Boss Unveils the SY-1 Synthesizer Pedal

Boss SY-1 Synthesizer PedalBoss has announced the SY-1, a synthesizer pedal that brings their latest technology to a compact format. The unit has 121 synth sounds they say “makes it simple for any guitarist or bassist to incorporate an authentic Boss synth into their music.”

The pedal offers leads, pads, organs, basses, and more sounds as well as a variety of sound effects and rhythmic synth patterns. All the sound effects are organized into 11 types with 11 variations of each.

“Thanks to custom DSP and the latest Boss innovations, the SY-1 offers latency-free performance for a natural and organic playing experience,” the company writes. “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.”

You can further adjust your sound on the fly with an external footswitch jack and an expression pedal input. The SY-1 has a send/return loop with dedicated mix controls for blending pedals in parallel with the synth.

The Boss SY-1 Synthesizer will be available soon with a street price of $199.99.

Boss SY-1 Synthesizer Pedal Features:

Authentic BOSS polyphonic guitar synth in a compact pedal
No special pickup required—play rich, dynamic synth tones with any guitar or bass
121 total sounds (11 types and 11 variations), all ready to play with no programming knowledge needed
Includes a wide variety of analog-style synth sounds, from leads, basses, and layered organs to sweeping pads and arpeggiated sequences
Latency-free performance for unrestricted musical expression
Quickly adjust sounds to taste with Tone/Rate and Depth controls
Hold function for playing normal guitar over sustained synth voices
Blend synth and normal guitar sounds with independent level controls
Parallel send/return loop for easy integration with other pedals on your board
Mode switch optimizes the synth engine for guitar or bass
Supports extended control with an external footswitch or expression pedal

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