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BOSS Unveils SY-1 Synthesizer Pedal



With the SY-1 Synthesizer, BOSS brings their latest guitar synth technology to the iconic pedal lineup. Equipped with a powerful polyphonic engine, the SY-1 delivers 121 responsive sounds, all ready to play with no programming knowledge needed. Offering easy connectivity, via a standard 1/4-inch cable, this versatile pedal makes it simple for any guitarist or bassist to incorporate an authentic BOSS synth into their music.

Backed by advanced tech first developed for the SY-300, the SY-1 packs a wide range of analog-style synth sounds in a pedalboard-friendly size. Leads, pads, organs, basses, and more are included, plus a variety of sound effects and rhythmic synth patterns. Sounds are organized into 11 different types, with variations in each.

Thanks to custom DSP and the latest BOSS innovations, the SY-1 offers latency-free performance for a natural and organic playing experience. Tone/Rate and Depth knobs provide quick adjustment of synth voices, including changing the pitch on some sounds. And with a rear-panel switch, the input circuitry can be instantly optimized for either guitar or bass.

Like any BOSS compact, the SY-1 excels in a typical serial pedal chain. But with the send/return loop and dedicated mix controls, it’s also possible to blend one or more pedals in parallel with the SY-1’s synth voices. The send jack functions as a direct out too, letting a player to route synth and guitar sounds to separate destinations.

The SY-1 offers a number of ways to make synth performances more dynamic and expressive. Holding the pedal switch sustains the last-played synth sound, perfect for jamming regular guitar over the top. Users can also connect an external footswitch for tap tempo and octave-shift effects, or plug in an expression pedal for continuous Tone/Rate control.

The BOSS SY-1 Synthesizer will be available for $199.99 (U.S. street) at authorized BOSS retailers in the U.S.


BOSS Unveils RC-10R Rhythm Loop Station



Boss unveils the RC-10R Rhythm Loop Station, the latest addition to its long-running family of Loop Station products. Combining song-based looping, organic rhythms, and class-leading sound in a compact package, the RC-10R gives musicians an expressive new tool for developing ideas and making stage performances more dynamic and compelling.

Designed for in-the-moment music creation, the RC-10R brings loops and rhythms together in a powerful, interactive way. The rhythms feature song structures with separate parts, and the two-track loop engine works in a serial fashion that’s perfectly synced to the rhythm. This enables users to capture independent song sections, each with their own unique rhythmic backing. Two fill variations bring natural energy to loop transitions, while intro/ending fills bookend pieces in an organic way.

Equipped with over 280 built-in rhythms, the RC-10R supports nearly any musical style. Users can also import their own SMF rhythms and store them in 50 onboard locations. With 16 different kits, any groove can be instantly transformed from heavy rock to light percussion and everything in-between.

While RC-10R’s loop and rhythm engines work together in complete harmony, they also work equally well apart. It’s possible to build two independent loops with no rhythmic backing, or use the RC-10R as a foot-operated drum machine with real-time control over song sections and fills.

The RC-10R features interactive displays and multi-function controls for standalone operation, plus 99 phase memories for storing loop/rhythm combinations. Two footswitches or an expression pedal can be connected for expanded control, and full MIDI I/O is also provided on space-saving mini TRS jacks.

With the RC-10R’s configurable dual outputs, users can send loops and rhythms to separate amp systems if desired. Unique tone filters are also available to optimize the input and/or rhythm sound for amplification through a single-system.

The BOSS RC-10R Rhythm Loop Station will be available for $299.99 (U.S. street) at authorized BOSS retailers in the U.S.


BOSS Introduced 200 Series Effect Pedals



BOSS has introduced the 200 series effect pedals. This all-new stompbox lineup delivers premium sound and features in space-saving designs.

With the 200 series, BOSS introduces a new generation of pedals, delivering advanced sound and versatility in a streamlined footprint. The four models in the 200 series feature premium audio quality with 32-bit AD/DA, 32-bit internal processing, and 96 kHz sampling rate, plus support for additional control via external switches, an expression pedal, or MIDI.

Grab-and-go controls and multi-function footswitches make operation fast and intuitive, while onboard memories allow users to store multiple setups for instant recall.

The DD-200 Digital Delay brings together sounds inherited from the flagship DD-500 into an even smaller package. Twelve modes offer delay colors from modern digital to classic analog, providing everything from basic echoes to rick ambient pads and everything in-between. There’s also an independent looper that’s always ready to use, plus a selectable carryover function for seamless transitions between memories.

