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Looping has become a popular performance technique, opening new worlds of creativity for thousands of musicians in dozens of different contexts. The Roland RC-505 takes looping to a high art.

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Overview

Looping has become a popular performance technique, opening new worlds of creativity for thousands of musicians in dozens of different contexts. The Roland RC-505 takes looping to a high art.

The RC-505 is a unique and powerful live performance tool that's perfect for next-generation loop artists. In a compact tabletop device, you have easy fingertip control of five stereo phrase tracks and various loop playback behaviors, plus INPUT FX and TRACK FX that deliver a wide range of real-time processing options for dynamic, expressive sound creation. Just plug in a mic, instrument, or other audio source, and then ride the intuitive panel controls to build and mix some amazing loops! The RC-505 also supports computer integration via USB and operation with external pedals and MIDI, opening a world of advanced looping possibilities for all types of musicians.

Tabletop Loop Station that can be operated with the hands, perfect for beatboxers, vocalists, and club performers
Five simultaneous stereo phrase tracks, with dedicated controls and independent volume faders
Wide range of Input FX and Track FX for processing loops, including DJ and sampler-style effects
Independent play mode and tempo sync settings enable a flexible combination of track behaviors and advanced performance options:

99 phrase memories, each containing five phrase tracks, custom effects/playback settings, and more
85 onboard rhythm patterns, including odd-measure beats
External control via MIDI and optional footswitches or expression pedal
USB for phrase import/export with computers; USB audio/MIDI functionality for integration with DAW software
XLR mic input with phantom power, mono/stereo instrument inputs, and stereo AUX input

FIVE STEREO TRACKS WITH DEDICATED CONTROLS

The RC-505 features five stereo phrase tracks that can play simultaneously, the most yet in a BOSS Loop Station. Independent record/overdub/play and stop buttons for each track let you capture and control loop performances with your fingertips, and dedicated volume faders allow you to mix loop levels on the fly. Each track can have its own playback mode (multi, single, one-shot, reverse, etc.) and tempo sync settings, providing an unlimited range of creative looping behaviors.

POWERFUL FX ONBOARD

With the large selection of built-in effects, it's easy to enhance your sounds as you perform. INPUT FX such as ROBOT and VOCODER create unique, dramatic sound textures for recording loops, while TRACK FX like VINYL FLICK and BEAT REPEAT provide dynamic DJ and sampler effects for real-time processing of phrase playback. Six dedicated buttons-three each for INPUT FX and TRACK FX-can be loaded with your favorite effects, giving you one-touch on/off access while looping. In addition, effects parameters (filter cutoff, effect depth, etc.) can be tweaked in real time with the INPUT FX and TRACK FX knobs. Global compressor and reverb effects are also available for processing the overall sound output.

PHRASE MEMORIES AND RHYTHMS

99 phrase memories provide onboard storage for phrase track data, various playback and effects settings, and more. A combination of frequently used settings can be saved as a User Set, which you can easily load to quickly reconfigure any phrase memory, even in the heat of performing. 85 different onboard rhythms offer backing for loop recording, with a large selection of odd-measure beats for advanced looping. The rhythm part can be routed to the rear-panel PHONES jack only, giving you a dedicated click track for monitoring purposes.

AUDIO INPUTS AND USB

The RC-505 is outfitted with a number of simultaneous inputs, allowing you to capture and mix a variety of different audio sources as you build loops. There's an XLR microphone jack with phantom power, mono/stereo º-inch inputs for guitars, synths, or other instruments, and an AUX mini-jack for connecting a music player, smart phone, or other stereo device. Via USB, you can plug into your computer and import/export WAV audio phrases, great for loop archiving or loading up RC-505 phrases with backing tracks or sounds for sampler-style triggering. The RC-505 also functions as a USB audio/MIDI interface, making it simple to integrate with your favorite DAW software for audio recording, MIDI sync, and more.

CUSTOMIZED LOOPING CONTROL

With the RC-505, you have the ability to set up customized real-time controls for the way you like to loop. You can specify up to eight different functions and operate them in a variety of ways-with front-panel controls, an external expression pedal or foot switches, and/or various MIDI Control Change messages-extending your command of looping and many other operations. The eight control assignments are stored with phrase memories, allowing you to create and recall custom setups for different songs and performing situations.

