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Boss SY-300 F.A.Q
« on: April 09, 2015, 01:10:36 PM »
Boss SY-300 F.A.Q



Boss SY-300 Owners Manual, Parameter Guide, MIDI Implementation
http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=15226.msg109913#msg1099



VGuitarforums Boss SY-300 Group Buy
http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=14602.msg104496#msg104496



VGuitar Forums > Boss SY-300 Guitar Synth > Boss SY-300 General Discussion
http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?board=189.0

VGuitar Forums > Boss SY-300 Guitar Synth > Boss SY-300 Top Things to Know
http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?board=190.0

VGuitar Forums > Boss SY-300 Guitar Synth > Boss SY-300 Patch Exchange
http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?board=191.0


Boss SY-300 Guitar Synth Pedal Videos
http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=14586.msg104416#msg104416




https://www.facebook.com/RolandCE

http://www.bossus.com/products/sy-300/







EXPLORE NEW DIMENSIONS OF SOUND WITH ANY GUITAR
Grab your favorite axe and dive into an extraordinary world of sound creation with the SY-300 Guitar Synthesizer. The SY-300 can be used with all your guitars right away, with no special pickup required—just plug into the standard 1/4-inch jack and play! Thanks to revolutionary new BOSS technology, you’re able to explore fat, analog-style polyphonic synth sounds with zero latency, seamlessly extending the natural expressiveness and familiar feel of your own instrument. In addition, you can shape your normal guitar with the synth’s filters, amps, and LFOs to create all sorts of cool sounds never heard before. From unique lead textures to rich, evocative soundscapes, the SY-300 brings untapped dimensions of inspiration and creativity to your music.

Plug into the standard 1/4-inch jack and play rich and expressive polyphonic synth tones with any guitar
Completely latency-free playing feel directly connects your hands with the sound
Three simultaneous synth sections and four effects processors enable rich, dynamic, and diverse sound creation
Shape your normal guitar tone with synth filters, amplifiers, and LFOs to create all-new sounds
Graphic LCD display, three assignable footswitches, and dedicated on/off footswitch
70 ready-to-play preset patches and 99 user patches for storing custom sounds
Create and archive sounds on your computer with the BOSS Tone Studio editor/librarian and download new sounds at BOSS Tone Central
Works with bass and other electronic instruments as well

Access Expressive New Sounds via a Standard 1/4-Inch Input

With the SY-300, tapping into BOSS’ legendary guitar synth technology has never been easier. While our other synth products require a special GK pickup and 13-pin cable to access synth voices, the SY-300 can be used with any guitar via a standard 1/4-inch cable. Powered by ultra-fast DSP and newly developed innovations from the BOSS engineering team, the SY-300 performs its amazing synth magic in real time, with no lag whatsoever. This delivers a latency-free playing experience that’s a natural extension of your normal guitar, letting you to play freely and organically without altering your technique in any way.


A True Analog-Style Synth for Guitar

The SY-300 features a powerful polyphonic synthesis engine with three separate sections, bringing a limitless range of fresh tones to your arsenal. Just like a keyboard player with a classic analog synth, you have complete creative freedom to build sounds with a full palette of synthesis parameters—select different wave shapes, tweak them with filter, amp, and pitch controls, modulate them with LFOs, and layer oscillators for rich, complex tones. There’s even a step sequencer (with tap tempo control) for creating dynamic melodies and arpeggios simply by playing a single note on your guitar! And with the cool Blender function, you can instantly mix and match synth settings from other patches to discover inspiring new sounds with no heavy lifting at all.


Shape Your Normal Guitar Sound with Synth Parameters

Beyond its amazing synth voices, the SY-300’s synth engine can be used to process your normal guitar sound in many compelling ways. Apply filtering to alter the basic tonality, and use the amplifier parameters to alter the attack and decay characteristics. After that, add some sweeping movement to the sound with the LFO section, or use the step sequencer to create complex rhythmic tonalities. With these powerful controls, you’re able to extend your regular axe with an endless supply of unique creative textures, from subtle to otherworldly.

Maximize Tones with High-Impact Effects

Effects play a huge role in synthesizer sound design, and the SY-300 is filled with options to take your tones into the stratosphere. 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 even perform two effects at once, such as chorus and delay or delay and reverb. Use the effects to process synth sounds, your straight guitar sound, or both at once—it’s up to you.


Powerful Control Options and Versatile Connectivity

Controlling the SY-300 while performing is simple. Using the four built-in footswitches, you can bypass the synth sound, scroll through patches, and control three different parameters of your choosing per patch. Two external footswitches or an expression pedal can also be connected for even more real-time control if needed. The Thru output lets you to send your dry guitar sound directly to your pedals or amp, or it can be used along with the Return jack as an effects loop. Dual output pairs (Main and Sub) offer assignable signal routing options to integrate with any setup, while MIDI In and Out/Thru jacks are provided for interfacing with switchers, drum machines, and other MIDI gear.


