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Notice
(August 6 2008)

The Ursa Major Space Station SST-206 is no longer in stock.
For more information, contact Chris Moore.



Seven Woods Audio is proud to present the Ursa Major Space Station SST-206.


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SST-206 Description


The new Space Station SST-206 combines the reissue of the Ursa Major Space Station, a classic reverb and effects unit, with a powerful modern reverberation system in a case smaller than a typical paperback book. Christopher Moore, President of Seven Woods Audio, noted, "There continues to be a high level of interest in the Space Station, as evidenced in Internet studio equipment lists and activity on Ebay." The SST-206, easily held in one hand during operation, is based on a 150MHz 24 bit Motorola DSP chip. The new Space Station measures 6.4 x 4.8 x 0.6 inches, provides AES/EBU digital I/O, and accepts 24 bit audio at 48 or 44.1kHz. It is powered by a small external supply built into the breakout cable and operates from all overseas and domestic AC mains.
 
 

Moore recalled, "When I designed the Space Station in 1977, I crafted a unique reverb algorithm and the hardware to support it as a single, organic unit. In designing the new SST-206 Space Station, I used a powerful contemporary 24 bit DSP to replicate the original Space Station sound, complete with simulation of the 12-bit floating point converters, the 7kHz bandwidth, and the artifacts of time modulation." Moore added that he resisted the temptation to change the sound of the original unit, affectionately characterized by some of its users as "garage grunge."
 
 







According to Moore, "The reissue offers Space Station enthusiasts a chance to replace their older units with a smaller, more reliable device. Unlike the original Space Station, which was a 3U rack mount product, the entire SST-206 product fits into what appears to be its remote control. "The remote is the reverb," Moore says. "I realized I could now package the entire product in one small box to reduce its cost, and at the same time give users access to every reverb control from the sweet spot at the console. You don’t have to get down on your hands and knees in the dark to adjust this reverb in an equipment rack. In fact, there’s nothing to mount in the rack."

With the power available from the Motorola chip, Moore says that he was unable to resist the temptation to pull out all the stops and render a stunning new reverb program he simply calls "room." The reverberator is controlled by twelve potentiometers that provide instant, intuitive access to all the important parameters. "The SST-206 harkens to an earlier time, before the multi-level menu structure and one-parameter-at-a-time user interface took over. There is no need for an LCD, no user presets, no MIDI–just an uncluttered panel with twelve clearly labeled knobs with pointers to show the current settings." Moore paraphrased Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince, "You know the design is perfect, not when the last feature has been added, but when the last feature has been removed."


About Ursa Major and the Space Station

Ursa Major entered the market with its Space Station digital reverb and effects unit in May 1978, making it probably the third entrant in the then-young digital reverb market (after the ground-breaking EMT 250 and the Quad Eight CPR-16). The Space Station occupied the lowest cost segment of the market ($1995) for the next three or four years and continued to sell for the next eight years. Christopher Moore was the principal founder of Ursa Major and has personally designed both the original and the new Space Stations. Ursa Major expanded and developed other digital reverb products and in 1986 was purchased by AKG Acoustics, Vienna.

Sales information

At this time (February 2005), units are in stock.

The Space Station SST-206 now has CE approval and is being used in Europe.

Sales are FOB Belmont MA USA.
 

Description SKU #
Price
SST-206 SST-206 $1395.00

How to buy a Space Station SST-206

If you live in the US, you may buy from one of our dealers or directly from Seven Woods Audio, Inc.
If you live overseas in a country where we have a dealer, we urge you to buy from your dealer.
If you live overseas in a country where we do not have a dealer, you may buy directly from Seven Woods Audio, Inc.
Sales are FOB Belmont MA USA.

Buying directly from Seven Woods Audio

Payment methods for purchase directly from Seven Woods Audio include: You may call Seven Woods Audio at +1 617 489 6292 to place your order.

Dealer list

USA

Analogue Haven, Santa Monica, CA, USA. Contact Shawn Cleary at 310-451-7744, or www.analoguehaven.com

Vintage King Audio, Ferndale, Michigan, USA. Contact Dave Piechura at 248 591 9276, or www.vintageking.com

Audio-One, North Miami Beach, Florida: Contact David Frangioni at 305-945-1230, or www.audio-one.com

Sonic Circus, Harmonyville, VT: Contact Drew Townson, at 802 365 9190, or www.soniccircus.com

Atlanta Pro Audio, Atlanta, GA: Contact John Gos at 404 329 9494 , or www..atlantaproaudio.net

Dale Electronics, New York City, NY, USA: Contact Mike Bogen at 212 475 1124, or www.daleproaudio.com

Overseas

Makermid S. L., Spain and Portugal; Contact Marc Port, at 605916211, or www.makermid.com

4sonic, Moscow, Russia; Contact Andrey Ivanoff at 007-495-9830565, or www.ivanoff@4sonic.ru

Juke Box Ltd, Vanves, France; Contact J. B. Lierre at +33 (0)1 40 03 01 01, or www.jukeboxltd.com.

