Spacestation XL Update

I know many of you are patiently waiting for the new Spacestation XL amps which we had planned to have into general distribution by now. Many of you have already placed pre orders and are ‘in line’. But as can often happen with any new project, some vendor supplied parts may not measure up to spec, or to the original samples they supplied. This was the case with our new DPSU power supplies which we sourced from an outside vendor (this amp uses a light weight and universal switching power supply that ranges from 90-250vac). So when these NAMM show run amps power supplies failed at lower AC voltages, we had to prototype a new design and basically do a ‘start over’. Obviously, this then set our planned release timetable back, by several months.

The good news is our modified NAMM SXL amps with the ‘new & improved’ switching power supply designs are in the field now with some Beta testers and we are happy with the results. So the new DPSU PCBs are now being manufactured with the heavier duty parts and should be confirmed in the next few weeks. And then we can get the SXL back on the production line.

FYI, the SXL cabs & Eminence USA made speakers have been waiting patiently for months at the Eminence speaker factory, so this delay on the electronics has been a burden on my wonderful production partner as well. The whole team at Eminence have been so supportive and patient. And if you own a SS3 you know their quality of work, how well these amps and speakers have been made, and how reliable they have been too. They are great partner for me, and there would be no CPS amps except for their partnership. Their new 12″ Co-Ax with the Titanium Tweeter was specially developed for this project and they sound amazing! So now, if nothing else goes wrong, it looks like our first deliveries for this first mass run of SXL amps will be in November.

FYI, our preorders have been strong so this run is already sold out. New orders placed now will be going in line for the next SXL amp now scheduled for delivery in January 2008. However, as our APD Dealers booked most of this production, so they may still have some amps that have not been committed to their customer base. So best to check with them on SXL preorder status. They may still have some amps available from this run.

Lastly, many thanks for all your kind words of support and your patience folks, it is much appreciated. I am so sorry if these delays have inconvenienced you. Please rest assured the SXL Is alive and coming soon; nobody is more anxious to get these amps on your stage than me! But after nearly 50 years of bringing out new designs I have learned (the hard way, that any new AP design… no matter how much the demand or how good it sounds in my lab… MUST be 100% ready to go. I want these new big brother SXL amps to be every bit as as successful as our newest SS v.3 ‘LIte’ amps, which also feature this new light weight DPSU technology. And, in case you need Center Point Stereo in your life before Christmas… these new SS3 ‘Lite’ amps are in regular production (we just finished a new run this month) and are available NOW, thru all our APD Network of dealers as well as direct from our website if there no APD Dealer Partner in your city or your country (please see our website for the list of APD Dealer partners).

Thanks For Your Continued Support

Aspen


Aspen Pittman Designs

Aspen Pittman’s designs have been coveted by legendary musicians and record producers for nearly 40 years. His best selling Tube Amp Book has sold over 140,000 copies. He has designed dozens of tube guitar amps, stage and studio microphones, and has designed and built over a dozen unique electron vacuum tubes from scratch.

Aspen’s inventions, such as the Speaker Emulator, changed the way we record guitar, and his Center Point Stereo technology will forever change the way we produce live music. Aspen’s audio designs have earned multiple utility patents both in the USA and around the world, and have garnered top awards in multiple fields including the prestigious TEC award for best microphone design. So it seemed only fitting to brand his new company simply Aspen Pittman Designs.

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Center Point Stereo is a technology from Aspen Pittman Designs

360 Center Point Stereo technology is truly historic and ground breaking. Center Point Stereo changes all the rules for live performance. There has never been a speaker like this before. That’s why the United States Patent and Trademark office granted its inventors, Aspen Pittman and Drew Daniels, a broad US utility patent #6219426.

Center Point Stereo delivers 300 degree wide 3D stereo sound for everyone, in every direction, from just ONE speaker cabinet! The specially conditioned “Front” and “Side” Center Point Stereo speakers are positioned “out of phase,” and so these sound waves reflect off each other, then off walls, floors and ceilings to permeate everywhere in the room… even into other rooms… without losing the 3D stereo image. Unlike conventional stereo speaker systems, the “sweet spot” is EVERYWHERE, and with Center Point Stereo there are NO “sour spots.”


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CENTER POINT STEREO: Spacestation XL

‘Stereo Everywhere’ from a single cabinet…but louder!

From the first listen, musicians and audiences alike knew that the patented technology behind the CPS Spacestation v.3 amp was the future for live performance.