USB Interface for Computers

The SY-300 is equipped a USB audio interface to capture audio tracks directly into music production software on your computer. You can record the SY-300’s synth and effects sounds, or just monitor them while recording a dry signal. Then, feed that signal back into the SY-300 to “re-synth” the sound and create the perfect tone for your mix. You can feed other tracks from your DAW into the SY-300 as well, processing them with the synth engine and effects to create cool new sounds for your productions. The SY-300’s USB connection also allows you to build and organize patches with the dedicated BOSS Tone Studio editor and download new patches from the BOSS Tone Central website.
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SPECIFICATIONS
Oscillators
Three OSCILLATOR (wave: SIN, SAW, TRI, SQR, PWM, DETUNE SAW, NOISE, INPUT)

Effects

Effect (FX) x 4
Type:
CHORUS, COMPRESSOR, DELAY, EQ, FLANGER, ISOLATOR, LIMITER, LO-FI, OD/DS, PAN, PHASER, REVERB, ROTARY, SLICER, SLOW GEAR, TOUCH WAH, TREMOLO, UNI-V, CHORUS+DELAY, CHORUS+REVERB, DELAY+REVERB

Patch Memories

User: 99
Preset: 70

AD Conversion24 bits + AF method

* AF method (Adaptive Focus method): This is a proprietary method from Roland & BOSS that vastly improves the signal-to-noise (SN) ratio of the AD and DA converters.DA

Conversion24 bits

Sampling Rate44.1 kHz

Nominal Input Leve

lINPUT: -10 dBu

RETURN: -10 dBu

Input Impedance

INPUT: 2.2 M ohms

RETURN: 220 k ohms

Nominal Output Level

MAIN OUTPUT: -10 dBu

SUB OUTPUT: -10 dBu

Output Impedance

MAIN OUTPUT: 2 k ohms

SUB OUTPUT: 2 k ohms

Recommended Load Impedance

MAIN OUTPUT L/R: 20 k ohms or greater

SUB OUTPUT L/R: 20 k ohms or greater

PHONES: 16 ohms or greaterLCDGraphic LCD (132 x 64 dots, backlit LCD )ConnectorsINPUT jack: 1/4-inch phone type

THRU jack: 1/4-inch phone type

RETURN jack: 1/4-inch phone type

MAIN OUTPUT R (MONO) jack: 1/4-inch phone type

MAIN OUTPUT L (PHONES) jack: 1/4-inch phone type

SUB OUTPUT R (MONO) jack: 1/4-inch phone type

SUB OUTPUT L jack: 1/4-inch phone type

MIDI (IN, OUT/THRU) connectors

EXP/CTL4, 5 jack: 1/4-inch TRS phone type

USB port: USB type B
DC IN jack

Power SupplyAC adaptor
Current Draw 400 mA

Accessories
AC adaptor
Owner's manual
Leaflet "USING THE UNIT SAFELY"

Options (sold separately)

Footswitch: FS-5U, FS-6, FS-7

Expression pedal: Roland EV-5

SIZE AND WEIGHT

Width255 mm  10-1/16 inches

Depth191 mm  7-9/16 inches

Height70 mm  2-13/16 inches

Weight(excluding AC Adaptor)1.75 g  3 lbs 14 oz.

* 0 dBu = 0.775 Vrms
ASIO  ASIO is a trademark and software of Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH.


http://bosstonecentral.com/



http://www.boss.info/


BOSS SY-300 PRESS RELEASE
With the SY-300, BOSS presents an all-new approach to guitar synthesis that unlocks an extraordinary world of sound creation for every guitarist. Unlike other products that require a special GK pickup and 13-pin cable to access synth voices, the SY-300 can be used with any guitar or bass via a standard 1/4-inch cable. It also integrates easily with stomps and pedalboard setups, thanks to its compact size and versatile I/O.

Powered by ultra-fast DSP and newly developed innovations from the BOSS engineering team, the SY-300 performs its amazing synth magic in real time, with no lag whatsoever. This delivers a latency-free playing experience that's a natural extension of the user's normal guitar, allowing them to play freely and organically without altering their technique in any way.

The SY-300 is equipped with a powerful polyphonic synthesis engine with three separate sections. Just like a keyboard player with a classic analog synth, guitarists have complete creative freedom to build sounds with a full palette of synthesis parameters, including different wave shapes, filter/amp controls, and LFOs. There's even a step sequencer (with tap tempo control) for creating dynamic melodies and arpeggios by playing a single note. And with the cool Blender function, users can mix and match synth settings from other patches to discover new sounds instantly.



Beyond pure synth
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 to enhance both synth and straight tones for maximum impact. 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.

With its graphic LCD display, three assignable footswitches, and dedicated on/off footswitch, controlling the SY-300 while performing is simple and intuitive. 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 effects 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.[/i]



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** All Roland  / Boss Owners manuals start life as Japanese Manuals - and often show up first at the

* Boss Japan site here:
http://jp.boss.info/support/owners_manuals/

then they are delivered to


* Boss Netherlands, and must be translated from Dutch to English
http://nl.boss.info/support/owners_manuals/

Using the 2014 Boss GP-10 release as an example, I predict a late May 2015 for the 1st arrival of Boss SY-300 Owners manual.

it will follow the latest protocol  for Boss manuals, and arrive as three documents here:
http://www.boss.info/international/

* Boss SY-300 Owner Manual

* Boss SY-300 Parameter Guide

* Boss SY-300 MIDI Implementation



Knowing these steps above allows you to obtain the Owners manual for brand new Roland / Boss gear, often  4-8 weeks before these docs are announced by Roland/Boss US.


Boss SY-300 LCD Navigation ( screen caps from videos )




Input sensitivity




OSC Edit ( entry point)




Sequencer ( 16 steps)



Sequencer ( steps#1-4)



Sequencer ( steps#5-8)



Sequencer ( steps#9-12)



Sequencer ( steps #13-16)


Fix your Audio Ground Loop Buzzes and Noises
http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=2078.msg11723#msg11723

USB Noise - audio output has enormous noise with USB cable connected
http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=367.0
« Last Edit: July 30, 2015, 05:19:38 AM by Elantric »

Offline Elantric

Re: Boss SY-300 F.A.Q
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2015, 12:52:24 PM »
http://www.bossus.com/blog/2015/04/15/new-product-sy-300-guitar-synthesizer/
April 15, 2015
New Product: SY-300 Guitar Synthesizer
Jim Bybee Product News, Top Headlines analog, effect, GR, GR-300, guitar, Synth, Synthesizer

Tap Into a World of Amazing Sounds—No Special Pickup Needed!


