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BOSS SY-1000: a new era of guitar synth innovation

BOSS has just unveiled its most powerful and dynamic guitar and bass synthesizer to date. The SY-1000 takes guitar synthesis to new heights by allowing guitar players the flexibility, control and freedom to sculpt sounds never before imaginable, ranging from synth leads to rich pads as well as Leslie-styled organs and bowed-tones.

BOSS and its parent company, Roland has been at the forefront of guitar synthesis since the introduction of the GR-500 in 1977. Advancing on this technology, the SY-1000 includes a new cutting-edge sound engine, high-speed DSP, and evolved GK technology providing players with the most organic playing experience to date.Boss SY-1000

BOSS’ iconic guitar synth technology first appeared in 1977. In 2020, the SY-1000 will redefine the way guitar players craft their sound.

The SY-1000 features three main synth engines. The Dynamic Synth, the OSC Synth (analog-style ADSR and filter controls) and a recreation of a Roland’s classic ‘GR-300 Guitar Synth’ model for vintage lovers.

Users have the option of a classic 1/4″ input directly from a guitar or bass, although pairing with Roland’s GK-3 pickup is where the SY-1000 really shines. The GK pickup allows for polyphonic tracking of notes on a guitar or bass without the use of MIDI.

Users can build patches with three simultaneous instruments layering each with an extensive set of parameters for tone shaping, mixing and tuning. The onboard effects are derived from BOSS’ iconic GT-1000 multi-effects processor.

Features include 150 effects, 10 different oscillator types onboard, plus six filter types, two LFOs and a 16-step sequencer that can control the pitch, envelope or filter. MIDI capabilities, stereo SUB in/out.

The BOSS SY-1000 will be available in January 2020 for $999.99.