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Boss SYB-5 Bass Synthesizer Bass Guitar Effects Pedal

by Hugo Boss
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • 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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Technical Details
Item Weight454 g
Product Dimensions20.3 x 25.4 x 20.3 cm
Batteries:1 9V batteries required. (included)
Item model numberSYB-5
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 16,006 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight576 g
Date First Available28 Mar 2007
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RRP ¬£139. The BOSS SYB-3 was the world‚€TMs first bass synthesizer to be packed into a compact pedal, and it found favor with experimentalists and tone aficionados alike. Today, the next-generation bass-synth pedal has arrived: the SYB-5. Utilizing the latest in DSP technology, the SYB-5 faithfully reproduces the classic sound characteristics of analog synthesizers with enhanced punch and power. 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) Price includes free next weekday delivery - UK Mainland only. Signature Required.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible tracking 7 Sep 2012
By inamba1
The service was amazing and the build quality, clarity of instructions and intuitive controls are also amazing. Where this product fails is the appalling tracking. The pedal is great to play around with but for practical applications (i.e actually using it to create an audible sound) the tracking makes it impossible. Eighth note and sixteenth note patterns, even playing with a pick and muting the bass strings to be as precise as possible, gives a sound comparable to that of randomly hitting keys on an actual synth. The tracking is so bad that even creating a completely artificial bass line using reason software that was mastered and 100% consistent, recorded onto a boss loop station and then played through the SY-5 still came out almost unrecognisable due to tracking issues.
The pedal is slightly more manageable with an expression pedal, but even boss' own expression pedals lack the range to fully sweep the decay knob meaning you only get about 50% of the potential use of this when you use the expression pedal. I found that adding a compression pedal pre SYB-5 also helps to manage the tracking but compression is DEFINITELY needed to manage the signal coming out of the pedal because of the extreme volume levels the pedal produces, which means you would need to invest in two compression pedals. In is favour it is a great edition to a good distortion pedal (pre and post (the distortion helps to mask the incomprehensible random out of key notes that the poor tracking produces)) as it gives the distortion an extra dimension.
To sum up, if you want a well made synth pedal the Digitech is much more usable and the extra money you save can be invested in impressing the groupies with your drink buying skills at your next gig. You could also put some over time in at work or save a bit more or simply sponge from your parents and buy the Mark Bass super synth. Its expensive but the price comes with the fact that it is almost flawless and works perfectly.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmmm. 5 Feb 2012
It's very well made like all Boss pedals, and can make some cool synthy sounds. The problem for me is the tracking. You can't play 16th notes because the pedal won't keep up and the synth tones drop out. You have to dig in pretty hard to get it to trigger reliably - I play quite soft fingerstyle so you might be better off playing with a pick. On the other hand you have to make sure that you mute the strings well, play because it can be triggered by open, ringing strings or even on harmonics. Once it made a horrible electronic screech like a Dalek in pain just as my band was about to start a song - no idea at all why!

Overall I would say that lots of experimentation is in order to figure out what it does and when it does it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not an Akai Deep Impact, but... 14 Jan 2012
As a gigging semi-pro bassist in a covers band, I needed something to help give a reasonable impersonation of the Muse bass sound. However, Akai don't make the "Deep Impact" bass synth used by Chris Wolstenhome any more. You c an pick them up second hand on ebay providing you don't mind another mortgage to get one (think north of £600). This little Boss unit does a fair job in terms of the sounds you can get and the tracking. The price is far more sensible when you only need it for a couple of numbers a night.

On the downside, there are no pre-sets and if you need to change sounds on it during the gig it's fiddly. Just a point about the sounds you might think about setting and using on it. Like most guitar effects pedals, what sounds great on your own in rehearsal at home can sound awful (or just not "cut through") in a full band situation. By the same token, less inspiring sounds you set while playing alone can be a whole lot better when mixed with the other guitars. Plenty of experimentation is the key I guess...

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, BUT 23 Feb 2010
This pedal is rather awesome, in most ways, simply, i cant be bothered to write a proper review, but i just want to include a warning. Well, two actually. First off, it's VERY LOUD. Much louder than the natural output of an electric guitar. Secondly, it doesn't come with a power cable, and batteries are not a replaceable thing. I've managed to make it work using a 7.5v casio keyboard power adaptor, rather than the recommended 9v Boss adaptor, but even so...

Also, by way of expression pedals, a piano-keyboard sustain pedal does the job just nicely ;)
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boss SYB-5, little disappointed. 9 Jun 2012
By BassPlaya - Published on Amazon.com
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I had very high hopes for this pedal, I had heard amazing things about how well it sounded, and upon arrival I was absolutely excited to play with it. I had played with it for 2-5 hours attempting to get really great sounds out of it, and it seemed almost impossible. The synth sounds really lacked the synthy type action I had hope. I had heard the tracking occasionally gets off, but it was almost always off. You can't play more than quarter notes without it losing track. They had two settings that I really enjoyed (because it didn't lose tracking), but other than that, I was very disappointed in this pedal after awesome reviews.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doo doo doo waka waka wibble wobble Boingzzz...! 20 July 2012
By Richard S. Melton - Published on Amazon.com
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That's what my bass does now! LOL!

I got this Synth' to go with the SoundBlox Bass Envelope filter with their cool ass HotHand ring -wireless expression device.
I can now make Dubstep wobble bass! (c:

Coolest toy I got, in a long time!

Make sure you read the pretty simple manual tho. it can be tricky to get the right sound, and there's a million ways of getting the wrong one /c:

I used my Rockman Bass Ace Headpnones amp and practiced with it until I had the tones I wanted dialed in... It can be pretty frustrating if you go at it without the manual... 'til you get used to how you combine the settings on the pretty simple, and very functional, layout.

Great, solid, BOSS... Get a power adapter tho. this thing eats 9v's like appetizers.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild, Exotic 28 April 2012
By cakemeat - Published on Amazon.com
This pedal is amazing. It heavily modifies the tone of your bass guitar signal. It is hard to explain exactly what it does, especially since each of the 11 modes are different. I highly recommend watching any videos you find online if you're curious to what it does.

I found the pedal to be sturdy and up to the BOSS standard.

My only complaint is that understanding the individual settings is a bit confusing. The sound can be altered so drastically with only one change, this can make getting the perfect sound a bit complicated.
3.0 out of 5 stars great tone, iffy tracking 1 Mar 2014
By Rev Randy Rock - Published on Amazon.com
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Really great range of tones to emulate a synth bass, but requires great precision in playing as the tracking won't pick up subtle articulation. Ghost notes are gone, hammer-ons are about 50% chance, and pull-offs are about 20%. Fast runs are not picked up either - eighth notes at 150 bpm can get lost.

Works best with an expression pedal (trs connected) to get the most out of the box.

Only 3 stars because it's not even Boss' best bass synth. Really worth the extra cash to get one that you don't have to change your style to use, imho.
5.0 out of 5 stars good 8 Jan 2014
By Humberto Bonisson Junior - Published on Amazon.com
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The product fit well - as expected
The product was in good condition.

The product is good!!
The price is good!!
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