RP200 Patch for Harmonica: Boutique Amp with "Pong" Delay and Chorus
This patch combines a Boutique Amp Model setup â€” a useful “hard” amp model for harmonica on the Digitech RP200 (my favorite), RP100, and RP300 â€” with a long ping-pong delay and a touch of chorusing. The overall effect is a big, animated “stadium” sound, great for lead work on rock and fusion.
The Gain for the Boutique amp model used in this patch is set to 5, out of a possible 100. This is a hot amp model, and you’ve got to keep the Gain way back if you don’t want feedback. Some of the amp models on the RP devices won’t work with a microphone at any Gain level, including zero. (The Stack amp model can be used with Gain set to zero, and it’s not bad at that setting.)
The RP200’s expression pedal is assigned to pre-amp volume in this patch. This is useful but not as necessary as, say, using the pedal to control wah depth, so the patch should work very well on the RP100 too. For RP200 and RP300 users, you may want to experiment with assigning the expression pedal to something besides preamp volume, e.g delay level, chorus (effect) level.
Like I’ve said before, the delays in the RP series pedals are very nice, and this ping-pong delay is no exception. Lots of depth, lots of bounce. Adjust the delay time to taste, and have fun.
The cabinet model is turned off in this patch. bass and treble are boosted, and the mids are left alone. Try twirling the dials yourself, and see if you like what you get.
This patch will sound best when the output goes to a PA system or keyboard amp. I also recommend using a vocal mic (like a Shure SM-57 or equivalent), rather than a bullet mic, for best results. Don’t put this through a bullet into your Bassman ’59 RI and expect it to sound very good. Simulated tube distortion on top of real tube distortion rarely produces enjoyable results.
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