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Tube Preamp/Effects Processor & Controller
User's Guide
Please visit Digitech Electronics on the World Wide Web at http://www.digitech.com

Summary of Contents

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    Tube Preamp/Effects Processor & Controller User’s Guide Please visit Digitech Electronics on the World Wide Web at http://www.digitech.com...

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    WARNING C A U T I O N FOR YOUR PROTECTION, PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING: R I S K O F E L E C T R I C S H O C K WATER AND MOISTURE: Appliance should not be used near water (e.g. near a bathtub, D O N O T O P E N washbowl, kitchen sink, laundry tub, in a wet basement, or near a swimming pool, etc).

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    8760 S. Sandy Parkway Sandy, Utah 84070, USA Tel: 801.566.8800 Fax: 801.566.7005 Effective October 15, 1997 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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    Jam-Along and Learn-A-Lick: The RP-7 Valve will let you run a CD or Cassette tape signal into the signal of the RP-7 Valve so that you can play along with the music and even use the Learn-A-Lick function for recording and playing back selected pieces of music. This can be done by simply running the CD or Cassette headphone output into the Jam-Along jack (located on the rear of the RP-7 Valve).

  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Included Items..................1 Wah Wah ..................13 Product Features ................1 Mod/Pitch..................13 Warranty ..................2 Chorus ....................14 Flanger....................14 A Quick Tour of the RP-7 Valve............3 Phaser ....................15 The Front Panel................3 Tremolo ....................15 The Rear Panel................5 Panner ....................16 Pitch Shifter ..................16 Section 2 - Setting Up Pitch Bending (Whammy) ..............16...

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    RP-7 Valve User Guide...

  • Page 7: Congratulations

    Congratulations..you are now the proud owner of a Digitech RP-7 Valve Guitar Preamp/Processor. The RP-7 Valve offers you 4 Tube and 4 Solid State preamp voicings along with a full palette of studio quality digital effects that can accommodate any style of music. The RP-7 Valve also features the Jam-Along jack for CD insert and the Learn-A-Lick mode that allows you to sample the incoming music then replay it at 1/2 speed, making the RP-7 Valve a priceless tool.

  • Page 8: Warranty

    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.

  • Page 9: A Quick Tour Of The Rp-7 Valve, The Front Panel, Noise Gate, Equalization

    • Signal - Indicates whether a signal is entering the RP-7 Valve. • Clip - Indicates analog clipping in the RP-7 Valve. Digital clipping can be detected when the third vertical LED from the top of the Parameter Matrix flashes. Distortion may be heard in the output signal if either analog or digital clipping occurs. If analog clipping occurs, check the Preamp On/Off levels.

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    <STORE> button again (see page 8, under Edit Mode for further information on storing a Program). 4) Value, Store and Edit Buttons - The Value <UP> and <DOWN> buttons allow you to scroll through the RP-7 Valve’s Programs, or change Parameter values in Edit mode. The <STORE> button allows you to store an edited Program in memory for later use. The <EDIT>...

  • Page 11: The Rear Panel

    OUTPUT OUTPUT 1) Jam-Along Jack- This is the Jam-Along Jack connection of the RP-7 Valve. Connect output of CD or Cassette player here. This is also the insert point for music that is to be used in the Lear-A-Lick mode.

  • Page 12: Making Connections

    For those of you out there that feel that “bigger is better”, this set-up should work quite nicely for you. First plug into the input of the RP-7 Valve. Connect both RP-7 Valve outputs into the inputs of both of the amplifiers. Using a set-up such as this will let you produce guitar tones with lots of body.

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    A set-up such as this, will give you the ability to run directly to the mixing/recording board to help ensure great recording tones by using the Speaker Cabinet emulator that is located in the RP-7 Valve. The first thing you will want to do when using this set-up is, first run into the Input of the RP-7 Valve.

  • Page 14: About The Rp-7 Valve's Modes, Program Mode, Bank Mode, Edit Mode, Store Mode

    Section 3 - Basic Operations About the RP-7 Valve’s Modes The RP-7 Valve offers seven modes, allowing easy operation of the Effects and Parameters. The modes are as follows: PROGRAM MODE Allows you to scroll through the 40 Factory and User Programs by using the <UP> and <DOWN> buttons as well as the <UP>...

