My RP1000 Hates Effects Loops :(

Discussion in 'Digital & Modeling Gear' started by Lt_Core, Dec 18, 2009.

  1. Lt_Core

    Lt_Core Supporting Member

    Aug 10, 2006
    Land of cheese & beer
    I always had issues when using the RP1000 with my Rivera's effects loop, connected with the 4CM. When I wanted the Rivera's tone I made a preset with the Amp Loop on but never really used it because there was a major volume drop and some tonal issues. Turned the clean sparkle of my clean channel into a muddier clean channel, took away dynamics of the tube amp, etc.

    Last week I traded my Rivera Chubster 40 1x12 for a Budda Superdrive II 30 2x12. The Budda is a great amp and I'm liking both the clean & ovedrive channels. I hooked up the RP1000 using the 4CM and the same thing happened: volume drops/tone issues, however it's more of an issue with the Budda because I really want to use my Budda's natural tone plus all of the sounds and versatility of the RP1000.

    I tried turning off all amps & cabs so I could run just the regular distortions, delays, modulation, etc. like a regular pedalboard. Ran into the same issues. In the past I've had my preset levels up pretty high and used the RP's master volume to control the main volume. I reversed this thinking and cranked the master volume to 99 and adjusted the preset levels to taste but the same thing happened.

    I'm pretty much convinced that my RP1000 has issues when placed in an amp's effects loop. I have to run it that way because the delays do not sound very good in the front of the amp. Other modulation also sounds better in the effects loop.

    I'm at my wit's end and tempted to sell the RP1000 so I can get a Line 6 M13. I would just use it for regular effects in the front of the amp and in the effects loop. I think the issue I'm having with the RP1000 is something with the various volume adjustments throughout the device. Any thoughts, opinions, help on this? Thanks!
  2. GeLoFi

    GeLoFi Supporting Member

    Jul 10, 2008
    I'd swap to the m13, the modeling in the RP1000 isn't great and the Budda is a much better amp tone. You don't need to be doing amp modeling with the budda, doesn't make sense.

    The other option is to see if there is some sort of warranty option on the RP1000, see if you can get a replacement unit and see the results, could just be a bad unit.

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