Boss RC-30 Loop Station
Three hours of recording, stereo I/O, and much more!
The BOSS RC-30 Loop Station is the latest addition to the company's industry-leading lineup of pedal-based loop recorders, featuring high-powered digital signal processing, stereo operation, and cutting-edge features. Powered by the ESC2 DSP chip, the RC-30 Loop Station offers musicians one of the most powerful and best-sounding tools yet for recording and manipulating loops live and in the studio.
Housed in BOSS' popular twin-pedal chassis, the RC-30's new features include true stereo ins/outs and up to three hours of onboard stereo recording and loop storage. The new dual-phrase loop feature lets you create and play two completely independent stereo loops in perfect sync.
LOOP FX is for processing your loops in real time, with 99 memory slots for storage. The RC-30 also boasts a USB 2.0 port for swapping and managing WAV loops with your computer. A mic input with phantom power, aux in jack for portable devices, and a key selection of onboard rhythms including real audio drum loops come standard.
- Three hours of onboard recording time
- High-powered DSP from BOSS' ESC2 chip
- True stereo I/O
- Dual-phrase loop feature lets you create and sync two independent stereo loops
- 99 memory slots
- LOOP FX provides realtime loop editing
- Mic input with phantom power
- USB 2.0 port for swapping/managing files with your computer
- Aux in jack
- Onboard rhythms including real audio drum loops
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Based on 31 Reviews and 221 Ratings
A great looping machine. The two pedals are all I need although sometimes I want a little bit more like The RC-300. It might be a little expensive if its your first guitar effect or you're just starting but its well worth it. If you want an older, cheaper thing that is just as functional I recommend checking out the RC-20. I like it for being virtually indestructible and I even sometimes use the built in effects. The mic input is awesome for vocal looping. If you wanna see what you can do with it check out Ed Sheeran. IMO best looping artist out there. Bernhoft too. He isn't as well know but his C'mon talk is epic(uses RC-300).
A ton of functions, but not very intuitive to use
I bought this as a second looper in addition to my RC-20XL and was instantly confused because Boss had made some changes that made the use of this looper very different from its predecessor. The most obvious of these was to change the left pedal default sequence from REC->PLAY->OVERDUB to REC->OVERDUB->PLAY, but I also found that the pedal combination that would previously delete a loop now added a second loop to the first one. Deleting a loop requires a two-pedal combination that I keep forgetting or using the small buttons, neither of which is very practical in a gig situation. I also found using this looper alongside a RC-20XL near impossible as they're operated so differently.
Some key functions like reversing the loop or fading the loop out only work with saved loops; you cannot use these with loops that you create on the fly. The built-in effects are a weird choice; not that I find them unuseable, but one does wonder why they were chosen, or why they included them at all. The looper offers two tracks, but these have to be the exact same length.
On the positive side, like all Boss pedals it's built like a tank, the stereo functionality is nice, as is the double-track option, and if this is your first looper, you get a ton of functionality out of it that few other loopers offer for the same price. However, it's no fun upgrading from the RC-20XL to the RC-30 as pedal operation is different and you lose some features that you may have become used to.
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These loopers are incredible and this is my current fave.
The RC30 allows you to loop as many tracks as you want. It also let’s you have two loop channels to play with. You can turn them on and off for your performance. The options are truly endless. I’d strongly advise anyone to pick one up if they have the scratch. This pedal can also trigger expression pedals, drum machines and it has drum samples onboard but I prefer making my own. Each to their reach however. You just cannot go wrong with this pedal. In fact, it’s more than a “pedal”, it’s an instrument.
The best looper out there
I've tried several loop stations before I got myself a proper BOSS RC-30 and I never really felt up to the challenge. Now it doesn't even feel like that much of a challenge anymore, cause the RC-30 is really super easy to use and it even corrects your loops if they are a tiny bit out of rhythm! I don't really use the two tracks but I prefer the two pedals to the single pedal of the RC-3 and of course the inputs for microphone and guitar. Once you've wrapped your hand around how to handle this little fella, the world of looping is all yours!
Great looper, but not very intuitiv
I upgraded from RC20-XL. This is a good pedal, 2 Channels, can be used with Mic's and instruments, however it's not that intuitive in my opinion to change channels, looping and dubbing... The usb function is great, however there's no option to increase its hard drive capacity or record in different formats (only .wav supported).
Good but not great
I liked it to start with but the loops started sounding muddy and muffled. The loop rec/stop/over dub/erase is very easy with the two pedal setup. I did buy this second hand though so may just be a bad egg.
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it is a boss looper but unlike the rc-30 you get more 'channels' which means you can add more layers to your loop and take them away with the push of a button!