RC-2 Loop Station review by Boss

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Ease of Use: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 8.8 (62 votes)
Boss: RC-2 Loop Station
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Purchased from: Musician's Friend

Sound — 10
Sounds reproduction is excellent, but be careful of the usual niggles related to high gain. What you put in you get out, so any buzzing will be looped as well. Use your judgement. Keep in mind that you can vary the output of the loop. You may also want to try varying the volume on your guitar if you're creating a multi layered effect by overdubbing. This will stop the sound from becoming too dense.

Overall Impression — 10
This pedal has now been discontinued, but if you can snap one up, then do. At the time of writing you can expect to Pick up a used one for around 75 and it's a lot of functionality in a small pedal for a very reasonable sum. In my opinion, this pedal is more than road worthycan be used for live performances. You will need to work on your timing, but once you've got that right, you will create some great music.

Reliability & Durability — 10
Usual high standard expected from Boss pedals. I have never had trouble with any one Boss pedal I have owned, no matter how old. I will reiterate that there is a lot of functionality here - it's not just a "stomp and go" pedal, but within a few sessions and some reference to the manual, you will get it.

Ease of Use — 10
Bear in mind that this is a pedal with a lot of functionality packed into a little box. You may need to persevere for a few days while you get your head round it, but the time is worth investing. The manual is important, but I would certainly supplement it with some of the YouTube demos out there. You will benefits from seeing it in action via other users. Before you start creating loops, the key choice is this: 1 - Will you use the drum beat, or will your mute it? 2 - Will you play in time with the drum beat, or will you have the pedal snyc the beat with your playing? Once you get the hang of it, it becomes second nature and a whole heap of fun.

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    bluediamond
    You have to plug this pedal into the SEND RETURN. DO NOT PLUG INTO THE INPUT FOR GOD'S SAKE, Because your loop will get affected by your amp.
    xaviersandiego
    Disturbed_EMG wrote: So, by "Save patterns" do you mean, you can record a riff, say for the rhythm part of a solo (for performing live without a second guitarist) and play it back whenever needed? Or does it's memory wipe everytime you turn it off. I've been saving for a loop station and I'm seriously thinking about buying one of these. But the whole point of me wanting one of these is to hat I don't need to worry about looking for a second guitarist... For a while anyway. So, basically, what I wanna know is, does it save any loops you do, (eg the backing of a solo) so that you may play it back whenever you want, even after you've turned it off?
    --this is the same question i'm wanting to ask..anyone?
    jambandhead
    So I wasnt really liking the whole double click to stop the loop and then the 2 sec hold down to delete the loop ..its not really perfect in a live setting IMO for what i want to do.. maybe im just not finding the instrucs to do it.. so I decided to hook up my add on gnx4 pedal and wow it makes the rc-2 perfect for use in a live setting .. so in a live setting now i click the rc-2 to rec my loop while playing then click it to play the loop like normal and do my leads but then to stop it i click the gnx pedal one time and it dead stops the loop and also deletes it on its own and im ready to go again as many times as i want.. makes it a breeze now .. maybe the boss add on pedal does the same thing but i had this one handy and it deletes the loop too .... now im really liking it