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Boss SY-1 Synthesizer Pedal Review

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Boss SY-1 Synthesizer Pedal Review

The Boss SY-1 Synthesizer Pedal is the most fun I have had with a pedal in a long time.

Talk about tracking perfection, the Boss SY-1 Synthesizer Pedal doesn’t miss anything and the sounds that it creates are just simply, well, amazing and latency-free! I’ve tried quite a few bass synth pedals and I haven’t had one come even close to what the Boss SY-1 can do in terms of the abundance of synth tones and the perfect response it produces in playing single notes or chords, yes, even on bass.

Each type of synth, and there are eight of them, with each one having eleven variations plus the ability to change the tone depth and rate, and the amount of the effect and direct signal. Boss states there are a total of 121 sounds, and connecting a footswitch or expression pedal adds even more to what you can control with the pedal such as tap tempo, octave-shift effects, and tone and rate control. 

The eight types of synths available are lead, pad, bass, strings (STR), organ, bell, sound effects (SFX), and pulsating sounds (SEQ).

The lead, sound effects (SFX), and pulsating sounds (SEQ) each have a choice of two sounds. Breaking those down a little further, lead is for single note soloing, pad is great for chords for everything from layered pads and more, including brass. Bass is that fat bass synth sound. Strings are the classic analog-style and organ is pretty much self-explanatory. Bell is percussive synth sounds with a metallic resonance, and the last two, sound effects include one-shots, pitch/filter voicing, and more, and lastly, the pulsating sounds are rhythmic pitch or filter changes. With the send and return loop, you can also add your other pedals for even more signal processing.

It doesn’t stop there with the Boss SY-1!

Holding the pedal down makes the last note or chord you play sustain, which allows you to be creative and add even more, for instance jamming over it or playing a solo. It not only works great with bass, but it also works with guitar as well. There is a small toggle switch at the front of the pedal near the power adapter connection to allow you to choose between bass or guitar for the pedal.

The Boss SY-1 Synthesizer Pedal can be powered by a Boss PSA adapter (DC 9 Volt) or a 9-volt battery.

Wanna have some fun and add some great tones to your gigs? Check out the Boss SY-1 Synthesizer Pedal online or at a music retailer near you!

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Artist Update With Mark Egan, Cross Currents

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Artist Update With Mark Egan, Cross Currents

I am sure many of you are very familiar with Mark Egan as we have been following him and his music for many years now. The last time we chatted was in 2020.

Mark teamed up with drummer Shawn Pelton and guitarist Shane Theriot to produce a new album, “Cross Currents” released on March 8th, 2024. I have been listening to this album in its entirety and it is simply superb (See my review).

Now, I am excited to hear about this project from Mark himself and share this conversation with our bass community in Bass Musician Magazine.

Photo courtesy of Mark Egan

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Review: Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB

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Review: Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB

Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB…

Minuendo Lossless Earplugs Live 17dB – Hearing protection has always been front and center on my mind because I love music so much, I cannot imagine my life if I were unable to hear.

You might remember back in 2021, we had a good look at the Minuendo Lossless Earplugs featuring adjustable protection. This system has a lot of very good features but there was always the question of how much sound attenuation to choose.

Now, the great folks at Minuendo have come up with a new version of their earplugs that has a set 17dB noise reduction. You still get a lot of the great features of the adjustables but you just don’t have to think about the specific sound level. In addition, this new version of earplugs comes at a very attractive price point.

For more information, visit online at Minuendo.com

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Review: The Bastard Instrument, A Cultural History of the Electric Bass by Brian F Wright 

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Review: The Bastard Instrument, A Cultural History of the Electric Bass by Brian F Wright 

I was intrigued when The Bastard Instrument showed up on my desk… let’s dig in!

When we dive into the history of our beloved instrument, the bass, we find roots that go back as far as the 15th century. This instrument was a member of the violin family and was for the longest time, an acoustic instrument. As the years passed and music changed, there was a need for the instrument to evolve and the electric bass was born.

Comparatively, the electric bass is a relatively new instrument with its earliest appearances dating back to the 1930s and it is exciting to be an electric bass player while this history unfolds around us. Fortunately for us and future generations to come, Professor Brian F. Wright has taken on the herculean task of documenting the trajectory of the electric bass with this excellent book.

The Bastard Instrument presents an extraordinary amount of fine details about the instrument itself, the development of the amplification to handle its output, the pioneers that dared play it, the rapidly evolving music that flourished because of its presence and so much more. 

When I first started reading this book, I noticed that it felt a tad academic, like a textbook (it might be one someday) or a doctoral thesis, but to present all this information accurately, this approach is more than appropriate. Another detail that might be a bit of a spoiler is that the book only gets us up to the late ’60s. I was left wanting more as we know that so much has happened in the bass world since that time frame; I hope there is another volume in the works to get us up to the present!

All in all, “The Bastard Instrument, A Cultural History of the Electric Bass” is a must-read for all of us who play electric bass and understand its essential place in music.

I found that there was a lot that I already knew but also quite a bit that I was unaware of. I believe that to know and understand where you are, you must know the history of exactly how you got here.

Highly recommended.

The Bastard Instrument is available at Amazon.com (beginning July 2024)

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Check out our top 10 favorite basses on Instagram this week…

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Interview With By the Thousands Bassist Adam Sullivan

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Bassist Adam Sullivan…

Hailing from Minnesota since 2012, By the Thousands has produced some serious Technical Metal/Deathcore music. Following their recent EP “The Decent”s release, I have the great opportunity to chat with bassist Adam Sullivan.

Join me as we hear about Adam’s musical Journey, his Influences, how he gets his sound, and the band’s plans for the future

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