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    Default Emando settings for ancient Digitech RP 200

    Years ago, I bought a Digitech RP 200 multi FX pedal to try out with an electric violin. It sounded like caca with a piezo pick up. Later, I started using my iPhone for pedal effects after I bought a solid-body four string Mandostrat. But I just dug out my ancient Digitech out on a whim, in order to try it out. A lot of the effects are cheesy but the pedal lets you save settings for personal adjustments to individual effects - after dialing them on/off or up/down. Does anyone have recommendations for the kind of effects settings on a multi-option digital effects pedal that would work well for the mandolin's pitch and voicing? Here are some sounds I might want to use: western swing (as in Tiny Moore), 70s era classic rock (Eagles, Allman Bros, Pink Floyd), and electric blues (e.g., Albert King or BB King). Someone has asked a similar question recently, but I am posting this as a new question because the answers to that question were based on a shared vocabulary that I lacked, so it was like reading a foreign language. I really have no idea what these various effects options mean. I am an acoustic instrument guy with no background in playing electric guitar... (notwithstaning my purchase of a mini Les Paul on another whim to try to string it lke a mando).

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    Default Re: Emando settings for ancient Digitech RP 200

    Hello John,

    I used to have the Digitech RP80, little brother to your device, for years. Not quite as flexible but I imagine the sounds are pretty similar.

    It would help to know what you are using for amplification-are you going through an electric guitar amp, acoustic amp, PA, headphones, etc.?

    I did find a link to a PDF of the manual, it does a good job of explaining what is going on at each stage of the unit: https://www.americanmusical.com/item...200_manual.pdf

    Knowing what you're playing through will help narrow down suggestions as far as settings go, otherwise I can probably only make very general recommendations.

    Best of luck!
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    Thanks for responding - my amp is a Pignose transistor amp. It might be a reissue but it is the same in size and appearance as the original Pignose.

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    OK that helps, thank you! Individual settings are going to require some tweaking to taste on your end, but some broad recommendations (referencing the manual here)I would make are:
    Slight compression-set the time to fast (probably) with a low ratio, output gain to taste. This will help even out volume differences between your high and low strings.

    Clean sounds-I would try the "BLKFAC" "BOUTIQ" or "TWEED" for starters. No cabinet emulation.
    70s classic rock-Try the "STACK" setting for starters. No cab emulation.
    Electric blues-Try maybe the "HOTROD" or "CLEAN1" settings? This I'm less sure about. no cab emulation.

    EQ-Bass probably won't do much, I might even turn it down. Mids and treble are going to have to be a trial and error thing, probably a lot of mids for the clean and classic rock sounds though.

    Effects-some tremolo for your clean sounds could be cool, if you are into that, same goes for chorus. Otherwise I would probably skip this section.

    Delay-for your clean sounds I would try the "ANLG" setting on a lower number, with the time set pretty short. For your 70s rock tones I would use the same setting with a higher number and a longer time.

    Reverb-"SPRING" for your clean tones would probably be nice, especially with some tremolo from earlier. For your more distorted tones I would lean towards the "HALL" setting. I would pretty much always at least have "STUDIO" on when I had the RP80 to keep things from sounding too sterile.

    Hopefully this helps get you started! Honestly the best thing is just to play with it, but from what I remember of the RP80 I'm hopeful this will get you going. I would get familiar with the manual too, I leaned on it a lot when I had mine as the RP80 only had a 2 digit LCD screen, so there were a lot of codes to memorize!
    Summit F-200X (#133)
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    Eastman Octave Mandolin

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    Thanks - I wasn't sure which effects to focus on tweaking first. This is very helpful.

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    I have a Digitech RP250 which I assume is fairly similar to your RP200. I like it even though I’m sure the newer ones are better. I play an EM200 through the 250 into a Peavy Classic 20 and I’m not really getting the classic Tiny Moore sound, but it works well for some other styles. I generally tweek a few of the preprogrammed settings and save them out as one of the 60 custom settings as needed. On the RP250 I start with MrClean, CoolCH, and Acoustic. I then add effects from there but most of the time I like those three.

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