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The most powerful Loop Station ever, with triple-stereo looping and much more!

With loop mania sweeping the globe, BOSS proudly announces the most powerful Loop Station ever brought to the market-the RC-300. The new flagship looper features three synchronized stereo tracks with dedicated volume knobs and transport-control footswitches for each track. It's also equipped with pro effects, a master Expression pedal, and a deluxe, ultra-wide control panel for the ultimate in live-performance manipulation. Plug in your guitar, bass, keyboard, or instrument of choice and create amazing loops in real time. An XLR input is also provided, complete with phantom power, so singers, percussionists, violinists, beatboxers, or anyone with a mic'd instrument can get in on the act, too. The RC-300 lets you record for up to three hours directly to its internal memory, adding effects as you go. The USB port lets you save your loops externally, as well as import/export WAV files. Step into the most powerful and inspiring Loop Station in BOSS history.

Triple Stereo Loops
Create, stack, and manipulate multi-layered loops with the RC-300's three stereo tracks-each track being independently controllable. The "Auto Recording" feature starts recording the moment you begin playing your instrument, or as soon as you start a connected audio player. Count-In mode gives you one-bar of rhythm before recording starts. You can Undo/Redo as you go. The sky's the limit with three hours of recording time!

Expanded pedal board
The RC-300's ultra-wide pedal board is equipped with an Expression pedal (which can be assigned to a variety of parameters) and enlarged footswitches for controlling REC/PLAY and STOP for each track. There's also a master ALL START/STOP footswitch onboard. Additionally, three independent faders provide immediate control of each track's output volume. And if that's not enough control under your hands and feet, you can also connect external Expression pedals and footswitches (sold separately).

Onboard FX
Process your tracks and external-input signals with the RC-300's expressive onboard effects, including Transpose, Flanger, Phaser, Modulator, vocal effects, and more. A dedicated LOOP FX footswitch is provided for instant activation of the onboard effects. Control the effects parameters in real time with the Expression pedal for hands-free creativity onstage. You can apply the effects to any single track as well as to the entire mix, expanding your creativity and musical expression.

Rhythm Guide and Preloaded Audio
To keep your loops tight and in time, you can play along with one of the cool rhythm patterns in the RC-300's onboard library as you record; the Loop Quantize feature helps you having your recordings looped in time. Dozens of rhythm types are onboard, including rock, pop, shuffle, Latin, and more. A dedicated knob lets you adjust the volume of the rhythm, and you can set the tempo incrementally or via tap tempo. You can also specify the time signature. When you save a phrase, the rhythm type and time signature will also be saved. To get you up and running right away, the RC-300 comes preloaded with audio backing tracks (including bass tracks, piano tracks, etc.) for instant play-along performance and fun.

USB Connectivity
Connect the RC-300 to your computer via a standard USB cable, and back up your phrases externally for safekeeping. You can import and export WAV files between your computer and the RC-300; 16-bit/44.1kHz WAV files of up to 1.7GB in size can be imported.

AUX Input
In addition to recording your instrument performances and turning them into playable loops, you can record other external stereo audio sources via the AUX IN. Sounds from a digital-audio player or other device connected to the AUX input can easily be recorded and added to your loop performance.

FEATURES
  • Three stereo tracks with dedicated footswitches and controls for each
  • Dedicated fader per track
  • Expression pedal for effects control in real time
  • Up to three hours of internal recording and 99 onboard memories
  • 16 onboard effects optimized for looping
  • XLR Microphone input with phantom power
  • USB storage; import/export WAV files

It's the creative powerhouse that musicians have been dreaming of. Order yours now and see what you've been missing.

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BossRC-300 Loop Station
 
3.7

(based on 19 reviews)

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  • Versatile (7)
  • Responsive (5)
  • Excellent sound quality (4)
  • Compact (3)
  • Good selection of effects (3)

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  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Home studio (4)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great but expected more , compared to 2880 electro harmonic looper

I upgraded from the 20xl because I wanted to keep different things on seperate tracks.

Pros:

1. 3 seperate tracks that you can turn on and off for a more...Read complete review

I upgraded from the 20xl because I wanted to keep different things on seperate tracks.

Pros:

1. 3 seperate tracks that you can turn on and off for a more dynamic live performance (vs. just building up the sound and never being able to go back without deleting and re-recording parts)

2. This pedal's sound fidelity is way better than the 20xl which I found to degrade my recordings with each layer

3. The stereo input/output made a big difference for my live sound, huge upgrade

4. built in effects-- Though I don't find myself using them that much. You can assign effect to one of the 3 tracks (layers), but it affects everything on that track, so I use external effects pedals for more control.

