BOSS just introduced the SY-1000 Guitar Synthesize an advanced synthesizer and modeling processor for guitar and bass. It appears to be a hybrid of the SY-100 synth, and the GP-10, with some Roland VG 99 thrown in. But wait, there’s more!
SY-1000 users can build patches with three simultaneous instruments and combine them for an endless range of sounds. Fed by a 13-pin GK input, each instrument offers an extensive set of parameters for tone shaping, mixing, and tuning. A normal ¼-inch input is also available to blend in regular guitar/bass pickup sounds.
Ten oscillator waveforms are available, plus six filter types, amplifier control, two LFOs, and two 16-part step sequencers for automating pitch, filter, and amplitude parameters. Optimum performance is realized with the GK input, but it’s also possible to play the Dynamic Synth via the normal guitar/bass input.
In addition to the Dynamic Synth, there are two additional synth instruments. OSC Synth is an analog-style engine with numerous filter options and full ADSR control. Also included is a faithful sonic recreation of the GR-300, Roland’s legendary analog guitar synth from the early 1980s.
The SY-1000’s instrument models include a large selection of electric, acoustic, and bass guitars, each with independent tuning, EQ, virtual amp settings, and more. There’s also a unique VIO Guitar instrument that emulates bowed tones, and a Poly FX instrument that produces rich voices with high-res definition.
The SY-1000’s effects and user interface are derived from BOSS’s GT-1000 multi-effects. It includes a large LCD, knobs, and eight footswitches, customizable to control nearly any function. External control is supported as well. Main and Sub stereo outputs include independent EQs, and there’s also an effects loop for integrating external gear.
The BOSS SY-1000 will be available in January 2020, for $999.99.