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Boss RC-500 Loop Station Pedal

Two-Track Looper with Premium Sound Quality, Loop FX, 99 Phrase Memories, 57 Rhythms & MIDI

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SKU: RC500

Product Description

The RC-500 sets a new standard in compact looping. Expanding BOSS' venerable Loop Station series, the RC-500 is one of the Japanese brand's most feature-packed looper pedals to date. An essential partner for guitarists, singer-songwriters, multi-instrumentalists and anyone who wants to take their performing to the next level - the BOSS RC-500 is among the most versatile and best bang-for-your-buck loopers available on the market!

Allowing you to form real-time compositions with two loop tracks, mic and stereo instrument inputs, 57 built-in rhythms and inspiring Loop FX - the RC-500 pedal doesn't let the quality of your recordings slip either, with sublime 32-bit audio quality. Store your favourite loops via 99 generous built-in memory slots, and explore extended operation with external controls and MIDI.

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Unparalleled Audio Quality

BOSS' RC-500 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-500 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!

Connect, Loop & Mix

With its easy-to-use interface and multiple ins/outs, the BOSS RC-500 lets your creativity flow with no limitations. Connect mono/stereo instruments and pedal effects, plus a microphone to the dedicated XLR input - complete with phantom power for use with condenser microphones.

You have the ability to use the two loop tracks independently for song-style composition, or together to form rich multi-track textures and soundscapes. The intuitive LCD backlight changes colour to clearly show the current operation mode, while tactile track faders and a mic level knob provide direct access to volume control as you loop. Simple!

Expanded Control

Adhering to BOSS' 500 series chassis design, the RC-500 boasts three footswitches that make it simple to control recording and playback, track switching and more. To get the absolute most out of the RC-500, you can connect up to two external footswitches for direct control of many assignable functions, or an expression pedal for continuous adjustments. And for advanced rigs, the space-saving TRS MIDI input/output enables remote operation from MIDI switchers and foot controllers, plus MIDI sync with drum machines and DAWs.

Looping, Personalised...

The RC-500’s ins/outs and footswitches are factory-configured for basic operation, but you can customise what they do to suit your personal looping preferences - reassigning them in a variety of different ways. Route left/right input sources to separate tracks, or send guitar and vocals to independent outputs. Use the footswitches to turn effects on/off, start/stop rhythms and more. Custom assignments are saved along with phrase memories, letting you instantly reconfigure the RC-500 for any application.

Enhance Performances with Rhythms & Loop FX

BOSS' RC-500 will always keep you inspired with its built-in rhythms and evocative loop processing - designed to bring groove and colour to your looping. Each of the 57 preset rhythms include A/B variations, while 16 different drum kits provide sounds to match any musical style. Optimised for live performance, 'Loop FX' like repeat, scatter, and more infuse your loops with instant sonic energy. There’s a cool reverse function too - perfect for creating warped-sounding loops on-the-fly.

Capture, Practice & Perform

99 phrase memories enable you to store loops as fast as you create them, complete with rhythm and kit selections, audio settings, and control assignments. Loop audio can be backed up to a computer via USB, in case you want to overwrite ideas on the RC-500 without losing them forever! And with WAV import via BOSS 'Tone Studio', the RC-500 becomes a central playback hub for lesson material, jam tracks, or backing music for your next gig.

Key Features

  • Advanced two-track looper with onboard mixing and deep control options 
  • 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
  • Mono/stereo inputs for easy pedalboard integration, plus independent XLR mic input with phantom power 
  • Reverse function and Loop FX (repeat, scatter, shift, and vinyl flick) for dynamic and engaging loop performances
  • 16 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
  • Runs on four AA batteries or optional AC adaptor



  • Sampling Frequency: 44.1 kHz
  • AD/DA Conversion: 32 bits
  • Processing: 32-bit floating point
  • Nominal Output Level: OUTPUT A/MONO, B: -10 dBu
  • Maximum Output Level: OUTPUT A/MONO, B: +8 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
  • Memory: 99
  • Display: Graphic LCD (96 x 32 dots, RGB backlit LCD)


