Finally, peace of gear that is made for bass players, but everyone else wants to use it hahaha
In early days bass players were trying to make progress, express their ideas by using gear that was made for guitar players (mostly), keyboard player and even vocalists.
It’s not an ego but I’m proud and happy that bass guitar players are finally above everyone else ;o)
I’ve just got mine 2 weeks ago and still didn’t go through whole manual but I can tell you too many things about BOSS RC-50.
I’ll try to make it simple and I’ll cover just basic things about RC-50 and you’ll see how long my story will be :o)
Rc-50 allows you to control recording, playback, overdubbing and the composition of ensemble tasks performed while recording (in real time) or as you perform and give you flexibility controlling three phrases simultaneously.
It’s not really recording device but on the other side it’s more than effect processor.
You’re able to save up to 99 patches and each patch consists of three phrases. Approximately 49 minutes in mono or 24 in stereo mode can be stored. You can use Boss RC-50 for recording, for practice or even complete songs, studio or live performances.
RC-50 has three different types of stereo inputs. Input for musical instrument (madded for bass but can be used to plug in guitar, keyboard or any other instrument, just name it… that’s what I was talking at the beginning hahaha), input for phantom powered microphones and stereo input for CD players or any other external devices.
Panning of phrases in playback? No problem at all ;o). Next one on list is SUB OUT which lets you output your choice of phrases or guide sounds.
One of the things that can be very helpful is called “Center Cancel”. Just record from CD or any other sources and you’re able to create “minus data”. Minus data mutes only sounds at the centre of the sound fields.
“Flat Amp Simulate” will adjust the tone of audio recorded from an external device or microphone and you can play these sounds through your guitar amp.
Recorded something and you’re not happy, want to do it over again? No problem. RC-50 has UNDO switch and in just two seconds your last recorded phrase will be out ;o). After that you’ve changed your mind and decided that deleted phrase was actually good. No problem again. There’s switch called REDO and again, in just two second your deleted phrase is there ;o)
In case you want to control the tempo of your recorded phrases there’s two options. You can tap the tempo or you can choose the tempo before you start recording. Externally connected expression pedals can be very helpful but I don’t’ have enough time to cover all possibilities that RC-50 is offering ;o). Yes, you can synchronise phrases. Even those that have been recorded at different tempo and play them back at the same tempo.
You want to connect a recorder or any other MIDI device? No problem (again). Boss RC-50 allows you to do that because there’s MIDI In and Out connectors. You can even synchronise RC-50 with any other external MIDI devices. Communication of other devices with RC-50 is now possible and that’s another thing that I’m impressed with. With any other device previously that was a nightmare ;o).
Rhythm Guide – RC-50 is offering this feature that basically is perfect to use during recording, instead metronome or even for live performance. The sound quality is fantastic and you can select from variety of beats and patterns (RC-50 has installed just few but original package comes with a CD that has loops and patterns I’ve mentioned).
RC-50 connected to a computer? No problem (again). You’ve recorded something and you don’t have enough space to save it or you just want to make a backup of your recorded file. Just connect your RC-50 and your computer with USB cable (provided) and simply copy files. Importing these files when you need them into RC-50 is so easy. Basically any wave file can be imported. Part that you recorded or just part of your favourite song.
Let’s have a look on the RC-50 Front Panel.
(I’ll just name and give brief description of each part)
Display – big enough to see information’s that you using
Patch/Value Dial – use to switch between patches or change value of settings
Parameter Button – Press them to select parameters
Tap Tempo Button – adjust the tempo by tapping this button several times
Name/Patch Button – Use this button if you want to name or change settings of the patch
CTL/EXP Pedal Button – use this one if you want to set the functions for the RC-50’s pedals and external pedals
System/USB Button – Press this button to change system settings and when using RC-50 connected to computer
Exit Button – to cancel an operation
Write Button – Use this button when storing or deleting settings
Play Mode button – use this one to switch between single and multi mode
Loop Sync On/Off Button – Use this when changing the Loop Sync settings
Phrase Edit – section with Level Knobs (to adjust the volume of Phrases 1, 2 and 3), Phrase 1/2/3 (press this to change phrase settings), Reverse Indicator (light to indicate that a phrase 1, 2 or 3 is in reverse playback), One shot Indicator (Light to indicate that a phrase 1, 2 or 3 is to be played back only once
Guide – section with Level knob (adjust the volume of your Guide sound-no sound played if the knob is turned all the way to the left), Select Button (to select the Guide sound), Start/Stop Button (use this if you want to start and stop the Guide manually)
Input Level – Section with AUX Level Knob (to adjust the level of the input from the AUX jack), MIC Level Knob (to adjust the level of the input from the Mic connector), INST Level Knob (to adjust the level of the input from INST jacks), PEAK Indicator (light when the input level exceeds the standard level)
Auto Rec On/Off Button – to switch auto recording on and off
Input Mode Button – Use this when setting the Center Cancel and Flat Amp Simulate function
Loop Quantise Indicator – lights when loop Quantise is active
Overdub Mode – Overdub Mode Button to select overdubbing mode and Overdub Mode Indicator lights up when overdubbing mode is selected
Master Level Knob – adjust the volume of the output from the MAIN OUTPUT and PHONES jack
Rec/Play/Overdub Pedal – to switch between recording, playback and overdubbing for the selected phrase. With each press of the pedal the next function in the sequence is active.
Rec/Play/Overdub Indicator – Indicates the status of the phrase selected (red for recording, orange for overdubbing and green for playback mode)
Stop Pedal – Pedal that stops recording, playback or overdubbing
Tempo Pedal – Pressing this one you’ll be able to change the patch tempo. Also you can change the tempo by pressing this pedal several times.
UNDO/REDO Pedal – One of my favourite. Pressing this one (and hold for about 2 sec) will delete recorded or overdubbed phrase (UNDO). Pressing this pedal again will bring back phrase that you’ve deleted (REDO)
PHRASE 1/2/3 Pedals – Press these to select the phrase to be recorded or played back. Use these to record and arrange your song. On each Phrase you can record as many layers you want. For example use Phrase one for intro, Phrase two for Verse and Phrase three for Chorus. So simple ;o)
PHRASE 1/2/3 Indicators – Orange light (on the left side) indicates currently selected phrase. The indicator flashes when that phrase is on hold as the next phrase to be played. The right indicator shows the status of the currently selected phrase. For the start if you remember that RED light is for Currently Recording, GREEN light for Playing Back and ORANGE is for Overdubbing will be enough to make some serious stuff.
RC-50 Rear Panel
-Input R (Mono) /L Jacks
-Phantom (phantom Power) ON/OFF Switch
-Main Output R (MONO)/ L Jacks
-Sub Out R (MONO) L Jacks
-EXP/CTL 3,4 Pedal Jacks
-CTL 1,2 Pedal Jacks
-MIDI In/Out connectors
-DC IN (AC Adaptor) Jack
I hope this was helpful
IN BASS I TRUST