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.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)
Not just for keyboards!
Okay, so well, I am NOT a keyboard player. I do however play an electric harp running with a stereo output, utilizing various stereo effects, and have been greatly underwhelmed by the Bose L1 in this application, as well as the puny sounding Lucas Nano, and other amps more suited for guitar.No set up I have ever satisfied my snootiness for a clear, detailed and warm sound for my instrument in a live setting, especially since I have been spoiled by JBL monitors at home. However, the Space Station is perfect for me. And I’ve even heard that JBL had a hand in designing the Space Station, and if true, it shows. I truly feel like I get to take my expensive monitors from home and use them in alive setting, retaining most of the things I love about my home monitors, but in a compact, single monitor stereo package. Before getting the Space Station, I dreamed about bringing my good monitors with me everywhere I play, and now, thankfully, I feel like I can do the next best thing, but with more convenience! Truly awesome!
Johnny Downing, Boise, Idaho
FANTASTIC PRODUCT, FANTASTIC SERVICE, 10 STARS!!!!!
As a pro musician, I can tell you that everything you may have heard or read about the Spacestation V3 is all true. I’ve had mine since October of ’14 and am truly in love with it. I use mine in conjunction with a Casio PX-350M and a Roland BK7m backing module.I’ve used it in a very large room with over 500 people without having to use more than 25% of volume. If my DB meter reads 95 at the speaker, it reads 95 at the far end of the room as well, all in full, mind-blowing stereophonic sound. I recently experienced a technical problem with the unit. I called Aspen Pittman, the genius inventor of Center Point Stereo and explained the problem. He went out of his way to correct the problem and I was back in action within 24 hours. I rate the service at 10 stars. Don’t wait… order one of these bad boys today.
Chuck Hollis, Florida
Yeah, it’s all true
I’ve had mine for several months now. It quickly has become my go-to keyboard amp, and my more expensive amp gear is now gathering dust. It does take a while to get used to what it does, as it’s fundamentally different than any amplification system out there, but it really does the job.Once you learn to place it well, etc. you find yourself preferring it to other keyboard amps and/or self-powered PA units. Don’t be fooled by the 8″ woofer, there’s plenty of bass, even without a bass coupling effect with the stage. You may think you need more watts, but you don’t — plenty of headroom in this unit. The sound dispersion means you don’t have to play as loud, and everyone can still hear you fine. The more “stereo” your signal (leslie, chorus, pans, reverb, etc.) the better. Also good as a small PA for smaller acts in smaller spaces. Great stereo sound everywhere, you can be heard, and patrons can still have a conversation without shouting at each other. Built like a tank, and supported by Aspen Pittman, who’s a great guy. There’s a growing community of keyboard players who now swear by it, and I’m one of them. Place your order and get in line — this one’s a winner, and destined to be a classic.
Pro Audio Design, Pembroke MA
Hi Aspen, Just a quick note to let you know that I received the Tube Amp Book, and oh my, what an incredible book it is! Thank you again for your generosity, this book will serve as a great tool for me to improve my knowledge of Tube Amps.I played a gig Friday night with the Space Station, and the guys in the band were blown away with the size and depth of sound I got out of that little package. Definitely improved the stage monitoring, and even people in the crowd commented on how good the keyboards sounded (which isnt common, as I play in a Who tribute band ) Thanks again, I am a true convert to CPS, after playing for 35+ years live, this amp has made a huge difference in my stage experience. Cheers, John
Principal Keyboards, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
I thought I’d throw in my 2, as I’m often performing on keyboards in halls seating 2000-3000 without benefit of a front of house system. I have in the past used multiple Bose L1 systems, which are of course superb, but it’s a lot of gear to set up and tear down, and these days I’m down to just one L1 Model II.I’ve been working this week in the 2265 seat Walt Disney Concert Hall, playing Hammond organ parts with the LA Phil. The tech-savvy conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen, preferred I use a synth to a real B3 and Leslie, so I brought my Nord C2, and Aspen very kindly lent me a Spacestation v.3. He and I were both curious to see how it might work in a venue considerably larger than ever intended for its application. Not only did I have plenty of volume, but the sound in general, and the built-in Leslie simulator in particular (my Vent II is still in transit), was by far the smoothest and creamiest I’ve ever heard out of the Nord. I neither felt the need nor desire to add a sub, despite having some left hand bass. Aspen attended last night’s concert, and reported that even up in the balcony he could clearly hear the organ in stereo. Both musicians and technical staff were highly complimentary. Needless to say, I placed an order with Sweetwater immediately after the first performance. This little box is a no-brainer purchase for everything from jazz clubs to concert halls, and will become my stereo stage monitor for larger venues like the Hollywood Bowl.
