Guitar Processor

   Summary of Contents for DIGITECH RP90

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    Modeling Guitar Processor Owner’s Manual...

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  • Page 3: Declaration Of Conformity

    Vice-President of Engineering-MI 8760 S. Sandy Parkway Sandy, Utah 84070, USA Date: August 27, 2007 European Contact: Your local DigiTech Sales and Service Office or Harman Music Group 8760 South Sandy Parkway Sandy, Utah 84070 USA Ph: (801) 566-8800 Fax: (801) 568-7583...

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    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.

  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Mono Operation - Amplifier ........13 Step Filter ..............28 Stereo Operation ............14 Envelope Filter .............28 Applying Power ..............16 Detune ................28 Pitch Shift ..............28 DigiTech Whammy™ ..........29 Section Two - Editing Functions Delay .................29 Editing/Creating Presets ..........17 Reverb ................31 Storing/Copying a Preset..........18...

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  • Page 7: Getting Acquainted, Included Items

    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 It is your safeguard should a problem arise with your RP90.

  • Page 8: About The Rp90, Performance Mode, Edit Mode, Bypass Mode

    About the RP90 Performance Mode When you first apply power to the RP90, it powers up in Performance mode. Performance mode provides access to all of the presets within the RP90 via the Up and Down Footswitches. The Edit Up/Down buttons cycle through the effects in the matrix. Edit Mode When you select an Effect with the Edit Up/Down buttons, you can adjust the Effect with the Value Up/Down buttons.

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    indicate whether you are sharp or flat. The left 6 red LEDs indicate the note is flat and should be tuned up. The right 6 red LEDs indicate the note is sharp and should be tuned down. The center LED indicates the note is in tune. The output is muted in Tuner mode; rock the Expression Pedal to regain volume.

  • Page 10: Tone Library Button, Effects Library Button, Effects Level Button, Master Level Button

    Tone Library Button You can press this button at any time (except in Bypass or Tuner mode) to access the Tone Library, and then use the Value Up/Down buttons to select from a variety of genre-based amp tone defaults ranging from Blues to Metal to Country. Behind the scenes, the Compressor, Distortion, Pickup/Wah effects, Amp/Cabinet model, and EQ are configured to create a specified tone.

  • Page 11: Presets

    Value Buttons 1. Access the Tone Library 2. Access the Effects Library 3. Access the effects level with this button and select with this button and select with this button and adjust the a tone with the Value buttons. a tone with the Value buttons. level with the Value buttons.

  • Page 12: A Guided Tour Of The Rp90, Front Panel

    A Guided Tour of the RP90 Front Panel...

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    Footswitches These two Footswitches select presets, access the Tuner, or bypass the RP90. 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.

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    Effects Library Button The Effects Library button accesses a library of preset effect configurations. Press this button and use the Value Up/Down buttons to select a variety of post-amplifier model effect chains (Chorus, Chorus + Delay, Delay + Reverb, etc…). You can further refine the sound by editing the preset (see Editing/Copying Presets on page 17).

  • Page 15: Expression Pedal

    Value Up/Down The Value Up/Down buttons are used for editing effects, navigating Tone/Effects Libraries, adjusting Effects and Master Levels, and adjusting Drum Machine settings. Display The Display provides information for different functions depending on the mode that has been selected. In Performance mode, the Display shows the currently selected preset num- ber.

  • Page 16: Rear Panel

    Rear Panel Input Connect your instrument to this high-impedance TS input. Amp / Mixer This button optimizes the RP90’s outputs for use when plugged into a guitar amp or a mixer/recording device. When set to Mixer (“In” position), the outputs are optimized for connecting to a mixer, recording device or headphones.

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    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 Head- phones output will be in mono. Power Input Connect only the DigiTech PS200R power supply to this jack. ®...

  • Page 19: Getting Started, Making Connections, Mono Operation - Amplifier

    Getting Started Making Connections There are several different connection options available with the RP90. Before connecting the RP90, make sure that the power to your amplifier and the RP90 is turned off. There is no power switch on the RP90. To turn the RP90 on or off, connect or disconnect the included PS200R power supply from the Power Input jack.

  • Page 20: Stereo Operation

    Stereo Operation For stereo operation connect the guitar to the Input of the RP90. Connect one cable to the RP90’s Left (Mono) output, and another cable to the RP90’s Right 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.

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    Stereo Mixer Setup Outputs Instrument Input Mixer Aux 1 Aux 1 Aux 1 Aux 1 Aux 1 Aux 1 Aux 1 Aux 1 Aux 2 Aux 2 Aux 2 Aux 2 Aux 2 Aux 2 Aux 2 Aux 2 0 +1 0 +1 0 +1 0 +1...

  • Page 22: Applying Power

    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.

  • Page 23: Editing/creating Presets

    Section Two - Editing Functions Editing/Creating Presets The RP90 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.

  • Page 24: Storing/copying A Preset

    Anytime a stored value within a preset is changed, you need to store the changes (with the Store button), or the changes will be lost. Changing presets, or turning the power off before storing any changes erases any edits made and the RP90 will revert to the stored values for the preset. Storing/Copying a Preset Once the preset has been modified to your liking, you may store your settings to any of the 50 User preset locations (presets 1-50).

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    Storing/Copying a Preset 1. Press the Store button; the Preset number flashes. 3. Press the Store button again to save your changes. 2. Select a destination with the Footswitches.

  • Page 26: About The Models

    Section Three - Models and Effects About the Models The RP90 can be thought of as several different “virtual” amplifiers and individual, high-tech stompboxes in a single programmable package. With stompboxes, the order in which they are connected affects the overall sound. The RP90 has placed the Amp and Effect models in an order for optimum results.