5. Midi* (see description in cons)

6. Massive amounts of storage (yay!) This is the reason I went with the boss over the electro harmonix 2880, which won in every other category. The 2880 had everything I was looking for, but I'd have to make most of my loops live from scratch vs. having something stored to start with. The 2880 lets you do it for just one song, then you have to switch out cards if you want to work with anything pre-recorded live. Otherwise, the 2880 wins hands down with practical features, in my opinion.

7. Great manual, quick read, pretty easy to use

8. Built solid.

CONS:

1. for the price, I'd like just ONE more track, at least. I don't find the jump from 1 to 3 substantial enough. If you use one of the built-in rhythms you have 3 tracks to do whatever you want with. I don't like any of those beats (they tried, but they still sound wimpy, most are cheesey) so I loop my own beats from my drum machine, that leaves me with 2 tracks, AND I'm stuck with the same beat for the whole song. If I wanted the beat seperated into 2 tracks/layers, I only have one track left to work with for my instruments and vocals. Not enough. If the rc-300 could work as a midi slave, I could start with an extrernal beat from a drum machine and let it play through one of the inputs while I record the rest into the looping pedal, but it won't do that. It can tell the drum machine what bpm to play, so I'll experiment with it, but it's counter-intuitive for me to do it in that order.

The electro-harmonix 2880 offers 4 tracks. It can also work as a Midi slave and a master.

To get more tracks with the rc-300, your only option is to buy a 2nd one ,which is silly expensive, and becomes big and dorky in your setup.

2. With the Boss-20xl (cheaper model I upgraded from), you can turn the dial and use one of the other stored banks as a section in your song, and as soon as the current loop was done, the next would kick in. You could make a cool live show like this without awkward silences from song to song, or use multiple banks in one song (to a certain degree, with some careful planning, though this option was quite limited too) With this RC-300, there's a few seconds of a silence, and not even in time with your song, so you have to wait for that to kick in, rendering that switching from bank to bank useless in a live setting. However within ea song/bank, turning the 3 tracks on and off are seamless.

3. It's quite large. I'd prefer the expression pedal to be some add-on purchase and gain another track instead. It's fun but not as important as more options/more tracks to work with if you're looking for a multi-track pedal.

4. I'd like to have some more outs in the back, so that I can send my (non-factory) beat out of a different out than the rest of the song, etc.. would be a nice option (the electro harmonix 2880 is gives you more options here as well)Pl
Please see my points in the overall review.
it's built quite well, it's heavy and sturdy.
Personally I think at this point I should spend my money on Ableton and related hardware to do what I want to do, but I was hoping I could procrastinate further with the perfect looper. I still haven't found one... If the boss RC-300 had just one or two more tracks, could work as a midi-slave, and and wouldn't have the awkward silence when switching banks, it would be the perfect looper. Right now I'm still thinking of returning it and learning ableton.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

fundamentally flawed

I just called Boss and they confirmed: The RC-300 will not switch between patches seamlessly.

Let me explain what this means precisely. The RC-300 has 99 'patch' banks....Read complete review

I just called Boss and they confirmed: The RC-300 will not switch between patches seamlessly.

Let me explain what this means precisely. The RC-300 has 99 'patch' banks. Within each patch, there are 3 'phrases', i.e., within patch X, you have phrases XA, XB, and XC. Say you're working within patch 1, you CAN switch between prhases 1A, 1B, and 1C, seamlessly, in perfect time. But you CAN NOT then switch to phrase 2A in patch 2, without a stutter in time; The timing of your song is lost during that operation.

I am completely amazed that this issue is so rarely mentioned. I've seen a bunch of reviews of this pedal pop up, videos, etc., all quite positive. And, sure, the pedal has some great features. However, the fact that it can only switch between 3 loops in time, is, IMO, a serious, and for my purposes, fatal flaw.

I think the real value of a looper like this is if it can, in fact, function as a sequencer. You write a part, store it as loop 1. Write another part, store it as loop 2. Continue like this, writing a whole song. Naturally, you will want more than 3 parts. If this pedal could go patch to patch, it would be amazing; You could write a guitar, bass, and keys/vocals part into each bank and even send them out different channels to PAs/amps, and switch between pathces to form a complete song!

If like me, this is how you were hoping to use the RC-300, forget it.

