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Three hours of recording, stereo I/O, and much more!

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!

FEATURES
  • 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
  • Onboard rhythms including real audio drum loops
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BossRC-3 Loop Station
 
3.9

(based on 49 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (23)
  • Excellent sound quality (22)
  • Responsive (12)
  • Versatile (12)
  • Good selection of effects (7)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (5)
  • Limited selection of effects (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (17)
  • Amateur recording (14)
  • Performances (13)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
  • Practice (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (25), Professional musician (6)

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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(27 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Almost great. Too many small flaws.

By Wormwood Scrubs

from Undisclosed

Comments about Boss RC-3 Loop Station:

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.

(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Way too much looper for me

By Funky T

from Ooltewah, TN

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Difficult To Use
  • Not Responsive

Best Uses

  • Performances

Comments about Boss RC-3 Loop Station:

This is a great looper pedal, Boss makes quality pedals, but be forewarned it's a lot of pedal to try and figure out. The drum patterns are good for playing along with, but switching modes and overdubbing got way too complicated for me.There are a lot of options with limited knobs and pedals that made it not so easy to use for me. I swapped it out and got the new Ditto Looper which is much simpler to use. I'm a guitarist and simply want to be able to layer 2-3 layers and jam along with them. The Ditto records it at the tempo you play it at, as long as you play it, and then repeats it back at that tempo, no tapping tempos, etc.

(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Does the job as good as my JamMan Solo

By Rejyna

from One foot in Ohio, the other in California

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Comments about Boss RC-3 Loop Station:

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.

(12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

A Toy not a Tool

By FastEddy$$

from Atlantic Canada

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Pros

  • Compact Design

Cons

  • Difficult To Use
  • Poor Sound Quality

Best Uses

  • Home Studio

Comments about Boss RC-3 Loop Station:

The idea is nice but there's just too much functionality to operate with one footswitch. Good for bedroom practices but very impractical for live performances. The pedal was also noisy at times and did not agree with my compressor in my chain, a compressor I've had for years and has never had issues with anything else in my chain. Record/Stop/layer or loop are done with the one main footswitch but you can't move to a different phrase without getting down on your hands & knees to use a tiny mushy pushbutton. Also when creating a loop, once you stop the loop the pedal begins to playback the loop but the pedal also keeps recording resulting in loud doubled notes on beat one....it takes a double tap to get the recording to stop which is very annoying. I'm glad I only rented this toy for a month, for a bit more dough the jamMan stereo is a far better looper for a serious musician.

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Loop

By gtrsnbars

from Wheat Ridge, CO

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Pros

  • Compact Design

Cons

  • Not Responsive

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Performances

Comments about Boss RC-3 Loop Station:

This pedal does individual looping well.

But I was really surprised when I tried playing back a loop and then changed to a new one on the fly with an FS-6, it has an annoying hiccup, so you cannot do this accurately and keep time. I checked out the JamMan Solo and it is spot on here. Playing live I really need to be able to set up my loops to go back and forth from Verse to Chorus, so I returned it.

It sounded pretty good but was a bit noisier then I expected, especially with a dimed OCD pedal in front.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Thumbs up

By Travis

from Omaha, NE

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality

Cons

  • Battery Consumption
  • Volumes Are Tricky

Best Uses

  • At-home Practice
  • Improvisation

Comments about Boss RC-3 Loop Station:

If you have bad timing, using this pedal is going to take some practice - because for your initial phrase, you have to end it on the beat perfectly. As this was not a problem for me, it was absolutely brutal to watch my friend struggle with even the simplest chords progression loops, because apparently using his feet while playing guitar is near impossible.

Great for improvising. Make a loop with some chords, and have at it with some scales and solos.

Stereo output is so sweet. I have an amp on each side of my room.

The drum tracks are fun and great to use, but there are only ten, so don't think you're going to get all fancy with it, they are just for keeping a beat.

As I mentioned as a con, the volume levels on the pedal can be brutally unforgiving. If you have a good volume set for the drum track and for the rhythm pattern, matching the volume of your guitar on your amplifier, then you are just fine. But if you go to turn the volume up on your amp, MAKE SURE you turn the volumes on the pedal down. I'm pretty sure I damaged my Fender Frontman 212R with the loud drum beat by accidentally blowing the house up when I hit go on the pedal after turning myself up. Also, it tends to compress the volumes of overdubs to the original phrase you recorded, but it is possible to adjust accordingly.

