A question about motorized faders

Discussion in 'Mixing' started by Duncanjp, Jul 23, 2005.

  1. Duncanjp

    Duncanjp Guest

    I recently upgraded my control surface from a Tascam US-428 to a Mackie Control Universal running Cubase SX3. The MCU has motorized faders, which is infinitely better for mixing purposes (half the time the 428's faders would be down when Cubase showed them up and vice versa).

    What I'm wondering about is the resiliency of the Mackie's faders. At times during playback and mixing, I can feel a measure of resistance from the faders, like I'm forcing the motors. Before I continue to run up that hill, I'd like to know whether such resistance is to be expected and can be ignored safely, or whether a prolonged disregard for what the motors want to do will damage the motors. I do try to take care not to blast through my fader movements, but it seems odd that gear like the MCU would require kid gloves during use.

    If anybody has any comments to make, I'd love to hear them.
  2. imagineaudio

    imagineaudio Active Member

    Nov 24, 2004
    the faders on the MCU are touch sensitive. If your feet aren't planted on the floor, or you dont have your finger firmly on the fader, you will experience some resistance. While working a cubase project, watch what happens when you move a fader with your fingernail. The fader will jump back to where it was and the audio volume wont change. you could also try moving a fader with your fingernail, and before you release, touch it with the fleshy part of your finger......thre volume will jump in cubase.
  3. Duncanjp

    Duncanjp Guest

    Yes, I've noticed that! Thanks for responding, Imagineaudio. I'll pay attention from now on. Do you have any idea what the life expectancy is of the MCU's faders?
  4. McCheese

    McCheese Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    I believe they're Penny + Giles faders, which are pretty good, so they should last quite a while.
  5. imagineaudio

    imagineaudio Active Member

    Nov 24, 2004
    ive had mine for 4 years......the original mackie control with the universal upgrade.....still works like the day I got it
  6. Duncanjp

    Duncanjp Guest

    Outstanding!! Thanks a million!
  7. tomtom

    tomtom Guest

    Isn't there a fader touch sensitivity setting somewhere?
    I bought a Yamaha DM2000 a year ago and wasn't very happy about how the faders felt until I changed that setting. It's now very smooth. No more fighting against the motors...

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