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Fish man preamp - Reviews Fishman Aura Spectrum DI

Fishman is a company known for their pickups especially in acoustic guitars. Taylor guitars is one of the most famous and world renown acoustic guitar company's and they have exclusively used Fish man pickups and pre's in their acoustic guitar for years. With the relationship with the Taylor acoustic guitars this has formulated a huge impact for acoustic pickups and direct boxes for the FIshman company.


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 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


This is essentially a huge glorified direct box for an acoustic guitar. Most people who play acoustic guitars on stage or at a gig of some sort use a direct box because they sound of their pickup in their guitar isn't strong enough to amplify the sound of the instrument. Plus the ability to go direct into the house PA or sound system with added feature of controlling more of the sound.

So this pedal is a direct box that allows the user to perform more Eqing task to the acoustic without having to mess with the EQing of the sound board as much. It also restores the sound of a miced acoustic which you would use to record an acoustic guitar in a real recording session. You would mic up the guitar by placing a mic in front of the sound hole of the acoustic guitar. Here this box attempts to replicate the sound of that interaction with the wood and the microphones.


At new these units come in right at around $329, which isn't bad for a direct box. Not to mention a direct box that is capable of producing this much versatility in a small tiny box. I would recommend any stage or music hall or even church who has to mic up acoustic use this to go through their direct box into the house sound system. This is a great tool for the sound man to have on hand.