We are lucky to have Home Studio Corner in our… circle of advocates. Joe’s “cute little” FaderPort is connected to a 10-foot USB cable, which allows him to track his tracks while seated near his mic, and have immediate access to his transport controls when not next to his computer.
This allows him to record—and botch takes, which of course never happens—without having to set the guitar down, move the mic, get up, go to the computer, start the track over, go to the couch, sit down, grab the guitar, re-set up the mic, and play again every time he makes a mistake. Which he never does.
A very cool, if admittedly lonely solution for the solo recordist. Reminds me a little bit of this:
Between the title above and the big image below, I don’t have much more to write! It’s simple: buy Studio One Pro for $399 and get a free FaderPort. Click the jumbo-tron large image below to get the PDF required for entry.
Digital Recording Arts was kind enough to drive a FaderPort around the block a few times and post the results of their road test. The verdict? They like it, and so do we. Hope I didn’t ruin the ending. Fader automation is a high-endy feature that oft doesn’t come inexpensively… but we got that covered.
I like the FaderPort for its small-footprint and surprising ergonomics. After a half-hour of use I found myself having memorized button functions for both transport and Window controls. I very quickly found that I didn’t even need to look at the FaderPort to use it.
But hey, this isn’t about MY review. It’s about Digital Recording Arts’ opinion, which can be found after the jump. Their favorite feature of the FaderPort? “My favorite feature on the Faderport… is the punch button, allowing the user to toggle punch recording in the DAW. The unit has a single footswitch input, giving self-recording artists the ability to punch in hands-free.”
Parts Express put together a nice little demo of the PreSonus Faderport! The Faderport seeks to bring all the major functions used during mixing and recording sessions into a single, small-footprint interface. The result is an intuitive, hands-on experience that makes the computer recording process feel more like music creation—as opposed to the way a mouse and keyboard can make the process feel closer to using spreadsheet software.