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Fishman Aura Spectrum DI & Guitar Preamp   (Used)

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Delivers the great acoustic tone of studio miking in a versatile preamp.

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.

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

Adjust your acoustic atone to professional quality with the Aura Spectrum—add it to the cart now.

 

Aura Spectrum DI & Guitar Preamp Specifications:

  • Balanced XLR D.I. 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 foot switch
  • 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 & Guitar Preamp
 
4.3

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    After 7 months pro use - I like!!

    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.Read complete review

    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!!!!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    It's an expensive DI box

    This is an over-priced DI that was abandoned long ago. Avoid it. Images are just that with this modeler. Get a Radial or Line 6.

    This is an over-priced DI that was abandoned long ago. Avoid it. Images are just that with this modeler. Get a Radial or Line 6.

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    (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    It's an expensive DI box

    By Jaco P

    from San Diego, CA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Di Box

    Cons

    • Not Responsive

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fishman Aura Spectrum DI & Guitar Preamp:

      This is an over-priced DI that was abandoned long ago. Avoid it. Images are just that with this modeler. Get a Radial or Line 6.

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      (3 of 3 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 & 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.

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        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 & Guitar Preamp:

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

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          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 & Guitar Preamp:

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

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            (4 of 4 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 & 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!!!!

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Aura Spectrum DI and GTR PreAmp great device

              By Neal

              from Maryland

              Comments about Fishman Aura Spectrum DI & 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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              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Aura Spectrum with other than Fishman Pickups

              By Seldom Heard

              from Plano, Texas

              Comments about Fishman Aura Spectrum DI & Guitar Preamp:

              Would have loved to have given this device a ten, but..... You really need to research this device before you buy it. Optimum results are obtained ONLY when you use the Fishman undersaddle Matrix pickup. I have a Western Mini in a D-35 that works OK in that I can get a respectible sound, but not great. I have 2 Taylors with the Expression Systems and you have to disable the sound board pickups to feed the signal into this device. Again, disapointing twaingy results, but, it will work. I play a D-45 through a mic. Unfortunately, you can't run a mic through this box. On the other hand, my buddy has a Gibson Songwriter with the correct Fishman pickup and it sounds fantastic.
              This device is totally feature rich. I'm still trying to figure out how everything works, and, I'm still discovering new stuff.
              Built like a tank. It should last for years.
              Bit pricey, but, price depends upon your application and what you want this device to do.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              the greatest misinterpreted unit ever

              Comments about Fishman Aura Spectrum DI & Guitar Preamp:

              i think there are a few people that are confused about the functionality of this pedal. it's not a modeler. what this thing does is enhance the sound of your instrument. if you have a 12 string, it will make your 12 string sound so much more natural by using the 12 string settings. it won't make a 6 string sound like a 12 string. it doesn't work that way. i just purchased a martin guitar equipped with the aura technology and couldn't be happier. all my friends are tying to figure out why my instrument sounds so great. if a modeler is what you are looking for, i would recommend checking out a line6 unit of some sort, but this pedal sure made it easy to get that "sound" of why you bought the instrument in the first place. it adds that fullness back to those thin twangy sounding piezzo pickups.
              coolest preamp i've ever seen for acoustic instruments. soundmen are gonna freak when you send them this signal.
              i would say a little expensive, but i would pay it. i don't think the price is reasonable for new guitarists yet, but i think it's just about worth every penny.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Fishman Aura Spectrum DI

              By JEFF AKER

              from Spokane,Wa.

              Comments about Fishman Aura Spectrum DI & Guitar Preamp:

              It's built very well. It sounds awesome and looks cool.It just needs some Nationals in the data base.
              The Aura Spectrum is an essential tool for any acoustic guitarist, who likes the sound of a mic'd instrument, without having to stay in one spot.
              The Aura's anti-feedback feature is a lifesaver and the controls are easy to use.(a colored dot on the knobs would make the levels easier to see at a glance). The amount of volume you get without feedback, when you first plug it in, will impress you. And it has built in tuner!
              The Aura also can be connected to your computer,via USB (cable included)so you can choose from a data base of guitar brands like Gibson, Martin etc.and microphones like Neumann and Shure.The selection for resonator guitars is lacking. No Nationals are listed. I'm hoping Fishman will remedy this problem.
              You can also use the factory pre-sets, if you don't own a computer. There are quite a few and they sound great! I use mine mainly plugged into a P.A.,but it works great in an amp,also.
              The Fishman Aura Spectrum DI uses one nine volt battery, which lasts for 20 hours or you can buy an optional ac adapter.
              The Aura Spectrum is housed in an aluminum box, with aluminum knobs and is built for the road.
              I like the way the battery fits with NO cheesy clips and wires that break when you try to jam it in a too small compartment.
              A little pricey for the working musician, but you get what you pay for in this case.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              You Can't go wrong

              Comments about Fishman Aura Spectrum DI & Guitar Preamp:

              simply put, it'll make your guitar sound yummy
              Trying to find that perfect sound for your acoustic guitar can be frustrating. I went to a Ricky Skaggs concert and Ricky was using the Aura Spectrum when he played guitar. Yes Ricky normally plays mandolin, but also does a few acoustic tunes. After hearing his guitar, I walked up to the stage to see what he was running his guitar through. Sure thing.....it was an Aura Spectrum...and it sounded great. I had to have one for myself and have not looked back. You gotta get one.
              Well Built
              The good stuff always cost more

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