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Frontier Design Group AlphaTrack DAW Controller

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Frontier Design Group's AlphaTrack combines a set of intuitive tactile controls in a compact and smart package. Ride a high-resolution fader, turn real knobs, scroll and shuttle with the touch of your... Click To Read More About This Product

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Frontier Design Group's AlphaTrack combines a set of intuitive tactile controls in a compact and smart package. Ride a high-resolution fader, turn real knobs, scroll and shuttle with the touch of your fingers--all with a control surface you won't have to put on a separate table from your DAW. AlphaTrack lets you work more productively and creatively without giving up a lot of desktop space.

AlphaTrack includes a 100mm, touch-sensitive, motorized fader which provides true 10-bit resolution for smooth and precise level control. AlphaTrack also has three touch-sensitive encoders, a feature previously found only on high-end gear costing thousands of dollars. These let you adjust track and plug-in parameters while the 32-character backlit display shows detailed feedback in response to your touch. The encoders provide quick control of pans, sends, EQ, plug-ins, and automation.

One of AlphaTrack's greatest innovations is the touch-sensitive jog and shuttle strip. Slide one finger across its surface and your project's timeline scrolls in response. Drop a second finger onto the strip, and now your fingers control the timeline's shuttle speed. Zoom through your project with two fingers, then just lift one finger and slide to quickly set the precise position you want. And you can also just tap on the left or right ends of the strip to navigate through your project's markers!

AlphaTrack also has a set of 22 buttons and 21 LED's, including standard transport controls, per track record, solo, mute, and automation indication, and encoder mode control. When supported by the computer application, a set of buttons can also be customized with user-programmable functions.

AlphaTrack connects to your computer using just a single USB cable. This makes it quite portable, easy to connect, and compatible with laptops since no additional power supply is needed. AlphaTrack's backpanel also includes a footswitch jack for easy punch-in recording.

AlphaTrack works on Windows XP and Mac OS X (including Intel Macs) with applications such as Pro Tools, Sonar, Reason, Cubase SX/SL, and Nuendo. Support for more applications will be added regularly.


  • Optimized for fast, high-quality DAW mixing and editing in a small footprint
  • Intuitive, innovative, and powerful controls in an attractive package
  • 100mm touch-sensitive, high-resolution (true 10-bit positions) motorized fader
  • Three touch-sensitive encoders ... context-specific feedback appears on the 32-character backlit display
  • Innovative touch-sensitive jog and shuttle strip for fast timeline control
  • 22 buttons and 21 LED's for track-specific and global functions
  • Works with Pro Tools, Sonar, Cubase, Reason, Digital Performer, Nuendo, and other DAW software applications
  • Works on Windows XP and Mac OS X computers (Mac OS 10.3.9 or later), including Intel Macs
  • Footswitch input on back panel
  • No external power adapter required ... single USB connection and small size make it great for laptops!
  • Computer Interface: powered full-speed USB 2.0 or USB 1.1 port (unpowered hub connection not recommended)
  • User Interface:
  • One 100mm touch-sensitive, motorized fader
  • One 32-character backlit display
  • Three touch-sensitive encoders, with push-button function
  • Buttons: rew, ffwd, stop, play, record, shift, mute, solo, rec-arm, flip, in, out, loop, pan, send, EQ, plug-in, auto, f1, f2, f3, f4
  • indicators: record, shift, mute, solo, rec, flip, in, out, loop, pan, send, EQ, plug-in, auto, f1, f2, f3, f4
  • Power: From USB port; no external adapter required
  • Included Items: AlphaTrack control surface, 6' (1.8 m) USB cable, CD-ROM, Quick Start Guide
  • Size: 8.5" x 6" x 3" (22 cm x 15 cm x 7.5 cm)
  • Weight: 1 lb. 2 oz. (510 grams)
  • System Requirements:
    • Windows XP (Service Pack 2 recommended)
    • Mac OS X (10.3.9+) operating system
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    By Matthew Miller

    from Ohio

    I brought the AlphaTrack home, loaded the driver into my MacPro, plugged it in the USB port,picked Protools HUI in the upper right hand corner icon and that was it. It is not very heavy and the buttons feel a little cheap,But this thing is very cool and has made Protools a lot more fun to use. Its a Winner!

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    By Michael David Sherwood

    from Albuquerque, NM

    The AlphaTrack is very handy for punch-ins, setting and editing automation, and handling just about anything I throw at it. For the price, you can't beat it!

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    By Charles

    from Tyler, TX

    Low price. High Value. This AlphaTrack is also easy to use! In minutes I had this awesome piece of equipment up and running with Pro Tools. And, it also works great with it!

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