A Closer Look At The DigiTech RP360 Multi-Effect Pedal

 

One of the biggest problems with multi-effects pedals is that -- unless you’ve already spent some time with the product -- you really don’t know what you’re getting. They tend to be loaded with tons of features and so many extra bells and whistles that it can make anyone unfamiliar feel like they are rolling the dice as far as quality goes. With that in mind, I decided to take the time to highlight one specific multi-effects pedal that I've had the chance to mess around with for the last couple of weeks -- the DigiTech RP360. While it definitely checks all the boxes as far as what players expect from a multi-effects unit, it goes beyond your typical unit by offering plenty of modern (useful) features and a price that makes it one of the best values around.

 

The Features

Beginning with the biggest draw of any multi-effects unit, the RP360 comes packing a huge assortment of sounds and settings. For starters, there are 160 different voicings including 55 amps, 27 cabinets, and 85 effects, many of which are directly inspired by the some of the industry's most iconic tones (including several amps and cabs from Fender, Marshall, Mesa Boogie and more). The RP360 also comes packing 198 preset slots, a 40-second looper, a built-in tuner, dedicated headphone jack, 60 built-in drum tracks, and last but not least a USB port. The USB port, in particular, allows the RP360 to store and load presets and directly record onto a PC through virtually any recording program.

All the voicings and features mentioned above are enough to make the RP360 a solid multi-effects unit, but it actually goes beyond that as far as functionality goes. Not only can you use the three footswitches to navigate your presets or change settings and sound, but it also has the ability to work as three distinct pedals in stompbox mode. More specifically, this mode allows you to assign a specific effect or preset to each of the three switches -- perfect for incorporating the RP360 into your current board. The RP360 is also compatible with a standard 3-button footswitch or expression pedal for even more functionality.

 

DigiTech RP360 Multi-Effects Pedal @ $149.95

 

Features
Over 160 Amps, cabinets and effects
55 Amp/Acoustic Types
27 Cabinet Types
85 Effects
Lexicon Reverbs
198 presets (99 factory, 99 user)
40 Second Looper
60 High-quality drum patterns
Durable metal chassis and footswitches
2 x 2 USB audio streaming
Built-in chromatic tuner
Control input for expression pedal or 3-button footswitch
Configurable footswitch modes (Stompbox, Preset, Bank)
Up to 5 seconds of delay time
Nexus Editor Librarian for PC and Mac
Stereo 1/4" Outputs
Stereo 1/8" headphone output
Stereo 1/8" Aux Input
Amp / Mixer mode optimizes 1/4" outputs for amps and mixers
24-bit 44.1kHz sample rate
Power supply included

 

 

In Action

One of the main problems with multi-effects pedals is that they tend to be tricky to navigate on the fly, which is very important in a live setting. Luckily, finding a specific sound or setting on the RP360 is a relative breeze, and I'm not just talking about loading one of the 198 presets. While you can quickly configure brand new sound combinations by using the dedicated knobs, bending over to mess with a pedal isn't exactly the most elegant solution. This is where the RP360's "Sound Check" feature comes in. Sound Check allows you to record a quick snippet or your guitar which then repeats while you search dial in your desired effects and settings. Once you get the hang of it, you can literally dial in a brand new sound -- exactly the way you want it -- with just a few clicks of the switches.

 

Final Thoughts ...

All in all, the DigiTech RP360 multi-effects pedal is a pretty capable and solid piece of equipment that packs plenty of features that will keep any creative guitar player plenty busy simply trying out the various capabilities. The effects, amps and cabinet voicings alone would make this pedal a great buy. But once you add in all of the great little extras like the USB connectivity, a built-in looper, and Sound Check functionality -- all for $150 -- you have one of the best "bang for your buck" pedals around.