Spacestation XL

Thousands of 5 star reviews and millions of Internet views later confirmed it: CPS is the audio equivalent of the introduction of color TV to an audio world still stuck in ‘mono-tone’ black and white! Our new CPS Spacestation XL delivers what our CPS family had been asking for since the release of the SS3: More!

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Testimonials

Greg Dreslinski
SpaceStation V3


Thanks again for the fabulous service, and a fabulous product….as you might be able to tell from my email address, I’m a Hammond and Leslie nut (A-100 thru a 145). I’ve been playing live stuff with a motion sound kbr-m for about 15 years. the sound of the KBR is not exact, but it’s night and day compared to a Leslie sim through a mono speaker.

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The ss3 changes all of that! Now the Sim on my SK-1 is not only credible, but a joy! And the EPs and Synths are to die for… But you already know all this. 😀

– A100 man (Greg Dreslinski, Livonia, MI)

Mike Lawson
SpaceStation V3

Insanely Great

I think one can always trust Aspen Pittman to come up with something cool, and this is no exception. I bought it for my GR-55 guitar synth, and its absolutely spectacular to run it through for full stereo effects of the patches. Small, light, sounds great, best keyboard amp ever
James Day
SpaceStation V3

Magic Little Box

So maybe the first couple gigs I didn’t “get it,” but after dialing it in and altering some presets on my keys and fx I’m totally hooked.

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Many thanks to Delvin Wolf for recommending it to me and getting it out here super fast.

I notice I don’t use eq at all with the spacestation, I used to turn the bass almost all the way off on my behringer 212d. My pianos are beautiful and not muddy at all- the bandleader’s face said it all when I played a piano intro on one of the songs. The photographer at a wedding said the organ sounded amazing in the crowd.

My first mistake was having it too close to me, put it a little bit away from you for best 3D sound. Then you get to enjoy it as much as the audience. Lastly, don’t even think about playing bass heavy stuff thru it, pair it with a sub for true full-range bliss. Get one!
Chuck Hollis
SpaceStation V3

Many months later … still great!

This is my second review after using one for many months. All the core attributes that make this product so compelling are still in evidence — so much so that I now have TWO of them (long story).

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A few pointers that come with experience?

In tight venues, you may not be able to position it far enough away from your ears to let it “bloom”. The result is that everyone else hears wonderful sound, you not so much. It’s useful to have someone else play for a bit while you walk around — the sound changes a lot with just a few feet of “bloom room”, but that’s not always available.

I bought the Behringer B1200D-PRO subwoofer, which works as advertised, but find myself leaving at home for most gigs — the native power of the unit is more than enough for what I do. Less is more.

Learning to calibrate levels takes a bit of practice. If you’re used to sound levels dropping dramatically with distance, this doesn’t. So if you set your levels as you’re used to, you’ll end up toasting everyone’s ears, and your next request being “please turn down”.

The side-firing speaker is not pleasant to listen to on its own — make sure it’s not firing directly at a bandmate. One of the more popular orientations is using a small amp stand, placing the unit sideways with the side speaker firing down on the floor and bouncing off. The sound is much more even up close, which is great for all those super-tight venues.

Use a good pair of cables. Due to the technology used, even small cable problems can be greatly magnified. There have been some reports of hum and buzz being picked up from dodgy electric power; a cheap hum eliminator takes care of that.

I have met keyboard players who have tried this and not liked it. Many of them didn’t take the time to understand how it works fundamentally different from any other amplification system. Can’t help that.

A few had a legitimate preference for full-range, self-powered PA speakers, which cost more, are heavier, take longer to set up, don’t provide enveloping sound, etc. I still use my self-powered PAs for some gigs, but — most of the time — it’s the SSv3 doing all the heavy lifting.

If you gig frequently, are responsible for your own sound, and love stereo — this is the only real game in town.

Markay
SpaceStation V3


Aspen, thank you for you for insights on maximising the signal.

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Just spent the past hour crudely doing exactly what you have explained into my mono speaker to tweak things in preparation for a gig tomorrow night with a loud guitar player.

While I don’t own an SSv3 yet, I feel obliged to buy one in recompense for the practical knowledge you have so generously shared in this thread. Have to wait though till China starts buying more of our rocks again and our dollar recovers from its current peso status.
Tim A
SpaceStation V3


Aspen, originally I was doing pretty much the opposite to what you are saying and was getting “disappointing” levels of noise and hiss, thinking it was the SS3. When I attempted what you suggested, I was amazed how the signal cleaned up and how LOUD it could get!!