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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, ...Read More

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OVERVIEW

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 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (15)
  • Excellent sound quality (13)
  • Responsive (13)
  • Versatile (5)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (4)

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (15)
  • Home studio (11)
  • Performances (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (16), Professional musician (6)

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

 

Don't buy it.

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...Read complete review

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.

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(1 of 1 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.

(0 of 1 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.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Would buy again.

      By bob

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Boss RC-1 Loop Station:

      Great Pedal!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Tap and record!

      By Stan

      from undisclosed

      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.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great tool for learning to solo

      By Savage ak

      from Alaska

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording

          Comments about Boss RC-1 Loop Station:

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

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great peddle, but get foot switch.

          By Phrankzilla

          from Las Vegas, NV

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          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.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Defective but effective.

            By G.K.

            from Fort Frances Ontario Canada

            About Me Experienced

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            Verified Buyer

            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 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I enjoy this product

              By Greg

              from Colo Sp. Colo

              About Me Experienced

              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.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Don't buy it.

                By Guitaroy

                from Jacksonville, FL

                About Me Professional Musician

                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.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                not the best BOSS product

                By MC from KC

                from The Big Empty

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Reviewer

                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.

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