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Please try your search again later.When they advertise ''USED'', there would be no consistency in what to expect from one provider to another. You may get a cord or you may not.When they advertise ''USED'', there would be no consistency in what to expect from one provider to another. You may get a cord or you may not. The owners manual is usually obtainable through a Boss search. Good luck! Mine works great! Used it today!When they advertise ''USED'', there would be no consistency in what to expect from one provider to another. You may get a cord or you may not. The owners manual is usually obtainable through a Boss search. Good luck! Mine works great! Used it today! Any recommendations?Doesn't necessarily have to be a mic but most people use a beat made by a mic. Firstly, the RC20XL builds on the concept of the now discontinued Lexicon Jam Man (and the looping functions of the more recent Line 6 Delay Modeller) insomuch as you can record loops (called Phrases in Roland-speak) and then overdub onto them live. The Jam Man elicited a lot of interest from our readers, especially when Lexicon stopped building it — it seems that you always want most that which you can't have. The second reason I find this product interesting is from a technology standpoint, as to my knowledge it is the first looper to use flash memory, which means segments of audio can be retained in memory indefinitely for live performance use. Better still, as memory is now much cheaper than it was, the recording time is measured in minutes rather than seconds. In fact a maximum of 16 minutes of memory is available, split between the various loops you wish to record. Clearly this pedal is ideal for admirers of Robert Fripp's guitar wizardry who want to play semi-experimental music live, but it can also be a creative studio tool, as you can build up loops in a very intuitive manner before recording them into your sequencer for future use as the basis for a new song.
Although this unit is designed for use mainly with guitar, there's also an unbalanced jack mic input, though I wouldn't recommend this for serious recording work. However, it is useful for those high-street busking sessions with a digeridoo (or whatever) and you can even use the mic and instrument inputs at the same time if need be. The output of the unit is strictly mono and power can come from an optional PSU or from six AA batteries. Digital units like this tend to be fairly hungry on batteries, so the mains adaptor is a good idea — unless you're busking in the high street using a battery amplifier! To help timing, there's also a useful metronome and a facility for having the loop recording end precisely on a beat rather than exactly where you hit the pedal. This is really helpful in creating tight-sounding loops.Because this pedal can store multiple Phrases, and store them after power down, you could load up a few backing tracks into it (from CD, your computer or any other suitable audio source) ready to perform. There's no way to back up loops other than to record the audio output, though, and from my own perspective the ability to dump and load audio files via USB would have made a lot of sense. The Level control sets the playback volume, but from its position on the left-hand side it would be easy to mistake it as some kind of input-gain adjustment, which it isn't. A second level control, labelled Guide, adjusts the level of the guide rhythm part, which is best thought of as a cross between a click track and a simple drum machine. The controls that actually adjust the line and mic levels are located on the far right of the machine, the logic being that this is the side your input jack goes in (to suit right-handed players).
Below this is a Tap Tempo button for setting the click tempo in the usual way, but by pressing and holding it you enter a mode where you can step through a number of alternative time signatures, so you don't have to do everything as 'four to the floor'. Furthermore, if the Tap Tempo button is used in conjunction with the shift button, you can select different guide patterns to play along to. A Loop Phrase indicator LED lights if a loop Phrase has been saved in the currently selected location and if this flashes rapidly when you're trying to overdub or save, it means you have insufficient memory left. It also blinks during Phrase playback. Once a Phrase has been recorded, it needs to be stored into internal memory using the Write button, otherwise it will be lost when the unit is powered down. Using Write and Shift together deletes the currently selected Phrase. A second LED does a similar job for a one-shot Phrase being recorded or played back. Also, when this button is pressed and held along with the Shift button, it toggles between loop playback and one-shot playback. The final button that needs some explanation is Mode, which allows the user to select the recording method. Also, when held down along with Shift, it enables the user to decide how playback will stop: there's a choice of Normal (right pedal stops playback immediately), Fade Out, or finish at the end of the current loop cycle. This is designed to produce an approximately flat-sounding response when the pedal is being used through a typical guitar amplifier, which will make pre-recorded backing loops sound less coloured. There's also a centre-cancellation feature for attenuating the vocals in material being recorded via the stereo Aux mini-jack on the rear panel, though how well this works depends on how the original material was mixed.
