Great Amp Modeler/Multi-FX/Recording Interface/Headphone Amp!
As a new dad, there aren't many opportunities for me to crank my amps up late at night. So a guitar modeling multi-FX processor like the RP360XP that can act as a headphone amp and even a USB recording interface has become increasingly valuable. I had the $50 Zoom G1on, but thought the RP360XP could offer better sounds and functionality. Initially, I was disappointed by the factory presets, and found the on-device interface to be a bit convoluted.
It was only after exploring the online "Nexus" software editor and creating some stripped down patches that allowed the amp modeling to shine through that I became more impressed. First, it should be said that DigiTech offers a TON of content with this device. Many amp modelers offer units from Fender, Vox, Marshall, and an assortment of high gain options. So does the RP360XP, but it also offers multiple variants of those brands, plus a few rarities (Gibson GA-40? Sunn 100S anyone?). Add in a few more of DigiTech's proprietary amp models, and you several dozen options to choose from.
But the effects are where the RP360XP really shines. Again, you'll find classics from BOSS, Ibanez, etc., but there are several variations of each of those. Even better, they actually sound and behave like the real-life analog versions of them - no annoying clipping issues or inexplicable loss of low end when combining digital pedals and amp models. The "Stomp Mode" is brilliant - you set up your patches with as many effects as you are allowed, and then can designate three of those to the three footswitches, so it's like having a mini-pedal board to turn off/on chorus, distortion, delay, etc.
I love the RP360XP as a no-hassle recording interface. It's class compliant, so you can even use it as an audio input for an iPad (via Camera Connection USB Kit)! It's a solidly built unit with hard metal casing and durable soft footswitches, so it's pretty amazing to have this whole suite of amps and effects for recording purposes.
Some drawbacks? The looper and drum machines are just okay, and cannot be used together, as they can on the Zoom units. Probably the biggest annoyance for me is that you cannot use multiple instances of a single effect. So if you enjoy running two Tubescreamers into one another (or even two dirt pedals of ANY kind, if I am not mistaken), you can't do that. A bit disappointing, since this is one of the few affordable multi-FX where I could imagine actually (wanting) to do that. Finally, while the build quality is very solid, the 3.5mm headphone jack feels a little loose. No problems so far, but I worry about that being a future failure point. Also, the expression pedal can be depressed too easily to turn the wah on/off, though that may be user error on my part.
This is an excellent unit for which I could imagine many different uses. It'd be a great all-in-one solution for novice players or dorm rooms, but the effects and recording interface are features that would appeal even to more experienced players who have other gear. Slight deduction for the annoyances noted above, but an extremely versatile unit with almost endless possibilities.