BOSS SY-300 Guitar Synthesizer.

The introduction of the revolutionary SY-300 Guitar Synthesizer brings the guitar synth to an all-new level of sound and accessibility. This magical box lets you take advantage of BOSS’ legendary guitar synth technology using the normal pickups on your axe, with no special add-on pickup needed! The SY-300 delivers fat, analog-style polyphonic synth tones with zero latency, opening up an extraordinary world of real-time sound creation for every guitarist. What’s more, you can shape your normal tone with the SY-300’s filters, amps, LFOs, and effects for even more sonic diversity.




Just Plug In and Play

Unlike other products that require a special GK pickup
http://www.rolandus.com/products/gk-3/
and 13-pin cable to access synth voices, the SY-300 can be used with any guitar via a standard 1/4-inch cable. It also integrates easily with stomps and pedalboard setups, thanks to its compact size and versatile I/O. If you play bass, you’ll be happy to hear that the SY-300 works great with your instrument as well.

Powered by ultra-fast DSP and new innovations from the talented BOSS team, the SY-300 performs its synth processing in real time, with no lag whatsoever. This means that you can play its sounds like you would with any other stompbox, with no need to adjust your technique in any way. The SY-300 feels like an extension of your normal guitar, delivering a truly organic playing experience—it’s your guitar, plus more.


The SY-300 Guitar Synthesizer can be used with normal guitar and bass pickups—no special pickup is required.

An Authentic Analog-Style Synth

The SY-300 is equipped with a polyphonic synth engine with three separate sections. Each section has an oscillator and an array of common synthesis parameters for sound shaping, including filter, amp, and pitch envelopes and LFOs. The sections can be used independently, or stacked for massive tones. Another cool feature is the step sequencer, which lets you play dynamic melodies and arpeggios with a single note.

With its large graphic LCD display, it’s easy to tweak tones directly on the SY-300. You’re also able to edit, create, and archive sounds from your computer using the dedicated BOSS Tone Studio editor.




The SY-300’s large graphic display makes it simple to edit sounds.

If you’re not familiar with synth programming, don’t worry. The SY-300 is loaded with ready-to-play patches, and there’s a growing selection of additional sounds available for free at the BOSS Tone Central website.
http://bosstonecentral.com/
The SY-300 also includes a unique onboard Blender function, which allows you to randomly mix and match synth settings from other patches to discover new sounds by chance.

If you’re looking for a guitar synth that lets you play sampled instrument sounds like piano, brass, drums, etc., the SY-300 doesn’t do that—it’s strictly for classic, analog-style synth flavors. For sampled sounds (and a whole lot more), you’ll want to check out the GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer.
http://www.rolandus.com/products/gr-55/


Shape Your Tones with Synth Filters and Multi-Effects

Beyond its synth voices, the SY-300 also offers powerful sound shaping abilities for your normal tone. You can can apply synth filters, change attack and decay characteristics, and create cool dynamic movement with the LFOs and step sequencer to develop an endless supply of unique textures.

The SY-300 also includes multi-effects to enhance both synth and straight tones. Four simultaneous effects engines are available, each with a selection that includes overdrives and distortions, Slow Gear, Isolator, Slicer, and many others. Some types can do two effects at the same time (such as chorus and delay or delay and reverb), giving you double-duty from a single engine.


The SY-300’s rear panel includes an array of connections for hooking up external controls and interfacing with other gear.

Re-Synth Tracks Via USB

In addition to all its other great functions, the SY-300 has a built-in USB audio interface, allowing you to capture tracks into music production software. Of course, you can record the SY-300’s synth and effects sounds directly. But you can also record a dry signal while monitoring the SY-300’s sound. After that, send that track back into the SY-300 and “re-synth” the sound while dialing up the perfect tone for your mix. You can even feed other tracks from your DAW into the SY-300 and process them with the synth engine and effects to create all sorts of interesting sounds.

To learn more about this inspiring new guitar synth from BOSS, visit the SY-300 product page.
http://www.bossus.com/products/sy-300/





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http://www.guitarplayer.com/gear/1012/bosss-sy-300-synthesizer-works-with-standard-pickups--video/51819
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.



























« Last Edit: July 24, 2015, 10:36:15 AM by Elantric »

Offline Elantric

Re: Boss SY-300 F.A.Q
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2015, 12:59:32 PM »
Boss SY-300 Links  -
(What the rest of the web is saying about the Boss SY-300)

http://planetsixstring.com/alex-hutchings-musikmesse-2015-boss-sy-300-guitar-synth-demo-revolutionary/


http://www.guitarplayer.com/gear/1012/bosss-sy-300-synthesizer-works-with-standard-pickups--video/51819

http://www.kemper-amps.com/forum/index.php/Thread/20052-Synth-like-the-Boss-SY-300/


http://www.andertons.co.uk/multi-fx-units/pid39333/cid693/boss-sy300-guitar-synthsizer-system.asp

http://www.gak.co.uk/en/boss-sy-300-polyphonic-guitar-synth/116273

http://www.talkbass.com/threads/boss-sy300-new-synth-unit-without-the-need-of-roland-pickup.1146941/

http://www.sonicstate.com/amped/2015/04/15/messe-2015-boss-sy-300-guitar-synthesizer-demo/

http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/22389-roland-announces-sy-300-guitar-synthesizer-and-expands-blues-cube-amp-series

http://www.thegearpage.net/board/showthread.php?p=19845073

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Perform a SY-300 System reset
https://www.boss.info/us/support/knowledge_base/205748215/



Q: Boss SY-300  has a  "BLENDER" button - What could that be ??



