Introducing Aurora, the world's most advanced sound to light mapping platform. In this video, we will show you some of the various inputs and outputs on the Aurora platform and walk you through a basic setup so you can see for yourself how easy it is to create your very own Aurora light show.
The first step to getting set up is connecting your lights. Take the male 3 pin connector on the lights, and plug it into one of Aurora's female 3 pin connectors. Tighten the locking rings, but watch out not to make them too tight. Your Aurora platform can natively support up to 60 lights on each of it's 8 ports without power top-ups, however, it comes pre-programmed to control 25 lights per port, so if your lighting set-up is uses a different number of lights, you'll have to use the app to change the number of lights that Aurora is controlling on each port. We'll cover how to do that that in our next video.
The next step to setting up Aurora is connecting your platform to a power source. Just take the included IEC cable, commonly known as a power cable, and plug it into Aurora's IEC port. Aurora will take about 15 seconds to boot up.
Now you’ll want to feed Aurora an audio signal. One of our favorite ways to do this is by using an indoor mic and USB interface.
Plug the USB interface into Aurora, and then plug the indoor mic into the USB interface. Select MIC using the “SEL” button, and make some noise. The lights will begin to respond to sound in the environment.
If you want to place the mic outdoors, or have a microphone in a location away from the Aurora, we can also provide an outdoor mic with a 25 ft long cable. Plug this microphone into the same USB interface that the indoor mic used.
The primary function of the “NXT” button is to change cues and switch between live and show mode. If the light next to the button is blue, then Aurora is in live mode and will stays in its current state. If you press the “NXT” button, Aurora will switch to a new, random pattern.
If you hold the “NXT” button, for three seconds, the light next to the button will change to green, indicating that Aurora has switched to show mode.
In show mode, Aurora cycles through a set of pre-programmed cues. In the next video, we'll show you how to edit these cues using the mobile app.
Narrator: If you would like Aurora to respond to music instead of ambient sound, a great way to do this is to plug a music playback device, such as an mp3 player, into Aurora's “IN 1” port using a 3.5mm headphone cable. This is the same type of cable that you would use to connect your mp3 player to your car stereo. Next, use another 3.5mm cable to go from Aurora's “OUT 1” port to your choice of audio system. Here we'll use a small battery powered speaker.
Select “IN 1” using Aurora's “SEL” button and watch the lights dance to the music.
Now let's set an appropriate input level. Pay attention to the colour of the audio input indicator light next to the SEL button.
If the indicator light is green, then the audio input level is low. If the light is yellow, the input level is high. If the light is red, turn the volume down on your device. Setting your audio input this loud will cause signal clipping which reduces the quality of the signal. Extended periods of clipping aren't good for Aurora either. The optimal audio input level is found when the light flashes green and yellow as the music plays.
Turn up volume on phone slowly until the light goes yellow and then red. Turn the volume down and find the optimal level.
Thanks for watching. We hope that this video has been informative and helpful. In our next video, we'll be covering how to control your Aurora platform by using the mobile app. This will include changing the number of lights per port, selecting colour palettes and patterns, as well as using live mode and show mode.