Aurora AR57: new British analogue synth

Aurora AR57: based on an original design.
Aurora AR57: based on an original design.

Another week and another new analogue synth to tell you about. This one comes courtesy of UK company Synth Restore and is known as the Aurora AR57.

Despite having three oscillators and two sub oscillators the manufacturer insists that this is no Minimoog clone. In fact, it isn't inspired by any synth in particular and is said to have an original design.

Manufactured in the UK, the Aurora AR57 is available exclusively via Synth Restore priced at £995. At present it's only for sale to UK-based customers but there are plans to ship it to Europe and the US. The synths are built to order - you'll typically have to wait two months and there's a choice of case colours.

Aurora AR57 specs

  • 3 analogue oscillators (tri, saw, pulse)
  • 2 sub oscillators
  • low and high pass 24db ladder filter
  • ADSR, with auto trigger.
  • VCA gate mode.
  • LFO (tri, sq, saw, random) routable to vco, vcf, pwm. Any mix of LFO waveforms.
  • Modulation wheel routed to LFO depth.
  • 3 octave keyboard, with portamento.
  • VCF cross mod (by vco 3)
  • Hi freq. LFO rate (ring mod. effects).
  • Germanium transistors in key audio path.
Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.