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What controller works Best with Sonar Platinum?
Old 15th July 2018
  #1
Presonus faderport with Sonar Platinum?

Hello all... I've been eyeing up a Presonus Faderport as they are about to put out a new revision. I'm wondering if it would be worth getting.. some mixed reviews I've read with other DAWs other than Studio One. Thanks!

Last edited by btbed; 17th July 2018 at 08:10 AM..
Old 23rd July 2018
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The faderport is advertised to work with all major daws, so if there is an issue you could return it.

I found this:

Cakewalk - Knowledge Base - Setup the PreSonus FaderPort as a SONAR Control Surface

For uncommon comtrollers Sonar has a function called ACT built in. Anything supporting Mackie Control is supported already.

Using Sonar's ACT With Hardware Controllers |

Don't forget CbB has touch screen technology too.
Old 23rd July 2018
  #3
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The faderport is advertised to work with all major daws, so if there is an issue you could return it.

I found this:

Cakewalk - Knowledge Base - Setup the PreSonus FaderPort as a SONAR Control Surface

For uncommon comtrollers Sonar has a function called ACT built in. Anything supporting Mackie Control is supported already.

Using Sonar's ACT With Hardware Controllers |

Don't forget CbB has touch screen technology too.
Thanks so much man.
Old 23rd July 2018
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Just to chime in here; I'm in week-2 of using my new-to-me Contour ShuttlePro V2 controller. [www.contourdesign.com]. It has been a charming experience.

I have the top row of 4-buttons configured for toggling (respectively, left-to-right) Clip/Automation, Loop on/off, Select loop, choose All-Custom-Mix-FX-I/O.
The next rows of 5-buttons configured as: Return-to-Zero, Previous Marker, Stop/Play, Next Marker, Insert Marker
The shuttle ring has 6 speeds for scrolling the cursor along the timeline. The center spinner is set to increase/decrease values (mouse up/down) of whatever I fly over.
The two 'wing' buttons on either side of the ring are for horizontal zoom in/out. The next two buttons down are individual track vertical zoom in/out. The bottom pair of buttons are set for vertical zoom of all tracks in/out. So far 'charming' is the word. I feel more relaxed and getting a bit faster at editing, despite already being an experienced Sonar/Cakewalk user.

As part of full disclosure, I have an M32 mixer (for a couple of years now) with the Mackie Control enabled for the 8 motorized faders on the right. For the most part, my usage of the MIDI buttons has been limited, and the main advantage the 8 faders give me is control over setting multiple fader levels when experimenting with mix balance in the early stages of a mix. Nothing else is as convenient as being able to try hundreds of combinations in near real-time by grabbing multiple faders. I have it arranged to allow me to do track fader moves, and toggle to doing bus fader moves. That was a hassle to set up but well worth it.

I'm telling you all of this because the single fader of the FaderPort product seemed very attractive to me, and I almost bought it before giving the ShuttlePro a try. You should simply add the ShuttlePro to the list of devices to be considered. Finally, the Console1 product from SofTube is also very interesting to me; it lives in the nether world between a plug-in and and a control surface, and has been on my gotta-try-it list for almost a year. Stay tuned.

EDIT: While working today, I changed the 'W' Return-to-Zero button to 'A' which had been keyboard customized to Process>>Apply Effect>>Gain. In that way, I overcame the tendency for typing the 'W' in a marker description to move the transport to zero, and also saved three mouse clicks on processing gain for regions. Moreover, I changed the Previous/Next Marker setting from 'once' to 5x per second. So, holding down the button quickly navigates across multiple markers, while a single push moves by just one marker as before. Nice tool!

Last edited by MediaGary; 23rd July 2018 at 10:01 PM.. Reason: documented ShuttlePro settings update
Old 17th August 2018
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Hi. A bit of a late response. I use a Tascam FW 1884 in Native mode with great success in SONAR Platinum/Cakewalk by BandLab.
I also have a Console 1 that works great for volume and pan (plus the included SSL plugin).
All the best.

Last edited by Zargg; 17th August 2018 at 02:24 PM.. Reason: to add
Old 3 weeks ago
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Hi. A bit of a late response. I use a Tascam FW 1884 in Native mode with great success in SONAR Platinum/Cakewalk by BandLab.
I also have a Console 1 that works great for volume and pan (plus the included SSL plugin).
All the best.
I use the FW 1884 for as well! However I've noticed when using faders or pan pots its not smooth.. as in.. When pushing up a fader the volume jumps in steps of 2db.. not .1db. And panning does steps of 3 or 5..Any idea how to fix this?
Old 3 weeks ago
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I use the FW 1884 for as well! However I've noticed when using faders or pan pots its not smooth.. as in.. When pushing up a fader the volume jumps in steps of 2db.. not .1db. And panning does steps of 3 or 5..Any idea how to fix this?
I am not sure about the FW1884 protocol, but try holding the SHIFT key while using the faders or pan pot to see if it reduces the movement to 1/10th its original rate.
Old 3 weeks ago
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Originally Posted by edaub1 View Post
I use the FW 1884 for as well! However I've noticed when using faders or pan pots its not smooth.. as in.. When pushing up a fader the volume jumps in steps of 2db.. not .1db. And panning does steps of 3 or 5..Any idea how to fix this?
Hi. I do not have that issue, so not sure what causes it.
Mine is smooth down to .1 dB.
I did use this as a guide when setting it up, and helped me.
http://deeringamps.com/fw1884/sonarx_fw1884.htm
All the best.
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