Boss’s new SY-300 Guitar Synthesizer is a groundbreaking analog-style synth designed to be used with normal guitar pickups. It allows musicians to play latency-free polyphonic synth sounds with any guitar using standard pickups. You can also process regular guitar sound with the SY-300’s synth parameters and effects for a pretty much limitless range of unique tones.
Unlike other guitar synth products that require a special GK pickup and 13-pin cable, the SY-300 can be used with any guitar or bass via a standard 1/4-inch cable. Its compact size and versatile I/O also makes it easy to integrate with stomp boxes and pedalboard setups.
An ultra-fast DSP and newly developed Boss innovations let the SY-300 perform this synth magic in real time, with no lag whatsoever. The result is a latency-free playing experience that lets you play freely and organically, without altering your technique.
Like a traditional keyboard synth, the SY-300 has a powerful polyphonic synthesis engine with sections for wave shapes, filters and amps, and low-frequency oscillators (LFOs). There’s also a step sequencer (with tap tempo control) for creating dynamic melodies and arpeggios just by playing a single note, and a Blender function that lets you 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. 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.
Other features include a graphic LCD display, three assignable footswitches, and a dedicated on/off footswitch. 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 effect 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.