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Boss RC-1 Loop Station

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The RC-1 is BOSS' simplest and most user-friendly Loop Station ever, and it's a ton of fun. Since the RC-20 Loop Station was first released in 2001, BOSS has led the way by continually releasing new l... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The RC-1 is BOSS' simplest and most user-friendly Loop Station ever, and it's a ton of fun. Since the RC-20 Loop Station was first released in 2001, BOSS has led the way by continually releasing new looping products. Though they've been used and enjoyed by various looping artists and performers, BOSS still pursued an easier and more affordable solution. The RC-1 is a straightforward looper that is easy to operate. Experience the fun of looping when you record, playback, overdub, and undo or redo loops using this compact BOSS stompbox. The RC-1 also retains the BOSS quality and performance that musicians around the world have come to expect and rely on.

On the top panel, there is a new and innovative loop indicator, which consists of a 24-segment LED laid out in a circular pattern. You can quickly and easily determine the current status of the Rec/Overdub/Play modes. With a maximum 12 minutes of stereo recording time, the RC-1 is capable of capturing any extended performance that you can create or imagine. The stereo in/out jacks can be used with stereo effects and amplifiers. Additionally, they allow you to connect stereo instruments, such as synthesizers. Other convenient features include battery and AC power, as well as flexible external footswitching capabilities. The RC-1 is an especially great partner to start enjoying looping.

Looping Made Easy
Designed with guitarists and bassists in mind, the RC-1 is all about instant musical satisfaction. Lean, mean, and housed in the rugged BOSS compact pedal case, the RC-1 lets you experience the fun of spontaneous loop creation with no complicated controls or features to get in your way. All looping functions can be accomplished with only the integrated pedal switch: record, overdub, play/stop, undo/redo, and clear. That may sound like a lot on paper, but in practice, it's incredibly natural to operate the RC-1 while playing. Beyond the pedal switch, the RC-1 has only one other control to be concerned with-to adjust the loop volume, just give the Level knob a twist. That's it.

Of course, you'll want to see what's happening while you're working with the RC-1, and the unique circular Loop indicator provides a wealth of info in a simple way. Via the indicator's 24 multi-colored LEDs, you get instant feedback on the current operation mode, plus the timing of the current loop. The BOSS RC-1 Loop Station delivers instant looping gratification with no hassles.

High-Quality Sound and Battery Power
The RC-1 Loop Station offers excellent sound quality to keep your tone intact and has up to 12 full minutes of stereo recording time for capturing super-long loop jams. The last loop session is stored in memory even when the power is turned off, so you can pick up right where you left off at the next practice session or gig. With up to 4.5 hours of battery operation, the RC-1 is a great looper for street performing, open-mic nights, and other situations where AC power is not readily available or you need to setup in a hurry. Of course, the pedal can also be powered by the industry-standard BOSS PSA-120s power adapter (sold separately).

Integrates with Mono or Stereo Rigs
Just like other BOSS compact pedals, the RC-1 fits nicely onto a pedal board alongside your favorite stomps. It can be used as a mono looper in a standard setup with a single amp, or in true stereo when chained in more sophisticated rigs with stereo modulation, delay, and reverb pedals.

Going beyond guitars and basses, the RC-1's stereo I/O is perfect for synth players and other musicians that use instruments with stereo outputs.

