Martin E Retro Series Aura Microphone Images

Ever wondered which mics were used to create the Aura images in the Martin E Retro Series?

Well, here they are. (Or were.)

NOTE: This information applies only to Retro Series Martins made before 2018 that have the control nobs and readout on the side of the guitar.

The Retro Series instruments now come with a simplified Aura VT Enhance pickup system that has the tone and volume controls inside the sound hole, and ONE microphone image installed in the onboard computer.

It is anyone’s guess as to which of these microphone images below was selected by Fishman and or Martin to use in the modern Retro models.)

Fishman Aura F1+ Microphone Images on board each Martin Retro Series model

D-18E Retro
Image Microphone Type Position
#1 AEA KU4 Super Cardioid Ribbon Close
#2 Miktek CV4 Large Diaphragm Tube Condenser Close
#3 RCA 77 DX Poly-Directional Ribbon Close
#4 Neumann KM84 Small Diaphragm Condenser Close
#5 Neumann U67 Large Diaphragm Condenser Close
#6 Sanken 31 Small Diaphragm Condenser Close
#7 Neumann U47 Lg. Diaphragm Condenser Close
#8 Neumann U64 Sm. Diaphragm Condenser Close
#9 RCA 74B Bi-Directional Ribbon Close
HD-28E Retro
Image Microphone Type Position
#1 Shure KSM353 Bi-Directional Ribbon Close
#2 AEA KU4 Super Cardioid Ribbon Close
#3 Telefunken Elam 251 Large Diaphragm Tube Condenser Close
#4 Neumann U47 Large Diaphragm Condenser Close
#5 AEA 440 Active Ribbon Close
#6 RCA 77 DX Poly-Directional Ribbon Close
#7 Sanken 31 Small Diaphragm Condenser Close
#8 Telefunken ELA M 260 Small Diaphragm Tube Condenser Close
#9 Neumann U64 Small Diaphrgm Condenser Close
D45E Retro
Image Microphone Type Position
#1 Sanken 31 Small Diaphragm Condenser Close
#2 Telefunken Ela M 251 Large Diaphragm Tube Condenser Close
#3 Neumann U47 Large Diaphragm Condenser Close
#4 Neumann U67 Large Diaphragm Condenser Close
#5 Altec 639-B Cardioid Directional Ribbon Close
#6 Neumann KM 84 Small Diaphragm Condenser Close
#7 Milab 96 Small Diaphragm Condenser Close
#8 Miktek CV5 Large Diaphragm Condenser Close
#9 AEA 440 Active Ribbon Close
OM-28E Retro
Image Microphone Type Position
#1 Miktek CV4 Large Diaphragm Tube Condenser Close
#2 Geffel UMT 70S Multi-pattern FET Small Dia. Condenser Close
#3 Milab 96 Small Diaphragm Condenser Close
#4 Shure KSM141 Small Diaphragm Condenser Close
#5 AKG 452 Small Diaphragm Condenser Close
#6 Neumann U67 Large Diaphragm Condenser Close
#7 Neumann U47 Large Diaphragm Condenser Close
#8 Schoeps CMT56N Small Diaphragm Condenser Close
#9 RCA 74B Bi-Directional Ribbon Close
D-35E Retro
Image Microphone Type Position
#1 Royer SF2 Dynamic Ribbon Close
#2 AEA N22 Ribbon Close
#3 Shure KSM353 Bi-Directional Ribbon Close
#4 Neumann KM 84 Small Diaphragm Condenser Close
#5 Sanken 31 Small Diaphragm Condenser Close
#6 Milab 96 Small Diaphragm Condenser Close
#7 Neumann KM64 Small Diaphragm Cardioid Close
#8 Neumann U67 Large Diaphragm Condenser Close
#9 Gefell UMT 70 Large Diaphragm Condenser Close
OOO-18E Retro
Image Microphone Type Position
#1 Schoeps CMT56 Small Diaphragm Condenser Close
#2 Neumann U67 Large Diaphragm Condenser Close
#3 AEA 440 Active Ribbon Close
#4 Neumann KM 84 Small Diaphragm Condenser Close
#5 Sanken 31 Small Diaphragm Condenser Close
#6 Telefunken M60 Small Diaphragm Condenser Close
#7 Milab 96 Small Diaphragm Condenser Close
#8 Neumann KM64 Small Diaphragm Cardioid Close
#9 Shure KSM353 Bi-Directional Ribbon Close
00-15E Retro – NEW
Image Microphone Type Position
#1 Shure SM57 Dynamic Cardioid Close
#2 Neumann M147 Large Diaphragm Condenser Close
#3 Telefunken ELA M 260 Small Diaphragm Condenser Close
#4 Soundelux E47 Large Diaphragm Condenser Close
#5 DPA 4011 Small diaphragm Condenser Close
#6 AKG C-414B Large diaphragm Condenser Close
#7 Shure KSM141 Small diaphragm Condenser Close
#8 Earthworks QTC30 Small diaphragm Condenser Close
#9 Neumann KM84 Small diaphragm Condenser Close

Note: Various images created by Fishman for use in their different Aura pedals sometimes included mic placements that were set at greater distances than others. In the case of the Retro Series models it was decided to only use close mic placements. That is why every position on this list says Close.

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