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Boss RC-500 Loop Station

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Boss RC-500 Loop Station
259 €
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MIDI In is Useless
artemusprime 30.09.2021
I truly do not understand the point of this looper having a MIDI In port. It's meant to keep up with external gear and synchronise with the 'clock in' signal from other sources. In my case it's the MPC Live MK2, which works fine with any other piece of gear I own. The Boss RC 500 does not play along as a slave device, mangles the loop I've just made, making it sound unusable. Boss's advice is to disable Tempo Sync feature, which defeats the purpose of having a MIDI In, Clock Sync port. The unit cannot adjust to slight clock variations and therefore time-stretches the recorded loop, making it sound like it's skipping frames, all jumbled up. Also, if Tempo Sync is disabled, the recorded loop plays at random intervals, when the unit feels like it. I can't make any sense of it.
The unit does work as a Master Clock, however, so not all is lost.
I've tried using different devices as a master clock to sync with RC 500 as a slave but it doesn't work smoothly.
I think what Boss needs to do in a software update is to make it ignore the slight BPM changes of an incoming clock, or at least average across time, and disable the time-stretching algorithm, or at least make it an option to disable time-stretching without disabling the Tempo Sync.
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GREAT
Kikodasneves 25.02.2021
Pros:
1. Fully customizable: inputs, outputs, footswitch functions, external footswitch or midi, recording options, etc. It will CERTAINLY adapt to your own workflow (you just have to spend some time with it and set it up right).
2. 2 tracks.

Cons:
1. Not that big of a deal but the drum patterns could be a bit more sophisticated and let you import your own pattern, which it doesn't. the 3/4, 5/4 and 7/4 patterns are VERY unconvincing though, they just feel like a chopped up 4/4.
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One of the best pieces of equipment I have bought...
Davor_Zerjav 08.03.2021
... ever. The pedal is so versatile and applicable in practice and musical performance. It is made very high quality and robust. It can be programmed in a million different ways and customized to each user.
The disadvantage is the volume sliders that need to be set significantly below the middle position for normal playback volume.
I hope Boss will work on that in firmware updates. Also, the mic preamp is weak, so if you use dynamic mic you will need set up mic gain very high, or your guitar/keyboard input quite low.
General presets should be applicable to all memories, it would be easier to program the device.
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The best so far from Boss.
HalfManHalfGear 26.04.2021
I've had almost all of the other Boss loopers over the years and this is the best so far. Takes time to get to grips with it and I'm still evaluating getting an additional midi controller to get instant access to all its features but for now I'm good. Better sound quality than anything I've had previously too. Was contemplating the RC-10r for a while but in the end I'm glad I held out for this one.
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Absolutely fantastic loop station.
GesW 12.05.2021
Very solid build, full of features, great sound. Overall fantastic product.
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Very nice practice and performance tool
jchenriques1973 11.02.2021
Would be great if I could add drum fills to the patterns using a foot switch
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Boss RC-500 Loop Station