PreSonus FaderPort 8 | Unboxing and Walk-Through

PreSonus Faderport 8

FaderPort 8: What’s In The Box

The PreSonus Faderport 8 comes with Studio One Version Three in the box and is Mac and PC compatible.  This in and of itself is a great feature because not every studio uses the same computers.  You can use the Faderport 8 to automate mixes and to get more involved in performing a mix as opposed to step writing each section individually and using the mouse.  Inside the box is the following: a user manual allowing for a quick start right out of the package, a power cable and brick, and the Faderport 8 itself.  So you just need to plug it into the wall and the computer via USB and you are ready to go!

FaderPort 8: Integration

Integration of the Faderport 8 couldn’t be easier!  You can perform automation moves including play/record, rewind and making moves with the faders.  Use it to automate and change parameters on your different effects.   You can edit with both the mouse and the Faderport 8.  In the editing stage it is very easy to scrub, and move around using the knobs and faders on the Faderport 8. You can actually perform your mix and record it as automation without having to go into pro tools.  Powering the unit on you will need to set the mode.  Simply hold down the first two select buttons. Choose one of three options: Studio One which is good for included software.  MCU mode works with DAW’s such as QBase, Live, Logic etc.  For Pro Tools you will want to use HUI.

FaderPort 8 in Action!

When using the FaderPort 8 you can do a number of things to the track in real time without having to use the mouse and keyboard.  You can use it for such functions as play, stop, rewind, record and snapping back to the beginning.  Scroll, zoom and edit all tracks very easily.  You can move through different channels and banks which will automate the faders to the correct levels needed.  When needing to do something with one specific channel you can easily pan, mute or solo out each track to tweak it and get it to be just right. You can very easily edit each piece individually to get the perfect mix.  This is one piece of equipment that any studio could truly benefit from having.  Bring the performance back into recording and mixing and ditch the mouse and keyboard.

Wrap Up

Although a keyboard and mouse are tried-and-true DAW-control devices, they’re far more effective when used in tandem with the FaderPort 8’s precise tactile control over mix and automation functions. With 8 touch-sensitive, motorized, 100 mm faders and 57 buttons covering 78 different functions, you can quickly zoom in on audio files for editing, adjust your click-track tempo with a simple tap, modify plug-in parameters, manage aux mixes—and, of course, control track levels with the touch of a finger. With the FaderPort 8, you’ll enjoy the fastest, most efficient workflow you’ve ever experienced.


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