Boss RC-600 Loop Station

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Effect pedal for electric guitar

  • Looper
  • 6 Simultaneous stereo phrase tracks
  • 9 Individually assignable footswitches and 3 pedal modes
  • 49 Input FX and 53 track FX types, 4 of which can be used simultaneously
  • Time-based effects can be automatically synchronised with rhythms and loop tempo
  • 99 Memory locations
  • 200 Onboard rhythm patterns and 16 drum kits
  • USB for data backup, phrase import/export with BOSS Tone Studio and pattern import with RC Rhythm Converter
  • Controls: CTL 1-4 and Output Level
  • Push buttons: Menu, Loop, Rhythm, Tap Tempo, Exit, Enter (together: Write), Page Up/Down (together: Lock)
  • LED: A, B & C Rec/Play, A,B & C Stop, Track Select, Undo/Redo, all Start/Stop, round Loop Status Indicator, Rhythm, Tap Tempo
  • Graphic backlit LC display with 128 x 64 pixels
  • Footswitches: A, B & Rec/Play, A, B & C Stop, Track Select (FX: Hold), Undo/Redo (half speed), All Start/Stop (Reverse)
  • Power consumption: 1200 mA
  • Power supply via 9 V DC mains adapter (included)
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 435 x 163 x 66 mm
  • Weight: 2.4 kg
  • Incl. mains adapter

Note: No battery operation possible

Connections:

  • Mic inputs 1 & 2: 2x XLR
  • Mono/stereo instrument inputs 1: 2x 6.3 mm jack
  • Mono/stereo instrument inputs 2: 2x 6.3 mm jack
  • Mono/stereo main outputs: 2x 6.3 mm jack
  • Mono/stereo sub outputs: 2x 6.3 mm jack
  • Headphone jack: 6.3 mm stereo jack
  • CTL 1, 2/Exp 1: 6.3 mm stereo jack
  • CTL 3, 4/Exp 2: 6.3 mm stereo jack
  • MIDI In/Out
  • USB type B
  • Mains adapter connection: Hollow female plug 5.5 x 2.1 mm - negative pole inside
available since February 2022
Item number 529921
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Effect Types Looper
USB connector 1
MIDI 1
Stereo 1
XLR Input 1
Incl. Power Supply 1
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A worthwhile upgrade from the boss rc300
Curt_R 29.05.2022
I've owned the RC600 for about a month now, so I've had a good chance to get used to it.

First off, I'm extremely happy with it! My set up is
TC Electronic Polytune -> Crybaby Wah -> Helix HX Effects -> RC600 (with Boss FS7 as a Ctrl 1+2)

Plugged into it I have 1 vocal mic, 1 acoustic or electric and 1 cajon.

All of this is powered by a single Cioks DC7. I'm using the Cioks 8800 Parallel Adapter Flex with a Cioks 1050 Flex Cable Type 1 to get to the milliamps needed. Powering up, it can get to about 70% load on the milliamps, so it's perfectly safe with that.

The routing is a godsend. I've got the main output set to the vocal track. The guitar on sub 1, the cajon on sub 2 and the click track on the phones out. All isolated outputs. So this is great if you're needing to mix your sound to the venue on the fly, record to multi track, or hand individual instrument outs to a sound guy.

I only need 4 tracks, so I've re-assigned the track select and undo buttons to be track 4 record/play and stop. The RC600 is very customisable. You can assign any function to any pedal.

However, the one and only critisism I have for it is the lack of scribble strips. I ended up having to put tape over it to write on what I've changed the 2 pedal functions to. I also put tape on the middle track as that's where I put my drum track. It would have been much easier to type the names of each pedal assignment on a scribble strip.

The size is much better. I never needed the expression pedal, so I'm glad that's gone. I much prefer the setup of having the option, rather than forcing it on you.

I use the Helix for my effects, so I haven't tried the RC600 effects.

The menu is a lot easier to navigate. Everything is laid out a lot more intuitively. The rhythm track is accessable in 2 clicks.Tempo in 1 click. You can get to the measures quickly and cycle through each of the 6 tracks easily for each individual track's settings/recording options. The ability to only record what input you want to a certain track keeps your mix clean and reduces the chance of mic feedback. It saves you needing to have a mic with a mute switch too.

The track bouncing is a great feature for streamlining performances. I've laid down the drum beat on track 2, recorded a verse on track 1 and then a chorus on track 3 all while bouncing the drum track to both 1 and 3 so that I don't have to start multiple tracks when needing to start/stop sections.

All in all, I'd highly recommend it for any looping artist.
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Not my cup of loop
Hrks 10.06.2022
Oh how i miss the days of the RC 505 mk i, when looping was simple and effective...

Although this machine is probably 2 times the value of the OG 505 MKi in terms of routing and possibilities (i/O, soundcard mode, integrated EFX, 32 bit audio, USB, 6 tracks, assignability - basically an all in one mini studio looper) it's also at least a 1/2 of value in it's simplicity when used for playing, sketching ideas and fast paced looping. It also excerts the inherent flaw with it's upgraded design - less simplicity.

There is littlee improvement in using the unit, even a downgrading, from the og 505. The sound is also not so much better as BOSS likes to advertise it. If at all - it LACKS the punchiness of the 16 bit processor! Levels are bouncing all the time while recording and playing tracks. Not a good experience at all.

In addition, the "Loop sync OFF" function and the "sound drifting" are still not adressed in the recent updates by BOSS!

