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Fishman Aura Spectrum DI and Acoustic Guitar Preamp  

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The Fishman Aura Spectrum DI is a complete, professional all-in-one solution for the performing musician. Award-winning Aura technology restores a studio-miked sound to your undersaddle or soundhole p... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The Fishman Aura Spectrum DI is a complete, professional all-in-one solution for the performing musician. Award-winning Aura technology restores a studio-miked sound to your undersaddle or soundhole pickup. Housed in a professional-quality direct box with features like 3-band EQ, a one-knob compressor, and Automatic Feedback Suppression, the Fishman Aura Spectrum DI delivers world-class acoustic tone on stage or in the studio.

Fishman Aura preamps and onboard imaging systems go beyond modeling to create a spacious sound that is both vivid and natural. The sound of your acoustic instrument in a room is a combination of time, space and distance, that's why no matter how great your undersaddle pickup or soundhole microphone sounds (and they can sound fantastic), there is still something missing - the instrument's aura. To recreate the sound that naturally surrounds your instrument in a room through an amplifier or PA, we created Aura imaging technology.





Imaging - Beyond Modeling





Using a selection of the most coveted microphones and Fishman's Aura algorithms, they developed a library of images that when blended with the pickup sound on your guitar, create a dramatic, natural sound.
All Aura products come loaded with a selection of images. And depending on the device, your Aura is pre-loaded with a selection of images that correspond to your specific guitar model or are a "greatest hits" from Fishman's Aura image library. As an Aura owner, you can download images from the image library at Fishman's website to customize yourr Aura to match your own performance requirements.








Aura Image Gallery









Fishman's Aura Image Gallery software is a PC/Mac-compatible application that allows users to access images for hundreds of guitar makes and models through their free Aura image library. Once installed on your PC or Mac, the software also allows Aura images to be sorted, managed, and grouped. You can then take advantage of the preamp's open architecture by loading Aura images via a USB cable.

Features
  • 128 pre-loaded Images for use with the most popular acoustic instruments
  • One bank of 16 user-configurable Image locations
  • Volume, Blend, and Image Select controls
  • USB computer interface for Image downloading from
  • Aura Gallery (software included)
  • 3-band EQ
  • 1-knob compressor
  • Automatic anti-feedback with foot switch operation
  • Feedback-fighting Phase switch
  • Rugged, all-metal construction
Specifications
  • Balanced XLR DI output for PA or recording

    1/4" PA/amp output


    1/4" high-impedance instrument input with Trim control and Clip/Low Battery indicator



    Built-in Effects Loop




    24-bit A/D/A; 32-bit internal processing





    Built-in chromatic tuner with bypass/mute footswitch






    Runs on 9V battery or optional power adapter







    Dimensions: 5-1/4"W x 2-1/10"H x 5-3/5"D
















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One year parts and labor warranty.


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FishmanAura Spectrum DI and Acoustic Guitar Preamp
 
4.4

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (19)

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    (5)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (4)
  • Responsive (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (5)
  • Home studio (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (4), Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Acoustic Enhancement

The first thing to note is that this is NOT an effects box. Fishman uses Aura to tackle the age-old issue that undersaddle pickups offer advantages for live performances, especially in noisy environments,...Read complete review

The first thing to note is that this is NOT an effects box. Fishman uses Aura to tackle the age-old issue that undersaddle pickups offer advantages for live performances, especially in noisy environments, but cannot reproduce the mellow acoustic sound of a miked guitar. Therefore, it should not be used to make a six string sound like a twelve string, an electric like an acoustic, etc. The Aura system digitizes actual miked tracks from real guitars and then simulates the sound when playing with an undersaddle pickup through the Fishman system. The idea is to find images created using a guitar as close to yours as possible. Fishman recommends a blend of about 35% Aura image and 65% pickup for live playing which seems to work well for me playing Martin Dreadnaught and OM models. Aura also really enhances nylon string guitars. This Spectrum product combines DI box features with the Aura sound images. I am used to a Baggs Para Acoustic DI and the Fishman seems a reasonable substitute when using it as a DI. The choice of XLR or 1/4" out to a mixing board is a nice feature that I haven't seen in earlier Fishman products. The real advantage however comes from being able to blend in actual studio guitar presence to the mix. There are over a hundred images built in for various acoutic guitar types (as well as mandolins and fiddles)and more can be downloaded from Fishman online. A specific sixteen image bank can also be stored for easy access by the user. Further, the system can be used in the studio to improve a track previously recorded using a pickup. All in all, highly recommended.

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Not what I expected

It did offer many sound variations. But to me I was able to EQ my Martin acoustic equally as well using my mixer EQ settings. It was easy to set up and make various...Read complete review

It did offer many sound variations. But to me I was able to EQ my Martin acoustic equally as well using my mixer EQ settings. It was easy to set up and make various adjustments. I messed around with it everyday for one week but really did not find but just a couple of sounds that I liked. The sounds it offered were not at all what I thought they would be. I expected more for the high price. The tuner was not all that great.

