REVIEW: BOSS RC-20 Loop Station™


In August 2009 my partner in crime, Andreas from The Dingo Birds gave me a BOSS RC-20XL Loop Station. Woohoo!!

Let the one-man-band jamming days begin!


- I liked the auto-start function: when you start playing it records automatically.

- Quantize function means you don't have to be exact with timing when recording the initial loop, which is cool.

- Quite easy to get the hang of. Only two pedals, one for record, play, and overdub, the other for stop, delete.


- Didn't like that you can only record one overdub (with many layers) and you cannot delete loops and add them back in once you record them.

- Drum samples sound quite artificial.

Score: 4/5 for a beginner looper.

First of all, I need a good pickup for my cello. For a great way to amplify a classical cello, see my post about "The Band" for cello, made by Headway.

Below are the ones who inspired me in the early days:

Zoë Keating - cellist and looping extraordinaire (

Dubfx - looping idol and friend from Melbourne (