Boss RC-600 Loop Station

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Loop Station
RC-600 Loop Station
A Floor-Based Looper Like No Other
Meet the RC-600, the most advanced looper on the planet. Loaded with evolved features and customizable functions, this next-generation Loop Station ushers in a new era of creative power for guitarists, singer/songwriters, multi-instrumentalists, and other looping musicians. Capture multiple mics and instruments with six stereo tracks and premium 32-bit sound, and take full command with nine freely assignable footswitches and deep external control support. And that's just the start—you can also color loops with a massive FX selection, groove with onboard rhythms, route audio as you like to the three stereo outputs, integrate with computer software via USB, and much more.

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Standard Features
Flagship floor-based Loop Station with next-level sound quality and flexibility
Class-leading sound quality with 32-bit AD/DA and 32-bit floating-point processing
Six simultaneous stereo phrase tracks
Ultra-flexible onboard control with nine freely assignable footswitches and three pedal modes
Massive onboard effects selection with 49 Input FX and 53 Track FX types and the ability to use four at once in each section
Time-based effects can automatically sync to rhythms and loop tempo
Two XLR mic inputs with phantom power, two stereo line input pairs, and three stereo assignable line output pairs
99 memories, each containing six phrase tracks, custom effects and playback settings, control assignments, and more
Synchronize your loops with over 200 onboard rhythm patterns and 16 drum kits
Deep MIDI control support
Streamlined and durable metal body
Large circular loop status indicator and informative LCD screen with selectable display modes
Two external control jacks, each with support for up to two footswitches or an expression pedal
USB for data backup, phrase import/export with BOSS Tone Studio, and pattern import with the RC Rhythm Converter
The Next Frontier in Floor-Based Looping
With the immense capabilities of the RC-600 at your feet, you can realize complex and sophisticated loop performances like never before. Use the six tracks in series or parallel for different musical structures, and build crystal-clear layers with the next-generation audio engine. Process sounds before and after capture with a huge range of FX, including time-based FX that automatically sync with loops and the built-in rhythms. Tap into unprecedented control with nine footswitches and the ability to instantly recall different assignments with three pedal modes. And if that's not enough, you can go even further with the RC-600's rich external control options.

Personalized Control
The RC-600 is highly customizable, allowing you to configure the looper to perfectly suit your personal workflow. The footswitches and pedal modes feature a multitude of assignable CTL parameters that include track operations, FX and rhythm functions, tap tempo, and more. In some cases, you can use a single footswitch to trigger different functions with a press, hold, or double-click. Two control jacks are available for external footswitches or expression pedals, and each has its own dedicated set of parameters. There's also an Assign function to set up 16 different controls for hardware and MIDI operation. And with seven top-level screen variations, you can get real-time feedback on a variety of current operations.

Powerful FX for Inspired Performances
With 49 Input FX and 53 Track FX to choose from, your RC-600 performances will always be evocative and exciting. There's a world of sonic colors on tap, including versatile effects from the vast BOSS library, a guitar-to-bass simulator, and a wide range of powerful vocal FX. The Track FX also include cool DJ-style effects like Beat Scatter, Vinyl Flick, and others. Up to four Input FX and Track FX can be used at once, and you can store banks of four in each section for quick recall, along with toggle or momentary button settings for each type.

Connect and Mix
Packed with versatile connectivity, the RC-600 is ready for any loop performance style. You have two XLR mic inputs plus two mono/stereo input pairs for guitars, keyboards, drum machines, and various audio devices, along with an input mixer with two mic compressors and dedicated channel EQs. Three stereo output pairs, a headphones output, and an output mixer are also available, complete with assignable routing options and master reverb and compressor effects. It's even possible to use the audio I/O to patch in external effects to process one or more loops. And via USB, you can integrate with computer DAWs and use BOSS Tone Studio to import and export WAV loops.

Move and Groove
The RC-600 features a wide selection of organic rhythms with dynamic real-time functionality. There are over 200 patterns in styles ranging from rock, pop, and acoustic to Latin, jazz, and electronica, and each includes four variations to keeps things interesting. Intros and endings are also available if you want them, plus automatic fills to transition between sections. Can't find what you need? Then import your own SMF rhythms over USB with the dedicated RC Rhythm Converter software. And with 16 different kits, you can groove with everything from light percussion and brush tones to heavy rock and electronic dance sounds.

Creative Details
The RC-600 also offers many new creative details inspired by longtime Loop Station users. Three different overdub modes are available—including one that lets you replace the current sound in a loop track while it's playing—plus a new Bounce In function for capturing multiple tracks into one. Undo/redo has also been enhanced with Mark Back, which lets you instantly jump back to a previous loop state that you've flagged. Half and double speed options are also on hand, along with the ability to adjust the overall playback speed with or without pitch change. Additionally, it's now possible to assign the Auto Rec function to a footswitch for quick activation whenever you need it.


