Roland RC-505 Loop Station

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Hands-On Looper for Modern Performers

Beatboxers, singers, and club performers, your Loop Station has arrived—introducing the RC-505, a unique and powerful live performance tool that’s perfect for next-generation loop artists. In a compact tabletop device, you have easy fingertip control of five stereo phrase tracks and various loop playback behaviors, plus INPUT FX and TRACK FX that deliver a wide range of real-time processing options for dynamic, expressive sound creation.

Just plug in a mic, instrument, or other audio source, and then ride the intuitive panel controls to build and mix some amazing loops! The RC-505 also supports computer integration via USB and operation with external pedals and MIDI, opening a world of advanced looping possibilities for all types of musicians.

Features:
  • Tabletop Loop Station that can be operated with the hands, perfect for beatboxers, vocalists, and club performers
  • Five simultaneous stereo phrase tracks, with dedicated controls and independent volume faders
  • Wide range of Input FX and Track FX for processing loops, including DJ and sampler-style effects
  • Independent play mode and tempo sync settings enable a flexible combination of track behaviors and advanced performance options
  • 99 phrase memories, each containing five phrase tracks, custom effects/playback settings, and more
  • 85 onboard rhythm patterns, including odd-measure beats
  • External control via MIDI and optional footswitches or expression pedal
  • USB for phrase import/export with computers; USB audio/MIDI functionality for integration with DAW software
  • XLR mic input with phantom power, mono/stereo instrument inputs, and stereo AUX input

Five Stereo Tracks with Dedicated Controls
The RC-505 features five stereo phrase tracks that can play simultaneously, the most yet in a BOSS Loop Station. Independent record/overdub/play and stop buttons for each track let you capture and control loop performances with your fingertips, and dedicated volume faders allow you to mix loop levels on the fly. Each track can have its own playback mode (multi, single, one-shot, reverse, etc.) and tempo sync settings, providing an unlimited range of creative looping behaviors.

Powerful FX Onboard
With the large selection of built-in effects, it’s easy to enhance your sounds as you perform. INPUT FX such as ROBOT and VOCODER create unique, dramatic sound textures for recording loops, while TRACK FX like VINYL FLICK and BEAT REPEAT provide dynamic DJ and sampler effects for real-time processing of phrase playback. Six dedicated buttons—three each for INPUT FX and TRACK FX—can be loaded with your favorite effects, giving you one-touch on/off access while looping. In addition, effects parameters (filter cutoff, effect depth, etc.) can be tweaked in real time with the INPUT FX and TRACK FX knobs. Global compressor and reverb effects are also available for processing the overall sound output.

Phrase Memories and Rhythms
99 phrase memories provide onboard storage for phrase track data, various playback and effects settings, and more. A combination of frequently used settings can be saved as a User Set, which you can easily load to quickly reconfigure any phrase memory, even in the heat of performing. 85 different onboard rhythms offer backing for loop recording, with a large selection of odd-measure beats for advanced looping. The rhythm part can be routed to the rear-panel PHONES jack only, giving you a dedicated click track for monitoring purposes.

Audio Inputs and USB
The RC-505 is outfitted with a number of simultaneous inputs, allowing you to capture and mix a variety of different audio sources as you build loops. There’s an XLR microphone jack with phantom power, mono/stereo ¼-inch inputs for guitars, synths, or other instruments, and an AUX mini-jack for connecting a music player, smart phone, or other stereo device. Via USB, you can plug into your computer and import/export WAV audio phrases, great for loop archiving or loading up RC-505 phrases with backing tracks or sounds for sampler-style triggering. The RC-505 also functions as a USB audio/MIDI interface, making it simple to integrate with your favorite DAW software for audio recording, MIDI sync, and more.

Customized Looping Control
With the RC-505, you have the ability to set up customized real-time controls for the way you like to loop. You can specify up to eight different functions and operate them in a variety of ways—with front-panel controls, an external expression pedal or foot switches, and/or various MIDI Control Change messages—extending your command of looping and many other operations. The eight control assignments are stored with phrase memories, allowing you to create and recall custom setups for different songs and performing situations.

Things You Will Get:

    RC-505 Loop Station
    Owner's Manual
Series .
Model RC-505

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RolandRC-505 Loop Station
 
4.7

(based on 19 reviews)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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      5.0

      Easy Looping!

