BOSS Loop Station Pedals Comparison (Updated 2022)

The BOSS Loop Station range has some of the most popular looper pedals available today. There is a big difference between the loop pedals in this range, so this guide will compare each pedal and help you decide which one is right for you.

Update October 2021: BOSS has announced their new flagship loop pedal, the RC-600. This guide will compare the RC-600 with all the other Loop Station pedals.

If you want to compare the BOSS loop pedals against other options, check out my Guide on Looper Pedals here for alternatives.

BOSS Looper Station Range

The current range of loopers in the Loop Station range are (links to Amazon for price and details where available):

In this guide, I’ll go through each of the above pedal’s features and explain who each pedal may or may not suit.

There are a couple of other pedals in the BOSS Loop Station range such as the RC-505MKII, but those pedals aren’t relevant for guitarists. They’re tabletop units designed for vocalists/DJs and don’t use footswitches.

This guide will focus on the loop pedals suitable for guitarists.

What is a Loop Station?

‘Loop Station’ is the name BOSS gives to their looper pedals. A looper pedal allows you to record something on the guitar, then continuously play it back in a loop.

Once your loop is playing, you’re able to overdub more parts on top of the loop.

There are many uses for looper pedals with one of the most common uses for solo guitarists to create a rhythm track to play over in live performances.

Here are some examples of what you can do with a looper pedal:

  • Record chord progressions to improvise over
  • Work on your rhythm and timing skills
  • Build up complex tracks for solo live performances
  • Practice harmonizing melodies using different intervals

The below video shows a great example of how a loop pedal can be used to build up complex tracks with one guitar. You’ll also hear other effects pedals create synth-like sounds, which are also added to loop layers.


The above video uses a BOSS RC-50, which has been discontinued. But you can still achieve the same results with many of the pedals covered below.

Which Loop Station is Best?

The best looper pedal depends on what you want from it. There is a big difference between many of the Loop Stations covered in this guide.

If you’re looking for a basic looper that won’t take up much space on your pedalboard, then the RC-1, RC-3, or RC-5 is probably all you need.

You might be surprised by how flexible these small looper pedals are.

But if you want to create multiple loops, complex layers, and use other advanced features like what you saw in the above video, one of the more feature-filled loop stations like the RC-30, RC-500, or RC-300 might suit you better.

Here are a few things to consider when choosing a looper pedal:

  • Features: do you just want to be able to record simple chord progressions to jam over? Or do you want to create full songs on-the-fly for solo performances?
  • Live use: some pedals are easier to use in live performances than others. You probably don’t want to need to bend down to adjust your pedals in a performance.
  • Value: there’s a big difference in price between the loop station models. Think about how often you plan on using your looper and what it’s worth to you
  • Number of footswitches: the number of footswitches plays a big role in how easy a looper is to use and how many different things you can do with it

As I go through each of the loop station models, you’ll quickly figure out how each pedal fits with your needs. By the end of this guide, you’ll know which pedal is best suited to you.

Features On All BOSS Loop Station Pedals

There is a big difference in features across the loop station pedals. Before we look at each pedal and its unique features, let’s look at the common features available across all loop station pedals.

Stereo inputs and outputs: All BOSS Loop Stations support mono or stereo inputs and outputs. This is great if you run a stereo rig, but it can be a great way to experiment with looping different instruments together.

For example, you could connect an electric guitar to one input and an electro-acoustic guitar to the other input (or any other instrument). Then you’re able to create loops from either instrument as needed. Even the basic loop station pedals can be used this way.

Undo: Imagine you’ve set up the perfect loop and you want to add a melody over the top of your loop. You hit record and mess up the timing of the melody. Loop ruined, right? Fortunately, all loop station pedals allow you to undo the last overdub.

This can be used to fix mistakes, but also useful for removing layers during a song. There’s also a Redo function to add the overdub back in.

Unlimited overdubs: some looper pedals are limited with how many overdubs you can add to your loop. Unlimited overdubs mean you have the freedom to add to your loops as much as you like.

This can be great when creating atmospheric soundscapes or complex rhythms.

External footswitch support: the number of footswitches plays a big role in how flexible a looper can be. While there’s a lot you can do with one footswitch, adding an extra footswitch can make a big difference.

