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Owner's Manual
* This device contains demo phrases (90–99). Once you delete these, they
cannot be recovered. Please back them up as described in "Backing up to
your computer" (p. 14).
* This device will enter Sleep mode (power conservation mode) when ten
hours have elapsed since the last operation, or since the last audio input
while in Stop mode.
If you want to prevent the device from entering Sleep mode, hold down the
pedal while you turn on the power, and continue holding down it down for
fi ve seconds (p. 18).

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  • Page 1 Owner’s Manual * This device contains demo phrases (90–99). Once you delete these, they cannot be recovered. Please back them up as described in “Backing up to your computer” (p. 14). * This device will enter Sleep mode (power conservation mode) when ten hours have elapsed since the last operation, or since the last audio input while in Stop mode.
  • Page 2: Panel Descriptions

    • Sound from a digital audio player connected to the AUX IN jack can easily be recorded. • Recorded phrases can be copied via USB to your computer, or WAV fi les from your computer can be loaded into the RC-3 and played back as loops (p. 14). 1. [OUTPUT LOOP] knob This adjusts the volume level of the loop phrase being played back.
  • Page 3 Press this to save the recorded phrase to internal memory (p. 8). change the battery. 7. [RHYTHM ON/OFF] button * If you’re using the RC-3 only on a battery, the display will This button turns the rhythm sound on/off (p. 12). indicate “...
  • Page 4: Connections

    You can use a commercially available Accepts connection of an AC Adaptor (PSA series; optional). By using an AC Adaptor, you USB cable to connect the RC-3 to your can play without being concerned about how much battery power you have left.
  • Page 5: Turning On Power

    * Do not connect headphones to the OUTPUT jack. Doing so may damage the headphones. Caution when turning off the power While the RC-3 is in the following states, you must never turn off the power (i.e., disconnect the plug from the OUTPUT A jack).
  • Page 6: Selecting Phrase Memory/recording

    Basic Operation To perform recording, overdubbing, and playback, press the pedal as shown in the diagram. Recording Selecting a Phrase Memory Record your guitar or bass performance, or Use the [ ] / [ ] buttons to select a the sound from an audio player connected phrase memory (1–99).
  • Page 7: Overdubbing/loop Playback/stop

    Basic Operation Overdubbing Loop Playback Layer your performances while the phrase Play back phrases as loops. plays as a loop. Pressing the pedal switches the unit to Pressing the pedal switches the unit to overdubbing. playback. • To use the Memory Shift function, press the [ ] / [ ] • You can Undo and Redo (p.
  • Page 8: Saving Phrase

    Basic Operation Saving a Phrase NOTE If you select a diff erent phrase memory or turn off the power after * While phrase memory is being read, the recording or overdubbing, the phrase you recorded will be lost. If PLAY (green) indicator will blink rapidly. you want to keep the phrase, you must save it.
  • Page 9: Deleting Phrase

    Basic Operation While the phrase is being saved, the number in the display and Deleting a Phrase the PLAY indicator will blink rapidly. * This device contains demo phrases (90–99). Once you delete NOTE these, they cannot be recovered. Please back them up as described in “Backing up to your computer”...
  • Page 10: Saving Phrase For One-shot Playback

    Basic Operation Saving a Phrase for One-Shot Playback Cancelling an Overdub (Undo/Redo/Clear) One-shot playback will play the phrase once from the beginning to You can undo/redo/clear by holding down the pedal for at least the end, and then stop automatically. two seconds.
  • Page 11 Explanation Normal Recording will begin the instant you press recording the pedal. The REC indicator will blink rapidly, and the Auto RC-3 will enter recording-standby mode. recording When you begin playing, the REC indicator will light and recording will start.
  • Page 12 The tempo will be set to the interval at which you press the rhythm type (r0–r9). button. R & B 3. Press the [RHYTHM ON/ • If the RC-3 is stopped, the rhythm ([RHYTHM ON/OFF] button) Latin OFF] button to return to will turn on after you set the tempo. Percussion...
  • Page 13 By using the “Count-in recording” function (p. 11), you can The display will indicate “ ” – “ ”; the RC-3 is now in rhythm start recording after the rhythm sound has played back for type selection mode. one measure.
  • Page 14 3. Back up the phrases as described below. You can connect the RC-3 to your computer via a commercially available USB cable, and back up RC-3 phrases (WAV fi les) to your Windows users computer or load WAV fi les from your computer to the RC-3.
  • Page 15 * Do not delete the folders inside the BOSS_RC-3 drive unless The “ ” indication will disappear from the display, and the RC-3 you are performing a recovery operation. will return to normal operation. * You can use the following characters in fi le names.
  • Page 16 Connecting to an External Footswitch Connect your foot switch to the STOP/MEMORY SHIFT jack as shown in the illustration, and set its POLARITY switch. Cable: Cable: Stereo 1/4” phone type Stereo 1/4” phone type g g Stereo 1/4” phone type 1/4”...
  • Page 17 Connecting to an External Footswitch When you operate an FS-5U connected to the red plug When Connecting an FS-5U (stereo R side) or pedal A of an FS-6 * The FS-5L cannot be used. Operation Explanation Operation Explanation When you press the foot switch, the While recording/playing/overdubbing, press the Stop next-numbered phrase memory will be...
  • Page 18: Disabling/enabling Sleep Mode

    OUTPUT A jack. After two seconds, the RC-3 will resume normal operation; sleep mode will be enabled. * The RC-3 will not enter sleep mode if there is a phrase that has not been saved. Disabling Sleep Mode 1. While holding down the pedal, turn on the power...
  • Page 19 * When you format the RC-3’s internal memory, all phrase memories that were saved will be erased, and cannot be When you press the pedal, the RC-3 will switch its operation in the recovered. order of recording g overdubbing g playback (default setting) Do not format the internal memory unless the display (p.
  • Page 20 This WAV file is unplayable. Check the format of the WAV file. p. 14 Further overdubbing is not possible. Re-save the phrase. p. 8 Internal memory must be formatted. Format the RC-3’s internal memory. p. 19 The RC-3 has malfunctioned. Contact your dealer.
  • Page 21: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting Other Display Indications Display Explanation Page Display Explanation Page Switch in the order of record/overdub/ 1–99 Phrase memory number p. 6 play Phrase memory containing data p. 19 (dot) Switch in the order of record/play/ One-shot phrase p. 10 overdub Undo Format internal memory...
  • Page 22 Changing the Battery * Incorrect handling of batteries, rechargeable If the display indicates “ , ” the battery has run low. Replace the batteries, or a battery charger can cause leakage, battery as described below. overheating, fire, or explosion. Before use, you must * The use of an AC adaptor is recommended as the unit’s power read and strictly observe all of the precautions that consumption is relatively high.
  • Page 23 • Recording, duplication, distribution, sale, lease, performance, or • BOSS and Loop Station are either registered trademarks or broadcast of copyrighted material (musical works, visual works, trademarks of Roland Corporation in the United States and/or broadcasts, live performances, etc.) belonging to a third party in other countries.
  • Page 24 Specifications BOSS RC-3: Loop Station Weight INPUT: -20 dBu 450 g/1 lb (including battery) Nominal Input Level AUX IN: -10 dBu Owner’s Manual, INPUT: 1 M ohm Leaflet (“USING THE UNIT SAFELY, ” Input Impedance AUX IN: 22 k ohms “IMPORTANT NOTES, ”...

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  • Nick Redpath Sep 23, 2017 06:06:
    I really need this.. I got mine second hand..