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Boss SYB-5 Bass Synthesizer Pedal

11 DSP variations of saw, square, and pulse synth waves. (22) Read 3 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

The 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.

Features
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)

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Nominal Input Level: -20 dBu
Input Impedance: 1 M ohms
Nominal Output Level: -20 dBu
Output Impedance: 1 k ohms
Recommended Load Impedance: 10 k ohms or greater
Residual Noise: -96 dBu (IHF-A, Typ.); All knobs at center position
Connectors: Input jack, Output A (MONO) jack, Output B jack, EXP jack, AC adaptor jack (DC 9 V)
Power Supply: DC 9 V: Dry battery / 9 V type (6F22 (carbon), 6LR61 (alkaline)), AC Adaptor (PSA-series: optional)
Current Draw: 50 mA (DC 9 V)
Accessories: Owner’s Manual, Mode Label, Dry battery / 9 V type (6LR61)
Options: AC Adaptor (PSA-series), Expression Pedal (Roland EV-5)
Size and Weight ( incl. battery)
* Width: 73 mm 2-7/8 in.
* Depth: 129 mm 5-1/8 in.
* Height: 59 mm 2-3/8 in.
* Weight: 0.4 kg 1 lbs.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 323-890-3700
Customer Reviews
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"The perfect bass pedal for Dubstep, Drum'n'Bass and Funk."
Sound: This is just the beginning of the whole evolution of synth pedals, I'm sure. (Already looking forward to SYB-6!) At first, I was looking for a pedal to use for Drum'and'Bass and Dubstep synth sounds. In many, many ways - I found it, in SYB-5. But you have to know your synths in order to be able to get your bass sound balanced. (Not to mention, you have to develop a taste for synth sounds as such. A background in electronic music really helps.) Passive pickups needed! Or at least a knob to regulate between active\passive. SYB-5 is capable of producing a nifty range of sounds, from growling D'n'B sweeps, to dubstep chainsaw squeals, trancey leads, funky bops etc. An added expression pedal unleashes all of it's creative potential to you. Control the LFO for your Dubstep wobble sweeps! Set the LFO for slow speed and mix the synth to 50% clean sound - and your post rock\psychedelic stoner metal is going to send listeners to far away star systems. Play with filter Q and Resonance to explode the club with some unheard before fatness. If you're creative - this pedal is a true goldmine for sonic discovery and experimentation. Personally I can see no limits in musical genres where this pedal can add some spice. I've tried all of this, and I witness the sound strength of SYB-5. Feature: The LFO control makes it unmatched among the bass pedals. I'd say this feature already made this pedal stand out of the whole range of products. Don't forget to buy Expression pedal to foot-control the LFO speed (in 2 modes out of 11) and filter Q (in the rest 9 modes). Ease of Use: Well, as I said, the full capacity of this pedal is unlocked when you add external expression pedal to control parameters. Other than that, it's pretty straightforward. Requires some experimentation and getting used to, so that you understand WHAT you can do with the sound. So, don't be lazy, spend some time tweaking knobs, write down the interesting setups you find. This is not your typical 'plug-and-play' effect. It's a 'free-your-mind-Neo' type of pedal. Quality: Well, as good as Boss goes. Sturdy, redundant, stood plenty of gigs and moving (and kickin!) around. The Wow Factor: The SYB-5 for now is the KEYSTONE of my setup. Overall: I'm not selling it or putting it away, unless Boss makes a new one, with extra features added. Bassists only just begin to discover Dubstep and modern Bass Music for live playing. So, Boss guys, is the new model already in the works? It BETTER be! I'd suggest adding the following features, with electronic bassists in mind: 1) filter sweep, EXP controlled 2) tremolo, phaser, vibrato, wah - for poisonous bass! 3) another EXP pedal insert, for assignable controls 4) ability to store presets! So, yeah, it's gotta be a mini-processor, but for electronic bass players! I'm talking Dubstep, D'n'B and the like.
Style of Music: Dubstep, Funk, bass music.
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"Great sounding bass synth with serious flaws."
Sound: Trully a bass SYNTH - sounds are analog in nature and remind me of filters on my old EMU sampler... Many variations are possible, but probably most useful are last 2 modes , which allow you to play chords. Feature: A few more knobs to control the envelope would be nice, but that would make pedal even bigger. Ease of Use: Quite easy to use - but don't overdo it! Resonance and frequency are to be altered carefully, since on some basses resulting sounds could push your amp into overload. But it takes only a minute to dial great sound. Quality: Weakest point of this pedal is it's tracking ability. Forget playing 1/8 notes, it simply can't track that fast. Also, using first 9 modes you can only play SINGLE notes on bass. Combine that with fact that you should play them SLOW, and you become very limited. Sometimes bad pitch tracking pushes pedal to generate robotic sounds (a bit of R2D2), sometimes whole notes are completely skipped. I can't recommend this pedal, but this is based solely on my experience. It is well and sturdy made, would gig without backup. Value: Since you are very limited with what you can do with this pedal, I can't say it's the best 'bang for the buck'. Manufacturer Support: Never have to deal with them, which is why I'm giving them high rating.
Style of Music: Alter Rock
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