RC-3

RC-3

Modern and compact

The internal memory allows three recording hours, a remarkable time for a so compact product, 99 loops, an excellent rhythm guide and the USB 2.0 compatibility. It can import or export in WAV format and the drums for the rhythm guide are real drums. This very modern device has all the necessary but with the dimensions of a pedal. Well, let's see features and specifications.

Three hours of stereo recording time

Among the most important features the recording time is certainly the most interesting. The capacious internal memory allows the recording of long phrases that can be stored in 99 memory locations.

Inputs and outputs

Stereo inputs and outputs for the maximum flexibility. It can be interfaced with stereo effects devices, amps, mixers and recorders. It depends on your equipment. However, the interoperability is guaranteed.

The Auto Record function

The auto recording feature cannot lack in a modern device. It starts the recording when a signal is received. Obviously, this signal can be your guitar, another instrument or, for example, a CD Player.

The rhythm guide

A good looper must provide a rhythm guide and the RC-3 doesn't disappoint. 10 rhythms for the most common musical genres: Blues, Rock, Pop and more. Obviously, it features a control for the volume of the rhythm guide and a control for the tempo, that can be set also via tap tempo. In addition it allows the adjusting of the time signature.

The USB connection

It can be connected to the PC via the USB port (2.0). The user can import or export in WAV format (16-bit/44.1kHz), up to 1.7GB in size.

Accessories

If you want to expand the RC-3 possibilities you can buy some available accessories.

Power Adapter (PSA-120S)

It works with a single 9V battery but you can buy the optional AC adapter. An annoying limit is that cannot be used a rechargeable battery.

Footswitch (FS-5U/5L)

Dual Footswitch (FS-6)

vs RC-2

Memory

The most important and significant difference is the memory capacity.
The RC-3, like we have said at the beginning of this review, permits three hours of stereo recording time, really a remarkable time, and can store loops in 99 memory locations.
The recording time of the RC-2 is only 16 minutes and it can store up to 11 loops.

The display

The RC-3 features a 2-digit display.
The RC-2 doesn't provide a display. User can select loops through an 11-position selector.

Inputs and outputs

The RC-3 is stereo, so it provides 2 inputs and 2 outputs.
The RC-2 is mono and it provides 1 input and 1 output.
Another difference is the USB, that the RC-2 doesn't provide.

vs Digitech JamMan Solo

Digitech is a well-known company for the quality of its products. Let's see the comparison with the JamMan Solo. We will analyze the main differences.

Two inputs for different purposes

The JamMan Solo features one input for an instrument and another one for an auxiliary signal, for instance a CD or an MP3 player. So, it isn't a stereo device.

Recording time and memory

The JamMan Solo, in addition to the internal memory that can store up to 35 minutes, features an SD card slot, so it can record audio up to 35GB! A very long time.

The rhythm guide

Both provide a rhythm guide with ten built-in patterns, but the Boss product has more controls at the user disposal.

The JamManager software

The JamMan Solo provides a valid software for the store and the organization of the work.

General opinion

The RC-3 provides all the necessary, and it is portable. Certainly, a good device. It isn't a cheap product, but the quality costs. A good purchase.

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