PreSonus has introduced FaderPort, a USB production controller that provides advanced, innovative DAW Control. Amazingly fast, efficient studio workflow awaits you!
Although a keyboard and mouse are tried-and-true DAW-control devices, they’re far more effective when used in tandem with the FaderPort’s precise tactile control over mix and automation functions. A superior solution for anyone who mixes in the box, FaderPort provides a 100mm touch-sensitive, motorized fader for writing fades and automation in real time and 24 buttons covering 40 different functions, all in a compact chassis that easily sits on any desk.
FaderPort lets you quickly zoom in on audio files for editing, and control track levels with the touch of a finger. PreSonus incorporated elements from their award-winning FaderPort 8 into their new and improved FaderPort. Rather than forcing you to revise your mixing method, the FaderPort augments the way you currently mix.
The FaderPort’s unique Session Navigator provides easy access to eight mission-critical functions for maximum flexibility. Use the larger encoder button and companion buttons to edit and mix with greater efficiency and speed.
Scroll through your timeline, using the encoder, or work measure by measure with the arrow buttons. Zoom in and out on the timeline with the encoder and make your tracks larger or smaller with the arrow buttons. Navigate and drop markers, and maintain constant control of your main level.
For years, Firewire was the reigning technology when it came to sending multichannel audio to/from an interface and a computer or other host device. While it’s still technically possible to use Firewire in many instances, the protocol is clearly giving way to other connection types like Thunderbolt and USB 2.0 (and probably down the line, USB 3.0). With that in mind, I was recently in search of a new USB 2.0 mixer. I wanted the ability to send multichannel audio to my computer for recording, and my current mixer, equipped with a USB 1.1 connection, could only send two audio channels. I began searching around for new gear options and was frustrated by just how difficult it was to find mixers and interfaces that met this requirement. After hours of searching and some suggestions I received on a couple of different podcasting-related forums, here’s the list of all USB 2.0 mixers and interfaces I could find that sell for less than $1000US.
- Behringer X18 and XR18. Behringer’s fully digital “X” series of mixers are a bit confusing in that the X12 and X16 aren’t multichannel. But the X18 models are.
- Soundcraft Signature 12 MTK. “The console is designed to deliver pristine recordings. Both have an ultra-low-latency USB interface that flawlessly captures every channel, which can then be mixed or transferred to a DAW for further mixdown and production.”
- Behringer UFX1204. Another multichannel mixer from Behringer. Unlike the X series, this one is a traditional analog mixer with a USB interface.
- Allen & Heath ZEDi 10FX. I’ll admit, I was surprised to find something by Allen & Heath in this price range.
- Presonus StudioLive AR8. This little mixer has some intriguing features, including a built-in SD card slot for recording.
- Focusrite Scarlett. These interfaces aren’t actually mixers but they are multichannel and Focusrite offers a full range of options, depending on how many inputs you need.
That’s all of the multichannel USB interfaces/mixers I could find for under a grand. Did I miss any? If so, leave the information in the comment section below.
PreSonus is offering its Studio One 3 Prime audio and music production software for free. It is a feature-rich digital audio workstation that comes with some bundled content. Those that are new to audio production, and those who are seasoned audio producers who are unfamiliar with PreSonus, may want to check out this free version of PreSonus’s cross-platform DAW.
Unlike other free versions of software, this one does not time out, does not have a nag screen, and does not limit the number of songs that you can create. It is based on a the full version of Studio One.
In addition, this deal comes with bundled content. The Presence XT Sample ships with a 1.5GB library. It gives you access to 9 PreSonus Native Effect plugins (including Ampire, Beat Delay, Chorus, MixVerb, and more.)
Studio One 3 Prime offers an elegant single-window work environment that has drag-and-drop functionality and multi-touch support. (A multi-touch enabled monitor is required for touch operation). It comes with unlimited audio tracks, MIDI buses, and FX channels. It also has the new Presence XT expandable sampler with essential sound library.
Studio One 3 Prime requires Mac OS X 10.8.5 or higher, and requires an Intel Core 2 Duo processor. Intel Core i3 or better is recommended. On a PC, the software requires Windows 7 x64/x86 SP1 + platform update, or Windows 8.1 x64/x86. It also requires an Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon X2 processor. An Intel Core i3 or AMD Athlon X4 is recommended.
Studio One 3 Prime requires 4GB Ram (but 8GB or more is recommended). It also requires 278 MB hard-drive space for the application, and 1.56 GB hard-drive space for additional content. Monitors must have 1366 x 786 resolution, and a high-dpi monitor is recommended.