A: The SY-300 includes a unique onboard Blender function, which allows you to randomly mix and match synth settings from other patches to discover new sounds by chance.


Q: How do I use the SY-300's Three CTL Foot switches and external Expression pedal ?

A: Roland/Boss typically includes Control Assignments in their premier products - read about how to use them by examining older product guides which go into greater detail explaining how to use these powerful controls

read the docs in the Roland COSM Library that explain all these in greater detail
http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=88.0


Roland GS-10 COSM dynamic processor
http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=88.0;attach=68

Roland GS-10 COSM Speaker
http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=88.0;attach=69

Boss_GT-x_Set-up_v02.pdf
http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=88.0;attach=462


Boss_GT-8 Brilliance.pdf
http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=88.0;attach=464

Learn about the Roland / Boss "Internal Pedal" and "Wave Pedal" here:

http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=8782.msg92882#msg92882
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Offline Elantric

Re: Boss SY-300 F.A.Q
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2015, 11:51:31 AM »
Q: Which External Footswitch do I need? .. Latch or Unlatch?

A: http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=13211.msg96572#msg96572


SY-300 assign  [toggle] + FS-6  [Latch] = double latching, pedal requires 2 presses to do one function (effect on/off)


SY-300 assign  [toggle] + FS-6  [Moment] = press once to toggle effect on/off, pedal led only lights while held down


SY-300 assign  [moment] + FS-6  [moment] = effect only on while pedal held down, pedal led only on while held down


SY-300 assign  [moment] + FS-6  [Latch] = press once to toggle effect on/off, pedal led toggles with effect status
« Last Edit: April 19, 2015, 02:24:40 PM by Elantric »

Offline Elantric

Re: Boss SY-300 F.A.Q
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2015, 02:10:23 PM »
Q: SY-300 has a 16 step sequencer? and LFO? what's with that?


A: Its an old school Jan Hammer type tool, for one note arpeggios  (just like old Roland GR-30)

See onboard editing of Step Sequencer in these SY-300 LCD screen shots
http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=14608.0

Hear example of the SY-300 LFO in action at 1:38 here

Hear example of the SY-300 Step Sequencer in action at 4:47 here

« Last Edit: April 19, 2015, 02:24:27 PM by Elantric »

Offline Elantric

Re: Boss SY-300 F.A.Q
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2015, 05:12:30 PM »
https://www.facebook.com/BOSSUS
Vernon Reid and Chuck Loeb at the BOSS / Roland VIP New Product Showcase in New York today.






http://www.miroc.co.jp/show-report/nab_musikmesse2015/archives/1341




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, new product launches in Tokyo Shibuya duo is "Roland Summer Forward 2015" was held. For more information, please refer to the news of the instrument .me
SY-300 "is a guitar synthesizer to play by connecting a guitar. The connecting guitar and the "SY-300" in the standard shield, can be used in the sense of like effector. Sound source is equipped with four types of effects that can be freely set the 3 oscillators and routing. 's Possible specifications in bass guitar. In will be released this summer, the price is open price.

http://www.gakki.me/n/data/2015051304.html
« Last Edit: May 13, 2015, 08:50:32 AM by Elantric »

Offline Elantric

Re: Boss SY-300 F.A.Q
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2015, 09:58:26 AM »
See upper right - first look at Boss SY-300 BTS Edit Screen with Signal Flow Diagram





Boss Tone Studio Editor for SY-300 Edit Screen with Signal Flow Diagram
« Last Edit: May 21, 2015, 10:01:37 AM by Elantric »

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Offline Elantric

Re: Boss SY-300 F.A.Q
« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2015, 10:32:39 PM »
Boss SY-300 Q & A  (Japan )

(courtesy of Google Translate)
https://translate.google.com/


http://jp.boss.info/support/by_product/sy-300/knowledge_base/

Q: Can I connect the 6-string more than guitar?

A: 7-string guitar can be connected. (However, you can not pronounce the sound of above 24 frets in the normal course of guitar)
8-string, the case of a 9-string, low-pass be used in the BASS mode will sound, but you can not pronounce one string 12 fret over.
Pronunciation band as a product specification is as follows.

Bass Mode OFF: A1 ~ E6
Bass Mode ON: A0 ~ E5
Within the following BOSS TONE CENTRAL, it is possible to visit the demonstration video using the 8-string guitar that Alex Hutchings Mr. play.


Q:  Is it possible to change order of the OSC and FX?

A: It can not be changed the order of OSC1 ~ 3, but in OSC ASSIGNER located between the OSC1 ~ 3 and OSC MIXER, it is possible to choose the path from eight different types.
In addition, it is not possible to place the FX before the OSC, it is possible to change the order.



Q: External foot switch was assigned to switch the patch number to, but does not switch only once from the patch that you set.

A: When the CTL MODE is set to "PATCH", after switching to the <patch it has not been assigned to switch the patch number> from <patch assigned to switch the patch number>, patch number in the external foot switch It will not be switching to.
If you are in a common work on all of the patch, please set the CTL MODE to "SYSTEM".



Q: Is it possible to divide the output destination of the sound that is input to the synth sound and the RETURN terminal?

