Boss RC-505, the Greatest Audio Looper

For looping and overdubbing audio there are plenty of choices available. Even your iPad can do a good amount of audio looping with apps such as Loopy and Looperverse. However, performing artists often turn to the Boss RC-505 Loop Station as a reliable piece of hardware that can do it all. It’s easy to see why…

The RC-505 features five channels on which you can record and loop stereo audio by pressing any of the big buttons. On each of the channels you can control the volume or apply any of the onboard FX. There’s also an input FX for processing incoming audio.


  • 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 and DAW integration with computers
  • XLR mic input with phantom power, mono/stereo instrument inputs, and stereo aux input

RC-505 Live Performance

Sometimes, all it takes is to watch a few videos to trigger some GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome). A few artists are doing wonders with the RC-505. Check out the example below of looping artist Marc Rebillet, a.k.a. Loop Daddy. He’s arguably the best salesman of this machine.

Disclaimer: Getting an RC-505 will not turn you into the loop daddy overnight!

Pricing and Availability

The Boss RC-505 Loop Station has been around for a few years and is available with all major retailers including Amazon. Get it via the link below.

$684.99 in stock
3 new from $684.99
3 used from $794.00
Last update was on: March 27, 2024 8:38 am

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