BOSS Bass Synthesizer (SYB-3)

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This is the literal version of a Synth-Bass! This bass-guitar-pedal is a monophonic bass synthesizer with simple controls but a genuine analog synth bass sound. It transforms your bass-guitar's sound into a synth sound, complete with a resonant filter with cutoff, decay control and a hold function.

The SYB-3 has 11 synthesizer modes: 7 Internal Sound Modes in which the bass guitar triggers and controls the built-in oscillator. 2 Wave shape modes that tweak your actual bass sound into something synth-like. And 2 T-Wah modes that give you a wah-wah bass sound. Two outputs facilitate individual synth and direct bass signals.

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5 Visitor comments
September 9, 2013 @ 6:50 am
I love my SYB-3 to pieces! Bought three of them over the last 12 years. I made the mistake to sell it again twice. The current exemplar is a keeper! Whenever I sold one I immediately missed its sound.

And though it's not an analog oscillator, I cannot hear digital artefacts whatsoever. Could it be that the filter is analog? It does also sound very round and rich. If it turns out to be fully digital, then it's one of the best designed early VA synths!

This beast is so versatile! I don't exactly love the waveshape modes, but it's useful from time to time. The T Wah mode is great as well!
June 22, 2012 @ 5:04 pm
On the review, it mentions that SYB is monophonic bass synth with simple control "but" a genuine analog sound. Which automatically means its sumthing else but analog right?
October 18, 2011 @ 8:16 am
I think it is generally wrong to say that it has "a genuine analog synth bass sound" when it is NOT a genuine analog oscillator, the oscillator is digital.
So, you could say that it is a great virtual analog pedal, but it willl never be a 'genuine analog sound'. Also, it doesn't sound like a real analog bass ;)
October 7, 2010 @ 8:42 pm
just grabbed one of these and put it into an effects loop - wow - it fattens up my sound quite a bit.... and got it cheap too. I won't get bored with it anytime soon.
Franco Ferrer
October 27, 2008 @ 9:31 pm
Used by Yûki Kikuzawa from Malice Mizer in a great deal of songs on all the main releases
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Monophonic
  • Oscillators - Analog Modeled DSP with 1 Osc. (saw, square, PWM, lower octave mode and noise generator mode)
  • LFO - None
  • VCA - None
  • Filter - Lowpass with resonance and cutoff
  • Effects - 2 wave shape and 2 autowah for external sound
  • Keyboard - None
  • Memory - None
  • Control - None
  • Date Produced - 1996
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Roland-US.

    Thanks to U-KULTEN for providing some information.

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