BOSS announced the RC-5 and RC-500, the latest additions to the long-running Loop Station product family. Filled with next-generation BOSS technologies, these new pedal-based loopers feature class-leading 32-bit AD/DA AND 32-bit floating-point processing, onboard rhythms, phrase memories for storing loops, backlit displays, and much more. The single track RC-5 and dual-track RC-500 both offer 13 hours of stereo recording, plus advanced external control support via footswitches, an expression pedal, or MIDI.
Housed in BOSS’s famous compact series format, the RC-5 features full stereo I/O and the most advanced interface available in any stompbox looper. The LCD’s backlight changes color to indicate recording, overdub, and playback states. And coupled with the multi-function parameter knob, it’s quick and easy to navigate rhythms, system settings, and more in the heat of the moment.
The RC-5’s versatile pedal switch covers all basic looping functions, but deeper control is supported as well. Users can connect up to two external footswitches for direct control of many assignable functions, or an expression pedal for continuous adjustments. The RC-5 also includes MIDI I/O on space-saving TRS jacks – a first for any compact series pedal – providing even deeper control for players with advanced systems.
The RC-500 is ideal for guitarists singer/songwriters, multi-instrumentalists, and anyone who wants to take their looping to the next level. Users can connect mono/stereo instruments and pedal effects, plus a mic to the dedicated XLR input – complete with phantom power if needed. The RC-500’s two tracks can be used independently for song-style composition, or together for rick multi-track textures. Like RC-5, the LCD backlight changes color to show the current operation mode, while track faders and a mic level know provide hands-on access to volume control while performing.
The RC-500’s stereo I/O and three built-in footswitches are configured for basic operations by default, but they can be reassigned in a variety of ways. The RC-500 also offers deep external control support, including MIDI I/O on TRS jacks.
Both the RC-5 and RC-500 come loaded with 57 inspiring rhythms – each with A/B variations – to accompany loop adventures. Drum kits can be changed to suit the musical style, with 7 kits available in the RC-5 and 16 kits in the RC-500.