Boss Announces the SY-1000 Guitar/Bass Synthesizer

Boss 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

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  1. Trey Smith

    sounds pretty kick ass

    • Eric T Peterson

      I was thinking the same thing. I can see my 6 string bass along with the SY-1000. Wow! My imagination is kicking!????