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Fishman Aura Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Imaging Pedal
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The Aura Dreadnought acoustic guitar Imaging Pedal uses Fishman's exclusive Aura Acoustic Imaging Technology in a familiar effects pedal format, fina...Read More
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Easily dial-in studio acoustic sound on stage!
The Aura Dreadnought acoustic guitar Imaging Pedal uses Fishman's exclusive Aura Acoustic Imaging Technology in a familiar effects pedal format, finally allowing acoustic guitarists to easily and accurately reproduce the sound of their instrument as miked in a professional studio.
Easy to set up and use, Aura pedals eliminate intrusive stage noise and expensive microphone setups, allowing guitarists to achieve incredible recordings at home or in any live performance setting. Designed for use with guitars featuring undersaddle or magnetic soundhole pickups, this Aura Dreadnought Pedal is specifically designed for use with standard flat top and full size acoustic guitars.
The Aura Imaging pedal features 16 Images, selected from their vast online library to cover a wide range of the most popular acoustic guitar models. A deliberately simple and intuitive control set offers Volume, Blend, and Phase allowing simple operation at home or on stage.
Aura uses digital algorithms, developed in Fishman's audio labs, to create an image of the natural sound that microphones capture in a professional studio. This Image, when played through an amp, mixer, or PA, blends with your instrument's pickup to produce an immediate and dramatic improvement in your amplified sound.
For the highest audio quality, the Aura Acoustic Imaging Pedal features 24-bit A/D D/A and 32-bit internal processing, and runs on a 9V battery or AC power adapter.
The Fishman Aura Imaging Pedal looks great, too. It features the look of brushed steel top and bottom, and a black center section where the jacks are located.
- Aura Acoustic Imaging Technology
- Easy setup
- Eliminates stage noise
- Eliminates expensive mic setups
- 16 Images
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I wrote a previous review on this and had to make some changes. I have been told only one or maybe two of all the presets will ever work w/ a particular acoustic guitar. Preset 13 works best w/ my Taylor 210e. This is the easiest way to get a great acoustic tone thru a PA w/o going overboard w/ 50 different effects on the way to the mixer if you're willing to shell out the money. I may still end up buying another someday, but for now, I don't play enough to justify it.
This one pedal will change how you do live acoustic. Anyone that plays an acoustic guitar live knows the difficulty involved in setting up a live sound. This little box will take the place of almost any mic setup that you would normally use on stage. To be able to get acoustic sound that sounds "real" is a rare luxury for the performing acoustic player. I paid full price after playing a demo for a couple of hours. I use it for every live moment that I need a "real" acoustic sound. I play a couple of high-end acoustics that sound fantastic on their own; it's been difficult trying to get the same sound when they run through a sound system. While the Aura will not give you the "exact" sound of a really good acoustic; it's the closest I've heard off a live stage. For the serious acoustic player, it will become indispensable for live. No more mic bumps; no more artificial "electro-acoustic" sound; no more sound "bleed" form everything else on stage... just great, uncomplicated acoustic guitar sound straight from the stage.This little pedal saves me a bunch of set-up time. I go from my guitar to the Aura, right into the system with a DI box. Effects can be added as required (delay/ chorus, or whatever your taste). I play live about a hundred times a year; this thing is worth every penny. If you have a good acoustic, it will sparkle live. I have not tried it on a lower end guitar, but I suspect that it would provide more than small improvement for a lower end pickup.
Excellent build quality. Very sturdy and tough.16 presets - Preset #13 is the only one w/ a genuine usable acoustic tone and is a very good tone. The rest can be achieved w/ a cheaper EQ pedal. Very simple to use but not worth the price. Paying for a name IMO. It's going back.
