Boss RC-3 Looper : Review

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

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 patches.

Inputs and outputs

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

The Auto Record function

It cannot lack in a modern device. It starts 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 and one 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

Let's see those available. They increase the flexibility of the looper, and can be a good help for a more professional use of this Boss product.

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

The display

Much simple, only two digits.
The RC-2 doesn't provide a display. The user can select loops through an 11-position selector.

Connections

The product of our review is stereo, so it features 2 inputs and 2 outputs. The minor brother is mono and, in addition, it isn't equipped with the USB.

vs Digitech JamMan Solo

A well-known company for the quality of its products. Let's see the comparison. We will analyze the main differences.

Two inputs for different purposes

One 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.

Memory

The JamMan Solo, in addition to the internal, 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 user disposal.

JamManager

It 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, the price is about 160 euros, but the quality costs. A good purchase.

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