Boss RC-3

Pedal Effect

  • Loop station
  • Big internal storage for up to 3 hours stereo recording
  • 99 Internal storage slots for loops
  • USB 2.0 connector for connection with PC and import/ export of WAV audio
  • 16 Bit/ 44.1 kHz
  • Rhythm track with samples of real drums
  • Dimensions (W x T x D): 73 x 129 x 59 mm
  • Power supply via 9 V battery (included) or 9 V DC power adaptor (Coaxial power connector - minus on the inside, not included - e.g. Art. 409939)
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  • Simple Loop
  • Loop Pattern 1
  • Loop Pattern 2
  • Loop Pattern 3
  • Rhythms

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Great for practice, good for live backing tracks!

19.01.2017
I wasn't sure how this pedal was going to suite my needs because using it for practice and using it live, demand different aspects and functions. So actually this product ends up having two separate ratings for me.

First, in a practice situation it performs very well. It's very easy to record a rhythm track to compose melodies or solo over, especially when you use the count in function which gives you a measure of the drum beat before starting to record. I use an octaver to record a bass line then the rhythm guitar track and I'm ready to go. To take it a step further you can load a full composition onto the pedal, minus the parts you want to play yourself. Achieving the right loudness takes a couple of tries but once you get it, you can save it as a one shot meaning it will play once in it's entirety and stop, instead of like loop. Very useful.
So, I give this pedal five stars as a practice tool!

Now onto a live situation. If you use it to play uploaded backing tracks for a small gig that doesn't require a lot of volume it will sound decent if your mix was done well.
If you use the pedal's drumbeats live, your music will sound way too repetitious and artificial due to the simplicity and the sound quality of the beats. Furthermore, if you like to improvise or switch around the order of the parts of a piece or create a piece in a live situation, this pedal is too limited and does not possess the option of recording various independent tracks over the same beat that you can switch between. So that's why I would give it four stars for live use.

Of course this doesn't stop it from being a great practice tool and jamming companion that won't give you attitude or empty your fridge every time he comes over.

But seriously, your guitar playing and creativity will definitely improve with this looper. That alone makes it worthwhile.
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Stratcat, 25.07.2017
This is a great looper.
Some nice features without being too complicated. Clean bypass. Instant connection to windows 10.
Options on how to change the way you tap to stop/record (see the documentation).

Very important is where you put it in your "chain".
Done correctly, you will get a clean bypass.
Done incorrectly, you will not.

For example, my chain is;
1.Guitar into audio interface,
2, audio interface's left and right outputs sent to stereo inputs on Boss RC-3 (as shown is Boss RC-3 manual)
3. Boss RC-3 stereo outputs sent to PC audio line-in via an 2x 1/4 inch mono to 1/8 inch 3.5mm stereo Audio Splitter Cable.

Now, that might all seem more complicated than; Guitar - Boss RC-3 - Guitar amp but if you are using this with an audio interface and get the chain order wrong, your looper pedal will not operate correctly. You will easily know when the chain order is wrong because you will not have clean bypass. There will be a lot of "hissing" going on.

Important, because I see many people complain about noise problems, not realising they have their set-up chained incorrectly. Hope this helps.

The pedal itself, is another Boss masterpiece.
Highly recommended.
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