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Excellent processor. Good price.
on 6 July 2011
I needed an amp simulator, mainly for home recording, but also for occasional live work where the FX would be useful. I didn't try out loads of pedals in a shop, but I read reviews and checked them out on you tube and based my decision on that.
The RP 155 has great amp models ranging from vintage classics to modern high tech. The effects are high quality from the delays, reverbs, wonderful rotary and vibrato, distortions, compressors etc.
I am not a fan of over processed modern sounds, (yes, I'm an old fart), but if that's what you want the RP 155 has them. The 50 presets cover a huge range of sounds and the excellent USB link allows you to change every aspect of each preset and store it in any location. All models and processors are displayed on one page on the PC screen so you can see exactly what you've got and select or deselect and comprehensively adjust any of the 11 items in the effects chain. Important things like amp gain and reverb depth etc etc can be adjusted quickly on the pedal itself.
I have played guitar for over 40 years (and then some). I use a 40 plus year old Fender valve amp and Les Paul, Strat and Telecaster guitars. I am fussy about the sound of amps. VERY fussy. I go for subtle distorion and FX. I am not easily satisfied.
However, as soon as I plugged in to the RP 155 I loved it. I have recorded several songs on my fairly basic PC studio and I am amazed at how good the guitars sound. It has been easy to set up distinct sounds for the the different guitar parts and I have been inspired by the quality of those sounds. Everytime I finish a part I am really pleased with the result, but really disappointed that I've got to move on to the next part. I just want to keep playing with whatever the current sound is. A big plus is the DI setting which is giving me the best bass guitar sound I've ever recorded.
I have used the pedal live plugged into the FX return of a transistor amp and it sounded amazingly good. It could mean no more lugging the valve amp around, so even my back loves the RP 155.
Check out the rivals and the others in the Digi Tech range, but I have found the RP 155 to be an excellent unit. It's worth the money just for the vibrato and rotary sounds.