  • Number of Tracks: 2
  • 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: 16 types


  • LOOP FX (only for loop tracks)
  • Reverb (only for rhythm part)

Nominal Input Level

  • MIC IN:-40 dBu (variable)
  • INST IN A/MONO、B: -10 dBu

Maximum Input Level

  • MIC IN:+8 dBu
  • INST IN A/MONO, B: +8 dBu

Input Impedance

  • MIC IN: 4 k ohms
  • INST IN A/MONO, B: 1 M ohm


  • REC/PLAY switch
  • STOP switch
  • TRACK SELECT switch
  • MIC LEVEL knob
  • TRACK 1 slider
  • TRACK 2 slider
  • TRACK 1 EDIT button
  • TRACK 2 EDIT button
  • RHYTHM TEMPO button
  • RHYTHM ON/OFF button
  • MEMORY button
  • MENU button
  • EXIT button
  • ENTER button
  • INPUT button


  • INST IN A/MONO, B jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
  • MIC IN jack: XLR type (balanced, phantom power: DC 48 V, 10 mA Max
  • OUTPUT A/MONO, B jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
  • CTL 1,2/EXP jack: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
  • USB port: USB micro B type
  • MIDI (IN, OUT) jacks: stereo miniature type
  • DC IN jack


  • Power Supply: Alkaline battery (x4, AA, LR6), AC adaptor (PSA-S series: sold separately)
  • Current Draw: 330 mA (with phantom power), 240 mA (without phantom power)
  • Battery Life (Alkaline): Approx. 3.5 hours (without phantom power), Approx. 2 hours (with phantom power)

Weight & Dimensions

  • Weight: 950 g (2.1 lbs)
  • Dimensions (mm): 170 (W) x 138 (D) x 60. (H)
  • Dimensions (inches): 6-3/4 (W) x 5-7/16 (D) x 2-3/8 (H)


  • Owner's Manual
  • Leaflet
  • Alkaline battery (x4, AA, LR6)
  • Rubber foot (x4)

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


24 reviews





Trusted Customer18th Mar 2024

So far so good, but still early days. Not quite so initially intuitive - you need to read the manual to get the most out of it. Any mainstream review will tell you that this pedal in one of the main contenders, so no criticism there. I think I'll grow into this pedal as long as I make the effort to fully familiarise myself with it.

Value 4Looks 3Durability 3Sound 5

Trusted Customer21st Oct 2023

Didn't like it at all. I think the Boss RC 10R is much better.

Value 1Looks 4Sound 2

Trusted Customer9th Sep 2023

Value 4Looks 5Durability 4Sound 5

Trusted Customer16th Aug 2023

Detailed and fully featured looper. Wanted a decent looper to learn with. Not fully utilised it yet but so far it’s great.

Value 4Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Trusted Customer6th Jun 2023

Works well but it seems that none of the 500 series loopers have all of the good features. Each is missing something making it almost perfect. The RC500 does most of what i need but lacks the intuitive feel of the RC10R. The ability to select a time sig should be available on them all. Overall i would recommend the RC500 but really it is just an RC5 with volume controls and a second loop option.

Value 3Looks 3Sound 4

Mr Dominic Croxford30th Apr 2023

Great looper, not instantly user user friendly, more complicated than the single pedal, just takes time to learn how to use it,.. it has many functions it takes time too efficiently learn to use the pedal to its optimal, I had to return my 1st rc500 as the volume levels of the 2 tracks where significantly different volumes! The 2nd one instantly better the volume of the 2 tracks consistent, the sound quality is great and the 2 track function is great too, still learning it. Build is solid however as a gigging musician the dials on top could be better protected, as if they break or are damaged it would make the product useless.. so I built a protective box..

Value 5Looks 4Durability 3Sound 5

Mr Barry Knott17th Feb 2023

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Trusted Customer30th Jan 2023

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Mr Mike Williamson16th Jan 2023

Super fun bit of kit, takes a bit of getting used to for a noob but great training tool.

Value 4Looks 5Durability 4Sound 5

Mr Roger Abraham23rd Nov 2022

Value 5Looks 5Sound 5

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