I own a Jamman Stereo. It has two separate ins and outs; You can both record and playback the tracks separately. The pedal has 99 loop slots, and another 99 with an SD card. You can switch between any of these without a hiccup. The only thing you're missing is BPM control, so, quite sadly, you can't expect to loop along with a computer or other tracks. Other than this, the Jamman is great, and less than half the price.

I bought an RC-50 used and once I realized this flaw, which was somehow not corrected in the RC-300, I never used it and eventually sold it at a loss.

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(36 of 42 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

fundamentally flawed

By Nebulos

from Undisclosed

Comments about Boss RC-300 Loop Station:

I just called Boss and they confirmed: The RC-300 will not switch between patches seamlessly.

Let me explain what this means precisely. The RC-300 has 99 'patch' banks. Within each patch, there are 3 'phrases', i.e., within patch X, you have phrases XA, XB, and XC. Say you're working within patch 1, you CAN switch between prhases 1A, 1B, and 1C, seamlessly, in perfect time. But you CAN NOT then switch to phrase 2A in patch 2, without a stutter in time; The timing of your song is lost during that operation.

I am completely amazed that this issue is so rarely mentioned. I've seen a bunch of reviews of this pedal pop up, videos, etc., all quite positive. And, sure, the pedal has some great features. However, the fact that it can only switch between 3 loops in time, is, IMO, a serious, and for my purposes, fatal flaw.

I think the real value of a looper like this is if it can, in fact, function as a sequencer. You write a part, store it as loop 1. Write another part, store it as loop 2. Continue like this, writing a whole song. Naturally, you will want more than 3 parts. If this pedal could go patch to patch, it would be amazing; You could write a guitar, bass, and keys/vocals part into each bank and even send them out different channels to PAs/amps, and switch between pathces to form a complete song!

If like me, this is how you were hoping to use the RC-300, forget it.

I own a Jamman Stereo. It has two separate ins and outs; You can both record and playback the tracks separately. The pedal has 99 loop slots, and another 99 with an SD card. You can switch between any of these without a hiccup. The only thing you're missing is BPM control, so, quite sadly, you can't expect to loop along with a computer or other tracks. Other than this, the Jamman is great, and less than half the price.

I bought an RC-50 used and once I realized this flaw, which was somehow not corrected in the RC-300, I never used it and eventually sold it at a loss.

(19 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

RC-300, Back it on up, beep-beep-beep

By David Gilmore

from SF California

Comments about Boss RC-300 Loop Station:

So to sum up, the RC-300 is a great looper, definitely state of the art, easy to use, and not to mention, FUN. I think this unit is going to be big on the looping scene for the forseeable future.
I typically don't write reviews but the I feel compelled to correct the glaring inaccuracy of the above review.

I do have the RC-300 it was hard to find but I managed to get one from a company that had 1 in stock and I've had about a week to play around with it. It's a great machine typical of Roland/Boss products. If you have expierence with Boss multi-effects pedals (GT-3,5,10 for example) then the controls will seem intuitive right out of the box. I had the unit up and running the night it arrived.

Unlike a lot of other folks on the internet, let me encourage you to read the manual, after all when dealing with complicated machinery it never hurts to get an overview of the functions.

The layout of this unit seems a little easier than it's predecessor, the RC-50. It has 3 tracks each with separate controls which makes it easy to know which track your controling at any given time. The controls are actually VERY simple, but they can be configured a number of different ways dependng on how you have things set up. There are a number of different setups depending on what exactly your doing. I won't go into to much detail on that right now but if you are a "looper" or considering getting a looper, the options and settings will make perfect sense to you based on your particular application.

In regards to the MIDI time issue, this unit absolutely gives you precise control over the MIDI time, maybe too precise because it will actully allow you to set the midi time up to a .1 of a bpm, for example 128.3 BPM. I think this has to do with another Function of the unit. The "Auto Record" feature, which starts the recording when it registers input, when it's doing this it seems to set the BPM based on what you are playing. But I digress.

Let it suffice to say that the unit itself does allow you to set the BPM. According to the specs it should be able to function as a master midi clock but I have not had the time to explore it's full MIDI potential. So I'll leave it at that.

Also this unit absolutely does have Reverse. It's probably hard to find because they've cleverly disguised this feature by calling it "REVERSE". This feature though is actually enabled through the track editing, and not listed as an "effect". But again it's incredibly easy to access, press two buttons and then turn the knob, voila.

As far as recording on the unit I have quickly come up to speed on recording loops and setting loop lengths, overlaying tracks, erase, undo, redo, etc.

