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Boss SYB-5 Bass Synthesizer

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Faithfully reproduces the classic sounds of analog synths with enhanced punch and power!

With 11 DSP variations of saw, square, and pulse synth waves and an Enhanced Wave Shape mode that sharpens them up, the Boss SYB-5 Bass Synthesizer travels into new realms beyond the SYB-3. The synth has an onboard effects pedal that lets you hold notes while you play over the top of them. Control filter cutoff and LFO rate via EV-5.

FEATURES
  • 11 DSP variations of saw, square, and pulse synth waves
  • Enhanced Wave Shape mode provides sharper sounds
  • Hold notes with the onboard pedal and jam over the top
  • Control filter cutoff and LFO rate via EV-5
  • Expression Pedal (sold separately)
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BossSYB-5 Bass Synthesizer
 
3.8

(based on 25 reviews)

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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    (2)

Pros

  • Good selection of effects (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Underrated Synth

First off, a lot of people say the tracking is really bad, I had a different experience. The tracking is no problem at all if you have clean playing, if you do not...Read complete review

First off, a lot of people say the tracking is really bad, I had a different experience. The tracking is no problem at all if you have clean playing, if you do not then it may cause some trouble for you, but they have so many different settings and sounds on here you can find one to use for your type of playing. I mostly use it on guitar and it works great clean or with distortion or some flanger. I would suggest getting an expression pedal (M Audio EXP works great with it), it can really add to the sound. Once you take the patience to learn all the settings you will have great fun and use with the pedal. The price is a little high, so if you have the money go for it, if not, wait for a sale.

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not enough bang for your buck

This thing has a huge spectrum of sounds which when you know how and what you want to dial in, can be great. The trouble is the majority of these sounds just aren't that...Read complete review

This thing has a huge spectrum of sounds which when you know how and what you want to dial in, can be great. The trouble is the majority of these sounds just aren't that useable (at least for me); I paid [$] so I got it for a bargain but I wouldn't pay 150+ dollars for this thing. If you play in a psychedelic funk band then this thing might be for you as a practical pedal but otherwise it's pretty much just to play around on and experiment. The main downside is that the tracking is pretty aweful; if you were to sustain a note, the effect would decay leaving your dry signal by itself half way through it. It is also in NO WAY polyphonic, it sounds absoluely terrible when you try to play multiple notes at one time. All in all, although cool to play around with, it's not enough for what you're paying.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Underrated Synth

By A-Town

from MS

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Pros

  • Built Nice
  • Easy to use
  • FUN
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Many Different Sounds
  • Versatile

Cons

  • None really

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Mobile DJ
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Boss SYB-5 Bass Synthesizer:

First off, a lot of people say the tracking is really bad, I had a different experience. The tracking is no problem at all if you have clean playing, if you do not then it may cause some trouble for you, but they have so many different settings and sounds on here you can find one to use for your type of playing. I mostly use it on guitar and it works great clean or with distortion or some flanger. I would suggest getting an expression pedal (M Audio EXP works great with it), it can really add to the sound. Once you take the patience to learn all the settings you will have great fun and use with the pedal. The price is a little high, so if you have the money go for it, if not, wait for a sale.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Meh!

By tdub

from Elsewhere

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Comments about Boss SYB-5 Bass Synthesizer:

A huge disappointment. The effects are cool but not practical or usable really... not for me at least.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

not enough bang for your buck

By someone

from somewhere

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Comments about Boss SYB-5 Bass Synthesizer:

This thing has a huge spectrum of sounds which when you know how and what you want to dial in, can be great. The trouble is the majority of these sounds just aren't that useable (at least for me); I paid [$] so I got it for a bargain but I wouldn't pay 150+ dollars for this thing. If you play in a psychedelic funk band then this thing might be for you as a practical pedal but otherwise it's pretty much just to play around on and experiment. The main downside is that the tracking is pretty aweful; if you were to sustain a note, the effect would decay leaving your dry signal by itself half way through it. It is also in NO WAY polyphonic, it sounds absoluely terrible when you try to play multiple notes at one time. All in all, although cool to play around with, it's not enough for what you're paying.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Trippy bass sounds. . . . . .

By just_the_bajo_guy

from Earth

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Comments about Boss SYB-5 Bass Synthesizer:

I was doing a Latin-rock project and the guys/gal wanted to add some R&B and Old School jams. Being that we lost our keyboardist, I thought I'd pick up the slack a little and fill in a few keyboard parts here and there. It's working okay so far. You just got to be subtle with it and keep the effect knob low. . . . .
11 synths. On some of the modes, if you hold the pedal down, it'll increase the effect. And if you hold it down again, it'll decrease it. That's a cool feature if you want to adjust the pedal while you're playing.

