boss unveils sy-300 guitar synthesizer

boss unveils sy-300 guitar synthesizer
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Roland Corporation U.S.
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Powerful Poly Synth for Use with Normal Guitar Pickups
Los Angeles, CA, April 15, 2015 — BOSS is proud to announce the SY-300 Guitar
Synthesizer, a groundbreaking analog-style synth designed to be used with normal
guitar pickups. Powered by cutting-edge BOSS technology, the SY-300 allows
musicians to play latency-free polyphonic synth sounds with any guitar, with no special
pickup needed. Users can also process their regular guitar sound with the SY-300’s
synth parameters and effects to achieve a limitless range of unique tones.
With the SY-300, BOSS presents an all-new approach to guitar synthesis that unlocks
an extraordinary world of sound creation for every guitarist. Unlike other products that
require a special GK pickup and 13-pin cable to access synth voices, the SY-300 can be
used with any guitar or bass via a standard 1/4-inch cable. It also integrates easily with
stomps and pedalboard setups, thanks to its compact size and versatile I/O.
Powered by ultra-fast DSP and newly developed innovations from the BOSS
engineering team, the SY-300 performs its amazing synth magic in real time, with no lag
whatsoever. This delivers a latency-free playing experience that’s a natural extension of
the user’s normal guitar, allowing them to play freely and organically without altering
their technique in any way.
The SY-300 is equipped with a powerful polyphonic synthesis engine with three separate
sections. Just like a keyboard player with a classic analog synth, guitarists have
complete creative freedom to build sounds with a full palette of synthesis parameters,
including different wave shapes, filter/amp controls, and LFOs. There’s even a step
sequencer (with tap tempo control) for creating dynamic melodies and arpeggios by
playing a single note. And with the cool Blender function, users can mix and match synth
settings from other patches to discover new sounds instantly.
Beyond its synth voices, the SY-300’s synth engine can also be used to process a
normal guitar sound to create an endless supply of unique textures. Users can apply
synth filters, change attack and decay characteristics, and create cool dynamic
movement with the LFOs and step sequencer.
The SY-300 also includes powerful multi-effects to enhance both synth and straight
tones for maximum impact. Four simultaneous effects engines are available, each
packing a number of effects types including overdrives and distortions, Slow Gear,
Isolator, Slicer, and many others. Some types can perform two effects at once, such as
chorus and delay or delay and reverb.
With its graphic LCD display, three assignable footswitches, and dedicated on/off
footswitch, controlling the SY-300 while performing is simple and intuitive. Two external
footswitches or an expression pedal can also be connected for even more real-time
control if needed. There are 70 preset patches that are ready to play, plus 99 user
patches for storing custom sounds.
The SY-300’s versatile I/O provides seamless integration with any setup. The Thru
output can send the dry guitar sound to an amp or pedals, or be used along with the
Return jack as an effects loop. Dual output pairs (Main and Sub) offer assignable signal
routing options, while MIDI In and Out/Thru jacks are provided for interfacing with
switchers, drum machines, and other MIDI gear.
The SY-300 includes a USB audio interface to capture audio tracks directly into music
production software on a computer. Via USB, users can also route existing tracks into
the SY-300 to “re-synth” sounds using the synth engine and effects to create new
sounds for music productions.
The SY-300’s USB connection also enables players to build and organize patches with
the dedicated BOSS Tone Studio editor and download new patches from the BOSS
Tone Central website.
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offering a diverse, world-leading product lineup that includes compact effects processors, multieffects processors, digital recorders, rhythm machines, metronomes, tuners, vocal products, and
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