Fishman Aura Spectrum DIItem ID: AuraSpectDI
Acoustic Imaging Pedal with 128 images, Pro-quality DI, EQ, Compressor, and Tuner
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An Acoustic Musician's Tonal Solution!Fishman Aura Spectrum DI is the complete tone solution for the acoustic musician! It features award-winning Aura Acoustic Imaging technology that restores a studio-miked sound to your undersaddle or soundhole pickup. Housed in a pro quality all-metal case, Aura Spectrum DI features a 3-band EQ, one-knob compressor, automatic feedback suppression with up to three notches, chromatic tuner, effects loop, plus a high-quality balanced XLR DI. The included Aura Image Gallery software provides access to an ever-expanding list of instruments (guitar, dobro, violin, banjo, mandolin,) recorded with world-class studio mics and techniques. Aura Spectrum DI is an incredibly versatile means of delivering the most realistic acoustic sound available for stage or studio.
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James, Phoenix, AZ
Reviewsbased on 14 reviews
Can make anything sound good
by Paul Stafford from CTI don't really use this much, because I usually play short open-mic type sets where the setup time has to be measured in seconds. But... I have this Martin Cowboy mini guitar, all laminates, that ge... read more [+]nerally sounds like crap. I bought a cheap Lawrence pickup for it (A-300), plugged it into this thing and then into a random amp, and after about a minute fiddling with the settings.. presto! I was Ed Sheeran. Only better sounding... SO if this can make that guitar sound great (and rescue if from abandonment), what can it do for one of my better instruments? We shall see... close [-]
March 2, 2013
Music Background: Musician, songwriter
by Beret fromI use this as a DI/tuner for my Taylor 814CE as well as a DI for my piezo pickups in my electric guitars. It's a wonderful unit. The tuner is the best tuner I've ever found for acoustics and it's sile... read more [+]nt and the imaging is great - especially for piezo equipped guitars. close [-]
February 20, 2013
Music Background: Gigging musician
Ok, I admit it...
by RAH from Philadelphia, PEAY...this thing is awesome. I have to admit, for whatever reason, I kind of didn't want to like this product. The whole concept seemed a little....I don't know.....unnatural to me. I wanted to hear m... read more [+]y guitar, not a recording of a similar guitar laid on top of my signal.
September 26, 2012
Music Background: Hobbyist
I play a Guild F50R Jumbo, which has nice, rich, deep tones, and I wanted to translate that well when amplified through a system. My guitar came with a Fishman Matrix undersaddle transducer, which I wasn't in love with, so I went looking for something better. After a decent amount of research I chose an LR Baggs Anthem, which is a combination microphone/undersaddle pickup. This was a big improvement over my previous pickup (see my review for the Anthem).
However, at my church, where I regularly play music, we bought a few different DI boxes, including the Aura Spectrum, so I was able to try out several different setups for my guitar. The Anthem pickup in my guitar has a knob that allows you to select the blend between microphone and undersaddle pickup, and it generally sounds best with as much mic as you can give it before getting any feedback (which I've never had a problem with, so I always use 100% mic). Well, one day I decided to do some comparisons, so I switched my pickup to 100% undersaddle (the Aura Spectrum doesn't work as well with a microphone pickup) and went through the Aura. Fortunately my guitar is one of the options in the guitar list (which is pretty extensive) along with four different microphones used for recording (which are surprisingly different). After a few minutes of testing the different microphone options and the blend of the image and the original signal, I found myself with a stunningly rich, warm, and most important NATURAL sound that just blew my Anthem microphone out of the water. I asked a couple friends to listen to the Aura Spectrum versus my mic pickup through a different preamp, and they were similarly stunned by the difference.
I still really like the sound of the Anthem pickup (and I left a positive review for it), but the Aura Spectrum wins hands down, however unnatural the process is. If you find yourself playing lots of different venues, where you might not always have access to an Aura Spectrum, it may still be worth the money to get a nice pickup with a microphone and an undersaddle (like the Anthem). But if you play in a single venue a lot, like a church, and will almost always have access to an Aura Spectrum, you can probably get away with a plain old undersaddle pickup.
Now, not everyone may be as fortunate as I was to have several different microphone recordings for their actual guitar pre-programmed in the Aura, but I bet it will still work well for most people. I have found, though, that the closer you get to your actual guitar - in body style, wood, etc. - the better the Aura Spectrum sounds. If they have your actual guitar - even better. I'm not really a fan of the tuner, but I don't really care about that.
One last random note - I found myself listening to Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds from Radio City a while back, and I noticed that Tim's guitar just sounded richer and more natural than Dave's to me. I did a little research to find out what gear Tim uses, and......you guessed it....he uses an Aura Spectrum. close [-]
Fishman Aura Spectrum DI
by Roy R from AR, USABought this to use with my Godin Multiac - guitar out, by itself, or when using my GR33. Was able to get this guitar to sound almost like my Martin HD28 SE (miced), using this DI. Compared tuner to ... read more [+]my boss tuner, it was right on.
June 16, 2012
Music Background: C
Very pleased close [-]
Easy To Get A Good Tone
by Andy from Fayetteville, ARSo far I've used it with fiddle, dobro, and mandolin. It didn't take a lot of effort to get a good tone. I have a Barcus-Berry fiddle and it sounded especially sweet through an amp.
June 14, 2010
Music Background: Live and studio
Fishman Aura Spectrum DI
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