* Studio grade 12AX7 tube overdrive
* 35, 70 & 140 volt Heat
switch to set plate B+ voltage
* Transformer coupled output for vintage
* Variable HPF & LPF filters to focus distortion
The Radial Space Heater 500™ is a studio-grade tube distortion for the
500 series format. Built to provide anything from subtle warmth to thick and
heavy harmonic distortion, the Space Heater 500 is both useful and fun!
Designed for use in the Radial Workhorse or any other 500 series rack, the
Space Heater is built around a 12AX7 tube. First, a drive control lets you
determine the amount of signal passing through the tube. Next, a 3-position heat
switch allows you to apply 35, 70 or 140 volts at the plate to change how the
tube reacts to the signal. At the low 35V setting the tube is starved for
voltage which causes the tube to break up at a very low volume. The middle 70V
setting is a great starting point and allows the tube to handle more level
before breaking up to a moderate distortion. At 140 volts, maximum voltage is
applied to the tube producing slight saturation and warmth. Sweepable high-pass
and low-pass filters can be assigned 'pre or post' tube, allowing you to focus
the tube effect on a particular frequency band or cause the tube to react in a
different way. Finally, an output level control provides attenuation or boost
through an oversized Jensen transformer specially selected for its big bottom
end and vintage character.
Enhancing a snare with a touch of distortion can increase presence without
losing dynamic range. Blending in some overdrive to a bass track can add clarity
without overpowering. Adding distortion to a vocal track can add character and
sizzle to cut through the mix without over-compression. The Space Heater 500's
amazing 'adjustability' allows it to be used as a subtle effect or as a high
gain monster. And no matter your approach, it is sure to find its way on nearly
everything you record!
The Space Heater 500… to infinity and beyond!