Boss RC-1 Loop Station Pedal

Keep track of your overdubs on the user-friendly Boss RC-1's LED indicator. Though easy to use, this pedal boasts 12 minutes looping time and stereo output.

The BOSS RC-1 is the simplest and most user-friendly Loop Station ever, and it's a ton of fun! Since the RC-20 Loop Station was first released in 2001, BOSS has led the way by continually releasing looping products. Though they've been used and enjoyed by various looping artists and performers, BOSS still pursued an easier and more affordable solution. The RC-1 is a straightforward looper that is easy to operate. Experience the fun of looping when you record, playback, overdub, and undo or redo loops using this compact BOSS stompbox.

On the top panel, there is an innovative loop indicator, which consists of a 24-segment LED laid out in a circular pattern. You can quickly and easily determine the current status of the Rec/Overdub/Play modes. With a maximum 12 minutes of stereo recording time, the RC-1 is capable of capturing any extended performance that you can create or imagine! The stereo in/out jacks can be used with stereo effects and amplifiers. Additionally, they allow you to connect stereo instruments, such as synthesizers. Other convenient features include battery and AC power, as well as flexible external footswitching capabilities. The RC-1 is an especially great partner to start enjoying looping!

You'll never be "out of the loop."

Everyone always wants to be "in the loop," but with other loopers, you may not have enough recording time to capture every phrase that you want for your masterpiece. With its 12 minutes of stereo recording time, the RC-1 has the most read more stereo recording time in its class.

Is the RC-1 the right choice for you?

It doesn't matter if you're a beginner or a concert touring professional. The RC-1 is a great choice for any guitarist, bassist or keyboardist concerned with usability and simplicity while having lots of fun!

What are some applications for the RC-1?

You can incorporate the RC-1 into your existing pedalboard or effects system. It's also a great way to learn, practice or improve your playing by quickly and easily creating your own backing track to jam along with. You can also loop stereo instruments like synthesizers and have a ball playing along.

Is that loop indicator just eye candy?

Well, yes and no. Sure, it's cool to look at, but the indicator on the RC-1 is also very innovative and useful. You can clearly and easily see the current status of the Rec/Overdub/Play modes. You can also switch the indicator to an alternate mode, which visually tracks your loop. During overdubbing and playback, the speed at which the indicator rotates directly corresponds to the length of the loop.

What's up with the stereo inputs and outputs?

Apparently, some other products are based on the belief that mono recording and playback is good enough for you. In this day and age, BOSS believes that it's not too much for you to expect a stereo looper. With stereo inputs and outputs, you can record and playback your creations in stereo, the way music was intended to be played, performed, and enjoyed.


- Straightforward and easy to operate
- 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)
- 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
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- Nominal Input Level: -20 dBu
- Input Impedance: 1 M ohm
- Nominal Output Level: -20 dBu
- Output Impedance: 1 k ohm
- Recommended Load Impedance: 10 k ohms or greater
- Controls: Pedal switch, LEVEL knob
- Indicators: CHECK indicator, LOOP indicator
- Connectors:
- INPUT A (MONO) jack: 1/4-inch phone type
- INPUT B jack: 1/4-inch phone type
- OUTPUT A (MONO) jack: 1/4-inch phone type
- OUTPUT B jack: 1/4-inch phone type
- STOP/UNDO jack: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
- DC IN jack
- Power Supply: Alkaline battery (9 V, 6LR61)
- Current Draw: 85 mA
- Alkaline: Approx. 4.5 hours
- Accessories: Owner's manual, Leaflet ("USING THE UNIT SAFELY," "IMPORTANT NOTES," and "Information"), Alkaline battery (9 V, 6LR61)
- Dimensions: (W x D x H) 73 x 129 x 59mm (2 7/8 x 5 1/8 x 2 6/16")
- Weight: 440 g (0 lbs. 16 oz.)
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 1.25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 6 x 4 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): RC-1

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 323-890-3700

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars. (5 ratings)
Submitted February 25, 2017 by Mikhail M in Brooklyn, NY

"Good Looper."

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
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I've been playing guitar for quarter of the century but never owned a looper before, big mistake on my part, so when i decided to get one i did an extencive research, Dito was always at the top of a list, but i am an old timer and i started with Boss pedals just looking at one makes me feel like a teenager again, i also wanted something very simple and easy to use, the RC 3 looked like an obvious choice for just a little more cash, but who really needs 99 presets 3 hours of looping and cheesy drum beats with tiny little buttons to push to complicate things, no not me, one thing that attracted me in RC1 was a loop indicator, in fact i can't believe this is the only pedal that has one, seems like such an essential part of the pedal, i use the visual cue 100 precent of a time and can't imagine not having it in the looper, it shows you exactly where you are in the loop such an awesome idea and it looks great visually as well, however there is one flaw with the device, when you erase the loop by pressing down and holding for 2 seconds, you also get 2 seconds play back of the loop before its gone, thats not much of a problem for home use, but essentially renders the device unusable in the live situation, also from the online forums i have learned that the external foot switch cures that problem, i am yet to test it since i don't have one, however in my opinion such an omission should have never happened on the part of Roland, other than that after a few days of having the pedal i read more would still highly recommend one even if you need to get an external switch, there is just nothing else on the market with visual loop progression , also the audio comes out in CD quality i beleive no matter how many layers you create they are all perfectly balanced and sound like a professional sound engineer mixed them up.

Musical Background:
25 years playing guitar
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