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Boss SY-1 Synthesizer

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Boss SY-1 Synthesizer

$205.99

$205.99

Boss SY-1 Synthesizer

Journey to New Sonic Frontiers

With the SY-1, it’s never been easier to infuse your creative arsenal with BOSS’s legendary guitar synth technology. This amazingly expressive tool is filled with 121 ultra-responsive sounds, all distilled down into a BOSS compact pedal that slides easily into any setup. Best of all, it’s as simple to use as a standard stompbox, so you don’t need any background in synth programming to bring a new world of sonic textures to your music.

SY-1 SYNTHESIZER Sound Tryout

Get interactive with our custom TonePedia player and explore hundreds of sound variations. Select your instrument, tweak and choose pedal settings.

Expressive Synth Sounds, No Programming Needed

The SY-1 transforms any guitar or bass into a versatile synthesizer that’s fun, inspiring, and ready to play. Backed by advanced tech first developed for the SY-300, this super-cool pedal delivers a huge selection of analog-style synth sounds while occupying minimal space on your board. What’s more, all the sounds are polyphonic, allowing you to play both single notes and chords.

Plug-and-Play and Latency-Free

The SY-1 can be used with any guitar or bass via a standard 1/4-inch cable, providing an easy, plug-and-play experience. Thanks to custom DSP and the latest BOSS innovations, the SY-1 offers latency-free performance that’s a natural extension of your instrument, letting you to play freely and organically without altering your normal technique in any way.

At Home in Any Rig

As a standard BOSS compact, the SY-1 drops into a serial pedal chain like any other stomp. 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. For example, you can patch drive pedals in the loop, and then send the combined output to mod, delay, and reverb pedals for overall processing. The send can be used as a direct out as well, enabling you to route synth and guitar sounds to separate destinations.

Enhance Performances with Real-Time Control

The SY-1 offers a numbers of ways to make your synth performances even more dynamic and expressive. Pressing and holding the pedal switch sustains the last-played synth sound, allowing you to jam with regular guitar over the top. You can also connect an external footswitch for tap tempo and octave-shift effects, or plug in an expression pedal for continuous Tone/Rate control.

SY-1 Sound Types

• LEAD 1/2—A wide range of sounds suitable for single-note soloing.
• PAD—Full tones that work great with chords, from layered pads to synth brass and more.
• BASS—Fat synth bass sounds, including filtered and sub-octave tones.
• STR—Classic analog-style strings, including layered voices and sweeping textures.
• ORGAN—A large selection of organ sounds, including many with rotary-style modulation.
• BELL—Percussive synth sounds with metallic resonance.
• SFX 1/2—A variety of synth sound effects, including explosive one-shot sounds, animated pitch/filter voices, and more.
• SEQ 1/2—Pulsating sounds with rhythmic pitch or filter changes.

Specs

Size and Weight

Width: 2-7/8 inches
Depth: 5-1/8 inches
Height: 2-3/8 inches
Weight: (including battery) 1 lb

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Accessories
Owner's manual, Leaflet ("USING THE UNIT SAFELY," "IMPORTANT NOTES," and "Information"), Alkaline battery (9 V, 6LR61)
Bypass
Buffered bypass
Connectors
INPUT jack: 1/4-inch phone type, OUTPUT jack: 1/4-inch phone type, SEND jack: 1/4-inch phone type, RETURN jack: 1/4-inch phone type, EXP/CTL jack: Stereo 1/4-inch phone type, DC IN jack
Controls
Pedal switch, GUITAR/BASS switch, TYPE knob, VARIATION knob, TONE knob, DEPTH knob, EFFECT knob, DIRECT knob
Current Draw
85 mA
Expected Battery Life Under Continuous Use
Alkaline: Approx. 3 hours *These figures will vary depending on the actual conditions of use.
Indicator
CHECK indicator (Serves also as battery check indicator)
Input Impedance
INPUT, RETURN: 2.2 M ohms
Nominal Input Level
INPUT, RETURN: -20 dBu
Nominal Output Level
OUTPUT, SEND: -20 dBu
Output Impedance
OUTPUT, SEND: 1 k ohms
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