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With loop mania sweeping the globe, BOSS proudly announces the most powerful Loop Station ever brought to the market-the RC-300. The new flagship looper features three synchronized stereo tracks with ... Click To Read More About This Product

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With loop mania sweeping the globe, BOSS proudly announces the most powerful Loop Station ever brought to the market-the RC-300. The new flagship looper 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. Plug in your guitar, bass, keyboard, or instrument of choice and create amazing loops in real time. An XLR input is also provided, complete with phantom power, so singers, percussionists, violinists, beatboxers, or anyone with a mic'd instrument can get in on the act, too. The RC-300 lets you record for up to three hours directly to its internal memory, adding effects as you go. The USB port lets you save your loops externally, as well as import/export WAV files. Step into the most powerful and inspiring Loop Station in BOSS history.

Triple Stereo Loops
Create, stack, and manipulate multi-layered loops with the RC-300's three stereo tracks-each track being independently controllable. The "Auto Recording" feature starts recording the moment you begin playing your instrument, or as soon as you start a connected audio player. Count-In mode gives you one-bar of rhythm before recording starts. You can Undo/Redo as you go. The sky's the limit with three hours of recording time!

Expanded pedal board
The RC-300's ultra-wide pedal board is equipped with an Expression pedal (which can be assigned to a variety of parameters) and enlarged footswitches for controlling REC/PLAY and STOP for each track. There's also a master ALL START/STOP footswitch onboard. Additionally, three independent faders provide immediate control of each track's output volume. And if that's not enough control under your hands and feet, you can also connect external Expression pedals and footswitches (sold separately).

Onboard FX
Process your tracks and external-input signals with the RC-300's expressive onboard effects, including Transpose, Flanger, Phaser, Modulator, vocal effects, and more. A dedicated LOOP FX footswitch is provided for instant activation of the onboard effects. Control the effects parameters in real time with the Expression pedal for hands-free creativity onstage. You can apply the effects to any single track as well as to the entire mix, expanding your creativity and musical expression.

Rhythm Guide and Preloaded Audio
To keep your loops tight and in time, you can play along with one of the cool rhythm patterns in the RC-300's onboard library as you record; the Loop Quantize feature helps you having your recordings looped in time. Dozens of rhythm types are onboard, including rock, pop, shuffle, Latin, and more. A dedicated knob lets you adjust the volume of the rhythm, and you can set the tempo incrementally or via tap tempo. You can also specify the time signature. When you save a phrase, the rhythm type and time signature will also be saved. To get you up and running right away, the RC-300 comes preloaded with audio backing tracks (including bass tracks, piano tracks, etc.) for instant play-along performance and fun.

USB Connectivity
Connect the RC-300 to your computer via a standard USB cable, and back up your phrases externally for safekeeping. You can import and export WAV files between your computer and the RC-300; 16-bit/44.1kHz WAV files of up to 1.7GB in size can be imported.

AUX Input
In addition to recording your instrument performances and turning them into playable loops, you can record other external stereo audio sources via the AUX IN. Sounds from a digital-audio player or other device connected to the AUX input can easily be recorded and added to your loop performance.

Features
  • 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
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BossRC-300 Loop Station
 
3.9

(based on 24 reviews)

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63%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Versatile (5)
  • Responsive (4)
  • Excellent sound quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (5)
  • Home studio (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (4), Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great but expected more , compared to 2880 electro harmonic looper

I upgraded from the 20xl because I wanted to keep different things on seperate tracks.

Pros:

1. 3 seperate tracks that you can turn on and off for a more...Read complete review

I upgraded from the 20xl because I wanted to keep different things on seperate tracks.

Pros:

1. 3 seperate tracks that you can turn on and off for a more dynamic live performance (vs. just building up the sound and never being able to go back without deleting and re-recording parts)

2. This pedal's sound fidelity is way better than the 20xl which I found to degrade my recordings with each layer

3. The stereo input/output made a big difference for my live sound, huge upgrade

4. built in effects-- Though I don't find myself using them that much. You can assign effect to one of the 3 tracks (layers), but it affects everything on that track, so I use external effects pedals for more control.

5. Midi* (see description in cons)

6. Massive amounts of storage (yay!) This is the reason I went with the boss over the electro harmonix 2880, which won in every other category. The 2880 had everything I was looking for, but I'd have to make most of my loops live from scratch vs. having something stored to start with. The 2880 lets you do it for just one song, then you have to switch out cards if you want to work with anything pre-recorded live. Otherwise, the 2880 wins hands down with practical features, in my opinion.

