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