FEATURES

  • Straightforward and easy to operate
  • Newly designed loop indicator displays the current loop mode (Rec/Overdub/Play)
  • Runs on a single 9-volt alkaline battery (approximately 4.5 hours of battery life)
  • Can be used with an optional AC adaptor (PSA series: sold separately)
  • 12 minutes of stereo recording time
  • Stereo inputs and outputs
  • Flexible external footswitch options
  • Recorded phrase is retained in memory even after the RC-1 is turned off
  • Nominal Input Level: -20 dBu
  • Input Impedance: 1 Mohm
  • Nominal Output Level: -20 dBu
  • Output Impedance: 1kohm
  • Recommended Load Impedance: 10 kohms or greater
  • Controls: Pedal switch, LEVEL knob
  • Indicators: CHECK indicator, LOOP indicator
  • Connectors
    • INPUT A (MONO) jack: 1/4" phone type
    • INPUT B jack: 1/4" phone type
    • OUTPUT A (MONO) jack: 1/4" phone type
    • OUTPUT B jack: 1/4" phone type
    • STOP/UNDO jack: 1/4" TRS phone type
    • DC IN jack
    Power Supply
    • Alkaline battery (9 V, 6LR61)
    • AC adaptor (PSA series: sold separately)
    • * Rechargeable Ni-MH batteries cannot be used
    Current Draw
    • 85 mA
    • Expected battery life under continuous use (These figures will vary depending on the actual conditions of use.)
    • Alkaline: Approx. 4.5 hours
    Dimensions
    • WxHxD: 73mm x 129mm x 59mm, 2-7/8" x 5-1/8" x 2-3/8"
    Weight (including battery)
    • 440 g, 1lb.
    Accessories
    • Owner's manual
    • Leaflet ("USING THE UNIT SAFELY," "IMPORTANT NOTES," and "Information")
    • Alkaline battery (9 V, 6LR61)
    Pro Coverage
    MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
    Boss pedals - 5 year parts warranty
    90 day labor warranty.
    1 year warranty - Multitracks, Jamstations, etc.
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    Review Snapshot

    by PowerReviews
    BossRC-1 Loop Station
     
    4.0

    (based on 20 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    64%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (7)
    • Responsive (6)
    • Excellent sound quality (5)
    • Versatile (5)

    Cons

    • Limited selection of effects (3)

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (5)
    • Home studio (5)
    • Performances (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (9), Novice (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Highly Recommended!

    Despite being a little concerned upon first reading some of these other reviews, I was afraid this would not be the right pedal for my situation. I wanted the simplest pedal I could find...Read complete review

    Despite being a little concerned upon first reading some of these other reviews, I was afraid this would not be the right pedal for my situation. I wanted the simplest pedal I could find to use for our acoustic duo's live shows (bass/guitar) – something to back myself up during solos to beef up the sound. THIS TURNED OUT TO BE PERFECT!

    It helped me to reprogram the order of playback/overdubbing since I am not using it for any actual overdubs, which is very easy to do – and it "holds" the order of settings even once powered off. I also added the optional external FS-5U foot switch to eliminate having to double click to stop (and have the loop play 1-2 seconds after stopping which is apparently common) which can be tricky when trying to play & sing. All in all, this is a great pedal for the price and can be applied to many uses – for live performance or at home – IF you read the directions, put a little time into learning how to use it properly, and get your timing down for punch-ins/outs.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    It works but please just buy the RC-3

    It works well for clean tracks with several overdubs but handles distortion VERY muddy. and you only get 1 memory slot. You might think "It's my first loop pedal I don't need...Read complete review

    It works well for clean tracks with several overdubs but handles distortion VERY muddy. and you only get 1 memory slot. You might think "It's my first loop pedal I don't need more than one I can't even use this thing!" No, you'll get the hang of it in a day and you'll want to have more than one project going at once. Save your money and get the 3. It is pretty nice to start here because of the LED lights that help you with timing for first time loopers, but it is still not that worth buying if you CAN afford the 3.

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    (8 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Product incomplete

    By Chris

    from South Deerfield, MA

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive

    Cons

    • Adaptercharger Not Inclu

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording

    Comments about Boss RC-1 Loop Station:

    No indication that the power source had to be ordered separately.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Highly Recommended!

    By Dave

    from Baltimore, MD

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Boss RC-1 Loop Station:

      Despite being a little concerned upon first reading some of these other reviews, I was afraid this would not be the right pedal for my situation. I wanted the simplest pedal I could find to use for our acoustic duo's live shows (bass/guitar) – something to back myself up during solos to beef up the sound. THIS TURNED OUT TO BE PERFECT!