Sonotechnique PJL Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada: distributor for Canada. Contact Gerry Eschweiler, +237 416 947 9112, or www.sonotechnique.ca

Joystick Audio bvba, Drongen, Belgium: distributor for Belgium, Luxemborg, and the Netherlands. Contact Raf Lenssens at +329236 37 18, or www.joystick.be

Morel Muziek B.V., Veenendaal, Netherlands: dealer in the Netherlands. Contact them at +31-(0)318-527000, or www.morelmuziek.nl.

Golden Age Music, Stockholm, Sweden: distributor for Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland. Contact Bo Medin at 46 322 66 50 50, or www.goldenagemusic.com

Touched by Sound, Hamburg and Nuernburg, Deutschland: dealer in Germany. Contact them at (Hamburg) +49-40-54 80 27 73 and at  +49-911-9364650 (Nuerenberg), or www.touched-by-sound.com

Musik-Service Hofmann GmbH, Aschaffenburg, Deutschland: dealer. Contact Musik-Service at +49 06021 45494 - 0, or www.musik-service.de

Jackpoint GmbH, Zurich, Schweiz: dealer for Switzerland. Contact them at ++41 (0)43 299 03 03, or www.jackpoint.ch

Flyline Music AG, Wettswil, Schweiz; dealer for Switzerland. Contact them at ++ 41 (0) 43 466 01 15, or www.flyline.ch.

DACS Ltd, Pelaw, UK: distributor for the UK. Contact Douglas Doherty at +44 191 0191 438 2500, or www.dacs-audio.com.

Klangfarbe, Wien, Ostereiche: dealer for Austria. Contact them at +43 1 545 17 17 DW, or www.klangfarbe.com.


Warranty and return policies

The SST-206 carries a three year limited warranty. See the Owner's Guide for more information.
Seven Woods Audio, Inc. offers buyers who purchase their unit directly from the manufacturer the opportunity to return the unit for credit with these restrictions.


These people/studios have purchased a new Space Station SST-206

  • Bob Clearmountain, Mix This! (studio)
  • Frank Marchand, Waterford Digital , Maryland (studio)
  • David Frangioni, Audio-One, North Miami, FL, USA (dealer/studio)
  • Larry Simons, Interarts Design, Florida (studio)
  • Immediate Music, California (studio)
  • Phil Davis, Washingon (studio)
  • Ram Benz, NY (studio)
  • Dave Ricks, VA (studio)
  • Andrew Martin, Crack Signal Processing, NY
  • Beastie Boys, Oscilloscope Studio, NY  Remix Magazine article
  • Galaxy Studio, Belgium (studio)
  • Thein Studios, Germany (studio)
  • Suade, Adapted Vinyl, Spain (studio)
  • Tin Iseler, SOMA E.M.S.
  • Bob Krauschaar, Golddust Productions
  • Chuck Ainlay
  • Hayward Bishop, Sea Records
  • Raymond Fogerty, Spring Recording
  • Carl Nappa
  • Gabe Herman, Jam Spot
  • Boston University
  • ...and many others that have not returned their warranty registration cards!

  • Magazine reviews of the new Space Station SST-206

  • Electronic Musician, Jan 2004
  • EQ, Feb 2004
  • TapeOp
  • Recording
  • MIX, April 2004
  • Resolution, May/June 2004, by Keith Spencer-Allen
  • Professional Audio Review
  • Radio World Oct 2003
  • Keyboards (France) May 2004
  • Keyboards (Germany) December 2004

  • User comments about the SST-206

    Suade, Adapted Vinyl, Barcelona, February 2005

    "I'm a techno artist and that means hands-on real-time control is what I look for in my equipment. Techno is about using the entire studio as an instrument for performance and the SST-206 is the only piece of kit I know of which can give me world-class reverb and delay effects with a completely direct interface. It sounds beautiful and every parameter is ready for instant adjustment all the time - remarkable!"

    Joe Chiccarelli, independent producer and mixer, Los Angeles, May 2003

    Bill Dooley, formerly Technical Director, The Village Recorder, Los Angeles, May 2003

    Joe Chiccarelli was here today at The Village Recorder, mixing for Rickie Lee Jones. I walked in on a conversation that he was having with the assistant engineer concerning your original Ursa Major Space Station. I jumped in telling "space station stories" and settings and how it worked blah, blah, blah (I used to be a mixer). At that point he produced your new product from its box. Initially my reaction was "why not" but upon auditioning the settings with Rickie's vocal, I was quite delighted with the similarities that it had to the original. Congratulations, I am very excited about your product. I moderate The Studio Business Forum for musicplayer.com. I would, with your
    permission, like to give it and you a plug. I think you've got a winner!

