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RC-3: Loop Station

Three Hours of Stereo Recording in a Stompbox

The RC-3 is powerfully equipped yet conveniently housed in a compact pedal. Enjoy up to three hours of stereo recording time, storage for 99 loops, a real drums rhythm guide, and USB 2.0 compatibility all in a small BOSS stompbox.

Compact and powerful stereo stompbox 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

Great little versatile pedal0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreNanaimo, British Columbia
i use it at home to practice my chops before a rehearsal and to enhance live shows Easy to create layers and with the drum feature is a real added bonus. I have used it live to add backing instruments to the band if we need it. Easy to understand & control and has very good quantizing. The only thing I did not like is double tap feature to stop the loop. I would suggest pairing it with the Boss FS-6 switch. It makes live looping and other controls a heck of a lot easier. Best of all you can store 99 loops up to a max of 3 full hours in wav format. You can upload music or instrument parts to the pedal via your USB connector. If you are a single artist this means you can store all your backing tracks and do a whole night of multiple sets. it really is a versatile pedal with true value.
Posted by Bill Smith on Nov 10, 2017
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Great practice tool0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StorePeterborough, Ontario
The Boss RC-3 is very well-built and has an excellent set of features, particularly the built-in quantization and rhythm guide. While the three hour memory and 99 space storage is nice, they are a bit overboard for a compact looper pedal. Also, you'd be well served to get a momentary pedal to go with it if you plan on using it live - it greatly simplifies the tap dancing.
Posted by anonymous on Aug 19, 2017
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boss rc1 looper1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreEdmonton North, Alberta
Wow this puppy is great fun to play with has improved my playing and understanding of how music can work in so many different ways from a single cord to complicated strings, I am a self taught player and to echo previous comments yes this would have helped at day one If your just starting I highly recommend this especially if you have no one to jam with
Posted by Marty on Nov 18, 2016
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BOSS RC-3 Loop Pedal Review7 of 8 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreWinnipeg, Manitoba
I Bought this for $229, pretty expensive honestly, but i had a $200 gift card, dono if i would have spent that much on it without the gift card, mainly cuz i dont record or perform in live gigs, i just use it for home use. but overall i love it, it has alot of options, such as metronome, overdubbing, pedal-to-pc and pc-to-pedal sharing, deleting overdub recording while playing if u made a mistake, very simple to use (takes a couple days to get really used to it), extremely durable, very big storage (3 hrs), metronome speed control, etc... Problems: if you dont use a pedal for distortion, andd instead u just use the distortion or crunch on ur amp, then this wont work for u, as the signal comes through it to the amp, so any clean recording/loop on ur pedal will be distorted when u switch to distortion or crunch. SO U CAN'T MIX CLEAN AND DISTORTION UNLESS U HAVE A DISTORTION PEDAL.
Posted by anonymous on Mar 3, 2015
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Fantastic Learning Tool23 of 27 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreWinnipeg, Manitoba
I tried teaching myself how to play guitar for six years through a combination of YouTube guitar lessons, boring theory books, and (worst of all, in my opinion) guitar tabs. I felt like I got to a point in my playing where I could follow along with the rhythm section of my favourite songs and make a decent enough attempt of guitar solos provided I had a tab to read, but I had no confidence in my ability to create my own music whenever I tried playing without a tab. Obviously a better route would have been private lesson - and I know the frustrations that I experienced as a beginning guitar player are not unique - however I never felt like dedicating the time and money on lessons and I was quite simply content to plod along at my own pace in my own home. When my interest in the guitar really began to explode I subsequently became exposed to more and more gear. I happened to watch a few pedal demos on YouTube where the guitar player was creating subtle backing tracks on the fly and playing lead guitar with added effects over top of the rhythm. In short, he was making music - something I felt unable to do. He mentioned the loop pedal he was using (Boss RC-3) and how invaluable it is as a practice tool, so after watching a few more demos of it I decided to buy one. I've had the loop station now for just over a year and my playing has improved immensely. In fact I can't believe it. I don't want to say that I regret not having bought this pedal years ago because I've enjoyed the journey, but I certainly believe that my playing would be even better had I used this pedal from day one. Initially I had no idea what to do with the pedal so I played two chords at a slow tempo and looped them. Then I just sat there and listened. I thought, 'Wow, cool.' That was the first time that I heard a recording of my own guitar playing that wasn't captured on a phone, and I think that was also the first time that I really thought about exactly what it was that I was listening to. And I still have that first recording. Loop #1. Perhaps the pieces of the puzzle were just waiting to fall into place, perhaps not; either way, the Boss RC-3 helped me to develop my ear and it forced me to think about the music. The simplest chord progression would sometimes become the greatest backing track to rip a thick, saturated