BOSS RC-3 Loop Station Pedal

BOSS RC-3 Loop Station Pedal Buyers Guide Review (May 2024)

  • ✔ The Benchmark of Looper Pedals
  • ✔ 3 Hours Of Stereo Recording Time
  • ✔ 99 Onboard Memory Slots
  • ✔ 10 Preset Drum Beats
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  • 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
  • BOSS five-year warranty

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.

To keep your loops tight and in time, you can play along with one of the basic rhythm patterns in the RC-3’s onboard 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 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.

Marathon Looping

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.

Auto Record

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!

USB Connectivity

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.

AUX Input

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.

We feel this review plucked from a previous customer sums things up nicely

"The RC-3 is great for practicing, songwriting, and even performing live. It has a ton of features packed into a small space for those that require it. It allows up to 3 hours of recording time that can be stored in up to 99 different save slots. It also contains 10 basic drum beats to add to your own recordings and it is USB 2.0 compatible which allows you to upload pre recorded tracks.

The most noticeable feature is the three-hour recording memory. It’s a huge step up from the RC-2 which only allowed up to 16 minutes of recording time. This means you can record up to 3 hours of material and save it to 99 different slots. You can also upload tracks directly from your computer to the pedal by connecting the two via USB.

The RC-3 also comes with 10 preset drum beats that can come in handy when you want to create your own backing track. The 10 rhythms come in a variety of styles such as Pop, Rock, Funk, Shuffle, and Latin. Although the pedal does not allow you to set the tempo incrementally like many reviews state, it does have a “tap tempo” feature that enables you to tap out the tempo you want your track to follow. Another great feature is the separate volume knobs. One is dedicated to the volume of the rhythm, the other is for the volume of the current loop.

In conclusion, This is a great pedal for the money and extremely efficient when it comes to saving space on your pedal board. If your looking for something easy to use and compact that can add a whole new dynamic to practicing, recording, or playing live, then this is the pedal for you."

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