At Gearfest, I ran into Corey from Fishman, about some problems I'd been encountering with an acoustic band I do sound for. The pickups on the guitars were awfully electric sounding. Good, but not nearly acoustic. And 14 microphones on a small, often hollow stage, was The Little Big Horn of sound nightmares, so I needed to reduce the microphone count. Corey demonstrated the Aura line. I was amazed at how the electric sound of an undersaddle piezo pickup could be restored to a passable acoustic sound. With the right image for the instrument, the effect can be striking. And surprisingly natural. So, I bought an Aura Sixteen and tried it in performance. And it did make quite the difference. Not the least of which, for the performer with the guitar, who actually enjoyed the new sound, and began to experiment with during the second set, breaking ground previously unheard by this performer. Needless to say, the other guitarists are now looking at an Aura for their own instruments, and the sound of the band has quiet noticeably evolved into something quite natural, but at the same time, quite compelling. And much easier on the ears.
Make no mistake...it doesn't cure cancer, or fix a habit of writing hot checks. And it won't make you look like George Clooney with headphones. But it does what's claimed for it. And makes for a very nice listening experience. Without breaking budgets. In an industry where hype is a lifestyle, this product really does make good on a promise.
Updates are effortless, as are selections of images to program into the device through the included software. Battery life is quite good, and operation, even for a novice performer, is intuitve, and non-threatening. I've been amazed at how quickly and readily they've embraced this device.