lead over, and I quickly learned the effectiveness of when NOT to play. I would be instantly aware when I was out of key or off time, and I learned from my mistakes. Now a year later I no longer have the need for guitar tabs. I actually hate them. It is such a joy to be able to instantly record and loop a chord progression and play along in whatever way suits my mood. I play a Washburn X-30 primarily coil-split in the neck position to emulate a Strat as best I can into a Fender Superchamp XD (15 watts). I don't have the best set up (no effects loop in the amp, for one) so initially the sound quality of the recorded loops seemed a bit thin. I don't have any overdrive or boost pedals because the Superchamp has digital "voices" that emulate high-gain amplifiers well enough, but because the amp doesn't have an effects loop whenever I change the amp's "voice" to play a lead tone over a backing track I've made, the backing track is played through the amp in the exact same tone, which doesn't create the most interesting sound to say the least. This shortcoming is entirely due to my set up, but I felt that it was worth mentioning because it is largely owing to the Boss RC-3 that my ear is now greater attuned to the tone that I like. I rented a 2014 American Standard Strat (it was brand new! The box it was shipped in was opened before my very eyes) and a Traynor YCV40 from Long & McQuade and boy, what a difference! The Boss RC-3 is definitely only as good as the guitar and amp that you're using. I'm really looking forward to upgrading my equipment and discovering the full potential of the pedal. I didn't expect to write such a long "review." I still get excited about this pedal. If you're stuck in a rut or you're just starting out, I would highly recommend this pedal (or any looping pedal). Get away from the tabs and start creating your own music. You'll be smiling in no time!
Posted by Alex McMillan on Jan 6, 2015
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Why you SHOULD ABSOLUTELY buy the RC-3!!!7 of 7 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreToronto - Bloor Street, Ontario
Usually when people get their first pedal, they’ll get a Crybaby Wah but for me my first thought it was the RC 3 loop station. I got it because my father was very busy and so we couldn’t play guitar together and so, in order to have someone to play with, I bought the loop station for a accompaniment. Some people think wow it’s really expensive, so I’m going to get something else and save money, but it couldn’t be farther from the truth. By investing in a good pedal, you won’t have to buy the pedal you were looking for in the first place later; spending more money then if you just originally bought the one you wanted in the first place. The boss RC three loop station was the first pedal I got and remains the longest standing pedal that I own and my pedal board. Other pedals I've sold off and I've bought different pedals, but throughout all these purchases the loop station has been a cornerstone in my guitar rig. Having quality sound and buffering technologies, it taught me how to properly incorporate lead, rhythm and baselines, taught me how to improvise, and with its included drummer/metronome, taught me how to stay in time. If you are looking for the BEST Looper on the market, look no further, it’s an investment you won’t regret, and if you don’t believe me, go in to your local Long and McQuade today, and try one out!
Posted by Oliver Lovekin on Dec 30, 2014
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Rc-3 loop station3 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreSaint John, New Brunswick
I have bought many guitar pedals and accessories, and was a little hesitant to get another, as I tend to forget about them or barely use them. If I'm not playing with someone I almost always have this pedal hooked up. It is amazing to play lead over any chord progression and get some practice in.Not to mention i have never erased a track yet! Huge amount of memory.
Posted by anonymous on Dec 8, 2014
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boss rc 3 looper1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreOttawa, Ontario
Picked up this looper to add backing tracks while I play lead. Works great but be sure to put it in your effects loop. The order is also important so experiment with what sounds best.
Posted by Tim on Sep 27, 2013
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A Step Backwards1 of 4 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreAbbotsford, British Columbia
My first looper was the RC-2. Great peddle. Wanting to upgrade I went right out and got the RC-3. After an hour took it right back. The reproduced sound quality was wanting and there is a DELAY when switching loops.(I have the FS-6). Got the JamMan Stereo, and I'm never looking back.
Posted by Jymbopalyse on Apr 16, 2013
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Closest StoreMississauga, Ontario
For so many features in such a compact pedal, Boss certainly hit a home run on this one! All this along with the multiple memories, up to 3 hour looping capability and ease of use in live situations, there is nothing else on the market that I have seen that is even remotely comparable, especially for the money.
Posted by Ron on Feb 3, 2013
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Three hours of recording time...1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreToronto - Bloor Street, Ontario
Can export directly to a PC via USB. Great for sketching out ideas, looping works like a charm, has some basic drum loops (not a great selection but not what you get this for anyway). Worth every penny. Can't speak to its use in live performance but for noodling at home its been a dream.
Posted by John on Nov 20, 2012
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BOSS RC-3 Loop Station [Product Demonstration]
Description: Dan Doiron from Roland Canada demonstrates the BOSS RC-3 Loop Station.
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