Every loop station pedal has an input for an external footswitch. If you ever feel limited when controlling your loop station, try adding an external footswitch.

BOSS RC-1 Loop Station

The RC-1 is the simplest and cheapest loop station pedal. It was designed as a basic looper to compete against the extremely popular Ditto Looper by TC Electronic.

If you’re looking for a simple looper and you don’t need the extra features in the other loop station models, compare this pedal against the RC-3 and RC-5 to decide which is right for you.

Here are the main features of the BOSS RC-1:

  • One footswitch to record/overdub/delete
  • Up to 12 minutes of recording
  • Stereo input/output
  • External footswitch support
  • Green and red loop indicator
  • 9V battery or external power support

The best feature of the RC-1, in my opinion, is the indicator ring. This gives you a great visual indication of the length of your loop and what the looper is currently doing.

You don’t need to guess whether your looper is in recording/playback mode as each mode is displayed in a different way using green or red lights.

This is something that is missing from other basic loopers such as the Ditto.

Having one footswitch means you need to memorize how to control the loop. Fortunately, the RC-1 has the basic functions written on the pedal. You tap the footswitch to start recording, then tap it again to enter into overdub mode.

Tap the pedal again and it enters playback mode. Tapping the pedal again changes back and forth between overdub and playback mode.

The default order of recording > overdub > playback can be changed as explained in the BOSS RC-1 manual here. You’re able to switch the order of the modes to suit your needs.

If tap the footswitch twice, the loop stops. After stopping the loop, hold the footswitch down for longer than two seconds and the pedal will erase your loop.

If you need to undo your last overdub, hold down the footswitch for two seconds during playback. If you want to add the overdub back in, hold down the footswitch again for longer than two seconds during playback.

The stop/undo/redo functions can be controlled with an external footswitch if you need an easier way to control your loops during a live performance.

BOSS RC-1 vs Ditto Looper

BOSS created the RC-1 to compete against the incredibly popular Ditto Looper by TC Electronic (read my review of the Ditto here). The Ditto Looper became popular thanks to the low price and easy-to-use features.

The RC-1 costs the same as the Ditto and adds some extra features missing on the Ditto.

Both pedals make use of one footswitch and one level knob. The Ditto Looper is mono while the RC-3 supports mono or stereo inputs and outputs. If you use stereo pedals or plan on using them in the future, this is a great feature to have.

The Ditto can record up to five minutes, while the RC-1 records up to 12 minutes in stereo. You’re unlikely to ever need to record a loop that long, so both pedals provide more than enough recording time.

The main difference between the RC-1 and the Ditto is the indicator ring on the RC-1. It might not seem like much, but it makes the looper so much easier to use.

Having a way to see exactly what is happening with your looper pedal is a great advantage.

Who is the RC-1 for?

As you can see, the RC-1 is a bare-bones looper pedal compare to the other loop stations.

The compact size and simple features make it an excellent looper for anybody with simple looping needs.

If you only need the ability to record simple loops and you’re happy to control the loop with one footswitch (or connect an external footswitch for more control), then the RC-1 will be perfectly fine for those needs.

Check out the price and full details of the BOSS RC-1 here (Amazon).

Check out the BOSS RC-1 at Sweetwater here.

BOSS RC-3 Loop Station

The RC-3 keeps the same compact size as the RC-1 but steps up the features.

You have a lot more control over your loops, the ability to store recorded loops on the pedal, and mix in rhythm patterns.

Here are some of the features the BOSS RC-3 offers:

  • One footswitch to record/overdub/delete
  • Save up to 99 recorded loops onto the pedal
  • Up to 3 hours stereo recording
  • Stereo input/output
  • External footswitch support
  • Inbuilt rhythm patterns with tap tempo button
  • 9V battery or external power support
  • USB jack to connect to PC and export/import audio files
  • AUX input jack
  • Automatic mode will start recording loop when you start playing
  • Count-in mode gives you one bar of rhythm before recording begins

While the RC-1 gives you basic looping functions, it should be clear how much of a step up there is when you jump to the RC-3.

The RC-3 is still a one-footswitch pedal, but the amount of features packed into the pedal is impressive.

The main advantage of the RC-3 is the ability to save your recorded loops to the pedal. This is a fantastic way to quickly record song ideas and keep them for later.

