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Boss RC-20XL Loop Station

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With the Boss RC-20XL Loop Station loops and riffs can be stacked repeatedly until the entire massive 16 minutes of recording space is full. Never be...Click To Read More About This Product

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Create rich multilayered performances in real time!

With the Boss RC-20XL Loop Station loops and riffs can be stacked repeatedly until the entire massive 16 minutes of recording space is full. Never before has it been so easy to create a large one-person-band sound in real time. Save up to 11 loops at a time. Undo function makes it easy to create perfect loops. Built-in auto quantize for simple and accurate loop timing. Change loop tempo without changing pitch. Footswitchable loop select with optional FS-6 footswitch. (See accessory box on this page.)

FEATURES
  • Stack up to 11 loops in real time
  • Up to 16 minutes total recording time
  • Undo function
  • Auto-quantize
  • Tempo change without pitch change
  • Optional footswitch

Amaze yourself and everybody else with the incredibly full sound you can make with just you, your axe, and this incredible machine.

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4.7

(based on 87 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great pedal DONT USE BATTERIES!!!!!

I absolutely love this pedal. I use it for practice and live gigs. I play some solo acoustic/vocal gigs and I record on the spot and playback to my recorded verses and solo...Read complete review

I absolutely love this pedal. I use it for practice and live gigs. I play some solo acoustic/vocal gigs and I record on the spot and playback to my recorded verses and solo over them. It has great balance and has a very realistic sound on the playback because of the great recorder in it. It balances out itself when you want to play leads. I also enjpy the 11 preset banks. Although I havent been presetting lately it's good to have them there in case I don't want to record harder stuff on the spot.

One thing I highly encourage is *NEVER run the unit on batteries* I did that and once the batteries run low you just plug it in, and continue jamming. I did that and forgot I had the dying batteries in there so between the heat and outdoor gigs the alkaline in the cells exploded inside the battery hamber. It was really scary and very messy cleaning up that chamber and I thought many times that I would ruin the unit. So point madee: the power input is the way to go on this puppy, that is of course you don't live in Texas and the heat is not anything to worry about.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Hey Its a looper

If you write music, This is a great song writing tool. As for live; its tricky. I think you need something with multiple tracks. But Tap tempo, is key! or no...Read complete review

If you write music, This is a great song writing tool. As for live; its tricky. I think you need something with multiple tracks. But Tap tempo, is key! or no tempo, either way get your loop right. 2/ 3/ 8/4 timing, what ever you need. Its flexible. The drum beats are a metronome, nothing fancy, but all I need. Reverse feature is so nice. learn to play your basic chords in your song backwards, and add some nice background ambiance. Reverse isn't just for solos my friends!

Down side is the memory. I fill mine up daily!
but, Its not mix ready anyway, so I don't mind clearing it out.
But it would be nice to have extra space, if you have a verse, chorus, bridge, solo, verse song you need 5 blank memory banks, which almost half of the space. If you were gonna play live with that. I hope you:
A. only play two songs
B. have extremely repetitive songs.
Reverse, reverse, reverse
I spend too much time setting volume levels!
Pay the extra cash for the new one with USB and two track!

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great pedal DONT USE BATTERIES!!!!!

By Coldshot788

from San Angelo, TX

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I absolutely love this pedal. I use it for practice and live gigs. I play some solo acoustic/vocal gigs and I record on the spot and playback to my recorded verses and solo over them. It has great balance and has a very realistic sound on the playback because of the great recorder in it. It balances out itself when you want to play leads. I also enjpy the 11 preset banks. Although I havent been presetting lately it's good to have them there in case I don't want to record harder stuff on the spot.

One thing I highly encourage is *NEVER run the unit on batteries* I did that and once the batteries run low you just plug it in, and continue jamming. I did that and forgot I had the dying batteries in there so between the heat and outdoor gigs the alkaline in the cells exploded inside the battery hamber. It was really scary and very messy cleaning up that chamber and I thought many times that I would ruin the unit. So point madee: the power input is the way to go on this puppy, that is of course you don't live in Texas and the heat is not anything to worry about.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My back up band!