Nord Technical Support USA/Canada
When I first spoke with Aspen I told him that I’d never met a keyboard amp which I liked, and that is no longer true. To date, I’ve only tried it out at home, but the thing I noticed right away is how playing cluster chords of complex sounds does not break up the drivers the way I’m used to hearing on other amps. The sound stays clean and pretty. Along with running my keyboards directly through the amp, I’ve also tried feeding it with the output of my A&H Qu-16 with complete mix a multiple kbds. It’s just lovely.
Andy Whittington, NC
FINALLY A GREAT KB AMP
If you use stereo sounds/effects then you need this! It is really more than a keyboard amp but that is the best place to categorize it. I use this for my Hammond SK2 and the Leslie simulation is unbelievable. The bottom end is way better than the size of the speaker would suggest and the sound actually ‘blooms’ as you get away from it. Stereo in all points of a venue–this is it. You have to hear it to really understand it. Should be a $900 ‘amp.’
I had misgivings when I ordered this. I figured due to it’s small size it would lack “punch”. One thing I fully understand is MID-SIDE stereo recording, so seeing this as a reverse engineered M/S array, it peaked my curiosity enough to pre-order one. It arrived and I’ve been putting it through its paces. I was using an ancient “Audio Centurion” 2ch 200w wedge monitor as my stage amp. It’s big, heavy as hell but sounds nice and goes deep. So here is the new Spacestation sitting next to it now… it’s 1/2 the size and weight.Really, my microwave is bigger than this speaker. It’s got some heft, around 40lbs, with a big handle on top for portage. The spacestation has plenty of output. It’s damn loud, and not anemic sounding at all. I’m sure w/a sub it really kicks *** but dont let the small size fool you. It packs some power, and you can feel the impact. Stereo affect is surreal. Wurlitzer w/a heavy tremolo is creamy sounding. Rhodes w/some stereo chorus… .to die for. Clavinet w/some phlanger is excellent. But the cherry on top is my Hammond XK-1 > Neo Inst. MiniVENT for organ. Holy ****! It is the best sounding fake leslie I’ve never heard. The magic of the speaker mixed w/the kick *** simulation from the miniVent is what YOU WANT if you’re playing a lot of organ.
Dennis, Los Angeles, CA
This thing is amazing! I’m completely blown away by how this amp fills up a room. My Leslie effects are really impressive. In addition to keyboards, I also play accordion. I own a Roland digital accordion. It affords me the opportunity to play and walk around the room while playing. The cool thing about that is that I can really experience the way the cabinet fills up the room with stereo sound. No matter where I go in the room, the full stereo sound follows me. It sounds great.
Dr. Daniel Newell
Aspen, Thanks once again for the new Spacestation amp you have created… it is built like a tank and sounds wonderful – with rich tone and that great full stereo sound. The size and performance of the amp is exactly what I needed. It is perfect for my use in studio, performing as a one-man band, and teaching… Thank You. I really appreciate your work on this. Dr. Daniel Newell, Bonney Lake, WA (I use it with a Roland Combo VR-09 keyboard, Godin guitar w/Roland GR-55 synth and DigiTech Vocalist Live.)
Thaddeus Hogarth, Boston MA
Berklee School of Music
I finally got to use the Spacestation on a solo gig two weeks ago… Vocals and Acoustic Guitar. Simply put, I was bloooown away!! This unit is one of the most incredible innovations in performance technology. The sound filled the entire room and as a result the audience was so intensely engaged and silent at one point, that I had to open my eyes and look up to see if they were still there!!The stereo imaging throughout the room is simply magical.. I find myself plugging in, playing and walking around trying to decipher this feeling of sound floating around my head in stereo no matter where I walk in the room. Congratulations on yet another excellent product. I swear you cats are making products that are way ahead of the curve.
