BOSS SYB-5 Bass Synthesizer
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Manufacturer's ID: SYB5
What we say:BOSS’s colourful stomp boxes are the most recognisable pedal range in existence. For over 40 years, guitarists from bedrooms to stadiums have put their boot down on a BOSS effect to transform their sound. Several models have passed into guitar legend and early examples can fetch extremely high prices. Happily, BOSS have maintained their stellar reputation for world-class effects in bomb-proof casing with their current range and have fended off the imitators for decades to remain the pre-eminent single pedal effects manufacturer in the business. If there’s an effect for guitar (or bass, vocals, keys…be creative!) then you can bet BOSS have a pedal of it in their range or even invented it outright! Every guitar player should get to experience the joy of selecting a pedal from BOSS’s exhaustive roster, plugging it in and unleashing their wildest sonic dreams.
The SYB-5 Bass Synthesizer is an ambitious pedal indeed: it packs in 11 different types of synth effect from square waves to quasi-string sounds and allows you to control how much 'dry' signal you'r like to have dialled into the mix too. Some of the sounds blend really well whereas others prefer to be on their own. It's really up to you! You can achieve some quite dramatic sounds with this one little pedal!
A cool feature is the ability to control LFO (Low Frequency Oscillator) rate and filter cutoff (like an intense electronic wah in some regards) via an external (sold separately) EV-5 expression pedal. This opens the fun gates wide for expressive and out-of-the-box tones.
SpecificationThe BOSS SYB-3 was the world’s first bass synthesizer to be packed into a compact pedal, and it found favor with experimentalists and tone aficionados alike. Today, the next-generation bass-synth pedal has arrived: the SYB-5. Utilizing the latest in DSP technology, the SYB-5 faithfully reproduces the classic sound characteristics of analog synthesizers with enhanced punch and power.
- 11 DSP variations of saw, square, and pulse synth waves
- Enhanced Wave Shape mode provides sharper sounds
- Hold notes with the onboard pedal and jam over the top
- Control filter cutoff and LFO rate via EV-5 Expression Pedal (sold separately)