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Old 17th February 2020
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You can use those, yes. Precise and comfortable they are not however.

I recommend a unit that has at least one motorized touch-sensitive fader. The X-Touch Mini has one non-motorized but touch-sensitive fader, but it is a little more complicated to setup.

The following goes for all controllers capable of sending MIDI CC controller data in an absolute fashion, rather than relative.

In Reapers action list there are commands you can bind a midi or osc controll source to.

Track: Set volume for last touched track (MIDI CC/OSC only)
Track: Set volume for selected tracks (MIDI CC/OSC only)

Add a shortcut for one of these actions and move your midi knob or midi fader(remember to enable that midi device for control messages in the preferences/midi devices). Something similar "MIDI Chan 2 CC 11" will show up. The dropdown menu next to "MIDI CC:" should be set to Absolute, unless you know what you're doing. You can set the checkbox "Soft takeover (absolute mode only)" or not. That's your choice.

Test the knob on a currently selected track for example, and see whether it works. You now have a control source.

For 1-fader motorized units such as the X-Touch One, Presonus Faderport or Icon Platform Nano, just follow the setup instructions. It'll usually involve using not them not as midi devices, but as a controller via the Preferences/Control/OSC/web section.

I use a Presonus Faderport 16. The faders are fine, but it's up to you to choose what works best for you.