Hi my name is Jack Shepherd and we’re at BOSS HQ
and we’re looking at the RC-202 Loop Station. Now it’s a tabletop unit and I’m a guitarist
so it might seem a little strange at first but I find that when I’m writing for live
performance, first and foremost, it’s my audience. And I’m able to connect with them more directly
and a lot more easily when they can see what I’m doing and really relate to it. People are used to seeing DJs, things like
that, this looks like a bit like a DJ controller. And when really need to do stuff under the
hood with my feet, I can as well. Like a lot of guitarists, I was a little bit intimidated
by tabletop looper and having to take my hands away from the instrument. But the main reason I ended up going with
the 202 and 505 is that, you can communicate with your audience around electronic music
a lot more with your hands than you can with your feet. I find that my songs and my writing process
kind of focuses on who’s going to be listening to it, a lot more than it does on me listening
back to it. Another thing about the RC-202 is that I have
all of the Track FXs and Dynamic FXs right in front of me with the audience being
able to see them. If I need to improvise something, or have
an idea that I can’t get to with my feet, I can get to it really really easily with
my hands and everyone can see what’s going on. So for instance, if I’m looping something
like a… and if I want to put a filter on that here… Someone can see me doing that with my hand
and relate to that a lot more easily than if I was using an expression pedal or something
like that. Similarly with your beat repeats and all that
kind of stuff, I just find that it’s a lot easier to do things quickly and do things
in a way that makes sense to the audience.. when I’m not thinking about looking down. And that’s the other thing. When you’re performing to anyone, even if
you’re the guitarist in the band instead of doing a one-man band looping thing, you want
to be looking down the barrel of who you’re performing to, making them feel like they’re connecting
with it. So that’s me on why I ended up using hand
loopers and I’ve used just about every looper there is. But yeah, the 202 and 505 for me are really
the way to connect. And now I’m going to take you through my track
“Phase”and how we got some of those specific sounds and effects out of the RC-202. So we’re gonna talk about how to go through
doing your first loop using Input FXs and Track FXs. If you’re anything like me, your first question
is how to do your first loop when you have to have your hands on your guitar. The RC-202 lets you plug in a control pedal
on the back panel or MIDI to control anything on the unit if you’re that way inclined, but
in my case I do a lot of beatboxing so I do my first loop with my fingers. There’s a big button on the bottom left corner
and I’ve just used the Input FXs which are on the left hand side and turn my EQ to
get my vocal sounding a bit more bass-er for that beatbox. So we’re gonna turn it on and off every time there is a snare beat. And then I use the reverb just for the snares or the claps. So we’re gonna turn it on and off every time there’s a snare beat. So what we’re going to do is hit the big record slash play button down on the bottom left, for track one We’ve got the EQ on and we’ve got my finger over the Reverb FX ready to put it on just for those claps. so it goes like this. So when that’s going around, you can start thinking about your second loop over here I’m gonna put some snares on and some guitar yeah? with a little bit of Delay for good measure. Overdubbing in orange. Once you’ve got a couple of loops going you can use the Track FX – they’re on your right hand side In this case, we’re gonna use a filter to kind of take it down almost like I’m gonna do a bass drop. which is exactly what I’m going to do. We’re gonna go back to the Input FX and now we’ve got guitar to bass. ready to do a bass line. so we might filter it back up over the next few bars.. like this.. Off and Record There you go, you’ve got your whole track going You can turn off the Input FX maybe put some Reverb… and maybe a bit of Delay for the vocal Like this. Then you can keep going… Use various Track FXs to take the vibe up and down Play with dynamics a bit.. You can slice it.. Yeah. So you can keep going around and you can use Input FXs to add more layers on you can use output FXs or Track FXs you can layer those with each other as well so you can record Track FXs back into the loops. All sorts of crazy stuff. And you can do all these things with the foot pedals as well if you have a MIDI controller or just a double foot switch also have a few different options you can use. Yeah, have fun with it!