Boss RC-20 LoopStation

Single-Effect Pedal

Made by Boss

Description The RC-20 is a loop sampler much like the Boomerang. It offers a total of 5 minutes 20 seconds of persistant sampling time across 10 memory locations. You have the ability to save the loops that you create for playback later.
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Overall Rating: 4.8 (of 5)
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On 5/14/2004, Richard To (831) posted:
Overall Rating:
It does what it supposed to do, but with the exception of some minor problems it has helped me improve my soloing and rhythym. And I've only haved this for about week.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $279.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Haight and Ashbury
Features:
-Ac adapter comes separate for an extra 24 bucks. -Can also use batteries. -Can record other instruments through by using mic. -has a cd input to loop songs and can take out solos and vocals to practice over. -has crappy drum machine metronome. Can't move tracks onto computers. Can't have a clean backing track and then change to another tone for lead. Have to use same tone for both.
Sound Quality:
Sounds good. Except the drum, metronome thing sounds terrible. When recording the lead it sometimes drowns out the rhythym section no matter what I do. Can't compare to other loopstations, Only one I've ever used
Ease of Use:
Very easy to use
Durability:
Looks and feels very reliable, built like a rock. Comes with 5 year warranty
On 10/1/2003, Todd Kelley (104) posted:
Overall Rating:
Unfortunately there are not many other loop stations out there to compare with, but for the price and ease of use, this one rocks. A must have...instant feedback on chords, rhythms, and a necessity for liver performers.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $269.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Absolute Music, Fairborn OH
Features:
Both AC and battery powered, dual foot switches for recording and stopping/erasing. A foot switchable channel selector would be great, now you have to bend over and change the channel with your hand. There is also a Mic input that turns a standard amplifier into an acoustic amp, very cool!
Sound Quality:
I use this with my ibanez SA160 and my acoustics as well, both sound good.
Ease of Use:
Very easy to use and record loops. You never even come close to using the full 5 minutes. The ten channels provide more than enough for drum lines, piano, rhythm and different lead loops. Its like having a mini recording studio.
Durability:
Very heavy and sturdy! Meant for live playing, it's a BOSS.
On 5/5/2001, Inactive Member posted:
Overall Rating:
I looked at the Boomerang, the Line6 DL4 (which I own) I added this one to the collection because of the persistance. I can take this out when I am jamming with friends and can record what we work on so ideas won't be lost - or I can bring home things to work on. With 5 minutes of loop time I can hook it up to an external mixer and record a whole song.

A very versitile unit - I don't know why people didn't think of this before...
Model Year: 2001
Where Obtained: Allens Discount Music
Features:
The RC-20 has 2 pedals, one to start recording/overdubbing, stop and either one can be used to erase. The knobs are for input level, the volume of the rhythm guide, phrase selector, mic input volume and instrument input volume. The buttons are for reversing the loop, tap tempo (quantize), write/delete auto start and mode. Pedals can be used to go from one stored loop to another, but you can only go up and not down. There can also be a pedal added to reverse the loop. This can either be used with 6AA batteries or a power supply. This is a mono unit and the only thing that I wish it has was a pedal to go down a phrase as well as up. It has a quantize feature that will attempt to "correct" a loop to the tempo that you entered in the event that you make a mistake... it almost works well. It has a rhythm guide that will provide a tempo for you to play along with - it consists of a bass drum and hi-hat. With this, there is a distinctive sound so you can tell where the "1" is.
Sound Quality:
The LoopStation uses has a very good sampling algorithm, I used in with with a Line6 DL4 in loop mode and I heard no real difference between the two.
Ease of Use:
It is as easy to use as the Boomerang and there is no way to modify the sound other than reverse. It would be nice if it had some delay built in, but I guess they want you to buy some of their other pedals to sync up with it. I previewed this pedal with a Line6 DL4 and had one feeding the other. I could add post effects for the samples/loops that were made that would make the loop appear to fade out when I took of the pedal as well as some other neat things.
Durability:
I stepped on it... and stepped on it... and stepped on it. It seams sturdy and rugged. It's a solid pedal.