Boss RC-3 Loop Station (Discontinued)

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92 out of 100. Incorporating 2550+ ratings and reviews.

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$206
Boss RC-3 Loop Station
Boss RC-3 Loop Station

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 92/100 is based on analysis of 2550+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

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.

Finally, 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.

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.

Pros

Market response to the Boss RC-3 Loop Station is overwhelmingly positive, thanks to its balance of features, sound quality and value for money. The bulk of positive reviews are from guitarists who use it for practice, while some use it for performance and others have even incorporated it into their teaching.

Cons

A few users commented that doing live loop performance with a single footswitch pedal requires a lot of practice, but they do add that learning to use the loop pedal properly is very rewarding.

Overall

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.

About the Author

Alexander BrionesAlexander Briones

He's written about and researched music gear for many years, while also serving as a music director at his local church, in addition to teaching guitar, bass and mentoring young musicians.