Boss RC-2 Loop Station
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Boss RC-2 Loop Station : moosers's user review
The Boss RC-2 Loop Station is a compact looping pedal that can be used with any electric instrument. I've only used it with electric guitar, so this review will be focused upon this application. The pedal is pretty standard in it's characteristics for a Boss pedal, as it has 1/4" connections for input and output, as well as one for hooking up an expression pedal to control stopping and tempo. This isn't rack mountable - it is a stomp box.
It did take me a little while to get used to using the Boss RC-2 Loop Station. I found it a bit strange to be using an in depth looper pedal that only has one button, as I'm used to other models that have a few different buttons to play with. After playing with it for a short while though I was able to get used to it without a real problem. There are definitely a good amount of parameters to play with, including those for mode, selecting your phrase (up to 11), and for controlling the levels of your original recording and your current phrase. The manual is pretty in depth and very helpful for learning how to use the pedal as a whole.
The Boss RC-2 Loop Station doesn't have any sounds of its own, but most importantly it records you clear and plays back without losing any sound quality. I've used the pedal with a Fender Jazzmaster and '76 Fender Twin Reverb, and it was a lot of fun to play with for looping and recording over myself. I'm a big fan of pedals like this, as I love to harmonize over myself and come up with new ideas...
As far as looping pedals go, the Boss RC-2 Loop Station is the cheapest and most compact one on the market. I don't like it as much as the RC-20, but as far as price goes, the RC-2 has it beat by a long shot. If you're just looking for a looping that you can use to mess around with at home, I'd recommend this one to save the money, but if you're going to be using it outside of your home, I'd definitely recommend spending a bit more money and getting the RC-20 or RC-20XL, as they are easier to use and have a lot more to work with...