Boss RC-202 Loop Station

Tabletop Loop Station, 2 Stereo Tracks, USB Audio/MIDI, Onboard FX, and Dedicated Looping Controls
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Powerful Tabletop Looping and Multi-effects

The RC-202 Loop Station packs the powerful looping and multi-effects of BOSS's venerable RC-505 into a 2-track tabletop unit. The RC-202 also shares the RC-505's distinctive aesthetics and its simple hands-on controls. The RC-202 is primed for live performance - four input effects and four track effects are available simultaneously, and loops can be saved in real time, allowing for fluid creative expression. And if you're a performing musician, the RC-202's foot control and MIDI capabilities are second to none, leaving your hands free for playing your guitar, keyboard, or other instrument. The RC-202 is a powerful loop station for club performers, vocalists, keyboardist, or beatboxers.

BOSS RC-202 Loop Station at a Glance:
  • Two stereo phrase tracks with independent controls
  • Versatile onboard effects offer easy sound enhancement
  • Phrase storage and onboard rhythms
Two stereo phrase tracks with independent controls

The RC-202 offers individual controls and animated status indicators for both of its stereo phrase tracks. This allows you to quickly control your performance with the touch of a button, and to play two different loops simultaneously. If you don't like your mix, simply adjust it with the individual volume faders. These individual controls make for endless creative possibilities.

Versatile onboard effects offer easy sound enhancement

With an arsenal of built-in effects available at your fingertips, the RC-202 makes it easy to modify your sound as you perform. Use input effects to create unique, robust sound qualities while you're recording, or employ track effects for real-time processing of loop playback. For overall processing, the RC-202 provides global compression and master reverb effects. Featuring large, easy-to-grab knobs for adjusting parameters and dedicated panel buttons to turn effects on and off, this loop station is a versatile asset to your live performance.

Phrase storage and onboard rhythms

The phrase memory feature of the RC-202 allows for the storage of up to 64 different preset settings, as well as phrase track data. If you have a certain setup that you always begin with before every performance, you can save and recall your preferences through the User Set. Also built into this powerful loop station are 17 different rhythm patterns. At Sweetwater, we've used these both as backing tracks and as reference guides while recording more advanced phrases.

BOSS RC-202 Loop Station Features:
  • Compact tabletop looper with simple hands-on controls
  • 2 stereo phrase tracks with independent controls and status indicators for creative looping
  • 4 Input FX and 4 Track FX simultaneously available for easy sound enhancement
  • 64 phrase memories (8 memories x 8 banks) to store preset settings and track data
  • 17 onboard rhythms (including odd-measure beats) act as backing tracks for loop recording
  • External MIDI control and optional footswitches for remote control
  • USB audio/MIDI interface for phrase import/export and DAW integration
  • XLR mic input with phantom power, mono/stereo instrument inputs, and stereo aux inputs
For a compact, hands-on looper, turn to the BOSS RC-202 Loop Station!

Tech Specs

Manufacturer Presets 17 onboard rhythm patterns
Analog Inputs 2 x 1/4" (instrument), 1 x XLR (mic), 1 x 1/8" TRS (aux in)
Analog Outputs 2 x 1/4" (line out), 1 x 1/8" (headphones)
MIDI I/O In/Out/USB
Looper Two simultaneous stereo phrase tracks
Total Looping Time 2 tracks, 3 hours max
Maximum Loops 8 stereo phrases x 8 banks
Number of Effects 40
Effects Types Reverb, Chorus, Tape Echo, Phaser, Ring Modulator, Pitch Shift, Vocoder, Octabe, Beat Shift, Compressor and more
USB 1 x Type B (DAW integration, Import/Export WAV)
Pedal Inputs 1 x 1/4" (footswitch/expression pedal)
Depth 6.94"
Width 9.44"
Height 2.19"
Weight 2 lbs., 2 oz.
Manufacturer Part Number RC-202

Customer Reviews

3.5/5
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5/5

This thing is a beast!!!

Got this from Sweetwater last week, and MAN, I´M IN LOVE!!! Not only is this thing easy to use, i can sync it to my Korg Kaossilator Pro+ and do whatever comes to mind!!! It took me one night to get used to the controls and settings, and after that it´s been Loop-A-Palooza for me! Sure, it´s made of plastic, but i don´t intend to pound on this like a motherfreaker, i can just plug in some pedals and rock on it without damaging it if i get too excited while looping!!! Easy to use, free shipping, and 2 year warranty? i´m in looper heaven!!! Thanks, Sweetwater!!!
Music background: Rock, Pop, Electronic and Pink Floyd
2/5

Build quality for Roland is going down the toilet...

This unit does what they say it does, it is. It is fun and a great toy for beginners and experts alike, if it was $199 I would give it 5 stars.....HOWEVER......if I spend the $300 they are asking (and I did) I expect a couple of things to be a given: 1. Sound quality: FAIL 16 bit cheap and ratty sounding DAC converters, wherever the problem is here, be assured there is one. What you put in will come out sounding worse....guaranteed, right there this thing eliminates itself as a serious professional tool. 2. Build quality: FAIL! Good god almighty, we as consumers need to draw the line with Roland/Boss this kind of plastic toy disposable garbage build cannot be allowed to continue, I hadn't even had it for 1 day before the power jack started to break it's internal solder point.....absolute junk. It's a shame because the unit is a lot of fun and downs what it is supposed to otherwise, but just like the JDXA Roland has well at least the JDXA sounds good! Roland has no fear of us as consumers, it thinks we will accept trashy items because they say we should. I have returned mine and sent them an email letting them know that until they improve the quality of what they br4ing to market, they have pinched their last dollar from me. How about you? Plenty of great loopers out there with 24bit converters and built to last, I strongly suggest you get one of them instead.
See also: Loop Pedals, Boss, Boss Loopers, Boss DJ Effects