The Faderfox UC44 is a MIDI controller board supplied in a rather nice attaché case. It’s the kind of thing James Bond would use to hack into an evil DJ’s performance set. Unfortunately, we’re talking Roger Moore rather than Daniel Craig.
They call it a universal controller as it will control anything, well anything that responds to the data generated by a MIDI controller. It has 8 physical knobs, 16 faders and 35 buttons. The encoders can be switched into 32 groups giving the UC44 potential control over 512 parameters. That’s a lot of knob fiddling.
Each of the knob encoders has a two-digit LED read-out to show values and programming data. They are also 14-bit resolution making them suitable for more than the regular 128 MIDI values. It’s all extremely programmable and serious. There’s a template for Ableton Live that will get you controlling everything you need. Honestly, other than the case, it leaves me a bit cold.
I have a dislike for 60mm faders. It seems really crowded in there. The buttons are featureless, packed in and a bit squashed. Even the potentially cool LED displays kind of give it a retro look but in a bad way, in an 80’s way when technology lacked any kind of style or design.
It’s €599 inc VAT which is a lot! The Behringer X-Touch controller is about the same price but for motorised, touch sensitive 100mm faders, jog wheel, Mackie control and a much better layout. So i’m unconvinced by this controller in a Fader box UC44.
More information available on the Faderfox UC44 webpage.