By One Man Praise Band!

from Nashville Tn

I bought this unit so I could lay down a rythym track to do leads over when I am playing a solo acoustic gig. It works well for that. I'm able to lay down a loop on the fly, and paly the lead over top of that and it sounds like there are 2 guitars....really makes people look a little closer. Mine only has the original 5 minute loop time, which is ok for loops on the fly, but I've quickly out grown the 5 minutes and I am ready for the RC-30. I had been approached to lead worship at a local church, and at first I just layed down a rythym beat by tapping my guitar... now I've actuallu started composing beats in my DAW, adding a backing bass track, and loading them both onto the looper. Now I have a backing band (bass and drums) at the press of a button. It has made a HUGE difference in the reaction of the congregation, and when I use it in comjunction with my Digitech Vocalist...well let's just say I'm now the one man praise band! VERY powerful TOOL with many uses. I love it and can't see how I ever went without it cause when I play without it it's just flat and boring to me now. Why wait for the band to be able to practice? Why waste time searching for half hearted musicians thgat always seem to let you down one way or another? I HIGHLY recommend this unit (and other Boos loop stations) to ANYONE and EVERYONE wanting to take their gig to the next level!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Hey Its a looper

By Charles Bermani

from Salem, MA

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If you write music, This is a great song writing tool. As for live; its tricky. I think you need something with multiple tracks. But Tap tempo, is key! or no tempo, either way get your loop right. 2/ 3/ 8/4 timing, what ever you need. Its flexible. The drum beats are a metronome, nothing fancy, but all I need. Reverse feature is so nice. learn to play your basic chords in your song backwards, and add some nice background ambiance. Reverse isn't just for solos my friends!

Down side is the memory. I fill mine up daily!
but, Its not mix ready anyway, so I don't mind clearing it out.
But it would be nice to have extra space, if you have a verse, chorus, bridge, solo, verse song you need 5 blank memory banks, which almost half of the space. If you were gonna play live with that. I hope you:
A. only play two songs
B. have extremely repetitive songs.
Reverse, reverse, reverse
I spend too much time setting volume levels!
Pay the extra cash for the new one with USB and two track!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Helps Me Write Songs

By tim-5qx_O

from baltimore, MD

I used to be totally paralyzed at writing songs. I simply could not do it - I would forget melodies and progressions I had written the day before. This pedal has enabled me to go from a bumbling fool at song writing to being able to pump out the framework for a full song in one day. It might be a bad song, but it's a song nonetheless. Highly recommended for people (like me) who can't write songs.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Addictive

By Sideshow Playscool

from Northern MI

This pedal is not only fun but also a seriouse tool for any musician interested in experimenting with the possibility of compounding different sounds along with your playing. Good sound reproduction. The FS-6 pedal is a needed companion to fully utilize this pedal. My only complaint-a bit pricey. So I recommend asking your girl to buy it for you like I did.

 
5.0

cool pedal

By Rick James, Superfreak

from Gainesville, FL

I bought this pedal because I play guitar with only a drummer, and I thought it would be cool to have a ghost rhythm player over which to play solos. This pedal works really well for that, although you do have to practice a bit to perfect the timing of the loops. But what I actually find myself using this pedal for the most, though, is just sitting around looping little parts and then adding more and more parts and practicing scales etc. This pedal is honestly the BEST practice aid that I've ever had, because not only does it give you something to play along with, but every mistake you make is heard over and over, so you begin to really pay a lot of attention to detail. When I bend notes now I am more cognizant of all the seperate pitches of the bend. This pedal is the best one if you can't afford the Boomerang. The 9-volt battery seems to last a long time. The sound quality is good-- not perfect, but good enough that audiences, and many guitarists, won't notice the difference.

 
5.0

Addictive

By Mike-0_K5Z

from Florida

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It didn't take me very long to realize the potential of this phrase looper after setting it up. I find this to be a complex metronome with a great potential to be used live if setup properly.It didn't color my tone in any negative way, aside from it causing me to lose a little bit of sustain. I was able to correct that with my Line6 XT Live though.It has helped me improvise leads so much easier than looking for backing tracks on the internet to play to. While those backing tracks are more complex and full, this pedal allows me to setup limitless chord progressions to play over, which to me is more effective, since you have no control over the chord progression in a backing track.A must-have for anyone learning to play. I've found that even when I'm playing cover tunes for fun at home, I still find a way to include this device in the process.

 
5.0

this pedal is stinkin awesome

By thursdayguitar

from Austin, TX

I've been wanting this pedal for over a month now and i finally got it yesterday and i absolutely love it. I can make it sound like an entire band is playing using the overdub feature. It is really easy to use and is a whole lot of fun when you get the hang of it. I suggest you get one NOW!!!

 
5.0

Great Learning tool

By Gibson Lover-qW.ql

from Philly, Pa

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This is a great pedal to learn with and its cool having different features like tap tempo, and metronome, but the only thing that I didn't like about it was it kills a little of your tone, and the volume levels take a while to get right. Besides that I can't complain

 
5.0

great tool, easy to use

By The James-SOuu4

from Houston

1. touring musicians use this pedal live2. you can control the volume of the metronome with a knob3. the timing is excellent on this looper and after playing with it a bit, you are able to get excellent results4. this tool really opens up possibilities for live shows. Looping vocals, sound effects, and so on is easy and can help get you from the studio to the stage

 
5.0

sweet pedal

By cr7firebird

from Altoona, PA

I just got this pedal about a month ago and it's awesome. I saw keller williams so some sick things with a loop pedal, so I decided to buy one. It has some really good features like tap tempo and how you can save your loops, and it's easy to use (I caught on within about 5 minutes). If you have the money for it, get it.