A: It is possible.
For example, the synthesizer sound from MAIN OUTPUT, when outputting a sound that is input to the RETURN terminal from SUB OUTPUT, move the SUB OUT (SUB) between THRU / RTN and OUTPUT MIXER at SYNTH / FX screen OUTPUT Please set the RETURN LEVEL to 0 in the MIXER screen.

*  The "if that line output, through the amp simulator only to guitar sound, and setting the synth sounds impervious to amp simulator," "from the MAIN OUTPUT terminal guitar sound only, synth from the SUB OUTPUT terminal About Settings "to output the sound only, please refer to the section of the SY-300 parameters guide / Sound list" to set the output of SY-300 ".

* SY-300 Parameter Guide / Sound list
 http://jp.boss.info/products/sy-300/#downloads/



Q: Can I connect the bass guitar.

A: You can connect.
* SY-300 is equipped with a BASS mode. For the setting method, please refer to the section "Input settings when connecting the BASS" SY-300 Parameter Guide / Sound list.

* SY-300 Parameter Guide / Sound list
http://jp.boss.info/products/sy-300/#downloads/


Q: Do you want to work even if it is connected to the effector between the SY-300 and the guitar?

A: It works.
However, if you want to sound and mix through the OSC over the direct external effects to the direct sound, connect the THRU terminal and the input terminal of the external effects, please input from the output terminal of the external effector to RETURN terminal.

Q: What is the difference between the GR-55 and SY-300?

A: For Roland GR-55 Synth, there are sounds of the PCM sound source, you can emulate the sounds of various real  instruments.
For SY-300 is not a PCM sound system, you will not be able to issue these sounds.
In addition, We also do not conduct any such conversion to pitch detection and MIDI signal.
The oscillator is caused to oscillate, it makes a sound in a manner that will create a sound from scratch.
Also there is no COSM Guitar Modeling or Alt Tuning possible in the SY-300


Q: Does the guitar type to be connected to the SY-300 impact the synth sounds?

A: The guitar type, differences and pickup type will impact the SY-300 synth sounds.


Q: Sound only in that you enter in the RETURN terminal, Is it possible to apply a built-in effects (FX1 ~ 4)?

A: It is possible.
To display the routing screen by pressing the [SYNTH / FX] button, THRU / between RTN and OUTPUT MIXER, please let is multiplied want to move the effect (FX1 ~ 4) (MOVE).


Q: In BLENDER, do OSC of settings and effects of ordering (CHAIN) is shuffled in the set?

A: In BLENDER screen press the SELECT knob (PUSH ENTER) and automatic shuffle function is turned ON, order of the OSC and the effect (CHAIN) is shuffled in the set.
Once again press the SELECT knob and (PUSH ENTER), automatic shuffle function stops.
While the automatic shuffle function is stopped, you can select OSC1 ~ 3 and the order of the effect the (CHAIN) individually.

*  For details on the parameters of BLENDER function, please refer to the section of the SY-300 Parameter Guide / Sound list "BLENDER".

*  SY-300 Parameter Guide / Sound list
    http://jp.boss.info/products/sy-300/#downloads/


Q: Regardless of the strength of picking, do I be able to put out at a fixed volume?

A: You can't.
SY-300 operates in response to the dynamics of the signal sent from the guitar or bass connected to the INPUT terminal, will sound.


Q: In the edit screen, such as OSC, the values of certain parameters will change without permission, you will not be able to change the value.

A: When the value of the parameter is being moved automatically by the WAVE of control parameters, it will behave as such.
[MENU] -> to enter the setting screen from the [CTL / EXP], and select the [WAVE], please try to turn off the assignment of the appropriate WAVE.
For example, in the OSC3 of U29, it is set so that the value of FINE changes alternately and -3 ? +14.
For WAVE2 it is moving the value of FINE, if the assignment of WAVE to OFF, the value of FINE does not change.
 
For details on the parameters of the assignment setting, please refer to the section of the SY-300 Parameter Guide / Sound list "CTL / EXP".

* SY-300 Parameter Guide / Sound list
    http://jp.boss.info/products/sy-300/#downloads/



Q: Do synth sound, has been modeling any analog synth?

A: SY-300 does not conduct any modeling.
Use of 3 groups OSC (WAVE / PITCH / AMP / FILTER / LFO) and has a making sound.


Q: Can I also use the microphone or keyboard?

A: Available.
However, INPUT of SY-300 is, assuming a guitar / bass input signal (defined Input: -10dBu) to order that, if you want to connect a microphone or keyboard, depending on the equipment to be connected, sensitivity adjustment (INPUT SENS please do).
* If you connect a microphone, you need to connect the preamplifier after the microphone.
If you want to set the sensitivity for each patch ?, please select "PATCH" in the INPUT SENS setting screen of the patch. (Default setting: SYSTEM)


Q: Can I use as a MIDI sound source.

A: Not available.


Q: Is it possible to output as a MIDI note signal the guitar strings signal?

A: You can't.
And program change from the MIDI terminal, control change information is output. In addition, the audio signal is output from the USB terminal.


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FAQ

Q: Although there ■ and without latency exists, where can I going to be AD conversion from the input?

A: SY-300 does not adopt the method of sounding the PCM to convert the guitar signal to MIDI like a normal guitar synth.

Normal guitar synthesizer, but we caused a little latency in the process of MIDI converts the signal when calling the PCM, because this time of SY-300 has adopted a method that does not MIDI converted by the new technology, latency It has become a specification that does not occur.

It should be noted that, for the new technology, is the secret details because it is secret sauce.

