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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

 

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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(2 of 2 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)

       
      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:

        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)

         
        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)

         
        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

          (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 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

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