 
5.0

this is fun

By hi

from saturn

this thing lets you be creative, i have done some alright things with it and it has a mic valve so you can plug 2 people in it or an instrument and a mic. I usualy mess around with it when i have a good idea that i want to mess with, not to mention its fun.

 
5.0

great way to change a sound

By Joseph-363re

from Jackson, MS

Ever seen a Damien Rice concert? He uses a loop pedal much like this to edit his song to create choirs of his own voice. The dual guitar/mic ports let you loop a guitar, then have fun with your own voice. Couple this with a few other effects pedals and you've got a great concert by yourself.

 
5.0

Boss is on the right track

By Terminix

from La Porte, TX

Doesn't handle loops with heavy distortion very well, seams to fade in quality and volume. I record my loops clean, then kick in the overdrive on my Marshalls and had great success achieving my personal sound. Been having a jam of a time. Don't wait, gets yours today.

 
5.0

Exceeded all expectations!

By John67

from Oregon

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You can easily record and save songs from CD, MP3, or other source through the "aux in" port and then slow them down for practice. With two 1/4" inputs (labeled "instrument" and "mic," but can be used for anything), you can record drum machine and rhythm guitar simultaneously and then loop for soloing. Just make sure you have a lot of free time when it arrives, because you won't want to leave it to eat, sleep, work, etc! Great fun!!

 
4.0

Overrated

By LQHNVVOWO

from Undisclosed

When I first got this pedal I thought it was the coolest thing in the world, but then I started realizing little problems with it. 1) It is tough to get the levels right, you need to find the optimal balance between recording and playback levels 2) The sound quality is noticably lost between recording and playing back a loop, which is really annoying. Everything else works great, however this last problem has made me feel like I spent way too much on this piece of equipment.

 
4.0

Best Practice/Writing Tool

By hatching

from Toronto

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This is the best practice and writing tool I have ever had. I use this for learning new scales, working on new changes, working on arrangements, this thing is unbelievable. It definitley sucks tone, but I don't use it for anything but practice so no big deal for me. Plenty of loop time for me, it's very, very simple to use, quantize works very well, overdubbing also works very well, can't say a bad thing about this pedal. If I were using it for live applications I would certainly take exception to the amount of high end you lose, but again, I just use this for practice and writing. I even load new arrangements/parts on here and my bass player and drummer load this thing up and jam with it by themselves in order to learn new songs quicker. Outstanding tool.

 
5.0

This Loop Station is Awesome

By Tim P.

from Washington, DC

I just bought the RC-20XL Loop Station. I read the one part of the book that shows how to create a basic loop. It worked perfectly the first time. The sound is clear and immediate. I am having so much fun. There is a ton of really cool functionality built into to this thing. It was easy to start on and as I have been using it, there are more advanced functions. I couldn't be happier.

 
4.0

Great Features For LIVE PERFORMERS ONLY!

By TalFarlowistop10jazzguitarist

from Orem, UT

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Ok so I got this pedal a couple of weeks ago. My guitar teacher got one and loved it for his live gigs, as he was the only rythm player and the boss pedal allows him to do single line soloing instead of just chord soloing.Pros are that this seems to be the best loop station that they have out there now. And if your going to play live and could use this, than this seems the best way to go. And it will help you with your timing as your mistakes will keep repeating.Cons. Price, if your not going to use this live, put this $$$ towards a recording program or some kind of multi track recorder. It loses clearity after 3 or 4 loops. Also if your going to use it live you will have to get at least 2 more pedals. Two twenty five dollar pedals or one about fifty are needed to let you switch between different recorded tracks. And another twenty five dollar one will let you play loops backwards..like hendrix.If you'll use live its worth it.

 
4.0

RC20-XL

By Dixie Smith

from Southern, NM

Great machine! For those who complain, sell it. I'm perfectly happy with how my RC20-XL performs. I will however be purchasing a Boss FS-5U pedal to switch between reverse and normal. As far as sound quality goes, I would say that it sounds fine. I run my machine, first through my SWR, then direct out into my Super Reverb. Doing so allows me to biamp the sound, resulting in a great playback tone. So I'm perfectly content with the sound quality. I woulnd not reccomend purchasing if you do not have time on your hands, because I personally could waste away days playing music with this thing. And it is somewhat expensive. It's worth the money.

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