BOSS has introduced the SY-1 Synthesizer, a new pedal that transforms your guitar or bass into a synthesizer, without the need for a special pickup.
The BOSS SY-1 Synthesizer features 121 sounds in a compact pedal, with easy connectivity via a standard 1/4-inch cable. Leads, pads, organs, basses, and more are included, plus a variety of sound effects and rhythmic synth patterns.
Sounds are organized into 11 different types, with 11 variations in each.
Here’s what they have to say about it:
Thanks to custom DSP and the latest BOSS innovations, the SY-1 offers latency-free performance for a natural and organic playing experience. Tone/Rate and Depth knobs provide quick adjustment of synth voices, including changing the pitch on some sounds. And with a rear-panel switch, the input circuitry can be instantly optimized for either guitar or bass.
Like any BOSS compact, the SY-1 excels in a typical serial pedal chain. But with the send/return loop and dedicated mix controls, it’s also possible to blend one or more pedals in parallel with the SY-1’s synth voices. The send jack functions as a direct out too, letting a player to route synth and guitar sounds to separate destinations.
The SY-1 offers a numbers of ways to make synth performances more dynamic and expressive. Holding the pedal switch sustains the last-played synth sound, perfect for jamming regular guitar over the top. Users can also connect an external footswitch for tap tempo and octave-shift effects, or plug in an expression pedal for continuous Tone/Rate control.
Pricing and Avaialbility
The BOSS SY-1 Synthesizer will be available for $199.99 (U.S. street) at authorized BOSS retailers in the U.S.