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Compact Phrase Recording and Sampling Pedal with Undo Function and 16 Min Recording Time
Item ID: RC20XL

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Realtime Phrase Recording and Sampling

With the Boss RC-20XL, you've got a powerful looping tool! Whether you want to add a new element to your guitar rig, develop a massive one-man-band sound, or get creative on your keyboard or synth, the RC-20XL is up to the task. You can layer phrases in real time - as many stacks as you like - until you fill the 16 ample minutes of recording space. Its twin pedal design gives you fast access to all the essential functions. And you can save 11 different phrases or loop layers right onboard the RC-20XL.

Boss RC-20XL Loop Station Pedal at a Glance:
  • Super long recording time: up to 16 minutes!
  • Save up to 11 loops at a time.
  • Undo function makes it easy to create perfect loops.
  • Built-in auto quantize for simple and accurate loop timing.
  • Change loop tempo without changing pitch.
  • Footswitchable loop select (with optional FS-5U/FS-6).

More, Better:
The RC-20XL picks up where the popular RC-20 leaves off, as it offers more recording time and more features, but at the same affordable price as its predecessor. The RC-20XL inherits the same "hands-free" pedal operation from the RC-20: Record, Play, and Overdub can be done with the left pedal - all the while your hands are free to play your instruments. 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. When you hit the pedal, you can either immediately stop the playback, let the phrase play until the end, or fade it out.

Total Control From the Floor:
Complex, multi-layered performances can be created in real-time with RC-20XL. Tap into powerful performance features such as One-Shot, new Stop options, and Two-Way Phrase Shifting. You can control the direction of phrase-shift by using a pair of footswitches.

Boss RC-20XL Loop Station Pedal Features:
  • Internal Memory Recording time: 16 min
  • Maximum number of saved phrases: 11 phrases.
  • Total Control From the Floor.
  • Complex, multi-layered performances can be created in real-time.
  • One-Shot, new Stop options, and Two-Way Phrase Shifting.
  • Inst jack 1/4 inch phone type.
  • Mic jack 1/4 inch phone type.
  • Aux In jack Stereo miniature phone type.
  • Phrase Shift jack 1/4 inch TRS phone type,
  • Reverse jack 1/4 inch phone type.
  • Output jack 1/4 inch phone type.
  • AC adaptor jack for optional PSA-120S power supply
The Boss RC-20XL gives you the power to develop awesome loop-laden creations!

Tech Specs

Manufacturer Part Number RC-20XL

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews

Sweetwater Advice

Paddy Steading

Let's face it, BOSS pedals are always great, but they have really outdone themselves with the RC-20XL. I am a cellist, and it is difficult to layer live strings on the fly. With the RC-20XL, I was able to plug my electric cello right in and play with multiple parts. With the 16 minutes of recording time, I was actually able to play Pachelbel's Canon in D as a solo musician! This pedal is a great addition to any solo musician's pedalboard, or just someone who wants to record and overdub on the fly during a performance. There are a multitude of options for the live performer. You can record, overdub, and even delete if you didn't like that last pass. The kicker is that you can do all of this with your foot! There are 11 phrase selections where you can either save a recording of your own instrument, vocals, drums, or whatever you want. If you catch a case of writers block, import a song that you want to play along with; or you can just pick a riff from the free sound library CD that comes with the RC-20XL. Another feature is the auto-quantize. This means that the phrase you record will always be in tempo, even if you weren't when you recorded it. You can also set the tempo with your foot, which makes time changes extremely easy to do. In short, BOSS did it again. But is anyone really suprised?
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See also: Loop Pedals, Boss, Boss Loopers