Question about Roland BOSS RC-20XL Loop Station Phrase Recorder with Instrument Cables

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When I turn on my BOSS RC-20XL Loop Station the reverse, tap tempo, write, exit and one shot phase start to blink rapidly and I cannot get them back to normal. Therefore, I am unable to use my loop station.

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Hi. I had the same problem and fixed it by clearing all the phrases. An explanation of how to do this is below (written by someone else, not me) But, expect your guide beat to now sound like a fuzz instead of a drum. This really sucks and there is apparantly no fix for the guide sound except to send it back to Boss. Good luck.

1. Start by selecting Phrase 1.

(if the 'REVERSE' or 'AUTO START' are lit press them off.)

2. Select 'INST & MIC' by pressing 'MODE'

3. Hold down 'EXIT' and 'AUTO START' together - at the same time, this should light up the green LED for 'LOOP PHASE'

4. Hold down 'WRITE' and 'EXIT' together
then hold 'WRITE' on its own
then 'WRITE' and 'EXIT' together again...as if you were clearing a phrase.

they should light up in red and flash, if not try a combo of section 4.

5. Repeat on all Phrases 1 - 11.

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I had this problem. Lights flash and no response from any buttons or pedals. My power supply had developed a fault. A new power supply or set of batteries cured mine.

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