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Boss RC-30 Loop Station   

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The BOSS RC-30 Loop Station is the latest addition to the company's industry-leading lineup of pedal-based loop recorders, featuring high-powered dig...Read More

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

The BOSS RC-30 Loop Station is the latest addition 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-30 Loop Station offers musicians one of the most powerful and best-sounding tools yet for recording and manipulating loops live and in the studio.

Housed in BOSS' popular twin-pedal chassis, the RC-30's new features include true stereo ins/outs and up to three hours of onboard stereo recording and loop storage. The new dual-phrase loop feature lets you create and play two completely independent stereo loops in perfect sync.

LOOP FX is for processing your loops in real time, with 99 memory slots for storage. The RC-30 also boasts a USB 2.0 port for swapping and managing WAV loops with your computer. A mic input with phantom power, aux in jack for portable devices, and a key selection of onboard rhythms including real audio drum loops come standard.

FEATURES
  • Three hours of onboard recording time
  • High-powered DSP from BOSS' ESC2 chip
  • True stereo I/O
  • Dual-phrase loop feature lets you create and sync two independent stereo loops
  • 99 memory slots
  • LOOP FX provides realtime loop editing
  • Mic input with phantom power
  • USB 2.0 port for swapping/managing files with your computer
  • Aux in jack
  • Onboard rhythms including real audio drum loops

Expand your creative horizons with the incredible power of the RC-30 Loop Station!

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BossRC-30 Loop Station
 
3.9

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

55%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (5)
  • Excellent sound quality (4)
  • Versatile (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (6)
  • Home studio (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Finally a band that follows direction!

I had bought an original Boss RC-20 to use as a basic looper to play leads over. However, when I was asked to lead worship at church, it quickly became a great...Read complete review

I had bought an original Boss RC-20 to use as a basic looper to play leads over. However, when I was asked to lead worship at church, it quickly became a great tool in my arsenal. I compose and record my beats and bass lines for the songs I'm going to play Sunday morning, and just play an acoustic and sing over top of it. The limitations on the RC-20 made it difficult at best. I had to link everything by hardwire to upload to the pedal, and the buzzing alone would drive you crazy. I had to time everything precisely and only had about 5 1/2 minutes to work with. That made it impossible to play certain songs together. Now with the RC-30, I upload via USB, so theres no buzzing from ground issues, I don't have to hit the play button and pedal record button at the right time to get the track to cue up right on the pedal. I have 3 HOURS to play with, which means I can upload EVERY song I do and ALWAYS have them ready to go. I even can set it up to have two different genres at each end of the spectrum:1-49 can be my regular acoustic set and 50-99 can be my church stuff. I HIGHLY recommend getting the dual FS-6 foot switch, as this allows more control with your feet and not your hands (bending over to push buttons). This unit DOES NOT color your tone or change your timing. Plus it has two tracks, so I can record some electric guitar parts with leads on track 2, and only turn that track on when I am playing for the right crowd! I have a complete backing band at my finger....uh...foot tips? Plus I have ALL the basic features I had before for playing live, allowing me to create rythym tracks on the fly. I can tap out a beat on my acoustic, play over top of that beat, and even play a lead over top of the rythym beat and guitar. The possibilities with this thing are WIDE OPEN! It's built like a freakin tank. The only thing I don't like is that they took away the guitar and input level knobs. It just means I have to adjust it a little more on the board,and the bottom of the foot switch is hard to get velcro to stick to for a pedal board...minor details. This pedal will CHANGE YOUR LIFE!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Falls Short of the Digitech JML2

I would recommend buying the DigiTech JML2 JamMan instead of the RC-30. I just purchased an RC-30 and played with it fairly extensively for a couple weeks before deciding to return it...Read complete review

I would recommend buying the DigiTech JML2 JamMan instead of the RC-30. I just purchased an RC-30 and played with it fairly extensively for a couple weeks before deciding to return it and get the JamMan. This is obviously a review of the RC-30, but I'm going to compare it to the JamMan for features.

Places the JamMan has an edge:
1. You are able to switch back and forth between different phrases seamlessly. The RC-30's biggest downfall is a 1/4 second or so lag that occurs when you switch between different phrases. The newest firmware updates have not made this go away. Because of the lag, the RC-30 is almost unusable in live applications.

2. When purchased with the Digitech FS3X footswitch (which only cost me $14.95), the JamMan has 7 different control buttons providing much easier hands free control than the RC-30 which has a max of 4 switches when used in conjunction with the Boss FS-6, which is also much more expensive than the Digitech footswitch. The Boss forces you to double tap switches or hold them down for two seconds (changes phrases requires a 2 second hold down even if you have an FS-6).

3. The JamMan allows for real time tap tempo changes while the loop is playing. The RC-30 only allows tempo changes when stopped and the phrase must have been previously saved.

4. The JamMan has an instrument in volume level and the RC-30 does not. This makes mixing instruments, loops, mics, and rhythms easier on the JamMan.

5. Cost is less, even with the additional FS3X. Also the Digitech comes with a power supply (does not run on batteries) while the Boss does not come with a power supply (it does run on batteries though) and is the right power supply that doesn't cause the unit to buzz is an additional $15-25 depending on where you buy it.

Places the RC-30 has an edge:
1. Two looping channels with each phrase. The user can layer a couple elements on one channel and then switch to the other (while the first is still running) and lay more elements down then stop the first set, etc. This is actuallly pretty difficult to do with only 4 pedal buttons (and that assumes you have an FS-6). It should also be noted that the two channels must be the same length.

