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PreSonus FaderPort - Single Motorized Fader and Transport Control for DAWs - Mac OS X and Windows XP

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PreSonus FaderPort Fader and Transport Control Unit

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The FaderPort from Presonus is a hardware controller featuring a single, touch-sensitive motorized fader and a comprehensive transport control section. The unit provides a real-time input option for DAWs, enhancing efficiency and providing a tactile method for inputting volume and pan automation.

The high-quality, touch sensitive, motorized long throw fader has just the right feel needed for recording perfect fades and writing automation. Pan, mute, solo and record enable can also be easily controlled along with window selection, play, stop, record and managing locate points.

A foot-switch jack is also included on the unit, providing for hands free punch-in/out recording. The FaderPort works with all Mac or Windows-based recording software including Pro Tools, Cubase, Nuendo, Logic and more.

Complete recording transport control hardware
Touch sensitive, long throw motorized fader
Pan control, mute, solo and record enable
Writes single channel or group channel automation
Provides dedicated buttons for quick window selection (edit, mix and transport)
Foot-switch jack for hands free punch in/out (foot-switch optional)
Compatible with all major recording software
Connection USB
Faders Single, touch-sensitive motorized
Transport Controls Yes
Jog/Shuttle No
Rotary Controls Single
Numeric Keypad No
Display No
Multiple Units No
Included Software No
Software Supported All major recording software including Pro Tools, Cubase, Nuendo, Logic and more
System Requirements Mac OS X or Windows XP operating system
Available USB port
Dimensions (WxDxH) 7" x 5 1/4" x 1 3/4"
Weight 1 lbs
Specialties Footswitch jack for hands-free punch in/out
PreSonus FaderPort - Single Motorized Fader and Transport Control for DAWs - Mac OS X and Windows XP
  • External Power Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • One (1) Year Warranty to Original Purchaser
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    PreSonusFaderPort Fader and Transport Control Unit
     
    4.0

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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      (1)

    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (10)
    • Compact (9)
    • Versatile (6)
    • Simple controls (4)

    Cons

    • Limited functions (3)

    Best Uses

    • Professional recording (4)
    • Amateur recording (3)
    • Home studio (3)
    • Soundtracks (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (6), Professional musician (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Exellent with Reaper..

    After locating a modified DLL at Kockos furum, I can now customize this fadeerport through an .ini file.
    Works great, cheap and reliable, just don't "upgrade" your firmware...Read complete review

    After locating a modified DLL at Kockos furum, I can now customize this fadeerport through an .ini file.
    Works great, cheap and reliable, just don't "upgrade" your firmware if it works since the motorized fader won't work. Vegas Pro claims they support the faderport since V9 which is BS, but I'm not surprised since I don't even waste my time trying to get answers from their so called tech support. But this is not a problem with the Faderport itself... If you don't use Reaper by now then I can't help you (can't see why on earth you wouldn't) :)

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    A good controller for the price range

    I used with Pro Tools LE on post projects with about 100 tracks. It helps me a lot to make a faster mix instead using my trackball.
    The fader works fine and I...Read complete review

    I used with Pro Tools LE on post projects with about 100 tracks. It helps me a lot to make a faster mix instead using my trackball.
    The fader works fine and I find very useful the Read, Write and Touch buttons. The PAN knob is not good, is not accurate and feels cheap. Sometimes FaderPort makes Pro Tools to freeze and play forever.

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    5.0

    Contributes to a faster workflow

    By Alvin

    from South San Francisco

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Motorized Fader
    • Transport Buttons
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Not Bus Powered
    • Single Fader

    Best Uses

    • Mixing
    • Tracking

    Comments about PreSonus FaderPort Fader and Transport Control Unit:

    This device filled the needs of a home studio user. It gives all hte transport functions needed to speed up a user and doesn't slow them down by using a mouse to move faders or write automations.If you're thinking if this device will help me get better mixes, don't get it. It's more of a tool to help smoothen out your mixing techniques.

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    4.0

    Amazing value for the price!

    By Hunter

    from New York

    Comments about PreSonus FaderPort Fader and Transport Control Unit:

    The faderport is a great little device for making automation on a budget. It's very responsive and seems to be pretty durable. Setup was also super easy! My only complaint is it's ability to change track selection. You have to use the buttons on the device to toggle track selection unless you are choosing from the same bank of 8 in protools. I believe this is due to a limitation in the HUI protocol unfortunately.

    All in all, would definitely recommend for a cheap option for automation.

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    4.0

    Works perfect Sonar X1 Producer & Win7

    By Scorp

    from Boston, MA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Cost
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording

      Comments about PreSonus FaderPort Fader and Transport Control Unit:

      I really needed a controller to simplify recording and mixes at home but didn't want to spend much money. I was hesitant about compatibility with Sonar X1 Producer and 64-Bit Win7 but I saw others had it working. You'll need to dig around for some tech info on copying a .dll file and registering it with Win7 (not really complicated though). All the functions work for me and I'm getting a ton of use of the product. There is even functionality within Sonar to setup custom functions for some buttons. Volume automation is simplified with this product. I would recommend the FaderPort if you're tired of playing with your mouse during mixing/recording. The only negative thing I've found is the Pan pod is 'jumpy', but I have not done much research on that, I'm guessing a firmware update or software fix might fix that. Not an issue for my use though.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Exellent with Reaper..