7. Great manual, quick read, pretty easy to use

8. Built solid.

CONS:

1. for the price, I'd like just ONE more track, at least. I don't find the jump from 1 to 3 substantial enough. If you use one of the built-in rhythms you have 3 tracks to do whatever you want with. I don't like any of those beats (they tried, but they still sound wimpy, most are cheesey) so I loop my own beats from my drum machine, that leaves me with 2 tracks, AND I'm stuck with the same beat for the whole song. If I wanted the beat seperated into 2 tracks/layers, I only have one track left to work with for my instruments and vocals. Not enough. If the rc-300 could work as a midi slave, I could start with an extrernal beat from a drum machine and let it play through one of the inputs while I record the rest into the looping pedal, but it won't do that. It can tell the drum machine what bpm to play, so I'll experiment with it, but it's counter-intuitive for me to do it in that order.

The electro-harmonix 2880 offers 4 tracks. It can also work as a Midi slave and a master.

To get more tracks with the rc-300, your only option is to buy a 2nd one ,which is silly expensive, and becomes big and dorky in your setup.

2. With the Boss-20xl (cheaper model I upgraded from), you can turn the dial and use one of the other stored banks as a section in your song, and as soon as the current loop was done, the next would kick in. You could make a cool live show like this without awkward silences from song to song, or use multiple banks in one song (to a certain degree, with some careful planning, though this option was quite limited too) With this RC-300, there's a few seconds of a silence, and not even in time with your song, so you have to wait for that to kick in, rendering that switching from bank to bank useless in a live setting. However within ea song/bank, turning the 3 tracks on and off are seamless.

3. It's quite large. I'd prefer the expression pedal to be some add-on purchase and gain another track instead. It's fun but not as important as more options/more tracks to work with if you're looking for a multi-track pedal.

4. I'd like to have some more outs in the back, so that I can send my (non-factory) beat out of a different out than the rest of the song, etc.. would be a nice option (the electro harmonix 2880 is gives you more options here as well)Pl
Please see my points in the overall review.
it's built quite well, it's heavy and sturdy.
Personally I think at this point I should spend my money on Ableton and related hardware to do what I want to do, but I was hoping I could procrastinate further with the perfect looper. I still haven't found one... If the boss RC-300 had just one or two more tracks, could work as a midi-slave, and and wouldn't have the awkward silence when switching banks, it would be the perfect looper. Right now I'm still thinking of returning it and learning ableton.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

fundamentally flawed

I just called Boss and they confirmed: The RC-300 will not switch between patches seamlessly.

Let me explain what this means precisely. The RC-300 has 99 'patch' banks....Read complete review

I just called Boss and they confirmed: The RC-300 will not switch between patches seamlessly.

Let me explain what this means precisely. The RC-300 has 99 'patch' banks. Within each patch, there are 3 'phrases', i.e., within patch X, you have phrases XA, XB, and XC. Say you're working within patch 1, you CAN switch between prhases 1A, 1B, and 1C, seamlessly, in perfect time. But you CAN NOT then switch to phrase 2A in patch 2, without a stutter in time; The timing of your song is lost during that operation.

I am completely amazed that this issue is so rarely mentioned. I've seen a bunch of reviews of this pedal pop up, videos, etc., all quite positive. And, sure, the pedal has some great features. However, the fact that it can only switch between 3 loops in time, is, IMO, a serious, and for my purposes, fatal flaw.

I think the real value of a looper like this is if it can, in fact, function as a sequencer. You write a part, store it as loop 1. Write another part, store it as loop 2. Continue like this, writing a whole song. Naturally, you will want more than 3 parts. If this pedal could go patch to patch, it would be amazing; You could write a guitar, bass, and keys/vocals part into each bank and even send them out different channels to PAs/amps, and switch between pathces to form a complete song!

If like me, this is how you were hoping to use the RC-300, forget it.

I own a Jamman Stereo. It has two separate ins and outs; You can both record and playback the tracks separately. The pedal has 99 loop slots, and another 99 with an SD card. You can switch between any of these without a hiccup. The only thing you're missing is BPM control, so, quite sadly, you can't expect to loop along with a computer or other tracks. Other than this, the Jamman is great, and less than half the price.

I bought an RC-50 used and once I realized this flaw, which was somehow not corrected in the RC-300, I never used it and eventually sold it at a loss.

