Aurora open source hardware mixer


We’ve seen some fairly impressive mixer projects this year, and the Aurora mixer is no exception. It is a dual channel USB-powered mixer with two linear faders, one crossfader, eight backlit buttons and 24 potentiometers, all built around a PIC 18LF4525 microcontroller. That’s all pretty typical for a mixer, but this one is very visually attractive, featuring a clean and stylish form factor and controllable lighting both under the board and in the LEDs backlighting the buttons and knobs.

Whether you want to buy one now or build one yourself, the Aurora team has made both possible. You can contact them for pricing if you are ready to buy. If you prefer to build, this is an open source project with full assembly instructions, schematics, drivers, patches and all other source code and information you should need available here. See more photos of the Aurora mixer here, or see it in action after the break.

Comments

  1. philip says:

    o geez…. thats on my “things I need to build” list

  2. Bjonnh says:

    Nice! I was thinking about building something like that, but I’m working on something more for composition than mixing… Maybe I’ll need something like that after :)

    I really enjoy seeing open hardware (and their software) projects.

  3. Marco says:

    Beautifully crafted design, with a very professional look

    Rock!
    -Marco

  4. miked says:

    this is really cool. i have never been a dj but always thought the digital tech was cool. i sent them an email to find the price.

  5. I’ve been looking for something like this for a while, then gave up and my M-Audio X-Session Pro arrived today. Damn it!

  6. jjrh says:

    I’m wondering, how much would this cost to build?
    I have been interested for a while in getting a usb mixer for a while, building one might be much cheaper and better quality than a maudio or similar usb mixer.

  7. Lee says:

    For anyone interested in looking at the Gerber files directly, I uploaded them to CircuitPeople. You can see the images here:

    http://www.circuitpeople.com/ViewPackage.aspx?id=7c92e072-fe08-4522-8b47-f7d2c898368c

  8. sb.net says:

    This is an awesome design… I want to make this now although I have no need for it; I’m not a DJ.

    What was the 2nd song you played there?

  9. Jay Vaughan says:

    Hoo-ray! Can you people now please stop dropping $2500++ on similar bits of kit .. thanks.

    Glad to see the Open side of things is now going to force the Closed side to .. actually .. you know .. start *innovating* instead of recycling cheap hardware over and over and over with every ‘new’ iteration ..

  10. Vandelay says:

    Really cool! I wonder where can those backlit potentiometers be found? Any electronics stores on-line who sell them?

  11. jadedkoi says:

    Song Credits:
    Gabriel & Dresden – Tracking Treasure Down
    Volta – Robot Needs Oil (Olivier Giacomotto Mix)
    Cass & Slide – Lost Life

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