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Boss RC-20XL Loop Station Pedal with 16-Minute Sampling

The Boss RC-20XL Loop Station is a great tool for songwriting and performance. With 16 minutes of recording time, the RC-20XL makes masterpieces possible. (93) Read 8 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Boss RC-20XL Loop Station Pedal

With the Boss RC-20XL Loop Station, you can explore the expressive options offered by sound-on-sound performance. The RC-20XL allows you to layer phrases on top of each other to create a massive "one-man band" experience. After you've impressed the crowd with your layered masterpiece, you can bring it to a proper end with one of the three on-board Stop options.

Perfect for use both onstage and at home, the Boss RC-20XL Loop Station adds depth and excitement to your performances by allowing you to layer phrases in real time - as many stacks as you like until you fill up the 16 minutes of ample recording space on the RC-20XL Loop Station. Build the ultimate solo, and do it all live in real time with the RC-20XL Loop Station.

Features

- Super long recording time: up to 16 minutes!
- Save up to 11 loops at a time
- Undo function makes it easy to create perfect loops
- Built-in auto quantize for simple and accurate loop timing
- Change loop tempo without changing pitch
- Footswitchable loop select (with optional FS-5U/FS-6)

More, Better

The Boss RC-20XL Loop Station picks up where the popular RC-20 leaves off, as it offers more recording time and more features, but at the same great price as its predecessor. The RC-20XL Loop Station inherits the same 'hands-free' pedal operation from the RC-20: Record, Play, and Overdub can be done with the left pedal - all the while your hands are free to play your instruments. Now, you get about 16 minutes of recording time to record and store loops or one-off phrase, and you can work your way backward thanks to the new Undo function, a must-have when making mistakes during overdub.

Performance Tools

The Boss RC-20XL Loop Station has 11 memory tracks, in which you have the choice of storing either one-shot phrases or loop phrases. During your performance, you can switch between the tracks with an optional FS-6 Dual Footswitch, or two FS-5U footswitches (momentary-type). The Undo function can be a useful and musical function for erasing your previous phrase and instantly layering a new one. After you have dazzled your crowd, now its time to bring it to an end. The RC-20XL offers three stop options for this purpose. When you hit the pedal, you can either immediately stop the playback, let the phrase play until the end, or fade it out.

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Nominal Input Level:
Inst: -20 dBu (variable)
Mic: -40 dBu (variable)
Aux In: -10 dBu

Input Impedance:
Inst: 1 M ohms
Mic: 1 k ohms
Aux In: 47 k ohms
Nominal Output Level

Output: -20 dBu

Output Impedance: 1 k ohms

Recommended Load Impedance: 10 k ohms or greater

Internal Memory: Recording time: 16 min.(max.)

Maximum number of saved phrases: 11 phrases (max.)

Connectors: Inst jack (1/4 in. phone type), Mic jack (1/4 in. phone type), Aux In jack (Stereo-miniature phone type), Phrase Shift jack (1/4 in. TRS phone type), Reverse jack(1/4 in. phone type), Output jack (1/4 in. phone type), AC Adaptor jack
Power Supply

DC 9V: Dry battery (R6/LR6 (AA) type) x 6, AC Adaptor (PSA-series)

Current Draw: 120 mA (9 V max.)

Accessories: Owner's Manual, Dry battery (AA type) x 6, Sound Library for RC-20XL (Sample Phrase CD)

Options: AC Adaptor (PSA-series, PSA120S), Foot Switch (FS-5U)

Dimensions (W x D x H): 6-13/16 x 6-1/4 x 2-1/4 in. (173 x 158 x 57 mm)

Weight ( incl. batteries ): 1.2 kg (2 lbs. 11 oz.)

* 0 dBu=0.775 Vrms
* The specifications are subject to change without notice.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 323-890-3700
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4.5 out of 5 (93 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
"Best looper ever."
Sound: Excellent sound.. reproduces with no sound loss in my opinion and I don't even have a good amp.. just a small microcube practice amp I've been playing it on. Feature: I only wish you could record 2 live loops at the same time.. hopefully they'll have a pedal for that soon. Otherwise, it's better than the Akai Headrush if you were thinking about that because you can look the mic as well. Ease of Use: Very easy.. not as complicated as you might think. Quality: Very sturdy, very good quality. I don't see it breaking at all in the future. Value: Great product! I think it's well worth the money! I got it for $210 on Ebay. Manufacturer Support: Haven't had to use it yet. The Wow Factor: I was so stoked to get this! Definitely happy I HAVE it now! Overall: Great product, does exactly what it's set out to do.. takes some practice but it's soooo fun! Hours will fly by being creative!
Style of Music: Acoustic/Rock/Alternative
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"A few features shy of perfect."
Sound: The sound is fine; there are separate knobs for the instrument and sample levels, which is useful. Feature: One thing I really wish this unit had was a way to turn off the beat quantizer. This would make it much more useful to me for live applications. Rather than having to worry about setting a tempo for the loop, if you could record for an arbitrary amount of time, then have the unit loop automatically once you stop, it would be better (certain other loop/delay pedals work this way), especially when playing in non-standard time signatures. Also, it has 11 different "patches" into which you can record samples, but the only way to switch between them is a knob. Again, for live performances, this is not very useful, as you have to stop playing, bend down and turn the knob. If there was a way to switch patches with your foot, it would be much, much better. Quality: Good quality unit; not indestructable, but certainly sturdy. Value: I got this in the hopes of being able to use it both live and for practice. As it turns out, it's only really useful to me as a practice tool. (Sure, I can record things beforehand, save them and use them live, but that's kind of cheap... I'd rather have something that's easy to lay down loops with on the fly.) Manufacturer Support: No dealings. The Wow Factor: It's nothing special to look at. Overall: As a practice tool, this is an extremely useful--and fun--unit. I often have to write both guitar and bass parts for my band, and this has made that process much easier. I can just lay a guitar part down, let it loop, pick up the bass and play until I figure something out. For live uses, though, it's not that useful unless you do some setup beforehand (i.e., record and save the sample before the show, or annoy the audience with the metronome sound while you lay down the loop before you start the song). It's not accurate or intuitive enough to just use on-the-fly without running the risk of some really ugly sounding off-tempo loops. If the tap-tempo feature was improved, and there was a way to switch off the quantizer, this unit would be 10 times more useful for my purposes.
Style of Music: Indie rock/experimental
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