Boss RC-505 Loop Station Review (June 2024)


Last updated on June 10, 2024 4:31 am Details


In this review post, we’re going to be discussing the Boss RC-505 Loop Station, including an overview of its unique features.

Product Description

Infinitely inspiring, the RC-505 Loop Station has become an essential performance instrument for beatboxers, singers, and club performers around the world. Filled with new features requested by top users, the Version 2.0 update brings even more creative power to the flagship tabletop looper. Simultaneous effects can now be used in the Input FX and Track FX sections, and a number of new effects types are included. Many refinements to the loop functionality offer a multitude of ways to enhance and improve live performances. The control target functions have been greatly expanded as well, providing a wealth of external control options for musicians who loop with guitars, keyboards, and other instruments.

Product Features

  • 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 inputVersion 2.0: Newly Added Features
  • Up to three effects can be used simultaneously in both the Input FX and Track FX sections
  • New effects types, including Ring Modulator, Slow Gear, Pitch Bend, and others
  • Extended parameters were added to previous effects, including dotted and triplet note values for tempo syncing
  • New targets for external foot control, ideal for musicians who play guitar, keyboards, and other instruments
  • Assign functions have been increased from 8 to 16, providing expanded performance control via the front panel, external footswitches, expression pedal, and MIDI
  • Enhanced Phrase Memory functions such as individual track monitoring via headphones, quantized loop recording, and more
  • Added system functions, including loop indicator status settings and more

Pros & Cons


  • Worth the price
  • Very trustworthy
  • High-quality build
  • Wonderful sound quality
  • Positive customer review ratings
  • Perfect for studio recording and live performance


  • Large size
  • Very Expensive

Boss RC-505 Loop Station Demo

Our Verdict

The majority of the RC-505’s controls are simple to use and fun to experiment with. The FX dials are nice and substantial, allowing you to get your body behind them while performing, however, only one control is available at a time. Specific FX parameters can be preserved in a phrase memory for quick recall; it’s only a waste that there isn’t more control available via fast touch.

Although this device isn’t ideal, it does provide a higher level of performance possibilities for looping when compared to the competitors. We’ve had a lot of fun with it and recommend it if you’re looking for an all-in-one looping solution.

Where to Buy

The best place to buy this product has to be Amazon, due to their competitive pricing and fantastic customer service.

Boss RC-505 Loop Station

as of June 8, 2024 1:18 pm

Pricing History

Price History for Boss RC-505 Loop Station


Current Price $951.55 June 8, 2024
Highest Price $987.76 July 19, 2023
Lowest Price $540.00 October 10, 2023
Since July 19, 2023

Last price changes

$951.55 December 18, 2023
$822.56 November 16, 2023
$951.55 October 29, 2023
$540.00 October 10, 2023
$959.00 September 17, 2023

as of June 8, 2024 1:18 pm
Last updated on June 8, 2024 1:18 pm

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Additional information

Item Weight

3.31 pounds

Product Dimensions

16.54 x 8.27 x 2.68 inches

Item model number



2 AA batteries required. (included)

Is Discontinued By Manufacturer


Date First Available

April 24, 2013

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