Features
  • Multiple analog and digital inputs/outputs
  • 99 Phrase memory locations
  • Five tracks (stereo) for looping
  • Powerful effects
Specifications
  • Nominal Input Level
    INPUT MIC (variable): -40 dBu (typ.), -10 dBu (max)
    INPUT INST (variable): -10 dBu (typ.), +4 dBu (max)
    INPUT AUX: -20 dBu
    Input Impedance
    INPUT MIC: 4 k ohms
    INPUT INST: 200 k ohms
    INPUT AUX: 22 k ohms
    Nominal Output Level
    LINE OUT: -10 dBu
    Output Impedance
    LINE OUT: 2 k ohms
    Recommended Load Impedance
    LINE OUT: 10 k ohms or greater
    Recording/Playback
    Maximum Recording Time: Approx. 3 hours (stereo)
    Maximum Phrase Memory: 99
    Number of Tracks: 5
    Data Format: WAV (44.1 kHz, 16-bit linear, stereo)
    Effect Type (INPUT FX/TRACK FX)
    FILTER
    PHASER
    FLANGER
    SYNTH
    LO-FI
    GUITAR TO BASS
    TRANSPOSE
    ROBOT
    VOCAL DIST
    VOCODER
    COMP
    EQ
    ISOLATOR
    OCTAVE
    PAN
    SLICER
    DELAY
    TAPE ECHO
    GRANULAR DELAY
    CHORUS
    REVERB
    BEAT REPEAT *1
    BEAT SHIFT *1
    BEAT SCATTER *1
    VINYL FLICK *1
    *1 TRACK FX only
    Effect Type (MASTER FX)
    COMP
    REVERB
    Rhythm Type
    85
    Display
    16 characters, 2 lines (backlit LCD)
    USB
    Mass Storage Class
    Audio/MIDI
    Connectors
    INPUT MIC jack: XLR type (balanced, phantom power: DC 48 V, 10 mA Max)
    INPUT INST (L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
    INPUT AUX jack: Stereo miniature phone type
    PHONES jack: 1/4-inch Stereo phone type
    LINE OUTPUT (L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4-inch Stereo phone type
    CTL 1, 2/EXP jack: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
    USB port: USB Type B
    MIDI (IN, OUT) connectors
    DC IN jack
    Power Supply
    AC adaptor
    Current Draw
    420 mA
    Accessories
    AC adaptor
    Owner's manual
    Options (sold separately)
    Footswitch: FS-5U, FS-6
    Expression pedal: Roland EV-5, FV-500L, FV-500H

    SIZE AND WEIGHT
    Width: 6-9/16"
    Depth:8-5/16"
    Height: 2-11/16"
    Weight: 3 lbs. 2 oz.
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MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
Boss pedals - 5 year parts warranty
90 day labor warranty.
1 year warranty - Multitracks, Jamstations, etc.
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BossLoop Station
 
5.0

(based on 4 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (4)
  • Easy to use (3)
  • Good audio (3)
  • Professional functions (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Home studio (4)
  • Performances (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Professional recording (3)

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5.0

Possibly the Best Piece of Equipment Ive ever used.

By Akasha

from Boulder

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Powerful
  • Professional Functions
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Boss Loop Station:

    Epic... (I know im short)

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    BOSS raises the bar yet again

    By Loop Enthusiast

    from Las Vegas NV

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Doesn't come with foot switches

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Boss Loop Station:

    If I had to come up with a complaint about the RC-505 I would say that it has too many features. Part of the charm of it's predecessors (RC-50, RC-30, RC-300) is that it forces you to mae do with it's limitations. Now the looping experience is profoundly bolstered by pre and post signal FX, 5 channels of loop layers, 99 banks of memory, and LED displays that take all the mystery out of live looping. It's got basically everything a loop artist needs to make powerful compelling music without succumbing to a laptop looping program like Ableton. The one drawback is that it doesn't come with footswitches, but there are pedals that can be purchased that compliment it well.

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    5.0

    Coolest thing I've played with

    By Matt

    from Atlanta,GA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Powerful
    • Professional Functions
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Boss Loop Station:

      Buying an expensive looper like this one you're bound to have fun with it. The 505 is excellent! The only thing really needed if your using an instrument is a foot switch to toggle the switch on board to record so you get that perfect loop. Right now I'm having to use my foot to board but that's not their fault they designed this 505 for more hands on type musicians like beatboxers, simple dj'ing, etc.

      All in all, would recommend.

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      5.0

      AMAZING

      By Benedictus

      from Montgomeryville, PA

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Learn
      • Easy To Use
      • Powerful
      • Professional Functions
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Boss Loop Station:

        This loop machine is incredible. I am still learning each day about its great capacity and multiple functions. Although I am a novice, this machine provides professional sound and functions.
        I would definitely recommend this to any musician, new or experienced, for high quality work and fun.

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