Jul 18, 2018

Portland’s Spaceman Effects, a boutique pedal company we covered a few weeks ago with this profile, just announced a brand new pedal called Nebula.

Presented as a Fuzz/Octave Blender, the Nebula offers a design that plays on a classic circuit in interesting and original ways.

The basic idea behind this pedal is to create an uber-flexible octave-up fuzz that allows in depth control of each one of these three voices: the clean signal, the fuzz, and the octave up: The two controls at the center of this idea are Density, which blends the clean octave with the fuzz, and the Clean/Effect knob, which allows you to reintroduce the clean signal.

Needless to say, this approach opens up several tonal options.

But that’s not it: “Infinity Mode” (toggle switch on the left) adds…

…a second octave instance shrouded in fuzz.  When cranking the Emission (gain) control here, the fuzz-octave collapses on itself and then blooms into your sustain, adding inspiring movement to leads.

The three way toggle switch on the left gives you access to Flat, Mid Scooped and High Boost EQ curves for extra tonal choices.

Here’s the video by Reverb.com:

The Nebula is a fully blendable, multi-function tone manipulator, allowing for the discovery of unique layered tones from your instrument of choice.  Centered around a dual-mode IC fuzz circuit, the Nebula then adds independently blendable high octave and clean signal layers to the mix.  Such flexibility makes the Nebula a great companion for bass and synth instruments, in addition to guitar.

The gain (Emission) of the fuzz circuit allows for a range of smooth bluesy tones, to thick harmonic-laden fuzz.  Using the “Infinity Mode” switch takes this fuzz to another universe, adding a second octave instance shrouded in fuzz.  When cranking the Emission control here, the fuzz-octave collapses on itself and then blooms into your sustain, adding inspiring movement to leads.

By blending fuzz, octave and dry circuits together simultaneously, you can achieve everything from gentle harmonic sweetening, overdrive and layered octave fuzz; to combinations that are simply unexplainable.  The three-shape Spectrum control then gives you the power to fine tune your tone to perfection.

The Nebula is completely hand-soldered and handmade in Portland Oregon to the highest degree of quality possible.  These are truly artisan-crafted tone devices, sparing no detail within or without.  The Nebula utilizes true-bypass switching via the best mechanical footswitch available, while your tone is transferred via quality open-frame Switchcraft jacks.  Open one up and you’ll see an unparalleled display of craftsmanship; with immaculate hand-soldered PCB, detailed military-spec wiring, and custom Spaceman heavy-duty battery connector.  On top of the cast aluminum enclosure sits a durable, engraved vinyl faceplate and jewel indicator light.  This pedal is truly built to last a lifetime.

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