Q: ■ built-in synth or will only analog modeling?

A: Rather than modeling synth, and the oscillator of the 3 groups, it becomes a product that asked to the sound making in the four systems effects.


Q: ■ Input / output What monaural?

A: Input is subject monaural.

Since the output MAIN L We also serve PHONE OUT, stereo and plug in the equipment of the stereo of the terminal, such as headphones to the MAIN L output OUT. When it is output in MAIN L / R, each of them is a monaural.

Q: ■ In the case of mono / poly, or MIDI note each would be possible output?

A: SY-300 will be polyphonic synthesizer.

It would therefore, code detection, we also correspond to play fast.

As described above, so we have adopted a new method that does not MIDI conversion, it does not have the function of GUITAR → MIDI. It would therefore, can not be output of the MIDI notes. In addition, MIDI input and output, can be controlled from an external device, ejects / received tempo information.

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Offline Elantric

Re: Boss SY-300 F.A.Q
« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2015, 04:44:49 PM »
http://www.sweetwater.com/insync/boss-sy-300-guitar-synthesizer-review-by-sweetwater/

Mitch Gallagher puts the BOSS SY-300 guitar synth to the test in this episode of Guitars and Gear. It’s BOSS’s most advanced guitar synthesizer yet: no special pickup is required, the tracking is ultra-fast, and it allows for polyphonic playing and tracks chords very well. Four footswitches allow you to switch presets as well as modulate the synth tone. Four built-in effects processors can be added anywhere in the internal signal path, and there’s even a send/return loop for adding external effects.

One extremely cool thing about the SY-300 is that the tone actually changes when you switch pickups on your guitar. That’s because the SY-300 is generating its sound based on what it’s hearing from your pickups. Factor in the ability to bend strings and play with vibrato, and you’ve got one of the most expressive guitar synth systems around.

If you want to extend your sonic range beyond typical guitar tones, the BOSS SY-300 is a great solution that doesn’t require you to add an extra pickup to your guitar. Thanks for watching!

Get the BOSS SY-300 guitar synth here: http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/SY300

Sweetwater’s Guitars and Gear, Vol. 130




Offline Elantric

Re: Boss SY-300 F.A.Q
« Reply #10 on: July 12, 2015, 12:04:02 PM »
How to understand the Boss SY-300 OSC  by Bill Ruppert

When you get the Sy-300 first thing go in and grab a preset and turn off delay fx
Then turn off all but one OSC.
This way you can hear just what the OSC does as you scroll through the wave forms.
Then with just one OSC go to the filter page and play with the controls.
its much easier when you break it down to the minimum to understand what is really going on.
Its very amazing and can be programmed to be stunning.
Just break it down first then you add like you are cooking a great meal or painting.
START simple. Its worth it.
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Offline admsustainiac

Re: Boss SY-300 F.A.Q
« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2015, 10:30:52 AM »
It's worth reading the recently discovered work-around for downloading BTS LiveSets without the Boss Processor being present.

http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=15608.msg111472#msg111472

Offline admsustainiac

Re: Boss SY-300 F.A.Q
« Reply #12 on: September 21, 2017, 09:08:37 AM »
http://www.roland.co.uk/blog/get-the-most-from-your-boss-sy-300-guitar-pedal/


GET THE MOST FROM YOUR BOSS SY-300 GUITAR PEDAL
Get the most from your Boss SY-300 Guitar pedal
THE BOSS SY-300 GUITAR PEDAL IS A POWERFUL BEAST THAT GIVES YOU EXTRAORDINARY ANALOGUE-STYLE SYNTH SOUNDS TO PLAY WITH. SOUND ON SOUND EDITOR-IN-CHIEF PAUL WHITE EXPLORES HOW YOU CAN UNLOCK ITS FULL POTENTIAL.

As an early adopter of Roland’s various guitar synths, including the original all-analogue GR-300 (and numerous others), I was very keen to try out the new Boss SY-300 and you can read my full review in Sound On Sound magazine. During the extensive review period I gained an insight into what the Boss SY-300 does best, so this article is really about using it as effectively as possible. Of course the greatest difference between the Boss SY-300 and the synths that have gone before, other than it being moved over into the Boss camp, is that you can use your own guitar without having to fit a GK series hex pickup. Indeed, perhaps the biggest selling point of the Boss SY-300 is its simplicity. You can use it just like any other effects pedal — think of it as a ‘magic’ fuzz box that somehow produces synth-like sounds instead of fuzz and you won’t be far off the mark.

Boss SY-300 Guitar Synthesizer | Roland UK

There are loads of presets that show off the capabilities of the instrument but the time will come when you want to create sounds of your own. Though navigating the front panel controls is pretty easy thanks to a logical menu system and neat little graphics, it is even easier if you download the free Boss Tone Studio Editor software, available for both Mac OS and Windows. Having used it I can confirm that it is extremely intuitive to the point that a manual is almost unnecessary and having so much displayed on screen makes tweaking that much faster. If you have a computer with a USB port, this should be considered a must. You can also record via the USB port or even play back previously recorded guitar parts and give them the synth treatment, which is a neat trick.

CONNECTING TO A PA OR YOUR AMP

There are many ways to connect the Boss SY-300 to a sound system, including just putting it between your guitar and usual amplifier, though more serious users may benefit from feeding the synth output into a full-range keyboard amp. Equally, there’s no reason not to send it straight to the PA in stereo as long as you have adequate monitoring. Some of those analogue sounds have a very wide range so a standard guitar amp may not do justice to deep bass sounds.

