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Boss RC-5 Loop Station Pedal

Compact Looper with Class-Leading Sound Quality, 99 Phrase Memories, 57 Rhythms & MIDI



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Product Description

Step up to the RC-5 and prime your pedalboard with maximum looping range. Capture sound with premium 32-bit quality, navigate parameters and monitor loop status with the backlit LCD, and tap into expanded operation via the control jack and TRS MIDI I/O. And with over 50 rhythms, 13 hours of stereo recording, 99 phrase memories, and more, the compact RC-5 puts a deep well of musical power at your feet.

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Unparalleled Audio Quality

BOSS' RC-5 has been designed with only the best circuity and components available - meaning virtually zero sonic compromises. Featuring best-in-class 32-bit AD/DA and 32-bit floating-point processing, the RC-5 captures your personal sound with full fidelity and keeps loops crystal-clear - even with multiple overdubs. And with 13 hours of stereo recording time, there’s plenty of space for extended and immersive musical journeys!

Window to Your World

The RC-5 features the most advanced interface available in any compact looper pedal. The LCD lets you keep an eye on loop status as you perform, with a backlight that changes color to indicate recording, overdub, and playback states. And coupled with the multi-function parameter knob, it’s quick and easy to navigate rhythms, kits, system settings, and more in the heat of the moment.

Deep Control

The RC-5’s versatile pedal switch controls all looping functions—record, overdub, play, stop, and undo/redo. But deeper control is also supported if you need it. Connect up to two external footswitches for direct control of many assignable functions, or an expression pedal for continuous adjustments. Players with advanced systems will love the TRS MIDI I/O, which saves space and enables remote operation from MIDI switchers and foot controllers, plus MIDI sync with drum machines and DAWs.

Move and Groove, Forward and Back

With 57 preset rhythms and seven different drum kits, the RC-5 is ready to elevate loop and practice sessions with inspiring grooves for any style. For each rhythm, A/B variations can be selected from the panel or controlled via MIDI while performing. The RC-5’s looper engine also includes a cool reverse function that’s great for infusing your music with fresh sonic colours.

Capture, Practice & Perform

99 phrase memories enable you to store loops as fast as you create them. In addition to audio, a phrase memory includes the selected rhythm and kit - so it’s ready to go when you call it up! Loop audio can be backed up to a computer via USB, in case you want to overwrite ideas on the RC-5 without losing them forever! And with WAV import via BOSS 'Tone Studio', the RC-5 becomes a central playback hub for lesson material, jam tracks, or backing music for your next gig.

Key Features

  • Advanced BOSS looping features in a compact footprint 
  • Class-leading sound quality with 32-bit AD/DA and 32-bit floating-point processing
  • Stereo looper engine with 13 hours of recording time 
  • LCD with multi-color backlight for viewing loop status and editing parameters 
  • Reverse function for infusing loops with interesting textures
  • Seven different drum kits and 57 preset rhythms with A/B variations
  • Support for expanded control via external footswitches, an expression pedal, or MIDI
  • Full MIDI I/O provided with space-saving mini TRS jacks (BMIDI-5-35 adaptor cable available separately)
  • Onboard storage for 99 phrase memories
  • Back up and load WAV loops via USB



  • Sampling Frequency: 44.1 kHz
  • AD/DA Conversion: 32 bits
  • Processing: 32-bit floating point
  • Effect: Reverb (only for rhythm part)
  • Memory: 99
  • Display: Graphic LCD (96 x 32 dots, RGB backlit LCD)
  • Nominal Input Level: INPUT A/MONO, B: -20 dBu
  • Input Impedance: INPUT A/MONO, B: 1 M ohm
  • Nominal Output Level: OUTPUT A/MONO, B:-20 dBu
  • Output Impedance: OUTPUT A/MONO, B: 1 k ohm
  • Recommended Load Impedance: OUTPUT A/MONO, B: 10 k ohms or greater
  • Bypass: Buffered bypass


  • Number of Track: 1
  • 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 Type: 57 Patterns x 2 Variations
  • Rhythm Kit: 7 types


  • MEMORY button
  • SETUP button
  • RHYTHM ON/OFF button
  • RHYTHM TEMPO button
  • Pedal switch


  • INPUT A/MONO, B jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
  • OUTPUT A/MONO, B jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
  • STOP/MEMORY jack: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
  • USB port: USB B type
  • MIDI (IN, OUT) jacks: stereo miniature type
  • DC IN jack


  • Alkaline battery (9 V, 6LR61 or 6LF22)
  • AC adaptor (PSA series: sold separately)
  • Expected battery life (alkaline): Approx. 2 hours

Weight & Dimensions

  • Weight: 450 g (1 lb)
  • Dimensions (mm): 73 (W) x 129 (D) x 56 (H)
  • Dimensions (inches): 2-7/8 (W) x 5-1/8 (D) x 2-1/4 (H)


  • Owner's Manual
  • Leaflet
  • Alkaline battery (9 V, 6LR61 or 6LF22)

Options (Sold Separately)

  • AC adaptor: PSA-S series
  • Footswitch: FS-5U
  • Dual Footswitch: FS-6, FS-7
  • Expression Pedal: FV-500H, FV-500L, EV-30, Roland EV-5
  • TRS/MIDI connecting cable: BMIDI-5-35
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Customer Reviews


36 reviews





Trusted Customer6th Apr 2024

Great shop and staff!!!!!

Value 4Looks 5Durability 5Sound 4

Trusted Customer18th Mar 2024

A great, easy to use looper, with good features, at a reasonable price.

Value 4Looks 5Durability 4Sound 5

Miss J Levi1st Jan 2024

Great fun using over Xmas

Value 4Looks 4Durability 4Sound 4

Mr Agustus3rd Nov 2023

Value 4Looks 4Durability 4Sound 4

Trusted Customer25th Oct 2023

Fantastic device. I've only just started to scrape the surface of what it can do, but just the ability to hear back what you've played and then play along in time is magic. Deep functionality still to be explored, but the first two weeks have been lots of fun and my playing feels tighter already.

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Mr Nicholas Cowle15th Sep 2023

Great bit of kit. I am a beginner guitarist and this is so east to get on with, out of the box, plug and play. I was looping in minutes! You might want to consider the power adapter too, I didn’t think about this. Boss recommended their own to avoid damage to the equipment. I am relying on batteries at the moment and don’t yet know how long they might last. I suspect that in the long term I may have to get one if I start long sessions of looping!

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Mr Joe Marriott1st Sep 2023

The new 32 bit processor is absolutely crystal clear a huge difference and improvement on my previous rc-3 which it now puts to shame.

Value 4Looks 4Durability 5Sound 5

Mr David Gibson13th Aug 2023

Happy enough with the product but there is quite a learning curve to use it properly for an older numpty like me.

Value 4Looks 4Durability 4Sound 4

Trusted Customer17th Jan 2023

Excellent product & Features

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Mr Dean Butler30th Dec 2022

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

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