This feature also reduces the level of guitar solos or anything else in the mid-range that's centrally panned in the mix, which tends to leave the rest of the mix sounding a touch 'treated'. This is all starting to smack a bit of Karaoke and I don't really want to go there. Boss RC20XL rear connections. Photo: Mark Ewing Recordings must be saved using the Write button if you want them to survive a power-down, in much the same way as you have to save edited synth patches. The rotary switch selects which of the 11 possible Phrases you are saving into, and once you put something important in memory, you can protect it from overwriting to avoid it getting wiped accidentally. When recording loops that need precise timing, the Loop Quantise mode is actually very useful, as it effectively quantises your pressing of the Stop button to the nearest beat (before or after the press), although you have to be working to the timing click (which also provides a count-in) for this to apply. There's also a button-press combination that lets you record a new Phrase at the same tempo as the last one you recorded, which is handy if you've forgotten what that tempo was. When tempo-change processing is being applied, this only relates to tracks that have been saved into memory, and once you've got the tempo right, you have to re-save to make the edit permanent. Ideally you use the pedal well before the end of the Phrase so that you don't run out of time to select the next Phrase. To move up three loop numbers, you simply press the pedal three times. If you select a one-shot Phrase, this stops at the end, so it's a good way to set up song endings if you're using the looper for more traditional songs, though to me this isn't the most creative or practical way to use it. Until then you can Undo and Redo the overdubs as necessary without changing the original loop. Multiple overdubs are also possible, though the sound quality deteriorates slightly every time you add a new layer.
Nevertheless, you can build up quite complex layers when playing live without the sound quality suffering to an unacceptable degree, and you can still undo the last layer if it didn't sound right. This is a great way of working if you like jam-based composing and performance, and often you'll find that something magical happens during one of your meanderings that warrants being captured for further development after being copied over to your sequencer. Using the RC20XL at a basic level doesn't take too much getting used to, but you do need to spend an hour or two playing with it before you take it out to a gig. Some of the more advanced features are a bit cryptic, so it pays to keep the handbook where you can find it, but on the whole the RC20XL is a lot of fun and very immediate in the results it can produce. The quality of the recording is also perfectly clean and clear enough for most guitar-related applications. However, technology moves on and there are already announcements from competitors that they will be building similar devices using flash memory cards, enabling the user to take the total recording time up to hours rather than minutes. Whether you need this extra recording time or not depends on how you work. If you work to backing tracks, then I don't think the RC20XL is the best way to go, as it has limited memory and is mono only — an iPod will do the job much more easily. However, if you like to improvise over grooves or loops that you've created earlier, then overdub onto these during live performance, the RC20XL has a lot going for it and it probably has enough memory for you to do a whole set of music based on repeating loops. The fact that you can pre-load it with loops and then write-protect them is excellent, as is the ability to undo overdubs.
Maybe there could have been more dedicated switches and fewer hidden functions, but on the whole the RC20XL doesn't take too much getting into and the brief manual is actually pretty clear and straightforward. I have to admit that the concept of the RC20XL really appeals to me, and when it comes to balancing features with cost and ease of use, Boss are not too far off the mark at all. Pros Flash memory allows long-term storage of your material. Practical pedal format. 16 minutes of loop memory. Cons Memory can't be expanded. Extra pedals needed for full operational flexibility. Mono playback only. No memory back-up option other than recording the audio out. It allows the experimental player to perform magical things live, it has a memory not reliant on being left powered up, yet it is affordable and not over-complicated. Everything You Wanted To Know About Studio Headphones. 1 month 3 weeks ago. Top 10 Boring Things That Are Really Important In The Studio 2 months 3 weeks ago. The value of waiting to mix until you have all the trac. Superlux 502? Sound sampling for percussion purpose Adding noise. 'Masks' for wind instruments. APD Offer: 100 Off AmpliTube SVX by IK Multimedia The contents of this article are subject to worldwide copyright protection and reproduction in whole or part, whether mechanical or electronic, is expressly forbidden without the prior written consent of the Publishers. Great care has been taken to ensure accuracy in the preparation of this article but neither Sound On Sound Limited nor the publishers can be held responsible for its contents. The views expressed are those of the contributors and not necessarily those of the publishers. If you record or overdub in such a state, the amp playback You should separate the amp and By turning on devices in the wrong order, you risk causing.
But now you get approximately 16 minutes of recording time to capture and store loops or one-shot phrases (three times that of the RC-20), and you can work your way backward thanks to the new Undo function, a necessity when making mistakes during overdub. Performance Tools The RC-20XL has 11 memory tracks, in which you have the choice of storing either one-shot phrases or loop phrases. During your performance, you can switch between the tracks with an optional FS-6 Dual Footswitch, or two FS-5U footswitches (momentary-type). The Undo function can be a useful and musical function for erasing your previous phrase and instantly layering a new one. After you have dazzled your crowd, now its time to bring it to an end. The RC-20XL offers three stop options for this purpose. Normal signs of wear; works as it should. Does not include power supply. From Boss: Whether for use onstage or at home, the new RC-20XL allows musicians to create multi-layered performances in real time. Loops and riffs can be stacked repeatedly until the 16 minutes (!) of ample recording space is full. Never before has it been so easy to create a massive “one-person band” sound in real time. Subscribe to our free newsletter It uses digital flash memory technology to store your samples and loops. It is not rackable in any traditional sense. UTILIZATION Everything is accessible from the front face. Switching through loops is much easier live when using a separate foot switch (such as the FX-6). You also have all the options of what happens at the start and the end of your loops which can be edited using multi function buttons. Normally that is a pain but they made it a little easier by adding bright light indicators indicating what selection you are making. The manual is clear (which can't be said for most Roland manuals) and extremely helpful, especially if you want to learn how to use all the functions including auto fade, reverse and such.
