BOSS RC-300 Looper Review

Discussion in 'Jack's Place' started by 12Pack, Dec 1, 2011.

    Dec 1, 2011
  1. 12Pack Dyslexic b00n

    Well- moving from the RC-20 to the RC-300 is like night and day. I can do so much more and have been pulling this new toy apart. I never got to play with the RC-50.

    Despite the stereo 3 independent tracks for looping, it has 3 hours of total loop memory space, and 99 patches to store loops. I loop live so the memory location is irrelevant until I found out you can record direct audio(like a mp3 player) into it and loop said audio. This might come in handy for potential backing tracks if need be.

    You can even turn off the loop track and make it a "1-shot" and play the recording through once- like a backing track. Not bad when you have 3 hours and 99 locations to store your backing tracks- fire the band!

    If you record in one track, and overdub onto your recording, hold the play pedal down for that track for more than 2 seconds and it deletes the overdub without deleting the original recorded track. That's a plus considering I was afraid of over dubbing in a live setting with the RC-20 for fear of making a mistake an having to start EVERYTHING over.

    As far as stopping a loop- and this is cool. You can Immediate stop the loop, stop at the end of the loop, or, ready for this? Fade the loop out... Damn that's cool!

    If you have 3 tracks going at once you can mix the output volume for each track independently. You can also pan each track as well (stereo) and assign each track to a specific output - main, sub, and main+sub.

    You can loop sync all tracks- or turn loop sync off for any track- another words sync 2 tracks and not the third- not sure why I would ever want to do that- but who knows?

    You can attach external button foot controller to this and assign what specifically those extra button foot pedals do- this is pretty cool because there are built in effects that can be triggered, or you can us the add on pedal switch to switch through patches, or set tempo- or start track recording to name a few.

    There is also a built in rhythm capability with different drum beats that you can play with. You can even change the timing of the drum beats from the standard 4/4 timing to all kinds of funky timing like 14/8, 7/8, 6/4, 3/4 etc. additionally you can set up the drum beats to count you in and then stops playing when the first recording ends. Pretty cool to Get your timing down, an mot have to hear the same pattern over and over through the looped performance.
    There are quite a few different drum patterns. Too many to count!

    There are loop effects that can be used. Such as a vocal processing and guitar modulations such a tremolo, distortion, chorus, delay, flanger, etc. and you can assign each effect to any one or all of your loops. I tried the GT-BASS effect transferring my guitar to a bass sound and it was god awful and painful to hear. The distortions and other effects seemed OK- but not that botique sound from custom pedals.

    There is a MIDI connection- I know nothing a out MIDI.

    There is also a USB connection to download wave files and loop them as well from your computer. You can set this up to store files back and fourth- or to play audio from your computer through the RC-300. So much for only having 3 hours of memory? Damn-with a laptop it's unlimited!

    Hope that helps in the event anyone may be interested in upgrading.

    I'd love to post some audio- I just don't have the recording capability to do that.
  2. Dec 1, 2011
  3. 12Pack Dyslexic b00n

    I should also post a drawback-

    If you have three looped tracks at once, you have to delete your looped data for each track independently. There is no way to delete all the tracks at the same time.

    Might not seem that important- but of you have a crowd dancing, it's a buzz kill to stop just so you can delete your tracks for the next song. That 12 seconds is a potential floor clearer.

    A work around is to just turn the phrase selection knob to an empty bank location. A night of doing that
    means you have to delete them
    all before your next gig.
  4. Dec 1, 2011
  5. baimun Mas Tequila

    Damn... I'm afraid I'm going to have to get one of these. The button layout alone fixes the #1 problem I have with mine.... add the volume fade and POOM... It's immediately 10X more gigable than the previous version.
  6. Dec 1, 2011
  7. 12Pack Dyslexic b00n

    Another cool thing. If you have all of your loops playing live- you can use the expression pedal to speed up or slow down the loop without changing pitch. Next time my singer tells me to slow down - I can!
  8. Dec 1, 2011
  9. Phil513 Kick Henry Jackassowski

    I really wish you could come up with a way to record dude, i'd love to hear some of your stuff.
  10. Dec 1, 2011
  11. OGG Master of the Meh

    This sounds like my next GAS attack...
  12. Dec 2, 2011
  13. paulskirocks Blue Zone Compliant

    Damn... I had no idea loopers did all that... Now I want one... Hell, just for storing a bunch of riffs for practicing, without having to have the computer... Well, space jams are fun, too...
  14. Dec 2, 2011
  15. paulskirocks Blue Zone Compliant

    OK, these are a bit pricey, aren't they...
  16. Dec 2, 2011
  17. baimun Mas Tequila

    I'll sell you my RC-50 for $225 (yes, I'm gassing for the new one as well. :p )

  18. Dec 3, 2011
  19. Kimm n00b

    Hi! I have a new RC-300 and really like it. The one thing I cannot figure out is how they recorded the rhythm track to Track 2 in the demo phrases (90-99) and the two YouTube demo songs. Any ideas?
  20. Dec 3, 2011
  21. Modern Saint Starve your Fear, Feed your Dream!

    Check you Line 6 HD500, I believe that you have one in there.
  22. Dec 3, 2011
  23. paulskirocks Blue Zone Compliant

    It has a 48 second second looper, which is fun... But, it's nothing like this...
  24. Dec 3, 2011
  25. Phil513 Kick Henry Jackassowski

    I don't have any ideas, but hello and welcome. :D
  26. Dec 4, 2011
  27. 12Pack Dyslexic b00n

    Kimm - welcome!

    Not sure if I fully understand your question as I have not seen the you-tube videos that you are referencing.
  28. Dec 4, 2011
  29. jelloman couch'd tater...

    it suddenly occurs to me that if he actually is off exit 14 in jersey he's only like 2 hours away from me...
  30. Dec 4, 2011
  31. 12Pack Dyslexic b00n

    50 minutes west of Newark Airport.
  32. Dec 4, 2011
  33. jelloman couch'd tater...

    closer to PA...around I 80?
  34. Dec 4, 2011
  35. Phil513 Kick Henry Jackassowski

    You guys could form a band. Mayor Jello.
  36. Dec 4, 2011
  37. Kimm n00b

    Rhythm track in RC-300

    Both the last 10 demo phrases (90-99) and the two demo songs on YouTube have the rhythm recorded and controlled on Track Two only. Stopping Tracks One and Three have no effect on the rhythm sound. I am assuming the they brought the rhythm track in from an outside source and just recorded it into Track Two through the Aux In. But I was hoping that there was a way to do this with the built-in rhythm track, which I am not able to find.

    I have also been trying to find a way to turn the built-in rhythm track on and off by foot control. So far, the only thing I can come up with is to plug in an expression pedal and control the rhythm volume.

  38. Dec 4, 2011
  39. jelloman couch'd tater...

    That would be JelloMayor actually...

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