I'd like to upgrade my plugged-in sound, for whenever gigs may start up again, and am planning on investing in an Aura pedal. Will this work with my Feather, or do you all think it's imperative that I replace my pickup too?
My guess, not having tried it, is that you would not be happy with the results without the Fishman pickup.
The Aura pedals are designed to work with the Fishman pickups. For the JD Aura pedal the Nashvile Spider pickup is what you need to really get the benefit of the JD Aura images. That's what works as advertised by Fishman.
I have a JD pedal, and the original Aura Image Blender and the Aura 16 pedal. The Aura Blender and the Aura SIxteen are meant for the owner to download different Aura images from a Library. I've tried a lot of combinations using the images in the library with the various instruments I own. The JD Aura contains an exclusive set of dedicated images. From my experience, what works well and sounds good is exactly what Fishman describes as the source for each each image - similar guitar size and material using a Fishman pickup. But sometimes you can find a nice surprise that works well.
I know nothing about McIntyre pickups. I have heard of McIntyre owners plugging into Aura pedals, including the JD. And some say it works. Others say the Feather, particularly, is too weak to drive the Aura. Your mileage may vary.
This is just my own speculation but, to the extent that each Aura pedal is first of all a very good preamp, it could help you produce a good sound, as it would for most piezo pickups. But the Aura "blend" control might have to stay on the pickup side of the dial. If that is the case then there would be no benefit to the "Aura Image" portion of the pedal. MIght just as well get a good preamp /FX pedal like the Fishman ToneDEQ or the Platinum Pro EQ/DI to shape your sound.
Just some thoughts. The experts should be along shortly.
Edited by - Slidennis on 07/06/2020 13:36:43
Unfortunately I would consider the Feather to be the "worst" of the McIntyre's due to its proclivity to feed back and weak output. It attaches directly to the cone.
My advice is to defer buying the pedal until you get the compatible pickup installed.
Yep..I'm old enough to have tried all of the McIntyres at one point or another, when they were first introduced. The original McIntyre was passable in its day. The "Feather"...not so much.
Edited by - hlpdobro on 07/06/2020 13:58:57
I have a relevant question - clearly the JD Aura pedal is not recommended with pickups other than the Fishman Nashville, but how would this persons pickup (or any other pickup) work using the Audio Sprockets Tone Dexter pedal? This would let him create his own image files that match his pickup - any thoughts?
Rob Anderlik has significant experience with resos and Tone Dexters.
I'm an Aura guy.
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