Create Digital Music recently posted about aurora, an open source hardware mixer.

From the aurora website:

aurora is a usb powered multichannel mixer in a typical dj form factor. the device features two linear channel faders, a single a/b crossfader and eight backlit buttons. twenty four backlit knobs allow you to control effects. aurora, unlike most midi controllers, enhances performances with controllable ambient lighting. aurora easily integrates with your favorite midi compatible software.

Sounds cool? Well it certainly looks cool!

aurora mixer

aurora mixer controller – click image to see the Flickr set

aurora is an open source project which means that the guys who came up with it are sharing every bit of information you need to build one yourself.

the intent of publishing the files is to generate interest in the community, not to make you rich. we are interested in seeing how you use aurora, feel free to post any mods in the forum.

And if you’re not the DIY type person, you can soon purchase an assembled mixer as well. Just make sure you sign up for their mailing list.

Check the aurora website for more information.