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BOSS RC-500 Dual-Track Loop Station – Advanced two-track looper with premium sound quality, Loop FX, 99 phrase memories, 57 rhythms, and MIDI control support

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They say it is a superb tool for improving their guitar skills, and a great device for a good hobby. A/B variations add even more spice to the mix, whilst a colour-changing backlight lets you keep an eye on loop status in real time.

While the older unit had a just two footswitches, supplemented with a fairly busy upper section, the RC-500 adds an extra switch and streamlines the top. Some mention that it does absolutely everything they need and that it's predictable in what it does. Additionally, the LCD display is color-coded so you can easily see whether you’re in recording, overdubbing or playback mode. The effects are more focused on how the loops play back than traditional effects, including repeat (playing one of the beats over and over), shift (which shifts the playback by one or two beat-lengths), scatter (which literally scatters the phrase around in time with the beat, kind of weird but it can be effective) and a vinyl flick option (which sounds like a quick flick of a turntable bringing the sound to a stop). Overall: One of the most flexible looper pedals, and as good as you can get without coughing up for a beast like the Boss RC-600.

As always BOSS makes quality gear that is fairly easy to use once you understand how BOSS lays its pedals out. With its versatile I/O and free-flowing interface, the RC 500 is ready to support all your musical visions. Chris Corfield is a journalist with over 12 years of experience writing for some of the music world's biggest brands including Orange Amplification, MusicRadar, Guitar World, Total Guitar and Dawsons Music.

It’s quite conceivable you could live a long and happy life with the RC-500 without ever reading the manual, such is its simplicity, and I like that a lot. The middle foot switch stops the recording or playback, while with the right foot switch you can select a track. The RC-500 also offers 16 extra drum kits on top of its 57 preset rhythms (with A/B variations), and can be synced to DAWs and drum machines via MIDI.

The improvement means you’ll get something a lot closer to your true signal and you don’t notice any degradation, even after multiple overdubs. The unit cannot adjust to slight clock variations and therefore constantly time-stretches the recorded loop, making it sound like it's skipping frames, all jumbled up. Compared to the RC-5, the RC-500 comes with one special feature, which we like a lot: The foot switches can be assigned in the settings of the device according to your needs.

I’d also suggest, for live performance, you might be better looking towards the larger Boss RC-600 which offers more in the way of inputs and connectivity but will come with a steeper learning curve. Custom assignments are saved along with phrase memories, letting you instantly reconfigure the RC-500 for any application.I have a tiny bit of hope left that if I had an atomic MIDI clock with nanosecond precision, loop syncing could still work. A stereo looper engine is combined with 13 hours of recording time, while a multi-colour backlit LCD allows you to view your loop status and edit parameters. In my case, I've tried multiple devices as MIDI clock sources but the Boss RC 500 does not play along as a slave device. APR will be applied from the start of the agreement(during the 12 months free payment period) if you do not pay off the finance within the first 12 months.

BOSS' RC-500 will always keep you inspired with its built-in rhythms and evocative loop processing - designed to bring groove and colour to your looping. We have been in business for over 30 years and will always do our best to be as competitive as possible. I also wish it came with a power adaptor, I went out and bought one as the batteries didn't last very long.Boss's advice is to disable Tempo Sync feature, which defeats the purpose of having a MIDI In, Clock Sync port.

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