This USB Fader-Start Interface gives you the facility to control your playout software from your mixing console. Powered by a USB connection, it offers joystick, keyboard and RS232 functions which can be executed from a single button-press.
Lots of semi-pro systems offer a joystick remote function so this box is perfect for that – and for the more professional systems, the RS232 or keyboard functions may be used. The box is pre-programmed with whatever functions you specify – custom keystrokes a speciality! There are 2 outputs (+5v when active) – If you need switch a source or trigger an on-air light, you can trigger those via the RS232 port.
Keystrokes (eg: F1, CTRL-Q etc) will allow it to work with any software so a simple button-press could start your automation or play a hotkey. You could use it control the LEDs on StudioScreen or mic-live logging in SureLog.
- Appears as Joystick (default configuration), and/or Keyboard for remote-start of playout software
- COM Port allows for RS232 commands to be sent (ie: news on/off)
- USB connection to computer for control+power
- 8x 6.35mm remote-start inputs
- 2x 5v relay outputs via phono/RCA sockets
Compatible, in its default configuration, with the following playout software: AudioEnhanceDPS, BCX3/DJ, Bravo, DAC Cartwall, mAirList, Myriad , StationPlaylist Studio (serial), StudioScreen and EncoDAD (when used with my DADMan app) as a joystick remote interface.
Availability – Shipped with 1-2 days (‘cos I can’t build ’em fast enough!) … I am happy to ship these to UK, Europe and the USA – Please click the correct payment link for your destination. Included is a 50cm USB cable plus instructions for use.
Default configuration is an 8-button joystick interface – if you need keystrokes (ie: CTRL-P, F1, F2 etc) then let me know.
UK (inc Northern Ireland) : £75 via Royal Mail 1st-Class “Signed-For” postage (usually next working day)
Europe (inc Ireland) : £82 / €93 via Royal Mail International Tracked+Signed postage (3-5 business days)
USA : £88 / $117 via Royal Mail International Tracked+Signed postage (3-5 business days)
Drivers [download here]
These will allow the device to appear as a valid interface on your computer. This device has been tested on Windows 7 (32/64-bit), Windows 8.1 64-bit and Windows 10.
USB Interface FAQ
Here are some popular help/tech tips for this interface…
How do the remote-sockets work?
Just short the tip/centre to the outer/sleeve/ground – A simple push-to-make connection. The sockets are stereo, so it won’t matter if you use mono plugs.
Does this work with xxx playout software?
The simple answer is – Does the software support remote-starts via a joystick interface? If it does, then it will work.
What about shortcut keys like F1 or CTRL-P?
Yes, just let me know what keystrokes you’d like it to generate. Myriad would be F1, F5, F9, Shift-F1 to engage “Play” on Cart Players 1-4 respectively. CTRL-Q is Go/Next on the Station Log. The button inputs don’t have to be joystick actions, but any keyboard command you desire.
How do I use this with my Behringer DX1000/DX2000USB?
Just add 5x 1/4″ (6.35mm) mono (or stereo) patch leads – available from CPC, Maplin or any audio/hi-fi dealer. This will give you button-start on the 5 stereo channels without having to do any soldering or looking for special custom cables.
Didn’t you used to supply a fader-modified DX2000USB Mixer?
I used to, but not any more – They’re quite easy to mod yourself if you can solder and shop around for better faders. Don’t ask me to help you, though!
Do I need any wiring or soldering skills?
Probably not, especially if your mixer uses 1/4″ sockets for the remotes. Some broadcast desks use 9-pin sub-D connectors – these are readily available from CPC/Maplin etc and it’s assumed that if you’re using a “pro” desk then you have a competent engineer on-hand. I do not sell cables.
Can I use this interface to perform other functions aside from playout control?
You certainly can – Any software that can accept input from a joystick button will work. You could use it with a custom software application to control studio switching, change monitor/screen displays (eg: CCTV)…
Can I re-program this unit if I want to change it?
Not directly, but I am happy to send you a pre-compiled HEX file for loading into the unit using a free utility. I do not supply the source-code to this unit! So, if you want a new button assignment such as an RS232 string then me sending you a new HEX file for loading yourself is how it’s done.