Scan code: LN104972 Manufacturer code: Aura

Nektar Aura Beat Composer

Nektar Aura Beat Composer / Performance Instrument, Nektarine 2.0, Pad Repeat Engine, Step Sequencer, DAW Intergration

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Scan code: LN104972 Manufacturer code: Aura
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Nektar - Aura Beat Composer
USB MIDI Controller and Step Sequencer

Nektar Aura Beat Composer

Beat Composer & DAW Controller Nektar’s ‘Aura’ pad controller and sequencer is a versatile master controller for your DAW/MIDI setup of choice. As its very heart is the included ‘Nektarine 2.0’ software, which allows for Aura to have full control over your VST, VST3 and AU plug-in collection – allowing you to control up to 16 separate instrument plug-ins simulatenously through it’s 16 RGB pads.

DAW integration is a piece of cake toom just press the ‘DAW’ button to enjoy unhindered, full control over Ableton Live, Logic, Repaer, Studio One and other popular DAW’s. It’s even possible to customise Aura to be whatever type of USB or MIDI controller you do desire, with 16 user presets to save your pad and control assignements.

If like so many out there, you’ve been searching for a versatile, intuitive and wholly capable controller to bridge the software/hardware gap in the familiar form of 16-pad drum machine, ‘Aura’ from Nektar is the answer to your prayers.

A Powerful Beat Creation Station

Nektar Aura Beat Composerg

the ultimate midi & daw controller‘Aura’ from Nektar is a staggeringly powerful beat creation and performance instrument. This MIDI Pad Contoller sports 16 ultra-sensitive RGB pads, a built-in step sequencer, flexible pad repeat engine and incredible control over plug-ins. AURA brings forth an exciting drum-machine style workflow to any DAW or external MIDI setup.


PLAY & PERFORMPlay grooves on AURA’s 16 hyper-sensitive velocity- and aftertouch-sensitive pads. Juice up your performances with tools like Pad Repeat and record it all in your DAW.


STEP SEQUENCERProgram beats directly on the hardware with AURA’s step sequencer, including creative realtime parameter tweaking. No computer required: The sequencer can also be used with external MIDI gear!


CONTROL PLUGINSBuild kits using VST®, VST3® or AU™ instrument- and FX-plugins. Control them from AURA with full feedback on the display. Maps for many popular plugins are included and the graphic map editor makes it easy to create your own.


ACCESS YOUR SOUNDSSelect and load plugins or patches from AURA’s patch browser with Nektarine’s powerful database keeping your sounds organized and making them instantly accessible.

16 Highly Responsive Pads

4K Recording

vast potential for customisationAura’s 16 RGB-illuminated pads allow for superb finger drumming and triggering at the lightest of touchers. Furthermore, everything is set up for you already when running AURA with Nektarine – including mapping for many VST®, VST3® and AU™ drum instruments.

The 16 pads are also hugely customisable too: Adjust pad sensitivity to your requirements and playing style by choosing one of 4 different velocity curves with adjustable bias parameter. Pad pressure is assignable to Aftertouch, Pitch Bend or other MIDI CCs. And not only can you assign a dedicated MIDIchannel for each pad, you can also route the MIDI In note to a different MIDI note (eg. when playing a multi-sound plugin, and wanting to browse the sounds in that patch from one pad).

Direct Access to Integrated Pad Repeat Engine


on-board Pad RepeatAURA’s on-board Pad Repeat engine is directly accessible, offering a dedicated on/off button and settings menu. Use Repeat to create rolls or other percussive lines, that would be hard to play by hand.

The repeat settings are highly customizable with realtime parameters for groove and speed control – all right under your fingertips on AURA’s 8 potentiometers.

DAW Control

4K Recording

unparalleled control - in your handsTake full advantage of AURA’s deep and involved DAW integration: Aura, as you’d expect, works with any MIDI software, but if you use one of the DAW’s supported by Nektar DAW Integration software, you can select tracks, navigate projects or control extended transport functions directly from the hardware. Nektar’s integration software takes excellent care of all required setup tasks, so you can rest easy in the knowledge that everything is pre-configured for instant use, straight out of the box.

Once fully installed, Aura’s dedicated ‘DAW’ button comes to life and assigns Aura’s surface to take control of a large portion of popular DAW’s at the push of a button. Seven transport buttons are otherwise fully MIDI assignable, including MMC commands, and can be used to set up transport control for any software which may not be supported by Nektar DAW integration.

Nektar DAW Integration software for AURA currently supports: Ableton Live Suite, Bitwig, Cubase, Digital Performer, Garageband, Logic, Nuendo, Reaper, Reason, Studio One and Sonar/Cakewalk.

Meet 'AURA'

Nektar Aura - Beat Composer & DAW ControllerAURA is Nektar's new powerful beat creation and performance instrument. Hardware features such as 16 hyper-sensitive RGB illuminated pads, colour TFT display, an on-board step sequencer, a flexible pad repeat engine and incredible plugin control, make beat creation in any VST, VST3, AU or AAX compatible DAW-environment a fun experience with true groove-box feeling. Paired with the included Nektarine 2.0 software, AURA becomes a plugin control powerhouse for VST, VST3 and AU plugins.

AURA can also be used in stand-alone mode with external MIDI devices. Custom Nektar DAW integration adds 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.

The Tech Spec

Features Specification
Dimensions 30.1 cm (L) x 23.1 cm (D) x 4.5 cm (H)
Weight 1.4kg
Assignable Pads  
Assignable Dials  
Assignable Faders  
Transport Controls No
Additional Information
Scan Code LN104972
Model Number Aura
GTIN 859383002435

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