The learning curve is not that steep, and the unit's functions and commands seem simple and intuitive but again I have a lot of Roland/Boss equipment so I'm used to their "language", so that might be an advantage. That was part of the reason I went with Boss.

(18 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great but expected more , compared to 2880 electro harmonic looper

By aleks drummer

from Undisclosed

Comments about Boss RC-300 Loop Station:

I upgraded from the 20xl because I wanted to keep different things on seperate tracks.

Pros:

1. 3 seperate tracks that you can turn on and off for a more dynamic live performance (vs. just building up the sound and never being able to go back without deleting and re-recording parts)

2. This pedal's sound fidelity is way better than the 20xl which I found to degrade my recordings with each layer

3. The stereo input/output made a big difference for my live sound, huge upgrade

4. built in effects-- Though I don't find myself using them that much. You can assign effect to one of the 3 tracks (layers), but it affects everything on that track, so I use external effects pedals for more control.

5. Midi* (see description in cons)

6. Massive amounts of storage (yay!) This is the reason I went with the boss over the electro harmonix 2880, which won in every other category. The 2880 had everything I was looking for, but I'd have to make most of my loops live from scratch vs. having something stored to start with. The 2880 lets you do it for just one song, then you have to switch out cards if you want to work with anything pre-recorded live. Otherwise, the 2880 wins hands down with practical features, in my opinion.

7. Great manual, quick read, pretty easy to use

8. Built solid.

CONS:

1. for the price, I'd like just ONE more track, at least. I don't find the jump from 1 to 3 substantial enough. If you use one of the built-in rhythms you have 3 tracks to do whatever you want with. I don't like any of those beats (they tried, but they still sound wimpy, most are cheesey) so I loop my own beats from my drum machine, that leaves me with 2 tracks, AND I'm stuck with the same beat for the whole song. If I wanted the beat seperated into 2 tracks/layers, I only have one track left to work with for my instruments and vocals. Not enough. If the rc-300 could work as a midi slave, I could start with an extrernal beat from a drum machine and let it play through one of the inputs while I record the rest into the looping pedal, but it won't do that. It can tell the drum machine what bpm to play, so I'll experiment with it, but it's counter-intuitive for me to do it in that order.

The electro-harmonix 2880 offers 4 tracks. It can also work as a Midi slave and a master.

To get more tracks with the rc-300, your only option is to buy a 2nd one ,which is silly expensive, and becomes big and dorky in your setup.

2. With the Boss-20xl (cheaper model I upgraded from), you can turn the dial and use one of the other stored banks as a section in your song, and as soon as the current loop was done, the next would kick in. You could make a cool live show like this without awkward silences from song to song, or use multiple banks in one song (to a certain degree, with some careful planning, though this option was quite limited too) With this RC-300, there's a few seconds of a silence, and not even in time with your song, so you have to wait for that to kick in, rendering that switching from bank to bank useless in a live setting. However within ea song/bank, turning the 3 tracks on and off are seamless.

3. It's quite large. I'd prefer the expression pedal to be some add-on purchase and gain another track instead. It's fun but not as important as more options/more tracks to work with if you're looking for a multi-track pedal.

4. I'd like to have some more outs in the back, so that I can send my (non-factory) beat out of a different out than the rest of the song, etc.. would be a nice option (the electro harmonix 2880 is gives you more options here as well)Pl
Please see my points in the overall review.
it's built quite well, it's heavy and sturdy.
Personally I think at this point I should spend my money on Ableton and related hardware to do what I want to do, but I was hoping I could procrastinate further with the perfect looper. I still haven't found one... If the boss RC-300 had just one or two more tracks, could work as a midi-slave, and and wouldn't have the awkward silence when switching banks, it would be the perfect looper. Right now I'm still thinking of returning it and learning ableton.

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Absolutely amazing piece of equipment!

By radiofreeusa

from Morgantown, WV

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Built like a tank
  • Customizable
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Intuitive Features
  • No Lag
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Learning Curve

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Beatboxers
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Mobile DJ
  • One-man Band Setups
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Boss RC-300 Loop Station:

I'll make this short and simple...if you're looking at it, and wondering about if it's worth the money, just buy it. There is no other loop pedal on the market that comes with the features this has. I promise if you are a looping artist, this will change your life (even Keller Williams uses it now)
Since most people are looking for cons when spending this much on a product, I'll list a few very minor shortcomings of this pedal:
- A couple of the effects aren't that great (Guitar>bass and bend. Most of the effects are superb, however.
- There is no instant 'undo' or 'redo'. You have to hold the play switch down for 2 seconds to undo/redo. Same holds true for clearing a track, though it's helpful if you're concerned about accidentally deleting a track.
- There is no 'clear all' button...however, switching memory banks via knob or footswitch clears the tracks immediately.

