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My impressions of the BOSS RC-50
Title: My impressions of the BOSS
I spent some time this afternoon with a friend's RC-50.
Loops can be independent lengths and run simultaneously (in the
so called "multi mode".)
Loops can fade in and fade out when activated.
Momentary record function is fan-fucking-tastic!!
4 outputs.. click could be run independently to a personal
monitor or drummer if desired.
Possible stereo operation.. haven't tried it but I suppose that
you could mute the signal to the left input, add audio to the right
side, mute the right input and add audio to the left, effectively
giving you 6 loops of 3 lengths at once....
Please feel free to correct any misinformation here!
No speed/pitch control of loops.. octave, half speed, NOPE! (it
has a really crude timestretch algo, but it's horrid - not cool horrid
like the electrix repeater, either)
No control of feedback for loop... too dense? erase and start
Yellow / Green LED color too similar on Play / OD lights,
especially in bright light.
Must select loop with one pedal and then select stop / play with
another. I would rather select and cue playback/ stop with one
Too many menu hunts required for a simple pan control, reverse
Silly accompaniment sounds and presets...
Footswitches are way too imprecise and rubbery.
USB operation too fussy... requires menu selections and button
presses to connect and to disconnect from the computer.
Changing 'Patches' wipes entire loop if you didn't 'write'
No expandable storage all memory is internal.
I have been using the EH2880 for the past few weeks and its
simple interface with real knobs, one function per button, stereo
mixdown track which can be unsynched from the main 4 tracks, plus
instant reverse (even in record) and -most importantly- the ability to
varispeed the whole mess with a knob has me a bit down on the virtual-
menu driven key memorization world that is everything else.
If a looper is an instrument, shouldn't it have an interface
designed like one?