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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 automa...Click To Read More About This Product

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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

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 35 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Reliable (13)
  • Easy to install (11)
  • Highly compatible (10)
  • Quiet (10)
  • Fast (9)

Cons

  • Difficult to install (3)

Best Uses

  • High-end multimedia (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Frequent user (10), Heavy duty user (7)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (12), 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

 

You get what you pay for

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...Read complete review

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.

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(2 of 2 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

    See all my reviews

    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:

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    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)

     
    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

    (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

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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 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          awesome!!

          By batboy

          from Ashland, OR

          About Me Frequent User

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          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)

             
            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

                (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

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