Hello Aspen & Associates, I am a happy Spacestation owner. On guitar and backing track gigs, I use it for small rooms, where even a regular PA is to much. I was happy to see that you are going to continue this great little cabinet that has so many uses
Hi Aspen, I like yourself am always in the search for a true sound. I have owned all the best keyboards my whole playing career from B-3s to my current Nord products. I also own one of your Vipres in my studio. Its awesome too… I ordered two of the V.3s and they came in yesterday.I unpacked the first one and right away loved the Tolex covering and the handle on top. I broke out the IPod and played Blue Pepper, a Duke Ellington song that the group Galactic does a great job on. Everyone was speechless because we all heard parts we have never heard before in a special way that as we walked around the room hardly changed at all. We walked into the next room which adjoins the practice room and again as you said same stereo image… Wow! The best Leslie simulation I ever heard. This is coming from a guy who used to carry around two 122 Leslies for my B-3… Next the true test that most amps dont pass the Acoustic Piano. Wow again. The Nord has an exceptional piano in it and it sound like I was sitting behind my 76 K Kawai in my studio. Realism galore. I would like to congratulate you on a great product, in a sweet package at a great price I believe that the Space Station can solve a ton of problems for most bands especially for soloists and smaller venues. I am the lead singer in my band and even vocals sound great and can be heard very well with almost of the volume. Commitment, quality, and genius should not go unnoticed. I see all these things in your product. Thank you.
Joseph “Ham n Egzs” Dick
“Thank You, For producing a wonderful product that answered my needs. The band loves my new sound, I am happy to hear myself in a live context… I wish i could shake your hand in person, this product is literally a God send for me, Aspen. Never before has such an accessory made such a difference in my sound and now my playing. I am no longer just being there, now its an experience again. I am Ham n Egzs, if you didn’t figure that out already, and I appreciate your comments on recording. I want to make sure I employ those techniques to show the SS in its truest form. My problem is the M/S issue, I do have Sonar on a DAW which I think I can find an M/S plug for it.”
I went to the Amp Show this afternoon… The set up was a small meeting room in a hotel, maybe 20 by 50 feet or so. 40 seats in the front half and standing room in the back. There was a portable stage in the front that was about two feet from the back wall with about three feet of space on each side. He had a four piece band, two guitars, bass and keys with two vocals using a harmonizer.Everything went through the amp and to me it sounded really good. The volume was louder than I expected and it was crystal clear. Aspen said he was holding the max volume at 105db and the amp still had quite a bit of power left. I can say this for sure, the overall volume was louder than quite a few lounge/supper club gigs I’ve done. I mentioned this to him at one point and he suddenly says “great point” and runs up to the stage, grabs the mic while the band is playing and says, “Have you ever been asked to turn down?” He tells them to keep playing and reaches for the mixer and turns down the master slider and then says “you can turn down the whole band with one knob yet the mix stays the same for both the band and the audience”. It really sounded like someone simply turning down a commercial CD. Another thing, he has a big voice with real presence and several times he was talking over the band when they were already pretty loud and I heard him quite clearly with no interference from the instruments. At one point they were doing a song where the keys guy Al, was doing a lot of organ so I walked to the left corner against the back wall right behind him and I could hear everything perfectly clear, including the leslie and the vocals. I then slowly walked along the wall to the back of the room and the mix was exactly the same, just the volume dropped a bit. I did the same thing on the right side of the stage and stood right behind the bass player in the corner and it still was the same overall mix including the organ. It was remarkable, I was actually behind the SS off center and the other side of the stage yet I still heard the entire band and especially the organ very clearly. Now, here’s a really funny thing. The amp was sitting on a small sub and Aspen was talking about how if you are using a bass player it’s best with a sub and he said how he picked this one up at a thrift shop for $50. I thought the bass sounded pretty good, not too deep but it was definitely there. After the second demo someone asked how the amp sounded without the sub and he leans over behind it and discovered it wasn’t plugged in! I was blown away, both hour long demos were nothing but the SS by itself. He plugged in the sub and now the bass really had some bottom to it but I’m telling you, the bass with just the amp alone was plenty for a small jazz gig in a restaurant or a bass and guitar duo for example. They did a Steely Dan tune with lots of keys and vocals and the organ was cranked at one point to where my ears were really feeling it. Again this was still holding Aspens 105db limit. I don’t think I would have any problem being heard at a medium loud bar gig. Especially when Al told me he will use his with a JBL eon when he needs more power and the overall stereo sound is still there. I believe him. This thing is a winner. I would have been impressed if the Spacestation was only used for the instruments and the vocals had their own PA but to have everything going through this small innocuous little amp in full stereo? Impressive and I’m getting one.