  • Page 15: Bypass Mode, Tuner Mode, Learn-a-lick Mode

    Gb (370). The display window will briefly flash the currently selected tuning preference. Exit this mode by pressing any of the footswitches. When you exit this mode, the RP-7 Valve will default to the last mode you used. LEARN-A-LICK MODE The Learn-A-Lick function allows you to record a 12 second passage of music and play it back as slow as 1/2 speed with no change in pitch.

  • Page 16: Compressor

    About the Parameter Matrix The Parameter Matrix displays all the Effects and Parameters you can find in the RP-7 Valve. 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:...

  • Page 17: Preamp

    - o o . . . 1 2 Off Level The distortion section of the RP-7 Valve has six extremely flexible distortion types, capable of producing the smoothest of the blues tones to the full shred gain of a cranked up stack.

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    - 1 5 . . . 0 . . . 1 5 High Gain The RP-7 Valve offers a three band equalizer. The center frequency of the Mid and High bands is adjustable along with its gain (boost or cut).

  • Page 19: Mod/pitch

    0 . . . 1 2 7 Position (EP1) The RP-7 Valve offers a classic wah wah effect, which can be used with or without Distortion for that classic Wah-Wah sound. The effect’s position can be controlled with the CC Pedal.

  • Page 20: Chorus, Flanger

    0 . . . 1 0 0 Delay The RP-7 Valve offers a chorus 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.

  • Page 21: Phaser, Tremolo

    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-7 Valve, breathes new life into this classic effect, providing totally transparent volume modulation of sound sources.

  • Page 22: Panner

    - 9 9 . . . 0 . . . 9 9 Key (EP6) This RP-7 Valve’s Pitch Shifting effect gives you a shifted signal from 0 to 24 semi-tones above or below the pitch of the input signal. Amount Sets the interval between the original note and the pitch shifted note.

  • Page 23: Harmony

    RP-7 Valve Section - 4 Effects and Parameters The RP-7 Valve’s pitch bending effect allows you to smoothly shift between two preset pitch intervals using the CC Pedal. Amount Selects the function of the Whammy™ Module. There are 16 functions available in regular Whammy Modules.

  • Page 24: Dual Delay

    Section - 4 Effects and Parameters RP-7 Valve Dual Delay Parameters Displayed Values O n - B y p On/Off 1 . . . 7 Type 0 . . . 1 0 0 Level (Mix) 0 . . . 3 5 0 0 Delay 1 0 .

  • Page 25: Reverb

    RP-7 Valve Section - 4 Effects and Parameters Reverb Parameters Displayed Values O n - b y p On/Bypass C L u b . . . S P r g Type 0 . . . 1 0 0 Level 1 . . . 1 0 Decay Time Ambience, or reverberation, is produced when sound energy is reflected off room surfaces and objects.

  • Page 26: Speaker Cabinet Emulator, Master Volume

    The RP-7 Valve’s programmable Speaker Cabinet circuitry allows you to use it in both recording and live situations without lugging heavy amps and/or cabinets around. Just connect the RP-7 Valve’s outputs to a mixing console and kick in the Speaker Cabinet. No miking hassles, no heavy equipment, just full on miked cabinet sound.

  • Page 27: Harmony Interval Charts

    Reinitializing the RP-7 Valve This option allows you to restore the contents of the RP-7 Valve’s memory to the original factory condition and calibrate the expression pedal. WARNING: Performing this function will destroy all user-programmed data. All such data will be lost forever! To restore the factory Programs and calibrate the expression pedal, the procedure is as follows: 1.

  • Page 28: Specifications

    Section - 5 Appendix RP-7 Valve Specifications A/D Converter: 20 bit D/A Converter: 20 bit Sampling Frequency: 40 kHz DSP Section: Architecture: Static-Dynamic Instruction 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)

  • Page 29: Preset List

    RP-7 Valve Section - 5 Appendix Preset List The following is a list of all the factory Programs in the RP-7 Valve. Bank 6 Alternative Bank 1 Rock 61 King Fuzzo 11 Star Maker Solo 62 Trem-O-Time 12 Crunchola 63 Whammy Boy...

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    International Distribution: 3 Overlook Drive, Unit 4 Amherst, New Hampshire 03031 U.S.A. FAX 603.672.4246 Digitech™, RP-7 Valve™, and S-DISC™II are registered trademarks of the Harman Music Group Incorporated Copyright © 1997 the Harman Music Group Incorporated Printed In U.S.A. 10/97 Manufactured in the U.S.A.

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