One more thing...in many reviews,I've read about the lack of the reverse feature, or problems with effects/tracks. This unit does indeed have reverse (it's in the options menu), and all of the tracks are individually customizable and saveable. The onboard effects DO NOT save to the recorded loops; I think this is a plus rather than a minus...you can go from clean to, say, flanger and back even after you record the loop. You can also program effects to affect just one channel, or all channels, or total out, or just input, or whatever you like. TAKE TIME AND READ THE MANUAL and you will really get joy from the capabilities of this product.
Finally, yes, you can sync multiple units via MIDI.

(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

RC300 notes & a couple of corrections

By Shawn Bulen

from Undisclosed

Comments about Boss RC-300 Loop Station:

Some corrections/clarifications to other reviews:Yes, it supports reverse.Yes, you can control tempo, almost any way you want to. First off, each of the 3 stop pedals function as 'tap tempo'. If you wanted to you could assign the EXP1 pedal to tempo. I don't know why you'd want EXP1 to be a tempo pedal - tap tempo is so much more accurate.A clarification on the MIDI tempo: The RC300 can send & receive MIDI PC & CC. It can send MIDI tempo. But it cannot receive MIDI tempo. I've tried, but without success & it is documented this way very clearly in the manual.
I do think the inability to receive MIDI tempo is a pretty big gap for some. It doesn't bother me because I just put it early in my MIDI chain. As I noted, it's a great MIDI master.

I know the gap between patches is a problem for many also. But it's not a problem for me - three phrases in a patch is plenty for how I use this.
Upsides:No glitches or gaps experienced yet at all. None. Important to point out because the RC50 had a major issueVery clean sound. Even when changing the tempo, the sound is clean. Yes, there are artifacts created by changing the tempo, but they are much, much nicer than on the RC50... Warmer, not mechanical. If you try to speed up the tempo too much, it tells you "Tempo Too Fast!".... However it always, nobly, tries to deliver.You can program the EXP pedal (and all pedals except the STOP pedals) to do almost anything you want it to.The manual is a FRACTION of the size of the RC50's manual - but far more concise as well. I think they really simplified the unit, and it shows. The layout of the front panel is much improved as well, buttons & controls are logically grouped very nicely.There are 8 ASSIGN settings available per patch (nearly identical in function to the way the ASSIGN works in the VG99 & GR55).The assign targets in the manual (pg 23, manual dated 2/1/11) are an incomplete list. There are many more assign targets available in the unit as shipped, very important. Many assign targets start with the MEM prefix, which means they are for the 'PRESET MEMORY', e.g,. at the 'patch' level. E.g., MEM LEVEL is the master output level for the whole patch, and this can be assigned to the EXP pedal on the RC300 unit. Works fine. There are also TRK 'track' level assignments, e.g., you can assign pedals to make a phrase play in reverse, or change it's STOP mode (fade out, immediate, play full phrase).The FX seem nice & subtle, not overblown. Haven't played with them a lot, but what I've heard is actually usable... This is a pleasant surprise, I thought I wouldn't use 'em... I just might...Lots of flexibility in signal routing - different tracks can have different outputs (either the SUB out or the MAIN out). You can also specify where you want the RHYTHM track to go. Also the USB audio.
Downsides:It's huge.It's expensive.It makes a poor timing slave via MIDI; it's a great MIDI master, though.They dropped the 'fade in' feature from the RC50.It cannot change patches seamlessly - it stops whenever you change patches, & you have to startup again, causing a delay. So those who need more than three phrases pretty much have to buy a 2nd RC30 apparently they sync up nicely according to the documentation (can't afford to try it!).
Solid.
Very pricey, though lots of features...

