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Boss SY-1 vs SYB-5. Help needed!

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by ulgen, Sep 18, 2020.

  1. ulgen


    Mar 9, 2014
    Hello Everyone!

    I am struggling choose between them. So wanted to ask your opinions.

    I understand SY-1 is a better pedal in every way possible. Better tracking, gazillion different presets and all.

    What I didn't understand is this, Is it possible with SY-1 to capture all the sounds you get from a SYB-5? I mean, is SY-1 "SYB-5 and more" or a completely different synth pedal?

    Because I really love some sounds you get from a SYB-5 but apparently SY-1 is newer and better.
  2. Ulgen,
    I have the Behringer clone of the SYB5 and none of those sounds are on the SY1. It may explain why they are still selling both pedals concurrently.
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    The behringer clone sounds and tracks better than the Boss.
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  4. ulgen


    Mar 9, 2014
    Thank you! So in my case it will be better to go for SYB5 because I love the sound. But what I head is tracking is an issue for the SYB5. Are you happy with the Behringer clone (sy600 I presume)? Do you have any suggestion to a fellow rick player? :)
  5. ulgen


    Mar 9, 2014
    ah, interesting to hear! Would you suggest me to go for the behringer clone instead of syb5?
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    Actually, yes. The box is flimsy but the effect itself is really good.
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  7. The Behringer BSY600 is no longer being made so you would have to go used. I don't find the BSY600 has a lot of sounds you would use for a whole song, more of an envelope filter kind of vibe. Saying that, it can reasonably cop the Oberheim keyboard of Rush's Tom Sawyer. I use the SY1 for Rush tunes for their Taurus pedals sounds but this pedal has way more useful sounds depending on what you want to use it for.
    I will also add that the BSY600 is glitchy whereas the SY1 tracks perfectly (as you said).
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