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).

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.
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