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Fast, efficient DAW controller sets you free from your mouse.

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

Brings hands-on control back to your digital studio without the big price tag!

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PreSonusFaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller
 
4.0

(based on 36 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Reliable (14)
  • Easy to install (12)
  • Highly compatible (11)
  • Quiet (11)
  • Fast (10)

Cons

  • Difficult to install (3)

Best Uses

  • High-end multimedia (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Frequent user (11), Heavy duty user (7)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (13), Business (6)

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

 

Not Happy At The Moment

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...Read complete review

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.

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(3 of 3 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

      (2 of 2 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

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Presonus FaderPort

      By Ampeg01

      from Birmingham Al

      About Me Frequent User

      See all my reviews

      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

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Faderport and Pro Tolls 10.6.3.. or not

        By RV Audio Desins

        from Seattle

        About Me Heavy Duty User

        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about PreSonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller:

            i think it needs to noted that avid has phased out the hui protocal in favor of eucon.
            i have been using a fader port with nuendo and pro tools but when i upgraded to pt 10.6 from just 10 pro tools rendered this lil guy useless.
            after going through presonus's customer service and 3 of these units we have pinned the problem to avid.
            my point is if you are using PT 10 and above this is a no go. other than that the fader port is a great lil guy. i will miss you lil buddy.

            • Primary use:
            • Business

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love this Controller

            By Fat Dog Studios

            from Henrietta, Texas

            About Me Heavy Duty User

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Recording Automation

            Comments about PreSonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport 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 "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.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Works with Sonar X1 except for the PAN

            By DMX512-A

            from Central Coast of California

            About Me Frequent User

            See all my reviews

            Pros

            • Fast
            • Quiet
            • Reliable

            Cons

            • Difficult To Install

            Best Uses

              Comments about PreSonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller:

              Despite other posts, the FaderPort DOES work with Sonar X1 under Windows 7 64 bit. I have been using it that way for months.

              However, it will not work if connected to a USB3 port. Also, the PAN control is very jumpy. This issue is known by Presonus and there is no fix for it so just don't use the PAN control. If you stay away from the PAN, this is a great tool.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              great piece of gear!

              By firemedic29

              from Canada

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              Comments about PreSonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller:

              I use this product in my studio with Sonar and I love it. Great value for the money, lots of cool features, and easy to install as long as you read the instructions (get the latest ones online).
              This thing is great! I couldn't get it to work with Sonar... so I pulled out the instructions. It took about 2 minutes to get it working flawlessly. No problems since.

              This thing makes recording and mixing way easier than a mouse and keyboard. The motorized fader is a cool feature and makes writing volume levels a breeze. I would love to have the same product in a larger format.
              Feels sturdy. Had some Pepsi spilled on it and it still works perfectly.

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              DO NOT BUY this if you use Sonar!

              By John Willoughby

              from New England

              Comments about PreSonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller:

              S
              I've spent hours getting this to work and I'm still only part way there. You have to download updates, manually move files, and register them to get the buttons to work at all. NONE of which is anywhere in their documentation. You find this out only after scouring the forums. My motorized fader still doesn't work and from the posts I've found this seems to be very common. I've read that lots of people have had to return at least one unit because of bad faders - still not clear if that is my problem yet. If you love to tinker with things to get them to work go ahead and buy it. If you want something that actually works out of the box with Sonar stay very far away from this.
              Seems like it has exactly what I wanted, though, but doesn't much matter if ti doesn't work.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Nice Toy for Sony ACID!

              By Jammer456

              from Boston, MA

              About Me Frequent User

              See all my reviews

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              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

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                awesome!!

