About a month ago, I did a show at Bar Lubitsch in West Hollywood. After the show, Steve (THANK YOU STEVE!) came up to me and said, “I’m getting you the bigger pedal.” So, a couple of weeks ago (or a week and a half?), I received a very generous gift - The Boss RC-300. I’ve been so swamped with trying to finish the EP and all of the Kickstarter pledges that I didn’t have the time I wanted to lock myself in the garage, mess with it for an hour (or twelve) and figure out the mechanics of it so I could really play with it. Day by day, I was able to take a break and while I did, I learned a few things, here and there. Here’s what I’ve learned so far about my new toy:
1. It has three SEPARATE channels. That means three independent tracks that I can create as many loops on top of as I wanted. Now I can create a separate verse and chorus section - or have the ability to break to a bridge of some sort.
2. You can program each channel to start overdubbing at the right measure - so instead of having to beatbox for four measures to match the verse, I can beatbox for one measure and put a lot more cool shenanigans on top.
3. There’s an AWESOME effects pedal intergraded - from transposing, modulation, to tuning down your guitar lick so that it becomes a bass lick, to distortion and reverse mode - the limits are endless. Being a chick, I’ve always had a hard time singing a bass line - now I can sing it an octave higher and pitch it down. HOW FREAKIN’ COOL IS THAT?!
4. With the added fs-6 pedal, I can record a FOURTH track - let’s say background vocals - on top of whatever track I want. And when I want to remove them from the track, I can. (side note: the only drawback I’ve come across with this is the two second delay. So, while you’re looping, you need to factor in that you’ll have to press the switch pedal two seconds before you need it to start/stop. it’s pretty tricky live, but it’s definitely possible, with lots and lots and lots of practice.)
I had figured out enough to try a song - and what better song to try than a Michael Jackson one? Here it is - I hope you have as much fun watching it as I did making it.
All in all - I’m one happy camper. This has opened me up to so many more possibilities. And let’s face it - I’m always down for a new challenge.