Boss RC-3 Loop Station (review)
RC-3 Loop Station
Just got this pedal the other day–I highly recommend it! I’ve been using the RC-2 for a few years now and this one is the same, except it has more recording time (3hrs vs 1hr) and 99 banks to save in (vs 11 in the RC-2). You can even save one loop and then record on top of it, then save it in another bank, which is great for expanding on your best core ideas without changing the original loops. I’m going to keep the bottom few banks for scratch and another 10 or so for my “core” loops.
One downside on the RC-3 (unlike the RC-2) is that the record feature is defaulted to stay on once you click the out-point, so be careful when getting your first loop down–anything ringing over will end up on your ground layer. I’m comfortable laying down a solid ground-floor loop so I don’t have a lot of trouble with this, but newcomers might find it hard to stomp the out-point and stop playing their axe at the same time. Personally I enjoy using the “auto” mode to punch-in, which starts recording from the moment it hears the first note; this way I only have to click the out-point and I have my loop. The drums aren’t the best (RC-2 was better) so if you’re the type of guy who needs a good rhythm section you may want to try out other pedals–I enjoy the expanded recording features far too much to care about this though.
Here’s an old video of my RC-2 review. The recording quality is the same on the RC-3 and you can get a feel for the potential of this awesome pedal. And no, I am not high, haha…
Here’s a link to the full specs on the BOSS website.
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