Boss RC-300 Looper Pedal Review
1. Introduction To The RC-300
Are you looking for an in-depth review on the Boss RC-300 Loop Station? We thought so and we’re more than willing to share our two cents on Boss’ frontrunner looper. If you have read our previous article on the best looper pedal on the market, then you may already be familiar with this bad boy. However, we wanted to dive a bit deeper since it is such a beast of a loop station.
This looper is under stiff competition with other loopers in the market – think, Jam Man Delay from Digitech. Not to mention its predecessor, the RC-50 Loop Station is still not out of the picture.
So, what makes the RC-300 Loop Station special? Is it worth your precious time and money? We’ll find out as this review goes deeper into its features. Let’s now delve in to the main part of the subject in focus and see what makes the RC 300 such a great loop station.
2. Size, Dimensions
The Boss RC-300 Loop Station comes in a noticeably enormous size compared to the models that came before it. It’s a little bit over 21 inches wide and nine inches from back to front. It comes in a jagged metal construction with a total of eight foot pedals and a built-in expression pedal to allow you to shape your sound.
- · It’s jam-packed with features that you can find in most loopers out in the market – tempo-shifting functions, reverse playback, different stop modes, auxiliary inputs, undo/redo functionality, and rhythm tracks.
- · This looper makes the process of switching between tracks easier by giving each one a dedicated “Record/Play/Overdub” and “Stop” pedal so you can record onto track one, then hit the pedal for track two and start recording onto it instantly. This feature is perfect for live musicians!
- · Just like the RC-50 Loop Station, the RC-300 features a variety of outputs for subs and guitar amps; this simply means you can have your bass thumping out of a bass stack instead of your guitar amp. It also comes with standard 99 internal memory locations, with three tracks stored in each location. Another awesome thing about this looper is its internal memory can store up to three hours of recording, way better than its predecessor.
- · You can also connect the RC-300 using a USB cable straight to your computer which will allow you to increase the amount of loops you can store.
- · The RC-300 also has built-in effects where you can add phaser, flanger, chorus, pitch-bend, distortion, tremolo, lo-fi effects, and delay to your recordings.
- · Furthermore, the unit allows you to alter the pitch of recordings without changing the tempo, this is referred to as its transpose function. There is also a particular effect to turn your guitar into a bass, that’s important for “one man band” musicians. They’ve also included a number of vocal effects to make your alter the way your voice sounds – you can sound more masculine, robotic, feminine, you can even experiment on the different levels of voice sounds available and we think that this is a totally cool feature of the RC-300.
- · Another awesome thing about the new Boss looper is that effects can be set up for use in combination with any of the three available tracks. Depending on how you split up tracks for your songs, you can add wild pitch bends to a lead part without affecting the rhythm. You can also apply the effects to all tracks, if you like.
- · The RC-300 Loop Station also has the largest selection of rhythm backing tracks (23 of them). It also has 17 different time signatures, each with close to 10 rhythm backing tracks.
- · In addition to ensuring that your overdubs stay in time with the original recordings, this looper ensures your 3 tracks fit together properly. If you’re a beginner, turn this function on and if you’re more of an experienced user, you can simply turn this function off. It definitely makes the looping process much easier than doing it unassisted.
- · Another plus that we noticed is that the actual operation of the pedal can be done entirely hands-free. Imagine being able to create a three track loop with multiple overdubs on each using just the foot pedals! This is clearly a huge advantage for live players, and the ability to bring in and take out different tracks according to your preference make the RC-300 Loop Station fitting for complex, hands-free composition.
However, more complex things still require fingers to operate like selecting a specific rhythm track and setting time signature. Luckily, the options that entails the need for you to stoop over and operate the control panel can all be set prior to a performance or between songs. This will result in some silence, though. The good news is, silence won’t happen mid track.
4. The Verdict
In general, the Boss RC-300 Loop Station has all the features and more that a looper could ask for. It’s quite versatile and can be used during live performances, for complex compositions, as a dependable practice instrument, or anything that’s weirdly in between.
It’s great for performing artist that either work alone or as part of an actual band and the impressively massive memory allows you to store more than enough data without the need to obsess over whether you have enough space or not. Boss definitely has come a long way from the RC-50 and has done an excellent job with designing the feature packed RC-300. This device is totally a worthy investment!