RC-50 Loop Station pushes the looping envelope 20/01/06
BOSS have announced what they say is the most feature-laded looper in the companyâ€™s history. The RC-50 is housed in a spacious seven-footswitch floor unit, and allows three stereo loop tracks to be manipulated simultaneously. Each loop track supports multiple overdubs, so phrases can be stacked one by one on each track, resulting in a monstrous layer of looped phrases. Guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals or whatever other instrument or input device you chose to plug into the RC-50 can be recorded, looped, synchronized, and put under the control of the user-friendly RC-50 control surface.
Synchronisation is a strong point of the RC-50. Sync is a necessity for bands that incorporate digital audio tracks, sequences, drum machines, and/or video elements into their live gigs,. For scenarios such as these, the RC-50 can be locked to an external MIDI clock source, ensuring that its loop performances are absolutely locked to the rest of the show. Internally, the RC-50 offers Loop Quantize for easy loop recording, plus Loop Sync (which enables all phrases to start in sync), and Tempo Sync (which matches the tempo of multiple phrases during playback).
Boss pose the question.â€� Why record to a stale click track when you can jam with rockinâ€™ grooves instead?â€� Their intention is to make recording as fun and inspiring as possible and to that end the RC-50 provides a total of 376 play-along Rhythm Guide Patterns using real sampled drums in a wide variety of time signatures.
The RC-50â€™s rear panel is well stocked with connectors, offering a variety of inputs (stereo Inst ins, XLR input with 48V phantom power, mini-jack aux), outputs (1/4â€� stereo, 1/4â€� sub stereo outs, headphone out), and USB for importing WAV files from computers. MIDI in and out jacks are provided, as are 1/4â€� TRS inputs for accommodating an optional Expression pedal and footswitches; up to four footswitches can be used simultaneously.