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Boss revisits and reinvents its versatile Slicer groove maker as the compact SL-2

Boss has released the SL-2 Slicer, a compact, crankset-friendly reimagining of its larger SL-20 groove generator.

Just like its predecessor, the SL-2 allows players to transform electric guitars, bass guitars and much more in “groove machines”, working to turn different sounds into unique percussive patterns.

Despite its small size, Boss notes that the SL-2’s feature set has actually been expanded from the original SL-20, with modern DSP, 88 memory slots with preloaded patterns, and an impressive selection of Slicer paths processed with multiple internals. effects.

Specifically, the new DSP promises to take the Slicer into new sonic territories, promising a range of “rich, lively sounds”. For those unfamiliar with the Slicer sound, check it out in action in the video below.

In operation, the SL-2 flashes the controls for six individual parameters. The first Type button is responsible for selecting the Rhythm Pattern and Slicing, and offers two Single, two Dual, Tremolo, Harmonic, and SFX types.

That’s eight in total, with the collection offering an experimental range of pitch-shifting, signal-boosting, or multi-effect sound types all at once.

Once the type is selected, the Variation button allows guitarists to explore up to 11 distinct pattern variations. For those looking for more, the SL-2 is compatible via USB with the Boss Tone Studio, allowing users to load different patterns and variations.

This is the responsibility of the Attack, Balance, Tempo and Duty knobs – which are stacked two by two to save space – to then shape the Slicer sound. As the attack shapes the edge of the waveform – from “choppy slices to smooth, floating motions” – the Duty control works to adjust the length of the waveform.

Elsewhere, Tempo is pretty self-explanatory – although it can be replaced with tap tempo control by holding down the sole footswitch – while Balance is in charge of the overall mix.

Additionally, expression pedals can be paired with the SL-2 to take control of individual parameters or the overall mix, and can be used to control instant tempo.

When it comes to connectivity, the SL-2 promises to slot into any rig with its TRS MIDI input – allowing the SL-2 to work alongside drum machines or DAWs – and modes mono and stereo output.

These stereo output modes include Fixed, Random, Ping Pong, Auto, 3D Cross, 3D Rotate and more.

The SL-2 will be available in November for $170.

To find out more, and to listen to a range of sound samples, go to Chief (opens in a new tab).

This is the second release in as many months for Boss, who recently unveiled the Waza Craft we’ve all been waiting for: Waza Craft DS-1W distortion.