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

RC-300 Loop Station

By jeremy dean

from NH

Comments about Boss RC-300 Loop Station:

Overall Im very happy and will get alot of use out of it
It has more features than I'll ever use.
That said, I wish that when I use the "single shot"mode, I could use it on a loop that I create right then and there. I'm using it in a band situation and often create a rythem loop when Im gonna solo. I dont want it to be pre-recorded because it needs to be live. A single shot would give me the option to line the loop back up with the tempo of the rest of the band if it moves a little. As it is you can only use single shot on pre-recorded loops. I have found a way around it by unsincing the tracks and using 2 loops but it is more time consuming and less convenient. My only other complaint is the power adapter is very light duty and doesnt look like it would stand up to much abuse.
The RC300 is a huge pedal so make plenty of room on the floor for it.
The features are almost endless on this thing. After putting some hours on it I'm very happy with it. Extremely veratile.
Built like a tank. The pedal it's self is very rugged. Ive always thought that boss has made a very sturdy pedal. The expression pedal is really handy and I use it for the overall volume, but you can assign any pedal on the unit to run diffent things.
Is it worth the money?
If your gonna use most or all of the features it offers, then I would say yes it's worth it.
If not? Then buy one of the smaller ones.

(12 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A Rolls-Royce without reverse!

By Songrider

from Gold Country, CA.

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Comments about Boss RC-300 Loop Station:

I've been researching looping pedals for quite a while and have watched all the YouTube demos, read the manual and consulted with guitar-guru salesman who have had their hands on this item for quite a while. I do not own a Boss RC 300 yet and as tempting as it maybe I'll likely wait a while longer. Why? I'll explain... My Title says it all.

The RC 300 is like a Rolls-Royce in its conceptual design, beauty, features and ease of use, however, it is like an automobile with every buzzer and whistle... everything except it can't back up. No reverse! ( I am not referring to playing a phrase backwardI'm using a metaphor)

I'll explain. For most players and myself included, I can gladly adapt to the features provided in the unit. No complaints. So much creative potential. So many wonderful tools. However, it is the feature NOT offered that I find disappointing; even amazed in its omission.

PRECISE TEMPO CONTROL. The fundamental lack of a real time control over tempo is a huge frustration to me. The only affect offered is "tapping." We can't even enter a given Beats Per Minute. The RC 300 offers external MIDI control but NOT OVER TEMPO. This seems so weird to me that a basic fundamental of music is not included in the control of this unit. (let me take a sentence to say, if anyone knows something I don't about this function in the RC 300, please share it with me and the rest of us. I will stand corrected.)

I know most players are content to go round and round, looping to the same tempo. But there are other dimensions to be explored and to gradually move from one tempo into anothernot abruptly but like using a whammy bar to bend up or down, shifting to a new tempo. For years I've worked with the concept of "SPIRALING" not just looping. Tempo, like key change, rhythm change, and texture can be a portal into a new dimension. Have you ever played a song you know and love in a completely different tempo? It makes a whole new song with a uniquely fresh feeling.

My only intent on writing this is to get people thinking and requesting this "tempo control" function to be included in the next evolution of looping devicesBoss or any company. Total control of tempo is as important as any other aspect of music. It's time modern music takes a qu from the old school of classical music. The expressive potential of tempo change is critical to musical expression.

All Boss/Roland needs to do is provide an expression pedal function that works like a gas pedal on a car: Push Down = Go Faster - Push Back = Go Slower. How easy can that be?
Now tell Boss what else we want.

(10 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

TERRIBLE CUSTOMER SUPPORT AND WARRANTY

By Professional Musician

from Los Angeles

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • None

Cons

  • Breaks Easily
  • Poor Customer Service
  • Terrible Warranty

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    Comments about Boss RC-300 Loop Station:

    This pedal is decent. But due to Roland and Boss's notorious lack of customer support, and terrible warranty I have to rate it the lowest possible. How is it that other companies offer full warranties complete with paid shipping, and these guys charge you for anything they can think of to repair your item? If your product is that great to charge the kind of money you charge, you should have no problem backing it up with better warranty coverage. Last time I ever buy roland stuff.

    (9 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    faulty product

    By BigDog

    from Arcata, CA

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    Comments about Boss RC-300 Loop Station:

    I am sending mine back.. and continuing the search for a cool jamming looper. Using the the guitar>bass function makes the sound chop in and out.. almost like the "slicer" effect was on it. After doing a little investigation I discovered that all rc-300s have this problem, seems like pretty sloppy work to me. If you never plan on using this effect, then I guess you can ignore this review or perhaps get a different looper.

