The Spaceman Club

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  1. Iommian

    Iommian Supporting Member

    Jul 15, 2019
    Spaceman modulation pedals are top-tier, my Explorer is never leaving my board. I’m glad they have been steadily releasing more. Sad to say I haven’t tried their drive pedals yet, can anyone recommend a good touch sensitive light overdrive? Apollo vs Saturn? Something in the range of a DOD 205? I want to dip my toes into their dirt options.
     
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  2. BartmanPDX

    BartmanPDX Supporting Member

    I haven't tried the Apollo but the Saturn V is my absolute favorite light OD. It's quite touch-sensitive and cuts through the mix perfectly. I've tried a number of other pedals in its spot and have always come back to it. It's the one pedal on my board that I would buy again in a heartbeat if anything happened to my board. It is my most frequently used pedal and while the rest of my board has changed completely over the years the Saturn has always remained.
     
  3. dave64o

    dave64o Talkbass Top 10 all time lowest talent/gear ratio! Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2000
    Southern NJ
    I haven't had an opportunity to use my Saturn VI in a band setting yet (two of us decided to leave during our COVID break, so now we're looking for new people to audition :(), but I'm liking what it does while playing at home. I took a clean boost (EP Booster) off my board and am now using the Saturn VI as a third dirt pedal, which I think will end up being my always-on on tone. I keep the Drive relatively low, around 10:00-11:00, and set the Boost to give me a little more than unity gain. There's not a lot of grit in that tone, but it's full and warm and I find it pretty touch sensitive. I really can't wait to hear it once we fill our open spots and can start rehearsing again.

    Yesterday I just bought an Apollo VII from a frequent poster in this thread, so I'll get to find out soon how it works for me. My impression is that it's a higher gain pedal than a Saturn, and likely higher gain than I'd normally buy, but I found a good bass demo on YouTube and liked the lower gain settings enough to think it could work well for me in a dirtiest-of-my-three-lower-gain-overdrives kind of role. I'll post an update one I get it and have some time to play around with it.
     
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  4. Iommian

    Iommian Supporting Member

    Jul 15, 2019
    Thanks! I was leaning towards the Saturn. From the reviews it seems the most friendly as far as playing dynamics. It’s what I like so much about the 250 on bass, but the tonal control is rather utilitarian (which has its place). But the DOD plays so nicely with modulation for what I’m after. Looks like a Saturn purchase is in the future for me.
     
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  5. BartmanPDX

    BartmanPDX Supporting Member

    Yeah, I keep the drive on my Saturn almost all the way down too. I've used it as an always-on pedal during some gigs but occasionally turn it off when I want a super clean tone but I usually end up going back to it quickly since my tone seems so much better with it on.
     
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  6. dedpool1052

    dedpool1052

    Jan 10, 2011
    Seattle, WA
    I prefer the Saturn VI over the Apollo VII for light drive. Not to say the A7 isn't an excellent pedal, it's just that it doesn't fully match what the Saturn does. The Saturn has a unique quality to it, that I've not heard in any other pedal I've owned, while the Apollo can cop sounds from other pedals in my collection.
    That said, I do think the Apollo is closer to capturing the vibe and tone of a 250, than the Saturn.
     
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  7. cusar5

    cusar5

    Feb 17, 2008
    Planet Iommia
    Man I wish I could find an Explorer for a non-insane price.

    I was very close to getting a purple Artemis locally, but then Iron Ether put up a new batch of Xerographs so I snagged one of those instead. Anyone compared the two?
     
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  8. Nihilistic Milk

    Nihilistic Milk

    Mar 8, 2021
    Does anyone have experience using the Saturn with flats? I’m looking for a light overdrive and am interested in the Saturn. However, I find flats don’t play well with all overdrives. Thanks.
     
  9. jbybj

    jbybj Supporting Member

    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles
    My Saturn VI responds excellently to a P bass with TI Jazz flats. This also has Alembic pickups and preamp, which may be a greater influence. Lately I’ve been having great fun stacking the Saturn, with everything.
     
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  10. Mosfed

    Mosfed

    Apr 21, 2013
    Washington DC
    Partner - CCP Pedals
    I only use flats and the Saturn is one of my favorite dirty boosts / light overdrives
     
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  11. JRMK

    JRMK

    May 28, 2007
    As an always on, do you guys use Saturn before or after compression?
     
  12. dave64o

    dave64o Talkbass Top 10 all time lowest talent/gear ratio! Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2000
    Southern NJ
    My two main basses (and two other) have on them - currently Chromes on my Stingray 5 HH and GHS Precision Flats on my L-2500. I just recently got my Saturn and am really pleased with how it sounds. Can’t wait to fill the two open spots in my band so I can hear it in a band mix.

    My Saturn is before my compressor (which is the last thing before my DI), but that’s because of how I’m using it. I have it set to gently smooth my output level as I turn effects on and off. If you use it differently, you may want it in a different place in your signal chain.
     
  13. Matt Dean

    Matt Dean Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    SF (North) Bay Area
    So, this is likely pie-in-the-sky, but wouldn’t be awesome if there was a Spaceman multi-modulation pedal, an all-in-one phaser/flanger/tremolo pedal? I know I would buy one in a heartbeat.

    :)
     
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  14. vivaknoxvegas

    vivaknoxvegas El Duderino Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2002
    Knoxville, TN
    I have a Saturn VI on the way to me. Excited to try it out as an always on light OD.
     
  15. dedpool1052

    dedpool1052

    Jan 10, 2011
    Seattle, WA
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  16. dedpool1052

    dedpool1052

    Jan 10, 2011
    Seattle, WA
    Additionally,

    I've been talking back and forth with the Mothership, about the Saturn and why it's so great, and I brought up the Aphelion.

    The Aphelion is what gave birth to the Saturn, as they share a similar DNA.

    I also asked if there was thought about a new Aphelion.

    The Mothership stated that they wouldn't be opposed to it, and knows they could improve upon it. But it would be, possibly, 2022.

    I said "shut up and take my money"
     
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  17. dedpool1052

    dedpool1052

    Jan 10, 2011
    Seattle, WA
    It's a special one.
    I love mine.
    What it brings is unique, to me.

    The drive and tone control are quite interactive, too.
     
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  18. vivaknoxvegas

    vivaknoxvegas El Duderino Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2002
    Knoxville, TN
    Agree @dedpool1052 I still need to find a sweet spot for light OD but right away it added a nice “something” to my sound.
     
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  19. dedpool1052

    dedpool1052

    Jan 10, 2011
    Seattle, WA
    For me, light drive is around 12 on the drive, 1-2 on tone.
     
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  20. dedpool1052

    dedpool1052

    Jan 10, 2011
    Seattle, WA
    I call that something "presence"
     
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