With the SY-1, its never been easier to infuse your creative arsenal with BOSSs 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, its as simple to use as a standard stompbox, so you dont need any background in synth programming to bring a new world of sonic textures to your music.
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Expressive Synth Sounds, No Programming Needed
The SY-1 transforms any guitar or bass into a versatile synthesizer thats 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. Whats 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 thats a natural extension of your instrument, letting you to play freely and organically without altering your normal technique in any way.
A Universe of Synth Sounds Inside
With its 11 categories and 121 total sounds, the SY-1 puts an enormous array of synth colors at your fingertips. Expressive leads, sweeping pads, layered organs, fat basses, and more are all on tap, plus a variety of rhythmic synth patterns that are a blast to jam with. And with the grab-and-go Tone/Rate and Depth knobs, youre able to adjust any synth voice just how you like, including changing the pitch on some sounds.
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, its also possible to blend one or more pedals in parallel with the SY-1s 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 1/2A wide range of sounds suitable for single-note soloing.
- PADFull tones that work great with chords, from layered pads to synth brass and more.
- BASSFat synth bass sounds, including filtered and sub-octave tones.
- STRClassic analog-style strings, including layered voices and sweeping textures.
- ORGANA large selection of organ sounds, including many with rotary-style modulation.
- BELLPercussive synth sounds with metallic resonance.
- SFX 1/2A variety of synth sound effects, including explosive one-shot sounds, animated pitch/filter voices, and more.
- SEQ 1/2Pulsating sounds with rhythmic pitch or filter changes.
|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|
|Indicator||CHECK indicator (Serves also as battery check indicator)|
|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
|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
*These figures will vary depending on the actual conditions of use.
Leaflet (“USING THE UNIT SAFELY,” “IMPORTANT NOTES,” and “Information”)
Alkaline battery (9 V, 6LR61)
|Options (sold separately)||AC adaptor: PSA series
Dual footswitch: FS-6, FS-7
Expression pedal: FV-500H, FV-500L, EV-30, Roland EV-5
|SIZE AND WEIGHT|
|Weight (including battery)||450 g