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  1. In Topic:Fishman Aura Spectrum DI

    Today, 04:10 AM

    View PostJinder, on 19 August 2017 - 03:07 AM, said:

    If I'm playing through my own rig, I use the sweepable anti feedback notch filter on my Loudbox Performer. Last night I was in a tricky venue acoustically and my Hummingbird was a bit woofy and indistinct, but a quick spin of the anti feedback knob sorted it out straight away.

    I will upgrade to the Spectrum one day but for now the 16 is just fine, I run it at the front end of my pedalboard which I'm unsure if I can do with the Spectrum...does it have an FX loop?

    It does have an effects loop, but I prefer it in line (first).

    And for Rainbo, glad you like them blues but the box is just a gadget, I like it but see how you go. It will never replace a beatiful mic sound, but it is very, very convenient and people have told me it was a 'beautiful' sound through the PA.....unfortunately, I couldn't hear the foldback last time when I expected to have the whole thing sorted! So just saying there is the idea and then reality and to me, Aura stuff is a good reality compared to running straight undersaddle..... experiment at home a few weeks before playing anywhere!

  2. In Topic:Boom....

    Yesterday, 08:48 PM

    View PostMurph, on 17 August 2017 - 04:22 AM, said:

    A woman was walking down the street. Without warning, she was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless woman who asked her for a couple of dollars for dinner.
    The woman took out her bill fold, extracted ten dollars and asked, “If I give you this money, will you buy some wine with it instead of dinner?”
    “No, I had to stop drinking years ago,” the homeless woman replied.
    “Will you use it to go shopping instead of buying food?” the woman asked.
    “No, I don’t waste time shopping,” the homeless woman said. “I need to spend all my time trying to stay alive.”
    “Will you spend this on a beauty salon instead of food?” the woman asked.
    “Are you NUTS!” replied the homeless woman. “I haven’t had my hair done In 20 years!”
    “Well,” said the woman, “I’m not going to give you the money. Instead, I’m going to take you out for dinner with my hubby and myself tonight.”
    The homeless woman was astounded. “Won’t your husband be furious with you for doing that? I know I’m dirty, and I probably smell pretty disgusting.”
    The woman replied, “That’s okay. It’s important for him to see what a woman looks like after she has given up shopping, hair appointments, and wine.”

    More Murph! Don't go away.

    I copied it to the Boss and she was hysterical and sent it to her friends.

  3. In Topic:Fishman Aura Spectrum DI

    Yesterday, 08:37 PM

    View PostJinder, on 18 August 2017 - 03:26 PM, said:

    I think you're bang on in looking for "your guitar but BIGGER". There is a lot of focus in acoustic amplification on "your guitar but LOUDER", which doesn't really translate well for live performance. Bigger is where it's at!

    I'm currently midway through a gig with my '90 Hummingbird with Matrix Infinity pickup, into my Aura 16 then my Fishman Loudbox Performer amp. It sounds great-more muscular and powerful than the sweet tone of the Hummingbird unplugged, but with the Hummingbird identity there behind the beef.

    Acoustic amplification will always be a compromise, but you're right to expect dollar outlay to equate to great tone. I've been playing for a living for 20yrs and have really come to appreciate that-whilst occasionally a cheap guitar will have "it"-generally when it comes to amplified performance, the more you spend, the better it sounds.

    What do you to for feedback, Jinder?

    I would upgrade to the Aura Spectrum DI - it has quite a few handy 'extras' to the Aura 16, big one being the feedback button with 3 chances (notches) that will search, destroy and somehow remember it until you hit the button again. Then it has simple eq and a compressor knob, tuner with mute I don't use because I prefer the Polytune Clip. If you have all different shapes and types of guitars, it has enough sound image types to cover them, even if it doesn't have, for example my Lowden S35 Tasmanian Blackwood/Cedar!

    The other very weird thing with Aura boxes nobody mentions much is the difference between the sound it makes coming out an amp live and recording direct to anything. Adding a 30 odd % mix of Aura image to your pickup sound in a live amp gets rid of the undersaddle quack, very nicely thanks. Just superb! But recording the identical settings sounds...err...poop.

    I have tried to stay awake to read the technical explanation for this phenonema, but layman's terms means your amp speakers sound different than a recorded track listened back, especially through good headphones.

    So I add between 75% right up to 100% sound image if recording direct to a mixer and computer. By that I mean running a mono guitar lead out the Output plug of the Aura to my mixer. Running 2 xlr (balanced) mic leads direct from the DI section is different again....cleaner, but leads running everywhere....

    Now on the 100% image.......if I have my J45, I have downoaded the best J45 image and I have found that and my OM18V image to be very, very close to the real sound. But I don't care anymore - the Image Gallery doesn't have any odd bods and a 75% to 80% sound image blend with something similar is still way, way, way better than......The Quack.

    I have previously banged on about this and posted heaps of recordings over the years, but they must be due to bring out something new - it has been at least 10 years, must be?

    Of course I have the Martin D18E Retro which has the above loaded on board, a sensational D18 in its own right but with 9 sound images from a vintage 1937 D18 recorded with 9 top studio mics Nashville ....that's the blurb! And it is sensational - plug direct to a PA or record direct to Martin recently bought out a newer model with cutaway and a 1 image only system for all those that complained mine was too hard to set, but with added top sensor for.....shirt and arm noises, I don't know, haven't played one.

    Unfortunately Gibson only has the Baggs Quacker on standard guitars, which leads us back to needing an Aura box!

  4. In Topic:oppourtunity knocks...

    17 August 2017 - 05:23 PM

    You missed the 'T' in 'opportunity' in your heading, Ray!

    "Opporunity, opporunity, knocking at my door, opporunity, opporunity won't come back no more..." (drunk version of lyrics from an old R & b song truly loved but.....)

    Hey found it- here it is:

  5. In Topic:oppourtunity knocks...

    17 August 2017 - 04:25 PM

    View Postkidblast, on 17 August 2017 - 12:52 PM, said:

    Out of the blue, I get a text message from one of the managers at a restaurant / lounge I used to work with a duo at (like 3 years ago)...

    They're looking for some solo performers to play on the outside patio somehow, he dragged up my number. I almost passed on it, but I figured, what the hell,, what's the worse that can happen.

    Oh,, should I mention in the 50 freakin years I've played, I haven't ever done a full 3 set solo gig, however I am pretty sure I have enough material to get me by.

    what have I gotten myself into?


    Stay calm, don't rush through everything you know in the first 15 minutes, learn some instrumentals if you don't already know some - beginning and break signouts! War stories for the audience maybe to spread the guitaring. Write your list, edit, practice....

    If all else fails, get a guest vocalist for the last set!

    All the best!



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    26 Oct 2014 - 10:16
    What guitar is that one you have as profile pic? A L5?
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    26 Jun 2014 - 22:24
    Look forward to more of your "performances"….lol
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