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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, ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Offers 12 minutes of stereo recording time and flexible external footswitch options.

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)

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BossRC-1 Loop Station
 
3.8

(based on 33 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

72%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (18)
  • Responsive (15)
  • Excellent sound quality (14)
  • Versatile (7)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (5)

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (18)
  • Home studio (14)
  • Performances (11)
  • Professional recording (4)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (18), Professional musician (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Product

I've wanted to get a looping pedal for a long time so I finally broke down and got this one. It's built like a tank and pretty easy to operate (only one knob). ...Read complete review

I've wanted to get a looping pedal for a long time so I finally broke down and got this one. It's built like a tank and pretty easy to operate (only one knob). Right out of the box, I used it with my bass and keyboard. Also, with the help of a line level shifter, I was also able to loop vocals by hooking it up to the Aux outs on a mixer board. The only possible drawback is one I expected. Don't fool yourself into thinking using a looping pedal in performance is easy. It is not. I takes practice. But once you get the hang of it these things are a lot of fun.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Can't depend on it when performing live

I used an RC-3 for the longest time in my acoustic gigs until it finally stopped working. Seeing as I never needed the rhythm tracks or the tap tempo features it offered, I...Read complete review

I used an RC-3 for the longest time in my acoustic gigs until it finally stopped working. Seeing as I never needed the rhythm tracks or the tap tempo features it offered, I opted for the RC-1. I brought one home from a local music store and started practicing with it. I was happy with the operation and ease of use - until it started acting up. Once and a while, the loop being played back would just stop mid-phrase, as if I had hit the pedal to stop it. Whoa, I couldn't have that, especially for use in a live performance, so I returned it and got another one. I rehearsed with the new one and all seemed okay - until the night of the gig. Wouldn't you know it, right in the middle of a solo, the playback just randomly stopped. And this was the replacement unit. So either the store had a bad batch of RC-1 units delivered or the quality of Boss has really gone downhill. Either way, this unit is going back. I'll have to do more research as to what will be a more dependable pedal. Don't buy the RC-1 if you really need to rely on it for a gig. I think this pedal is engineered more for bedroom practice rather than live performance.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

fun, so far

By BeautifulSaviorGuitarGuy

from Brenham, TX

About Me Experienced

Comments about Boss RC-1 Loop Station:

First time using a looper. Took a few tries to get used to the timing of using the pedal to create loops, but it's not difficult by any means. Been fun jammimg over chord progressions and riffs for as long as I want to. Still checking out tons of videos on YouTube for more ideas on what can be done and how to do it. Definitely worth getting one!

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Can't depend on it when performing live

By Riccster

from Concord, CA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Unreliable

Best Uses

  • Practice tool

Comments about Boss RC-1 Loop Station:

I used an RC-3 for the longest time in my acoustic gigs until it finally stopped working. Seeing as I never needed the rhythm tracks or the tap tempo features it offered, I opted for the RC-1. I brought one home from a local music store and started practicing with it. I was happy with the operation and ease of use - until it started acting up. Once and a while, the loop being played back would just stop mid-phrase, as if I had hit the pedal to stop it. Whoa, I couldn't have that, especially for use in a live performance, so I returned it and got another one. I rehearsed with the new one and all seemed okay - until the night of the gig. Wouldn't you know it, right in the middle of a solo, the playback just randomly stopped. And this was the replacement unit. So either the store had a bad batch of RC-1 units delivered or the quality of Boss has really gone downhill. Either way, this unit is going back. I'll have to do more research as to what will be a more dependable pedal. Don't buy the RC-1 if you really need to rely on it for a gig. I think this pedal is engineered more for bedroom practice rather than live performance.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great peddle, but get foot switch.

By Phrankzilla

from Las Vegas, NV

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Pros

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Boss RC-1 Loop Station:

    This is a great into to looping. Works great as a practice tool. I couldn't use it in performance without a foot switch, too many clicks. To stop recording and not overdub, you must click to stop, then click again to stop the overdub, then to stop the loop to play live, you have to double click. hard to do while starting back in with a guitar and stay in time with the guitar. Still it is a great little peddle.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Don't buy it.

    By Guitaroy

    from Jacksonville, FL

    About Me Professional Musician

    See all my reviews

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy to use

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Boss RC-1 Loop Station:

    I got this pedal a little over a year ago and everything was actually going great until I plugged it up recently and found that it all of a sudden is completely malfunctioning! It still records but does not count (with the lights) down the riff length back around to the start, the lights are just going around really fast, but it is playing back the loop…..even worse though, every time I stop the loop playing, IT ERASES!!! So, now I'm feeling like I wasted my money. I'm very disappointed in Boss about this one.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    not the best BOSS product

    By MC from KC

    from The Big Empty

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    Pros

    • Compact Design

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use
    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Boss RC-1 Loop Station:

    I own several BOSS products and generally rate them very high quality. This unit is well built but the foot-switch is awkward. The sound quality is poor, with significant loss of signal even at full volume. Useful enough for jamming on your own but I wouldn't want to use it in a performance.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Not musically usable--basic flaw uncovered-Boss doesn't care

    By craigwonderfingers

    from New York City

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use
    • Killer flaw--erasing
    • Not Responsive

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Boss RC-1 Loop Station:

    This pedal is unusable for performances, because every time you erase your loop to get ready for
    the next song, it plays back the loop. No other Boss pedal does this--not the RC-20XL, not the RC-3.
    I spoke to Boss, and they both admit the flaw and seem to have neither any workaround nor any
    apparent interest in fixing the flaw that they admit. When I called Musician's Friend to return the
    pedal, the fellow I spoke to admitted he had had the same problem and also returned his.

