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BOSS SY-1 Synthesizer Pedal

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SY-1

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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 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.
• BELLPercussive 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.

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.

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.

Specifications
Nominal Input Level: INPUT, RETURN: -20 dBu
Input Impedance: INPUT, RETURN: 2.2 M ohms
Nominal Output Level: OUTPUT, SEND: -20 dBu
Output Impedance: OUTPUT, SEND: 1 k ohms
Recommended Load Impedance: 10 k ohms or greater
Bypass: Buffered bypass
Indicator: CHECK indicator (Serves also as battery check indicator)
Power Supply: Alkaline battery (9 V, 6LR61), AC adaptor (PSA series: sold separately)
Current Draw: 85 mA
Expected battery life under continuous use: Alkaline: Approx. 3 hours
Controls
• Pedal switch
• GUITAR/BASS switch
• TYPE knob
• VARIATION knob
• TONE knob
• DEPTH knob
• EFFECT knob
• DIRECT knob
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
Accessories
• Owner's manual
• Leaflet ("USING THE UNIT SAFELY," "IMPORTANT NOTES," and "Information")
• Alkaline battery (9 V, 6LR61)
Size/Weight
Dimensions: 5-1/8" x 2-7/8" x 2-3/8" / 129mm x 73mm x 59mm
Weight (including battery): 1 lb / 450 g

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Only about half the sounds are usable. The "Bell" "Type" is really harsh and unusable. The sustain is lacking.
Posted by anonymous on Dec 28, 2019
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Only about half the sounds are usable. The "Bell" "Type" is really harsh and unusable. The sustain is lacking.
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Good but not practical live.0 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreVancouver, British Columbia
I had a very good late night jam with the new Boss SY-1 Synthesizer Pedal last night. Definitely warming up to it. Inspiring for new original song ideas. Some great sounds to be had in the studio and probably on stage, if you can find them in 15 seconds between songs, in the dark or with glaring stage lights? With so many positions on the two control knobs that control effect type (13) and variation (11), you would really have to know your stuff from just knob positions, the old clock position thing. You may even need a small flashlight, reading glasses, then when you finally stand up, a couple of strums on your guitar to make sure you have the right sound? By this time I’m thinking you’re 30 seconds or more in and your drummer has stick counted the next song in 4 times already, and the rest of your bandmates are ready to throw you off the stage! This is where Boss has dropped the ball on this pedal. It is a premium quality, very pricy ($320 cdn tax in) effects pedal. Why not go the extra mile and put in a small slim LED display that runs the length of the pedal where the ‘send and return’ printed markings now sit on the front face? Do that and now you have a ‘home run’ live useable pedal. LED displays as simple as, O-9 ( Organ variation 9) SQ-7 ( Sequencer variation 7) P-5 ( Pad- Variations 5) etc. Just a simple abbreviated display so you know where you are on stage, and for quick on the fly adjustments. One just has to look at a Boss TU-3 tuner to see that a great LED digital display is possible on a Boss compact pedal, and one that large would not even be close to required on the SY-1. Too bad really. I really like a lot of the sounds this pedal offers. For the reason above the pedal has gone from a 60% ‘keep it’ ratio, to an 88.9% ‘return it’ one. I really can’t justify keeping it for home studio use only, as I already have many cool high quality organ and synth sounds in my Motif Rack ES unit, and on-board in my CUBASE 10 Pro recording software. Final verdict on the Boss SY-1 coming soon...........
Posted by Mark on Dec 27, 2019
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Best guitar synth pedal for the money4 of 4 customers found this review helpful

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Some great synth sounds and variations packed into this little pedal! Tracking is very good. A compressor before the pedal helps keep the sounds steady and sustaining. There are so many variations, but not all are useful. The organ patches don't hold a candle to the EHX B9 and C9 organ pedals. And, unfortunately, no portamento effect on the SY-1 pedal. That is one thing the EHX Synth 9 pedal DOES have; the mini-moog portamento emulation on the Synth 9 is fantastic. There are some great sequences in the SY-1 that are fun and useful. Overall a great synth pedal, especially for the price.
Posted by Dario on Dec 19, 2019
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Great tracking pedal with cool synth sounds3 of 4 customers found this review helpful

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The pedal tracks without any noticeable delay. The synth sounds are mostly in the gritty saw tooth and square wave, late 70s early 80s. Think Stranger Things, Kraftwerk, Some Gary Numan. it is lacking some softer sounds like dreamy strings (again, think Gary Numan, CARS). You can pull off some Muse type gritty synth sounds as well. I haven't gotten into the sequencer sound presets yet but they seem to be mostly interesting. I will say, this pedal is not for everybody. The sounds on EHX's sounds more pleasing but I hear the Boss Sy-1 tracks much better.
Posted by Mark on Dec 17, 2019
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