Get Your Loop On – The Boss RC Line-Up

It was in relatively recent history that live looping was truly popularized, with some of the biggest artists in the world turning to loops to create their sound live.

Almost synonymous with this phenomenon of musical performance was the looping units made by Boss, beginning with the RC-20 released in 2001. Everyone from Ed Sheeran to Jeremy Loops has a Boss pedal under their feet when they get to looping.

Of course, being the innovation focused company they are, Boss set out to over the course of a few decades develop and perfect a range of loopers to suit practically every possible use case. From the untra-simple RC-1, to the powerhouse functionality of the RC-300, and soon to be released RC-600, there is a Boss loop station to suit everyone.

We’re going to break down the line-up and help you find the right looper for your needs.

The Boss RC-1

The pedal that starts the journey of most begginner loop artists today is the RC-1. Simple, user-friendly, and packing 12 minutes of loop time, the Boss RC-1 provides everything you need to dive into the world of live looping.

  • 12 minutes of stereo recording time
  • Stereo inputs and outputs
  • Flexible external footswitch options
  • Loop indicator display
  • Recorded phrase is retained in memory even after the RC-1 is turned off

The Boss RC-5

The most powerful looper available in a compact stompbox package, the RC-5 allows you to capture sound with high-end 32-bit quality, navigate parameters and monitor loop status with the backlit LCD, and tap into expanded operation via the control jack and TRS MIDI I/O. And with over 50 rhythms, 13 hours of stereo recording, 99 phrase memories, and more, the compact RC-5 puts looping power at your feet.

  • Advanced BOSS looping features in a compact footprint
  • Class-leading sound quality with 32-bit AD/DA and 32-bit floating-point processing
  • Stereo looper engine with 13 hours of recording time
  • Seven different drum kits and 57 preset rhythms with A/B variations
  • Back up and load WAV loops via USB

The Boss RC-10R

Combining song-based looping and organic rhythms in a compact package, the RC-10R brings fresh inspiration to live performances, songwriting sessions, and daily practice. The RC-10R is a real-time creation machine, enabling you to develop spontaneous moments with two unique song sections, intros/endings, and rhythm fills.

  • 280 preset rhythm styles that include two unique sections, intro/ending fills, and two transition fills
  • Stereo looper engine with six hours of recording time
  • Serial two-track operation for two independent song parts
  • 99 phrase memories and 50 user rhythms
  • Selectable output filter to optimize guitar and rhythm sounds for a guitar amp or full-range sound system

The Boss RC-500

The RC-500 allows you to craft real-time compositions with two loop tracks, mic and stereo instrument inputs, rhythms, and inspiring Loop FX, all backed by premium 32-bit audio quality. Store loops in onboard memories, and explore expanded operation with external controls and MIDI.

  • Advanced two-track looper with onboard mixing and deep control options
  • Stereo looper engine with 13 hours of recording time
  • Mono/stereo inputs for easy pedalboard integration, plus independent XLR mic input with phantom power

The Boss RC-300

The RC-300 is Boss’ current flagship looper. It features three synchronized stereo tracks with dedicated volume knobs and transport-control footswitches for each track. It’s also equipped with pro effects, a master Expression pedal, and a deluxe, ultra-wide control panel for the ultimate in live-performance manipulation.

There is very little the RC-300 can’t achieve,

  • Three stereo tracks with dedicated footswitches and controls for each
  • Dedicated fader per track
  • Expression pedal for effects control in real time
  • Up to three hours of internal recording and 99 onboard memories
  • 16 onboard effects optimized for looping
  • XLR Microphone input with phantom power
  • USB storage; import/export WAV files

The Boss RC-600 *Coming Soon*

Ushering in the next generation of loopers is the RC-600. Capture multiple mics and instruments with six stereo tracks and premium 32-bit sound, and take full command with nine freely assignable footswitches and deep external control support.

  • Massive onboard effects selection with 49 Input FX and 53 Track FX types and the ability to use four at once in each section
  • Time-based effects can automatically sync to rhythms and loop tempo
  • Two XLR mic inputs with phantom power, two stereo line input pairs, and three stereo assignable line output pairs
  • 99 memories, each containing six phrase tracks, custom effects and playback settings, control assignments, and more
  • Synchronize your loops with over 200 onboard rhythm patterns and 16 drum kits
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