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(3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Refuses to load wav files!!!stripped meta 8 hrs of dud

By ed

from phoenix

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about Boss RC-300 Loop Station:

      Great looper if you want to improve only.
      My unit refuses to load wav files. Spent 8 hrs on line over 100 attempts. Downloaded meta data strippers, iTunes resizing, attempted loops, bounces nothing loads. Tried different cells etc...I am extremely frustrated.
      Boss Website us useless on the matter.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very happy with my RC-300!

      By Beach Mountain

      from Sarasota, FL

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • User Friendly
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Boss RC-300 Loop Station:

        I'm new to looping so I know that so far I haven't scratched the surface of what the RC-300 can do. It's been great for making loops of rythem guitar parts and playing lead over them live or while working out lead parts That's probably how I see myself using this professionally to make my live performance more entertaining and impressive!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Inredible Machine

        By Ross

        from Las Vegas, NV

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Durable
        • Easy to use
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Boss RC-300 Loop Station:

          If you've used any type of looper in the past, this is a couple of steps up from there. It's the top of the staircase, so to speak. This machine is one of the most versatile pedals I could possibly ever use. You could almost call this a multi-effects pedal because of the many effects that come on board. For this price you simply cannot beat it. I have been intimately involved with this box for about 30+ hours and I am still figuring out things that it can do, the 3 track looping is probably one of the most useful things on the pedal because it gives you the very obvious ability to create an entire song with baselines or mids that can be taken out at any appropriate time. The system settings are aplenty and practical; I have yet to find something ,beside the actual color of the pedal itself, that you cannot change. The EXP-1 is highly effective and practical, it is really good for use of all of the effects especially voice and transpose. BOSS has really done it with this one, I would buy it again a million times if this would make sense.

          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Boss RC- 300 Looper

          By lynn wise

          from Eagle Point Or.

          Comments about Boss RC-300 Loop Station:

          I bought the EHX-45000 Looper. I am sorry to say that I found it a bit on the cheep side. I felt it might break at any moment. I also found it hard to deal with. They tell you at the start to be careful of the drums on the stick that comes with it. You can erase them. This was $600.00 with the pedal. I took it back. I then bought the Boss Roland RC.-300 looper station. This is just so much better. As a woman I felt it looked better. It feels better. It is made so much better. I also found it easer to use for me. I love the rhythm that comes installed. This was $550.00. Still a great deal of money but a bit less. I am happy. This thing is built like a tank. I love EHX. I have bought there pedals many times and I will again in the future but with this looper they just do not have it right yet. Buy the RC-300 You will not be unhappy. There is a wealth of information about this looper on the net. The book that comes with it is great. Still I love You-tube. I had it working in 10 minutes. I would recommend this over anything on the market at this time.

          (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Where is my mind? On my loops!

          By rawkadeus

          from Columbus, OH

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Capability
          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Functionality
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Songwriting

            Comments about Boss RC-300 Loop Station:

            As a gigging looping artist, working with 3 independent loops - each controllable on the fly - this was a huge leap (from 1). The fact that it was so simple sold me the minute I saw it. I've been using it for over a year (the time frame which I wait to write a review) and have zero complaints. The thing is "built like a tank." That is true. But, that's not as important as how fantastic it sounds - it sounds GREAT. It is full of features, some I have wanted, not found (clear all would be great) - however easily implemented after a brief brainstorm (use different patches). I think the negative speakers of this are looking for something that writes and plays loops for you so that you can just simply step on one of the super easy to use pedals to make beautiful music. I will agree with them that this is not for you (if you want that); however if you want a beautiful piece of equipment that will keep you inspired and forever longing to touch it again, this is the instrument you need (as a looping or wanna-be looping artist). Here's a vid I did in my attic using the RC-300: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKXEYNxi3bE

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            One Man's Band Dream

            By Chip W.

            from Jacksonville, Florida

            Comments about Boss RC-300 Loop Station:

            Really great tool for bringing out your creativity. Plug in a Mic, guitar and whatever else all at the same time and go to town. Hours of fun. I got this thing home and hadn't seen my wife in 3 days. Simple to use, much like the RC-3, but with so many other features. Each "Patch" has 3 loopers(if you will) each looper can be configured individually to fade or end of loop stop, sync up with others, volume & rhythm control, auto start on record and more stuff I've only read about. In addition, the selection of effects(reverb, chorus, flanger...etc.) for inputs are not only very good but are assignable. Boss has outdone themselves. The only way to make this thing better or fun is by adding a beer tap. About that Mic input, I'm not a singer but sometimes I get carried away, after laughing at myself just press the pedal for 2 sec and its gone. Neighbor doesn't know it yet but he's been replaced by a this gadget that doesn't argue with me. A sacrifice on the wallet, but well worth it, watch for the discount coupons.

