The SY-1000 is a breakthrough creation machine that transforms your guitar or bass rig with limitless sound design options. This powerhouse music tool opens a bold new chapter in the legacy of BOSS guitar synth innovation, fusing decades of R&D with our latest software and hardware advancements. Backed by a cutting-edge sound engine, high-octane DSP, and evolved GK technology, the SY-1000 delivers the finest performance and most organic playing experience to date.
Three simultaneous instruments and premium processing let you craft any sound you can imagine—intense analog-style leads, warm pads, moving synth textures, modeled electric and acoustic tones, or all at once. And with freely configurable footswitches, outputs, and external controls, you can maximize the hardware for any workflow. Sonically vast and deeply expressive, the SY-1000 is an infinite well of inspiration, energizing your musical vision with endless possibilities.
A New Era of Guitar Synth Innovation
The SY-1000 is the most advanced guitar/bass synth we’ve ever made, hands down. Custom DSP delivers six times the processing muscle of the SY-300, and the newly developed sound engine leverages the power of GK independent string processing for ultra-articulate performance, lightning-fast response, instantly variable tuning, sound panning/layering, and much more.
Deep Sound Design Tools
A standard SY-1000 patch includes three simultaneous instruments—each with a number of distinctive types to choose from—and you can combine and layer them for an endless range of sounds. Fed by the 13-pin GK input, every instrument offers an extensive set of parameters for tone shaping, mixing, and tuning. A normal ¼-inch input is available as well, letting you blend regular guitar/bass pickup sounds alongside the three instruments.
Ultra-Expressive Dynamic Synth
The all-new Dynamic Synth takes guitar synthesis further than it’s ever gone. GK processing and speedy DSP track your instrument’s characteristics with precision detail, allowing you to craft sounds never before possible. Choose from ten oscillator waveforms—sine, triangle, PWM, three saw types (including Roland’s famous supersaw), and more. Then shape the sound with six different filters, amplifier control, two LFOs, and two powerful step sequencers. Optimum performance is realized with the GK input, but it’s also possible to play the Dynamic Synth via the normal guitar/bass input.
Two Step Sequencers Bring Sounds to Life
After shaping a basic sound with the Dynamic Synth, the fun’s just starting—with two step sequencers, you can infuse it with movement to create complex textures that pulse, breathe, and groove. Each sequencer features 16 customizable steps that control pitch, filter, and amplitude independently. Better still, every step includes 13 different envelope curves for unprecedented sonic control. And by stacking three Dynamic Synths together, you can build massive moving sounds with three oscillators and six separate step sequencers!
OSC Synth and GR-300
Complementing the powerful Dynamic Synth are two additional synth instruments. OSC Synth is an analog-style engine with lots of filter options, full ADSR control, and high-definition sound with the discrete GK input. Also included is a perfect sonic recreation of the Roland GR-300, the legendary 1980s analog guitar synth used by some of the world’s most influential guitarists.
Advanced Guitar/Bass Modeling and Poly FX
The SY-1000 doesn’t stop at synthesis—it also features refreshed instrument modeling derived from historic BOSS and Roland GK gear. A large selection of electric, acoustic, and bass guitar types are available, each with independent tuning, EQ, virtual amp settings, and more. There’s also a highly expressive VIO Guitar instrument, which alters the input signal’s envelope and harmonic characteristics to create tones reminiscent of bowed instruments. Finally, the cool Poly FX instrument delivers richly textured voices with high-res definition only possible with GK processing.
Flagship-Class Effects and Interface
The SY-1000’s signal processing and user interface are derived from BOSS’s flagship GT-1000 multi-effects, lauded for its exceptional audio quality and simple operation. Shape sounds any way you like with a huge palette of effects, plus ultra-responsive guitar and bass amps. Quickly edit instruments and effects, change routings, create parallel chains, and more via the large LCD and hands-on knobs. And to speed up your patch workflow even more, you can save favorite instrument and effect setups in ready-to-go Variation libraries.
By default, the SY-1000’s eight footswitches select patches, banks, and two control assignments. But you can easily reassign them to nearly any function you want. There’s also a Manual mode for fast on/off access to the three instruments and normal input. Up to four external footswitches or two expression pedals are supported, and MIDI I/O is provided as well. The Main and Sub outputs are normally used for mixed stereo signals, but can also be configured as four discrete outputs, complete with dedicated EQ on each. And with the moveable effects loop, you can smoothly integrate all your external gear.
