July 23, 2004
Whether for use onstage or at home, the new RC-20XL allows musicians to create multi-layered performances in real time. Loops and riffs can be stacked repeatedly until the 16 minutes of ample recording space is full.
The RC-20XL picks up where the RC-20 leaves off, as it offers more recording time and more features, but at the same price as before. The RC-20XL inherits the same "hands-free" pedal operation from the RC-20: Record, Play, and Overdub can be done with the left pedal; your hands are free to play your instruments. But now you get 16 minutes of recording time to capture and store loops or one-shot phrases (approximately three times that of the RC-20), and you can work your way backward thanks to the new Undo function, a necessity if you make a mistake during overdub.
The RC-20XL has 11 memory tracks in which to store one-shot and/or looped phrases. During your performance, you can switch between the tracks with an optional FS-6 Dual Footswitch, or two FS-5U footswitches (momentary-type). The Undo function can be a useful and musical function for erasing your previous phrase and instantly layering a new one.
After you've dazzled the crowd with your layered masterpiece, bring it to a proper end with one of the RC-20XL's three Stop options. When you hit the pedal, you can either immediately stop the playback, let the phrase play until the end, or fade it out.
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