Boss RC-505 Loop Station Tabletop Looper

Nominal Input Level:
- Input mic (variable): -40 dBu (typ.), -10 dBu (max)
- Input inst (variable): -10 dBu (typ.), +4 dBu (max)
- Input aux: -20 dBu

Input Impedance:
- Input mic: 4 k ohms
- Input inst: 200 k ohms
- Input aux: 22 k ohms

Nominal Output Level:
- Line out: -10 dBu

Output Impedance:
- Line out: 2 k ohms

Recommended Load Impedance:
- Line out: 10 k ohms or greater

- Maximum Recording Time: Approx. 3 hours (stereo)
- Maximum Phrase Memory: 99
- Number of Tracks: 5
- Data Format: WAV (44.1 kHz, 16-bit linear, stereo)

Effect Type:
- Input fx/Track fx
-- Filter
-- Phaser
-- Flanger
-- Synth
-- Lo-fi
-- Guitar to bass
-- Transpose
-- Robot
-- Vocal dist
-- Vocoder
-- Comp
-- EQ
-- Isolator
-- Octave
-- Pan
-- Slicer
-- Delay
-- Tape echo
-- Granular delay
-- Chorus
-- Reverb
-- Beat repeat *1
-- Beat shift *1
-- Beat scatter *1
-- Vinyl flick *1

- *1 track fx only

- Master FX
-- Comp
-- Reverb

Rhythm Type:
- 85

- 16 characters, 2 lines (backlit LCD)

- Mass Storage Class
- Audio/MIDI

- INPUT MIC jack: XLR type (balanced, phantom power: DC 48 V, 10 mA Max)
- INPUT INST (L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
- INPUT AUX jack: Stereo miniature phone type
- PHONES jack: 1/4-inch Stereo phone type
- LINE OUTPUT (L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4-inch Stereo phone type
- CTL 1, 2/EXP jack: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
- USB port: USB Type B
- MIDI (IN, OUT) connectors
- DC IN jack

Power Supply:
- AC adaptor

Current Draw:
- 420 mA

- 420 (W) x 210 (D) x 68 (H) mm
- 16-9/16 (W) x 8-5/16 (D) x 2-11/16 (H) inches

- 1.4 kg
- 3 lbs 2 oz

- AC adaptor
- Owner's manual

Options (sold separately):
- Footswitch: FS-5U, FS-6
- Expression pedal: Roland EV-5, FV-500L, FV-500H

- * 0 dBu = 0.775 Vrms
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 6.25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 20 x 12 x 6 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): RC-505
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 323-890-3700
(8 ratings)
Submitted February 25, 2015 by Ramon Mills in Austin, TX
"Perfect looper for live electronic music"
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The Boss RC-505 packs in a lot of features for being marketed as "just a looper". It's really closer to a robust digital recorder or workstation than a pedal type looper. I purchased this to take the live recording/ looping load off of the back of my Octatrack, which in comparison has a very limited amount of recording, and most importantly, over-dubbing time. The RC-505 has over 3 hours of recording time, which is more than enough for most purposes. You can save all of the recordings, live while the tracks are still in playback mode. This is a huge plus if you want to take any awesome moments from your live performance back to the studio. Each of the 5 tracks can have their own recording length, up to 999 bars! All tracks are tempo synced perfectly and there are many options to customize how each track syncs and interacts when the previous recorded tracks. The fx section goes beyond what you normally get out of the built in fx in a piece of gear like this. In each fx section you have 3 fx slots that you can switch between in real time with out any hiccups or unwanted glitches. One of things that I was very happy with is that each fx slot retains the setting for all the fx on the list, so you can have 3 of the same fx set to each slot with different values, allowing you to easily "play" the fx. This is really awesome with things like delays, beat repeats and the transpose fx. Also, you get TWO of these fx sections, one for incoming audio and one read more for recorded audio. The only down side that I can see with the fx is that the dedicated fx knob is hardwired to one parameter per fx. This is not that big of a deal, as soon as you select an fx, the menu for send fx will come in to focus and the rest of the parameters are just 2 to 4 button presses away, allowing you to use the main data entry knob for the selected parameter. The midi sync on this unit is also rock solid. While researching loopers I found that midi sync is largely over looked or poorly implemented in most loopers. I have had no issue syncing the RC-505 to any of my hardware or software. When working with sequencers, you can even have the sampling start on beat, quantizing to the "one" and easily put together group of on time rhythmic phases. I have not dived in to the built in rhythms, but they sound great and there are a wide variety of time signatures and styles to choose from. Over all, you can tell that a lot of thought was put in to making this unit playable and easy to use. From the great fx sections and versatile track editing, to how the menus are layed out, you will be able to easily and quickly integrate the RC-505 in to your live rig or studio recording set up. I would recommend this product to anyone who who needs a good hands on looper or backing track player.

Musical Background:
Electron musician, Keyboard player, drum machine enthusiast

Musical Style:
Experimental electronic music, Ambient, post dub, IDM, Breakcore ,Glitch
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