            (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Absolutely amazing piece of equipment!

            By radiofreeusa

            from Morgantown, WV

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Built like a tank
            • Customizable
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Intuitive Features
            • No Lag
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Learning Curve

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Beatboxers
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Mobile DJ
            • One-man Band Setups
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Boss RC-300 Loop Station:

            I'll make this short and simple...if you're looking at it, and wondering about if it's worth the money, just buy it. There is no other loop pedal on the market that comes with the features this has. I promise if you are a looping artist, this will change your life (even Keller Williams uses it now)
            Since most people are looking for cons when spending this much on a product, I'll list a few very minor shortcomings of this pedal:
            - A couple of the effects aren't that great (Guitar>bass and bend. Most of the effects are superb, however.
            - There is no instant 'undo' or 'redo'. You have to hold the play switch down for 2 seconds to undo/redo. Same holds true for clearing a track, though it's helpful if you're concerned about accidentally deleting a track.
            - There is no 'clear all' button...however, switching memory banks via knob or footswitch clears the tracks immediately.

            One more thing...in many reviews,I've read about the lack of the reverse feature, or problems with effects/tracks. This unit does indeed have reverse (it's in the options menu), and all of the tracks are individually customizable and saveable. The onboard effects DO NOT save to the recorded loops; I think this is a plus rather than a minus...you can go from clean to, say, flanger and back even after you record the loop. You can also program effects to affect just one channel, or all channels, or total out, or just input, or whatever you like. TAKE TIME AND READ THE MANUAL and you will really get joy from the capabilities of this product.
            Finally, yes, you can sync multiple units via MIDI.

            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazing product...the new industry standard.

            By Liz Richardson

            from Morgantown, WV

            Comments about Boss RC-300 Loop Station:

            This version of the Boss LoopStation is by far the best looper on the market. I play music as a one-man band, and I can safely say with confidence that if you're debating buying this unit, just buy it. It's a bit expensive, but you will not be disappointed. PROS - Stereo outs for mains and subs, assignable to individual channels (Guitar to guitar amp, bass to bass amp, for example.). The effects are pretty good, (except for the guitar into bass setting and the pitch change), and are completely assignable to tracks, outs, or wherever you need...the effects do not record to the loops themselves,which allows you to go from clean to chorus even after looping. This pedal is also expandable...you can add expression pedals, and assignable Roland foot switches, as well as the ability to re-program the on-board switches. All tracks have volume sliders for adjustment on the fly. This pedal is also SUPER accurate...the RC20XL that I upgraded from suffered from a tiny bit of lag. This is not an issue with the RC-300. There are 99 customizable patches which are useful for changing pedal setups (one-shot loops, different effect/output configs). The RC-300 has a MIDI slave/master for connecting multiple units, or sending/receiving timecode. Finally, this pedal is built like a TANK. It's almost 10 lbs. of solid steel....you won't break this easily. CONS - A very few minor beefs...a few of the effects are useless. If you mess up and double-tap the stop button while live-looping, it will change your measure length and mess your loop up, so you have to be careful when stopping a channel and only press the stop button once. Also, there is no instant undo...you hold the stop button down on the channel you want to clear for 2 seconds for undo/redo. Finally, there is no dedicated 'clear all' function. You either have to turn the knob and change the preset or use an external foot switch to change patches to clear all the tracks at once. Overall, however, this is an excellent purchase,and I am more than satisfied with it. It has way more cool features than I can list here. Do yourself a favor and buy it, especially if upgrading from the RC-3, 20, or other smaller loop pedals. Take time and not only read and re-read the manual, but go in and explore all the options...there is a lot under the hood you can tweak.

            (1 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            initial review

            By grocker

            from Tracy, Ca.

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Difficult To Use

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about Boss RC-300 Loop Station:

            Key limitations for live performance were not easily disclosed or discovered.

            (8 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            faulty product

            By BigDog

            from Arcata, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Comments about Boss RC-300 Loop Station:

            I am sending mine back.. and continuing the search for a cool jamming looper. Using the the guitar>bass function makes the sound chop in and out.. almost like the "slicer" effect was on it. After doing a little investigation I discovered that all rc-300s have this problem, seems like pretty sloppy work to me. If you never plan on using this effect, then I guess you can ignore this review or perhaps get a different looper.

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