The Aurora USB control surface has just been released in kit and prebuilt versions. It’s aesthetics and synchronized light effects definitely set it apart from the usual retail offerings – and the open source design means it’s quite friendly to modification. Create Digital Music had a sit-down with the device’s creators and gave took it for a spin.
The Aurora really is something special; you can tell that itâ€™s not the typical store-bought controller and people do respond very well to it. Also, while there are control surfaces with cross-faders like Novationâ€™s adorable Nocturn, I canâ€™t think of anything (amazingly) with this particular, balanced layout of effects controls and two-channel mixing. And it really is open source: the enclosure specs, schematics, firmware, and computer software are all available for editing.