I think of the Resolution knob as the "low EQ" and the Frequency knob as the "high EQ." But I found that if you turn the Resolution too high, it'll hurt your ears. Doesn't sound pleasant. So I keep it down all the way.
Most of the synth sounds don't sound too bad. But I would say half of them are not really usa-able in a live-band setting. You just have to be subtle with it. I keep the dry-signal knob up all the way to keep the natural tone of my Fender J-bass V.

These sturdy Boss pedals will never break if you drop them.

True by-pass is the best way to go. I had an old Electro-Harmonix reverb pedal that was muffling my signal slightly when it was in by-pass. Boss pedals won't do that to you.
Considering it's $1000 less than the Markbass Super Synth, it's a great buy for the 11 synth sounds the SYB-5 has.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great for what it is.

By Roey

from Charlotte NC

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Good Selection Of Effects

Cons

  • Poor Sound Quality

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Performances

Comments about Boss SYB-5 Bass Synthesizer:

See my full walkthrough for this pedal on
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZUgVuPrMIE

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

the cheapest usable bass synth pedal

By freak.superego

from Gy&#33r, Hungary

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Comments about Boss SYB-5 Bass Synthesizer:

I payed 100$ for a used one. It looks like a new pedal, no scratch or something like that (the legendary durable boss housing). This thing has a lot of tricks! Most of the time I use the saw waveform, sometimes with the autowah. If you use the expressionpedal input you can turn it into a wah and it has the hold function too.There's so many sound in this pedal, I always find a new one for a new song. There's many positive features but now let's talk about the negatives:One 9V battery = one concert. (Use 500mA 9V adapter)Some effects are slow. I mean the "bubbleing" can't follow the tempo. At first time it's horrible but if you learn how to use the effects in your music it's OK.The biggest problem of this product is it's price. But if you want a better basssynthetizer you have to pay twice as much. I think this pedal is the ultimate compromise

 
5.0

Tons o' fun for the whole band!

By Baron Oz

from Clinton, NJ

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Pros

  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Boss SYB-5 Bass Synthesizer:

    I picked up this pedal to replace a digitech wah pedal. The digfitech was ok, but I felt it injected too much distorion, this pedal is an actual synth and give a much cleaner sound. I find it very useful for adding a little bit of funk, mixing it back into the clean signal from the bass. The controls are easy to understand and allow a wide range of variation in the sound. Glad I bought it, it has become a permanent part of my pedalboard!

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    A Step Down

    By Judge Dread

    from Atlantic Beach, Florida

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    Comments about Boss SYB-5 Bass Synthesizer:

    Like some of the other reviewers I have the Boss SYB-3 and I think it is a much more useful and versatile pedal. I also have a Korg AX3000B which is a really nice multi-effects pedal but is weak in the synth area - I use the SYB-3 with it when I want a synth sound, and a Digitech BP-200, which I hate.Oh yeah, and a Behringer BOD100 which is a fabulous pedal for bass

     
    5.0

    From someone who actually knows how it works...

    By Charlie-219RE

    from Washington State

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    Comments about Boss SYB-5 Bass Synthesizer:

    Many of the reviews so far are from people that have tried the SYB-5. In order to get a good useful sound out of it, you actually have to sit down and read the manual and work with it for a few hours- then you might get the tip of the iceberg. It has a bunch of different synth settings that range from what sounds like an atari under water, to s subtle envelope filter and saw wave. You can get a decent fuzz out of this if it is set to wave shape mode with 0% or 100% decay. I am still trying to find a way to work this effect in at a blended church service :) Like most boss pedals, this is tough and creates a way less digital sound than digitech products. It gives the option to plug in an expression pedal which supposedly gives it a wah feel. I would not pay list price for this, but it felt like a steal for me. Overall, I would recomend this product to people that want something completely out of this world. As the manual says - Turn the knob clockwise to make the sound more unusual.

     
    4.0

    Over the top

    By Ebenezer/bass-man

    from San Diego, CA

    Comments about Boss SYB-5 Bass Synthesizer:

    I bought this pedal and used it briefy before returning it for a Boss Flanger pedal. It's BOSS quality, that means the best. I ran a Fender Jazz bass thru it into my Ampeg SVT-PRO3 amp with a Ampeg 4 x 10 cabinet and got some really wild sounds out of it and it was fun to play with but I play Classic to Hard Rock and this pedal just doesnt produce any usable effects for this style of music and for the very expensive price tag I was better off buying TWO Boss pedals that I could really use. It just wasn't worth the price tag to me.

