RP500 (discontinued)

Multi-Effects Switching System & USB Recording Interface

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The Simplicity of a Stompbox. The Control of an Effect Switching System.

The RP500 takes the complexity of an effect switching system and combines it with the simplicity of stompboxes. Full arsenals of tones are at your disposal, all easily controlled. If you're a player who takes command of their tone by turning individual pedals on and off, enable the Pedalboard Mode button and instantly use the 5 footswitches to turn the RP500's stompboxes and effects on and off within a program. If you are tired with the effect tap-dance and want to concentrate on playing, the RP500's Preset Mode gives you instant access to 5 totally different sounds with the single press of a footswitch (100 presets total across 20 different banks).  Now the RP500 features a 20-second looper. Simply play, loop, change tones then overdub. It's that easy.

No matter how you like to control your sound, the RP500 has a solution for you.

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  Version Language Size Uploaded
RP500 Safety & Compliance Document-English   en  299 KB Sep 23, 2015
Looper Addendum   en  319 KB Jun 15, 2016
RP500 Owner's Manual-Spanish   es  564 KB Dec 20, 2010
RP500 Owner's Manual-French   fr  3.29 MB Apr 11, 2011
RP500 Owner's Manual-German   de  2.88 MB Dec 20, 2010
RP500 Owner's Manual-English   en  2.37 MB Jun 15, 2016
RP500 Quickstart Guide-English   en  1.27 MB Jun 15, 2016
X-Edit Intel 2.7.1    2.82 MB Mar 15, 2019
X-Edit 2.7.0    6.88 MB Sep 20, 2017
RP500 Driver 2.1    1.71 MB Aug 23, 2016
NetUpdater 1.0.1    850 KB Aug 23, 2016
X-Edit Intel 2.4.3    1.63 MB Aug 23, 2016
NetUpdater 1.0.1    1.24 MB Aug 23, 2016

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  • 20-Second Looper-Full time, play, loop, change tones then overdub!
  • Effect switching system offers control over internal stompboxes and effects
  • Exclusive Pedalboard mode changes the RP500 into 5 individual stompboxes and effects
  • Amp/Cabinet Bypass defeats internal amp and cabinet effects in all presets
  • 40 Tone and 40 Effects Libraries
  • 200 presets (100 factory, 100 user
  • Over 125 effects including stompboxes, choruses, delays, amps and cabinets
  • Up to 5 seconds of delay time
  • 24-bit 44.1kHz sample rate
  • Heavy-duty metal switches for stompbox response
  • Bright LEDs display program status and effect on / off
  • Large 10 character LED display for preset name, bank name and tuner
  • Built-in chromatic Tuner
  • Independent XLR Left and Right Outputs with ground lift
  • Independent 1/4" Left and Right Outputs
  • Amp / Mixer switch to engage speaker cabinet
  • Stereo 1/8" headphone output
  • Stereo 1/8" CD/MP3 Input
  • Built-in expression pedal controls the RP500's internal wahs, volume, Whammy™ and other parameters
  • All metal construction
  • X-Edit Librarian Software included
  • 2 x 2 USB audio streaming


Chassis Durable Cast Metal Construction
Display Large 8 Character Alpha-numeric and 2 Character Numeric LED Display
A/D/A 24-bit high performance audio
Sampling Rate 44.1 kHz
DSP Section AudioDNA2™ DSP Processor
Simultaneous Effects 10
Preset Memory 100 User Presets (1-00) / 100 Factory Presets (F1-F00)
Dimensions 19.5" Length x 8.625" Width x 2.75" Height
Unit Weight 6.6 lbs
USB Type Type B, supports USB1.1 Full Speed (12 Mbps Bandwidth USB 2.0 compatible)
Power Supply PS0913B


Tone Library

Get started with these famous tones by connecting your RP500 to your Mac or PC. Use the software downloads links on this page to install the librarian on your computer.

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RP500 FAQs

Garage Band Setup for RP500
Garage Band Setup:

Connect the RP500 via USB and launch Garage band.

Select Garage Band>Preferences>Audio/Midi tab>select the RP500 as the audio input and audio output.

Close the Preferences dialog window.

Select Track>New Track>Real Instrument> click create

On the RP500 press the edit down button one time to highlight WAH

Use knob # 5 (USB record Level) turn the level up to 15

Make sure the guitar is connected to the RP500 input and you have headphones or an amplifier connected to the RP500 output.

When you play the guitar you should see the meter moving on the real instrument track.

Click the record button on the transport bar in Garage Band and play your guitar.

You should see the wave file being recorded.

Click stop>rewind>play, you will hear playback out of the RP500.
When using this setup all audio Input and Output within Garage Band will pass through the RP500, headphone or an amplifier must be connected to the RP500 to hear playback from Garage band.
The RP500 Volume Pedal is not functioning
Perform the Expression Pedal Calibration Procedure:
1. Press and hold the Bypass Footswitch until PEDALCAL appears in the display (BYPASS,
TUNER , and EXIT will be displayed before PEDALCAL is accessed, after about 5 seconds.)
2. When the Display prompts you with TOE DowN, rock the Expression Pedal forward (toe
down) and press Footswitch 5 (Reverb).
3. When the Display prompts you with TOE UP, rock the Expression Pedal back (toe up) and
press Footswitch 5 (Reverb).
4. The Display now prompts you to calibrate the V-Switch sensitivity (VSWitchxxx), where
XXX is the current V-Switch threshold. Rock the Expression Pedal forward and press firmly
on the toe once to turn the V-Switch on (WAH ON), and again to turn the V-Switch off (WAH
5. If the V-Switch is too sensitive, press the Up Footswitch to raise the threshold (range is
0-199). The Down Footswitch decreases sensitivity. Keep testing the V-Switch sensitivity and
adjust the threshold until it only engages when you want it to (too sensitive a setting will lead
to the V-Switch falsely triggering on or off when using the Expression Pedal).
6. When the V-Switch sensitivity is set to your satisfaction, press Footswitch 5 (Reverb) to
Note: If the Display shows error, an error has occurred and steps 2 through 5
should be repeated.
RP500 Factory Reset:
Caution: All user presets will be set back to default.

1. Press and hold the Store button while powering up the RP500.
2. When the display prompts you with FACt RST, release the Store button, which is now
3. Press and hold the flashing Store button for 3 seconds until ReSTOReD appears in the
display and release. The Restore procedure takes several seconds to complete; during the
procedure, the display will count up. After the Restore procedure is complete, the Expression Pedal calibration procedure will begin.
Can I use XEdit with Windows 10?

Disable your Windows Firewall in your Control Panel. Download and install XEdit. Right click on the XEdit icon and run the Compatibility Troubleshooter and run XEdit in Windows 7 Compatibility Mode.

RP500 (discontinued)

Multi-Effects Switching System & USB Recording Interface


Also available from worldwide distributors.