      It helped me to reprogram the order of playback/overdubbing since I am not using it for any actual overdubs, which is very easy to do – and it "holds" the order of settings even once powered off. I also added the optional external FS-5U foot switch to eliminate having to double click to stop (and have the loop play 1-2 seconds after stopping which is apparently common) which can be tricky when trying to play & sing. All in all, this is a great pedal for the price and can be applied to many uses – for live performance or at home – IF you read the directions, put a little time into learning how to use it properly, and get your timing down for punch-ins/outs.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Nice gear

      By Davka

      from Asheville, NC

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Limited Selection Of Effects
      • Somewhat Counter-intuitiv

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances

      Comments about Boss RC-1 Loop Station:

      Excellent pedal for the price. If you want a simple infinite looper that will last, this is it.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      It works but please just buy the RC-3

      By Alex The Guitarist

      from Arlington Heights IL

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Good Selection Of Effects

      Cons

      • Limited Selection Of Effects
      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

      • Jamming

      Comments about Boss RC-1 Loop Station:

      It works well for clean tracks with several overdubs but handles distortion VERY muddy. and you only get 1 memory slot. You might think "It's my first loop pedal I don't need more than one I can't even use this thing!" No, you'll get the hang of it in a day and you'll want to have more than one project going at once. Save your money and get the 3. It is pretty nice to start here because of the LED lights that help you with timing for first time loopers, but it is still not that worth buying if you CAN afford the 3.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome pedal

      By DarthNed

      from Medford, OR

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practice

          Comments about Boss RC-1 Loop Station:

          Great for jamming at home. If you don't have anyone to jam with, this is for you.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fun accessory!

          By Gayle

          from undisclosed

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Boss RC-1 Loop Station:

          Very easy to use and a good value for 12 mins of recording time!

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great loop pedal

          By Matt

          from Tacoma, WA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound Quality

          Cons

          • None I Can Think Of

          Best Uses

          • Jamming At Home
          • Solo Performances

          Comments about Boss RC-1 Loop Station:

          It does everything a looper should do. Nothing fancy, just simple and easy to use.

          (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Breaks very easily

          By Mike R

          from New York

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

            Cons

            • Breaks Easily

            Best Uses

              Comments about Boss RC-1 Loop Station:

              This pedal is a ton of fun and great for practice and at home use. Simple interface and great for experimenting. Unfortunately it breaks really easily. The LED lights stop funtioning properly and the pause feature will break only allowing you to erase your current loop.

              I went through 2 of them and finally gave up. Not worth the trouble

              (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Cool Pedal, But.......

              By Jr

              from San Jose, Ca.

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Good Selection Of Effects
              • Responsive

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio

                Comments about Boss RC-1 Loop Station:

                Pedal was cool but you could not play thru it unless you completely undid the pedal and hook everything back up. If they had this feature like all their other pedals do I would have kept it. They missed the boat on this one with a simple feature like that.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great for what it is

                By Brad

                from Dearborn Heights, Mi

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Responsive

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Boss RC-1 Loop Station:

                  I bought this to jam with myself at home. I often find myself wishing the sound was filled out a little more, or that I could solo while still hearing the riff and this helps with that. This works great, is responsive and easy to figure out. This is my first looper pedal, first time using one and I'm not great on guitar. I can hold my own for someone that teaches himself on the couch via scale patterns, YouTube and just trial and error of what I think sounds good. Even still, this was easy to figure out as its straight forward. I gave this 5 stars not because it's perfect as a looper but it's great for what it was made. I do wish I had a separate switch to start and stop, I do wish there were extra slots for memory--maybe an option to select one slot or multiple slots cause 12 minutes is one long loop! With that said I can get a pedal like that and didn't expect this one to have those features. Ultimately don't discount it for not having features it wasn't meant to have in the first place. It's made to be simple and it is. I feel like it's maybe over priced, even at the sale price I paid but it is what it is. I'd say see if you like looping on a pedal like this and if you do it'll give you a good idea of what you'd like for your next pedal. If you want a simple looping function this is for you.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  I may get one for myself