  • Page 27: Model Definitions, Pickup/wah

    Model Definitions Each Amp and Effect model within the RP90 has multiple settings to select from. Use the Value Up/Down buttons to change the values for the selected Effect. The following overview of the RP90’s Effects outlines the settings each Effect contains. Pickup/Wah 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.

  • Page 28: Compressor

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  • Page 29: Amp/distortion Models

    E1-E9 DigiTech Metal amp model with a DigiTech Metal 4x12 cabinet model n1-n9 DigiTech Bright Clean amp model with a DigiTech Bright Clean 4x12 cabinet model u1-u9 DigiTech Clean Tube amp model with a cabinet model based on a Fender Twin Reverb 2x12 cabinet...

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    TS-9 Tube Screamer ® o1-o9 Based on DOD 250 Preamp/Overdrive ® d1-d9 Based on Boss DS-1 Distortion ® G1-G9 DigiTech Grunge ® ® L1-L9 DigiTech Death Metal F1-F9 Based on Electro Harmonix Big Muff ® ® Other Acoustic Guitar simulator...

  • Page 31: Noise Gate

    The RP90’s EQ helps further shape your tone with Bass, Midrange, and Treble controls. The EQ settings are: b1-b9 Bass tone control. b1-b4 cut bass frequencies by –12dB, –9dB, –6dB, and –3dB respectively. b5 has no boost or cut. b6-b9 boost bass frequencies by 3dB, 6dB, 9dB, and 12dB respectively.

  • Page 32: Chorus/fx, Chorus

    Tremolo d1-d9 Detune n1-n9 Panner h1-h9 Pitch Shift b1-b9 Vibrato H1-H9 DigiTech Whammy™ ® 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 RP90 Chorus effect in- cludes a model based on the classic Boss CE-2 Chorus and the Dual Chorus.

  • Page 33: Flanger, Phaser, Tremolo, Panner, Vibrato, Rotary Speaker

    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. Settings are F1-F9. Phaser A phaser splits the incoming signal, and then changes the phasing of the signal.

  • Page 34: Step Filter, Envelope Filter, Detune

    YaYa AutoYa combines the characteristics of a Wah and a Flanger, creating an almost human vowel char- acteristic as if the guitar were saying “Yah.” Control the effect with the Expression Pedal. Settings are Y1-Y9. AutoYa™ Similar to the YaYa effect described above, AutoYa™ automatically provides this animation to the sound at an even rate.

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    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 20. Settings are H1-H9.

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    Delay Variation Delay effect is turned off Analog Delay Pong Delay feedback=5% level=15 feedback=5% level=15 feedback=5% level=30 feedback=5% level=30 feedback=5% level=50 feedback=5% level=50 feedback=20% level=15 feedback=20% level=15 feedback=20% level=30 feedback=20% level=30 feedback=20% level=50 feedback=20% level=50 feedback=45% level=15 feedback=45% level=15 feedback=45% level=30 feedback=45% level=30...

  • Page 37: Reverb

    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 rever- beration a useful tool in recorded music. Settings are: Reverb effect is turned off.

  • Page 38: Expression Pedal Assign

    Section Four - Other Functions Expression Pedal Assign The Expression Pedal on the RP90 can be assigned in each preset to control the Volume, Wah, DigiTech Whammy , YaYa , or one of several other parameters in real time with your foot. The ®...

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    Envelope Filter ES (Sensitivity) Detune LE (Level of the Detuned signal) Pitch Shift LE (Level of the Pitch Shifted signal) Whammy HY (Expression Pedal acts as a DigiTech Whammy pedal) ® Delay dL (Delay Level) dF (Delay Feedback) Reverb rL (Reverb Level)

  • Page 40: Drum Machine, Factory Reset

    Drum Machine The RP90 features a built-in drum machine, which is enabled by pressing the Drums button. Select patterns, tempo, and level with the Edit Up/Down buttons. Change their values with the Value Up/Down buttons. The drum machine has the following parameters Drum Patterns 1-40 Drum Tempo...

  • Page 41: Expression Pedal Calibration

    Expression Pedal Calibration The Expression Pedal on the RP90 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 be re-calibrated using the Pedal Calibration procedure.

  • Page 42: Specifications

    Section 5 - Appendix Specifications General Specifications A/D/A Converter: 24-bit high performance audio Sampling Frequency: 44.1 kHz DSP Section: AudioDNA2™ DSP Processor Simultaneous Effects: Preset Memory: 50 User Presets (1-50) / 50 Factory Presets (51-00) Drum Machine: 40 Patterns " "...

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    Power Requirements: US and Canada: 120 VAC, 60 Hz Adapter: PS200R-120 Japan: 100 VAC, 50/60 Hz Adapter: PS200R-100 Europe: 230 VAC, 50 Hz Adapter: PS200R-230 240 VAC, 50 Hz Adapter: PS200R-240...

  • Page 44: Tone Library

    Tone Library Overdrive Rock Wah Rock Chunky Blues Smooth Metal Heavy Country Clean Warm Drive British Crunch Distortion Texas Tone Scooped Rockabilly Bright Clean Solo Acoustic...

  • Page 45: Effects Library

    Effects Library Chorus Hall Reverb Flanger Spring Reverb Phaser Chorus + Digital Delay Pitch Chorus + Delay + Reverb Tremolo Flanger + Analog Delay Rotary Phaser + Tape Delay Envelope Filter Digital Delay + Hall Reverb Digital Delay Analog Delay + Spring Analog Delay Pitch + Room Reverb Tape Delay...

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