The EQ-200 Graphic Equalizer is a precision tone-shaping tool for guitar, bass, and other instruments, offering two wide-ranging 10-band EQ channels and a graphic display that shows the current EQ curve at a glance. Channels can be configured for stereo, parallel, or series operation, and it’s possible to patch in external pedals for pre and post EQ shaping. The frequency centers of all 10 bands can also be set to three different types, optimizing performance for different applications.

The MD-200 Modulation provides an array of world-class mod effects in one small, convenient pedal. There are 12 modes to choose from, with direct panel access to rate, depth, and level plus up to three parameters tailored to each mode. Using the versatile insert function, players can patch in drive pedals and other effects for selectable pre or post processing.

The OD-200 Hybrid Drive brings next-level tone, feel, and flexibility to overdrive and distortion. Combining decades of BOSS tone expertise with innovative technologies, the OD-200 offers 12 unique modes, hybrid analog/digital circuitry, three-band EQ, and powerful pre and post boosts for detailed gain shaping. There’s also an advanced gate circuit built in, ideal for eliminating noise and adding tightness to high-gain drive tones.


BOSS Announced Version 3 Update for GT-1000 Guitar Effects Processor



BOSS announced another feature-rich firmware update to the GT-1000 Guitar Effects Processor. Free for all GT-1000 owners, the Version 3 update brings bass guitar support with three AIRD bass preamp types and a large selection of bass-tuned effects.

Manual and Pedalboard modes have been added as well, offering even more options for real-time effects control. The GT-1000’s AIRD Output library has also been expanded with 13 new selections, providing optimized interfacing with a wider range of amplification system.

The flagship GT-1000 has received universal acclaim for its class-leading sound and feel, extensive effects, versatile real-time control, and travel-ready size. Standout features include a high-powered custom DPS engine, 32-bit AD/DA, 32-bit floating-point processing, and 96 kHz sampling rate throughout, plus the ability to edit patches wirelessly via built-in Bluetooth and a dedicated app. The GT-1000 platform continues to evolve through ongoing firmware development, with each revision adding new features and functionality enhancements requested by GT-1000 users.

GT-1000 Version 3 includes new footswitch modes for even more control on stage and in the studio. Manual mode – a popular feature found in previous generation GT-processors – allows the user to set up on/off control of any amp or effect on a secondary layer that can be accessed with a footswitch assignment.

The all-new Pedalboard mode takes an even more direct approach for players wanting a traditional stompbox experience, providing a dynamic effects layout that’s outside the normal patch structure and always ready to go when needed.

One of the GT-1000’s most powerful benefits is its AIRD Output Select functionality, which gives the user consistent tone with any connected device, whether it’s a regular amp input, amp effects return, PA mixer, or recording interface. Version 3 adds 11 types to the large guitar-based AIRD Output Select collection in the GT-1000, plus 2 types of new AIRD bass preamps.

The GT-1000 Version 3 update is available as a free download and can be installed by connecting the GT-1000 to a Mac or Windows computer via USB.


BOSS Announced Two New Waza Craft Compact Pedals



BOSS announced the DC-2W Dimension C and MT-2W Metal Zone, the latest additions to the acclaimed Waza Craft lineup of premium compact pedals.

Like all Waza Craft models, the new pedals feature original BOSS analog designs that have been infused with the artful refinements for enhanced performance and versatility. With the introduction of the DC-2W and MT-2W, the Waza Craft series now expands to include eight unique models.

The DC-2W Dimension C ushers in the return of two legendary BOSS and Roland effects from the 1980s. Designed in the Waza Craft analog tradition, the DC-2W offers not just a perfect sonic recreation of the original DC-2 Dimension C pedal, but also the legendary SDD-320 Dimension D studio rack effect it was based on.

DC-2W users can choose between DC-2 and SDD-320 modes with a panel switch. The pedal provides the same intuitive four-button preset interface found on the original effects, now evolved with electronic switching that unlocks sonic variations on the vintage units. Across the DC-2Ws two effect modes, 20 different Dimension variations are possible with just four switches.

First released in 1991 and in continuous production ever since, the MT-2 Metal Zone is loved by guitarists everywhere for its thick, rich distortion and distinctive mid-focused tone. Infused with Waza Craft mojo, the MT-2W takes the iconic stomp to new levels of tonal range and versatility.

The MT-2W features a dual-stage gain circuit enhanced with discrete analog components, plus a refined EQ circuit with smoother midrange tone and unique Q values specially tuned for the pedal’s focused Metal Zone tone, while Custom mode introduces a fresh, wide-ranging voice that’s perfectly suited for today’s diverse high-gain styles.