     
    4.0

    Excellent Noise Machine

    By Joe-JuLiE

    from Missouri

    Comments about Boss SYB-5 Bass Synthesizer:

    I'm a guitarist in an experimental/noise group, and this pedal is invaluable to me. I don't use it to play specific pitches or notes normally. I usually have it set to something very loud and abrasive. Before I was playing this style of music, I used it more the way it was designed to be used. I found that you have to be careful to play only one note at a time and to articulate well so the notes could be tracked.So if your making noise, this pedal is great, and if you are trying to use it the way it was meant to be used, it's just ok.

     
    4.0

    Disappointed

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Boss SYB-5 Bass Synthesizer:

    Now this pedal is very solidly built. Boss has some of the most durable housings out there and solid electronics. Now, if you are trying to get that analog synth sound on a budget this is not the way to go. Its pretty limited in what it does and doesn't work well if you are playing slowly. One cool feature about it however is if you play a note and keep your foot on the pedal it will sustain that note while you play over it. That's really the only use i have for this pedal. As far as synth sounds go, keep looking.

     
    4.0

    WOOP!

    By Terp

    from Thunder Bay, ONT

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    Comments about Boss SYB-5 Bass Synthesizer:

    This is a awesome pedal. I wouldn't be using it in very many songs that I would make though. If your spending money to get the exact sound you want for your music and you make rock or something along those lines I wouldn't suggest it. It is an extreamly fun pedal just for jamming or if you want to have a fun jam. If you make techno or rap etc. this just might be something you need.

     
    3.0

    Bad Synth Pedal

    By Boss Buyer

    from Wisconsin

    Comments about Boss SYB-5 Bass Synthesizer:

    I've tried many synth pedals in my day, and this is one of the worst. Horrible interface makes it EXTREMELY diffucult to get the synth sounds you want, and even when you get close it's not close enough which results in a muddy muffled sound. I wouldn't expect much more from a boss pedal. I guess I just had high hopes for this one. I'd recommend buying an envelope filter over this one, I.E. a Mutron III, Akai Deep Impact, Agent 00Funk or a Lovetone Meatball. All are way easier to use.

     
    5.0

    Love at first s...

    By JU4N35

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Boss SYB-5 Bass Synthesizer:

    I really love this pedal, new posibilities, new sounds. this is my firs Synth but wow, is more than that I was especting of it. I highly recommend this pedal.

     
    5.0

    One funky A pedal.

    By SirChadwycke

    from Kentucky

    Comments about Boss SYB-5 Bass Synthesizer:

    This pedal really is as diverse as can be hoped for. The response and timing DO have to be toyed with, but once reached, it can be the bees knees. I've played this through a Peavey Nitrobass half stack and it makes the cab's drivers push super hard. Can definitely help to cut through the mix for funky licks. This pedal has stood up to many a drunken party/jam session with no problems or scratches. 9V batteries also make a comfortable, long lasting home in the SYB as well.

     
    5.0

    AMAZING but...

    By ryancr

    from Fresno, CA

    Comments about Boss SYB-5 Bass Synthesizer:

    I pretty much love this thing. I play live with my band and instead of using computer generated synth which generally requires a lot of time and set up, I just use this. It adds an element to our music that most people avoid and when it's done right it can sound pretty rad. My only let down is that it doesn't do MORE. I'm finding that I need to buy more effects pedals to combine with this one to really achieve the kind of sounds I'm looking for but then again.... when does a musician buy ONE thing EVER that does EVERYTHING he or she wants?

     
    2.0

    SYB-3 Is much better.

    By Scott-Tr75E

    from Alexandria, VA

    Comments about Boss SYB-5 Bass Synthesizer:

    I can't begin to describe my hatred for the SYB-5. I own a SYB-3, and I really don't see why boss decided to ditch the analog and authentic sounding synths of the SYB-3, to release a cheaper, horrible sounding version of it. The almost 100$ price difference between the price of the pedals, really lets you know how bad these things sound. I am very upset with boss for this. After all the high quality, and analog sounding sounds they can make. Why did they replace the SYB-3?!?!?!?!?

     
    1.0

    Piece of junk

    By Zombi5150

    from Pennsylvania

    Comments about Boss SYB-5 Bass Synthesizer:

    I bought this pedal tried it out and could not get one useful sound out of it. It pretty much just sat around until I ended up selling it on ebay. Do not waste Your Money on this pedal.

     
    3.0

    Disappointing

    By Davey-KrL.M

    from VA

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    Comments about Boss SYB-5 Bass Synthesizer:

    First off the positive; this pedal is build with Boss's very high quality and robustness, it looks good and the functions are easy to understand and operate.Overall though I am disappointed with the pedal. It is expensive for what it does and its ability to remain stable with anything more than slow single notes is poor. I'll be returning my pedal and sticking to my Boss Octave pedal for 'synth' type effects, which overall is much more stable than this pedal.

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