Digitech RP-360XP – A Review of Gear

New Gear Without a Steep Learning Curve

I only review gear that I actually buy and use. Unfortunately with a daughter getting married and many other day-to-day life expenses guitar gear gets pushed back down the list of necessary expenses. However I did squeak in a small Christmas present for the home studio. I felt like it was time for some new tones. Nothing like some new gear to spark the creative juices.

I was told that I would get more page views if I included some pictures……

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After some semi-extensive research I landed on the Digitech RP-360XP. I wanted to integrate a Wah pedal into my repertoire so this looked like a natural fit. I’ve not ever owned a Digitech product but have read and heard much about them. The following is a completely non-technical, real world user review of the box. I don’t know a circuit from and ohm so don’t expect an engineering breakdown of the innards of this thing. You will have to find that somewhere else if that’s what you crave. I will just give you my impressions as a novice home studio guitarist who dabbles in the craft.

First off the unit feels heavy, solid and well-built. I don’t “Gig” but if I did I would not feel embarrassed to throw this thing around. Drop it on your toe and you will squeal a Bruce Dickenson high note. The switches are metal and click with a very confident feel. The knobs have a feel of quality when turning for a new setting. The screen is small and not full color but that doesn’t bother me because I use the (free download) USB Nexus software editor mostly. Here are the features and specs on the unit from Digitech Website:

http://digitech.com/en-US/products/rp360-xp 

  • Over 160 Amps, Cabinets, and Effects
  • 54 Amp/Acoustic types
  • 26 cabinets
  • 82 effects
  • 198 presets (99 factory, 99 user)
  • Expression pedal
  • Power supply included
  • 40-second looper
  • 60 High quality drum patterns
  • Durable metal chassis and footswitches
  • 2 x 2 USB audio streaming
  • Built-in chromatic tuner
  • External control input for a 3-button footswitch
  • Configurable footswitch modes (Stompbox, Preset, Bank)
  • Up to 5 seconds of delay time
  • USB editing via DigiTech Nexus
  • Stereo 1/4″ Output
  • 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

Ok, so you can read all that stuff and if it means something to you then you are miles ahead of me. I plugged in and dialed in a few presets to hear some tones. After all that is the meat of this dish. I had no problem twiddling and fiddling in some fresh tones. The Nexus software is graphically similar to moving dials and switches on the real life amps, cabs and pedals. A massive list of presets are included and span the range of clean to dirt. Many stomp box type effects to swap in and out to customize your tones. I have messed with the on-board drum beats somewhat. They are great for practicing to a beat with having to resort to a dry click track. I plan to get into the “Looper” feature soon. It looks like a ball of string to a kittens eyes. The tuner seems to work also. No big deal there since I can tune with a free app on my phone these days.

One glaring issue with the software is apparent. I have read other user reviews mention this but it does not really effect the way I use the box.  However it would be a problem if you needed to sequence a list of presets for a set of songs for a gig. It is very hard to export, import and sort through the presets on the user side of the list. Being solely a home studio recording guitarist this does not bother me. I can make a new tone and save it in the list just fine. If I were planning a set of songs it would be a bear to program. Also I was a little disappointed that the unit did not come with USB cable. Had to shell out $15 for a new one. Those are really my only complaints with the unit so far. After much knob fondling I have dialed in a few tones that I really am starting to enjoy.

I have the thing set up as an effects pedal running L & R line outs into my Line 6 UX2 USB interface. Then the signal runs into Reaper DAW utilizing the Line 6 ASIO drivers. That’s the whole signal chain. I get a nice clean R & L signal that is easily gain staged in the Line 6 mixer panel.

The following song is my first effort with the thing. I only used some of the preset patches with very minimal tweakings. I am still working on finding my “Signature” tones from this box but overall first impressions are good.

You have now seen a few photos of the unit, looked at a list of the features, clicked a link to the manufactures website and listened to an awesome song using only the Digitech unit for guitar and bass tones. Did I mention that this thing is only $199.95 US with free shipping through Sweetwater Music Instruments & Pro Audio. I should get some money just for that plug alone. It really is a pretty good bargain considering I would have to pay a healthy +/- $80 for a decent Wah pedal and now I have three! Plus all the other benefits.