You can record different chord progressions and practice improvising over them and have them ready at every practice session.

The ability to connect to a PC to import/export audio files is a handy feature. If you create a killer loop, you can save it and keep it on your PC. Or if you want to practice working on a riff, lick, or solo, you can import the audio clip to your pedal and practice playing over the loop.

With 3 hours of recording time, you can even import entire backing tracks to the pedal.

An issue a lot of beginners have when they first try a looper is with timing. Being able to accurately start and stop a loop at the right time can be tricky at first. The RC-3 has two modes to help you create better loops.

The Automatic mode will begin recording as soon as you start playing. The Count-in mode gives you a bar of rhythm set at a tempo of your choice (using a tap tempo button) before it starts recording.

These different recording modes can help you create the perfect loops. The rhythm patterns are also a great way to work on your timing skills and build up complex loops.

Who is the RC-3 for?

The RC-3 is for guitarists looking for a simple looper that has room to grow with them. Basic loopers like the RC-1 or the Ditto can begin to feel limited after a while.

It’s great to be able to jam along with basic loops, but there will be times when you want to take things further.

The RC-3 doesn’t take up any extra space on your pedalboard while packing in a lot of features. The ability to save recordings to the pedal can give you a lot of ways to create and experiment with music.

If you’re a live performer and you think you’ll experiment with adding loops to your playing, the RC-3 is a great starting point.

You’re able to connect an external footswitch so if in the future you begin to feel limited by the one footswitch, you can easily expand it for more control.

RC-3 vs Ditto X2

The Ditto X2 is a step up from the Ditto in the same way that the RC-3 is a step up from the RC-1. The Ditto X2 and the RC-3 cost around the same, so you might expect them to be similar in terms of features. In my opinion, the Ditto X2 falls far behind the RC-3.

The RC-3 adds useful features such as saving up to 99 loops and a rhythm player. These features make the RC-3 a worthwhile upgrade from the RC-1. The X2 only adds in two loop effects that most players aren’t going to use.

How often are you likely to want to play your loop in reverse or at half speed? The X2 also allows you to import backing tracks, but it falls short of what the RC-3 can do.

The only real advantage the Ditto X2 has is the two footswitches for independent start and stop functions. Apart from that, the RC-3 packs far more useful features in. I can’t imagine many situations where somebody would pick the Ditto X2 over the RC-3.

Choosing between the RC-1 and the RC-3

If you only need a simple looper pedal, you might feel a bit stuck between the RC-1 and RC-3. While there are a lot more features in the RC-3, it comes at a higher price. If the RC-3 is within your budget, I recommend choosing it over the RC-1.

While the RC-1 is a great pedal, it’s bare-bones compared to the RC-3. Being able to save up to 99 recordings on your pedal will be worth the extra price for most guitarists.

As you will read next, a better comparison is the RC-3 and the RC-5. Read about the RC-5 below before you decide on either one.

Check out the price and full details of the RC-3 here (Amazon).

Check out the RC-3 at Sweetwater here.

BOSS RC-5 Loop Station

BOSS released the RC-5 in 2020 and it’s an interesting upgrade over the similarly priced RC-3.

The RC-5 is the same size as the two above pedals, but you’ll instantly notice a big change with the pedal’s interface as shown below.


Here are the main features of the BOSS RC-5:

  • 32-bit signal processing
  • RGB graphic LCD display
  • One footswitch to record/overdub/delete
  • Up to 13 hours of recording
  • 99 memory slots
  • Stereo input/output
  • External footswitch support
  • MIDI control (with a compact TRS style jack)
  • USB connectivity
  • 9V battery or external power support

The big change with this pedal and the main selling point is how you manage the loops and settings. The graphic RGB LED screen gives you far more information than the segment displays on the other pedals.

BOSS RC-5 screens

The screen changes color to let you know what mode it is in. Here are the different screen colors used and what they mean:

  • Blue: Nothing recorded
  • Red: Recording
  • Green: Playback
  • Yellow: Overdub
  • White: Recording available

The benefit of this system is that you can glance down at any time and know exactly whether your pedal is recording, overdubbing, playing back, or ready to playback a recording.

All of the settings for the pedal are controlled with the four buttons and the multifunction knob. It’s a great idea, but it does mean you need to learn how to find all of the settings you want to tweak.