Having separate outputs for both the guitar and synth voices (where the guitar/synth balance can be set separately for each patch) means that if you have a separate amp (or PA feed) for the synth sounds, you could simply use an analogue volume pedal after the synth output to fade it in and out during performance, though there is also provision to directly connect external switches and pedals for additional control via a TRS control jack that can take a double footswitch or a Roland expression pedal. One advantage of putting a volume pedal (ideally stereo) directly after the synth output is that you don’t have to use a specific model or resistance value of pedal. The Boss SY-300’s MIDI In and Out/Thru connections can be used to send and receive MIDI program changes, clock and controller data as well as sysex dumps though the MIDI Out doesn’t included MIDI Note data for driving conventional MIDI synths.

A VERY USEFUL GUITAR HACK

So, what do you do if you want to turn down the guitar during a song to leave only the synth? You could use a second pedal, or you could make two versions of the preset, one with no guitar, but if you’re handy with a soldering iron and happen to play a Fender Strat or a guitar of similar design, there’s a handy little mod you can do. On my own Strat I removed the lower tone control pot, then wired the middle knob to act as an overall tone control. There’s lots of info online as to how to do this. In the empty hole I fitted a jack socket and wired that directly to the output of the bridge pickup.

Using two guitar leads (taped together where one is fitted with a right angled connector), I feed the regular output jack directly to my guitar amp and the added jack socket to the Boss SY-300; the SY-300 output is sent to the stereo PA. The advantage of this arrangement is that the Boss SY-300 always receives a full level signal and in most cases the bridge pickup gives the best results as it has the highest harmonic content. You can use your guitar volume control as normal to adjust the guitar sound and the synth will remain unaffected as it is now fed pre- the guitar’s volume control. This way you have the guitar control to set the guitar level and a pedal to set the synth level so both can be adjusted completely independently.

Of course you don’t have to go to such lengths, but if you plan to make the Boss SY-300 a big part of what you do, this little guitar wiring mod is simple to do and easy to reverse at a future date. On the other hand, if you are happy to use one amp for both the guitar and synth sounds and you simply want to switch the synth sound on and off rather than have varying control, then you can ignore the previous section and just use the bypass footswitch as you would with any other pedal.

TIPS ON SETTING UP

For those lacking in patience, the Boss SY-300 will work right out of the box but it is worth taking a few moments to visit the setup page as a few simple tweaks help achieve the best sound and the most accurate tracking of the pitch shifters and filters. This is a simple procedure and is explained in the manual. It is also possible to store different setups for different guitars. While the notes you play don’t suffer from tracking errors as such — the oscillator waveforms are derived directly from processing the string vibrations themselves, not from triggered samples — the tonality will be more consistent if you follow the setup instructions. Included in the setup is the option to use an internal compressor to even out the level fed into the synth. I found it best to leave this turned on as it gives a more consistent sound quality and longer sustain.

There’s also the option to switch to bass guitar mode, which ensures the best performance when you are processing a bass. In fact the Boss SY-300 will also work when fed with certain keyboard sounds and indeed other instruments, so if you have time to experiment you may surprise yourself.

When using the Boss SY-300 with other effects pedals, you should put the SY-300 at the start of the chain so that it receives a clean signal. It won’t work nearly so well if fed with distorted sounds, wah wah or if swamped in delay or reverb. You can put it after your tuner of course, and it should be OK after a compressor, and as the Boss SY-300 already includes a good guitar tuner, you can save space on your board by leaving your old tuner at home.

Boss SY-300 guitar pedal for analog-style synth sounds

CREATING YOUR SIGNATURE SOUNDS

If even basic editing makes you nervous, the Boss SY-300 has a very neat trick up its very blue sleeve, and that is the Blender button. Remember that a patch can consist of up to three layers, each with its own oscillator, tuning, envelope and filter settings. Blender provides a very easy way to replace any of the current patch oscillators and their settings with any other oscillator copied from any other patch. By mixing and matching layers copied from existing patches you can create very different-sounding new patches, which may then be stored in the 100-slot user section. And if even that degree of editing worries you, there’s an online tone library that you can access where new artist sounds are being added all the time.

Having said that, I really would urge you to try the editor software and to use it to examine some of the factory sounds to see what makes them tick. It could be argued that the most complex part of the editor is the page that allows controllers to be assigned to a range of destinations, but a little perseverance pays dividends as this section is often the key to creating more sophisticated synth sounds. Here you can determine what the foot-switches control and you can also arrange, for example, to have an LFO or envelope control a filter frequency, or other key parameter.

The oscillator waveforms include the usual pulse, triangle, sine, sawtooth, and noise waves used in basic analogue synthesis but there’s an extra Sharpness control available when noise is selected that puts the noise through a tracking filter to give it a sense of pitch. The higher the control setting, the more defined the pitch. I found this to be a useful element in creating organ-like sounds by layering different octaves and then playing the result through the rotary simulator effect. This can be set so that the speed accelerates and de-accelerates when you press a footswitch to produce an effect very similar to a Leslie speaker. Layered behind a clean guitar it sounds pretty convincing as long as you keep switching speeds as a real organ player would.

Another feature that isn’t immediately obvious is the Layers page, which lets you set a different note range for each of the three oscillators so you end up with something rather like a keyboard split, but for guitar. This is really useful for keeping the low notes playing a simple bass sound while a more complex texture might be added to the higher register. You do, however, have to appreciate that this works purely by the note played and can’t be set to detect specific strings in the way that a hex pickup system can.



