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Boss RC-1 Loop Station Pedal

Boss’ most affordable and easy to use Loop Station in the RC Series.

Overview By GAK

The RC-1 is the first Looper in the RC Loop Station range, perfect for first-time “Loopists” or beginner musicians. It comes in the iconic Boss Stompbox format, which is renowned for being extremely robust and can be “stomped on” millions of times without breaking! It can be used anytime, anywhere, as the RC-1 is battery-powered. A Boss PSA is sold separately if you require mains power.

If you are new to the world of looping, the RC-1 is a great option, as it has a simple layout and is easy to use. Quite simply, you press the pedal to start recording, press it again to add layers and double-tap to stop - that’s it!

The Boss RC-1 also has 2 inputs, labelled A and B. This can be used as a stereo input, which is ideal for keyboards, electronic drums/drum machines, samplers, DJ hardware or even a smart device. Guitarists, Bass Players and Vocalists can use a single input, meaning singer-songwriters can have both their instrument and vocal microphone plugged in at the same time.

If you are a multi-instrumentalist, you could have your electric guitar, bass or keyboard plugged into one input and a mic in the second. You can then use the mic to capture any acoustic/percussion instruments, your voice or anything else you would like to record to the loop.

A great tip to master the art of looping is to treat the pedal as an instrument. All you need to do is press the pedal in time to what you are playing and you’re golden - if you can tap your foot in time, you can loop.

What’s really useful, is the coloured LEDs indicate exactly where you are within your loop, as well as give you a countdown to the start point. This visual aid is perfect for helping you to perform in time with your loop. IT will also inform you which mode you have the looper set to.

The RC-1 has 2 modes for different looping applications. Out of the box, the RC-1 is set to record loops in a specific order, Record > Overdub > Play.

Record - The first stage of any looper. This is where you set your loop length and base layer.

Overdub - This is the name for any layers that you would like to stack on top of the original recording. You can build up harmonies, rhythmic patterns, countermelodies and phrases. You can even undo/redo layers in case you make a mistake or as part of the creative performance.

Play - This plays the original recording, all the layers you have overdubbed and allows you to play along with them, without adding to the loop. This means you can perform freely without having anything added to the loop.

The second mode can be accessed by holding down the pedal switch and powering the pedal on simultaneously. The Second is Record > Play > Overdub. By having the RC-1 set to this alternative mode, users can explore musical ideas without capturing the audio straight after the initial recording.

No matter which mode you have the Boss RC-1 set to, it's able to record 12 minutes of audio in total. This means that from the first press of the switch, the pedal can capture up to 12 minutes worth of stereo audio and then pay it back to you repeatedly. It will then store your recording when you power it off.

If you would like to have more control of your loop, you can add an external footswitch to make your loop setup even simpler you use. By adding an FS-5U, you can have the pedal switch of the RC-1 will control Record and Overdub and the FS-5U will Stop and Undo/Redo layers.

If you would like to add the ability to store more loops, increase the total recording time, perform with in-built Rhythms, sync to external hardware via MIDI and have increased external functionality, check out the Boss RC-5 Loop Station.

>> Click to Learn More About The Boss RC Loop Station Range. <<

  • Straightforward and easy to operate
  • Newly designed loop indicator displays the current loop mode (Rec/Overdub/Play)
  • Runs on a single 9-volt alkaline battery (approximately 4.5 hours of battery life)
  • Can be used with an optional AC adaptor (PSA series: sold separately)
  • 12 minutes of stereo recording time
  • Stereo inputs and outputs
  • Flexible external footswitch options
  • Recorded phrase is retained in memory even after the RC-1 is turned off
  • The optional FS-7 makes footswitching even simpler! Plus its compact size won't take up much space on your pedal board.
  • -Press A to stop the Rec/Overdub/Play mode.
  • -Hold down A switch for two seconds or longer to erase the phrase.
  • -Press B for undo/redo.
  • Nominal Input Level: -20 dBu
  • Input Impedance: 1 M ohm
  • Nominal Output Level: -20 dBu
  • Output Impedance: 1 k ohm
  • Recommended Load Impedance: 10 k ohms or greater
  • Maximum Recording Time: Approximately 12 minutes
  • Controls:
  • - Pedal switch
  • - LEVEL knob
  • Indicators:
  • - CHECK indicator
  • - LOOP indicator
  • Connectors:
  • - INPUT A (MONO) jack: 1/4-inch phone type
  • - INPUT B jack: 1/4-inch phone type
  • - OUTPUT A (MONO) jack: 1/4-inch phone type
  • - OUTPUT B jack: 1/4-inch phone type
  • - STOP/UNDO jack: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
  • - DC IN jack
  • Power Supply:
  • - Alkaline battery (9 V, 6LR61)
  • - AC adaptor (sold separately)
  • * Rechargeable Ni-MH batteries cannot be used.
  • Current Draw: 95 mA
  • Expected battery life under continuous use (These figures will vary depending on the actual conditions of use.): Alkaline: Approx. 3 hours
  • Accessories:
  • - Owner's manual
  • - Leaflet ("USING THE UNIT SAFELY," "IMPORTANT NOTES," and "Information")
  • - Alkaline battery (9 V, 6LR61)
  • Options (sold separately):
  • - AC adaptor: PSA series
  • - Footswitch: FS-5U, FS-6, FS-7
  • Width: 73 mm, 2-7/8 inches
  • Depth: 129 mm, 5-1/8 inches
  • Height: 59 mm, 2-3/8 inches
  • Weight: 440 g, 0 lbs. 16 oz.
  • * 0 dBu = 0.775 Vrms



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  • Linda Smith


    Perfect and very accurate

  • Michelle Keates


    Brilliant purpose well pleased with the performance of my pedal .well pleased will be buying again from you. Sound controls crisp .n clear .

  • Wesley Hardy


    Great product and service

  • Mike


    With this you do get what you pay for - this gizmo proves it. Solidly built to last under the heaviest sole. Plug in and off you go...easy to use instructions, vastly improves playing and timing. And you have instant accompaniment all from one little station - brilliant!

  • James Martin


    Great loop pedal for a beginner.

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