BOSS SY-1 Synthesizer Pedal for Electric Guitar

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BOSS SY-1 Synthesizer Pedal for Electric Guitar
Key Features
  • 121 Synth Tones in a Compact Pedal
  • Leads, Organs, Pads, SFX & Sequences
  • Traces Heritage to SY-300 Pedal
  • Latency-Free Operation
Designed for electric guitar players and bassists, the Boss SY-1 is a pedal intended to give you many classic synth tones in a compact pedal. Thanks to the Type and Variation knobs, you can instantly transform your sound into a classic pad, lead, synth bass, bell organ, or rhythmic synth pattern; 121 different sounds are at your disposal.
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BOSS SY-1 Synthesizer Pedal for Electric Guitar

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BOSS SY-1 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Latency-Free, Plug-and-Play
  • 3Enhance Performances with Real-Time Control
  • 4Other Key Features at a Glance
  • 5SY-1 Sound Types

Designed for electric guitar players and bassists, the Boss SY-1 is a pedal intended to give you many classic synth tones in a compact pedal. Thanks to the Type and Variation knobs, you can instantly transform your sound into a classic pad, lead, synth bass, bell organ, or rhythmic synth pattern; 121 different sounds are at your disposal.

Depth and Tone/Rate knobs are on hand to tailor your sound further. Function of the Tone/Rate knob changes depending on the effect you've selected—you can even change pitch on certain notes.

The pedal can easily fit into most stompbox setups. With built-in send and return jacks, the SY-1 lets you blend your other pedals in a parallel chain with the synth effect. You can even use this parallel path to output synth tone to its own, dedicated destination, such as a separate amplifier. Independent Direct/Effect knobs allow you to achieve any desired blend between processed and unprocessed signal.

With a buffered bypass for preserving your signal over long cable runs, the BOSS SY-1 can be powered with a single 9V battery or an AC adapter. A battery is included. An AC adapter is available separately.

Latency-Free, Plug-and-Play

The SY-1 can be used with any guitar or bass and a standard 1/4" cable, providing an easy, plug-and-play experience. Thanks to custom BOSS DSP, the SY-1 offers latency-free performance, letting you to play freely and organically without altering your normal technique.

Enhance Performances with Real-Time Control

The SY-1 offers a numbers of ways to make your synth performances more dynamic and expressive. Pressing and holding the pedal's prominent switch sustains the last-played synth sound, allowing you to jam with your regular guitar tone on a sonic bed of your previous synth playing. 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.

Other Key Features at a Glance

  • Authentic BOSS polyphonic guitar synth in a compact pedal
  • No special pickup required—play rich, dynamic synth tones with any guitar or bass
  • 121 total sounds (11 types and 11 variations), all ready to play with no programming knowledge needed
  • Includes a wide variety of analog-style synth sounds, from leads, basses, and layered organs to sweeping pads and arpeggiated sequences
  • Latency-free performance 
  • Quickly adjust sounds to taste with Tone/Rate and Depth controls
  • Hold function for playing normal guitar over sustained synth voices
  • Blend synth and normal guitar sounds with independent level controls
  • Parallel send/return loop for easy integration with other pedals on your board 
  • Mode switch optimizes the synth engine for guitar or bass
  • Supports extended control with an external footswitch or expression pedal 

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.
  • BELL: Percussive 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. 
UPC: 761294514382

BOSS SY-1 Specs

Audio Connections1 x 1/4" Input Jack, Phone Type
1 x 1/4" Return Jack, Phone Type
1 x 1/4" Stereo Expression/Control Jack, Phone Type
1 x 1/4" Send Jack, Phone Type
1 x 1/4" Output Jack, Phone Type
ControlsType Knob
Variation Knob
Tone Knob
Depth knob
Effect Knob
Direct Knob
Guitar/Bass Switch
Pedal Footswitch
Options Available For OrderAC Adaptor: PSA series
Footswitch: FS-5U
Dual Footswitch: FS-6, FS-7
Expression pedal: FV-500H, FV-500L, EV-30, Roland EV-5
Nominal Input LevelInput: -20 dBu
Return: -20 dBu
Input ImpedanceInput: 2.2 MOhms
Return: 2.2 MOhms
Nominal Output LevelSend: -20 dBu
Output: -20 dBu
Output ImpedanceSend: 1 kOhm
Output: 1 kOhm
Bypass SwitchBuffered
BatteryAlkaline, 9 V (Included)
Expected Battery LifeAlkaline: Approximately 3 Hours Under Continuous Use
AdapterAC Adapter, (PSA Series) Available Separately
Current Draw85 mA
Dimensions (W x D x H)2.9 x 5.1 x 2.3" / 7.3 x 12.9 x 5.9 cm
Weight1 lb / 450 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.28 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)5.7 x 4 x 2.7"
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