If you’re a guitarist who prefers simplicity, you may prefer one of the other pedals that use mainly knobs or sliders to change settings.

The display is also segmented to show how different loops sync together. This could be a handy way to manage different length loops as you can how the loops interact with each other.

Who is the RC-5 for?

The RC-5 is clearly the most advanced compact loop station when you compare it against the RC-1 or RC-3.

It offers the most features and the best system to understand what the pedal is doing.

The downside of the RC-5 is that it still only uses one footswitch. While you can connect external footswitches, that’s an extra cost that could go towards a bigger unit.

If you’re a guitarist who likes to build up complex loops and you want all of the features in the RC-5, the hard choice for you will be whether to go for the RC-5 or get a more capable unit such as the RC-500.

If you want something compact, but you don’t want to sacrifice features, the RC-5 is hands-down the best choice.

If you’re a live performer looking for a solid range of features, the choice is tough between the RC-5 and other units such as the RC-10R, RC-30, or RC-500.

BOSS RC-3 vs RC-5

The RC-3 and RC-5 are clearly very similar in size and retail pricing. So which one is the better choice?

The first thing to point out is that the RC-3 was released in 2011, so it is nine years older than the RC-5.

The RC-3 isn’t quite dated, but it feels that way when you compare it against the RC-5’s RGB LED screen.

The RC-5 packs in more features, better quality audio, and a fantastic screen.

If you feel split between the features across these two options, look at the prices of secondhand RC-3 pedals to see whether the extra features in the RC-5 is worth the extra cost.

Check out the price and details of the RC-5 here (Amazon).

Check out the RC-5 at Sweetwater here.

BOSS RC-10R Rhythm Loop Station

The BOSS RC-10R stands out from the rest of the loop stations and was clearly designed for a specific type of guitarist.

The name ‘Rhythm Loop Station’ should give you a clue on the focus for this pedal.

While most of the other loop station pedals include rhythm playback, the RC-10R brings the rhythms out as the main focus.

There are two footswitches on the pedal, the left one for your loops and the right one for your rhythms.


The RC-10R is basically two pedals in one: a looper and a rhythm player.

The basic idea is that you can play an entire verse-chorus style song from start to finish using this pedal to build your loops and play rhythm parts.

The right footswitch can play fills at any time as well as fills when you want to switch it over to the second pattern (eg: switching from verse to chorus).

Who is the RC-10R for?

The RC-10R was clearly designed for live performers who want to jam full verse/chorus style songs.

Of course, you can use the RC-10R to do the same thing at home if you’re not a live performer.

Unlike the other loop station pedals in this guide, the RC-10R really does focus heavily on the rhythm aspects instead of the looping aspects.

BOSS RC-10R vs RC-30

At first glance, it looks like the RC-10R and RC-30 do the same thing. They both have a strong focus on rhythms and two footswitches.

The main difference is how the pedals manage the loops. The RC-30 records and loops two tracks in parallel, while the RC-10R uses tracks in series.

If you want to record separate loops for your verse and chorus and switch between them as you perform, the RC-10R is better suited to do that.

While guitarists have been using the RC-30 to play full songs for many years, it seems the RC-10R is now a much better pedal for this purpose.

I haven’t had the opportunity to test the RC-10R (BOSS don’t return my emails), but there seem to be quite a few negative reviews with people dealing with issues.

Check out the price and details of the BOSS RC-10 here.

BOSS RC-10R Alternative

If you are a guitarist who wants to play full verse/chorus style songs and jams in full using a looper and rhythm player, there is an alternative worth considering.

The RC-10R is basically a looper pedal and a rhythm pedal in one enclosure. What if you used separate looper and rhythm pedals?

For example, you could use the RC-5 for your looping and the BeatBuddy for your rhythms.

The BeatBuddy is a superior rhythm pedal and the RC-5 is a superior looper pedal than the RC-10R. You can sync both pedals via MIDI, so they can act as one.

While it may cost more to have two separate pedals instead of the RC-10R, you will end up with a far better rig suitable for performances.

Check out the RC-10R at Sweetwater here.

BOSS RC-30 Loop Station

The RC-30 steps up the features again, but this time it also increases in size. I’ve already reviewed the RC-30 in full here, so I’ll stick to the basics in this comparison.

