BOSS RC-500 Loopstation

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RC-500 Loopstation

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Advanced two-track looper with premium sound quality, Loop FX, 99 phrase memories, 57 rhythms, and MIDI control support.

Dual-Track Powerhouse
The RC-500 is an essential partner for guitarists, singer/songwriters, multi-instrumentalists, and anyone who wants to take their looping to the next level. Craft real-time compositions with two loop tracks, mic and stereo instrument inputs, rhythms, and inspiring Loop FX, all backed by premium 32-bit audio quality. Store loops in onboard memories, and explore expanded operation with external controls and MIDI. Filled with next-generation Loop Station features, the RC-500 gives serious creators the tools they need to develop new ideas and deliver impactful performances that will leave audiences wanting more.

• Advanced two-track looper with onboard mixing and deep control options
• Class-leading sound quality with 32-bit AD/DA and 32-bit floating-point processing
• Stereo looper engine with 13 hours of recording time
• LCD with multi-color backlight for viewing loop status and editing parameters
• Mono/stereo inputs for easy pedalboard integration, plus independent XLR mic input with phantom power
• Reverse function and Loop FX (repeat, scatter, shift, and vinyl flick) for dynamic and engaging loop performances
• 16 different drum kits and 57 preset rhythms with A/B variations
• Support for expanded control via external footswitches, an expression pedal, or MIDI
• Full MIDI I/O provided with space-saving mini TRS jacks (BMIDI-5-35 adaptor cable available separately)
• Onboard storage for 99 phrase memories
• Back up and load WAV loops via USB
• Runs on four AA batteries or optional AC adaptor

Super Sound Quality
Featuring best-in-class 32-bit AD/DA and 32-bit floating-point processing, the RC-500 captures your personal sound with full fidelity and keeps loops crystal clear, even with multiple overdubs. And with 13 hours of stereo recording time, there's plenty of space for extended creative journeys.

Connect, Loop, and Mix
With its versatile I/O and free-flowing interface, the RC-500 is ready to support all your musical visions. Connect mono/stereo instruments and pedal effects, plus a mic to the dedicated XLR inputcomplete with phantom power if needed. Use the two tracks independently for song-style composition, or together for rich multi-track textures. The LCD backlight changes color to clearly show the current operation mode, while hands-on track faders and a mic level knob provide direct access to volume control as you loop.

Flexible Creative Control
Three onboard footswitches make it simple to control recording and playback, track switching, and more. For expanded operation, you can connect up to two external footswitches for direct control of many assignable functions, or an expression pedal for continuous adjustments. And for advanced rigs, the space-saving TRS MIDI I/O enables remote operation from MIDI switchers and foot controllers, plus MIDI sync with drum machines and DAWs.

Personalize Your Setup
The RC-500's I/O and footswitches are configured for basic operations by default, but they can be reassigned in a variety of ways to meet your custom needs. Route left/right input sources to separate tracks, or send guitar and vocals to independent outputs. Use the footswitches to turn effects on/off, start/stop rhythms, and more. Custom assignments are saved along with phrase memories, letting you instantly reconfigure the RC-500 for any application.

Energize Performances with Rhythms and Loop FX
Loaded with inspiring rhythms and evocative loop processing, the RC-500 is primed to bring groove and color to all your looping adventures. Each of the 57 preset rhythms include A/B variations, while 16 different drum kits provide sounds to match any style. Designed for live performance, Loop FX like repeat, scatter, and more infuse your loops with instant sonic energy. There's a cool reverse function too, perfect for creating unique sonic flavors on demand.

Capture, Practice, and Perform
The RC-500's 99 phrase memories let you store loops as fast as you create them, complete with rhythm and kit selections, audio settings, and control assignments. Loop audio can be backed up to a computer via USB. And with WAV import via BOSS Tone Studio, the RC-500 becomes a central playback hub for lesson material, jam tracks, or backing music for your next gig.

In the Box
- Owner's Manual
- Using the Unit Safely Leaflet
- AA/LR6 Battery x 4
- Rubber Foot x 4


Sampling Frequency: 44.1 kHz
AD/DA Conversion: 32 bits
Processing: 32-bit floating point

Number of Tracks: 2
Data Format: WAV (44.1 kHz, 32-bit float, stereo)
Maximum Recording Time: Approx. 1.5 hours (1 track), Approx. 13 hours (total of All memories)

Rhythm Type: 57 Patterns x 2 Variations
Rhythm Kit: 16 types

Effect: LOOP FX (only for loop tracks)
Reverb (only for rhythm part)

Memory: 99

Bypass: Buffered bypass

Controls: REC/PLAY switch, STOP switch, TRACK SELECT switch, MEMORY/VALUE knob, MIC LEVEL knob, TRACK 1 slider, TRACK 2 slider, TRACK 1 EDIT button, TRACK 2 EDIT button, RHYTHM TEMPO button, RHYTHM ON/OFF button, MEMORY button, MENU button, EXIT button, ENTER button, INPUT button

Display: Graphic LCD (96 x 32 dots, RGB backlit LCD)

INST IN A/MONO, B jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
MIC IN jack: XLR type (balanced, phantom power: DC 48 V, 10 mA Max
OUTPUT A/MONO, B jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
CTL 1,2/EXP jack: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
USB port: USB micro B type
MIDI (IN, OUT) jacks: stereo miniature type
DC IN jack

Power Supply: Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4
Current Draw: 330 mA (with phantom power), 240 mA (without phantom power)
Expected battery life under continuous use: Alkaline: Approx. 3.5 hours (without phantom power)

Size and Weight:
Dimensions (W x D x H) excluding rubber foot: 170 x 138 x 60 mm / 6-3/4 x 5-7/16 x 2-3/8 inches
Weight (including batteries): 950 g / 2.1 lbs


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Incredible looper, the best I have used by far. 16 of 16 customers found this review helpful
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I am so impressed with this pedal so far. The positives: 1. Build quality - it is built like a tank, an everything feels very high quality. 2. Sound quality - Playback sounds exactly like it does from my guitar, this is excellent, and much better than the RC-3, which was my previous looper. 3. Customizability - just wow, you will be able to set this up exactly how you want it. Currently I have Sw1 for Trck1 Play/Rec/Od and Sw2 for Trck2 for the same, and Sw3 for stop. I have the tracks set to playback sequentially, and switch at the end of the loop, when triggered. This is exactly how I wanted it, finally a pedal that lets me do it easily. 4. Midi control - again, just perfect, you could use this to control a DAW if you wanted to. I have it linked up with my Elektron boxes and plan to set it up to auto record and play when I get to a certain part of the sequence. 5. Rhythm tracks - the sound quality has gone up here a lot compared to the RC-3, and you can pick separate kits for each pattern. Very useful. 6. Mic input - with phantom power! Yes! 7. Routable IO- send any input to any output, just perfect! 8. Feedback - the LED is just what you need for feedback, and is, of course, fully customizable. To the above points, with all these options, the pedal just works. It is so easy to use and setup, and is so responsive. This is my dream looper. Others I have tried: TC Ditto, Boss RC-1, Boss RC-30, Digitech Jamman, Aeros Loop Studio (the RC-500 decimates all of these with ease).
Posted by telemetry on Nov 5, 2020
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