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
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Model RC-505

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RolandRC-505 Loop Station
 
4.7

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96%

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      4.0

      Amazing!

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      from Cleveland Ohio

      Staff Reviewer

      Comments about Roland RC-505 Loop Station:

      Talk about the end all of loopers. The rc505 is by far the best looper on the planet. The recording quality is amazing and the ease of use makes this a no brainer. If you are looking for a great looper to practice with or meat up your current rig this is it!

      this is a hands on review by Graham @ sam ash Cleveland

       
      5.0

      Awesome!!

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      from UNLV

      Verified Reviewer

      Comments about Roland RC-505 Loop Station:

      ease of use makes a performance with the RC505 mindblowing! effects, cherry on top

       
      4.0

      LOOP-D-LOOP

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      from King Of Prussia, PA

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      • High Quality
      • Precise
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        • Live
        • Practice

        Comments about Roland RC-505 Loop Station:

        This loop station is one of the best! Giving you precise control and response, you can put together endless loops and get those creative juices flowing with ease. With so many effects, this easy to use pedal will have you engulf for hours of entertainment at home and give you the cutting edge as a performer!

        I am a staff reviewer @ Sam Ash Music

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        5.0

        A versatile looper for all!

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        from King of Prussia

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          • Bass
          • DJ
          • Guitar
          • Music Production
          • Vocals

          Comments about Roland RC-505 Loop Station:

          I have used various models of the Roland RC series looping pedals since the RC-20 came out years ago. I am amazed as to how much added features they add as future generations come out, and the RC-505 is a prime example. The RC-505 is the most versatile looping pedal I have seen come out, able to accommodate DJs and music producers as well as guitarists and vocalists. With newer features including effects, built-in rhythms, and playback and control of 5 individual loops at once, this gives endless creativity to all artists. This is a product review by Ric @ Sam Ash in King of Prussia, PA. 2099rk.

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          5.0

          Fancy Looper!

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          from Chicago, Il

          Staff Reviewer

          Comments about Roland RC-505 Loop Station:

          The RC-505 exceeded my expectations!
          This unit offers pretty much unlimited looping flexibility and combined with it's ease of operation it really inspires creativity
          I love the LED rings that count down the loop length.
          Great!
          This is a real hands on product review from Warren @ Sam Ash Buffalo Grove

           
          5.0

          Powerful Live Loop Station

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          from Phoenix, AZ

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          Comments about Roland RC-505 Loop Station:

          The Roland RC-505 Loop Station that can be operated with the hands, perfect is great for beat makers, singers, and DJ's. With five stereo phrase tracks a wide range of Input and Track FX, 99 phrase memories and 85 rhythm patterns everything you need is right here in this compact loop station. This is a real hands-on product review from Rick @ Sam Ash Phoenix.

           
          5.0

          Best New Looper

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          from NYC

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                Comments about Roland RC-505 Loop Station:

                Great new looper from the king of loopers. The 505 is the most intuitive looper yet. You can easy switch between loops, almost more like a sampler. Great for DJs to live band use.

                Very good value for the price!

                I would recommend to a friend.

                This is a real hands-on review from Jeremy @ Sam Ash NYC

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                5.0

                Best Looper Out

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                from Canoga Park, CA

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                      Comments about Roland RC-505 Loop Station:

                      This is far and away better than anything on the market. Even boss's beg RC looper doesn't have the cool look that this guy does. I'm the only guitarist in a cover band, and you'd be surprised how many two guitar bands I can cover by first playing one part, then another.

                      This is a real hands-on review from Josh @ Sam Ash Canoga Park.

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                      4.0

                      Roland does it again!

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                      from Los Angeles

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                            Comments about Roland RC-505 Loop Station:

                            Roland continues to lead the way in functional, easy to use looping devices. This one works especially well for EDM, DJ and other similar applications. The ability to call up 5 sound phrases with the push of individual buttons makes this a real winner. As always, it is intuitive to work with and loaded with features.

                            I am a staff reviewer at Sam Ash in Los Angeles.

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                            5.0

                            Fun pedal

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                            from Canoga Park Ca

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                                  Comments about Roland RC-505 Loop Station:

                                  I used this to layer some parts i did on guitar in alternate tunings and it didnt stop there. I was able to lay sown some bass and some ostinatos on my pad controller. I still have not scratched the surface, and i have gotten more done with this than any other looper.
                                  This has been a hands-on product review by Dana @ sam ash Canoga Park.

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