Presonus Faderport 16


16-Channel DAW Production Controller

  • 16 Professional, touch-sensitive 100 mm motor faders (Dual-Servo Drive Belt)
  • High fader resolution: 10 Bits/1,024 steps
  • 85 Background and status illuminated buttons
  • 104 Controllable functions
  • 16 High-resolution LC displays as digital labeling fields
  • Timecode and level display
  • Small encoder as panpot and other selected parameters
  • Large data wheel with push button for scrolling, zooming, navigation and much more
  • 2 Arrow buttons for step-by-step navigation and setting
  • Transport control, tracking control, automation control
  • Session Navigator, Fader Modes, Mixer View
  • Undo/Redo, click track on/off, tap tempo, set markers, plugin parameters and much more
  • 4 Programmable user buttons
  • 8 Function buttons
  • Native Studio One support, HUI and Mackie control selectable
  • Compatible with ProTools, Logic, Cubase, Ableton, Nuendo, Bitwig, Reaper, Digital Performer and others
  • Jack for optional footswitch (start/stop commands)
  • No driver installation necessary
  • Power supply: External power supply (12 VDC/2 A)
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): approx. 498 x 302 x 53.6 mm
  • Weight: 3.63 kg
  • Incl. full version of Studio One 3 Artist (DAW)
  • Suitable protective cover: Art.516108 (not included in delivery)

System requirements:

  • Mac: OS X 10.8.5 or later
  • Intel Core 2 Duo (Intel Core i3 or faster recommended)
  • Windows 7 x64/x86 SP1 + platform update
  • Windows 8.1 x64/x86
  • Windows 10 x64/x86
  • Intel Core 2 Duo (Intel Core i3 or faster recommended)
available since January 2018
Item number 424629
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Bluetooth No
5-pole DIN MIDI No
Ethernet No
Fader 16
Rotary Encoders 2
Audio I/O No
Transport Function Yes
Footswitch connection Yes
Foot Controller Connection No
Bus-Powered No
Jog Yes
Joystick No
Additional Features LCD Display per Channel
2.739 AED 713,45 €
Plus 269 AED shipping
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Glitchy scribble strip, but otherwise great
bmullen87 22.10.2019
I primarily bought this controller to use specifically with Studio One, which is the main DAW I use for working with audio. As such my expectations were a very tight knit integration with the DAW. By and large I've been very happy with this, and while I'd love there to be a solution to make more tactile use of plugins on channels etc the technology hasn't really advanced that much yet. Nonetheless using this for Studio One is great and a far better experience than click with a mouse or using keyboard exclusively. I do still use both in conjunction with the controller, but each interface to its own strength.

Pros - 16 faders makes mixing a breeze. There's a nice long throw on the faders and although they can be a little jittery at times when playing back automation I've found them very smooth to the touch. I also make a lot of use out of the transport controls, in particular the one big click encoder. The controller itself is nice and lightweight and doesn't take up a huge amount of space.

The scribble strip is glitchy. By this I mean I'll often turn the controller on and the first four items will simply display blank instead of informing me what's on those channels. This is usually solved by switching the controller off and back on - but this really seems to me like something that just wasn't tested and fixed before manufacturing. It seems like many other users have the same problem. This is why I have deducted points from quality. Also the positioning of these above the faders, and the use of quite small screens on them make them difficult to make out. Maybe it's me coming from old school world, but I'd instinctively have my scribble strip below the faders if they were the old "write on them yourself" kind, and that's where I'd expect to see them. Some people will complain about there only being one pan knob. This doesn't bother me, but.... it might be a consideration for other people.

Overall though I very much enjoy the experience of using the faderport - minor niggles aside!


High quality controller, could use some kind of kickstand option
Vanjanja 18.12.2019
Very impressed with it. I use it with Studio One, and the integration is flawless, it really speeds up the workflow. The faders feel nice, they are responsive and fast, and it really feels like a real analog mixer. Lots of features, basically covers everything you may need out of a DAW controller. However, the angle it lays on the desk is basically totally flat, so, if it's not right in front of you, you may have difficulty viewing the small scribble screens. It would be great if it had some kind of kickstand legs at the end just so you can adjust the angle if needed. I'm going to try my luck with a laptop stand, but for now, I just have a rolled up towel at the other end, so it's raised up a little.


Problems with the encoder
chronomic 13.03.2020
When adjusting the blue encoder in the clockwise, in some cases it makes ghost "clicks" (I twist it in two steps — it makes three and after go back on one step. It seems to be minor problem, but annoying so much. In case you'll transport in the mixer section to the last channel and this "bug" appears the cursor goes back to previous to the last channel despite it has not to be there. So, it's not only annoying but doesn't work the way it should.
The second problem is "absence" of adequate fader calibrating. Even after doing it, the accurate is among 0.2-0.4dB.
Anyway, it`s so good and pleasant controller for me, as a Studio One user.

Everything related to the service was excellent — fast,
with high quality and without extra questions as it happens.

+ good materials and design, it is pleasant to touch
+ best functionality for this price
+ really improves the workspace, mainly with the Studio One

- glitchy encoder (big blue knob)
- rarely bugs with the scribble strip and some fader modes.


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Funktioniert super mit Ardour und Harrison Mixbus
Bob Gilbert 06.02.2022
Ich war auf der Suche nach einem DAW-Controller, der auch mit Ardour funktioniert, da ist die Auswahl ziemlich begrenzt. Der Faderport 16 bot die meisten Kanäle fürs Geld und hatte in der Ardour-Community ein gutes Feedback bekommen, dem ich mich nur anschließen kann: Der Controller hat viele sinnvolle Funktionen, so daß ich beim Aufnehmen und Mischen kaum noch meine Mac-Tastatur benutze. Am komfortabelsten ist es, Plugin-Parameter mit den Fadern steuern zu können – das verschafft einem ein haptisches Erlebnis (auch wenn's mit den Drehreglern der Softube Console 1 vielleicht noch ein wenig schicker wäre …). Und gerade beim Automatisieren ist es besonders praktisch, die Drucktasten zu benutzen, anstatt mit der Maus aufm Mixer rumzuklicken. Ebenfalls gut gelöst ist die Beleuchtung und Farbgebung der Tasten, alles ist sofort ersichtlich (also was in welchem Modus aktiviert ist) und leuchtet im Halbdunkel angenehm dezent, ohne einem visuell auf die Nerven zu gehen.
Nach einem knappen Jahr Betrieb kann ich nur sagen, daß ich ohne den Controller gar nicht mehr arbeiten mag. Die kalibrierbaren Fader und der ganze Rest funktionieren weiterhin ohne Probleme, und überhaupt macht die ganze Verarbeitung einen sehr wertigen Eindruck. Ich muß allerdings auch zugestehen, daß ich keinerlei Vergleichsmöglichkeiten mit anderen Controllern habe; es hat halt in meinem Fall sofort gepaßt.


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