Boss RC-2 Loop Station

RC-2 Loop Station (Boss)

In the past, several Boss compact pedals (the DSD-2, DSD-3, DD-5 and DD-6) had limited sampler capabilities, although they couldn’t be considered real samplers.

Then Boss made the RC-20XL and the RC50, both guitar-oriented samplers, but they coudn’t be considered “compact”. The RC-2 Loop Station, available from 2006, has 16 minutes mono sampling time, up to 11 phrases , some drum patterns and a “loop quantize” function. A nice touch is the AUX input to allow sampling from an external source.

While the reduced size can be useful, it does have some drawbacks, and this unit is less comfortable to work with, if compared with larger models. However, it’s possible to use FS-5U or FS-6 external switches.

RC-2 Loop Station box (Boss)

RC-2 Manuals (44 small pages!) and info on Roland site

RC-2 Video demo and images on Boss USA site

Specifications:

- Nominal Input Level: INPUT -20 dBu AUX IN -10 dBu

- Input Impedance: INPUT: 1 MOhm AUX IN 47 kOhm

- Nominal Output Level: -20 dBu

- Output Impedance: 1 kOhm

- Recommended Load Impedance: 10 kOhm or better

- Current Draw : 50 mA

Boss LS-2 Line Selector

This is not really an effect, but simply, as the name states, a line selector / switcher. However, it does have a “boost” capability and allows for some neat tricks, so it woudn’t be wise to dismiss it as a simple “switch”.

There are 3 controls: two are volume levels and the third is a “mode” knob, which has six postions. Two different color LEDs are used to indicate which output is active.

1st position “A<>B” alternates between A and B outputs (no bypass)

2nd position “A<>Bypass” selects between line A and bypass

3rd position “B<>Bypass” selects between line B and bypass

4th position “A>B>Bypass>” selects between line A, line B and bypass in sequence

5th position “A+B Mix>Bypass” selects between a mix of A and B outputs and bypass

6th position “Output Select” selects between Send A, Send B and direct output

One last note, this pedal has a DC out too: this means that it can be used with an external AC adapter and a cable to supply power to other pedals.

Since this short description isn’t really clear, you may want to read the original manual at this address:

LS-2 Manual (Pdf format, english language) on Roland Japan Site

Specifications:

- Current draw: 25 mA

- Input impedance: 1 MOhm

- Output impedance: 1 kOhm

- Recommended load impedance: 10 kOhm or greater

- Residual noise: -85 dBu or less (IHF-A)

Ernie Ball Volume Pedal (mono)

Ernie Ball Volume Pedal (left side)

Ernie Ball Volume Pedal (right side)

This is not really an effect, but is still a pedal. It’s a passive volume control with a single potentiometer, as you can see in the photos. Very simple, but pretty good: construction is impressive, and physical feedback is perfect. At 1,6 Kg, this pedal is no lightweight either, but this is an advantage. There’s no indication of a model number on the unit, and the models on the official site www.ernieball.com are different from this one, which I suppose is an older model: you can see that this one has both in/out jacks on the right side instead of the front side. Recent models are fitted with an additional tuner output and there are both mono and stereo models. One good thing: you can actually buy original spare parts (pots, springs and cords) for this family of pedals. Prices are on a par with build quality :(

Ernie Ball Volume Pedal (front side, open)