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Presonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller  

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The PreSonus FaderPort puts feel, vibe, and efficiency back into computer recording and production. No more clicking through menus and drawing automation edits with a mouse. It is the first of its kin... Click To Read More About This Product

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The PreSonus FaderPort puts feel, vibe, and efficiency back into computer recording and production. No more clicking through menus and drawing automation edits with a mouse. It is the first of its kind, a single-fader USB controller that can write single and group channel volume, pan and mute automation. The FaderPort features a high-quality, 100mm motorized ALPs long-throw fader with the feel needed for recording perfect fades and writing automation in realtime. A dual-servo motorized drive belt system makes automation smooth and precise while 1024-step resolution lets you write ultra-fine, accurate fades and adjustments.

Pan, mute, solo, and record enable can also be easily controlled along with window selection, play, stop, record, and managing markers (locate points) for fast and easy recording. A footswitch jack is also included for handsfree punch-in/out recording. The FaderPort works with all Mac- or Windows-based recording software including Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic, Nuendo, Sonar, and more.

Features
  • Touch sensitive 100mm, long-throw, motorized Alps fader
  • Dual-servo drive belt motor design for fast and smooth operation
  • Write single channel or group channel volume automation
  • Write pan and mute automation
  • 1024 steps of resolution
  • Complete recording transport control
  • Pan control, mute, solo, record enable
  • Quick window selection (edit, mix, transport)
  • Rugged metal top plate
  • Rugged military-grade push buttons
  • Footswitch jack for hands free punch in/out
  • Compatible with all major recording software including Pro Tools, Cubase, Nuendo, Logic, Sonar, and more
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PresonusFaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller
 
3.9

(based on 50 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (9)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Reliable (12)
  • Easy to install (10)
  • Highly compatible (9)
  • Quiet (9)
  • Fast (8)

Cons

  • Difficult to install (4)

Best Uses

  • High-end multimedia (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Frequent user (10), Heavy duty user (7)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (10), Business (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Love this Controller

Hooked this up, did the update, started working with it immediately. Love this for track automation! Makes my workflow much faster. I find it hard to understand the negative reviews from the...Read complete review

Hooked this up, did the update, started working with it immediately. Love this for track automation! Makes my workflow much faster. I find it hard to understand the negative reviews from the "supposed" proffesionals on here. I think maybe you need to be smarter than a 5th grader to operate it. This is an awesome easy to use, durable product! Inexpensive ! Motorized! I use it in conjunction with Studio One V.2, a Studio Live 16.4.2 Mixer. I have had zero problems in over 2 years with this product. I hooked it up via USB. The only down side I see is that it needs more than one fader.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good, but didn't work with Cubase Studio 4

I had really high hopes for this product. I am using a Macintosh computer with Cubase Studio 4 and a Presonus Firestudio Project. I wanted something to supplement my mousework for mixing and...Read complete review

I had really high hopes for this product. I am using a Macintosh computer with Cubase Studio 4 and a Presonus Firestudio Project. I wanted something to supplement my mousework for mixing and mastering. It was the choice between this and the Alphatrack. I wanted this because that way I could have all Presonus products. But what do you know, the thing didn't work! Apparently Presonus didn't see it fit to make a driver for my particular computer/software configuration. So I ended up with the Alphatrack. Honestly, this product has a better build quality and is a lot easier to use, but ultimately the compatibility issue was a dealbreaker. Also, the Alphatrack is powered by USB, whereas the fader on this unit is powered by an adapter.

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5.0

Very easy to use perfect solution for itb mixing

By Cvincent

from Los angeles

About Me Heavy Duty User

Pros

  • Easy To Install
  • Fast
  • Highly Compatible
  • Quiet
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Presonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller:

      First off, to anyone complaining about it not working, I don't see how this could be possible unless you somehow got a pre2012 version and haven't been able to update the firmware/software because it requires USB 2.0.
      Secondly, this thing works perfectly. It glides so smoothly I love watching the pre done fades making the controllers fader move. It's incredibly easy to use and what's very nice, would be the fact that for editing effects in ableton, you simply hit the touch then bank button to navigate through each parameter of the effects in coherent order. That alone for any newbie makes the controller worth its price as you can practically learn the correct way/workflow to set up a compressor for example. I literally use this device for every parameter in ableton as the fader is more precise than a mouse and even more precise than the touchscreen that I use.(it's a 4 thousand $ touchscreen) but the motorized fader is honestly just more fun.(ok maybe I use the touchscreen also, but honestly no where near as much once I got the faderport) I could happily use just the fader if I had no touchscreen as it's even more fun than the knobs on an ableton push.

      • Primary use:
      • Business

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Not compatible with current Digital Performer

      By sed

      from Pasadena, CA

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Presonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller:

      Seems fine, but hasn't kept up with current DAWs.

