Boss RC-3 Loop Station (Discontinued)

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Boss RC-3 Loop Station

Specifications

  • Total Loop Time: Up to 3 Hours Stereo Recording
  • Loop Memory Slot: 99 (Internal)
  • Audio Quality: WAV (44.1 kHz, 16-bit linear, stereo)
  • Input: 2 x 1/4" (Instrument), 1 x 1/8" (Aux)
  • Output: 2 x 1/4" (Stereo)
  • USB: USB 2.0 For Import/Export of Wav Files
  • Power: 9V DC Adapter (Sold Separately)
  • Extra Feature: Stereo Looping, Built-in Drum Sounds
  • Dimensions: 2.4" x 5.1" x 2.9"
  • Weight: 1 lb.

Gearank Recommendation

The RC-3 was on our recommended list for Looper Pedals from August 2017 until it was removed in June 2021 due to a lack of availability.

Overview

The Boss RC-3 Loop Station is Roland's response to market demand for feature-laden compact loopers.

Boss was able to pack this single-pedal size unit with expanded connectivity, which includes stereo input/output, aux-in, external foot pedal controller and USB 2.0.

Complementing its connectivity are useful features that include up to 3 hours of recording time, 99 memory slots, and onboard drums.

The unit's USB connectivity lets you manage your loops with your computer, allowing you to save and add to the pedal as you please, be it your own guitar loops, or full-band backing tracks.

All of these features are packed inside Boss' signature single stompbox pedal, so you can expect it to be roadworthy and easily outlast your other gear.

If reliability and quality is your primary concern, and you want a looper pedal that can double as a practice/songwriting tool, then definitely consider the Boss RC-3 Loop Station.

Unfortunately this is no longer available new in most stores, so if you're interested in alternatives, including other Boss loopers, then take a look at our guide to The Best Loopers.

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