Boss RC-20XL Loop Station
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Boss RC-20XL Loop Station

RC-20XL Loop Station, Looper from Boss in the RC series.

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moosers 01/31/2010

Boss RC-20XL Loop Station : moosers のユーザーレビュー (content in English)

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The Boss RC-20XL Loop Station is the ultimate device for looping and sampling.  I've only got experience with the pedal in tandem with an electric guitar, but this can definitely be mixed and matched and used with other electronic instruments and even a microphone if you have an XLR to 1/4" converter.  The pedal has a slew of 1/4" connections for mic and instrument inputs as well as for output, phase shift, and reverse.  It also has a smaller jack for an auxiliary input.  I have powered the pedal with the Boss power supply that can along with it, and I'm not sure what other kind of power supply would be able to power it up.  Obviously enough, the RC-20XL isn't rack mountable as it is a workstation controlled by your feet.

UTILIZATION

The Boss RC-20XL Loop Station has a ton of features to work, so getting acquainted with everything that it has to offer will take a little bit of time.  Having said this, the pedal has everything laid out clearly, there are just a lot of features to get used to.  You can store up to 11 phrases at a time, so there is a knob to choose between them, as well as parameters for level, guide, mic and instrument input levels, and buttons for reverse, tap tempo, write, exit, auto start, and mode.  There are two foot pedals which control the recording, overdubbing, and erasing of your phrases.  Getting used to everything going on with the Boss RC-20XL Loop Station took me a little bit of practice, but Boss makes it easy enough that all it takes is a bit of time.  If you're a beginner or new with looping, it might be a good idea to have the manual around as well.


SOUND QUALITY

The Boss RC-20XL Loop Station doesn't offer up any actual sounds of its own really, beyond throwing your sounds in reverse.  However, the pedal won't color your tone in anyway other than how you set it.  Everything goes in exactly the way that it comes out, which is what you look for in a pedal of this nature.  I've used the pedal with a Fender Jazzmaster Reissue and a '76 Fender Twin Reverb.  I just love layering different phrases and riffs, and having in total 16 minutes of recording really makes it possible to save everything that you'd like.  A few other cool features on the pedal include auto quantization, and the ability to change the tempo without changing the pitch, which is really awesome...


OVERALL OPINION

As far as looping pedals go, the Boss RC-20XL Loop Station is probably the most complete one that I have seen to date.  There are a bunch to choose from nowadays like those made by Digitech and Line 6, but Boss, as per usual is at the top of their game here.  The RC-20XL is also a pretty considerable upgrade from the RC-20, as it gives you more storage space and time to work with.  The price isn't all that cheap, but is about right for a looping station with this much versatility and features.  I'd encourage those interested in looping pedals to absolutely check out this pedal as well as Digitech JamMan and the Line 6 JM4, but the Boss RC-20XL is definitely my favorite of the bunch.