The Boss RC-300 Loop Station is the new “flagship” looper from Boss. Being hailed as the second coming before it was even released, the Boss RC-300 has a lot to live up to. Not only was it's predecessor, the RC-50 Loop Station, loaded with features, Digitech's competing looper pedal, the JamMan Delay, is similarly large and loaded with cool features. With such stiff competition, the RC-300 Loop Station has to deliver something very special to stand out from the crowd.
The Boss RC-3 Loop Station is the new compact looper pedal from Boss for 2011, replacing the older Boss RC-2 Loop Station as Boss's top-o-the-line compact looper. The new and improved RC-3 is powerfully equipped yet conveniently housed in a compact pedal for musician's with an already crowded pedal board.
Boss kicks off 2011 with two new looper pedals, the RC-3 Loop Station and the RC-30 Loop Station. The RC-30 Loop Station is a twin pedal and the larger of the two. It's a multitrack looper with two synchronized stereo tracks and built-in loop effects. Overall, Boss offers several improvements over its older twin pedal, the Boss RC-20XL, while some musician's still prefer the older model.
Boss has been on the cutting edge of looping technology for some time now. After raising the bar with the RC-20XL, they attempted to build the holy grail of looper pedals with the RC-50 Loop Station. But is the RC-50 really the holy grail, or did they miss the mark? For some basic info on looping, click here.
For the loopers out there who are after a balance of functionality and price, unable to afford Boss’s monster RC-50, the RC-20XL offers a wide range of features in a much smaller (and cheaper) package. It is a direct upgrade of the RC-20, which offered a lot of the same ideas in a more basic form, and has now of course been made obsolete by the new model. The main areas that have been improved are the memory (Sixteen minutes recording compared to the RC-20’s paltry five minutes and thirty seconds), and the implementation of the pedal’s features, which will be discussed in more detail later.
If Boss’s range of loop pedals were to be described in iPod terms, the RC-2 would be the Nano. The miniaturized sibling with all the key features crammed into a tiny little package. You could argue that it’s quite difficult to get all the functionality of the big boys (the RC-20XL and the goliath RC-50) into a little box, and it’s not like they’d opt to provide you with a unit that was nineteen inches long if there wasn’t a benefit to it. But don’t discount the little RC-2 straight away; you’d be surprised how much you can fit into such a small package.