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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 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...  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
Mac and PC compatible
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PresonusFaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller
 
3.9

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

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    (4)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (3)
  • Fast (3)
  • Highly compatible (3)
  • Quiet (3)
  • Reliable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Primary use:
    • Business (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Easy and useful

I have logic studio and pro tools and it works great with both. it is fairly easy to set up and use, not to mention it looks great. this control surface definitely puts...Read complete review

I have logic studio and pro tools and it works great with both. it is fairly easy to set up and use, not to mention it looks great. this control surface definitely puts a human aspect back into fades.

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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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(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Easy and useful

By Hero Delano

from LA, CA

Comments about Presonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller:

I have logic studio and pro tools and it works great with both. it is fairly easy to set up and use, not to mention it looks great. this control surface definitely puts a human aspect back into fades.

(10 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Good, but didn't work with Cubase Studio 4

By John

from Portland, OR

Comments about Presonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller:

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.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Easy to use if your using the right software.

By Dust Bunny #2

from Medford, OR

Comments about Presonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller:

This is a great product....if you use the right software. After being available for over a year it still only works with a couple different DAWs. It worked for me in Sonar after installing the sonar patch from the presonus website. Recently I decided to switch to Ableton live and the faderport does not support Live. I've also seen Sonar crash on me a few times when using the faderport. After this happened sonar would not detect the faderport again untill i rebooted. I also think the buttons on the port are a little hard to press down. The powered fader is awesome though.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Just what I needed

By Steve

from Boise, ID

Comments about Presonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller:

I just recently started my own home studio and I've got to say that the FaderPort is a perfect fit for my needs. I'm running a Presonus Firestudio with Cubase LE4 and it was as easy as plugging in the interface, dropping the driver in the correct file location, selecting it as a control device and I was good to go. The transport function alone is worth the money to not have to search on the screen with my mouse for a rollback button, let alone the motorized fader. So far the only drawback to it is that there are a few bugs with the drivers that, on my machine, caused the fader to drop to unity and stay there but it's a known issue and if you cruise the Presonus forums for the solution you'll be good to go. It's the only reason I can't give a 5 star rating because this happened to me happened in the middle of a session with a very important client. Other than that, it's been a really handy both in recording and mixdown and I'd recommend the FaderPort to anyone.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great buy

By B Kurt

from Nashville, TN

Comments about Presonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller:

Very solid product. Does everything it says it does and does them well. I bought this product because I wanted to be able to write volume and pan automation with a real fader and not one on screen in Pro Tools. I considered getting a Digi Command 8 but that was a little out of my price range. I am used to mixing on screen so I didn't need 8 faders anyways. This allows me to write volume automation with a hands on fader which provides a more intuitive way to do so. It allows my mix to sound less mechanical and more emotional if that makes any sense. I wish I was able to write aux send automation and such but oh well. Works great with Pro Tools 8.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Could be cool

By Chris

from Boise, ID

Comments about Presonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller:

When this product works, it's a great tool, but I am having sporatic problems with it reading the automation from the computer while using it with Studio One. I bought it from the "blemished" section, so it could be a referb. It is a little cumbersome to switch tracks using its controls, but I found that a combination of it and the mouse works great (when it works).

(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.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worked great with Reaper

By Bob

from Detroit, MI

Comments about Presonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller:

I bought this not realizing that it would only work with Sonar 6 and above. Since I was on 4 and on the fence about upgrading, I decided to play with Reaper before upgrading, and glad I did. Not only does the program rock, but the faderport has worked flawlessly (for my situation) with an extermely simple setup. No more reaching for the mouse during those tough, non one take, situations. Couldnt picture myself without it now!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Works

By Michael Bowman

from Portland, OR

Comments about Presonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller:

