I currently have the BOSS RC-2 Loop Station. It’s an awesome pedal. But it looks like it’s been replaced by the all-new BOSS RC-1 Loop Station. One knob by the looks of things. I’m sure that’s not how the names are worked out, but this pedal looks seriously easy to use on account of that one little knob. You’ve gotta love that.
Of course the basic way this pedal is used is the same as all the other workhorse pedals BOSS makes. Stomp on that sturdy little box and go! The pedal unit has been iconic in design and sturdiness for well over 20 years. When it ain’t broke …
With the simplified controls, this pedal allows you to capture up to 12 minutes of audio which can be fed in stereo to dual amplifiers or other stereo effects. You can see the stereo usage (and general pedal usage) in this YouTube video featuring Joe Robinson. As you can see, if you’re talented enough, this pedal easily makes it possible for you to be a true one-man band. The gigging possibilities seem pretty impressive.
The official feature list from the BOSS RC-1 Loop Station website looks like this:
- Straightforward and easy to operate
- Newly designed loop indicator displays the current loop mode (Rec/Overdub/Play)
- Runs on a single 9-volt alkaline battery (approximately 4.5 hours of battery life)
- Can be used with an optional AC adapter (PSA series: sold separately)
- 12 minutes of stereo recording time
- Stereo inputs and outputs
- Flexible external footswitch options
- Recorded phrase is retained in memory even after the RC-1 is turned off
Nice right? Of course if you’re like me, you already have the BOSS AC adapter. So grab a pedal, make room for it on your pedalboard and let the creativity shine. I said let the creativity shine*.
* I can’t not include a loop joke in a post like this.