All in all, RC 600 makes a package of enormous value, but simultaneously delivers the qirks that come with complex systems. Those are: Additional
1. Learning
2. Planning
3. Memorising

All wich come at the expense of time, wich in return could be a better investment when creating a new song/loop.

I'm more inclined to be focused on playing than programming my hardware. After this experience, revisiting a digital DAW doesn't look as half as bad. I also posess the RC-500 and altough i'm happy enough with it to keep it, it's also one step above the upper margin of firmware complexity in wich I'm willing to engage while looping with hardware. I also hope that BOSS adresses the above mentioned issues of the RC 600 on the RC 500, wich are similar, if not the same.

EFX are ok, but nothing to write home about. The stacking sounds wierd with Preamp/dist, and alters the levels significantly, wich have to be controlled from a different menu if you don't assign them beforehand. With 32 bit there's a LOT of headroom, so your audio levels can get nasty FAST if you are not careful and haven't premeditated everything. And in the next moment you are pushing your main out form 100 to 15 and everything is still loud. Basically what you need is a lot of time to put everything at it's best.

Is it worth it? Maybe. Yes if you are a fan of customizing and planning all out befdore the gig. Otherwise - no.

BUT, be ready for GRUELING customisation and constant alertness of the unit's behaviour, wich, without extensive learning, could result in more frustration than playing. To me, along with the ,mentioned bugs, that was the deal braker and the reason the unit was sent back the same day.

Too bad, this could have been a hit out of the park!

Cheers!
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Great Looper!
Pincho Paxton 17.03.2022
Great Looper! Has many features! looks Cool!
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Alle Wünsche erfüllt
Gitdoc 25.02.2022
Vorab das Wesentliche: Da hat uns Boss ein tolles Maschinchen beschert, mit dem nun looping ohne Ende möglich ist. Mehr als sechs Spuren will niemand haben und mehr als dreizehn Stunden Aufnahmezeit braucht keiner. Also alle Wünsche erfüllt? Schaun wir genauer hin:
Nach drei Wochen Eingewöhnung, die ich nun hatte, ist der RC 300 fast vergessen. Fast. Der neue RC 600 ist kleiner, leistungsfähiger, aufgeräumter. Allerdings zahlt der User auch einen Preis dafür. Das kleine physische Mischpult ist ebenso wie mancher Taster und das Exp Pedal in die Software gewandert. Das heißt: Man ist jetzt wesentlich mehr im Menü unterwegs und muss, so man das braucht, ein großes, externes Exp Pedal zusätzlich aufstellen. Das macht dann aus dem kleinen Kerl doch wieder ein großes Teil.
An die veränderten Drucktaster hat man sich schnell gewöhnt. Kurzer Weg, präziser Schaltpunkt. Keine Einwände! Die sechs Spuren sind einfach genial. Es dauert allerdings eine Weile, bis man verstanden hat, dass beim Umschalten von Spur 1-3 auf 4-6 gleich ein neuer Pedalmode bemüht wird. Deren hat der RC 600 drei. Man kann also die Fußtaster in drei Sets programmieren. Toll! Leider gibt die Bedienungsanleitung dazu wenig Hilfe, wie sie sich, gerade einmal 26 Seiten dünn, überhaupt über viele Funktionen ausschweigt. Gar nicht toll! Zum Vergleich: Schon der RC 50 hatte mehr als 70 Seiten Anleitung und wurde bestens erklärt. Den wesentlich komplexeren RC 600 muss man sich in großen Teilen selbst erschließen (Jugend forscht!), daran ändert auch der Parameter Guide nichts, den man sich herunterladen muss und der leider nur auf Englisch zur Verfügung steht.
Das ist eine Zumutung und sollte bald geändert werden.
Ansonsten aber Sonnenschein! Wenn er dann konfiguriert ist und läuft, macht dieser Looper wirklich Freude. Die Klangqualität ist tadellos, die manchmal etwas mumpfigen Overdubbs der Vorgänger sind vergessen – dank 32 Bit Technologie. Was mir persönlich nicht so gut gefällt, ist die Light Show der Anzeigen. Sehr bunt, sehr hell. Besonders die große, runde Tempoanzeige nervt. Ich habe sie abkleben müssen. Ergonomisch gibt es am neuen Gehäuse nichts zu meckern. Alles gut erreichbar. Die kleinen Trefferflächen der Taster mag ich inzwischen mehr als die alten großen Fußtaster des RC 300. Die FX Abteilung wurde erheblich aufgestockt, ersetzt aber nach wie vor nicht ein leicht bedienbares externes Effektgerät wie zB den GT 100. Erscheint mir also eher entbehrlich.
Fazit: Eine lang erwartete und gut gelungene Weiterentwicklung des RC 300, die, zumindest bei mir und abgesehen von der schwindsüchtigen Bedienungsanleitung, keine Wünsche mehr offen lässt.
Ergänzung nach ein paar Monaten: Mir fiel beim Gebrauch auf, dass ich keine Funktion für das Speichern einzelner Tracks fand. Die Rückfrage beim Boss Support ergab, das es keine gibt! Das heißt: man kann nur ganze Memorys, bzw Banks abspeichern, aber keine einzelne Loop gezielt einem Speicherplatz zuweisen oder sie verschieben. Das ist nur via Computer möglich. Für mich ist das ein Riesenproblem. Die Vorgänger RC 50 und RC 300 konnten das problemlos. Warum in aller Welt hat Boss diese wichtige Funktion abgeschafft!?
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