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This latest PreSonus controller might well offer you the human feel and feedback that your DAW is lacking, says Andy Jones…

FaderPort 8 £410

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S ince the DAW was invented, companies have been falling over themselves to try and find a better way of controlling it. That’s because the DAW itself is stuck within a pretty inhospitable environment if you think about it, and the fact that we really do need controllers to get the best out of them is a somewhat peculiar situation. The big bonus of the DAW is, of course, unlimited tracks of music for creating songs, plus tons of shortcuts and quick commands for doing that quickly. Yet it’s all inside a computer – a platform that is in itself flawed, lacking the tactile feedback and creative physical flow that could make music production so much more enjoyable. So until VR takes off for music making, or we arrive at some other Minority Report-style future (like we’ve been promised!) we’ll have to make do with the DAW trapped inside a computer… and the only knight in shining armour coming to its rescue being a decent controller. There have been many attempts over many years to create that perfect knight, and I’ve tested lots: from the early Mackie controllers (using a protocol still used to this day), to iPad touch controllers that still don’t quite give you what you require. And so we go back to real faders, real transport and control buttons for real feedback, just what the FaderPort 8 from PreSonus offers.

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