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The Boss RC-3 Loop Station Pedal is a one track, amazingly powerful and fully equipped compact looping pedal. With up to three hours of onboard recording time, storage for a huge 99 loops, a "real drums" rhythm guide, and USB 2.0 compatibility all in a small Boss stomp box!
What more could you ask for in a pedal with this small demeanor!
Boss Tone Central
- Compact and powerful stereo stomp box looper
- Massive internal memory with up to three hours of stereo recording time
- 99 onboard memories for storing loops
- USB 2.0 port allows you to connect to a PC and import/export WAV audio
- Rhythm guide with real drums
- Runs on a single 9-volt battery or optional AC power supply
Getting great sound is made simple with Boss Tone Central, offering stacks of content and artist presets to expand your palette. Whether you need fresh ideas or fancy nailing a favourite tone check out their immense library.
The RC-3 provides three hours of stereo recording capacity direct to internal memory. Now you can record long phrases without worrying about memory. 99 memory locations let you save as many phrases or ideas as you can create. Guitarists who want to incorporate external stereo effects devices will appreciate the true stereo I/O on the RC-3.
The Auto Recording feature starts recording the moment you begin playing your guitar, or as soon as you start a connected audio player. Count-In mode gives you one-bar of rhythm before recording starts. You can Undo/Redo as you go. The sky's the limit with three hours of recording time!
To keep your loops tight and in time, you can play along with one of the basic rhythm patterns in the RC-3's on-board library as you record. Ten types of rhythm types are provided, including Rock, Pop, Funk, Shuffle, R&B, and Latin. A dedicated knob lets you adjust the volume of the rhythm, and you can set the tempo incrementally or via tap tempo. You can also specify the time signature. When you save a phrase, the rhythm type and time signature will also be saved.
You can connect the RC-3 to your computer via a standard USB cable, and back up your RC-3 recordings to your computer for safekeeping. You can also load WAV files from your computer directly into the RC-3. The RC-3 accepts 16-bit/44.1kHz WAV files of up to 1.7GB in size.
In addition to recording your guitar or bass performances and turning them into playable loops, you can also record other external stereo audio sources via the RC-3's AUX IN. Sound from a digital-audio player connected to the AUX input, for example, can easily be recorded and made into a loop.
Now you can extend your enjoyment with the Boss Pedal Sketch App which allows players to review sounds and customise pedal settings.
|Nominal Input Level
||INPUT: -20 dBu
AUX IN: -10 dBu
||INPUT: 1 M ohm
AUX IN: 22 k ohms
|Nominal Output Level
||1 k ohm
|Recommended Load Impedance
||10 k ohms or greater
|Maximum Recording Time:
||Approximately 3 hours
|Maximum Phrase Memory:
|Number of tracks:
||WAV (44.1 kHz, 16-bit linear, stereo)
||Hi-Speed USB mass storage device class
LOOP OUTPUT knob
RHYTHM OUTPUT knob
RHYTHM ON/OFF button
TAP TEMPO button
REC, PLAY (DUB) indicator
7 segments, 2 characters (LED)
||INPUT A Jack: 1/4" phone type
INPUT B Jack: 1/4" phone type
AUX IN Jack: Stereo miniature phone type
OUTPUT A Jack: 1/4" phone type
OUTPUT B Jack: 1/4" phone type
STOP/MEMORY SHIFT Jack: 1/4" TRS phone type
DC IN Jack (DC 9 V)
||DC 9 V: Alkaline battery (9 V, 6LR61)
AC Adaptor (PSA series: sold separately)
* Rechargeable Ni-MH batteries cannot be used.
||70 mA (DC 9 V)
|Expected battery life under continuous use
|Alkaline battery (9 V, 6LR61): Approx. 3 hours
These figures will vary depending on the actual conditions of use.
Leaflet ("USING THE UNIT SAFELY," "IMPORTANT NOTES," and "Information")
Alkaline battery (9 V, 6LR61): already installed in unit
|Options (sold separately)
||AC Adaptor (PSA series)
Footswitch (FS-5U, FS-6)
Size and Weight
||450 g1 lbs.