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      from Chicago, Il

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            Comments about Roland RC-505 Loop Station:

            The RC-505 exceeded my expectations and is pretty much ridiculous for creative looping! It stands on its own for live performance with really no need for outboard processors.
            This unit will inspire any real musician.
            I love it!
            This is a real hands on product review from Warren@  Sam Ash Buffalo Grove

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            5.0

            Endless Looping

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            from Cincinnati, OH

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            Pros

            • Quality sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Acoustic Live Gigs

              Comments about Roland RC-505 Loop Station:

              Many features which made it easy to use live. Very intuitive. XLR input was a great feature. I am a staff reviewer at Sam Ash Music.

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              5.0

              Great Looper for the rest of us

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              from Las Vegas, NV

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                    Comments about Roland RC-505 Loop Station:

                    Finally a looper designed for Djs and Beatboxers. Easy to plug in any instrument or microphone and create. For Djs, connect a MP3 and create backing tracks with easy. Full featured looping in a compact table top design. This is a real hands-on product review from Brent @ Sam Ash Las Vegas.

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                    4.0

                    Roland RC 505 is awesome!

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                    from Indianapolis, IN

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                    • Powerful
                    • Versatile

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                        Comments about Roland RC-505 Loop Station:

                        As far as loop stations go Roland reigns supreme. The new RC505 is no exception either. It taken everything that the RC500 did right and expanded on that. Its definitely one of my favorite looping systems.

                        This is a real hands-on review from Andy @ Sam Ash Indianapolis

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                        5.0

                        One of the best

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                        from Manhattan, NY

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                              Comments about Roland RC-505 Loop Station:

                              A few hours of jamming and I feel I've barely scratched the surface with this pedal. Very easy to get carried away and loops for hours. If you wanna dive in deeper, there's tons of FX for your guitar, pitch-based effects, and even a vocoder! Takes a bit of time to get into all of those but it won't feel like it. You can store your phrases into the looper or record them via USB to your computer so you never lose any song ideas. Definitely one of the best in terms of features. Staff reviewer @ Sam Ash

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                              5.0

                              " Endless Looping"

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                              from San Antonio , TX

                              Pros

                              • Ease of Use
                              • Simplicity

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Live Perfromance

                                Comments about Roland RC-505 Loop Station:

                                The RC 505 Looper is the big sister of the Loop Family and works with ease . This unit is great for one or two man projects that need to fill in space with extra tracks. I am a Sam Ash Reviewer.

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                                5.0

                                Very awesome Loop Station!

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                                from Queens, NY

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                                      Comments about Roland RC-505 Loop Station:

                                      The Roland RC-505 Loop Station is a very awesome loop station for any type of performer. If you are a guitarist you can just plug in and make some awesome loops. Or you can plug in a mic and do some awesome looping vocal works.

                                      This is a real hands on product review from Scott @ Sam Ash Queens

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                                      5.0

                                      Almost Infinite Looping!

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                                      from Edison, NJ

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                                      Pros

                                      • Built in effects
                                      • Long Loop Times
                                      • User friendly

                                      Cons

                                      • Almost too many features

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Live Solo Performances
                                      • Practicing

                                      Comments about Roland RC-505 Loop Station:

                                      This thing is such an incredible tool for practicing and getting your timing down. It's also incredible when used for solo artists. The looping is pretty seamless and syncs up so well. Being able to start with a simple chord progression and end up with what sounds like a full band playing is just a wonderful thing!

                                      This is a real hands-on review from Steve at Sam Ash Edison, NJ.

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                                      5.0

                                      Versatile! Modern and Intuitive!

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                                      from New York, NY

                                      Pros

                                      • Use With Any Daw
                                      • Use With Any Instrument
                                      • Versatile

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                                        • Adding Effects To Loops
                                        • Vocal Loops
                                        • Wav Importexport

                                        Comments about Roland RC-505 Loop Station:

                                        This is easily the most versatile looper on the market! Roland has really outdone themselves! The look is modern and sleek and easy to find the tracks and effects you need. You can use it for any instruments AND add effects. Like other Boss Loopers, you can import and export .wav files to your pleasing. You can integrate into your DAW for more creativity, and create five individual tracks. Perfect for any musician!

                                        This is a real hands on product review from Chaz @Sam Ash Manhattan

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        WOW!!!

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                                        from Orlando, Florida

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                                              Comments about Roland RC-505 Loop Station:

                                              The RC-505 Loop Station by Roland is an amazing looping station to have as a band or dj. Great for live use or in the studio a must have. "This is a real hands on product review from Cristian@ Sam Ash Orlando"

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