Boss Bass Synthesizer SYB-3

Boss Bass Synthesizer SYB-3

BOSS SYB-3 Bass Synthesizer pedal has eleven modes including analog synth square wave and T-Wah sounds, W Shape filter, Effect and direct mix controls, Frequency and Resonance knobs, sensitivity setting, really funky analog style sounds.

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User Reviews of the Boss Bass Synthesizer SYB-3

  • Submitted by kulten from CAEN (26 points) on Jun 28, 2006
  • 10 years ago, I was looking for a monophonic bass synth, analog, with real time controls (knobs)... and the SYB-3 came out... analog modeling, OK, I know... but what a sound !!! and with its own personnality. * 3 analog modeling wave forms : saw, square, PWM, and 4 variations : saw + noise, saw - 1 octave, PWM + noise, saw + noise - 1 octave. (the "noise" is just an added effect) * 4 filters for external sound : wave-shape normal/reverse and autowah normal/reverse * frequency, resonnance and decay knobs * goodie : try to trigg the "noise" alone, it's possible because the noise effect is more sensitive than the SAW waveform sound : you'll have a noise generator. You can use the onboard pedal to hold a note while playing phrase over it. The SYB-3 SAW wave can be deep and liquid, soft, thick or aggressive. The PWM is really a good one, could be the coldest wave never heard or the noisy thing you can face... and the VCF is powerfull, and will increase the output level, so carefull ! The SQUARE is a bit light and soft... and not very usefull. The autowahs sound clear and the wave shape will evolute with the external sound level from light distortion to amazing noises. Of course the deep bass sounds are excellents, but the SYB-3 is good for noises, laser beam, powerfull leads, percussive shots, weird sequencing... it's not an effect, it's not a toy, it's a real monophonic synthesizer.
  • Good Points: very rich and powerfull sounds, deep bass sounds and fat pads... a synth in your pocket !
  • Bad Points: very bad tracking, and drinks batteries like a vampire...
  • Price Paid: US$240.00
  • Purchased At: Caen (France)
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  • Submitted by D/A A/D from Halifax (398 points) on Sep 4, 2003
  • Ok, the killer in this thing is the internal sounds... They are GREAT!.. Real phat analouge synth... But I do not have many kind words for the filters, kind of bland and borning... Put this baby in the front of your chain with a feedback loop pushing it on your right in town...
  • Good Points: Great internal sounds, cool looks, boss reliability...
  • Bad Points: More expensive than a flight to japan, poor filters...
  • Price Paid: US$0.00
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  • Submitted by K. from Sealy, TX (508 points) on Feb 8, 2003
  • Controls for effect mix, resonance, frequency, sensitivity/decay, and mode selection. Modes 1-7 are the internal synth sounds and are designed specifically to be triggered by bass or guitar, though a vocal mic or end of a 1/4" cable works as well. Th e synth sounds are fairly generic and only have a limited range of variation, won't work in a feedback loop as the excessive gain cause the effect to cut out, so you're limited to using it as a sound sourceonly. Modes 8&9 are basically very high resonance filter/wah effects, 10&11 more standard wah effects comparable to the Boss AutoWah, though these are infinitely more useful for severe noise than the int. synth, plus it's nice to have the the 4 filtering options on one pedal.
  • Good Points: Mode settings 8 - 9
  • Bad Points: Internal synth settings 1 - 7, will cut out entirely with escessive input volume, must be externally triggered (though this may be a plus for some).
  • Price Paid: US$150.00
  • Purchased At: Music-go-round
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