THINK ABOUT THE TYPE OF INSTRUMENT YOU’RE PLAYING

If there’s a tradeoff between the Boss SY-300 and sample-based guitar synths, it is that you get a much more natural playability with the SY-300 but at the expense of a more limited sound set. Despite being a digital device, the Boss SY-300 is designed to recreate a wide range of analogue-style synth sounds, from searing leads to deep basses, but it isn’t ever going to give you grand piano. I already own a Roland VG-99 plus a guitar fitted with a hex pickup and in many ways the HRM synthesis employed there is able to produce a similar range of sounds, though the VG-99 lacks the sequencing and some of the modulation options available of the Boss SY-300. Despite its strictly analogue-influenced sound engine, the SY-300 is able to serve up some stylish poly-synth pad sounds or ambient textures where the sequences, Isolators and Slicers can be used to create rhythmic pulses, ‘one note melodies’ or subtle timbral rhythms.

Digital pitch shifting is used to detune or retune the individual oscillators by up to 24 semitones up or down and you can also program pitch glides, though it seems odd that pitch shift can’t be applied to the raw guitar sound if you choose to use that as an oscillator source. When playing polyphonic pad parts, especially those that include pitch shifting, I find the result sounds more natural if I play partial chords of only two or three notes, or if I arpeggiate chords rather than simply strum them, though unlike most pitch tracking synths, strumming won’t upset the Boss SY-300. However, some complex chords occasionally confuse the filter tracking if you play all the notes at once, especially evident on patches that use tuned noise oscillators, but although this can sound a bit lumpy when heard in isolation, it’s much less noticeable when layered with the guitar sound.

While using the original guitar sound as an ‘oscillator’ sound source rules out pitch shifting and arpeggiation on that particular oscillator, the sheer range of digital effects available from the four on-board effect engines makes it possible to reshape the guitar sound in very unexpected ways where the flexibility to place the effects where you need them opens up a lot of creative possibilities. Indeed there’s really no reason not to set up some patches that are simply processed guitar — it might save you having to buy a separate multi-effects unit.

“Synth sounds with a naturally fast attack lend themselves to arpeggios or processing via the sequencers.”
Newcomers to guitar synthesis need to be aware that some sounds have a deliberately slow attack, so it’s no use playing fast shred-style lines and then complaining that the synth can’t keep up. You need to get into the mindset of the type of instrument you are recreating, so if you’re playing a string part, or maybe a brassy sound, you have to think in terms of how these would normally be played. Slow sounds need time to develop so play accordingly. You’ll find that the sustain period before the synth sound dies away is surprisingly long, so although you can rig up an external pedal system to hold sounds indefinitely, you’ll probably never need to.

Synth sounds with a naturally fast attack lend themselves to arpeggios or processing via the sequencers while the Slow Gear effect can be used anywhere in the chain to add a slow attack to individually picked notes. Just be aware that it is essentially a level-triggered effect so will only affect the start of a note or chord following a pause. For example, if you play a legato phrase, it will only affect the first note of the phrase. You can also adjust the envelope settings for the individual oscillators to make the sound die away faster than is natural to give a short, plucked banjo-like effect to the sound.

Boss SY-300 guitar pedal for analog-style synth sounds

HARNESSING THE WAVE GENERATOR

I haven’t yet mentioned the ring modulation and oscillator sync capabilities of the Boss SY-300 though they are ably demoed in some of the factory patches. Oscillator sync is usually employed where one oscillator is used as the main pitch source and another, which is set up to vary dramatically in frequency via pitch modulation or pitch glide, is used as the sync signal. Essentially the waveform generator of the main sound oscillator is reset to the beginning of its cycle by the sync oscillator and as the sync oscillator’s pitch changes, you hear a sound that might best be described as being somewhere between flanging and an electric guitar in pain. You’ll hear this used a lot on monophonic lines where the player is trying to emulate a distorted electric guitar and it can be very effective. It’s less successful on chords though as its complexity can make it sound rather messy.

An electric guitar is a very expressive instrument and the Boss SY-300 allows more of the player’s natural expression come through with no need to adapt their playing technique, which in turn gives more control when soloing than with a typical keyboard. The SY-300 will follow exactly your own pitch bends and vibrato — which is so much more organic-sounding than the simple LFO modulation most keyboards rely upon. You can also use your whammy bar and the SY-300 will follow with no tracking delay and no wrongly interpreted pitches.

Another thing I tried and found surprisingly productive was playing the guitar through the SY-300 with an eBow. If you don’t know what these are check out YouTube to find out. The ability to play smooth, legato sounds with endless sustain makes for some very interesting synth parts that sound very different from the usual keyboard or guitar-controlled synth sounds. I never had any real success using the eBow with conventional pitch tracking guitar synths but the Boss SY-300 just seems made for it.

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

With its repertoire of analogue-style sounds, the Boss SY-300 may not offer the same sonic realism as one of Roland’s GR sample-based systems, but for me the fact that it feels more natural to play and is so forgiving of playing technique is a huge plus — as is the fact I can use any guitar. You can also use the switches to modify the sound during performance, such as adding pitch glides, muting oscillators or changing the rotary speaker speed, and if you’re prepared to experiment, you can come up with some unexpectedly complex and textural sounds too. It’s also pretty easy to conjure up EDM chord and bass sounds, which is bound to impress at your next pub gig. Certainly the tonal palette goes away beyond that of the old GR-300 that inspired it, whether for playing pad sounds, bass parts or lead lines. If you’ve tried guitar synths before and decided they were not for you, I’d urge you to try the Boss SY-300 the first chance you get as I think you’ll find it a very different beast and one with a great future ahead of it.
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