Frontier Design AlphaTrack DAW Controller

Frontier Design AlphaTrack - Compact DAW Controller with Single Motorized Fader, Transport Controls and 3 Rotary Encoders - Mac OS X and Windows XP

Frontier Design AlphaTrack - Compact DAW Controller with Single Motorized Fader, Transport Controls and 3 Rotary Encoders - Mac OS X and Windows XP

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The AlphaTrack from Frontier Design is a single fader, compact controller that adds tactile control to digital audio workstations. The unit features a high-resolution, touch sensitive, motorized fader, a jog/shuttle strip, three rotary encoders and a set of twenty-two buttons and twenty-one LEDs.

The unit connects to a computer via a single USB cable, through which the controller also receives its power. This makes it especially attractive for laptop operation. The back panel includes a footswitch jack for easy punch-in recording.

The AlphaTrack's touch-sensitive jog and shuttle strip allows the user to slide a finger across its surface and the project's timeline scrolls in response. Placing a second finger onto the strip controls the timeline's shuttle speed. The user can also tap on the left or right ends of the strip to navigate through a project's markers.

The controller works with both Mac OS X and Windows XP operating systems and can integrate with all the major music applications on the market.

Single fader control surface, optimized for fast DAW mixing and editing in a small footprint
100mm touch-sensitive, high-resolution (true 10-bit positions) motorized fader
Three touch-sensitive encoders. Context-specific feedback appears on the 32-character back-lit display
Touch-sensitive jog and shuttle strip for fast timeline control
22 buttons and 21 LEDs for track-specific and global functions
Footswitch input on back panel
USB bus powered
In the Box
Frontier Design AlphaTrack - Compact DAW Controller with Single Motorized Fader, Transport Controls and 3 Rotary Encoders - Mac OS X and Windows XP
  • USB Cable (6 ft)
  • Software CD ROM
  • One (1) Year Warranty to Original Purchaser
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    Frontier Design AlphaTrack Specs

    Connection USB
    Faders Single, touch-sensitive motorized
    Transport Controls Yes
    Jog/Shuttle Touch-sensitive strip
    Rotary Controls 3
    Numeric Keypad No
    Display 2 x 16 character back-lit LCD
    Multiple Units No
    Included Software Yes
    Software Supported All major recording software including Pro Tools, Cubase, Nuendo, Logic and more
    System Requirements Mac OS X or Windows XP (SP 2) operating system
    Available USB port

    Unpowered hub connection not recommended

    Dimensions (WxDxH) 6 x 8-1/2 x 3" (150 x 220 x 75 mm)
    Weight 1.13 lbs (0.51 kg)
    Specialties Footswitch jack for hands-free punch in/out

    Frontier Design AlphaTrack Reviews

    AlphaTrack DAW Controller is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great solution for a tight space I have a multi-keyboard rig set up in a converted closet for recording soundtrack music. Space is tight, and the AlphaTrack is a great fit. I have a laptop set to record using Sonar; as soon as I plugged in the AlphaTrack and got it configured, it took me about 10 minutes to learn the features and program the function buttons. The AlphaTrack is now an indispensible tool, sitting right on top of my keyboards where I can easily access it during a session.
    Date published: 2008-04-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product! Really easy to use, smooth fader, the only minus is the click noise of the buttons
    Date published: 2011-01-20
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