The BOSS RC-30 (link to Amazon for price) packs in a lot of features, so the easiest way to think of it is it gives you everything the RC-3 has, then gives you the ability to run two loopers at the same time.

As you can see from the photo below, you have a lot of control over the two loop tracks, rhythm level control, and even mic input:

The RC-30 is possibly the most popular looper pedal of all time with live performers. More often than not, when you see a live performer creating loops, you’ll see an RC-30 on the pedalboard. It’s easy to see why when you consider how much control the RC-30 gives you.

The fader sliders for each track allows you to dial in the perfect mix for different parts. The two footswitches give you plenty of control over creating and playing your loops. You still have the ability to connect an external footswitch, so you can have even more control over your loops if you need it.

There are different modes (as I cover in my review) you can set for recording order. This allows you to set up the looper to suit your own needs.

You’re even able to connect a microphone directly into the pedal with an XLR cable, which allows you to use the looper for acoustic guitar, vocals, or any other instrument using a microphone.

The RC-30 also has inbuilt effects, which can be fun for a while, but most guitarists aren’t likely to use them. The main benefits to the RC-30 is the ability to save up to 99 loops and the control you have over every aspect of the loop.

Choosing between the RC-3 and the RC-30

There’s clearly a big difference between the RC-3 and RC-30. The RC-30 is also almost twice the price of the RC-3. So the big question for you is whether the extra control and features built into the RC-30 are worth it to you.

Do you want to be able to run two synchronized loops or will one be enough for you? If you can’t think of any reason to run two loops at the same time, then the RC-3 may have everything you need.

Buying an external footswitch to add to your RC-3 might give you enough control over your loop that you don’t need to consider the RC-30.

On the other hand, if you’re a live performer and plan on heavily using loops in your performances, it’s worth considering the RC-30. Running two synchronized loops at the same time gives you a lot more freedom when building layers and starting/stopping parts.

With the RC-30, you’re able to easily create a verse/chorus style song with the two loops. You can even use one loop track for guitar parts and the other loop track for vocals.

Check out the price and full details of the RC-30 here.

Check out the RC-30 at Sweetwater here.

BOSS RC-300 Loop Station

The RC-300 is the top-of-the-line looper from BOSS and it’s an absolute beast. As big as a typical multi-effects floorboard, it gives you complete control over your loops.

A quick look at the below photo and you’ll see why it’s considered by many guitarists to be the best looper available today:

BOSS RC-300 Looper Pedal

There is a lot we could talk about with the RC-300, so let’s stick to the basics to give you a general idea of what it would be like to use.

Three loop tracks: The RC-30 has two loop tracks. The RC-300 steps this up to three loop tracks. Each track has two dedicated footswitches. Remember that each track gives you unlimited overdubs, undo/redo, start/stop, etc. There’s also a level slider for each track so you can mix the loops as you see fit.

The way to think about this is you can build a dedicated loop for different parts of a song, different instruments, or different layers you want to start and stop without interrupting the rest of the music.

You could have one track for percussions, one for guitar parts, and one for vocals or guitar melodies. Then you’re able to add to each loop as you see fit or stop them when needed.

Expression pedal: the expression pedal can be assigned to control a lot of different parameters. The most popular use according to what I see from RC-300 users online is for level control of a track. You’re able to fade a track in or out as you see fit instead of only being able to start/stop the track with the footswitch.

You’re able to connect up to two more expression pedals, so if you feel you need control over more than one parameter at a time, you can expand the control.

MIDI control: when you get to this level of looping, you’re probably going to want MIDI. MIDI gives you an easy way to sync up multiple pedals and instruments.

For example, let’s say you have a delay pedal and you want the timing of the delay to match your loops. If your delay pedal is MIDI compatible, you can easily sync it with the RC-300 (the RC-30 also supports MIDI).

Choosing between the RC-30 and the RC-300

I’m guessing a lot of guitarists will take one look at the RC-300 and feel completely overwhelmed. It’s an intimidating ‘pedal’ at first glance. It crams in a lot of control, but when you break it down to it’s simplest components, it’s manageable. You have three loop tracks you can use and are able to customize your pedal as you see fit.

The way to decide between the RC-30 and the RC-300 is to look at how complex your loops will be and how much control you need. Will two loop tracks be enough for what you want to create? Or do you need that extra track?

