BOSS Bass Synthesizer (SYB-5)

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The SYB-5 is an analog modeling bass synth packed into a compact pedal, like the SYB-3. It was released in 2004, 8 years after the SYB-3. The sound is more industrial and aggressive than the SYB-3, which is more old-school and analog sounding.

The main difference is the addition of the LFO rate control and five waveforms instead of three. And there is no more noise generator or autowah. The Square waveform is fatter, but the Saw waveform is far better in the SYB-3. The tracking is better than SYB-3's, and the price lower. You can control LFO with knob, of course, but also with a Roland Expression Pedal (sold separately).

The SYB-3 and SYB-5 are close and different at the same time... so play with both!

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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Monophonic
  • Oscillators - Analog Modeled DSP with 1 Osc. (saw, square, PWM)
  • LFO - 1 (rate knob)
  • VCA - None
  • Filter - Lowpass with resonance, cutoff and decay controls
  • Effects - 2 wave shape (normal / reverse) for external sound
  • Keyboard - stomp-box
  • Memory - None
  • Control - EXP Input to control filter cutoff and LFO rate via EV-5 Expression Pedal (sold separately)
  • Date Produced - 2004
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from BOSS-US.

    Thanks to U-KULTEN for providing some information.

    Reviewed November 2007.

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