Record Tracks and Play MIDI Instruments via USB
The SY-1000’s USB audio/MIDI interface opens a world of creative options with your favorite DAW. With the GK input, you’re able to record each of your instrument’s strings to separate audio tracks, either processed live or captured dry for later “re-synth” processing through the SY-1000. And with the Guitar-to-MIDI/Bass-to-MIDI function, you can use your axe to play soft synths, record MIDI sequences, input notation data, and more.
|Instruments parts||3 parts|
|Instruments types||[Guitar mode]
Guitar synthesizer: 3 types (DYNAMIC SYNTH, OSC SYNTH, GR-300)
Electric guitar + Amp modeling: (Guitar = 12 types, Amp = 31 types)
Acoustic + Amp modeling: (Acoustic = 9 types, Amp = 31 types)
Bass + Amp modeling: (Bass = 3 types, Amp = 31 types)
Vio guitar modeling: 12 types
Poly FX: 5 types
Bass synthesizer: 3 types (DYNAMIC SYNTH, OSC SYNTH, ANALOG GR)
Bass + Amp modeling: (Bass = 10 types, Amp = 31 types)
AC bass + Amp modeling: (AC bass = 1 type, Amp = 31 types)
Electric guitar + Amp modeling: (Guitar = 3 types, Amp = 31 types)
Poly FX: 5 types
|Alternate Tuning||[Guitar mode]
OPEN (D, E, G, A), DROP (D to A), D-MODAL, NASHVILLE, SHIFT (-12 to +12), USER, 12-string guitar function
SHIFT (-12 to +12), USER, 12-string bass function
|Effects||Over 150 types|
|Patch Memory||Guitar mode: 200 (Preset) + 200 (User)
Bass mode: 200 (Preset) + 200 (User)
|AD Conversion||Divided Pickup: 32 bits + AF method
Normal Pickup: 32 bits + AF method
* AF method (Adaptive Focus method) is a proprietary method from Roland & BOSS that vastly improves the signal-to-noise (SN) ratio of the AD and DA converters.
|DA Conversion||32 bits|
|Sample Rate||48 kHz|
|Normal Input Level||GUITAR INPUT: -10 dBu
RETURN: -10 dBu
|Maximum Input Level||GUITAR INPUT: +16 dBu
RETURN: +8 dBu
|Input Impedance||GUITAR INPUT: 1 MΩ
RETURN: 1 MΩ
|Normal Output Level||MAIN OUTPUT (L/PHONES, R/MONO): -10 dBu
SUB OUTPUT (L, R/MONO): -10 dBu
SEND: -10 dBu
|Output Impedance||MAIN OUTPUT (L/PHONES, R/MONO): 44 Ω
SUB OUTPUT (L, R/MONO): 1 kΩ
SEND: 1 kΩ
|Recommended Load Impedance||MAIN OUTPUT (L/MONO, R): 10 kΩ or greater
*Phones: 44 Ω or greater
SUB OUTPUT (L, R/MONO): 10 kΩ or greater
SEND: 10 kΩ or greater
|Controls||BANK DOWN switch, BANK UP switch, CTL1--2 switches, 1--4 switches, POWER switch, INST button, EFFECTS button, CTL button, EXIT button, WRITE button, SYSTEM button, PAGE button
1--6 knobs, OUTPUT LEVEL knob
|Display||Graphic LCD (512 x 160 dots, backlit LCD)|
|Connectors||GK IN connector: 13-pin DIN type
GUITAR INPUT jack, SEND jack, RETURN jack, MAIN OUTPUT (L/PHONES, R/MONO) jacks, SUB OUTPUT (L, R/MONO) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
CTL3, 4/EXP1 jack, CTL5, 6/EXP2 jack: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
USB COMPUTER port: USB B type (supports High-Speed USB, USB Audio, and USB MIDI)
MIDI (IN, OUT/THRU) connectors
DC IN jack
|Power Supply||AC adaptor|
|Current Draw||800 mA|
|Accessories||AC adaptor(PSB-1U + AC Cord Set)
Leaflet "USING THE UNIT SAFELY"
|Options (sold separately)||Divided pickup: GK-3 (for guitar), GK-3B (for bass guitar)
GK cable: GKC-5 (5 m, 15 feet), GKC-10 (10 m, 30 feet)
Footswitch: FS-5U, FS-5L, FS-6, FS-7
Expression Pedal: EV-30, FV-500L, FV-500H, Roland EV-5
Unit selector: Roland US-20
AC adaptor (PSB-1U)
* When purchasing an AC adaptor, be sure to specify the adaptor (from the list that follows) that is designed for the region in which it will be used, and the voltage supplied there.
|Size and Weight|
|Weight (excluding AC adaptor)||2.5 kg
5 lbs 9 oz