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RC-2 Loop Station, Looper from Boss in the RC series.


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Boss RC-2 Loop Station tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Boss
  • Model:RC-2 Loop Station
  • Series:RC
  • Category:Loopers
  • Added in our database on: 04/27/2008

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Boss RC-2 Loop Station user reviews

Average Score:4.0( 4/5 based on 41 reviews )
 15 reviews37 %
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 1 user review2 %
 2 reviews5 %
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MGR/Shaun 12/30/2003

MGR/Shaun 's review"Boss Loop Station"

Boss RC-2 Loop Station
I bought this at a clearance sale for Alans Music in Adelaide, Australia for only $600 - thats about 33% off. It is pricey after this discount but I would be skeptical over paying more for it.

There is not a lot to offer other than the great 5.30 minutes of instantaneous repeat time. This is crazy. Its easy to use and will broaden any song ideas if you know how to use it properly. It has a microphone and guitar input.
Soon I will be using it with another amplifier so that I can send a loop to one amp while playing lead through the second. This can be done on the one amp but the signals tend to clash and you get a mess.
You can even plug ear-phones into this thing. A bonus feature is the 'reverse' button. It also has a tap timer and you can speed the tempo of your recorded tracks (11 slots available) without it getting warped.
Its digital so there is no mucking around with tape. The greatest potential for this thing lies in the ability to plug a CD player into it - or your own samples made on the computer. Ive made sound effects that I can trigger easily. You have to pay a bit of money for a synth to hold this potential.
Finally, you can layer track after track on this machine and if you follow a sensible, disciplined approach you can create lavish soundscapes that digital delays alone can not dream of. - Use this with a digital delay.

Its potential is limited. BOSS could have made this far more interesting with an extra send/recieve loop for more options. The tap tempo should work on a dial instead of holding down a button. Im not sure if you can play over a running CD too. Rather the CD passage must be recorded onto one of the tracks.

Needless to say, Boss has a fine reputation for its quality of construction. There seems to be no exception here on the surface. But I certainly wouldnt try dropping this thing knowing its nature. It has a 1.5 gigabyte chip in it. Dont drop it. In fact, I'll be making its own little case to cushion the bumps.

It is so great because 5.30 minutes of repreat time is more than anyone could ask for. It is expensive for its limited functions and yet it seems to be the cheapest unit on the market for what it does. It serves well as a note pad to get down those ideas but go buy a proper digital recorder if this is all you intend to use it for. Personally, for me and my soundscapes, this is essential. You have to know how you are going to use it before you buy it because - that guy gave it such a good review.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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denied04/28/2011

denied's review"Pretty good for what it is"

Boss RC-2 Loop Station
- 16 minutes of storage

- 11 storable loop tracks

- Sample drum tracks

- Auxiliary input

- Overdubbing

- External control pedal input

- Tap tempo
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UTILIZATION

Lets face it, this isn't the easiest pedal to operate. You need to set up the track number, set it in record mode, overdub, set drum tracks (by scrolling through all of them...), save, set guitar and drum volume..etc.

But it does take something as complicated as looping and present it in a compact footprint.

The fact that one needs to double stomp to stop the loop, or bend down to scroll through loops can get really annoying, but that is the price you pay for such a small enclosure.

The manual is very lengthy, but I highly recommend that you take the time to read it. It does a good job of breaking down the less intuitive features.

SOUND QUALITY

I highly recommend running this in the loop if you have one. That way, the pedal will store the actual sound of your preamp, and not just continue to loop the dry signal through the input. You'll get less of a cluttered sound, and also be able to switch channels without affecting the looped track. Just make sure to back off the volume a tad.

While the pedal does adjust the loop for minimal tempo changes, it isn't perfect no matter how tight of a job you do stomping it in. I found that with a solid drummer, the pedal will drift after a few loops.

OVERALL OPINION

It really comes down to what you want to use it for. In a live setting, it is going to get off time, is difficult to control in a hands free manner, and probably isn't what you want to be using. For the bedroom guitarist who just wants to work on improv and listen back to leads, its a very useful tool. I use it pretty frequently while teaching so that I can play WITH a student over a backing track.

Prices on these seem to be dropping, they aren't a bad deal at all. I'd also take a look at the digitech jamman line.
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moosers03/10/2010

moosers's review

Boss RC-2 Loop Station
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.

UTILIZATION

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.

SOUND QUALITY

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...

OVERALL OPINION

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...
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jack 8704/30/2013

jack 87's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" technical manual"

Boss RC-2 Loop Station
Does someone has it the operating manual for this pedal? if so thank you to me with a copy.

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