BOSS Katana-Air Guitar Amplifier Now Available



BOSS announced the availability of the Katana-Air, the world’s first totally wireless guitar amplifier. Compact and battery-powered, the Katana-Air features new low-latency wireless guitar technology developed by BOSS and a custom wireless transmitter that plugs into any electric guitar.

This gives players the freedom to jam and practice anywhere without fussing with guitar cables or AC connections. It’s also possible to play along with audio streamed via Bluetooth from an iOS or Android smartphone, and remotely edit tones and effects from the dedicated BOSS Tone Studio app.

Equipped with the same sound-shaping features found in the Katana Version 2 amplifiers, the Katana-Air delivers premium tones for all styles of music. Five channels provide a wide range of sounds, from sparkling clean to BOSS’s custom high-gain Brown sound. There’s also integrated access to over 50 BOSS effects, plus six memories for storing favorite amp and effects setups.

Though compact in size, the Katana-Air is serious about sound quality. Equipped with pro amp tones and effects from the performance-class Katana amplifiers, this wireless wonder delivers premium guitar sounds for any style of music.

To further extend the cable free experience, you can wirelessly edit and organize sounds with a dedicated amp and jam with songs streamed from your smartphone. With the innovative Katana-Air and your favorite axe, casual playing has never been more convenient and inspiring.

The Katana-Air wireless guitar amplifier is now available for a U.S. price of $399.99.


Boss Announced the AD-10 Acoustic Preamp



Boss announced the AD-10 Acoustic Preamp, a new professional preamp/DI pedal for acoustic-electric guitar. The dual-channel AD-10 features the latest generation of Boss’ Acoustic Resonance technology, which restores natural acoustic tone in amplified acoustic stage instruments.

The pedal also includes numerous tone-shaping tools, onboard effects, and a looper, plus newly developed functions to control feedback with minimal tonal coloration. Hugely powerful yet simple to use, the AD-10 gives serious acoustic players everything they need to achieve rich, organic tones in any performing environment.

An unplugged acoustic guitar produces a complex, full-bodied tone that can’t be reproduced by the standard pickup systems installed on most stage guitars. Using proprietary Boss technology, the AD-10’s standout Acoustic Resonance feature solves this issue by analyzing the input signal in real time and employing advanced processing to recreate the guitar’s naturally resonant acoustic tone.

The AD-10’s Acoustic Resonance offers the deepest implementation to date, with more powerful processing, three resonance types, and the ability to balance the tonal character to suit the needs of different instruments.

Feedback is another common problem with amplifying acoustic guitars on stage, and the AD-10 includes multiple layers of feedback protection to address these issues. With a twist of the feedback reduction knob, the user can engage newly developed Boss technology that seeks out and suppresses the offending frequency while continually maintaining balanced overall tone.

For deeper feedback problems, the AD-10 includes sophisticated notch filters that can be tuned manually or set for automatic scanning to eliminate feedback in the background.


BOSS Acoustic Singer Pro Amplifier is a Compact Powerhouse



BOSS’s Acoustic Singer Pro acoustic amplifier takes the acoustic state amp to new levels of sound quality and creative versatility. Incorporating BOSS’s latest advancements in amplifier research, this compact powerhouse produces rich, vibrant sound with unmatched punch and clarity.

Independent channels are provided for acoustic guitar and vocal, and each is equipped with discrete analog input circuits and three-band EQ for studio-quality sound. And with additional features such as Acoustic Resonance, looping, automatic vocal harmonies, effects, and more, the Acoustic Singer Pro gives acoustic musicians everything they need to deliver inspiring and impactful live performances.

Features include:

  • Professional acoustic amplifier with premium sound and features
  • 120-watt bi-amp design with custom-designed 8-inch woofer and dome tweeter
  • Dual channels with discrete analog input electronics and three-band EQ
  • Dedicated guitar channel with Acoustic Resonance to restore natural tone to stage guitars with piezo pickups
  • Mic channel with phantom power and ¼ inch/XLR combo input for connecting a vocal/guitar microphone or second instrument source
  • Chorus effect on guitar channel, delay/echo effect on mic channel, and independent reverb on both channels
  • Harmony function automatically creates smooth and accurate vocal harmonies via real-time key/chord analysis of the guitar input
  • Built-in looper for practicing, developing ideas, and enhancing live performances
  • Independent anti-feedback controls on each channel
  • Dual XLR DI jacks assignable to outputting individual channels (direct or post-effects) or both channels mixed together
  • USB output for direct recording to a computer
  • Control looper, harmony, and effects with optional footswitches

Size and Weight:

  • Width: 417 mm or 16-7/16 inches
  • Depth: 330 mm or 13 inches
  • Height: 358 mm or 14-1/8 inches
  • Weight: 14.5 kg or 32 lbs oz