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Boss RC-3 Loop Station  

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The BOSS RC-3 Loop Station adds a powerful new single-pedal looper to the company's industry-leading lineup of pedal-based loop recorders, featuring high-powered digital signal processing, stereo oper... Click To Read More About This Product

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The BOSS RC-3 Loop Station adds a powerful new single-pedal looper to the company's industry-leading lineup of pedal-based loop recorders, featuring high-powered digital signal processing, stereo operation, and cutting-edge features. Powered by the ESC2 DSP chip, the RC-3 Loop Station offers musicians powerful, great-sounding recording and manipulation of loops live and in the studio.

Housed in BOSS' popular single-pedal chassis, the RC-3's new features include true stereo ins/outs and up to three hours of onboard stereo recording and loop storage. 99 onboard memory slots are available for storing your creations. The RC-30 also boasts a USB 2.0 port for swapping and managing WAV loops with your computer. An aux in jack for portable devices and a key selection of onboard rhythms including real audio drum loops come standard. Connect an optional BOSS FS-5U Foot Switch for additional foot control if desired!

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  • Three hours of onboard recording time
  • High-powered DSP from BOSS' ESC2 chip
  • True stereo I/O
  • 99 memory slots
  • USB 2.0 port for swapping/managing files with your computer
  • Aux in jack
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BossRC-3 Loop Station
 
4.1

(based on 69 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (37)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (24)
  • Excellent sound quality (21)
  • Responsive (14)
  • Versatile (11)
  • Good selection of effects (9)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (4)
  • Limited selection of effects (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (16)
  • Amateur recording (12)
  • Performances (11)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
  • Practice (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (26), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Does the job as good as my JamMan Solo

For my type of live looping and layering, song creation and rehearsal, the Boss RC-3 is equal to the JamMan Solo. Now that I have both, I have been able to...Read complete review

For my type of live looping and layering, song creation and rehearsal, the Boss RC-3 is equal to the JamMan Solo. Now that I have both, I have been able to test them side by side. I like the RC-3 for the battery option and stereo i/o, I like the JamMan solo for the memory card option and the 3-button (stop, program up, program down) footswitch option. Either looper works well for me and now that I have both, I can actually use them chained together or one thru the guitar pedal board and the other through the mixer fx buses.
I've been using my trusty DigiTech JamMan Solo for a solid year now and love it... I needed a second looper for more complex songs (too bad the RC-30 does not allow the individual loops to be different lengths) The reason I got the RC-3 instead of a second JamMan Solo is because the RC-3 will also run on a 9-volt battery. I have a Roland Cube Street (also battery powered) and wanted to use a looper in place where there is no electricity, such as busking, house parties, performances in small shops, campgrounds, etc. The RC-3 has everything that the JamMan Solo has except that the JamMan accepts a memory card (a feature I use a lot for writing and exchanging songs) I picked up a external footswitch to enable one-click stops and the external a/c adaptor for uses when there is electricity. Just as with the JamMan Solo, the RC-3 adds no noise or signal degradation and it works stand-alone or thru the effects send/return of my board. I also like the stereo inputs/outputs. Operation is solid and although it takes time to master the footwork when using a looper, understanding how the RC-3 functions takes minutes... I have read that there is a 'delay' on the RC-3 when switching between two pre-loaded loops but since I don't use it this way, it is not an issue for me.
I am writing this review after using the pedal in only a few rehearsals and one live performance, but the metal chassis and solid controls make me think the quality is top-end, as with all the Roland/Boss gear I have. I am still using Boss pedals that I purchased in the 80's and they do not fail. I still purchased the extended warranty for peace of mind...just in case there's a surprise down the road...
For the purposes that I use this device, it is a good value. Of course I wish these things were less costly however, it is like having a song writing tool, timing and rehearsal 'clone-of-yourself-metronome' AND a backup guitarist all in one little box.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Almost great. Too many small flaws.

3-1/2 out of 5 stars, really, although I regret buying this on impulse without doing more research. It's almost a great product, but considering its relatively high price it's disappointing that...Read complete review

3-1/2 out of 5 stars, really, although I regret buying this on impulse without doing more research. It's almost a great product, but considering its relatively high price it's disappointing that Boss cut corners and didn't get some of the details right.

The good stuff about the RC-3 is obvious and easy to find online--it loops, has lots of memory and I/O, is easy to use, and is excellent for practicing and song writing--so I'm focusing on the less obvious bad stuff:

- Various online sources, including, until recently, the Boss and Roland websites, claim you can specify tempo incrementally. Unfortunately this is not true. There is no tempo display and it's tap tempo only, which is a ridiculous pain in the neck. At the very least one should be able to fine tune the tempo in 1 BPM increments with the increase/decrease buttons, even if the tempo isn't also displayed. And no, unlike the Jamman Solo, you can't use the pedal to tap in the tempo--you have to get down on the floor and use the dinky little button.

- The drum beat and tempo reset to their defaults if you change the phrase number, even when the new phrase is blank. That means you can't record several versions of the same thing, or different parts of a song, without re-setting the beat and tempo. BUT, as noted above, you can't set the tempo numerically, so it's impossible to get the same tempo. Great. (Please tell me I'm wrong on this.)