Just came home from a rehearsal in a small studio, maybe a 12×15 room with a drum set and some clutter. We had 5 people in there including the drummer. Because this is for a jazz piano gig I brought my PC3 instead of my SK1. I was jammed against the back wall looking at the drummer with the SS literally right beside my drum throne, if it was up high enough I could have sat on it. That’s usually a very bad spot for a keyboard speaker but the SS sounded just great.The Kurz pianos sounded really good but when I played some EP and turned up the stereo mod wheel that whole room was filled with stereo EP swirling all over. In that small room at volume it sounded like it was coming from everywhere like pure surround sound and this is with me right on top of the thing. I really couldn’t believe it, it was very impressive. When we finished one particular song the drummer said, man what is that little amp? It’s his studio and he knows equipment. When we finished I stayed and played some stuff for him including the KB3 organ for about 15 minutes and he was looking it over and was really impressed. The KB3 sounded really good too. Not quite up to my SK1 but very good nonetheless. This amp makes any keyboard sound better than it’s ever sounded and it’s not just the stereo, the tonal quality is excellent too, very hifi like. I know after all my posts I’m sounding like I work for Aspen. I don’t but I also know what so many of you are looking for in a keyboard amp because I’ve been looking for the same thing for oh, 30 years. This amp is it for me, I’m never using anything else unless this one gets destroyed or otherwise dies.
Hi Aspen, Just wanted to drop you a note and let you know I used the Spacestation V3 tonight on a gig and it was the most enjoyable experience Ive had on stage in a long time. Finally I can hear the full stereo range of my keyboard the way it should sound.Playing electronic keyboards live is a challenge because even with these latest beautiful samples you just dont get the full rich sound live that you hear in the studio or headphones. Even when you have a stereo mix out front (which is rare) the sound hitting you as the player is often frustrating. But tonight was the first time I really felt like I was hearing what the audience was. I was playing one of the new Kurzweil Forte keyboards. This new keyboard has the largest, most accurate samples of any portable keyboard ever and matching it up with the Spacesation was just the thing to bring out the beauty of the 16 GB stereo samples. It opened up a whole new world of sound. They have a fantastic 9 foot acoustic piano sample that is so rich but thedifference is day and night playing it live with your amp with the widthturned up. And the samples with elec pianos and B3 are amazing through your amp. The Leslie B3 stuff was as close to the real thing as Ive ever heard live. I put horns, strings, voices, just about everything through the amp and it all sounded great. This gig was just piano, bass and vocal so the piano really had to fill the room and thanks to your amp it did just that. I feel so lucky to have been able to get one of these great amps. Thanks for developing this technology and making it so that it is affordable.
Dear Mr. Pittman, I have enjoyed the stereo experience from space stations for ten years! I own an original 40 watt (smaller) version, two SFX100s, a Space station, a Fender Acoustasonic SFX, and a Fender Satellite. I really hope to purchase your new V3 unit in the near future… PLEASE keep making and improving center point stereo.
Hi Aspen, This thing kicks arse!! You know when something sounds so lush at a low volume, and cranks when needed? This unit does just that.
Aspen, great amp- didn’t know what i was missing all these years playing in mono until I started playing live using my SS w/ true stereo! Definitely a game changer …
Hi Aspen, Great product! I use two of the originals to gig and want to add the new V.3 to my system. Question: What is your recommendation for a sub? I am looking for something that will do the job and not negate the fantastic portability of the Spacestation. Thanks! Rich Petrenka The Groovemerchants, AZ
March 16, 2015
Can you hear me now? YES!
