If you think overdrive pedals are due for a facelift, you’ve got to check out the Spaceman Effects Polaris, a hand made medium-gain overdrive with a series of unexpected tone shaping features, including a “2-pole resonant filter, controllable via expression pedal for filter sweeps and out-of-this-world overdrive tones.”
The filter can be set in three different modes through the Depth toggle switch:
First position is a standard, single-pole low pass filter to adjust the high-end content.
In the middle, you’ll find a deeper 2-pole filter for serious sculpting.
Last and certainly far from least, is the 2-pole resonant filter for the most extreme shaping.
The Bass toggle also features three positions (slight boost, slight cut or bypassed), while the mysteriously named Initial knob blends back in the mix the overdriven tone without the filtering action for more balanced and less extreme tones.
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Polaris is a medium-gain overdrive, with incredibly flexible tone-shaping capabilities. Its unique feature set includes an optional 2-pole resonant filter, controllable via expression pedal for filter sweeps and out-of-this-world overdrive tones.
Designed to help you explore the outer-limits of harmonic overdrive, Polaris’s smooth texture goes from just a touch of harmonics to full-tilt, live-wire overdrive on the brink of distortion. Furthermore, Polaris reacts to your instrument and dynamics for an interactive experience that’s addicting.
EXTREME TONE SHAPING
The shinning beacon of Polaris is contained within its unique tone shaping center at the heart of its control panel. Four out of the six controls are purely for tonal adjustments. The Filtercontrol is the star of the show, an extremely effective control with three filter options, selectable via the Depth toggle switch above it. First position is a standard, single-pole low pass filter to adjust the high-end content. In the middle, you’ll find a deeper 2-pole filter for serious sculpting. Last and certainly far from least, is the 2-pole resonant filter for the most extreme shaping.
The Bass toggle switch offers three options for keeping your low frequencies under control. Whether you need a tasteful bass cut or boost, or you simply want them untouched, Polaris has you covered.
The Initial control blends in your raw, pre-filtered overdrive tone. Using this control in conjunction with the Filter control allows for serious tone shaping, by re-introducing the raw signal to balance more extreme Filter settings.
All three filter options are fully sweep-able via the EXP jack, using a standard TRS expression pedal or expression device, opening the door to inspiring movement within your overdrive tones. In addition, Polaris is fully compatible with Mission Control for interstellar filter sweeps and dirty auto-filter effects.
TRULY HAND CRAFTED
Polaris 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. Polaris utilizes true-bypass switching via the highest quality 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’s and detailed military-spec wiring. On top of the cast aluminum enclosure sits a durable, engraved vinyl faceplate and large jewel indicator light. This pedal is truly built to last a lifetime.