Quite possibly the coolest product video from Roland in years, the new RC-505 Loopstation was pre-announced via the Roland Connect website moments ago.
The new RC-505 looper gets a groovey demo from a brilliant beatboxer who I am ashamed to say I don't recognize. The RC-505 offers five stereo tracks of looping with input effects including what sounds like a synth pitch tracker and filter.
Tabletop Loop Station that can be operated with the hands, perfect for beatboxers, vocalists, and club performers
Five simultaneous stereo phrase tracks, with dedicated controls and independent volume faders
Wide range of Input FX and Track FX for processing loops, including DJ and sampler-style effects
Independent play mode and tempo sync settings enable a flexible combination of track behaviors and advanced performance options
99 phrase memories, each containing five phrase tracks, custom effects/playback settings, and more
85 onboard rhythm patterns, including odd-measure beats
External control via MIDI and optional footswitches or expression pedal
USB for phrase import/export with computers; USB audio/MIDI functionality for integration with DAW software
XLR mic input with phantom power, mono/stereo instrument inputs, and stereo AUX input
ETA June 2013, price £529
You can be sure we'll be paying a visit to the Roland booth for a closer look at the Musik Messe.