Novation Nocturn by facloud
The Novation Nocuturn was a perfect answer for what I needed. I originally had a Digidesign Command 8 for mixing but found I wasn't using half the options on it... just a single fader for automation and the knobs to adjust parameters on various plugins. I sold it, recouped most of my money and bought a Presonus Faderport which worked great as a transport control and fader but missed the rotary control ability of the Command 8 for plugin control... so I found the Nocturn after a little research on the internet and it turned out to be exactly what I was looking for.
The automap feature makes it extremely easy to use right off the start, although it wasn't working properly with the provided software but after downloading the latest driver from the Novation website it worked perfectly. All the parameters are very easy to customize, with the press of the learn button and a click with the mouse on the desired plugin parameter. Save it, done! The knobs are fairly intuitive, a little too sensitive on some, but easily adaptable and great for changing EQ/Compression/delay parameters on the fly without having to use the mouse. It feels fairly cheap, but after two weeks of use have had no problems and can't beat the value for a hundred bucks! I recommend it to anyone who needs a USB controller for their plugins.