I had to power the device down and up again 6 times, with Nexus running on my computer, before the firmware update worked. The first 5 times, the update started,…

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I had to power the device down and up again 6 times, with Nexus running on my computer, before the firmware update worked. The first 5 times, the update started, took a few shaky steps into the RP’s flash memory, then shut down. The sixth time, it went all the way. And to my great relief, the backup I’d saved of the 50 presets in my Huntersounds v17 patch set loaded on the first try.

The RP360XP: maybe it's working now?

The RP360XP: maybe it’s working now?

So I’m up and running again with the RP360XP, ready to test the patch set in the audible world. I still don’t know if the problems I’ve seen with the stability of patches in the RP360’s memory have been solved by the latest firmware update, but I’ll know soon. Stay tuned.

And Digitech, if you’re reading this, would you please fix this s—? I own one of almost every RP you ever made, starting with the RP200. I’ve been programming the RPs for 10 years. And if I didn’t have that history, I would have thrown this thing into the trash on Day One, because so far it’s the buggiest piece of gear I’ve ever bought from anyone. And you must know it, because it’s pretty amazing to see the first firmware rev less than two weeks after a device becomes available for sale. It makes me wonder whether that rev was underway even before the device went public, i.e. whether you knew the thing had some serious issues when it was released. Did you?

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  1. Hi! I´ve read some of your posts, and they´re very interesting. I´m getting some interest on these RP´s devices, and your site has enlightened me enough to keep me interested. Now, I have one question about that RP360: Original presets number 64 (Dist Bass), 65 (Bass Solo), 66 (Bass Harmonics) and 67 (70s Bass) are in fact bass simulator presets? That would be great if they are.

    I´m following your “experience” with your RP360XP, half dream-half nightmare; but I guess it´s now becoming more of a dream since you´re taking it to Italy. Hope you can post some more news before leaving.

    Thanks a lot!

  2. Hi Sabas,

    I haven’t experimented much with the RP360’s built in presets; I was focused on getting my own patches loaded in so I could take it to Milan. I don’t know whether the patches you mention are designed to EMULATE a bass, or designed to be USED WITH a bass–two very different situations. In my own patch sets, I’ve programmed several octave- and double-octave down patches; the former are great for tenor sax-ish sounds, and the latter for bass. (In fact, the double octave down sounds can be made to sound like anything from a tuba to an electric bass, though it helps to add distortion for the latter in order to assure a fast attack).

    At this point I think I’m out of the nightmare phase with the 360, but I’m still looking forward to better software.

  3. Hi, Richard..

    Well, thanks anyway! I think those bass patches are for emulating bass (as RP355´s 46 preset GTRBAS). I wrote to Digitech´s support asking the same and this was the answer (does it makes sense to you?) : “Yes, they use the whammy effect to drop the tuning one octave.”.

    I don´t know if you know/have tried Fender´s FUSE software for editing Mustang Amplifier presets (with its limitations, I like it); do you think it´s possible to adjust one of the presets for emulating a bass? I have a Mustang I (v1) amp -it´s my only modeler- and though I´m happy with it, I´m thinking replacing it with a RP255, RP355 or RP360. What do you think about it? Is it a “wise” thought? I´ll be loosing a speaker, but will be getting a looper, rythm banks, acoustic and bass simulators, and more heavy presets, and will still have an interface for recording with the PC. And anyway, I always play with headphones (I´m a bedroom player, father,husband.. not a band guy).

    THANKS again!

  4. Hi Sabas,

    The whammy effect is one of the two ways that you can drop the pitch; the other is to use the pitch shift effect. if you want to emulate a bass, I’d drop the pitch two octaves, not one.

    Haven’t tried the Mustangs or the FUSE software; I presume the Mustangs sound good with harp, given that they mostly emulate Fender amps, which are generally preferred by blues harp players. If you’re going to replace the Mustang, I’d recommend the RP355 or 360 instead of the 255; you just get a lot more for the relatively little extra expense. Used 355s can be found for much less than $150 on guitarcenter.com. However, if you’re plannign to do a lot with the looper, the 360 might be a better choice. My patch set for that device will be available in a few months.

  5. Excuse me. I have the Digitech RP360, and I have a question, connect the RP360 to my laptop by USB cable, opened the nexus program that is on this product and asked me to update the firmware, but it appears that the update failed. The problem is that my Rp360 when disconnecting from my laptop, the screen appears Rp360 me: in updater, waiting for host. I do so it looks like before it does not work any button, every time I turn it off and turn on me appears the same.

  6. Try running the update again. In my experience, the update will take after a few tries. If all else fails, email Digitech tech support.

  7. I have the rp360 and I also have the problem that says –In update waiting for host—I have tried downing loading on three different computers numerous times —contacted digitech support and they could not help …… any ideas ?

  8. I can not speak so much in English, but I have the same problem that javier, and I don´t know how to resolve., I would want that some person help me. please, and I try with digitech support but I still not have any response….

  9. Yes, keep running the update. Sooner or later it will take. At least it did for me. Switching computers won’t work, because the problem is with Digitech’s service, not your computer. Keep restarting the update, which may involve power cycling the RP too, until the update takes.

  10. Just for history sake, I have the same problem with my RP360. Firmware update bombs out at 25%… tried 4 different USB cables, shut down anti-virus/anti spyware, power cycled the unit and the PC, etc. My broadband connection averages 95mbps/download, so that’s not the issue…

    Also emailed Digitech & waiting for reply.

  11. I hace the solución, nexus dont work with Windows 10, I has the same problem and change to Other computer with Vista, First to install the nexus version 1.0.0 and then eh en nexus is install to conect the 360 and the problem go to the helo, then update automatic to Newton version

  12. Hi All,

    I lost all my hope. Thought I ended up with an expensive brick. BUT! I took Ricardo’s advice and switch to a Windows 7 computer. The upgrade finally worked!

    THE UPGRADE WILL PROBABLY NOT WORK ON WINDOWS 10. As for now, Digitech says at their website Win10 is not supported.

  13. I finally got my RP360 to update via my Windows 10 computer but it took several times. I’m not even going to attempt to use it with 10 anymore.

  14. I have the same problem, I use Nexus on Windows 7 Ultimate 64. I tried 3 times updating the
    firmware, every time at 10% it failed. Richard Hunter method really works. Power off the rp360 everytime it crashes, DONT CLOSE NEXUS, the program will tell you it needs firmware update, try again. If you get pass 10% it goes all the way to 100%. Thanks a lot to Richard Hunter!, Don’t give up.

    Long Live Rock n’ Roll

  15. any body knows how to download Nexus for the rp360 there seem to be no support from digitech any more

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