This concludes our program for today. Stay tuned for some more informative and interesting content soon to appear. If I feel like it.

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5 comments on “Digitech RP-360XP – A Review of Gear
  1. petercairns2 says:

    Nice post, there are not very many reviews of this product. I am a more mature player in my 50’s, updating my (dare I say it) zoom g2 effects and currently looking around. I dont gig and occasionally jam. I use a dijitech jamman (mono) which still serves me well, it is reliable and a fairly solid piece of kit. I like the look of all of the digitech rp range. I believe they all use the same chip so they should all sound similler. I am tempted by the rp500 which is on sale for around the same as the rp360xp, here in UK. However as I mainly play at home to backing tracks and drum beats from the g2, the lack of a drum machine on the rp500 would bother me. Also it has been around for more than a few years now, albeit with updated firmware. I think I have decided to pull the trigger on the 360xp as it is smaller, and built in drum machine, and as it is brand new from digitech, should sound slightly better although I may be wrong there. I have read both good and bad reports on the nexux software which you have already mentioned.

    • Yep, I have heard that all of the RP chips are the same meaning they all have basically the same tones. However you should choose the best configuration for your needs. If you are live gig kind of guitarist, don’t buy the 360. Very difficult to program and sequence patches. If you are a home studio guy like myself then the 360 could be a good choice.

  2. Sabas Gonzalez says:

    Hello, Carter, nice review, good pictures and great demo track! To confirm: the bass line in the track was played with one of the bass presets (bass simulators for playing the guitar to sound like a bass)? Sounds very good, and that´s one of the things I like.

    You posted this review on march 22; hopefully you might have had some more time to play with the RP. In case you use them, what do you think of the acoustic sim presets? I´ve seen (heard, actually) some youtube videos and they sound good to me, and though they were with the RP355, they should be the same, as the RP360 (as well as the RP500 and RP1000) share the same processor; so, you like them?

    I agree with you that for “live use” it may not be the best option; the 500 or the 1000 are better bets for that; I think that I finally will get the RP500; I lke the less weight and size of the 360, as well as the 20 more seconds for the looper, and the rythm bank that RP500 does not have, but live use is more important for me. Is not that I play live or gig, but I need to use several presets when playing a song (I like to practice and play like if I were playing live); even when recording I like to do it as if it was a “live recording”. Why? Because I wanna be able to play a song exactly as I recorded it; for example, let´s say that I´m playing at home, with the family (just for fun), I would like to sound exactly the way I did when recording the song. I have a Mustang I amp (modelling amp), and I can´t do it that way; I have to record each part separately. It´s not a bad modelling amp, but doesn´t fullfill all my needs, so I´m considering replacing it for a RP pedal, and was considering first the 355, then I saw this 360, and finally, after some research, I think I´m better with the 500; will loose some features that would be nice to have, but I´ll be getting the functionality I need.

    Thanks for the review!

    PD: Just out of curiosity, you said that your daughter is getting married, does she happen to be Jessica Biel? Haha.. just kidding, but who knows? maybe I´ve been talking to her father.

    regards,

    Sabas Gonzalez
    From Venezuela

    • Hey Sabas,

      Thanks for the comment. First the bass in the song is played on my Dean Razor 4 string bass. I used the RP360 bass path called “70’s Bass” with a few tweaks. I have messed with some of the “Acoustic” patches. Haven’t found a really good sound yet. It is very close though and I think I will settle on a good acoustic sound. Really like the clean tones. Sounds like you have a good handle on which of the RPs will work for you best. As to your final point, NO no relation to the movie star. That I know of anyway. Not my daughter. Thanks again for your comment.

  3. Sabas Gonzalez says:

    Thanks, Carter! Good to know that it was a bass actually. And yes, aco sim presets may not sound like real acoustics, but they sound close enough. Your review and final comments certainly will help me decide wich one should I get. Best regards.

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