                  By Duane

                  from undisclosed

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Boss RC-1 Loop Station:

                  Was a gift

                  (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  I should have gotten something else

                  By Jim the Runner

                  from Tempe, AZ

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Great Sound Quality

                  Cons

                  • Breaks Easily
                  • Limited Selection Of Effects

                  Best Uses

                  • Practice

                  Comments about Boss RC-1 Loop Station:

                  Does not come with a power source and the battery dies in 2-3 hours. Warning, if you use a power cable/source that is not manufactured by BOSS, you might break the Stop mechanic. It seams that may be what happened to mine. I used a LiveWire PS05 9V Power Adapter, it didn't help keep the device on and running. After I used it my pedal lost it's ability to pause that loop, and took way longer to clear out too. It wouldn't erase until the loop came full circle.

                  (1 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  lackluster at best

                  By michaelp

                  from nashville tn

                  About Me Experienced

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • no pros

                  Cons

                  • Difficult To Use
                  • Poor Sound Quality

                  Best Uses

                  • maybe good for a beginner guitar player

                  Comments about Boss RC-1 Loop Station:

                  i will be returning this pedal have not been happy with it it will not work well with other pedal

                   
                  5.0

                  Yes I would buy this product again

                  By Hector

                  from undisclosed

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Boss RC-1 Loop Station:

                  Excellent tool for my garage practice. Just as good during gigs. Love it

                   
                  5.0

                  Good recommendation!

                  By Rosann

                  from undisclosed

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Boss RC-1 Loop Station:

                  I bought this for my husband for Father's Day on the recommendation of my son (who has the same one!) My husband was pleased that he received one as well and couldn't wait to play with it.

                   
                  5.0

                  Awesome

                  By Thiago

                  from undisclosed

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Boss RC-1 Loop Station:

                  Awesome!

                   
                  5.0

                  Highly recommend for small time, up n coming artist

                  By Chucho from Babeparade

                  from Los Angeles, CA

                  About Me Experienced

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Responsive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Boss RC-1 Loop Station:

                    Design is slick and loving the red. Instructions show how to use it is easy. Simple usage for basic loops is what this is for.

                     
                    5.0

                    Fun product

                    By Mark

                    from Ohio

                    About Me Experienced

                    See all my reviews

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio

                      Comments about Boss RC-1 Loop Station:

                      I purchased this mainly for practice and to play two part acoustic guitar works
                      I have yet to figure out proper remote foot switch use
                      The recorded sound is excellent
                      My playing has improved

                       
                      5.0

                      This Looper is Really "Pretty Great"

                      By Pappa J

                      from Out on the road...

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Excellent Sound Quality
                      • Runs on battery and built like a tank
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Very portable, tons of fun anywhere you go

                        Comments about Boss RC-1 Loop Station:

                        The 9V Battery equipped Looper is what I really want for playing in the evening on the porch, or at the RV park, or at the camper at the rodeo grounds at night, where electricity isn't practical or you don't want to use a 50' extension cord. I had a different manufacturer's pedal and it broke after a month--so I got the Boss which is built like a tank, and works great. I don't mind that it uses batteries up--I keep a lot of 9V's around. I just like being able to play with a battery amp and a battery looper wherever I am. This is a great pedal for that purpose. All of the other features are good, but for me, "just gravy". It works like other loopers, but with the Boss "build", it looks like it'll last forever, even if I back up the truck over it....lol

                        (0 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        i would buy it again

                        By Tom

                        from undisclosed

                        See all my reviews

                        Verified Buyer

                        Comments about Boss RC-1 Loop Station:

                        just started trying out this piece of equipment. Ut seems to work well, i love the longer time of recording.

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