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Re: Boss RC-50
At 02:29 PM 1/21/2006, Doug Cox wrote:
>Sorta blows my mind that very few of the new mass-market loopers have
Of the new stuff at the show, both Looperlative LP-1 and Electro-Harmonix
2880 Super Multi-Track Looper have feedback control.
Looperlative seems straightforward. You can set feedback independently on
any track, and feedback is always happening.
In the EH 2880, feedback only happens on the active track, and only while
in overdub. It shares the feedback control with the output level for the
track, which seems kind of odd. So if you are setting feedback for
overdubbing, it affects the track mix while not overdubbing. And if you
have a particular track mix set, it affects feedback when you go into
overdub. I asked them why they did that, and they didn't have any good
explanation. I also asked why they restrict feedback control to just one
track, and only while overdubbing. They didn't understand why anybody
want feedback any other time. They just have it as a way to prevent the
loop from overloading. It almost seemed accidental that they have it at
all, but it is there.
Boss RC-50 is unclear. The fade in/out function can be set over a complete
range of values, but I don't know if overdub can continue while it is
fading. (for that matter, I don't really know what this function does
exactly, since I didn't see it demoed.) It definitely is not a featured
thing about the product.
The looper in Guitar Rig does not have feedback. (there is a delay module
with feedback control however.) The NI marketing guy who demonstrated it
me was again clueless why anybody would want feedback in a looper. He said
it would be impossible for them to do it because it is a sample based
looper, and it wouldn't work in the design architecture.
>The Boss demo-guy not even knowing what it was seems to reinforce the
>that this (IMO) fundamental feature is getting ignored.
at least at Roland, yes.
The RC-50 engineer was at the show, and the demonstrator went looking for
him for me but could not find him. I left my card, hopefully he contacts
me. I'd like to ask him why.
>Hello static wall of sound!
Their ad copy even says "create a perfectly synced wall of sound live
although if you just use loopers to play guitar solos over pre-loaded
rhythm loops, maybe this doesn't matter so much. that is how it was mostly
However, other than the feedback thing the RC-50 is pretty cool. It has 3
stereo tracks in a loop preset. Each is like a separate RC-20xl. You can
have 99 presets, with different pre-loaded loops, parameter
and whatnot for each preset. The tracks in a preset can either operate in
parallel (all playing together) or sequentially (for verse-chorus-bridge
type stuff). Tracks can be different lengths or sync'd together. The
can be independently put into reverse or overdub. It can do time
per track to match up tempos. Nice big pedals for selecting tracks. No
deeper functions like multiply, insert, copy, etc.
There is a quantize mode for lining commands up to loop boundaries. It has
a USB port and loads .wav files directly. Also midi in and out, with
claimed midi clock sync both ways.
It does not have a CF card. They said Boss prides itself on making
that are very reliable and can hold up to a lot of abuse on stage, and CF
cards are not reliable enough. that is probably true. the CF connector
was definitely not intended for rugged industrial applications like music
Price is supposed to be $785 list or something like that, about $500
It will be nice when some people really get RC-50's and report back on
real-world usage. It is very hard to get a the details at a NAMM demo in
the Boss room.
Kim Flint | Looper's Delight
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