Also, this pedal has given me some back pain haha. When using it you are constantly bending down and bending over to press one of the many buttons that are needed to use the looper. I recommend setting it on top of something, or sitting on the floor..

P.s.
This thing eats batteries like nothing else. I've had it for two weeks (Christmas) and am already on my third 9v.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great tool for songwriting and soloing

By Sit down, Donald

from Sacramento, CA

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  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
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      Comments about Boss RC-3 Loop Station:

      Technology has definitely improved. This records nicely with good sound quality, and is easy to use. There are no deep menus to push through. Programmed drumbeats and what you record have separate volume controls for more adjustment. Option to record when you press pedal, or when you start playing. I used too hate Boss products, but I've found a new love for them lately.

      (10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Started out great, but didn't last long

      By eric schindewolf

      from Nor Cal

      Comments about Boss RC-3 Loop Station:

      1
      For a quasi-inexpensive looping device it has a nice set of features: the aux jack, USB port, 3hrs recording time, rhythm function (albeit 7 out of 9 are lame). As a practice tool for working out melodies, leads and improvising over whatever harmony you lay down its great. If your wanting to use this on stage or for recording, you'll be sorely disappointed (quality devices for those things simply cost more money). I give it a 3 rating because the rhythm choices are so lame, and it was rare I could find that was useful and "swang". Most often the basic metronome sound worked best. The device is fairly intuitive to use and understand; but its actual use often proved temperamental with intermittent issues that I can only attribute to poor quality control.
      The stomp-box quickly broke-down and I found myself stepping on the pedal 2, 3, 4 times in row to record takes (which inevitable messed up the track, because youre no longer at the Top when it finally takes).
      By the end, I could step on it all I want and it would intermittently work.
      The device lasted me about 4 months; the first couple month were great (I could deal with the lame rhythm) but then it just turned to frustration.

      (10 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Fatally flawed until they fix it

      By Simon the Ear

      from New York

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      Comments about Boss RC-3 Loop Station:

      The Boss RC3 Loop Station should, in theory, easily beat out the digitech jamman solo, since it has much better audio quality. However I can't recommend the RC3 given that it has a major flaw, namely that there is a lag when switching between saved loops. In other words, if you get this pedal you can forget about performing with this in a way that requires switching back and forth between phrases. Your timing will be off. I've tried the Digitech Jam Man solo, and it went seamlessly between saved loops. Hopefully Boss will come out with a fix, but they've already had one firmware update that did NOT solve this problem. If they step up and fix it(either firmware upgrade or recall) I'll change this review, but until then I can't recomment them. Go for the Jam Man if you want something you can gig with.
      If they worked correctly, would be fine.

      (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Impractical for Live/Band setting

      By Singapore Dan

      from Houston, TX

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Analog Audio In
      • Compact Design
      • Dual Output
      • Excellent Sound Quality

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use

      Best Uses

      • Practice

      Comments about Boss RC-3 Loop Station:

      Bought this as a compact replacement for DL4 to downsize my pedal board.

      Tons of cool features if you're by yourself. Hard to keep loop going if you need to layer or change settings so it's very hard to use in a live application. Lots of double taps and you have to manually twist knobs.

      Bad design concept. Compact pedals are great for gigging musicians. But the usability and design didn't have the gigging musician in mind.

      (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      My 2 cents

      By Kevin Brandt

      from Denver, PA

      Comments about Boss RC-3 Loop Station:

      Mostly, it does what it says it will do. If you are seeking a new toy to inspirate your creative thought process - this is for you.

      I've tried using it live and the processor just doesn't keep up. But to lay down a few tracks to improvise around this is the ticket.
      EZ to use right out of the box with minimal time needed to understand the how to's.
      good construction
      can't beat the price

      (8 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Has a Major Bug

      By Al Udell

      from Yellowknife, NT, Canada

      Comments about Boss RC-3 Loop Station:

      An improvement over the RC-2 but it has a major bug - what is now being called the "phrase lag" bug which has been confirmed by many purchasers now. I believe the RC-30 also has the same bug. Lets hope Boss/Roland fixes it soon. Anyone can reproduce the bug by saving the same rhythm sample (using the built-in rhythm generator, sampled drum recording, or imported WAV via USB) to 2 or more consecutively numbered phrases (e.g. phrases 1 and 2, etc), then play the phrases consecutively using phrase switch. You will discover a lag between the playback of phrase 1 and 2 (playback is not seamless as it should). In other words, there is a lag between the last beat of your current phrase and the first beat of the phrase you are switching to.

