Earlier this month, I decided to get a new pedal, the Boss RC2 Loop Station.Â This is a fun little pedal.Â It can be used for live performance, however, practice is the main reason that I decided to get it (so far, it's been a great way to make practice fun.) For those of you who don't know what a looper is, the concept is fairly simple (and the name should give you a pretty good idea.) A looper allows you to record a portion of sound, and play over and over again, creating a loop. There are many different loopers out there. When I was looking at which one was right for me, I had to stop and ask myself what my needs were. One of the reasons that I went with the RC-2 was that I already have the DigiTech RP500.Â Since the RP500 already has built in delay effects, I didn't need delay effects built into my looper.Â The RP500 is also already taking up quite a bit of space, so I wanted a small looper.Â Even though there is only one footswitch on the RC-2, it does have the option of plugging in two other unlatched switches for the added features of a tap tempo footswitch as well as a phrase selector. Since I am going to be using the looper for practice, I did want some drum beats and patterns that I would be able to use.Â The RC-2 does very well at this, you can select the pattern you want, record a phrase.Â It is nice to have two separate volume knobs, one for the drum pattern and one for the recorded phrases, so once you record a phrase, you can turn the drum track off if desired. Overdubbing is another feature worth making note of in most loopers.Â Overdubbing allows you to record phrases over existing phrases, and in effect, layering the sounds.Â Just like in painting, the artist usually starts out by painting the background, from there he/she is able to add foreground objects, and then add detail from there.Â Overdubbing allows you to set a base rhythm down first, then fill in the details from there. With a total of 16 minutes of record time, the RC-2 does a great job allowing me to be able to record long phrases and add layers on top of that base without having to worry about running out of space. The RC-2 also features an auxiliary audio input that allows me to plug an iPod or CD player into it and record phrases of songs that I want to work on.Â You can also slow and saved phrase down, allowing practice at slower tempos without affecting the pitch of the original song. Anyway, those are a bunch of the key features of the RC-2 that I liked, there are more, and I could go into more detail of the acctual opereation of the device... but I think you get the idea.