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Nektar Aura Beat Composer Premium Drum Controller

Nektar Aura Beat Composer Premium Drum Controller

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  • VST, VST3 AU, AAX compatible MIDI pad controller and beat composer
  • Nektarine VST, VST3 and AU plugin hosting and patch management
  • Step Sequencer and Pad Repeat engine
  • Nektar DAW integration
  • Stand-Alone operation
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The new Aura beat composer redefines the standard 'Drum Controller' with Nektar's first entry into the product category marking an important step in the company,s evolution and the evolution of mid controllers.


Aura is a  powerful USB pad controller unit with drum machine-style plugin controls perfect for beat creation and a superb live performance instrument. The Aura also doubles as a step, sequencer and then again triples as a Nektar DAW control.


The hardware of the unit features include a 16 hyper-sensitive RGB illuminated pads, 16 RGB illuminated buttons, 8 rotary pots, colour TFT display, dedicated transport controls, 27 back, lit function buttons, an onboard step sequencer and a flexible pad repeat engine. Paired with the included Nektarine 2.0 software, AURA becomes a plugin control powerhouse for VST, VST3 and AU plugins.


  • VST, VST3 AU, AAX compatible MIDI pad controller and beat composer
  • Nektarine VST, VST3 and AU plugin hosting and patch management
  • Step Sequencer and Pad Repeat engine
  • Nektar DAW integration
  • Stand-Alone operation
  • Compatible with all MIDI software applications in Internal Mode
  • Full MIDI programmability in Internal Mode

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 operation

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


  • • 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 currently 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


  • MIDI Out socket
  • 2 Foot switch inputs (on one 1/4’ TRS-socket)
  • USB port (USB-powered)
  • DC connector (9V, 600mA, center positive)


Weight & Dimensions

  • 30,1 cm (L) x 23,1 cm (D) x 4,5 cm(H), 1,4 kg

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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Delivery To Belgium / France / Germany please allow 3-4 Days
Music PC Systems - Please allow 5-7 Working Days build time (UK) 7-14 (Rest of the World)

French - Pour la Livraison s'il vous plaît permet en France 2-4 Jours
German - Für Lieferung Nach Deutschland erlaubt bitte 2-4 Tage

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Returns Policy

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1. Please keep your order reference to hand. This confirms your original order and gives us the necessary details to authorise the product’s return.

2. Contact our Customer Services Team on 02476 369898 (or e-mail We will then send you an RMA number and returns form which needs to be completed and sent back with the returned item(s).

3. (If the order has been unpacked) re-package it to ensure that it is being returned in its original condition. Please make sure all items relating to the product are returned, including manuals and cables.

4. When returning an item please obtain a ‘proof of postage’ receipt from the Courier.

Returned items must be mailed within 10 days of when the RMA Number has been issued. Items received with a post date 30 days after your requested return will NOT be eligible for refund.

Please note: Our returns policy is quite straightforward but there are a number of conditions that we ask our customers to comply with before applying:

1. It is your responsibility to request a return. If you don’t tell us you want to make a return, we don’t know. Once you do tell us, we will do everything we can to action it.

2. If you have not requested a return within 28 days of receiving an order, we will have assumed that you are intending to keep it and we will not authorise a return.

3. We always refund the payment according to how the original purchase was made and aim to do so within 72hrs of the return being received by us.

4. Returned goods are liable for a restocking fee of 15% towards handling and repackaging if the order is not returned in its original, unopened packaging. This charge will be subject to our inspection of the returned goods.

5. Delivery charges will not be refunded unless the delivered goods are faulty.

6. Replacement products are dispatched immediately after the returned goods have been received and accepted by Inta Audio.

7. Items that develop a fault within 30 days of delivery are eligible for a replacement or a refund. Delivery costs are also reimbursed for faulty items. Please contact our Customer Services Team on 02476 369898 if you believe your item has developed a fault.

Finally, please remember that notifying us of your intention to apply for a return, saving the delivery paperwork and keeping the order in its original packaging will help both you and Inta Audio to process the return quickly.

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