Boss Announces the SY-1000 Guitar/Bass Synthesizer
Boss has expanded its synth pedal lineup with the SY-1000, which they call an “advanced synthesizer and modeling processor for guitar and bass.” The new unit incorporates a newly developed Dynamic Synth plus updated versions of classic Boss and Roland modelers and synth technologies.
“Leveraging custom DSP and GK independent string processing, the SY-1000 brings numerous musical advantages to players, including ultra-articulate tracking, lightning-fast response, instantly variable tuning, sound panning/layering, and more,” Boss writes. “SY-1000 users can build patches with three simultaneous instruments—each with a number of distinctive types to choose from—and combine them for an endless range of sounds. Fed by the processor’s 13-pin GK input, every instrument offers an extensive set of parameters for tone shaping, mixing, and tuning. A normal ¼-inch input is also available to blend in regular guitar/bass pickup sounds.”
The SY-1000 features 10 oscillator waveforms, six filter types, an amplifier control. two LFOs, two 16-step sequencers. In addition to the Dynamic Synth, the unit has an analog-style OSC Synth and a sonic recreation of Roland’s GR-300 from the early ’80s. For connectivity, the SY-1000 has main and sub stereo outputs with independent EQs, an effects loop, a headphone output, MIDI I/O, and more.
“Dedicated power-up modes optimize the SY-1000 for guitar or bass operation,” Boss adds. “For full access to all synth and modeling features, a Roland GK-compatible pickup and 13-pin cable are required. User-installable options include the GK-3 Divided Pickup, which is compatible with most standard electric guitars, and the GK-3B Divided Bass Pickup, which works with most 4-, 5-, and 6-string electric basses.”
A sample of what it can do on bass can be heard in this demo:
The Boss SY-1000 will be launching in January with a street price of $999.99.
Boss SY-1000 Guitar/Bass Synthesizer Features:
|BOSS’s most powerful guitar/bass synth and modeling processor ever|
|Next-generation synth engine with custom DSP and 48 kHz/32-bit processing throughout|
|Unprecedented sound and expression with three simultaneous instrument types and advanced real-time signal processing|
|Each instrument provides pitch, level, and panning of each string for instant alternate tunings and wide, layered voicings|
|New Dynamic Synth perfectly follows the guitar’s natural envelope for uncompromised tone shaping|
|New sound engine and GK 13-pin interface deliver clear, dynamic sound and precision tracking with zero latency|
|Dynamic Synth includes two 16-part step sequencers for evolving control of pitch, filter, and amplitude|
|Newly refreshed versions of historic BOSS/Roland guitar synth and modeling technologies: OSC Synth, GR-300, E.Guitar, E.Bass, Acoustic, VIO Guitar, and Poly FX|
|Normal ¼-inch guitar/bass input for blending and Dynamic Synth processing|
|Premium effects and amps derived from the flagship GT-1000|
|Large LCD and intuitive editing interface for free-flowing sound creation|
|Eight freely assignable footswitches, external control support, effects loop, and configurable Main/Sub outputs|
|USB Audio/MIDI and MIDI I/O, plus Guitar-to-MIDI/Bass-to-MIDI function|
|Dedicated Guitar and Bass modes|
|Customize sounds with the BOSS Tone Studio editor and download pro patches at BOSS Tone Central|
|Roland GK-compatible pickup and 13-pin cable required for full access to all synth and modeling features|