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Old 30th November 2010 , 06:13 PM
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I'm looking for some product recommendations. The one thing i hate most about DAW's is having to use a mouse to move the faders and panning and especially trying to move knobs on compressors and other plug ins. It's really hard to do it accurately with a mouse no matter how hard i try! I do have a built in DAW remote section on my N12 which is really good, it controls playback functions, track selection, rec ready, basically most of the transport panel functions but it's the other things i listed that are the problem. Could anyone tell me if there is a simple little controller i can maybe buy that will give me better hands on control for the faders and the panning etc? And is possible for the control knobs in plug ins? A single fader would do fine. I found this one http://www.dv247.com/studio-equipmen...troller--40201

Does this do everything i've listed? And are there any others i should consider? Just hate trying to do fiddly things with the mouse.
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I used to have a Presonus Faderport and it was excellent. You could also look at the Steinberg CC121 which is designed specifically for Cubase but it's about 100 overpriced imo.

The Behringer BCF2000 is good too, although quite bulky and supposedly noisy.

Avoid anything made by Novation as it will almost certainly be shite.

My personal fave would be the Faderport, and I was actually looking for one again before NI had it's 50% off sale
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Cheers. Does the presonus control the knobs in plug ins as well though like compressors etc?
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Cheers. Does the presonus control the knobs in plug ins as well though like compressors etc?
Nope, bit i'd argue the Alphatrack isn't really ideal for that purpose either.

Do you already have a midi controller keyboard with dials and faders?
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Nope, bit i'd argue the Alphatrack isn't really ideal for that purpose either.

Do you already have a midi controller keyboard with dials and faders?
No, i generally use my Digital Piano for midi stuff. I know that would have been an option had i had one though.

It doesn't matter, i can live without having that control but it would have been a bonus. It's a pity my N12's faders didn't work as a controller for Cubase. The thing is, if i buy one of those single fader controllers, a lot of what it does i can already do with my N12 such as, play rec, track select, cycle, click etc The only thing my N12 can't do is control the faders and panning in cubase and of course the plug in stuff. I'd be buying it simply for the fader and panning control, unless there are other things it can do that i don't know about. I'm trying to weigh up if it's worth it or not.
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Maybe look at a used Mackie Control Universal. It'll do the lot.
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I'm using the Alphatrack myself. Unless you are going to go the whole hog and have a switch for everything like a big Icon console, then my advice is go for something compact, ideally one fader and a knob or two. If you use Cubase's built-in track EQ a lot, then the CC121 may well be a good choice, but I've not used one and so can't comment on the quality.
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Thanks guys, i'll maybe hold off for now. Still not sure.
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You've got GAS mate.

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Look at the Euphonix controllers. Clever stuff.
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If you mean ther Artist series, then they're not PC compatible (sore point, 'cos I'd dearly love to have one but don't want to use a Mac)
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eBay around for an MCU. I do it every now and then, never buy one hehe. Wish I had when I saw someone forgot to put a high enough reserve on one and it went for a steal.
I would also love a Houston, made for SX3 but apparently just as good with C5.
I know people that use the Berrys and are happy with them, if not thrilled, but at the price they're probably a decent option.
I was lookins at the MPDs as I need the pads and the assignable faders and pots would be handy too, but I don't know how they would operate controlling the whole DAW.

I also nearly bought a MacBook Pro today....probably not the best person to try and give advice hehe.
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Maybe look at a used Mackie Control Universal. It'll do the lot.
Looks perfect! But pricey. Damn why did you have to tell me about that one man? I WANT IT!
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Looks perfect! But pricey. Damn why did you have to tell me about that one man? I WANT IT!
There's the old non pro version which I believe runs over MIDI rather than the newer Pro's USB connection. Functionality is very similar if not identical but is considerably cheaper on Ebay.
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