BOSS RC-505 Loop Station Hands-On Looper for Modern Performers

BOSS RC-505 Loop Station Hands-On Looper for Modern Performers

BOSS RC-505 Loop Station Hands-On Looper for Modern Performers

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Product Highlights

  • Five Simultaneous Stereo Phrase Tracks
  • Dedicated Controls and Volume Faders
  • Wide Range of Effects
  • 99 Phrase Memories
  • 85 Rhythm Patterns
  • XLR Microphone Input with Phantom Power
  • Mono/Stereo Instrument Inputs
  • Stereo Auxiliary Input
  • USB for Loading/Saving and MIDI I/O
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BOSS RC-505 overview

  • 1Description

The RC-505 Loop Station from Roland is a live performance tool for loop artists, housed in a compact tabletop enclosure. It provides easy fingertip control of five stereo phrase tracks and various loop playback behaviors, while a choice of input and track effects deliver a wide range of real-time processing options.

Independent record, overdub, play and stop buttons for each track allow for capturing and controlling loop performances, and mixing loop levels on the fly is easy using the dedicated volume faders. Each track can have its own playback mode (multi, single, one-shot, reverse, etc.) and tempo sync settings, providing an unlimited range of creative looping behaviors.

Ninety-nine phrase memories provide storage for phrase track data, various playback and effects settings, and more. A combination of frequently used settings can be saved as a User Set. Eighty-five onboard rhythms offer backing for loop recording, with a large selection of odd-measure beats. The rhythm part can be routed to the rear-panel headphone jack to be used as a dedicated click track for monitoring.

The unit offers an XLR microphone input with phantom power that can be used simultaneously with instrument inputs for connecting guitars or synthesizers. A stereo mini jack can connect a music player, smartphone, or other stereo devices. And a USB port provides communication with a computer for loop archiving, loading up phrases with backing tracks, or loading sounds for sampler-style triggering.

The RC-505 also functions as a USB audio/MIDI interface, making it simple to integrate with DAW software for audio recording, MIDI sync, and more. Users can customize the real-time controls with up to eight different functions, and operate them in a variety of ways - with front-panel controls, an external expression pedal or foot switches, and/or various MIDI Control Change messages. The assignments are stored along with phrase memories.

Tabletop Loop Station that can be operated with the hands, perfect for beatboxers, vocalists, and club performers
Five simultaneous stereo phrase tracks, with dedicated controls and independent volume faders
Wide range of input FX and track FX for processing loops, including DJ and sampler-style effects
Independent play mode and tempo sync settings enable a flexible combination of track behaviors and advanced performance options
Ninety-nine phrase memories, each containing five phrase tracks, custom effects/playback settings, and more
Eighty-five onboard rhythm patterns, including odd-measure beats
External control via MIDI and optional footswitches or expression pedal
USB for phrase import/export with computers
USB audio/MIDI functionality for integration with DAW software
XLR microphone input with phantom power, mono/stereo instrument inputs, and stereo auxiliary input
UPC: 761294503621
In the Box
BOSS RC-505 Loop Station Hands-On Looper for Modern Performers
  • External Power Supply
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    BOSS RC-505 specs

    Recording/Playback Maximum Record Time: 3 hours approximately (stereo)
    Maximum Phrase Memory: 99
    Number of Tracks: 5
    Data Format: WAV (44.1 kHz, 16-bit linear, stereo)
    Inputs 1 x XLR Microphone (48V phantom power, 10mA maximum)
    2 x 1/4" / 6.3 mm TS Instrument
    1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm stereo mini Auxiliary
    Input Impedance Microphone: 4 kOhms
    Instrument: 200 kOhms
    Auxiliary: 22 kOhms
    Nominal Input Level Microphone (variable): -40 dBu (typical), -10 dBu (maximum)
    Instrument (variable): -10 dBu (typical), +4 dBu (maximum)
    Auxiliary: -20 dBu
    Outputs 2 x 1/4" / 6.3 mm TRS Main
    1 x 1/4" / 6.3 mm TRS Headphone
    Output Impedance 2 kOhms
    Recommended Load Impedance: 10 kOhms or greater
    Nominal Output Level -10 dBu
    Other Connectors 2 x 5-pin DIN MIDI I/O
    1 x USB Type B
    Effects Input and Track FX
    Guitar to Bass
    Vocal Dist
    Tape Echo
    Granular Delay
    Beat Repeat *
    Beat Shift *
    Beat Scatter *
    Vinyl Flick *
    (* Track FX only)

    Master FX
    Rhythm Types 85
    USB Mass Storage Class
    Display 2 x 16 character backlit LCD
    Power Requirements Via included 120V, 60 Hz external power supply
    420 mA draw
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 16.6 x 8.3 x 2.7" / 420 x 210 x 68 mm
    Weight 3.1 lb / 1.4 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 6.3 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 20.0 x 11.4 x 5.4"

    BOSS RC-505 reviews

    RC-505 Loop Station Hands-On Looper for Modern Performers is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 3.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Pleased about the product, but sometimes shuts off randomly saying system error. Overall very nice product.
    Date published: 2015-04-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great looper, quick to learn Intuitive, great sound. Replaced Line6 JM4
    Date published: 2015-01-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Ultimate Looping station in the market With the five tracks you can lay out the song sequence easily, with the stop button and volume fader on each track you can adjust the song pattern to your liking. Great Gadget.
    Date published: 2018-03-08
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