Hardware MIDI fader / controller recommendations?

Jon W

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Has anyone tried iOS apps? The one I just found today is Ribn and is $3.99, for both iPhone and iPad.
 
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Has anyone tried iOS apps? The one I just found today is Ribn and is $3.99, for both iPhone and iPad.
I haven't, maybe not a wise decision as it's so cheap, but I simple don't like the idea of a touch display compared to a real fader hardware in my hands.
 

gsilbers

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I use their old version (known as palette gear) and aside from a problem that meant the CC data would record some random 0's every now and then, they've been rock solid for 3 or so years. And travelled with me everywhere / been extremely robust. And recent firmware update seems to have fixed the CC problem. Top quality hardware. The new version look much better... I'm considering just grabbing one of the three fader packs myself.

*Edit : They are only 60mm, but feel TONNES better than the korg studio, or faders on various controller synths around the studios here! When in my main studio I have a avid mix which has the last 4 faders set to CC control using BOME. Funnily enough, I'm almost preferring the palette gear faders these days, as eucon keeps giving me grief!

so wierd thats under a different company name than pallete. the 3 slider is perfect for most of us. cc1, cc7 and cc11.
 

wst3

my office these days
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I wanted one box that would provide MIDI CCs and be useful for mixing - I used a Peavey StudioMix for a long time, but I finally retired it in favor of the Icon Pro Audio Platform M+. I like it. I haven't been using it long, and mostly I am using it for mixing, but I have used it for CCs and it worked well for that too.

I also still use an NI Kore2, which I may be retiring as well, and a KiwiTechnics Patch Editor in MIDI mode. The later is fantastic as a patch editor or synth controller, but I've been struggling with using it for sending CCs.
 

cpaf

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I would seriously hold out if possible on any midi related till more MIDI 2.0 devices have been revealed at NAMM! If you have an iPad - use that with TouchOSC until these new controllers
 

easyrider

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I would seriously hold out if possible on any midi related till more MIDI 2.0 devices have been revealed at NAMM! If you have an iPad - use that with TouchOSC until these new controllers
Did any new ones get released ?
 
I‘m for somehow having a hard time finding a (cheap) MIDI controller with just 2 (or more) faders for external CC control.
The E-Piano I use for MIDI recording doesn‘t have a single one. I change all CCs inside the DAW after recording. I thought it‘s finally time to gear up...

Any recommendations?
I know this is an older post but for anyone looking for a midi fader controller that reads this post I have a Studiologic SL Mixface and love it. I use it with Digital Performer 10 on an iMac running Mojave for transport control, automation, mixing volume and pan, and for controlling solo, mute, select and record enable buttons as well as sending MIDI CC data & UACC commands to control VI libraries & FX plugins like Spitfire, OT, Cinesamples, Cinematic Studio Series, Native Instruments Kontakt, VSL, UVI, Arturia, Korg Collection, Spectrasonics, Plugin Alliance, Waves, Eventide, Softube, and others.

It does not have automated motorized faders unfortunately and is more expensive than the Korg Nanocontrol2/Studio ($52/$132) and Akai Midimix ($89) units, but you get a lot more functionality and better feeling 🎚 faders for around $210. The SL Mixface can run on batteries 🔋 or USB powered and works over USB or wireless Bluetooth. It’s very cool as you can use it with a Mac, PC or iOS devices.

Unless one is spending way more for an automated motorized fader controller ie. Presonus Faderport 8/16, Mackie, Behringer, Avid, Icon, SSL, etc., I suggest spending more and getting the SL Mixface. I looked at Korg and Akai which are cheaper but felt I get so much more for not too much $$$.

I still have and use a motorized Tascam US-2400, but I wanted something I could place closer to me right on top of my 88-note MIDI keyboard controller for more control (dynamics, vibrato, expression, vibrato speed, release, tightness, reverb, mic mix volumes, articulations) when I play midi notes into my DAW. I use the Tascam for controlling transport control, volume faders and pan knobs in Digital Performer.

I still cannot believe that Tascam stopped making the US-2400 and FW-1884, which was way ahead of its time and could be extremely useful today still if Tascam simply released the 64-bit Mac driver that it already created for it so it could work on OS X 10.8-10.15 Mac computers. Release that Mac 64-bit driver already, Tascam!!
 
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I decided and bought myself a Icon Platform M+ as a birthday present. It's already delivered, but for my birthday there are still 6 days left to wait :(
 
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ptram

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There is this one also:
My doubt with the A&H is that having a deep group of buttons before the faders can interfere with the operations, when sitting at the computer/keyboard. DJs are a different matter, since they mix while standing up.

Paolo
 

BassClef

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I know this is an older post but for anyone looking for a midi fader controller that reads this post I have a Studiologic SL Mixface and love it. I use it with Digital Performer 10 on an iMac running Mojave for transport control, automation, mixing volume and pan, and for controlling solo, mute, select and record enable buttons as well as sending MIDI CC data & UACC commands to control VI libraries & FX plugins like Spitfire, OT, Cinesamples, Cinematic Studio Series, Native Instruments Kontakt, VSL, UVI, Arturia, Korg Collection, Spectrasonics, Plugin Alliance, Waves, Eventide, Softube, and others.

It does not have automated motorized faders unfortunately and is more expensive than the Korg Nanocontrol2/Studio ($52/$132) and Akai Midimix ($89) units, but you get a lot more functionality and better feeling 🎚 faders for around $210. The SL Mixface can run on batteries 🔋 or USB powered and works over USB or wireless Bluetooth. It’s very cool as you can use it with a Mac, PC or iOS devices.

Unless one is spending way more for an automated motorized fader controller ie. Presonus Faderport 8/16, Mackie, Behringer, Avid, Icon, SSL, etc., I suggest spending more and getting the SL Mixface. I looked at Korg and Akai which are cheaper but felt I get so much more for not too much $$$.

I still have and use a motorized Tascam US-2400, but I wanted something I could place closer to me right on top of my 88-note MIDI keyboard controller for more control (dynamics, vibrato, expression, vibrato speed, release, tightness, reverb, mic mix volumes, articulations) when I play midi notes into my DAW. I use the Tascam for controlling transport control, volume faders and pan knobs in Digital Performer.

I still cannot believe that Tascam stopped making the US-2400 and FW-1884, which was way ahead of its time and could be extremely useful today still if Tascam simply released the 64-bit Mac driver that it already created for it so it could work on OS X 10.8-10.15 Mac computers. Release that Mac 64-bit driver already, Tascam!!
I have a MixFace arriving today to mate up with my new Studio Logic SL88Grand keyboard/controller. I lucked out and found a new "open box" unit for only $165.
 

whinecellar

Jim Daneker
Another vote for the Behringer X-Touch Compact. It’s the regular X-Touch that can’t do CC’s, which is crazy - but the Compact can do just about anything and feels quite luxurious, IMO (it’s made by Midas). Full 100mm faders, all metal, tons of buttons, knobs, pedal inputs - killer piece of gear. Only downside is you need a PC to program it.