Ok, let me start by saying that the Spacestation I’m talking about here is my Keyboard player’s speaker. Not mine. I’m am the drummer. We had rehearsal yesterday and he brought this speaker in for the first time. We are a straight up rock band. We play loud.When he said he was going to replace his 2 QSC K12s on stage with this little thing, I laughed when I saw it. Well, I’m not laughing now. OMG, this thing is unbelievable. It fills the room (somehow) with full, rich stereo sound. I’m not sure how it does this but it is just as loud and clear on the opposite side of the room. Bottom line, it impressed me so much I wanted to share my thoughts with you here. Get this little speaker ASAP!
March 16, 2015
Better than expected
I received this over the weekend and took it to a gig that night. This thing is GREAT. the stereo separation is incredible. There is more than enough power for where I was at(club seated 100+). I have used MANY different systems over the years for my keyboard set-up.The Spacestation is small, and LOUD. You will not find a better system for your keys. I play mostly small bars and clubs and this is going to be more than adequate. I might add a powered sub woofer for some of the low synth sounds I use. If you play keyboards and are tired of dragging around your own personnel PA, this is for you. I used this with my new NEO Ventilator 2. You would have thought I had a B3 on stage. I am beyond happy with my purchase.
L. Scott, Burbank CA
WAY more than a KB amp. I’m a guitar player. I got mine straight from Aspen and that was an enjoyable experience on it’s own but this is about the Spacestation V.3. Obviously this is a top Keyboard amp but it is far, far more than that.Buy it now. Your keyboards will come alive and you’ll be inspired by how great they sound. When inspired you play better. All the guys in the five bands I’ve gigged with this month were blown away by this amp. You will be too! First, this is my live rig. Feeding the Spacestation is a Behringer QX1202. Into that I have my Taylor 210CE and an SM57 mic. For an acoustic singer/song writer gig the sould is perfect. Just dial in a little compression and reverb on the mixer with a little panning Left and Right and you get a full clean ever-present sound you’ve always dreamed of. Note that it’s valuable to tweak the panning a little to generate differences in the side channels. More on that later. Also feeding into the mixer I my Fender Mustang Floor. One could debate on if this is the best or not but I’ve found a way to get it sounding great in no small part due to the Spacestation. At first, I ran the Fender Floor into the mixer via a single stereo channel. It sounded very mono directional so I tweaked pan and got a better sound but not great. It took me a while but I started thinking about how the Spacestation works as explained to me by Aspen. One important fact is that it decodes mid/side info and it occurred to me that simple panning may not be generating the right differences in the Left and Right signals. So I plugged in the Fender Floor (set to PA output for cab sim) into the two remaining mono channels. I set small differences in compression and a +5db/-5db difference in the high band EQ with additional small differences in EQ mid and low. I then panned the two channels 50% left and 50% right. Note that I had the “Width” on the Spacestation set to about 2 o’clock. Then with subtle changes on the board while strumming my guitar I was able to dial in a full room, easy on the ears, come from anywhere sound that I’d be confident to play against almost any amp I’ve heard. Seriously, you’d need twin stacks to beat it. I know it sounds like I’m full of it, and I haven’t actually done a direct comparison but… well, I’m super happy with the sound. I have heard the Line 6 Amplify at that major national Guitar dealer’s showroom and I like this set up better. Last but not least, this thing will blow minds at your next party. I ran some ‘SRV and Double Trouble’ into it from my MP3 player and holy cow! This thing arguably sounds better in the next room! Really, it will fill you house with wide sounding music, people will be able to still talk and hear each other without screaming, so they can dance anywhere they want. The Spacestation V.3 is a highly valuable piece of kit for anyone who plays music, live or recorded. No stereo system, PA or HiFi, produces sound like the Spacestation does. As with any sound system you do have to tweak it a little for different spaces but it’s probably easier with bigger results with the Spacestation than with a typical PA system. And it’s one box. Set up is half the work… literally.
Rick Matousek, Parma Ohio
Buy it now. Your keyboards will come alive and you’ll be inspired by how great they sound. When inspired you play better. All the guys in the five bands I’ve gigged with this month were blown away by this amp. You will be too!