- Built-in time signatures are 3/4 and 4/4 only. No 7/8, 5/4, etc. Boss's marketing department was inspired on how to play this--the web site says, "You can also specify the time signature." Uh, thanks, but the choices, which Boss conveniently neglects to mention, are almost as limited as the color of a Ford Model T. ("Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.") I should add that one of the 4/4 beats is a 12/8 shuffle, and that one of the 3/4 beats is a 6/8 shuffle and another is 9/8, but that doesn't excuse Boss's mendacity. It's clear they are trying to hide their product's shortcomings.

- The 10 built-in drum beats are very basic and are not adequate. There's a reason you can't listen to them on the Boss site. There are actually 20 beats, since there are versions for 3/4 and 4/4, but with all the storage space on this thing, surely Boss could have included more. Even the previous model, the RC-2, had 30 (?) beats.

(Yes, you can recording and import your own rhythms to get any time signature and pattern, but recorded rhythms are part of a loop--they can't be re-used without re-importing, the number of measures can't be changed, changing the tempo usually sounds crummy, and the volume can't be adjusted independently of the guitar playback.)

- The 5 year warranty is parts only. Labor is only 90 days. Return shipping is on you, and if you choose not to get the repair after receiving an estimate, then you are charged for the review anyway. I could not locate warranty info on the Boss site, and the documentation that comes with the pedal is a wonder of obfuscation: "... this product will be free from defect in materials and/or workmanship from the date of purchase until the period of time indicated for this product." Uh huh. And what "period of time" would that be and where would it be "indicated"?

- Power supply is not included.

- Buttons are mushy, rubbery stuff like a tv remote. Probably saved on costs, but the durability is questionable.

One other note: I'm using the RC-3 in a guitar amp's effects loop. It works so far, but, unlike the Jamman Solo, this is not a mode that is recommended in the instructions.

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5.0

Way better than Rc-1 boi

By Alex The Guitarist

from Arlington Heights IL

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Doesn't come with footswitch

Best Uses

  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Boss RC-3 Loop Station:

It's great, my only problem is that it doesn't come with a foot switch to turn off so you got to really time your double clicks, but that's easily purchasable. It's a great pedal that has so much room for looping and you can easily put your loops on the computer via usb and edit them from there. It has also really helped me with my soloing since now I can practice phrasing with my own backing track.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent performance from something so small.

By Wichitadale

from Wichita Kansas

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about Boss RC-3 Loop Station:

    I something similar being used by a solo performer, I expect to use mine the same way

     
    4.0

    Excellent practice tool!

    By Skotch

    from Milwaukee, WI

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Boss RC-3 Loop Station:

    Whether you just use the RC-3 to keep your backing tracks handy or to create a musical 7-layer salad, this tool is a must have to work on your timing, phrasing and improv skills. It would have gotten 5 stars if the AC adapter was included.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best in its range

    By Michael

    from Dallas

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances

      Comments about Boss RC-3 Loop Station:

      This is probably the best loop pedal in its price range. 3 hours of loop time, 99 savable presets, drummer and bass accompaniment.

       
      5.0

      Love it and so much fun -

      By Corey

      from Alexandria, VA

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Boss RC-3 Loop Station:

        I love this pedal.

        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        RC-1

        By hillbilly

        from simi valley ,ca

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Good Selection Of Effects

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Boss RC-3 Loop Station:

          just got the RC-1 lots of fun and easy too use..nuff said.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good product.

          By Ron

          from Coos Bay Oregon

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Performances

            Comments about Boss RC-3 Loop Station:

            Great pedal, I will be using it a lot.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Might be excellent, can't tell yet

            By Will

            from New Orleans

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Good Selection Of Effects

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Boss RC-3 Loop Station:

                I think it will be great, but it is difficult to know as the user manual is a disgrace. Boss/Roland should revisit that one and get it right. I had to go onto UTube to learn how to use it.

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Everything I expected

                By Jelly

                from Deltona, FL

                Site Member

                Comments about Boss RC-3 Loop Station:

                I traded my tascam DR-40 for this. I wrote a review on the tascam but guitar center never posted it. I won't buy from them again if they don't post it. Anyways, this RC-3 is so easy to use. The only thing I can't comment on yet is USB connection. It's hard to get loops to go around making it sound like an even loop, but this is very capable of doing that, it just takes practice cause it has to be exact. You can also record straight through without looping if you want to record a whole background for a song. Nice selection of drum melodies. Just remember, although this is capable of making you develop a song, that's not what it's geared for. However, it is very capable of recording backgrounds for songs that are already developed and have you playing with a whole band at the pressing of your foot. It's also there to take those sudden ideas you get for a song so you could finalize them on a more advanced unit later.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great for practicing & developing technique

                By Jim R

                from Polson, MT

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Responsive

                Cons

                • Limited Selection Of Effects

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio

                Comments about Boss RC-3 Loop Station:

                Great for practicing alone, as you can lay down several parts (rhythm guitar, bass) and then play along finger picking or flat picking leads and solos. The tap/drum effects are limited, but enough for what I do. Great for improving your timing, and hearing all the little mistakes on playback that you sort of miss when playing a song. I moved away from the guys I used to jam with, so now I can still jam with my own band in a box.

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