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4.0

Excellent product

By JFairweather

from Dallas

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Rich sound
  • Solidly built
  • Wide range of profiles

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Fishman Aura Spectrum DI and Acoustic Guitar Preamp:

    I agree with all the positive comments. As for the negative, the specifics are missing, so I can't judge. As for myself I use a 1999 D-28 and a 1979 Yairi DY-50 cedar top. My original DY-50 had a rich, wide-range piano-like tone during the 14 years I owned it. I picked up another from the same limited edition recently that had a thin, brassy tone from a total lack of humidification over 37 years (which I'm slowly trying to reverse), but the Spectrum made it possible to attain the same tone as when new. That makes it well worth having. I also own a D-28, which I use mainly for downtuned finger-picking and has a different tone with stonger lower-mids. Thanks to the bank of 16 user-selected IRs, I can switch instruments and turn the selector by one click and I have two great-sounding guitars. What's missing (rather, what more I'd wish) would be MIDI-control of all the settings, but that would be too much for most acoustic guitarists. The only funtional down-side is that the machined aluminum knobs (some of which are small) have smooth sides, which requires a firmer grip than on any of my other devices and stomp boxes. Not a big deal, as the sound is what really matters.

     
    4.0

    Best sound with user images of your specific guitar

    By Robert F

    from Austin TX

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Full Featured
    • Good Sound Overall
    • Solid Build
    • Very Quiet Operation

    Cons

    • A Little Tricky to Dial in Perfect Sound
    • Pricey

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Fishman Aura Spectrum DI and Acoustic Guitar Preamp:

    Overall, I'm happy with this purchase. The imaging processing does add a more dynamic and realistic acoustic tone when plugged in straight to a PA in live gigs. Other features, like 3-band EQ, compressor, tuner, feedback notch filter and XLR DI output are all really valuable if you do a lot of acoustic performances. It's also very quiet, no discernable noise or hum even at pretty loud volumes.

    On the down side, it's pretty pricey, and when I demoed it in the store it was kind of fiddley to dial in the best sound. I really had to try a lot of different image presets and tweak the blend knob to get it sounding good enough to justify the expense. Most importantly, it sounds best if you can load images for your EXACT guitar make and model into the user banks. Once I got it home I downloaded the Fishman sofware and found a bank of images for my Taylor 210e, which immediately improved the sound over the factory bank images and made it much easier to dial in a range of good sounds. So I'd recommend checking that first before purchasing (you have to download and install the software to browse available images).

    Still, even without an exact image of your guitar, it does offer a fair improvement over the bare pickup sound, it's just more difficult to dial in the best tone. With it's other features, it's still worth the price IF you do a lot of acoustic shows and want the best sound without too much hassle.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Not what I expected

    By Doug

    from Durham,NC

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Portable

    Cons

    • Poor Sound Quality
    • Weak

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fishman Aura Spectrum DI and Acoustic Guitar Preamp:

      It did offer many sound variations. But to me I was able to EQ my Martin acoustic equally as well using my mixer EQ settings. It was easy to set up and make various adjustments. I messed around with it everyday for one week but really did not find but just a couple of sounds that I liked. The sounds it offered were not at all what I thought they would be. I expected more for the high price. The tuner was not all that great.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great with a Taylor 710

      By Don Jones

      from Plano, Texas

      Comments about Fishman Aura Spectrum DI and Acoustic Guitar Preamp:

      I was looking for a way to connect to our church PA system and retain the acoustic quality of my Taylor 710. The Fishman Aura Spectrum does a great job of providing a central control point for effects pedals such as chorus, reverb and flanger while producing an amplified sound that is very very close to a studio recorded sound of my guitar with the mic just south of the 12th fret. Amazing! The effects seem more pronounced and integrated into the sound while maintaining the warm quality of the Taylor rosewood. For a few more dollars this DI is really worth the money. I love the custom imaging feature. Since my Taylor 816CE is not in the direct image list, I can get a good sound from it as well. I can't wait for Fishman to create an image for the Taylor 816CE Rosewood Sitka.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Incredible!!!!

      By Esteban Baeza

      from Pennsylvania

      Comments about Fishman Aura Spectrum DI and Acoustic Guitar Preamp:

      I wanted to change the sound of my guitar for some songs that require a different guitar to sound like the original song so it was either to have a bunch of guitars or to try different effect pedals. My guitar has a Fishman pickup and my amp is Fishman as well and I also own 3 other Fishman pedals so it was a no brainer. The pedal is incredible, I never heard my guitar sounding so good, the only problem that I have is that now I don't like to play without this pedal..........