Robert Sampson, Jacksonville, IL
I have owned a Berhinger keyboard amp, a Roland KC 500 and KC 350. I have played through powered speakers of all sorts. But nothing could have prepared me for this amp.My sales engineer Nick Church told how great this amp was, but his description could never fully explain this amp. I have nothing but great things to say about the SpaceStation v3. But, here are a few things that really grab me about this amp. 1. The size Whatever you do, don’t let the size of this amp fool you. It’s packed pound for pound with more power than any other keyboard amp I have ever heard. The Size of the this amp I’d great because of the small amount of real estate it takes up on stage or in the studio. 2. Controls I love the fact that there is no equalizer on this amp. You simply have a level control for volume. You havd a mid control which is nothing more than a volume control of the mids, a “width” control which is a control that just balances out the signal from the side firing coaxial speaker and the 8″ woofer and super tweeter facing forward. Finally you have a high frequency control that control the amount of treble coming from the super tweeter. Other than that, the keyboard amp has a completely flat response like a studio monitor. 3. Unparalleled Sound Quality This is the most stunning attribute of this amp. It literally does everything it advertises to do. The sound that comes out of this amp is unreal. You get crystal clear sound that no other amp on the market can provide. You get a sound quality that is unfiltered and fully responsive. I’m conclusion, I would have to definitely say to ALL professional keyboard players, get this amp. You won’t be sorry.
Bruno Gaeta, Sydney Australia
Hi Aspen, Just wanted to let you know the SSv3 arrived this week. Ive now had a few days playing with it and its all that was promised! My Nord Stage 2 sounds amazing through it, the organ with Leslie simulation shakes the air in the room like a real Leslie (not that I have played much with real Leslies). My previous keyboard amp, a Behringer K1800FX, is advertised at 180W but the SSv3 feels louder and clearer, and its lighter to carry around, and stereo! Now all I need to find is a decent portable mixer so that I can play multiple keyboards through the SS. Thank you!
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!!
Aspen, thank you for you for insights on maximising the signal.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.
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).
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.
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.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!
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
MLBob, SW Ohio
This one has become the sound system for our trio Have always used keyboard amps for my acoustic guitars. After e-mail exchanges with Aspen re the Spacestation, I became one of the “early adopters” last fall, finally getting delivery on one in February ’15.This is not just a great amp for keys! We immediately put it to use as the sound system for our acoustic/electric trio. Right now, we run two acoustic guitars (or sometimes one acoustic & one electric); an electric bass; two vocal mics + a stereo effects loop from one of the acoustic pedalboads through separate channels on a Soundcraft mixer and then into the Spacestation. The sound this amp puts out is AMAZING. Great sound no matter where you’re sitting in the room being played, and it seems to us that the more spacious the room, the better it sounds. BWhether at a gig or practicing, using this setup, we have no need for band members to bring anything but their instruments & pedalboards. Haven’t had the need for a sub either. Got to be one of the best equipment purchases I’ve ever made. Center Point hit it out of the park on this one.
Aspen, thank you for you for insights on maximising the signal. 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.
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!!
CJ Gibson RPT, Caledonia, MI Music degree; registered piano technician; composer; keyboardist
The stunning reviews are true! Due to the growing popularity of this keyboard amp, I had to wait over 2 months to receive one. However, now that I have tried it on several different genres of keyboard music, I can say the over-all sound is exceptional.Don’t let its little size fool you! It has plenty of power, and then some, to spare. Besides its other-worldly stereo separation, its more-natural sound allows a lower level of reverb in the mix, which I prefer. And even though my voice is, at best, average, running vocals through it is a treat, clear and distinct reproduction. For a single box stereo keyboard amp, this little guy is remarkable!
Incredible Sound quality is excellent. It may take a while to adjust the right sound, but once you go it is superb. Volume is huge. I played my Yamaha piano thru it in a 300+ people church and had no problem filling the place. The other keyboard player was going out thru the main PA and I had to turn down the volume so he could be heard. For the first time I hear my Kurzweil PC2 as it was meant to be heard.