    Dweezil Zappa, Los Angeles, October 2003

    I was quite impressed with it. It did everything my original Space Station did but was easier to recall. There are so many unique uses
    for the unit. I liked using it for backwards reverbs. It's good also for thickness from delay elements and it has a certain randomness
    that adds character.

    User comments on the original Ursa Major products

    Matthias Fuchs, Berlin, Germany, June 2003

    i just came across the 'seven woods audio' site by chance and could not stop myself from dropping a few lines.

    Congratulations for that product!
    The Space Station is of one of the few pieces of gear ever made that is absolutely worth to keep alive or to revive. it has two things that too many of today's gear misses: character and ease of use.

    i am the proud owner of an original Space Station, 8X32, 8X32-mkII and MSP-126 (all second hand because i am too young...) and I love all of them. I still use them all frequently and especially the 8X32 mkII is killer - my main reverb.

    A studio in my neighborhood has a blue-faced Space Station in use. Has that been some kind of special edition or something? editor's note: not a special edition. The first 100 - 200 Space Stations were blue; later the dealers persuaded us to change to black.

    Bojan Kotzmuth, Zagreb, Croatia

    I am a proud owner of three of your Ursa Major products: StarGate 323, MSP-126, and 8X32. I am a huge fan of your products and the 323 is the reverb I use on EVERY recording I do. To be completely honest, I and my studio crew (and band members) are so in love with this reverb that we made song and named it "URSA". It's featured on our LP/CD "there is no one", the band is called LUNAR, and labels are "Carnival Tunes" in Croatia and "Delboy Records" from Belgium...it was in 1999...We owe you so much. The sound of our studio and our band is connected to URSA all the time! You would be amazed how mystical the story of Ursa Major reverbs grew to be.… There are people actually collecting URSA stuff and God, I am one of them! We wish you success in everything you do, and we hope you will develop many great tools and magic boxes we can use!


    FAQ, SST-206

    How come you didn't make it as a plug-in??
    I like a hardware format because of the user interface--it's just so easy to immediately reach for a knob that's always responsive. Nevertheless, my friends at Princeton DIgital have made, with my participation, a plug-in version of the SST-282 only (not the room program, not the plus versions of SST-Echo and SST-Reverb). It is compatible with DigiDesign Pro Tools HD. Go to Princeton Digital for more information, or to buy one.

    What kind of I/O connections does it have?
    Digital I/O to the AES/EBU standard, on XLR connectors, at  end of 12 foot breakout cable. Using in line XLR-RCA adapters, it is possible to interface with equipment with S/PDIF I/O. There are no analog inputs or outputs.

    What sample rates does the unit accommodate?
    48kHz nominal, 44.1kHz. Operation at 32kHz is possible, but not supported (delay and decay times are all proportionally longer than at 48kHz). Operation at 88.2 or 96kHz is possible in the SST reverb and SST echo programs only, but is not supported (delay and decay times are all proportionally shorter than at 48kHz). Operation at 44.1kHz is supported, although delay and decay times are all about 10% greater than at the nominal sampling rate of 48kHz.

    Does the SST-206 sound exactly like the original Space Station SST-282?
    Yes, although some users have said it's "a little cleaner." Every effort was made to achieve the same sound (truncating 24 bit data to 11 bit floating point, adding low level quantizing noise, filtering the audio with a sharp cutoff 7kHz low pass filter, etc.). All the analog EQ curves and the digital time delay factors are closely replicated and, of course, the algorithm is the same. About the only factor I can think of that isn't copied is the actual sampling rate (which was 16kHz), so there may be a little more aliasing distortion in the original SST-282. Both units were designed by Christopher Moore, and reference was made to actual samples and original design notes during the design of the SST-206.

    Does it really all fit into the small hand-held unit shown?
    Yes. Only a small in-line power supply and the two digital I/O connectors are external, and they are at the end of a 12 foot breakout cable.

    Does it have MIDI? user preset memory?
    No. Omitting them was a deliberate design choice to keep the product simpler to use (and to design...). The user interface is transparent--the knob settings you see are what you get. Think of it in terms of a Pultec equalizer or a UREI compressor/limiter. The Space Station SST-206 is a tactile, hands-on product. Some users have said that it responds like a musical instrument.

    What's new in the Version 3 software?
    Read all about it here.


    Other SST-206 documents and information

    Quick start guide

    Owner's guide V1.0 June 2003

    Owner's guide V2.0 March 2004

    Software update instructions

    Last revision: May 14, 2006