How much control do you need and how easily do you want to be able to start/stop tracks? The RC-300 has dedicated start/record and stop footswitches, so if you want to make performances as easy as possible, it’s a nice step-up from the RC-30.

The RC-300 is quite a jump up in price over the RC-30, so take a look at what you’ll be creating with your loops and whether it’s worth the extra money or not.

Check out the price and full details of the RC-300 here.

Check out the RC-300 at Sweetwater here.

BOSS RC-500 Loop Station

The BOSS RC-500 was released in 2020 and while the name implies that it’s a bigger and better pedal than the RC-300, it definitely doesn’t look it at first.

My guess is that they were going to call this the RC-50, but because they had an RC-50 in the past (now discontinued), they felt that RC-500 would be a good model number.


The RC-500 packs in a lot of features and includes the same RGB LED screen used on the RC-5.

Here are the main features of the BOSS RC-500:

  • 32-bit signal processing
  • RGB graphic LCD display
  • 3 footswitches to record/overdub/delete/select track
  • Up to 13 hours of recording
  • 99 memory slots
  • Stereo input/output
  • External footswitch support
  • External microphone input
  • 16 drum kits with 57 preset rhythms and variations
  • Two track sliders
  • MIDI control (with a compact TRS style jack)
  • USB connectivity
  • 4x AA batteries or external power support

The RC-500 basically takes the brains of the RC-5 and puts it in a bigger enclosure to give you far better control over your loops and rhythms.

Even if it uses the same technology as the RC-5, the extra footswitches, buttons, and sliders give you significantly greater control over everything.

RC-300 vs RC-500

In terms of high-end looper pedals, the RC-300 and RC-500 are obvious pedals to compare.

The RC-500 uses better quality audio, has a better display, and more modern features that weren’t available in 2011 when the RC-300 came out.

So in many ways, the RC-500 is a far better pedal. It also sells at a significantly lower retail price compared to the older RC-300. For most guitarists, this difference is big enough for you to immediately choose the RC-500.

The big advantage the RC-300 still has over the RC-500 is the sheer number of footswitches, controls, and external device support.

To make this clear, here’s the back of the RC-500:

BOSS RC-500 Back

You can see you have important features such as microphone input, MIDI control, external footswitch control, etc.

But here’s the back of the older RC-300:

BOSS RC-300 back

Whether you have a need for all of these extra inputs/outputs is up to you. The main point I’m making is that you should ignore the model number and focus on what features are important to you.

You may find that the three footswitches on the RC-500 are more than enough to give you adequate control over your loops and you may prefer the other modern features such as the color-coded screen.

Check out the price and details of the RC-500 here (Amazon).

Check out the RC-500 at Sweetwater here.

BOSS RC-600 Loop Station

The BOSS RC-600 Loop Station is the latest loop pedal released in December 2021.

The RC-600 is the most feature-filled loop station covered in this guide. It surpasses the now-ancient RC-300 in many ways as well as introducing new features not found on any other loop station pedal.

BOSS RC-600 Loop Station

Here are the main features of the BOSS RC-600:

  • 32-bit signal processing
  • 44.1kHz sampling frequency
  • Large LCD display
  • Large status ring and status indicator
  • 6 tracks
  • 1.5 hours maximum recording time per track
  • Up to 13 hours total recording memory
  • 9 assignable footswitches with tap/double-tap/hold functions
  • 9 color-coded status LEDs (one for each footswitch)
  • 99 memory slots
  • 2 Stereo inputs
  • 2 Microphone inputs
  • 3 stereo outputs (with output mixer and routing options)
  • External footswitch support
  • 16 drum kits with 200 rhythm types
  • 49 input effects, 53 track effects, 2 master effects
  • MIDI control
  • USB connectivity

BOSS RC-600 Back

The RC-600 clearly packs in a lot of features and here are some of the most interesting features:

9 Assignable footswitches: what makes this interesting is that each footswitch can be controlled with tap, double-tap, or hold. This gives you three possible ways you can assign functions to every footswitch. This is a great feature that should allow you to customize your pedal to suit your own needs.

LCD Display and status ring: the first thing your eyes probably went to when you first saw the RC-600 was the big ring and circle status display. The status ring on the RC-1 and RC-10R are good features and it’s good to see BOSS improve this feature in the RC-600.

