Five Acoustic-Preamp Options
There are lots of marvelous instrument preamps available, to be sure. But as Fishman has spent more than 40 years researching, manufacturing, and innovating systems for amplifying acoustic and electric guitars—from pickups to preamps and beyond—we believe we have earned the privilege to say we are an outstanding resource for high-quality tone. Here, then, are five, real-world use cases we identified for our preamps, and the models we developed to be the right stuff for each.
Use Case #1: Magnificent Miked Studio Tones Without the Mics… or the Studio
The Aura Spectrum DI Preamp
The Aura Spectrum isn’t just a preamp. It’s a super-powerful processor that uses Aura Acoustic Imaging technology to realistically capture the sound of various miked acoustics in a floor pedal. We’re not talking solely about EQ or compression here—although the Aura preamp includes both. This preamp actually delivers faithful sonic images of dreadnoughts, jumbos, nylon-string models, and other instruments miked in a professional recording studio by experienced audio engineers using top-quality microphones. It’s perhaps the most “produced” acoustic sound you can get—even before you start tailoring the tone to your specific needs with the onboard 3-band EQ and one-knob compressor. The Aura Spectrum comes factory loaded with 128 acoustic images, and you can control the blend (or mix) of your guitar and the Aura image.
Use Case #2: Portable Preamp for Moving Musicians
The Platinum Stage EQ
Performers who jump onto drum risers and leap into the lights to engage audiences and fire-up their band mates are obviously going to want a preamp that won’t stand still, either. The Platinum Stage EQ is a mini preamp that can clip onto a belt and go wherever you go. Sonic control isn’t sacrificed for portability, as the Platinum Stage EQ offers dedicated guitar and bass voicing modes, 4-band EQ with sweepable mids, and boost and phase switches.
Use Case #3: All-in-One Fly Rig
The Platinum Pro EQ/DI Analog Preamp
Pop the Pro EQ/DI into a gig bag, briefcase, or backpack, sling your guitar and case across your shoulder, and you’ll have the means to craft gorgeous sounds wherever you play. You get a 5-band EQ with sweepable mids and a low-frequency filter, a one-knob compressor, feedback control, dedicated guitar and bass voicing modes, and an onboard chromatic tuner. You literally only need the Platinum Pro EQ/DI and a guitar to bring your show almost anywhere. (Well, you’ll need a couple of cables, too.) Don’t stop me now, indeed…
Use Case #4: Wisdom of the Dobro Master
The Jerry Douglas Signature Series Aura Imaging Pedal
Dobro players need not be envious of guitar preamps—especially when a dobro legend personally creates Aura images just for those who play resophonic models. The Jerry Douglas Signature Series pedal serves up 16 custom images, which, much like the Aura Spectrum DI Preamp, were recorded in a pro studio with excellent microphones. These images, of course, were produced by Douglas for his own use, and yours. If that isn’t enough, the JD Signature includes feedback suppression, volume and blend controls, and a mute/bypass switch.
Use Case #5: Go for Effects
The ToneDEQ Preamp EQ
Tone shaping with EQ and compression is more than sufficient control for those who desire natural and organic acoustic sounds. But what about those who walk on the wild side of acoustic sound? In addition to 4-band EQ, compression, boost, and feedback control, the ToneDEQ Preamp EQ offers five types of effects to unleash your creativity: Two reverbs, two delays, two choruses, a flanger, and a tremolo. Players who want to explore unhinged acoustic tones, soundtrack-like textures, surprising timbres, and general sonic wackiness will find something here to produce thrills. And, hey, even devotees of organic sound may appreciate having the option to bathe a natural acoustic tone in a bit of reverb.