Frontier Design Group AlphaTrack

AlphaTrack, Motorized MIDI Control Surface from Frontier Design Group.

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afterglow479 09/28/2008

Frontier Design Group AlphaTrack : afterglow479's user review


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I bought this device a couple of years ago when I decided I wanted to venture into getting a digital mixer for my synth station. I figured I would start with this as a one channel fader to see how it handles. The product itself is well designed and offers a lot of features at a relatively low price and a small package. You get one motorized, touch sensitive fader that responds very well to actions in your DAW. There is an LED readout that lets you know what you have selected in your DAW, so that you can gauge at a glance exactly what it is you are controlling. There are general transport buttons and a jog strip on the main body of this unit. I believe it works with a MIDI protocol, but it connects with a simple USB cable to your computer. Also on this item is a button to mute, solo, and arm for recording your selected track which can be handy if you have a large screen and have to do a lot of mousing around. In addition to the nice fader, you have three panpots which are touch sensitive. These spin indefinitely, so when you switch their functionality to different parameters in your DAW you don't have to worry about resetting it back to the default position. Overall I did not find this product to work very well for me, but I think that is because I am very used to quickly mousing around on my DAW. If someone were to start using this from the beginning while starting with digital audio, I imagine you could learn to use it very effectively. It's a good product with great features, it just wasn't really for me. At $200 or less, it's definitely a good value if you can get used to using it in the first place. I wouldn't get it again, but I wouldn't discourage anyone from trying it out.