                By batboy

                from Ashland, OR

                About Me Frequent User

                See all my reviews

                Ask me a question

                Verified Reviewer

                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

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Product FOR ANYONE

                  By BigFunk13

                  from Van Nuys, CA

                  About Me Heavy Duty User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Install
                  • Fast
                  • Highly Compatible
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                  • It's A Little Touchy

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about PreSonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller:

                    Took 2 minutes to install and configure for use with Pro Tools 10. This product has single-handedly changed my mixes for the better. The fact that I can do automation smoothly is just the greatest improvement to my mixes since I discovered proper bus compression

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    As Advertised, Great shippingt

                    By Willieshoes

                    from Boston, MA

                    About Me Frequent User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Flimsy

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about PreSonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller:

                      Works perfectly with digi 002 and Pro Tools.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Presonus FaderPort

                      By logosstudio

                      from Chillicothe, Ohio

                      About Me Heavy Duty User

                      See all my reviews

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about PreSonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller:

                          Wow, I had always thought of getting one of these but I put it off. I would drag stuff around to be able to track in the studio by myself. All I can say is WOW, this item makes everything easier. I bought a 20' USB cable and have the FaderPort remoted to the main room for ease of tracking.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business

                          (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          1.0

                          Previous reviews must have been written by REPS.

                          By Recording Professional

                          from Atlanta, Ga

                          Comments about PreSonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller:

                          I am a working audio engineer and production company owner. I primarily work with pro tools HD but have a secondary pro tools 003+ LE system. While trying to expand my studio I thought the FaderPort would be a good; cheap addition to my LE system being that I do not have a controller surface for it. I have to say purchasing the faderport was a complete waste of time. Nothing works the way as advertised with pro tools. When I received the device; one of the first pieces of paper I saw was a sheet in short saying that not all functions are guaranteed to work with your daw. Despite already being discouraged, I followed the installation instructions and the device only partly worked. I also went to the Presonus website, as recommended, and installed the updates. The device still did not work and actually then worked less. Before the updates the fader actually synced and was interacting with pro tools faders. After the update not even that worked. This is why I ultimately returned the device, the fader was the main reason why I purchased the device to begin with to write automation. This product simply does not work the way they advertise. Wether you are a professional or a hobbyist, I would not recommend this product.

                           
                          5.0

                          Great desktop tool for editing

                          By Marcus

                          from Tacoma, Washington

                          About Me Frequent User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about PreSonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller:

                              I finally bought this piece of hardware, I have such a habit of using my mouse and keyboard with StudioOne. Simply put: It'll speed up your editing time. Great unit.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal

                              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              I highly recommend this product for project studio owners.

                              By Jonathan

                              from Little Elm, TX

                              About Me Frequent User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about PreSonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller:

                                  This product adds efficiency to my music production.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal

                                  (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  2.0

                                  Not compatible with current Digital Performer

                                  By sed

                                  from Pasadena, CA

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                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Comments about PreSonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller:

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

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business
                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Excellent Built Quality

                                  By Carl

                                  from NJ

                                  About Me Heavy Duty User

                                  See all my reviews

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Install
                                  • Excellent Built Quality. Very smooth fader.
                                  • Fast
                                  • Highly Compatible
                                  • Quiet
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                  • NONE NO CONS

                                  Best Uses

                                  • High-End Multimedia
                                  • Home recording Studio

                                  Comments about PreSonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller:

                                  Just plug it in and it works. Very smooth fader feels like an expensive console.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal
                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Using it with Studio One Professional

                                  By Frank B

                                  from Huntington, NY

                                  About Me Frequent User

                                  See all my reviews

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                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home Recording

                                    Comments about PreSonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller:

                                    Seamless integration with Studio One Professional which would be expected since it's another PreSonus product. Can't figure out where to get the foot pedal that works with this.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal
                                     
                                    3.0

                                    You get what you pay for

                                    By gamercomposer

                                    from Los Angeles

                                    About Me Frequent User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Quiet
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                    • No Fader Memory
                                    • Pan Knob Too Sensitive
                                    • Slow

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Gaming
                                    • High-End Multimedia

                                    Comments about PreSonus FaderPort Software Automation and Transport Controller:

                                    This device is useful sometimes. I use Cubase and Fl Studio and it works fairly well in both. My only issue is that it does not hold memory to the channel selected. So if you have one fader setting on channel 1 and switch between channels 1 and 2, if you decide to make the slightest change to channel 1 the software fader jumps from where it was it was originally set and you might have to adjust it to where you like it again.

                                    Also, the Pan knob is highly sensitive to the software control. The knob on the FaderPort does not respond smoothly to the software pan knob. It jumps and skips certain parameters.

                                    In the meantime, everything else is great. The Transport controls and automation controls are wonderful.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Business

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