Chong Yew Tan
Best keyboard/band monitor money can buy
You can hear everything clearly without that ear block syndrome you get when you’re down with a flu. I use it with synthogy ivory 2, scarbee rhodes and some other vst pads. Brought it up for gigs and everyone commented that it makes them feel like having a “real piano” next to them. I play mainly jazz, blues but did an “acoustic” pop gig with this the other day.They dont feel the WOW factor at first but when i turn down the stereo control (width) and compare it again when i turn the stereo to 12 o’clock everyones faces were in disbelieve. Get this is you need a perfect monitor for yourself, or the whole band. Beats all keyboard amps. Im trying to find a best powered sub to pair with this beauty to try and use it as a FOH for small venues. Still have not gotten the results i wanted.
Pro player and composer It Exceeded my Expectations Yep. I play jazz, funk and blues, mostly on my Hammond SK1 and sometimes a Yamaha S80. I knew it was going to be impressive, but I wasn’t prepared for how it filled up those 50 to 150-seat rooms in a rocking blues band. My keys sound better than it did before.
Ray, Northern VA
Best amp I’ve ever owned and I’ve owned quite a few over the last 40 years. Sounds like there’s a real piano in the room due to the surround sound. Volume level is deceptive when you’re close to the SS. Recently played a room with about 400 people and I had to turn down because the piano was too loud!
Alan, Central California
36!+ years of gigging (full time until my “real” career kicked 25 years ago)
Spacestation V.3… In a word, “PHENOMENAL” After reading all of the fantastic reviews (and getting frustrated with making the Leslie sim sound sweet away from the “sweet spot”),I decided to pick up one of these while I could… I figured with the demand for these, I could always sell it if it didn’t sit well with my ears. And since I sometimes play left hand bass, I decided to mate it to a subwoofer. For the money, a lot of players are mating it up to a Behringer B1200 sub. So, a quick call to Jeremy at Sweetwater got me on the reserve list. Very soon, the V.3 and sub arrived. I immediately hooked them up together… and… it was terrible. The sub didn’t work… the V.3 seemed very brassy and noisy… get ready eBay, here it comes. But rule (1) Read the manuals, and (2) call Aspen at CPS. Even though busy with a recording session, Aspen patiently educated me in sound, physics, and how to mate the V.3 to the sub. With my notes, I picked up the proper cords and proceeded to follow what he had told me. All I can say is “WOW”… now it works, and my Kronos has never sounded so fantastic, nor has my C2D organ ever sounded so real. the entire room is alive, for lack of a better term. Aspen is a genius with sound, and he really cares (and takes the time to educate you)… truly a nice guy who wants people to use his gear right. A++++ And while I’m at it, major kudos to Jeremy Clifford at Sweetwater… another person willing to help who seems more concerned about your satisfaction than dollars. Also, A+++++ So, IMHO… if you’re a keyboard player, call Sweetwater and get one. Does it make sense to have great gear, yet use a P.A. system to voice it ??
Antonio Cabrera, Bothell, WA
30yr Pro church musician; Office house band member
The Demo videos Don’t Do It Justice… Because as impressive as the videos are, your ears won’t really hear what this system is capable of LIVE, and in person. The unidirectional wave of sound from the front speaker clearly does not disperse well on its own (side speakers turned off), and the quality is muffled when standing anywhere except directly in front of the wave.This isn’t as obvious in the video as it is when I began testing mine as soon as I got it. As you turn up the side speakers, the stereo field begins to fill in and round out the shape so the sonic quality is crystal clear everywhere you stand. Most impressive for me was the lush, wide ripples of tones generated by my Korg Triton Extreme 88, specifically the “Suitcase & Stage EP 1” patch. Also absolutely loving all the classic organ patches (okay, so my Korg’s no Hammond SK1, but it’s got some killer B3/C3 patches nonetheless) as well, letting the Leslie slay me as it swirls up. Thank God for Aspen Pittman and the SpaceStation V.3 – It’s the keyboard amp I’ve been waiting for ever since I’ve played church keys for services and teen/college/young adult groups. Pros: 1. Compact size / weight – at a little less than two feet tall and about 40 pounds, this is an amazing design for its size 2. Power / amplification – at 50%, this system is LOUD. It gets LOUDER without distorting, too. 3. Sonic quality – without the Stereo engaged, this system sounds just as plain-Jane as any other amp; turn up the controls, and it puts everything around it to shame Cons: 1. Price – on par with most high-end / high-quality amps; videos I’ve seen on YouTube disappointingly have Aspen Pittman advertising them at NAMM for $599 on Sweetwater, unless I misheard him. Still, you get what you pay for, and then some. I don’t know if everyone is willing to plunk down 8 bones for one item (until they get to use one – then I’m sure they’d be quite willing!) 2. Appearance – not flashy, kind of looks like a… a… well, a Space heater… But who cares if it’s a little utilitarian – it just WORKS. GET THIS WHILE THEY’RE IN STOCK…
June 10, 2015
Spacestation v.3 is THE BOMB!!!