Let me put this as simple as I can, The AURA is fantastic. I have been performing acoustic music for 7 years. Played over a 1000 gigs, and done live sound for many of the best acoustic players in the world. I say all to point out that I have spent a ton of time listening to, and working to acheive a good live acoustic guitar sound. Leo Kotke, Michael Gulezian, Willie Porter, David Wilcox, ect... have all brought really cool and complex, rigs to the stage and their guitars sound good. That being said I have never heard a guitar rig sound like an actual acoustic guitar. That is what the AURA does, it makes your plugged in acoustic guitar sound like an unplugged acoustic guitar. If you have gigged out enough, and you have ears, you know how hard that simple goal can be to acheive. Until now it has been an impossibilty for me. I have a highlander pick up in a Northwood Mini Jumbo, and a Larrivee Dreadnought with the same pick up. I also have Sunrise magnetic on both guitars. The AURA worked wonders on both guitars. I have a very chunky, percussive, style. Playing through the AURA I could actually FEEL the guitar. My body immediately changed its posture and movement when I played through the AURA. I felt like I was actually playing an acoustic guitar. That may sound dumb to some of you, but for me it's an amazing this to plug in and FEEL like I'm playing unplugged. Fishman deserves MAJOR kudos for this technology.In all the gear I used over the years (lots) I have only written about two pieces. The D BOX from Dangerous Music, and The AURA. So thanks to FISHMAN for changing the way I feel and play live acoustically. You guys Rock.
This product(fishman aura dreadnought acoustic imaging pedal) is truely great. It worked with my dreadnoughts and my small bodied guitars as well. During gigs, I use it with a direct box (carvin)which has both XLR and standard 1/4 inch outputs. I then plug both outputs to the P.A. to have a stereo effect. Unlike the LRBaggs or SansAmp Para DI's, with this product you don't have to worry about setting the EQ's. Just plug it in, select your favorite preset image, and play. I would not do anymore gig without it. Thanks fishman!!! B.T.W. I also use fishman matrix undersaddle pickups in all my guitars.
I just received the Aura Dreadnought pedal yesterday. It takes my Composite Acoustics (CA) Legacy Player Dreadnought with L.R.Baggs active element from good to fantastic. Depending how much Aura output you choose to mix with the raw pick-up output, it can completely eliminate that classic piezo sound and give you a flawless microphone like sound. All 16 patch selections are usable (I thought some of them would be clearly better for under-saddle piezo and some for magnetic sound hole). I liked 1 best for strumming and 6 best for finger picking, and maybe 6 best overall. Given the ~25 hour 9v battery life of current Aura electronics and the reasonable price of this pedal; it really makes sense to me to buy this pedal once, put it on the floor with an external power supply, and then put a relatively inexpensive active piezo in all my guitars.
I just purchased the Dreadought Imaging Pedal. I was using the Fishman Rare Earth soundhole pickup in a 70's Guild D-55 direct into a board/PA. It didn't sound that good. (It sounded like a magnetic pickup on an acoustic...tinny and unnatural. Adding the Aura imaging pedal made a world of differance. Strumming or Leo Kottke style dunlap metal finger-picks sounded nice and full now. I use it about 75-80 pct Aura mix vs natural pickup. (Number 8 was the best). It sounds like an acoustic guitar now!...The bottom sounds well defined using a finger pick...EQ on the board needs to be flat...back off the high frequencies on your channel....I've been playing for a couple hours and am happy to have a well amplified acoustic to work with now! I haven't tried it with piezo/under the saddle yet....
This is an absolute must have for the the live player! If you're tired of settling for the compromised sound that acoustic guitar pick-ups offer, and have had just about enough of trying to eliminate the "ouack" that even a smiley faced EQ can't overcome, then get this pedal! It restores what pick-ups take away. When I first heard the difference, I couldn't really pinpoint just what it was that I was hearing that was different. Then it hit me. I could almost feel the breath of the guitar! I've been trying to get a consistent sound live for some time now, and the Aura has gone a long ways in taming the uneven sound that I have gotten playing live. I won't be playing anywhere without it! Built like a tank, easy to use, and quality sound! If you're playing acoustic guitar live, and don't have this pedal, you're not sounding anywhere near what you could sound like!
I had high hopes for this pedal. I recieved it, plugged it in, dialed thru the many preset sounds and was not real thrilled about any of the so called improvements on my acoustic sound. At least not enough to spend $200.00 for this unit. I really expected more for the price.As I tried each preset I would also go back to the non-effect sound. There really wasn't that much difference. Some of the sounds were too boomy and some were too thin. The ones I like the best didn't sound any better than without the pedal. So back it went. Guess I'll keep searching.