      By BorsingStudios

      from Southern Tennesee

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate Controls
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Music Videos
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording
        • Soundtracks

        Comments about PreSonus FaderPort Fader and Transport Control Unit:

        After locating a modified DLL at Kockos furum, I can now customize this fadeerport through an .ini file.
        Works great, cheap and reliable, just don't "upgrade" your firmware if it works since the motorized fader won't work. Vegas Pro claims they support the faderport since V9 which is BS, but I'm not surprised since I don't even waste my time trying to get answers from their so called tech support. But this is not a problem with the Faderport itself... If you don't use Reaper by now then I can't help you (can't see why on earth you wouldn't) :)

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        5.0

        Excellent!

        By Malcolm

        from Scottsdale, AZ

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Accurate Controls
        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Professional Recording
          • Soundtracks

          Comments about PreSonus FaderPort Fader and Transport Control Unit:

          I'm using this with Vegas Pro 11, Win7/64. I returned a more expensive 8 fader unit and replaced it with this device. It's much better! The singel fader is very smooth and responsive, the buttons are very useful and do most of what I need. The ease of set up is great, the other unit needed a lot of "tweaking" and frankly I only used one fader at a time. Perhaps for more complicated mixes a larger board would be useful, but for me this is perfect.

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          3.0

          nice one

          By nimi

          from usa

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about PreSonus FaderPort Fader and Transport Control Unit:

              It works. But its cheap. I would save for a discent control unit.

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              4.0

              great low cost addition

              By dj twitch

              from redding ca

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Accurate Controls
              • Compact
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Limited Functions

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording

              Comments about PreSonus FaderPort Fader and Transport Control Unit:

              used to mix on a macbook pro running logic pro 9.
              faderport speeds up the mixing process and gives a ood hands-on feel. on the downside, not 100% compatable with logic...
              i really like having a fader and knobs having cut my
              teeth on analog gear...highly recommended

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              4.0

              Nice unit, just a tad quirky under Sonar

              By EM

              from UT

              About Me Advanced home studio

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Functional

              Cons

              • Installation stinks
              • Manufacturer is MIA

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about PreSonus FaderPort Fader and Transport Control Unit:

              As forum posts will indicate, installation is a confusing mess. Actually had to DOWNGRADE to a previous firmware file to get Faderport to function properly with Sonar 8.5 ... but finally, all is well (no thx to Presonus support, which has yet to answer a single email).

              The unit itself functions nicely - and although old keyboard and mouse habits die hard - the usefulness is significant with very limited desktop space used.

              Better Presonus support (ok, actually ANY support!) would be appreciated. They seem to have abandoned this product which is a shame. I almost returned it out of frustration, but it's a nice unit at a decent price once you can get it working properly.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • PC

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              (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Buyer BEWARE!

              By Carlos

              from Colorado

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about PreSonus FaderPort Fader and Transport Control Unit:

                    For Cakewalk Sonar X1 users: DONOT buy this product! It is advertised (in the owners manual) to be compatable with Sonar, but it doesn't say: NOT with X1. [...] I lost the reciept- Don't let this happen to YOU!

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • PC

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                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    This is my newest toy, and I'm in love

                    By deubleudi

                    from Dubai, UAE

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate Controls
                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio

                      Comments about PreSonus FaderPort Fader and Transport Control Unit:

                      I wasn't sure about this one, have been reading reviews like cheap knobs etc, but honestly I've been gladly surprised with it's ease of use, practicality and actually it comes in handy, does not take too much space, and once you get used to it, you, almost,would not use the mouse or even the keyboard. The fader is automated (it moves) but only when plugged (electrical power).

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                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Nice, but no Soundtrack Pro support!

                      By Solographer

                      from Chicago, IL

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                      • Limited Functions

                      Best Uses

                      • Professional Recording
                      • Soundtracks

                      Comments about PreSonus FaderPort Fader and Transport Control Unit:

                      I was only able to get the FaderPort about 75% functional with Soundtrack Pro. Couldn't do the most essential thing: write automation. Too bad, 'cause I love the motorized fader feel, the solidity of the thing. Would definitely use if I had one of the compatible softwares.

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Worth it

                      By MW Hunter

                      from Plainfield, IN

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about PreSonus FaderPort Fader and Transport Control Unit:

                        I use this for my PT 9 setup; I write music for a TV show and an internet show and this is the bomb for us "old schoolers." You don't need a whole set of faders, this one will do the trick. I would ultimately like to see an EQ option but for what I use this for it is perfect. It does feel a little "cheap" on the fader control, but seriously, the heart of the unit is first class!

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                        4.0

                        Fine device for price.

                        By Larry Kong

                        from Europe

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • Cheap knobs but works

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio

                        Comments about PreSonus FaderPort Fader and Transport Control Unit:

                        This device works excellent, but the hardware (the knobs) are to shallow and feels to cheap. Though this is not a problem so far The fader is more than fine. I like the integration with Logic that makes it work in all project without importing any settings or environments etc.
                        For the price its a good product.

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                        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        A good controller for the price range

                        By Olmua

                        from Mexico City

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Accurate fader
                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • Limited Functions

                        Best Uses

                        • Mixing on a laptop

                        Comments about PreSonus FaderPort Fader and Transport Control Unit:

                        I used with Pro Tools LE on post projects with about 100 tracks. It helps me a lot to make a faster mix instead using my trackball.
                        The fader works fine and I find very useful the Read, Write and Touch buttons. The PAN knob is not good, is not accurate and feels cheap. Sometimes FaderPort makes Pro Tools to freeze and play forever.

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