SOUND QUALITY I use this mainly with my acoustic guitar for solo singer songwriter sets. I also sometimes use it in my main electronic rig to loop noise samples on the fly. It is almost impossible to perfectly sync up with a steady beat like Ableton generates, so I use it on the noise samples as they don't require perfect sync to do whats intended. I feel like the sound is in fact colored a little as the mids and lows get a little muddy and the lowend gets a little cut. It works for live purposes for me as my solo acoustic sets are not played in large upscale venues. But I don't think I would bring it to a big gig, if I ever have one OVERALL OPINION What I like most about this unit is how quickly and easily I can start looping with it. All my other looping gear requires a lot of units turned on including a computer. With this little guy, I just plug in my guitar in one end, the amp in the other and I'm good to go. What I don't like is the fact that the sound quality does suffer. I also wish this thing had Midi sync. Despite the sound quality issue, I would use it a lot more if I could sync it with ableton. I also had the RC-50 for awhile but it suffered from a host of bugs and other issues that eventually caused me to sell it. Did you find this review helpful? yes no. 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. Did you find this review helpful? yes no Almost all are based there UTILIZATION Very fast and easy to use It is the ideal companion for all guitar part (verse chorus solo) Once owned hard to pass. SOUND QUALITY The sound is good or at least sufficient for its use. Obviously the Digitech sounds better but is more expensive That said when multiple overlay sound track is always kept clean OVERALL OPINION I've used a long I tried the largest model of a friend (floorboard) to 5 pedals but the use was more tedious and its worst In short A good looper to buy eyes closed 6 of 6 people found this review helpful Did you find this review helpful? yes no. Physical pedal very easy to use. UTILIZATION Intuitive use, very accessible in 2 minutes. The instructions are clear and simple. SOUND QUALITY Outstanding quality. I use it with a guitar looper and if I use it on stage sampler to send the sample to the feet live and rendering quality is top notch and easy to use. OVERALL OPINION I use it for 4 years and I had the opportunity to test everything that was in this area (in fact I worked in a music store) and it is the easiest to use and most importantly the more manageable and intuitive. Plus the price is very reasonable for the quality and strength of the product. I have the older model with 10 bank and if I were to resume today I would resume the same with the bank 99 (new model) but my choice would be this brand and this series. 4 of 4 people found this review helpful Did you find this review helpful? yes no. Only 11 sentences memorized, quickly filled, each with an infinite number of layers overdub, but best avoided 16 minutes of recording time which I've never been to the end. No possibility of plugging in headphones. Good finish and solid.
UTILIZATION Extremely intuitive and convenient for those who, like me, prefer to have both hands free to play and not permanently buttons or mouse settings on a PC.Small flat, only the first sentence can overdub can be deleted, and even if it has not yet been registered. No opportunity to touch her curls later some manner whatsoever except by adding new layers. 11 tracks is not much. SOUND QUALITY The sound is more than adequate.This is not a recording studio is just the equivalent of the sketchbook cartoonist. I'm still making good music delusions organizing my tracks and reproducing the content of Ableton. Y largely by laying a few demo tasty. OVERALL OPINION Since 2008, he has become unavoidable even if I start to squint on the RC-300 allows greater opportunities. He never fails, always solid and impeccable after 4 years of fairly intensive use. If you are curious go listen to some loops made entirely or partly with the beast (sorry purists) May seem expensive, 289 euros for me at the time but it is no longer manufactured suddenly looking around 150 euros secondhand. I would do the same choice without hesitation, though.The audio connector is 6.35 Jack, inputs and outputs.UTILIZATION Very simple to use and easy handling. I have not read the manual. Features playback, recording, overdubbing, are clearly understandable on the pedals. SOUND QUALITY The RC 20 XL has a clear sound, clean, overdubs are net. Microphones and guitars. Most: strength, sound, ease. Least to date are too short sentences, no XLR input, no USB, therefore insufficient memory. I switched to other models and then the voice processor as the EV 20 and nearest the Voice Live Play, Loopers have integrated as well before the Digitech pedal guitars or Racks. I commit: Most: strength, sound, ease. Least to date are too short sentences, no XLR input, no USB, therefore insufficient memory. UTILIZATION Ultra-simple.