DAW controller with motor fader
The whole world at your fingertips
After the release of Faderport 8 and just a few months later the bigger Faderport 16 , it was only a matter of time before Presonus would revise the original form of their smaller DAW controller, the 1er Faderport . After all, since its release in 2013 there has hardly been a studio where the controller was not visible.
The high quality of the installed motor fader and the very low price made the original very successful for the American manufacturer. Let’s see what the Faderport V2 likes to do!
Via the Presonus website you can download the driver called Universal Control for Presonus Faderport V2 and then install it on your computer. Now all you have to do is plug in the controller with the included power and USB cable and you’re done. Communication with Studio One is automatically created, eliminating the need to manually log in to the software.
Only at the very first start you have to set the operating mode so that the hardware and software work together in the best possible way. When switching on the fader port you should press the NEXT button and additionally another button for the corresponding software. In addition to Studio One, there is also a mode for Logic, Live, Cubase and Pro Tools via the detour MCU / HUI works. Further information on these alternative modes can be found in our review of Faderport 8 and Faderport 16 by my colleague Felix.
With the new Presonus Faderport V2 you get a variety of cables and adapters.
The eye is listening
The optics were completely revised during the update. The case is now in a noble dark gray, certain areas are framed for a better orientation in a slightly lighter gray. The buttons are still illuminated, the yellow of the first version was allowed to give way to a slightly more unobtrusive orange. When pressed, the buttons light up or change their color. Overall, the color composition and brightness of the buttons is very pleasant and is also really good to see during the day, without being obtrusively bright during the night.
Striking are the much larger dimensions of the device. While only a few millimeters have been added to the width and height, the 2018 version of the fader port is five centimeters longer. Responsible for this is on the one hand, the now double-row and equipped with different size buttons transport section on the other hand, the added lower edge of the housing. This new feature, worn by the big brothers Faderport 8 and 16, allows you to conveniently lay down your hand and control all the functions of the controller with a standard sized hand.
The family affiliation to Faderport 8 and 16 is visually undeniable.
It’s all about the feeling
Haptic is the Faderport V2 one joy. The case looks very stable and reminds a bit on the black box of an aircraft that has to survive crashes from any height. And even if the case of the controller from even small heights does not belong to this test, I assume that the housing of the new fader port can take a lot if necessary, without deforming it. The matt finish is dirt-repellent, fingerprints are likely to be seen only if you have caught directly in front of it in the butter or just never wash your hands.
The most important thing: The touch-sensitive motor fader is smooth and, above all, extremely quiet. Not only can you hardly hear him when he moves by himself as if by magic and departs a previously drawn automation. If you close an arrangement, the fader automatically comes to its lowest position and does not produce the slightest noise, since it does not come into contact with the case, as one knows from many other devices. Quieter and better it just is not.
The design and conception of the new Presonus Faderport V2 are very well done.
The push encoder is also very stable. The rotation is pleasantly powerful and the arrival in the next step is confirmed by a clearly audible but not obtrusive click. Also, various setting can be confirmed by pressing the rotary controller.
The last part of the surface consists of the 24 buttons of different size and shape. What they all have in common is that they all require a lot of pressure, which is not only very pleasant when working with the new fader port, but also gives the impression of high stability, value and long service life.
Not much has changed on the back since the previous model. In version two we still have the USB, footswitch and power ports. Added to the update, however, is a power button with which the fader port can be easily switched on and off. In any case, this is not only much more pleasant than having to unplug the device when not in use, but also saves electricity.
Clear conditions also on the back: Power switch, power supply connector, footswich and USB port.
Presonus Faderport V2 is a “control freak”
Working with the new fader port is just fun. In addition to the value of the entire device stands out especially the quality of the motor fader out. The control of individual tracks and the drawing of automations are very direct and easy. The influence on plugins remains largely the small fader port because of the lack of displays, but many relevant functions of the DAW can literally control by pressing a button.
At the bottom of the transport section we encounter the usual suspects: Start / Pause, Record, Stop, Forward and Rewind, RTZ (Return To Zero) and Loop. Above that is the session navigator with the push encoder and the two arrow keys. With the buttons directly below it can be selected various functions, which can then be controlled with the rotary controller and the two arrow keys. In this way, the most varied parameters of the software can be influenced in a small space
At the top there is once again a double row push button series. This contains the automation parameters as well as the controls of the individual channel strips, ie solo, mute and arm. At the top right you will find a shift key, which can be used to trigger a two-function on almost all buttons.
The revised Presonus Faderport V2 convinces completely. Stable materials were well and accurately processed. The built-in motor fader offers next to precision above all an extremely quiet noise level, even with fast movements. Overall, everything feels very valuable and robust. Add to that the perfect hardware integration, as the interface also provides 24 buttons and a 360 ° rotary controller to control most of Studio One’s relevant features. Not only does this significantly speed up the workflow, it also makes the production of music feel much more natural and intuitive. Even a full version of Studio One Artist is included, so you really have to go looking for things that do not fit Faderport. That’s why there is a full score!
- very quiet and precise engine fader
- perfect integration with Studio One
- Everything is high quality and stable installed
- no contra
- DAW controller with seamless integration with Studio One
- Touch-sensitive 100 mm motor fader
- Transport buttons with Start / Pause, Record, Stop, Forward and Rewind, RTZ and Loop
- Bypass, Mute, Solo, Automation Touch / Write / Read Function Keys
- Button for channel, panorama, scroll, click, marker and zoom
- Footswitch connector
- System requirements: Windows 7 x64 / x86 SP1 or higher, MacOS 10.8.5 64 bit or higher, Studio One
- Support and HUI / Mackie Control Universal Emulation
- external power supply
- including full version Studio One Artist (Download
- Weight: 0.68 kg
- Dimensions (H x W x D): 45 x 230 x 140 mm