The soon to be released Roland SY-1000 is rolling around in my G.A.S. addled brain. With a GK equipped guitar (special pickup/cable) the SY-1000 provides instrument/amp/cab modelling, synthesis, and effects.
There are two aspects of G.A.S. that at work for me...
1. THIS NEW THING will solve problems! I.e., it will take the place of several devices, all with one box; It will do things I've wanted/needed by can't do with my other boxes, etc.
2. In the absence of detailed information, my imagination will make it better than it is. There's no manual available yet, so I fill in the blanks with flattering (but probably fictional) features.
I already have a Boss GP-10 with a similar but more stripped down feature set-- which is pretty great. I didn't love the GP-10's reverb, or distortions, but they're ok. I expect the SY-1000 will sound better, provide more and better synthesis and FX. It adds more MIDI capability and adds an external FX send/return loop.
Realtime pitch-shifting is one of the things that must be so hard to get right. As far as latency, accuracy, and sound quality, I don't think I've ever heard a device do "impressive" pitch shifting. That said, the GP-10 actually did pretty well. Granted, you can get better polyphonic pitch because of the individual string pickup, but even just monophonically, it is fast, generally accurate, and not terrible sounding.
Pitch-to-MIDI is the other kind of holy grail of tasks. The SY-1000 will do this in some fashion, but it's not clear if it will require the GK pickup to do it, or whether it will output to the MIDI dins or only USB. Those details are yet to come-- perhaps when the manual is available.
Roland/Boss have made very reliable gear, so I don't have doubts it'll hold up.
OK, I'm feeling a little better now.
December 10, 2019 |
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