      • Primary use:
      • Business

      (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      HORRIBLE DO NOT BUY PRESONUS IS TERRIBLE

      By John B

      from Baltimore, MD

      About Me Frequent User

      Pros

      • NONE

      Cons

      • Difficult To Install
      • Flimsy
      • Runs Hot
      • Slow
      • Unreliable

      Best Uses

        Comments about Presonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller:

        Terrible product would not install and dont bother calling presonus they will NOT help you. Be aware. Horrible company!

        • Primary use:
        • Business

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        A Bit Buggy, but still great to have

        By DiamondPilot

        from Orlando, FL

        About Me Frequent User

        Pros

        • Fader Is Great
        • Presonus Daw Integration

        Cons

        • Buggy - Req Daw Restarts
        • Buggy To Set Up

        Best Uses

        • Hardware Daw Controller

        Comments about Presonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller:

        This unit is great for the price once it is setup. But, the setup is buggy and non-intuitive. You have to flash the firmware to get the motorized fader to work, and this took some fiddling. Once it's setup, it works... however with Presonus Studio One V2 Professional x64 I get weird behavior out of this thing now and then (some buttons don't work, some buttons invoke the wrong function). When this happens, closing and relaunching Studio One gets it working again. However, the fader is such a godsend when mixing and recording automation, and the price is so much less than a full-blown hardware DAW controller, I still recommend it.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
         
        5.0

        Presonus FaderPort

        By Ampeg01

        from Birmingham Al

        About Me Frequent User

        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Fast
        • Feels Like A Console
        • Reliable

        Cons

        • Some Daw May Not Work

        Best Uses

          Comments about Presonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller:

          I've used the FaderPort regularly for the last couple weeks and found it to be a great interface to recording software. It gives back the feel of a physical console to recording by replacing the mouse. The motorized fader is great as it moves into place when you select tracks. Also the ability to push button start and stop for recording and playback frees up your hands from the mouse making it easier to record by yourself. Two things that I would note, first check the DAW software for compatibility. I am using it with Logic Pro X, Studio One 2, and Cubase. I haven't been able to run it with GarageBand but that isn't a big deal as I don't use GB. The other thing, be sure to use the power adapter if you want the motorized fader to work. The USB doesn't send enough power to make it work by itself.

          • Primary use:
          • Business

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          PreSonus FaderPort - New trick for an Old Dog

          By Dan

          from St. Rose, Louisiana

          Comments about Presonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller:

          I've been in the music biz some 40 plus years. I cut my teath on old mono and two track reel to reel recorders. Time and technology marches on and now my recording is PC based with my head left spinning instead of reels of tape. I use PreSonus Studio One 2.6.3 Professional as my DAW. My digital studio runs circles around anything I did in my old analog world. I recently purchased PreSonus' FaderPort to put back some of the old tape recorder feel to my fingers. The FaderPort does so much more. A great advance in my work flow. The FaderPort is truely plug and play. I love it.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Not Happy At The Moment

          By KG

          from Orlando, FL

          About Me Heavy Duty User

          Pros

            Cons

            • Difficult To Install

            Best Uses

              Comments about Presonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller:

              I'm sure the Faderport is a great tool for the studio. But I'm a "plug and play" kind of guy and that is what the salesman at Musician's Friend said would happen. "Easy as 1-2-3" he said. Running it with Logic Pro X from a MacBook Pro 17" is a nightmare. Maybe it has something to do with the drivers. Who knows? I'll get it figured out. Makes me feel as if MF will tell you anything just to make a sale. And they don't have to do that with me... I buy from them all the time.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Nice Toy for Sony ACID!

              By Jammer456

              from Boston, MA

              About Me Frequent User

              Pros

              • Highly Compatible
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Recording

                Comments about Presonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller:

                It was great to find a device that works with ACID. Nowhere on the Faderport packaging does it mention that software. I only knew because it shows up in a list of supported devices in ACID. It wasn't too hard to configure. I ended up having to reboot my PC (but that's because I may have goobered something up on my end), but I have it working. It's made things a lot more convenient and fun! Most of the button assignments are pretty intuitive, and I'm just learning how to set up automation. (Oh, and the Sony ACID Help Files have pretty good instructions on how to set this device up. Look up "Control Surfaces".)

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

                (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Disappointed !!!

                By david reed

                from Grand junction ,Colorado

                Comments about Presonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller:

                After several down loads and multiple attempts could not get fader to work as advertised ! Downloads are not friendly to PC or Mac. I would return it if I could!

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                awesome!!

                By synesthesia67

                from ashland, OR

                About Me Frequent User

                Pros

                • Easy To Install

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • High-End Multimedia

                  Comments about Presonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller:

                  If you use studio one 2.0, it's a no brainer. It's even smaller than I thought it was going to be,(perfect) fits right out of the way on the left side o the desk..I just got it but it worked perfectly right out of the box...I just hate wall warts or it would be a 5 star

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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