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great Update, Highly Recommended

      By Pete A

      from Philadelphia, PA

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      Pros

      • Aux Footswitch Jack
      • Compact Design
      • Huge Amount Of Storage
      • Stereo In And Out
      • Stereo Inout
      • USB connectivity

      Cons

      • Footswitch Is Ambiguous
      • Record Mode Knob Is Gone

      Best Uses

      • Composing
      • Performances
      • Practice Tool
      • Tone Evaluation

      Comments about Boss RC-3 Loop Station:

      I've been using the RC-2 for a few years and when I saw that the RC-3 had a big memory upgrade, I purchased it immediately. The RC-2 had 11 memory slots and 15 minutes of recording. The RC-3 has a massive 99 memory slots with over 3 hours of recording. The USB 2.0 port allows users to back up their loops as audio files on their computer. I use loopers on solo jazz gigs mainly. I have a master list full of a bunch of standards that I record bass lines and light comping so it's like playing over a mini rhythm section yet still has the quiet ambience of solo guitar. You can't ask for a better practice tool. It's also useful to loop yourself and then stand far away from the stage to hear how you'll sound in the house.

      My only complaint is that the pedal is set on "normal" recording mode by default every time you turn it on. I, like most people I would imagine, use the "auto" record mode exclusively. You have to set this by holding the tap tempo button and selecting it every time you turn it on. The RC-2 had the recording mode selected with a knob, so you can just turn it to "auto" and never touch it again.

      The footswitch is something that a lot of people don't like. Timing the end of your loop accurately is extremely important so that your loop maintains a constant tempo. The buffered "Boss-style" footswitch can be frustrating as it doesn't have a click point. I've messed up the timing only a few times so it isn't a big issue in my mind. I just press down quickly and very firmly. In any case, there's a Jack for an aux footswitch that has a clear point of activation to solve this.

      Players of all styles and skills will find the RC-3 extremely useful, but I would especially urge jazz players to pick this pedal up because it's so great for practicing improv over any type of progression you can record, especially entire standards.

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A Great Rythm Tool

      By Donald Kinney

      from High Point, NC

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      Comments about Boss RC-3 Loop Station:

      Overall I think the Boss RC-3 is a great practice tool for me. When I can't be rehearsing with a live
      band...this baby is the next best thing!
      So far I am VERY pleased with this device! Now I can lay down a rythm guitar track and solo over it for as long as I want. It is great for getting your timing down too. You can just play along with the drum track (and it is even BETTER than some of the drummers I've played live with! )
      I like the drum sounds, but I wish it had more to choose from. I also like the way you can control the drum track volume separately from the rythm track. The RC-3 is user friendly and fairly simple to learn to use.
      I think the RC-3 is as solidly built as any other Boss product. Boss does make some pretty durable stuff. I mean I still have (and use) Boss stomp boxes that I bought back in the 1980's.
      I think it is a fair price for today's effects market. You get what you pay for...well sometimes right?
      Most of the pedals I use (MXR, Fulltone, Boss, etc.) run about $100.00 to $200.00 per pedal anyways. Don't get me wrong, I don't have money to burn, but I think this is a pretty good value.

      (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      A great tool

      By s weiss

      from wisconsin

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      Comments about Boss RC-3 Loop Station:

      I can't speak to the live applications for this pedal, but it's without a doubt the best practice tool you could ever have. It is, for all practical purposes, a mini recording studio. You can lay down your rhythm guitar part, practice solos over it while playing it back, overdub a solo onto the track, then keep right on layering whatever you like as long as you like up to three hours. All without taking your hands off the guitar. I've had this thing for two days and I already can't live without it. Get one of these, if for no other reason than what a great practice tool it is.
      I had to grade it down a bit because of the horrid drum sounds it makes. Otherwise I give it top marks for useable features. Fairly easy to figure out and use.
      Being a Boss it will undoubtedly survive most any abuse you can put it through.
      A bit pricey in my opinion, but I have a feeling I'll be getting a lot of use out this pedal.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      First Time Looper!

