What are the Top Ten Boss Loop Stations?
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As a musician, I often need to come up with harmonies, even when I don’t have another musician to practice with. When I found out about loop station pedals, I was blown away by how useful they were.
I’ve spent a long time researching the best brands, and I’ve found that the boss loop station models are all great quality.
Pedal # 1: Boss RC-300 Loop Station
The Boss Loop Station RC-300 has three tracks that you can customize and control independently from one another. This pedal also comes with eight footswitches to control standard functions like “Record” and “Stop”.
You’ll also be able to play with different effects, including tremolo, distortion, chorus, pitch-bend, flanger, lo-fi, and phaser effects.
This pedal will provide you with up to three hours of memory. Keep in mind that this is a very large pedal, so if you were looking for something small and light, this might not be the right model for you.
Pedal # 2: Boss RC-1 Loop Station
If you want something more simple to use than the RC-300, the Boss Loop Station RC-1 is a great option. With the RC-1, you’ll have one dial that controls the volume, and one footswitch that controls the loop.
This model comes with a Redo button, which is something I’ve always found to be invaluable when I’m stacking harmonies.
Keep in mind that when you purchase this pedal, you won’t have all the effects that come with the RC-300. You also won’t be able to store as much information as the Boss RC-300, so be prepared for only 12 minutes of recording time.
If memory is something that’s important to you, you’ll probably need to invest in a more expensive, larger stompbox.
Pedal # 3: Boss RC-30 Phrase Looper Pedal
The Boss Looper RC 30 falls between the RC-300 and RC-1 for its complexity. Even though this pedal is smaller in size, the RC-30 matches the RC-300 in terms of memory with 3 hours of recording time.
You’ll also have an Undo control with this pedal and some great effects you can use to enhance your sound. You can experiment with pitch-shifting effects using the Bend Down feature, and delay effects using the Tempo Delay setting.
You can also experiment with a Step Phaser, Sweep Filter, and Lo-Fi effect on this pedal.
Pedal # 4: Boss RC-505 Loop Station
The Boss Loop Station RC-505 is a great device for voice recordings. You’ll notice that loop stations ideal for guitarists have a lot of footswitches. This loop station is much less hands-free than other loopers as it doesn’t have a footswitch.
For this reason, I’d recommend this model mostly to vocalists and beatboxers. Keyboard players may also be able to prop the device up in front of them beside their instrument easily.
With this model, you’ll have the ability to experiment with five tracks simultaneously. This is another reason this loop station will work well vocalists since vocal music often incorporates a lot of texture. In terms of effects, you’ll have some neat features like “Vocoder”, “Robot”, and “Vocal Distortion” sounds.
Pedal # 5: Boss RC-3 Loop Station Pedal
Like the RC-300, the Boss Looper RC-3 has three hours of recording time, but is much smaller and will fit more easily on a pedalboard.
You’ll also have 99 memory slots, but only 10 drum tracks. If you depend on this percussive accompaniment and want a lot of rhythms, you might want to consider another loop station.
The Auto Recording feature on this pedal will start recording as soon as you begin playing on your guitar, and the more manual Count-In mode will give you one bar to count yourself in before it starts recording.
Pedal # 6: Boss Roland Loop Station Twin Pedal - RC20XL
The Boss Loop Station RC-20XL pedal is also an excellent choice, especially for musicians who are on a bit of a budget but want a large device. You’ll have two pedals on this device: your left footswitch (which will be used for recording, playback, and overdubbing) and your right pedal will be used as a stop control.
This pedal is great because of it’s undo setting, which will allow you to undo the most recent overdub by holding the record button. This pedal has five knobs: Level, Guide, Mic, and Inst.
Your Guide knob is a metronome, which is a great feature for musicians who want a little extra “guidance” with keeping their rhythms steady.
Pedal # 7: Boss RC-2 Loop Station
This is the pedal the RC-3 was inspired by, so you’ll see a lot of similarities in the appearance as well as the features. To use this pedal, you’ll tap your tempo using the push button and then press the pedal to begin the recording process.
Since this is the predecessor of the RC-3, it has a slightly lower sound quality. This pedal has three knobs: a Level knob, a Phrase Select knob, and a Mode knob that will allow you to record or delete a loop.
Pedal # 8: Boss RC-202 Loop Station
The Boss RC-202 has a lot in common with the RC-505. This pedal has two different stereo tracks and is therefore much more simple than the 505 model. Like the RC-505, this loop station is really designed for vocalists or beatboxers rather than guitarists.
You’ll have a maximum of 2GB of storage space which is three hours of recording time. Overall, this is a great pedal for musicians who want to create vocal loops, but are looking for something more simple than the RC-505.
Pedal # 9: Boss RC-50
If you’re looking to get your hands on a really powerful loop station, the Boss RC-50 might be a great choice for you. You can record three loops with this pedal and then store them into one of the 99 slots.
This loop station will allow you to record 24 minutes of stereo time, and 49 minutes of mono-only recording. With two playback settings (multi and single), you’ll be able to fine tune your loops.
This pedal will also give you the opportunity to experiment with some obscure sound effects, as it has a reverse phrase setting. This will play your audio back to you in reverse order, which can sound really abstract.
Pedal # 10: Boss RC-20
This loop station is similar to the RC-20XL, but has fewer features and is, therefore, a good choice for musicians who are on a budget and want something more simple. This is an older model, so you won’t have as much loop time, with only five minutes of storage on the device.
You also won’t have reverse settings like on the RC-20XL. I’d recommend the 20XL to performers, because it will give you the ability to undo your last overdub by holding the record button if you make a mistake on stage.
This pedal might not have all of the same functions as the RC-20XL, but it will still produce a high quality sound.
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Hopefully you enjoyed this list of Boss Loop Stations! Looper pedals are great for all styles of music, but with so many on the market, it can be difficult to determine which models are best. If you want to read about other types of pedals, check out this article. Leave a comment if you have any questions and don’t forget to share this article!