    Good luck--it might be ok for home use only, but if you perform, you will be returning this one.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Product

    By MSR

    from Madison, WI

    About Me Experienced

    See all my reviews

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Operate
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Great Qualilty

    Cons

    • Can Be Tricky

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Boss RC-1 Loop Station:

    I've wanted to get a looping pedal for a long time so I finally broke down and got this one. It's built like a tank and pretty easy to operate (only one knob). Right out of the box, I used it with my bass and keyboard. Also, with the help of a line level shifter, I was also able to loop vocals by hooking it up to the Aux outs on a mixer board. The only possible drawback is one I expected. Don't fool yourself into thinking using a looping pedal in performance is easy. It is not. I takes practice. But once you get the hang of it these things are a lot of fun.

    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Not as easy as made out

    By Gonzo

    from Richland, MS

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Performances

    Comments about Boss RC-1 Loop Station:

    Not as easy to use as I thought. It takes a lot of practice. It would have been better if it just recorded one thing and when you clicked it off it erased that recording. Some songs require more that one different recording and with each recording and erasing it requires five clicks on the pedal. Very distracting when you're trying to play and sing. That being said it's a ton of fun to play around with it just takes a while to get proficient with it.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great, durable beginner's unit.

    By RonS

    from Livermore, Ca

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Durable
    • Excellent Sound Quality

    Cons

    • Limited Selection Of Effects

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording

    Comments about Boss RC-1 Loop Station:

    Very basic unit, but well built. Ideal for beginners but it can't sequentially back out tracks - all or nothing, so it lack's some important versatility. Well worth the price, though. Perfect for a first timer.Intsrtuctions are microscopic and not well considereded for a beginning unit. Also, it didn't mention that it doesn't come with a power supply.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Tap and record!

    By Stan

    from undisclosed

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    Verified Buyer

    Comments about RC-1 Loop Station:

    Simple to operate. Tap it once and you are recording. Tap it again and you are overdubbing. A double-tap gets you out of dubbing mode and into play mode. Enjoy.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great purchase!

    By Lew

    from Washington DC

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • A bit of cut-out in the loop at high volume

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Boss RC-1 Loop Station:

    Loop station works great - super easy to use and with a little practice on the timing, it is super effective.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Cuts through very poorly with high gain distortion.

    By John

    from South Shore, Massachusetts

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Boss RC-1 Loop Station:

        Its worked well enough when I've used it to see how ideas would sound together, and it has been good for improv jamming on a clean tone setting. But when i go into a high gain setting to loop a rock or metal riff and jam over it, I can barely hear both the riff and my lead together audibly. I've tried adjusting volumes, gain, mids, bass etc but it sounds like the riff and the lead are battling against each to be heard. And neither wins. It's been and okay pedal for what I bought it for but not great.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Easy to use - no nonsense peadl

        By Elwood

        from Monroe Ct

        About Me Novice

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Boss RC-1 Loop Station:

          Just started looping. The hardest part is the timing, but once you get that down, take off and have some fun with this pedal. definitely suited for jamming, practicing, recording and performing.

          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          TOTALLY useless ...

          By Jon Darwin

          from Darwin, Australia

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

            Cons

            • Not Responsive
            • When erasing, it plays 2 sec's of the old loop!!

            Best Uses

              Comments about Boss RC-1 Loop Station:

              Just don't bother. I had an RC 30 which died on stage and then I got this little guy.

              To erase a track, supposedly just hold down the pedal for 2 seconds and voila ... except that IT PLAYS for that 2 seconds which is USELESS if you are mid song. If the song is finished, you have to MUTE the guitar track while it erases or your audience hears the first 2 seconds of your previous loop.

              Total waste of money ... Just don't bother.

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great tool for learning to solo

              By Savage ak

              from Alaska

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              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording

                  Comments about Boss RC-1 Loop Station:

                  I liked mine so much I bought another for a friend!

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Defective but effective.

                  By GK

                  from International Falls MN

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                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • The unit came defective.

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording

                    Comments about Boss RC-1 Loop Station:

                    The unit came from the factory defective. From the limited amount of use I got out of it the unit met my expectations.

                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    I enjoy this product

                    By Greg

                    from Colo Sp. Colo

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording

                      Comments about Boss RC-1 Loop Station:

                      Great little toy to lay a track down and the practice your leads to. I lay down an accustic track and play it through my PA. Then I play my Les Paul through my Marshal and practice my lead patterns. Lots of fun and works great.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Tricky but useful

                      By Collin

                      from Plattsburgh

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Responsive

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances

                        Comments about Boss RC-1 Loop Station:

                        I bought this after watching some demos and thought it looked great. I got this and was a bit remorseful at first as the pedal is tricky with the several toe taps you'll be doing and it can get a bit messy. I've got an external footswitch though and when I hooked it up this pedal became a dream. The separate stop and undo/redo switches to me are a must and make this pedal very user friendly. It's built boss tough and fits nicely on any pedal board. Useful for practicing recording and shows if you've got the control that you desire from it.

                        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        This is a well made very good pedal

                        By Robbie

                        from Tallahassee Florida

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                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Excellent Sound Quality
                        • Responsive
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Performances
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Boss RC-1 Loop Station:

                          Practice, recording, and public performance

                          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great playmate, wonderful for recording.

                          By Gary

                          from Ohio

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                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact Design
                          • Excellent Sound Quality
                          • Responsive

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Home Studio

                            Comments about Boss RC-1 Loop Station:

                            Works great, sounds great, glad I bought it.

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