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Interface is a pain, but you can get some good sounds
on September 17, 2010
I purchased this to replace my recently departed RP-200. (It could take a lot, but not a cat throwing up on it at point blank range.) My economic situation meant I had to settle for the lower priced RP-90 instead of the the 250. (I figured since I already have a way to record on my computer, I didn't need the USB jack.)
I've got to admit, after the ergonomic ease of working with the 200, the interface on RP-90, although no worse than similarly priced products or half a dozen modeling amps, IS A PAIN IN THE NECK. Don't lose the manual. You'll be lost. Heck, download an extra copy. Make copies of the settings page. Tape them to your amp or the bottom side of the pedal.
However, I'm pleased to announce that the actual sound of the pedal, either through headphones or through my Behringer GX212 is pretty good. The hard rock sounds are superlative, of course, but it also does a decent job on vintage "cowpie" and other effects. Actually, I prefer using it as a stomp box right through the Behringer's effects loop because I like the tube virtuizer circuitry on the Behringer. If you want stereo, for "swells" for example, you can bypass the Behringer's amp and plug it directly into the stereo input on the preamp, controlling the sound through your pedal's controls. It's a little more synthetic that way, though.
I should mention that mostly I try to play blues - and for that, I prefer plugging a Samick Royale 1 outfitted with Seymour Duncan Fat Cats directly into the amp and setting it for Tweed clean -- maybe using a little bit of distortion if I'm using my Strat. Rock and roll is more or less of a hobby for me, and so this does the job nicely. Nope. You can't beat a Les Paul plugged directly into a Marshall (simulation.)
No. It's not a REAL Marshall amp or a REAL Fender Bassman. No, they're not genuine BOSS effects. This is, simply, a useful, reasonably priced collection of decent to good effects for people on a budget.