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Nektar Aura Beat Composer Controller

Aura Beat Composer Controller with 16 RGB Pads, 8 Heavy Duty Potentiometers, 8 Nektarine Buttons, and 6 Mode Buttons. Includes Bitwig 8 Track DAW Software and Nektarine.


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Aura is a powerful beat creation and performance instrument. Featuring 16 hyper-sensitive RGB illuminated pads, an onboard step sequencer, a flexible pad repeat engine and incredible plugin control, AURA brings an exciting drum-machine-style workflow to any DAW or external MIDI setup.

Pad Repeat
AURA's on-board pad repeat engine is directly accessible, featuring a dedicated on/off button and settings menu. Using pad pressure to control velocity while changing repeat rates with the RGB LED buttons, makes it a great tool for creating dynamic rolls. The Repeat engine is highly customizable, parameters include Repeat Rate, Gate, Accent Interval, Accent Velocity Offset, Swing, Trigger Mode and Clock Source.

Hardware Step Sequencer
On pressing AURA's 'SEQ' button, the 16 LED buttons below the pots become the much loved, classic 16-step programming interface. 16 patterns (one per pad) with 4 parts (comprising of up to 16 steps each) add up to a total of 64 steps. This provides a lot of flexibility for inspired beat creation. A set of patterns can be saved in one of AURA’s 16 Collections. AURA's sequencer is all about interaction and performance: Parts may be triggered in any combination at any time. Each pattern, and even each part in a pattern, can have a different length - massively simplifying the creation of interesting poly-rhythms. Many of the editing features go all the way down to step level and include play rate, velocity, accent, gate and swing. Internal and external clock modes ensure perfect sync. The sequencer may also be used standalone for MIDI instruments connected to AURA’s external MIDI Out.

DAW Integration
The dedicated 'DAW' button assigns AURA’s surface to take control of many popular DAWs, offering Nektar DAW integration features such as extended transport control, track selection, project navigation and more. Nektar DAW Integration software is included for Ableton Live Suite, Bitwig, Cubase, Digital Performer, Garageband, Logic, Nuendo, Reaper, Reason, Studio One and Sonar/Cakewalk. 7 transport buttons are otherwise fully MIDI assignable, including MMC commands, and can be used to set up transport control for any software not supported by Nektar DAW integration.


  • 16 RGB color illuminated velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads
  • 8 heavy duty potentiometers (360 degrees, endless)
  • TFT color display with 320×240 px including 4 soft buttons
  • 16 RGB LED buttons
  • 8 Nektarine buttons for direct access to Patches, Mixer, Pad Setup, Plugins and more
  • 6 mode buttons
  • 7 Transport Buttons with LED illumination
  • Fully MIDI-programmable pads, switches and pots
  • 16 Presets for storing all internal settings (not required when using Nektarine)
  • Rugged housing with aluminum top

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Things You Will Get:

  • MIDI Controller
  • USB Cable
  • Bitwig 8 Track DAW Software


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Midi Controller Type Trigger/Pad
After Touch No
Arpeggiator No
Knobs/Encoders Yes
Number of Knobs/Encoders 8
Faders No
Trigger/Pads Yes
Number of Trigger/Pads 16
Digital Display Type TFT
Transport Controls Yes
Software Included Bitwig 8 Track
Additional Controls/Features Pad repeat , Internal step sequencer, DAW integration, Midi Out, 2 Foot switch inputs (on one 1/4’ TRS-socket)
Pedal Input 2 Foot switch inputs (on one 1/4’ TRS-socket)
Connections USB MIDI
OS Compatibility PC ,  Mac
Mac OS Requirements Mac OS X 10.5 or higher
PC OS Requirements Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10 or higher
Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 11 x 9 x 2 inches (WxHxD)
Model AURA
Information not available

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