    (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Nice but still missing something

    By Kurt Schindler

    from St. Croix U.S. Virgin Islands

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    Comments about Boss RC-300 Loop Station:

    Great pedal. Easy to program. Needs a the instant restart of phrase to make it perfect.
    Just got this pedal last week. Had been using the Rc-50 before and had maxed it's capabilities.
    What I notice about the rc- 300 is it really isn't much more of a looper. I actually like some of the features and ease of use of the rc-50 more like instant restart of the phrase. The only way so far that I can get that to happen on the rc-300 is by doing a quick two foot hicup on the stop and start pedal. No fun if your standing up while playing. Luckily I am usually sitting.
    Maybe I'm over looking something but have spent hours reading the instructions and messing with the pedal. I like the effect section and think it will become very useful in live shows.
    Boss always puts out reliable gear and I have played my last rc- 50 for 4 years now live about 150 gigs per years in the shittiest of conditions and still no problems with it. I expext no less from this pedal.
    A bit pricey but nothing else out there compares.

    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    the next level

    By Jimo slice

    from under the freeway overpass

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    Comments about Boss RC-300 Loop Station:

    Overall, A killer device. Great sound quality, for the most part very easy to use. I gave an 8 because the FX function is hard to use, the high cost, and no SD card built in. Otherwise it is a fantastic device.
    This thing rocks. Having owned and used most of the other loop stations out there i can say that this thing is the real deal. The best features for me besides the ability to add or take away a track is the choice of line out destination. This feature makes the sound quality almost perfect on playback unlike the others were all signals go to the same place. The rythim tracks are easy to use and sound pretty good. Most all features are very intuitive except the FX application, this will require some head scratching. Bottom line, if you are serious about looping this is the only machine to get.
    It is built like a tank, typical boss. The twisty knobs scare me a bit that they may get steped on, i dont think they would survive a good kick, a kick guard would have ben nice around the knobs and lcd display.
    It is expensive, but since there is nothing else like it this is hard to judge. How bad do you want it?

    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Where is my mind? On my loops!

    By rawkadeus

    from Columbus, OH

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Capability
    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Functionality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Songwriting

      Comments about Boss RC-300 Loop Station:

      As a gigging looping artist, working with 3 independent loops - each controllable on the fly - this was a huge leap (from 1). The fact that it was so simple sold me the minute I saw it. I've been using it for over a year (the time frame which I wait to write a review) and have zero complaints. The thing is "built like a tank." That is true. But, that's not as important as how fantastic it sounds - it sounds GREAT. It is full of features, some I have wanted, not found (clear all would be great) - however easily implemented after a brief brainstorm (use different patches). I think the negative speakers of this are looking for something that writes and plays loops for you so that you can just simply step on one of the super easy to use pedals to make beautiful music. I will agree with them that this is not for you (if you want that); however if you want a beautiful piece of equipment that will keep you inspired and forever longing to touch it again, this is the instrument you need (as a looping or wanna-be looping artist). Here's a vid I did in my attic using the RC-300: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKXEYNxi3bE

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Inredible Machine

      By Ross

      from Las Vegas, NV

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Durable
      • Easy to use
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Boss RC-300 Loop Station:

        If you've used any type of looper in the past, this is a couple of steps up from there. It's the top of the staircase, so to speak. This machine is one of the most versatile pedals I could possibly ever use. You could almost call this a multi-effects pedal because of the many effects that come on board. For this price you simply cannot beat it. I have been intimately involved with this box for about 30+ hours and I am still figuring out things that it can do, the 3 track looping is probably one of the most useful things on the pedal because it gives you the very obvious ability to create an entire song with baselines or mids that can be taken out at any appropriate time. The system settings are aplenty and practical; I have yet to find something ,beside the actual color of the pedal itself, that you cannot change. The EXP-1 is highly effective and practical, it is really good for use of all of the effects especially voice and transpose. BOSS has really done it with this one, I would buy it again a million times if this would make sense.

        (3 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Like a Porsche... without a gas pedal?

        By Yardo Yardonski

        from Shanghai

        Comments about Boss RC-300 Loop Station:

        I have no doubt it's a fantastic machine, and lots of fun. But for all the reviews that say "this is everything you could ever want in a looper", I must respond, "but what about real-time tempo control? Am I missing something?"
        I find it shocking and disappointing that the built-in expression pedal cannot dynamically control tempo. It seems like such an obvious and essential part of a would-be Holy Grail of Loopers. Mr. Baker clearly chose the wrong metaphor in his post's title, as "Reverse" is indeed already a function included on the RC-300. But I am 100% with Mr. Baker on the importance of real-time tempo control. Perhaps a better metaphor is "Gas Pedal", as in Mr. Baker's closing statement. If I owned a Porsche or a Rolls, I surely hope I could control the speed with my feet in real time!

