Fishman Aura Pro Onboard Preamp System for Acoustic Instruments (Wide Format)

Fishman Aura Pro Onboard Preamp System for Acoustic Instruments (Wide Format)

Fishman Aura Pro Onboard Preamp System for Acoustic Instruments (Wide Format)


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  • Includes Fishman Acoustic Matrix Pickup
  • Includes Fishman Switchjack Stereo Jack
  • Downloadable Tone Images
  • Pickup/Image Blend Control
  • Bass, Middle, and Treble Controls
  • Volume Knob
  • Phase and Anti-Feedback Switches
  • Low-Battery Indicator
  • Battery Powered
  • Lithium Battery Life up to 54 Hours
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Format: Wide Pickup Width: 1/8" (3.2mm)

Narrow Pickup Width: 3/32" (2.3mm)

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Wide Pickup Width: 1/8" (3.2mm)

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Fishman PRO-MAT-P81 overview

  • 1Description

The wide format Aura Pro Onboard Preamp from Fishman is a preamp system designed to offer simple analog controls and versatile digital tonal options in a small housing for acoustic guitars. The system includes the preamp unit, a Fishman Switchjack stereo 1/4" endpin jack, and a Fishman Acoustic Matrix pickup. Load tone images via USB to the Aura preamp, then use the Blend knob to set the desired mix of the Fishman pickup and selected tone image.

Using the downloadable Aura Gallery Mac/PC application, access tone images for hundreds of makes and models of guitars. Load up to four images to the Aura preamp via the supplied USB cable. Instantly change tone images with the four-position Image switch. Use the 3-band equalizer controls (Bass, Middle, and Treble) to EQ the pickup signal or customize the selected tone image. The Volume control can be used to make up for any level changes incurred by drastic equalization. Combat feedback problems, common in live performance scenarios, by pressing the Anti-Feedback button. When mixing signals from pickups and external microphones together, use the Phase switch to maintain phase coherency. You can even adjust the phase of the pickup signal relative to the image signal. A built-in digital chromatic tuner allows you to easily check your tuning.

The Aura Pro is powered via a single 9V battery (available separately). A convenient low-battery LED indicator lights up when the battery is nearing the end of its life, which extends up to 27 hours on an alkaline battery, or up to 54 hours on a lithium battery. Battery replacement is easy due to the pivot design of the preamp’s control panel.

  • Includes a Fishman Acoustic Matrix pickup
  • Wide format pickup width is 1/8" (3.2mm)
  • Fishman Switchjack 1/4" TRS stereo endpin jack output
  • Onboard preamp uses Aura Acoustic Imaging Technology
  • Download up to four Aura Images to the preamp via USB
  • Blend control to balance pickup/image signals
  • Programmable digital equalization
  • Bass, Middle, and Treble controls
  • Volume knob
  • Anti-feedback button
  • Phase switch for global polarity inversion
  • Programmable phase of pickup relative to image signal
  • Built-in digital chromatic tuner
  • Low-battery indicator
  • Powered via 9V battery
  • Alkaline battery life up to 27 hours
  • Lithium battery life up to 54 hours
  • Pivot design for easy access to battery compartment
UPC: 605609106841
In the Box
Fishman Aura Pro Onboard Preamp System for Acoustic Instruments (Wide Format)
  • USB Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Fishman PRO-MAT-P81 specs

    Pickup Acoustic Matrix
    Width: 1/8" (3.2 mm)
    Outputs 1 x 1/4" TRS
    Load Impedance 10 kOhms and up recommended
    Output Impedance 1 kOhm
    Maximum Output Level +5 dBV (onset of clipping)
    Noise Floor -92 dBV
    Dynamic Range 97 dB
    Notch Filter -13.5 dB
    Equalizer Bass Frequency: 90 Hz
    Contour Frequency: 1 kHz
    Treble Frequency: 6 kHz
    Controls Volume
    Switches Tuner
    Digital Conversion A/D Conversion: 24-bit
    D/A Conversion: 24-bit
    Signal Processing: 32-bit
    Power Requirements 9 V battery
    Battery Life Alkaline: up to 27 hours
    Lithium: up to 54 hours
    Current Consumption 18 mA
    Dimensions (W x H) 1.8 x 2.6" / 44.5 x 65.5 mm
    Weight Not specified by manufacturer