2. Additional recording time on the RC-30 (3hrs vs. JamMan's 35min). Both allow transfer to computer via USB though for unlimited storage. The JamMan can have additional storage with bigger memory card though. The RC-30 doesn't use a memory card. The computer storage for both units is somewhat annoying and time consuming.

3. Loop FX on RC-30. The only effect on the JamMan is reversing the loop (RC-30 doesn't do this). I actually found the Loop FX to be less than spectacular but others may disagree with me. Personally, I'd much rather have a reverse function.

4. Mic input on RC-30 has phantom power.

Overall I much prefer the JamMan over the RC-30 if for no other reason than the fact that it's usable in a live setting because there's no phrase switching lag. Neither unit seems to noticeably alter my tone - and I'm a tone freak so that's something I listen for and care about a lot.

I've owned lots of Boss effects and many have been great but you shouldn't buy this pedal simply because it's made by Boss. Compare the features and choose what's most important for you.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Unit

By Special K

from Florida

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Good Selection Of Effects

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Boss RC-30 Loop Station:

    Great unit. Very user friendly. The loop works perfect when you are playing the loop right after you have recorded it. I found slight hesitation if I record the loop and use stop pedal to play loop later in song.

     
    5.0

    i have 3 of them!

    By Turf Tamer

    from Waxhaw N.C.

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Boss RC-30 Loop Station:

    a tool for all guitarist this thing is awsome

     
    5.0

    Required gear for the single performer.

    By Antonia Rose

    from Old Bridge, NJ

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Boss RC-30 Loop Station:

      Once mastered this "Performance" tool will enable the single performer to add depth to their music. My audience loves seeming and hearing songs being built.

      (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Decent unit, but not for me.

      By Dwight

      from undisclosed

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality

      Cons

      • Effects On Loop Only
      • Limited Selection Of Effects
      • Not Versatile Enough

      Best Uses

      • Performances
      • Personal Jamming

      Comments about Boss RC-30 Loop Station:

      The RC-30 sounds fine, but I had to return it because it didn't do what I needed it to do. I was hoping I could loop my guitar while singing without looping my voice, but you can't do that with this unit. The mic input can be turned off/down, but then the vocal can't but used. In other words, you can loop a vocal and guitar at the same time, but if you can't just loop your guitar while singing.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Sorta' buyer's remorse

      By Mike

      from Flagstaff, AZ

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • Solid construction

      Cons

      • No Midi Clock Sync
      • Sound Quality Is Not Good

      Best Uses

      • Experimenting At Home
      • Music Scratch Pad

      Comments about Boss RC-30 Loop Station:

      I almost never write reviews but I thought I'd warn others: the sound quality is not fit to be heard outside your bedroom. It's so bad that I bend down and unplug it every time I'm not actively using it; and I don't have cheap speakers, I have a Weber 12" Blue Dog and Weber 12" Silverbell. Other than that a midi clock sync would've been nice. I mean, as others have noted, dump the cheesey effects and add a sync for Pete's sake. It will do quite well for working out layers of song ideas at home though. It's pretty self-explanatory, and doesn't seem like it will break without some serious abuse. But I personally wish I would have saved up for a Pigtronix or a Boomerang.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Could do more

      By Luxp

      from Hamburg, Germany, ny

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • 3h S Recording Time

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Boss RC-30 Loop Station:

          Bought it after being bored of the limitations I experienced while using the boss dd7 delay as a looper in my world music project (although the dd7 does a very good job).
          Now I start to get bored of the limitations the rc 30 brings with it. I wish for example the effects could be used without using a loop. That would give a new sense to the Maschine while it is implemented to my setup and not in use as a looper. The machine should have enough chips on board to provide some more fun and usability. The beatbox unit could also be programmable and I would like to be able to put other drumsamples in it.
          What I miss is a bpm - Meter AND the possibility to choose the bpm by number. This would help to synchronise it with other machines what is more or less impossible the way it is.
          WARNING: If you start the loops that are already on the machine (#90+.. ) when you buy it after some testing with a guitar you will either blow your ears or your amp because they are 300% louder then your guitar.

          (8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Broken,Customer Service Won't Fix

          By Jim G.

          from Michigan

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

            Cons

            • Breaks Easily

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

            Comments about Boss RC-30 Loop Station:

            My Boss RC 30 will not function. The level sliders are either off or on full volume. ZERO level control. Sent it in to Boss for repair. They claim it is working the way it is supposed to. After mounting up huge phone bills from being on hold with their customer service(average wait time 20 minutes then get disconnected and have to call back and go on hold again) AND bench and shipping fees, it will cost me HUGE bills for a non-repair and I still have a pedal that does not work. The worst customer service of ANY company I have ever dealt with!

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            RC-30 LOOP STATION

            By DJ

            from Western Mass

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Solid construction
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Difficult To Use

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about Boss RC-30 Loop Station:

            Boss/Roland needs a quality web video on this unit showing set-up and operation. YouTube has many but nothing comes close to what is needed.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome pedal for the investment!

            By BSBRocks.com

            from Columbus, OH

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Get Started
            • Easy to use
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Quickly Add Layers

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances

              Comments about Boss RC-30 Loop Station:

              I absolutely love this pedal. I've been playing out since 1991 and this pedal will change my shows forever. The loop function is easy to get started with and it's not very difficult to layer tracks. The volume is very even and easy to control as well. It's a great deal made better when you find it on sale.

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Fairly easy to use.

              By RXP

              from WestKy

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Home Studio

                Comments about Boss RC-30 Loop Station:

                Just received this a couple weeks ago. Fairly simple to use and has good sound quality. I have ordered the FS-6 but it is currently out of stock. Would definitely recommend for home studio or practice. Not sure how reliable it would be for live gigs yet.

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