Based on the strength of early reviews and Keyboard magazine, I decided to take a leap of faith and buy a Spacestation V.3… I mean, the early reviews were so good that I figured I could always sell it on eBay if I didn’t like it.Also, because I sometimes play left hand bass, I decided to get a Behringer B-1200D. This weekend was the first time that I had them on stage… all I can say is “WOW” !! Together with my NORD C2D, I actually felt like I was playing a tone wheel organ… it sounded very rich… bass tones were very rich… and it really sounded like a Leslie (in fact, better). I set the Leslie sim in the NORD to be a close miked 122, and it sounded like a million bucks. The power of this little unit is nothing short of incredible. With both amp and organ set at 50%, I sounded great not only on stage, but in the back of the room as well. Given that it was a medium sized hall, I was overwhelmingly impressed to say the least. This speaker, when paired with the Behringer B-1200D subwoofer (also very highly recommended) gets the job done. My only words of advice… lean it against a wall, and place it a little distance from you onstage. Highly recommended !!!
Marq “Q” Speck, Detroit, MI
13 time Detroit Music Award winning keyboardist for SWEET CRYSTAL
Stellar Sound… At Last! I’ve been looking for that “perfect” live keyboard amp for over 40 years, one that would do justice to all my synth, organ and piano sounds while competing with the sometimes loud levels of other players on stage.Been through Motion Sound, QSC, Traynor, small pseudo-PA systems, BOSE… all had some good points, none were great. My never ending gear merry-go-round just came to a halt with my new Spacestation V.3 from Sweetwater. Used it live last week for the first time and not only did I get to finally hear all the nuances of what I do live, but I looked up to see my guitarist smiling at me from 30 feet away on stage – he actually called out” wow – “that amp sounds huge And it did. Even without a sub (which I ended up getting just in case… but it seems rather superfluous so far), this puppy is the very definition of sweet. So much so that I’m using it in the studio for rehearsal instead of firing up the whole studio sound system just to hear my keys, it’s that impressive. One last note of interest for other..er vintage musicians such as mysel. You can lift it with one hand. Thank you Center Point Stereo. Job extremely well done.
Follow-up Story Great
After a rehearsal this week, I opened the back of my suv, and BAM… Onto the concrete driveway fell my CPS. (I didn’t know whether to cry or go berserk & start hitting & swinging at any nearby objects.) My heart was sinking. Lesson learned – stack it on its side so it won’t fall over / out of my suv.SO, I was scared for the hour-plus drive to rehearsal that it may not work (I did have a cheap backup monitor if needed.) The CPS took a solid wallop from 3ft. up, landing directly on the front corner. It made a huge ‘thud’, even bouncing and hitting hard on the back corner, showing visible scuffs and an oh-so slight tear on the tolex cover, so my head was telling me that this was bound to be tragic. I knew that cheaper gear would not resist that kind of impact. Until… (Drum roll, please…..) I got to rehearsal and plugged in my CPS. It powered up, and worked like a charm!!! The knobs were all intact, no external noise, and nothing was loose. I was ecstatic! Relief would be an understatement. Yeah, this was totally my fault – a musician throwing all his gear in the back of his suv and headed to a gig / rehearsal, not thinking that sometimes things get shifted around in the back. We’ve all done it, but not anymore. Lesson learned! I just thought y’all would like to know how solid this thing is built. I love this keyboard amp. I’ve recorded my Nord organs through it, and it definitely sounds better mic’d up than being run direct in stereo into my Pro Tools rig. Nothing like moving air when recording. I’ve used on a couple dozen or so gigs now, and it works like a charm. Thanks to Aspen for a great product worthy of 5-stars! close