BOSS SYB-5 Bass Synthesizer

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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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BOSS SYB-5 Bass Synthesizer Demo (with bassplaying)
ManualRoland has made manuals for most of their products available as free PDF downloads.


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


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Thanks to U-KULTEN for providing some information.

Reviewed November 2007.