As people who’ve been visiting this site regularly know, I’ve been working on some heavy metal sounds for harp, sometimes using multiple Digitech RP devices running in series and/or parallel….

As people who’ve been visiting this site regularly know, I’ve been working on some heavy metal sounds for harp, sometimes using multiple Digitech RP devices running in series and/or parallel. I made a couple of brief recordings that show where the new sounds are going.

Heavy Metal 1 is a multi-pedal patch. The RP355 is running a patch that includes an Octavia distortion model and a low octave double. That sound is processed by an RP255 running nothing but a wide vibrato effect, with the footpedal set to control vibrato speed.

Heavy Metal 2 features a similar patch on the RP355. I’m working the pitch shifter via the expression pedal, moving the doubled tone between two octaves down and an octave down. I don’t hear myself doing anything on the RP255–which makes sense, because I can only work one pedal at a time.

I like the way that tongued rhythms wind up sounding like strumming on muted guitar strings with these patches. I like these big distorted tones. I’ll be providing these patches to my customers soon. Stay tuned for more radical sounds.

5 Comments

  1. Hello, Richard!
    After your promotion I finally decide to try RP series. There was good offer for RP200 and I’ve bought it.
    I have some questions. Do you really can use these heavy metall sounds for live performance? I’m trying to emulate Jason Ricci’s tone now and I have a bunch of feedback issues (comparing to my analog pedalboard).

    Do 255/355 sounds better or there are the same AD/DA converters?

    Thanks, with all respects, Boris.

  2. Hi Boris,

    The RP200 is a very different device from the 255/355. The 200’s reverbs are not very good, but otherwise it makes some very good sounds.

    The 200 requires manual data entry, so is a lot more work to update than the 255/355.

    All that said, I’ve played plenty of gigs with the RP200, and it has a certain roughness to its sound that’s very useful for rock and blues. However, I would have recommended the 255 or (especially) the 355.

    I sell a set of 40 patches for the RP200–see my site for details. They’re good.

    Regards, RH

  3. It was just a fair price to try device recommended by you.
    I think I’ll buy your set later, after some experimentation.

    I actually want to use my RP for some odd effects which are necessary for 1-2 tunes per gig: whammy, rotary, phaser, envelope, chorus, detune, 4th etc along with my pedalboard filled with Boss Harmonist pitch shifter, MXR Carbon Copy analog delay, LoneWolf HarpAttack distortion, Ibanez DE7 digital delay (you can check my tone at my recent youtube videos with my band http://youtube.com/vinnebagoband)

    Anyway I get interested in how to gig with RP200 only, it can be useful sometimes.

  4. Love it, the band has a great sound, the harp is bold and right up front. Like the intro licks, those big delays put a lot of depth in the tone there and throughout. Can’t understand the lyrics, but it’s lots of fun.

    I’m going to make this my vid of the week…

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