Unit automatically loaded into StudioOne. I did have to download a patch from their web site to fix a problem with the motorized fader not working. There is a bug shifting to the top or bottom channel otherwise everything has worked as described. Bought it for mixing but have now found it really helps in recording. You don't have to be next to the PC to record with a 15ft USB cable you can have it sitting next to you to record. Its very popular with the rest of the band because they can set their own solos and mute tracks as well as set their punch points and loops. They don't have to be "experts" in a DAW anymore to record and they have a lot of control over the process. As the band's engineer I don't have to be there every time someone wants to record something anymore. It really earns its keep when you are using automation. Its a whole lot easier to get the fine tuning on volume and pan using the fader as opposed to mousing a slider. If you are tweaking your effects (gain, EQ) in automation its perfect. Considering the multi track devices run well into the hundreds and thousands this single track/fader is well worth the price. Ended up buying one for the studio and at home. Good recording!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

nice addition

By MSH

from St Louis , MO

Comments about Presonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller:

Picked this up to speed up my editing. Running Logic pro 8. Saves alot of time and I'm not grabbing the mouse so much now. It sits right next to my keyboard to the right and my mouse is down on the far right. i should mention, first thing get the drver & firmware update from presonus.com so Logic will populate it in the softwares "control surfaces" list automatically. Fader works great ! mix button is really handy as well as the zoom button. The loop button is a nice feature too. Logic users will appreciate that one for sure. track switching is a little slow and I still find myself grabbing the mouse to quick select because it is faster. Overall I would recomend one. Very nice unit and made well !

 
5.0

Great Product

By Scott

from St. Albans, Vermont

About Me Heavy Duty User

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Digital Audio Recording and Mixing

    Comments about Presonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller:

    I use Cakewalk Professional and had no issues connecting and programming it. It's really hard to beat the feel of fader, pan, and transport controls in your hand instead of with the mouse. It seems to make a huge difference in my workflow. Great job Presonus! I'm hooked and lusting over the faderport 8 right now.

    • Primary use:
    • Business
     
    5.0

    Makes using a DAW much more fluid and enjoyable

    By Tyler

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Presonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller:

    I have been a late adapter to using a DAW, the primary reason was having to click and click all over. This device makes the most simple DAW functions easily and right in front of you. You can run a USB across the room and record next to your instruments. Its basically a super remote control. I use Logic Pro X and it makes so much sense. Best compliment to any home studio.

     
    1.0

    Does not work with PT 11

    By Nate

    from Atlanta, Ga

    Comments about Presonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller:

    This product does not work with PT 11 because of it HUI Protocol. PT 11 does not support HUI Protocol anymore

     
    5.0

    I would buy this again

    By Amaze

    from Arkansas

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Presonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller:

    Product is great and its really an addition to the Studio.

    • Primary use:
    • Business
     
    5.0

    Great!

    By Lucas

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Presonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller:

    This is a very helpful tool for anybody that wants to be keyboard free but don't want to spend a lot of bucks. Works flawless for me.

     
    5.0

    Faderport - Great product

    By Joe P.

    from Shelton, CT

    About Me Frequent User

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Presonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller:

        Just got this today and so far I love it. Obviously I can't speak for its durability, but it seems fairly rugged. As far as functionality, I took it out of the box, plugged it in, and everything worked exactly as advertised. I'm a Presonus Studio One 3 user and this works flawless with that daw. It doesn't get more plug and play. No installation, downloads, or setup required. It will definitely change my workflow for the better. Can't speak for how well it works with other programs. Another quality product from Presonus.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
         
        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 5 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
               
              5.0

              awesome!

              By Henry Egloff

              from Austin, TX

              Comments about Presonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller:

              I can't believe I hadn't bought this sooner. What's a mouse? This thing is solid metal. Thank you Presonus.

              (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Dissapointed!

              By Diego Zapata

              from NY

              Comments about Presonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller:

              I use Pro Tools for recording and i always wanted a control surface. I've bought the faderport expecting to do everything that a saw on the demos but when a plugged in the "motorized fader" didint move AT ALL!! ive tried everything but is useless! DONT GET THIS! it will only get you headaches!

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