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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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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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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 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.


  • 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
  • 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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    FishmanAura Spectrum DI and Acoustic Guitar Preamp

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    (33 of 34 customers found this review helpful)



    By Billy

    from San Diego, CA

    Comments about Fishman Aura Spectrum DI and Acoustic Guitar Preamp:

    For live performing, I prefer to use my Carvin AC-175, a solid body acoustic. I also have a Telecaster with Graph Tech piezo saddles and a b-bender. The third guitar I use is a Fender Telecoustic. The Aura Spectrum brings all of these guitars to life with genuine acoustic guitar sounds. Because these guitars are not your basic acoustic guitar body shapes, it does take a while to find the image that works best for each guitar, and when the best image is found, it is further fine tuned using the powerful bass, mid, high,mix and compressor controls. Expect to take some time to dial this puppy in. I have a little drawing a "settings map" on a piece of tape on the front of the unit to help me remeber the settings for each guitar. There are also a bunch more images on a CD that comes with the Spectrum. People at gigs comment on the amazing tone I'm getting. I've played bluegrass for a long time and really don't like the piezo sound. The Spectrum takes care of that and more....

    (33 of 36 customers found this review helpful)


    Acoustic Enhancement

    By Richard Topping

    from Shrewsbury, MA

    Comments about Fishman Aura Spectrum DI and Acoustic Guitar Preamp:

    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.

    (16 of 19 customers found this review helpful)


    Overall a great acoustic tool

    By PK

    from Northridge, CA

    Comments about Fishman Aura Spectrum DI and Acoustic Guitar Preamp:

    I use this preamp/di mostly in live situations since I'm a worship leader, and I was pleasantly surprised at the tone I've been able to produce with my Gibson SJ-200. The tuner is ok, but I find it a little difficult to use so far so I end up using a separate tuner. Otherwise, this is a high-quality product and a great solution for people who want a more natural acoustic tone.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


    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)


    Not what I expected

    By Doug

    from Durham,NC

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    • Easy To Use
    • Portable


    • 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.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)



      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..........

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


      Great Product

      By Steve

      from North Carolina

      About Me Professional Musician


      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful


        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Fishman Aura Spectrum DI and Acoustic Guitar Preamp:

        Great DI tone box , Traded up from an older Fishman Platinum . The Spectrum imaging tone box is amazing
        I paired it with a Fishman Matrix tone/Volume control under saddle Pickup on a 1967 Martin D35-S. I play finger style lead and rhythm in a Traditional/Contemporary church band. these units have impeccable
        tone ,balance and clarity and sustain. Really cuts through the mix. I highly recommend each.


        Best sound with user images of your specific guitar

        By Robert F

        from Austin TX

        About Me Experienced


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


        • 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.

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