Rocking Roland RC-505 Loopstation Looks Cool

New gear announced on Roland Connect   04-Apr-13

Quite possibly the coolest product video from Roland in years, the new RC-505 Loopstation was pre-announced via the Roland Connect website moments ago.

The new RC-505 looper gets a groovey demo from a brilliant beatboxer who I am ashamed to say I don't recognize. The RC-505 offers five stereo tracks of looping with input effects including what sounds like a synth pitch tracker and filter.

  • 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

ETA June 2013, price £529

You can be sure we'll be paying a visit to the Roland booth for a closer look at the Musik Messe.


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Dastardly    Said...

Two key questions for t'Messe: 1. how long are the loops? On paper, it's similar to the Korg Kaoss series, which are limited to 16 beats per loop. If it gives more than that, Roland have a winner. And 2. how long are the load times for loading phrases, etc? Again, the K-Pro and KP3 were hamstrung by load-times from SD card which were too long for live work.

04-Apr-13 10:55 AM

Gustavo    Said...

Ain't that guy the one from spain from Boss loopstation contest?

04-Apr-13 10:55 AM

Blake    Said...

I wonder if Reggie Watts had anything to do with this products development?

04-Apr-13 02:28 PM

coloringpad    Said...

Length of loops? Loops available in different lengths? Effect select for individual tracks?

Looks very slick.

04-Apr-13 04:32 PM

coloringpad    Said...

Length of loops? Loops available in different lengths? Effect select for individual tracks?

Looks very slick.

04-Apr-13 04:32 PM

Ken Davis    Said...

Looking forward the creativity this presents The current artists at Jupiters Casino in Qld Australia are using this style of Loop Machine and producing wonders with loops and video

Just saw there show last week and was amazing! International Composer and Producer Filmaker Ken Davis

04-Apr-13 06:53 PM

To    Said...

Roland, like Microsoft, just don't do 'cool' in product design or promotion. In the last decade anyway. NI se to get the idea, take an artist like Ean Golden and watch him showcase something like the S4 and you get a sense of the features and potential. Watch the vid for this and you get minimal product info and a cheesy artist wankfest

05-Apr-13 01:45 PM

csimmons    Said...

From what i understand, you can record loops of different lengths, just like on the RC300. In fact, looking at the Dub FX demo of the RC505, it looks like it has almost all of the functionality of the RC300, but easier to use for vocalists. Since the vast majority of those who buy the RC300 nowadays are vocalists, I can imagine that Boss will sell a boatload of these. I already plan to sell my RC300 in favor of the 505.

06-Apr-13 08:57 AM

looping man    Said...

Well ...Ableton Live makes the same....

06-Apr-13 10:01 AM

Prophet 12    Said...

Icthis this could be great for people who don;t want to sit in front of a ****ing computer all ****ing day, MORE HARDWARE MAKES YOU FREE!

07-Apr-13 04:36 AM

csimmons    Said...

@looping man: That's true. I use Live in my looping show. I probably have the sickest vocal looping setup on the planet after Beardyman, so I know exactly how well Live works for looping.

I'm still getting the 505, because it's easier to use than Live, and I don't have to spend all day setting it up. Hardware is your friend.

07-Apr-13 04:41 AM

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