The way the outer ring fills up during playback is a great way to gauge the progress of a recording. The large circular display makes it crystal clear what the current status of the pedal is. This should be handy for live performers as I would expect that you should be able to tell in your peripheral vision what color the display is showing without having to look down.

BOSS RC-600 Display

The LCD display includes four dedicated knobs, which should make it easier to control the software side of things. Some hardware controls found on the RC-300 have been removed in the RC-600 and moved into the software side. So having an easy interface is important if you want to be able to dig into personalizing your pedalboard or setting up effects and signal routing.

Inbuilt effects: the RC-600 includes 49 input effects, 53 track effects, and 2 master effects. This is a significant improvement over past pedals and should include a decent number of useful effects. Up to four input and track effects can be used at once and you can assign footswitches to quickly toggle or enable effects momentarily.

The list of effects hasn’t been released yet, so I will update this guide once I know exactly what the effects are. 

One interesting effect that has been mentioned is a guitar-to-bass simulator. This can be an incredibly useful effect for solo performers, so it will be interesting to hear the quality of the simulation.

BOSS has a large range of guitar effects that could draw from, so hopefully, we will see a good range of guitar-based effects. The press release for the RC-600 mentions a lot of vocal and DJ-style effects, but I would expect to see a decent number of guitar effects as well.

BOSS RC-600 vs RC-300 Comparison

While the RC-600 looks like a massive pedalboard, it’s actually quite smaller than the RC-300.

The RC-600 measures 17-1/8″ x 6-7/16″ (435 x 163mm) and 2-5/8″ (66mm) high.

Here’s a rough comparison of the size difference between the two pedals:

BOSS RC-600 vs RC-300

While the RC-300 gives you three looping tracks while the RC-600 gives you six tracks. Both pedals have two switches per track (Rec/Play & Stop).

The RC-600 also increases the I/O capability by offering two stereo inputs, two mic inputs, and three stereo outputs.

An obvious change is the lack of a built-in expression pedal on the RC-600. Removing the expression pedal helps reduce the footprint of the unit and you can still connect two external expression pedals. The RC-600 also removes the hardware sliders found on the RC-300 and are now controlled in the software.

Overall, the RC-600 is more compact, packs in far more features, and has a 10-year technology advantage over the RC-300. The improved display, assignable footswitches, large range of effects, and expanded inputs and outputs make it a seriously impressive looping pedal.

While the RC-300 has been a favorite for a lot of looping performers, the RC-600 does pack in some serious improvements that may cause a lot of people to upgrade. When you consider the RC-300 is over 10 years old, it would be hard to recommend it over the newer RC-600.

Check out the price and full details of the RC-600 here.

Check out the RC-600 on Sweetwater here.

BOSS Loop Station Comparison

If you’ve read through each of the above pedals, you should have a good idea of which one suits you the best. There’s a big difference between each Loop Station pedal, so for most guitarists, the choice will be easy.

If you’re stuck choosing between two pedals (eg: between RC-3 and RC-5), I generally recommend the higher model (eg: RC-5). Even if you might be happy with the lower model today, in a few years you might start to feel limited by it. At some point, you’re going to think about the features of the higher model pedal and regret not choosing it.

There have been times in the past when I bought a lower model pedal to save some money, only to regret it later on. I’ve never bought a more expensive model and wished I had fewer features.

Get a looper that you’re not going to outgrow in the next few years. As an example, while the Ditto looper was incredibly popular when it came out, it’s incredibly basic. A lot of guitarists enjoy using it for a while, then start noticing it’s limitations.

You want your looper pedal to last you a long time, so choose one that you’re not going to outgrow.

Hopefully, this guide covered enough for you to make an informed decision on whether any of these loop stations are right for you.

Extra Looper Pedal Resources

How to use a looper pedal – this lesson gives you some simple exercises to get you used to looping. Even beginners can start using a looper pedal to create simple jam tracks and practice parts. Give these exercises a go when you get your first looper pedal.

Best Looper Pedals – this guide gives you alternatives to the BOSS Loop Stations compared above. While one of the above looper pedals will likely fit your needs, there are plenty of alternatives out there. Check out the guide to learn more about looper pedals and other options.