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Overview

  • 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
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $229.50
  • Your Savings:
    - $60.50
  • Your Price:
    $16900

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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)

Expand your tonal pallet with the utmost of ease. Order now.

 
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BossSYB-5 Bass Synthesizer
 
3.7

(based on 24 reviews)

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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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great for what it is.

By Roey

from Charlotte NC

About Me Professional Musician

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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

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(4 of 4 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.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

not enough bang for your buck

By someone

from somewhere

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.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Trippy bass sounds. . . . . .

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.

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(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Meh!

By tdub

from Elsewhere

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.

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5.0

the cheapest usable bass synth pedal

By freak.superego

from Gy&#33r, Hungary

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

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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.

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3.0

Disappointing

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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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.

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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?

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