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Offline DanniTSI3

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Talk to me about loop pedals... Specifically the Boss RC 3
« on: February 09, 2019, 05:13:49 am »
Have I mentioned my husband has the Gas on my behalf?

I now have the Boss Super Chorus, Boss Delay, Digitech grunge, neunaber wet reverb pedal.... And the latest is the Boss RC 3 looper pedal.

To be fair he can also use the pedals for his analog synth system... so it's kinda like that Simpson's episode where Homer has his name engraved on Marges birthday gift bowling ball but it's all good he knows way more about this sort of stuff than me.

I'm super interested in looping to play different parts of songs over each other but bejesues this thing looks complicated

Any beginner tips, YouTube tutorials etc any one can help with?

Im up to my eyeballs in effects I have no clue about using

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Re: Talk to me about loop pedals... Specifically the Boss RC 3
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2019, 08:16:03 am »
I have an RC-3 and love it. It is a very flexible pedal with 3 hours of recording time.  You can also change the programming of it if you don't like the sequence of things (record/overdub/stop/playback).  You can also hook it to a computer and load loops in or save them off and you have 99 banks to play with.  Lastly, it does have a drum machine built in.  I don't really use that as I have a Trio for that. 

As with all looper pedals, you will need to practice using it and that might take a little time but they are all pretty straight forward. 


This vid was pretty helpful in functionality of the RC-3!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5Lf0i34LiQ

Also, you can add an additional foot switch in create a stop button and a channel changer. 
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Re: Talk to me about loop pedals... Specifically the Boss RC 3
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2019, 08:16:52 am »
Justin has a good tutorial


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Re: Talk to me about loop pedals... Specifically the Boss RC 3
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2019, 08:44:05 am »
Thanks everyone, gives me somewhere to start!

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Re: Talk to me about loop pedals... Specifically the Boss RC 3
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2019, 01:57:20 pm »
Good for you. I decided early on to practice with music and not a metronome. My first pedal was a Ditto looper, which was the simplest one that I could find at the time. And simple is still important to me when it comes to loopers. Great practice tool. It's a skill that takes some time and effort to develop. Really great for working through challenging song parts, writing songs, chasing tone, and learning to layer music.

Count and use the metronome (at least in the beginning) to record your rhythm layer and learn to start and stop on the 1 beat. My playing and creativity improved dramatically after I began using a looper pedal. The chasing tone part comes into play to help you dial in your amp and other pedals while your looper plays. Very easy to A/B different settings. It can be a challenge to twiddle knobs and focus on how things sound while trying to play something.     

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Re: Talk to me about loop pedals... Specifically the Boss RC 3
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2019, 03:59:20 pm »
The RC-3 is one of the more capable pedals, with capability comes complexity.

Some nice things about the RC-3:

It has a basic built in drum machine which can be good to practice along to rather than a metronome. But you can also loop the drums along with anything you record.

It has a line in which you can plug a phone or laptop into to play along with, but it will also record that in the loop, so you can use it to record a loop from a song or backing track and then play along with it.

You can also plug the USB into a computer and use the free "tone studio" librarian application to copy loops you have recorded to the computer, or to load loops onto the looper from the PC. Boss have a whole bunch of background tracks and loops you can load in.

You have 99 separate loops, which can be used for different things. Some could have background tracks/loops and others can be for stuff you've looped from scratch.

If you want to get sophisticated, you can create loops for different parts of a song and switch between them on the fly to create a whole performance.

Enjoy!

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Re: Talk to me about loop pedals... Specifically the Boss RC 3
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2019, 09:07:37 pm »
🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯

My brain is exploding 🤭

Going to keep it simple for now.

I need to do more practice with a metronome as a start me thinks

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Re: Talk to me about loop pedals... Specifically the Boss RC 3
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2019, 10:13:16 pm »
That's a shame. The Ditto is dead simple. One click to record the loop, and another click to stop the loop, which at that point begins playback. Look for a mode on yours that has that level of ease.

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Re: Talk to me about loop pedals... Specifically the Boss RC 3
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2019, 10:38:45 pm »
That's a shame. The Ditto is dead simple. One click to record the loop, and another click to stop the loop, which at that point begins playback. Look for a mode on yours that has that level of ease.
My hubby brought me the pedal.... He has GAS really bad he keeps buying analog synths, then he feels bad and buys me a pedal

I'm so early on in my guitar journey, haven't even been playing 12months yet. So all of these effects I've got I really feel ill "get it" once I'm more experienced.

I'm trying not to get caught up in all these ancillary things when I really need to concentrate on actually being able to play.

No use in having a loop pedal when I haven't even learned the theory behind soloing over a blues 12 bar blues etc.

So its time will come.

I think for now it'll be a great tool for recording and listening back.

I'm keen to try Hey Joe rhythm from the Beginners Song Book then adding the little flairs and bass solo over as a start.

Pheew so much to learn haha

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Re: Talk to me about loop pedals... Specifically the Boss RC 3
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2019, 12:50:23 am »
Yep.

Basic use is tap once to record, tap again to overdub, tap again to switch to play mode. Tap twice to stop.

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Re: Talk to me about loop pedals... Specifically the Boss RC 3
« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2019, 01:13:46 am »
Yep.

Basic use is tap once to record, tap again to overdub, tap again to switch to play mode. Tap twice to stop.

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Thanks Keith!

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Re: Talk to me about loop pedals... Specifically the Boss RC 3
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2019, 09:53:10 am »
Well here's my first attempt... Complete with happy dance

https://youtu.be/2anTlVnN-5w

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Re: Talk to me about loop pedals... Specifically the Boss RC 3
« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2019, 10:42:54 am »
Rock on !!

Sounding good, Danni ... tones, chords and timing.

When you figure out how to phrase the lyrics, feel free to show me how it's done since I can play the chord progressions but all falls apart trying to sing it  :o

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Re: Talk to me about loop pedals... Specifically the Boss RC 3
« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2019, 10:48:53 am »
David P I've no idea haha! Can I record vocals into this looper I'm not sure I can.

But I'm assuming there's a way to add it later on a pc. But I'm analog girl I'll need my IT department (husband) to work that out and show me

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Re: Talk to me about loop pedals... Specifically the Boss RC 3
« Reply #14 on: February 10, 2019, 11:28:25 am »
You can overdub anything you like on the loop, as long as you can get an appropriate signal into the looper. For most microphones you will need a preamp between the mic and the looper. Most commonly people use a mixer.

If you want to keep the loop you have recorded, make sure to hold down the write button until it flashes. This will store the recording into the memory location so you can switch to a new location or power off the looper without losing the recording.

You can then use the PC "tone studio" app to copy the recording to a PC.

Cheers,

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