Audiofanzine FR 12/01/2008

DigiTech RP7 : Audiofanzine FR's user review

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(Originally written by tazon79/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
Very comprehensive effect set: compressor, distortion, EQ, wah-wah, whammy, flanger, chorus, phaser, delay, reverb, noise gate, intelligent harmonizer,speaker simulation...

Digital technology.

The small preamp tube adds warmth to the overall sound.

Headphone output, stereo output and jam-along connection.

Two big knobs allow you to adjust the output level and presence. The display shows the program number or the edited parameter. The LEDs display the active effects for the preset.

UTILIZATION

The LEDs are convenient to see the different effects and their position in the sound chain.

The user's manual is quite comprehensive.

Unfortunately, this footboard is not very easy to use. It's possible to get a very good sound but you'll need to spend a lot of time editing, considering the amount of parameter some effects have. But once you get passed that, this footboard becomes very versatile and can provide very different sounds.

SOUND QUALITY

The effects sound very authentic and can still compete with new multi-effect processors in the same price range. The preamp tube enhances the overall sound. Only the distortion section is not so good, especially if you want a fat distortion sound. It's impossible to get a huge and fat distortion for death or black metal.

The footboard provides the typical Californian sound (like the whole RP Series of that time).

This footboard is a high-quality tool that provides an excellent clean sound and very high-quality effects (especially modulation effects).

I use it with an Epiphone Les Paul and a PRS Santana SE and the sound is very satisfying. The sound is great with a Club Reverb amp.

It's excellent in a stereo setup with two amps. The sound color might be old and not trendy anymore, but it has a proven quality.

OVERALL OPINION

Right now the main assets of this footboard are the clean sound and the effects.

The distortion sound is not so good in spite of the preamp tube. Compressor, EQ and speaker simulation effects are not on the same level as modern effects anymore.

You'll need to be patient with this footboard, but you'll get a wide sound range in return . The device sounds great in a stereo setup.

With a more versatile and authentic sounding preamp stage this device could have been a guitarist's secret weapon. I miss that small detail that would make this excellent unit sound exceptional. The sound is too clean, thin and accurate.

Except for the GT3 from the same generation, few multi-FX are so interesting, and certainly no product in this price range can compete with it. This product is very attractive but you'll need time to get to know it.

The value for money is exceptional nowadays and perhaps a better preamp tube (like an Electro-Harmonix) could add more warmth and punch to the sound.

I would surely buy it again, even if I'm considering getting rid of it to get an RP 14, 20 or 21D because they simulate famous amps.