      By Gear Junkie

      from Central, NJ

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      Comments about Boss RC-3 Loop Station:

      Like I said, if you write songs, buy it. If you play in a cover band, seriously try it out and see if it works for you. For the casual player, its a fun toy and it may inspire you. All in all the RC3 is another innovative quality pedal from Boss.
      Every time I look at a new pedal, I look at it from the standpoint of, does it inspire my songwriting and then can it be incorporated into a live performance. The RC3 is an interesting pedal, while I don't see this version as a useful pedal for live situations, but the more advanced model may fit the bill. What I like about this pedal alot is that I can write and record musical sections on the fly and then take the time to really craft the corresponding parts with it. I haven't tried using it to record with yet, but I will at some point, so I can't say what the direct output quality to a mixing board is like, but the sound quality through my amps is good and what I have come to expect from Boss pedals. The power up is a little confusing, in which its backwards to standard Boss pedals that turn on with the input jack as opposed to the RC3 which activates with the output jack. The drum feature is also helpful, so you don't have to program a pattern on your drum maching to play along with the pedal. The rough patterns are close enough to standard beats that you can get by. One important thing is to read the instructions closely, especially about when to disconnect the pedal and volume levels before plugging into the amp. I have also used this with my synths and it works well.
      Typical Boss quality for the way I use it in a home studio. I tend to take really good care of my pedals even in live situations and so they don't get bounced around, so I'm not sure as to how much pounding this pedal can take. If you need more functionality, look at the next model up, but for a first time looper, this pedal works really well.
      I dinged the pedal on the value side, not because of the pedal, but the price is a little steep for a pedal that I think has limited live usage and is more of a niche pedal. Its really good if you know what you need it for and have the time and experience working with more complex pedals. I guess that since it is a pedal for a more serious player and songwriter that the demand for it is less which accounts for the price its justified, but that's just my bias. This is a pedal that needs to be played with and the potential is only hinted at in a store. This pedal is not just limited to guitars, but to people like me who play vintage synths and guitar synths that don't have looping functions.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Worthwhile addition...

      By BluesCHASER

      from Jamestown, NY

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Melody Development
        • Practice Timing

        Comments about Boss RC-3 Loop Station:

        Certainly works as advertised. As you would expect, it takes just a bit of practice to get used to the controls....especially volumes on recorded tracks. Use caution to avoid sonic blasts & get some continuity among memory slots.

        A great tool to just lay down a rhythm track and play leads or develop different melody lines over. You can change up endlessly...& the rhythm player never tires or grumbles. The backing tracks you make can be easily deleted and reworked if you like.

        Get a non-latching footswitch (single or double)and connecting cables if you don't have extras. You will certainly want a power supply source for this as even a new 9v battery is short lived (few hours).

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Might be excellent, can't tell yet

        By Will

        from New Orleans

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        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.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Simply Amazing

            By CraigyWagyBrah

            from Brisbane, Australia

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Responsive
            • Unique Features
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Boss RC-3 Loop Station:

              This pedal is an amazing recording and overdubbing machine. I own 2 FS-5U that I also use with my other BOSS pedals that makes this pedal very easy to use. Yes it's annoying having to push those little mushy buttons! I love this thing because you can hook it up to your laptop and import phrases. This compact pedal has true bypass and never changes your tone, even when on. I always have this in my effects chain and it's great for when you just wanna jam or make some cool noises! Great little pedal, recommend for any guitarist.

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Too much for me

              By Jeff Rutland

              from Minneapolis, MN

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              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality

              Cons

              • Difficult To Use
              • Too Much Complexity

              Best Uses

              • Live performance
              • Practice

              Comments about Boss RC-3 Loop Station:

              I just wanted a simple looper to use in songs while playing live. nothing crazy complicated, just something I could quickly set up a loop with and go. or, loop something while in the middle of a song. the Boss RC-3 can do this, but I was also hoping for some use out of the rhythm patterns. they are a bit limited, but work. I just found myself stepping on the pedal too much (for me that is). I returned this, and gave the TC Electronic Ditto Looper a try. simple, straight and to the point. small on the board too. pretty happy with that... YMMV. the RC-3 is a fine pedal, just a little too complicated for what I wanted in the end.

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