        But -- even more shocking and disappointing -- Where is the foot-pedal-button for tap tempo? I don't own the RC-300. I've used the RC-50, and one can tap in a new tempo on-the-fly with one's foot. Am I missing something? Is it really only possible on the RC-300 to tap tempo with the finger-button? So then, in a live performance, to make an adjustment to tempo, you need to stop playing, stoop over, and tap in a new tempo with your finger? Really? Am I missing something? Perhaps this function is built in to one of the other foot-pedal-buttons? Or maybe it can be assigned to an external footswitch? Does anyone know?

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Boss should take a second shot at the "one-shot" feature.

        By Art Lightstone

        from Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • All Start / All Stop Pedal
        • Separate Start and Stop Pedals
        • Three Separate Tracks

        Cons

        • Some Poorly Designed Features

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Boss RC-300 Loop Station:

        The Boss RC-300 is a great pedal. I quite like the Boss foot switch design as it is comfortable, responsive, and quiet (no clicks). I also appreciate three separate tracks - each with their own start and stop pedals. This is very useful! Finally, the All-Start/All Stop foot switch is wonderful. The expression pedal is a wonderful bonus as well.

        On the down side, the features are complex to use, and it tends to require a lot of preparation time up front to get a phrase ready for recording (i.e. setting up effects, how you want the loops to record, stop, playback, quantize, etc.).

        Possibly the poorest designed feature on the Boss RC 300 is the "One-Shot" feature. One-shot looping could be extremely useful (for example, for use on a harmony track for a chorus). Instead, Boss has essentially designed this feature right out of use by requiring the user to record the loop in "Loop" mode, and then switch to "One Shot" mode after having recorded the loop. Obviously, that takes this feature right out of consideration because one cannot be stopping in the middle of a song to bend down and fiddle with knobs and buttons. I have absolutely no idea what Boss was thinking when they proposed such a wonderful feature, but then added such a strange caveat to its use. There is no reason why one should not be able to record a loop in one shot mode, and then enjoy the one-shot convenience (not having to manually stop the loop) on playback. As it is, the performer has to ignore the One-Shot feature altogether, and start and stop his loops manually while performing (which is quite demanding if one is singing and playing an instrument at the same time).

        (1 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        initial review

        By Gage

        from Tracy, Ca.

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Boss RC-300 Loop Station:

        Key limitations for live performance were not easily disclosed or discovered.

         
        5.0

        Great loop pedal

        By Xav

        from Houston, TX

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        Pros

        • 3 tracks
        • Compact Design
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about Boss RC-300 Loop Station:

          This loop pedal is for my 16 year old son.
          He figured it out at first use.
          He loves it to play Ed Sheeran's songs.

           
          4.0

          Pretty Awesome Machine!

          By JC

          from WV

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Performances

            Comments about Boss RC-300 Loop Station:

            This is by far the most useful looper I've ever owned. It's big, but it's very sturdy and it's pretty easy to get the basics down. I'm glad I bought and I have been gigging with it a lot so I haven't felt any buyer's remorse yet. You can also pretty much customize this thing to make it do exactly what you want it to do.

            I would've given this 4 1/2 stars if that were an option. I hesitated to give it 5 just because it was so expensive and also because the GUITAR>BASS function is complete and total garbage. I was really hoping to use this to add basslines to my loops but it just ain't gonna happen.

            Those are the only cons I have ran into so far. This is much smoother and easier to use than the RC20XL and The older boss single pedal I used to have ( i cant remember the model right off)

            It's an excellent tool for writing and jamming at home. It's got lots of drumbeats and what not to jam to. Most are too cheesy to use live but they are fun at home. There's still lots to learn for me but I love it so far.

            Gator makes a bag that MF carries thats about thirty large that this thing fits in nicely. I bought it after a guy on youtube recommended for this pedal and he was right. You will definitely wants something to carry this thing in. It's big, heavy and expensive.

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            amazing machine!

            By pickin fool

            from montana

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

              Comments about Boss RC-300 Loop Station:

              this thing is so amazing.. tons of storage space, easy to use once you get going. tons of options, good effects, my first try I looped 2 banjo parts with bass, guitar, mandolin and accordion. add a little delay and poof, you is a one man band! they sync up perfectly. if you are a multi instrument person, this is the machine for you! "superfantastic" as they say on you tube! lots of tutorial vids on you tube. I was a little put off by the price till I got it. I like it so much, I got 2 and linked them together its worth every penny! if you`ve been on the fence on this one, climb down and buy it. M.F. gave me a great deal.

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