BOSS SY-300 Guitar Synthesizer
The SY-300 is an analog-style synthesizer that can be used with any guitar or bass via a standard 1/4-inch cable. There is no special pickup required to produce a limitless range of tones. It features 70 preset patches, plus 99 user-defined patches and creations through a polyphonic synthesis engine. Create new sounds and dynamic melodies with the Blender function and step sequencer, or use the synth engine to create unique textures from normal guitar sounds. A USB interface allows capture of tracks in music production software or the routing of existing tracks into the SY-300 to “resynth” sounds.
BossUS.com MSRP: $699
BOSS PW-3 Wah Pedal
The Boss PW-3 Wah Pedal provides full-bodied pro wah tones in a small footprint. PW-3’s design is ideal for traveling guitarists, or anyone who wants to save on pedalboard real estate. LEDs on each side of the pedal make it easy to see when the wah is activated. A convenient rear-panel allows you to quickly switch to more traditional ’60s-style vintage wah. Unlike other pedals that may sacrifice feel and function to achieve a smaller size, the PW-3 strikes a perfect balance between ruggedness, practicality, and playability. Adjustable pedal action allows users to tighten or loosen the pedal to suit them.
www.BossUS.com MSRP: $119
BOSS RV-6 Reverb Pedal
Don’t let its small footprint fool you, the compact Boss RV-6 delivers inspiring reverb tones for any song or style. Users can select among eight distinctive reverb types—room, hall, plate, spring, modulate, dynamic, shimmer, and reverb+delay. Quick and intuitive to operate, you just select a sound mode, tweak the time, tone, and level knobs to taste and play. As the selected mode is adjusted, internal parameters are simultaneously balanced to create an ideal voicing for each setting. Other RV-6’s auto-switching jacks support mono, mono-to-stereo, and stereo-to-stereo operation, allowing users to integrate with any pedal chain. There is also a jack for controlling the effect level in real time via an optional expression pedal.
www.bossus.com Street price: $149
BOSS RC-1 Loop Station
Boss’s RC-1 Loop Station provides high quality looping at an affordable price. It offers straightforward operation, shedding many of the more complex features found in other loop stations, for the perfect introduction to looping that’s intuitive and hassle-free. A circular loop indicator features 24 multi-colored LEDs for instant visual feedback on the operation mode and cycle status of the current loop. It provides up to 12 full minutes of stereo recording time. RC-1 Loop Station is powered by a single 9-volt battery, or an optional PSA-series AC adapter, and has dual input and output.
www.BossUS.com MSRP: $99
EHX Silencer Noise Gate/Effects Loop
The Silencer, by Electro-Harmonix, is a sophisticated noise gate to control hum and noise on a single pedal or entire effects loop. Three controls—Threshold, Reduction, and Release—let you fine-tune the Silencer to meet your needs. Threshold adjusts the level required to open the noise gate and allow a signal to pass through. Reduction regulates the degree to which the gated signal is reduced (between -70db and +4db). Release controls howl long (between eight ms and four seconds) the gate remains open after the signal drops below the Threshold. It comes with quarter-inch input, output, send, and return jacks, and a footswitch to select when the Silencer is engaged. The Silencer ships with a 9-volt battery, plus there’s an AC jack for optional power supply.
www.ehx.com MSRP: $76
Electro-Hamonix 22500 Dual Stereo Looper
The EHX 22500 Dual Stereo Looper from Electro-Hamonix is a rugged multi-feature looper that uses two high-quality, uncompressed audio tracks that can be played in parallel or series. You can punch in and out harmonies and rhythm, or use the loops as different sections of a song. The pedal can record up to 12 hours on the included 8G SD card, but can support up to a 32G card. Three status LEDs—record, playback, and memory—make operation simple. An optional Bank-Up/Bank-Down Foot Controller (for an additional $117) can increase onstage ease. The EHX 9.6-volt/CD200mA AC adapter is included.
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