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Boss RC-3 Loop Station Pedal
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The most noticeable feature is the three-hour recording memory. It’s a huge step up from the RC-2 which only allowed up to 16 minutes of recording time. This means you can record up to 3 hours of material and save it to 99 different slots. You can also upload tracks directly from your computer to the pedal by connecting the two via USB.
The RC-3 also comes with 10 preset drum beats that can come in handy when you want to create your own backing track. The 10 rhythms come in a variety of styles such as Pop, Rock, Funk, Shuffle, and Latin. Although the pedal does not allow you to set the tempo incrementally like many reviews state, it does have a “tap tempo” feature that enables you to tap out the tempo you want your track to follow. Another great feature is the separate volume knobs. One is dedicated to the volume of the rhythm, the other is for the volume of the current loop.
In conclusion, This is a great pedal for the money and extremely efficient when it comes to saving space on your pedal board. If your looking for something easy to use and compact that can add a whole new dynamic to practicing, recording, or playing live, then this is the pedal for you.
Two of the issues discussed below were fixed by Boss. The latency when switching from phrase to phrase was eliminated by a firmware update, and the labor part of the warrantee was upped from 90 days to a healthier 2 years.
With those improvements in mind I have changed my rating from three stars to four stars, although I am still not wildly excited about the RC-3. I am currently using it with a Zoom G3X, which can compensate for some of the RC-3's shortcomings. The G3X allows you to dial in a tempo, and it has 40 high quality drum beats (still not enough AFAIC). I've ended up using the RC-3 simply to record and loop what comes off the G3X and have dispensed altogether with the RC-3's inadequate rhythm features. The G3X also has a simple looper that is very convenient and useful when you want to try something out quickly without messing with the RC-3.
3-1/2 stars, really. It's almost a great product, but considering the relatively high price it's disappointing that Boss cut corners and didn't get some of the details right.
The good stuff about the RC-3 is obvious and easy to find online--it loops, has lots of memory and I/O, is easy to use, and is excellent for practicing and song writing--so I'm focusing on the less obvious bad stuff:
- Various online sources, including, until recently, the Boss and Roland websites, claim you can specify tempo incrementally. Unfortunately this is not true. There is no tempo display and it's tap tempo only, which is a pain in the neck and really ticked me off, because it was one of the few things I was careful to check on the Boss site. At the very least one should be able to fine tune the tempo in 1 BPM increments with the increase/decrease buttons, even if the tempo isn't also displayed, but you can't even do that. And no, you can't use the pedal to tap in the tempo--you have to get down on the floor and use the dinky little button.
- The drum beat and tempo reset to their defaults if you change the phrase number, even if you move to a blank phrase. Sorry, but that is plain dumb--it means you can't record several versions of the same thing, or different parts of a song, without re-setting the beat and tempo. BUT, as noted above, you can't set the tempo numerically, so it's impossible to get the same tempo.
- Built-in time signatures are 3/4 and 4/4 only. No 7/8, 5/4, etc. Boss's marketing department was inspired on how to play this--the web site says, "You can also specify the time signature." Uh, thanks, but the choices, which Boss conveniently neglects to mention, are almost as limited as the color of a Ford Model T. ("Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.") I should add that one of the 4/4 beats is a 12/8 shuffle, and that one of the 3/4 beats is a 6/8 shuffle and another is 9/8, but that doesn't excuse Boss's mendacity. It's clear they are trying to hide their product's shortcomings.
- The 10 built-in drum beats are very basic and are not adequate. There's a reason you can't listen to them on the Boss site, but as a public service I have made recordings available [links deleted by amazon. Try searching soundcloud for Boss RC-3 Drums]. There are actually 20 beats, since there are versions for 3/4 and 4/4, but with all the storage space on this thing, surely Boss could have included more. Even the previous model, the RC-2, had 30 (?) beats.
(Yes, you can go to the trouble of recording and importing your own rhythms to get any time signature and pattern, but you lose the pedal's convenience advantage. Besides, recorded rhythms are part of a loop--they can't be re-used without re-importing, the number of measures can't be changed, and the volume can't be adjusted independently of the guitar playback. Maybe there's a way to hook a drum machine up to the second input, but I can't think of how you would sync/trigger it.)
- The 5 year warranty is parts only. Labor is only 90 days. Labor rates are $40/hour. Return shipping is on you, and if you choose not to get the repair after receiving an estimate, then you are charged $25 anyway. It seems that warranty information is hidden on purpose. I could not locate it on the Boss site and even the documentation that comes with the pedal does not state the warranty period or detailed terms. It's a wonder of obfuscation: "... this product will be free from defect in materials and/or workmanship from the date of purchase until the period of time indicated for this product." Uh huh. And what "period of time" would that be and where would it be "indicated"? Well, I eventually found the actual warranty terms on rolandus.com: [URL deleted by Amazon. Try googling rolandus warranty]
- Power supply is not included by Boss, although some retailers include one.
- When you switch between phrases, there is a short lag, so you can't string together phrases to make a song in real time. See this youtube video: TlKDHsauvos
- Buttons are mushy, rubbery stuff like a tv remote. Probably saved on costs, but the durability is questionable.
One other note: I'm using the RC-3 in a Line 6 Flextone I guitar amp effects loop. That way I can overlay loops using different amp effects and amp models. Unlike the Jamman Solo, this is not a mode that is mentioned in the instructions. I think the RC-3 is designed to go before the amp. Amp effects loops are usually line level, while stomp boxes are usually instrument level, so whether it works probably depends on the effect loop's impedance (line level can mean different things and likely varies by amp) and whether the RC-3 can handle the signal coming out of the preamp. Well, nothing's fried yet.
A minor issue: When a recorded loop is transferred to a computer, a drum/tempo track is not included. You get a Stereo WAV (41.1 KHz, 16 bit) of the guitar. So, if you want to use the loop in, say, Garage Band, or import it back into the RC-3, you will have to add drums. Getting drums to sync up on the RC-3 is difficult unless the loop was recorded at the default tempo (120 bpm) or is relatively short. If not, eventually the drums go out of sync, because, as noted above, there is no way to dial in a tempo.
- Supposedly cannot be used with headphones. There is a dire warning in the instructions that the headphones could be damaged, but Boss does not elucidate how. I tried it anyway. It works, but you need a mono to stereo adapter to hear the output in both ears (or something more complicated if you are using both of the RC-3 inputs), and the output is weak. You have to turn the volume up all the way up to get a barely reasonable volume, so I don't see how the headphones would be damaged.
- Do not try using this with a power supply daisy-chained to other pedals or a headphone amp. It generates all kinds of horrible electronic noise, including a high pitched oscillation and in-tempo thunks.
Likely you already know about Boss construction etc - so I won't bore you - just know this product is perfect.
The presets from no 90 until 99 are great. I practice a lot the 98 because is a jazz one and i am learning to play some blues and jazz scales
You have to read the user manual first that is mandatory
Great for practicing and improving the guitar playing
You can export to a PC and import from PC or Iphones etc ( read first how to do it of course)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It stores 99 tracks
Easy to use
Great for practicing solos and coming up with song parts
Has drum beats (they don't sound great, but at least gives you...Read more