Getting to grips with the Boss RC-2

I’m enjoying my Boss RC-2 which arrived last week. It’s a very nifty pedal and suits my simple requirements perfectly. I just wanted some basic looping and this has that, plus some ease-of-use features that surprised me.

My favorite feature is the ‘auto’ mode. Basically, what this does, is to wait around and detect when there is an input signal before it starts recording. The advantage of this is that there is no need for you to step on the pedal at the exact moment that you start playing which might possibly cause you to miss a note or fumble. It’s great! So, you just use the tap tempo button to set the speed and press the pedal once to ‘prime’ it, i.e. put the pedal into a waiting state until it hears you playing. Then, you can count along with the guide (I prefer the basic metronome ticking sound) or count along with the flashing light (red on 1, green on 2, 3 & 4) and then start playing.

The way to stop playing is a bit trickier. In order to make a phrase that loops nicely, you need to press the pedal twice at the right timings. The manual suggests that in the last bar, you press the pedal once on the ‘4’ of the measure and then again on ‘1’ of the next measure. The RC-2 stops at that point and if you have set the tap tempo, it will do a nifty quantize so that it loops and fits seamlessly and sounds like someone playing continually.

This is hot becoming one of my favorite pedals.

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