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Loop Station
RC-600 Loop Station
SPECIFICATIONSSampling Frequency44.1 kHzAD/DA Conversion32 bitsProcessing32-bit floating pointRecording/PlaybackNumber of Tracks: 6
Data Format: WAV (44.1 kHz, 32-bit float, stereo)
Maximum Recording Time: Approx. 1.5 hours (1 track), Approx.13 hours (total of All memories)Rhythm Type200 types or greaterRhythm Kit16 typesEffectINPUT FX: 49 types
TRACK FX: 53 types
MASTER FX: 2 typesMemory99Nominal Input LevelMIC IN 1, 2: -40 dBu
INST IN 1, 2: -10 dBuMaximum Input LevelMIC IN 1, 2: 0 dBu
INST IN 1, 2: +7 dBu/+20 dBu (selectable)Input ImpedanceMIC IN 1, 2: 3kohms
INST IN 1, 2: 1 M ohms/25 k ohms (selectable)Nominal Output LevelMAIN OUTPUT: -10 dBu
SUB OUTPUT 1, 2: -10 dBuMaximum Output LevelMAIN OUTPUT: +7 dBu
SUB OUTPUT 1, 2: +7 dBuOutput ImpedanceMAIN OUTPUT: 1 k ohm
SUB OUTPUT 1, 2: 1 k ohmRecommended Load ImpedanceMAIN OUTPUT: 10 k ohms or greater
SUB OUTPUT 1, 2: 10 k ohms or greaterControlsREC/PLAY switch x 3, STOP switch x 3, TRACK SELECT switch, UNDO/REDO switch, ALL START/STOP switch, MENU button, LOOP button, RHYTHM button, TAP TEMPO button, ENTER button, EXIT button, PAGE buttons, 1--4 knobs, OUTPUT LEVEL knobDisplayGraphic LCD (128 x 64 dots, backlit LCD)ConnectorsMIC IN 1, 2 connectors: XLR type (balanced, phantom power: DC 48 V, 10 mA Max
INST IN 1, 2 jacks, MAIN OUTPUT jacks, SUB OUTPUT 1, 2 jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
PHONES jack: Stereo 1/4-inch phone type
CTL1,2/EXP1 jack, CTL3,4/EXP2 jack: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
USB port: USB B type
MIDI (IN, OUT) connectors
DC IN jackPower SupplyAC adaptorCurrent Draw1.2 A (with phantom power)
1.1 A (without phantom power)AccessoriesAC adaptor
Owner's Manual
Leaflet ("USING THE UNIT SAFELY," "IMPORTANT NOTES," and "Information")Options (sold separately)Footswitch: FS-5U
Dual Footswitch: FS-6, FS-7
Expression Pedal: FV-500H, FV-500L, EV-30, Roland EV-5SIZE AND WEIGHTWidth435 mm
17-1/8 inchesDepth163 mm
6-7/16 inchesHeight66 mm
2-5/8 inchesWeight (including battery)2.4 kg
5 lbs 5 oz* 0 dBu = 0.775 Vrms*The specifications are subject to change without notice.


We've come a long way since Ed Alleyne-Johnson recorded an entire album with just a Digitech PDS-800....

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This might convince me to sell my Boss RC505 mk1 / Behringer FCB1010 / Uno FCB-505.  I guess I'll have to see if the RC-600 can substantially outperform my hardware setup.
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Wow.  6 loops?   That works for me.   If it's similar to the RC-300 where you can save loops you've created so much the better.  Multiple inputs too so I could theoretically run two GK units into this at the same time live.  Does anyone know of a release date for this?
My music projects online at

GK Devices:  Roland VG-99, Boss GP-10, Boss SY-1000.


Smaller than my headrush looper board. I wonder how it would compare.

I really key change function on the looper board - if the Boss had this I might consider changing.


I did a little thinking: the loop aging trick shawnb devised which I used on the RC-300 to do the frippertronic style looping might still be possible on the 600.

I used headphones out to the aux-in to do it on the RC-300.   The RC-300 has one regular stereo input, a stereo aux in, and a mic-in.   The
RC-600 has two sets of stereo inputs and a set of stereo XLR inputs.   So I think by routing the headphone out in stereo to one of the sets of inputs will let you do that process if you are so inclined.

My music projects online at

GK Devices:  Roland VG-99, Boss GP-10, Boss SY-1000.


Got one today.

Easy and intuitive, right out of the box.
That said, it is very feature rich.
I could spend a year or two diving in.

I think Roland did a very good job of making the six tracks accessible and foot controllable.
Nice choices of how to configure the physical switches on the board.

After watching Alex Hutchings, I'm humbled and feel lucky to have the chance to mess around with this pedal.

I'll be in RTFM land for a while. ;)


My music projects online at

GK Devices:  Roland VG-99, Boss GP-10, Boss SY-1000.


Looks like a bunch of them are available at stores.

Day two and I'm really enjoying it.

Having a bit of a glitch with auto-record....  sometimes doesn't wait for signal.
Probably user error.

Effects are O.K. but I wish it had better quality verb.
Getting picky, but it only has one algorithm for the main Reverb.
(also has gate and reverse reverb effects, but the normal reverb is less than stellar)
Easily fixed by bringing another pedal for verb, but that's another pedal to bring.

All in all, I think it is a very capable machine.
On the loop front, it works really well and sounds great.

It's a keeper!


What's the Amp modelling like? Could you use it on its own.


Re: the amp modeling...
It has very basic Boss models.
I'm sure they could be tweaked for nice sounds, but I wouldn't want this to be my main guitar platform.
I'd at least plug another pedal in, or a whole pedal board.

After mashing about, I do think the overall audio quality is very good.
Six stereo tracks with multiple overdubs and the overall sound is clean and clear.

I keep reading the manuals and am seeing enormous potential here.


Thanks. I do have an SY1000 that I would use with it but I was just curious if it was okay if I was in a hurry.


Just here to say that I got one - my first looper - and after 4 hrs I'm totally hooked. Combined with VG-99... ultimate songwriting, ideation, practicing tool.

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