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great sound

      By MartinGuy

      from Ohio

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Fishman Aura Spectrum DI and Acoustic Guitar Preamp:

        This is a great pedal for playing live. It does take a bit of playing around with the settings to find just the "right sound for your ears" I guess it depends on the kind of guitar you're running thru the box. The compression helps out a lot if you're a big strummer, kind of takes out the jangle and high twangy sound you get from the PA speakers. Once you get it dialed in, I think it's the best electric/acoustic sound i've heard hands down. I've tried quite a bit of combos over the years and I think this is a keeper. It's a little pricy but catch it on sale. Spend a couple evenings experimenting and download the extra user settings, you'll love it.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Everything you would expect from Fishman

        By Johnny Synaptic Failure

        from Connecticut

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Fishman Aura Spectrum DI and Acoustic Guitar Preamp:

          Any performer that plays any acoustic guitar with any pick-up system should own this!!!

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Aura Spectrum

          By Fred

          from Canberra, Australia

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Fishman Aura Spectrum DI and Acoustic Guitar Preamp:

            A great alternative to micing. Excellent service from Musician's Friend, as always.

            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            After 7 months pro use - I like!!

            By PeterChina

            from Beijing

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Great Sound
            • Solid construction

            Cons

            • A bit big

            Best Uses

              Comments about Fishman Aura Spectrum DI and Acoustic Guitar Preamp:

              I bought the Fishman Aura last December and wanted to use it a lot before writing a review so here I am 7 months later. I am very very happy with it.
              I am a semi-working musician and play about 5 gigs a month with it using a Taylor 810ce. It does indeed "Kill the Quack" and gives a much better acoustic sound. To my ear, the built in images were not what i wanted so it is all about downloading from the Fishman site into the 16 open slots. I found one I like pretty well, but is not perfect, so I will continue to rummage thru the other images available til I find what I really really like. Fishman says try to use an image closest to your guitar, but I do it a little differently. My one criticism of my Taylor's sound is that it is maybe a little too bright and the fact that I use fingerpicks doesn't help that out. So the Taylor images sound very very bright and trebley to me - which is likely accurate. So i actually settled on a Martin D35 image and it tones down that brightness beautifully.
              I find this one image works for me in big and small clubs and across a variety of house PA systems. I start with the guitar and aura flat on tone controls and then let the sound guy do his thing. When he has it where he wants it, I quietly do some last adjustments on the Aura tone controls and that does it. The tuner is adequate, the anti-feedback stunned me the first time i used it - it just grabbed 3 pesky frequencies and took them out. Have used it a few times since and it was not as impressive, but still helpful. I do not use the DI output as I go out of the Aura to a volume pedal and Boss loop station before I go to a separate DI and then to the house system.
              Expensive? Yep. Worth it? Yep!!!!

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Aura Spectrum DI and GTR PreAmp great device

              By Neal Corwell

              from Maryland

              Comments about Fishman Aura Spectrum DI and Acoustic Guitar Preamp:

              The closest thing I have to a "dislike" is that they could've provided more detail in the software help menu. That would've saved me a bit of time when I first tried to download images. However, once I figured it out, it was quite easy so...it is of little consequence. I think this is an outstanding product.
              This product works as advertised. It changes the sonic footprint of the guitar output before it reaches your amp. I found it very easy to use right out of the box, and I was fairly easily able to figure out how to download images from the manufacturer's website to add to the "user" bank of sounds. Not much detail of documentation provided, but I was able to deduce, with a little trial and error, how to store sounds in the provided software, and then load 16 at a time into the device's preset bank. It is VERY easy to use once plugged in and hooked up. You can easily adjust the mix between the guitar pick and the output of the Preamp, plus you have a simple compressor, EQ, feedback buster, and even a tuner thrown in for good measure (although the tuner does not appear to be exceptionally sensitive).

              To my surprise, MANY of the settings complimented my guitars and resophonic, even when using settings that did not closely match my actual instruments. The differences were sometimes subtle, sometimes not so subtle. I heard more difference with the mic changes than I expected, which was a pleasant surprise. (I was afraid my ordinary old ears wouldn't be able to distinguish any difference) Often one setting was quite different from another, but yet they both sounded good. If a particular setting did not sound good with my particular instrument, no problem. I just spun the dial or moved to another bank of "images" until I soon found something else that sounded great.
              The sound quality is great, which is what is most important to me. However, it is a plus that it is of solid metal construction and appears to be sturdy. It is also quite attractive in appearance, very well-crafted, and not junky or tacky looking. The controls are all easy to read.
              I was concerned that I might be paying too much for this device, having to go only by the company's hype and a few reviews before purchasing. However, I love this thing, the item is well worth the purchase price in my opinion.

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