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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.”

Testimonials

apd-default-icon 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)

apd-default-icon 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
apd-default-icon 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!
apd-default-icon 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.

apd-default-icon 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.
apd-default-icon 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!!