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Nektar Aura Beat Composer USB MIDI Pad Controller

Powerful USB MIDI pad controller with drum-machine-style plug-in control, step-sequencer and Nektar DAW Integration
MFR# Aura

Product Description

Paired with the included Nektarine 2.0 software, the Nektar Aura Beat Composer becomes a plug-in control powerhouse for VST, VST3 and AU plug-ins. Whether working a single multi-sound drum plug-in or hosting a comprehensive kit using multiple plug-ins, setting AURA’s pads up is fast and intuitive, with real-time auditioning. Nektarine can host up to 16 different instrument-plug-ins simultaneously, so that each of AURA’s pads can play its own plug-in. Any pad can be re-routed to a new plug-in by creating a plug-in slot and loading a patch or plug-in directly from AURA’s browser. Pad assignments are saved as part of a DAW project/song or a Nektarine Multi-Patch for instant recall.

AURA’s ‘Plug-in’ mode provides instant control of hosted instrument plug-in parameters. When programming drum sounds, quick access to key parameters such as pitch, decay or level is essential. Nektarine makes short work of this by auto-selecting the relevant parameters for control with AURA's 8 rotary pots based on the last triggered pad. Nektar plug-in maps ensure that even plug-ins with thousands of parameters can be controlled seamlessly.

Nektarine 2.0 provides 4 FX insert slots per hosted instrument plug-in for up to 64 insert effect plug-ins per Nektarine instance. Dedicated AURA ‘FX’ buttons enable selection and control of hosted effects plug-ins. Each Nektarine instance has another 4 global send effects slots. Their send levels are controlled for each instrument plug-in from AURA’s mixer page. Other mixer page controls are volume, pan and mute/solo for each plug-in slot.

Nektarine’s Browser is designed to manage thousands of patches with features like customizable tags and sorting tools, with full control from AURA. Browser settings are independent for every instrument and effect plug-in slot. They are stored with a Nektarine Multi-Patch or even a DAW project/song, along with all other settings. Nektarine can be run in any DAW hosting AAX, AU, VST or VST3 plug-ins or as a standalone application in Windows and Apple OSX.

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 stand-alone 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.

MIDI programmability

AURA is designed for control of Nektarine, but it can also be used as a self-contained programmable USB MIDI pad controller in ‘Internal’ mode. It connects with hard- and software via USB or the MIDI output jack. 16 presets store pad and control assignments for use for the 16 pads, 8 pots, 7 switches and 2 foot switch connections.

FEATURES

STEP SEQUENCER:

  • Stores 16 Collections of 16 Patterns each
  • Each Pattern with up to 4 parts for a total of up to 64 steps
  • Dedicated programming interface with 16 RGB buttons and parts selection buttons
  • Real-time performance features (solo, mute, instant start options and more)
  • Trigger sequencer parts in any combination at any time
  • Independent settings per part (play rate, step length, velocity, accent, gate, swing and more)
  • Extensive editing features all the way down to step level
  • Internal and external clock operationLatch automation on/off

PAD REPEAT ENGINE:

  • 8 adjustable real-time parameters incl. note length, accent level and interval and repeat rate
  • Dedicated Repeat rate settings & activation buttons
  • Display soft button for instant assignment of pressure to velocity
  • Tap tempo feature
  • Internal and external clock operation

NEKTARINE:

  • AAX, AU, VST or VST3 plugin version and stand-alone application for OSX & Windows
  • Load any VST, VST3 and AU instrument plugins
  • 16 instrument plugin slots
  • Each instrument slot with choke, volume, pan, mute/solo, sends 1-4 controls
  • 4 effect insert plugin slots per instrument (AU / VST / VST3 FX)
  • 4 send effect plugin slots (AU / VST / VST3 FX)
  • Store instrument & FX plugin patches + Nektarine Multi-Patches
  • Browser Settings are remembered per plugin slot
  • Handles all pad-, plugin- & patch-management with complete control from AURA
  • Control page editor for customizing Nektar plugin maps or creating new ones from scratch
  • Full parameter feedback: display updated in real-time
  • Scale and Chords mode for building tracks
  • Multi-Patch with Pad settings save as ‘Default’ load as default – all browser settings can be saved with tags for slots tag ‘kick’, slot 1, etc.

AURA NEKTAR DAW INTEGRATION SUPPORTS:

  • Ableton Live Suite
  • Apple Logic + Garageband
  • Bitwig 8-Track + Studio
  • Cockos Reaper
  • MOTU Digital Performer
  • Presonus Studio One
  • Reason Studios Reason
  • Steinberg Cubase + Nuendo

HARDWARE:

  • 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

CONNECTIONS:

  • Panorama T4/T6 MIDI controller
  • Studio One version 4 or higher
  • Windows 7, 8, 10 or higher, Mac OS 10.7 or higher

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:

  • AURA: USB class compliant (no driver needed) works with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10 or higher; Mac OS X 10.5 or higher, Linux (Ubuntu)
  • Nektarine and Nektar DAW Integration: Windows 8,10 or higher. Mac OS X 10.7 or higher

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