    Fishman PRO-MAT-P81 reviews

    Aura Pro Onboard Preamp System for Acoustic Instruments (Wide Format) is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comes at a high price but worth it This is a truly unique preamp from one of the authorities in acoustic, Fishman. The installation on this was very well thought out. It drills very securely onto the guitar, and the output jack can be mounted in several ways. The pickup isn't too hard to install into the guitar nor the preamp unit. The battery is securely held by a clip but can be easily removed when needed. I don't know how well the low battery indication works but that will be an important feature with such a short runtime of 27 hours. The manual says it will indicate 90 minutes prior to dying so that should work well in most scenarios. The best feature of course is the many "images" of guitars that Fishman offers. People can debate exactly how this magic works, but part of them sound like a paragraphic eq with the many frequencies set for each image. In addition there is some "air" to the sound, flange, chorus...whatever you want to call it. To me it sounds just like an internal mic, too boomy on it's own but a nice addition to the piezo sound. And you can easily attach this unit to a USB port in a computer and try all the images. While achieving some "perfect" glowing image may not be possible, some are quite obviously better or worse than others, and finding 4 I liked was a breeze to load into this preamp. The next nice feature is the ability to further EQ by hand and save each one into the 4 banks. And then on top of that you can dial in the amount of image and amount of piezo sound...and then on top of that you can EQ the piezo sound....and if that isn't enough you can change the phase of the image vs the piezo...omg that is a lot of customization! So you can have one setting that works well for single notes, maybe higher in the upper frequencies. And another that has more midrange for chords. And then switch very easily. Does this exist on another preamp? The manual is ok, but gives just the basic functionality, none of what is going on behind the scenes. For example, it is *implied* that the feedback setpoint frequency is maintained, even when power is off. This is very unlike most onboard preamps with a feedback filter and is important to know, but it isn't really clear. If it is true, this is another great feature as the prominent feedback frequency on a particular guitar does not change much and would make feedback with this unit very unlikely once set. The onboard tuner is nice and although it can hunt sometimes, when you are close to the desired note (the most common and important location) the indication of flat or sharp is very clear and helpful. What is not helpful is any indication that the tuner is on, so when it is not plugged in you may have to guess if the tuner has turned on or timed out. Timing out is a useful feature though to save the battery and unlike many onboard tuners out there. Consideration: this preamp comes with the piezo with is important because the image library is based on this pickup. However, the thickness of the pickup must be taken into consideration. If you are replacing a pickup, or if there was no pickup there at all prior to installation, the saddle may have to be brought up or down. The other issue I had was that the pickup length is a one-size-fits-all so for my 12-string it barely rested under the high and low E strings at the same time. This is not supposed to be an issue, however a longer version of the matrix pickup would solve this. Downsides? Once installed, the barn door is not the easiest to deal with. It has to be spun fairly far to reach the underside stuff (input trim, battery, usb, etc) and if something gets pulled or the pickup wire needs to be moved or replaced...the entire thing has to be removed from the guitar. Although in fairness, that is probably true of any other preamp as well. The plastic screw covers are...screwy and don't stay on so well and come off even less well....I left them off. Another downside is the cost, which is very high. Retail is $500 but there are used and other opportunities for lower street prices. I am not big on spending high $ for gear but this one was well worth it. Yamaha builds in similar SRT technology (although nowhere near as versatile) in their A3 series but there are not a lot out there like this and Yamaha does not sell their preamp separately.
    Date published: 2018-01-02
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