These USB Fader-Start Interfaces give you the facility to control your playout software from your mixing console. Powered by a USB connection, they offer joystick, keyboard and RS232 functions which can be executed from a single button-press.
- USB Joystick Interface
- 10 button inputs (start/stop, go, fade etc)
- Includes 1m USB cable
Version 2: 8-input Joystick/Keystroke/RS232 plus 2x GPIO (5v)
For playout systems like PlayoutONE, RadioDJ, RCS Zetta, StationPlaylist Studio and those that require a keystroke or RS232 string.
- USB Joystick, Keyboard and RS232 Interface (Arduino controller)
- 8 button inputs
- 2x 5-volt outputs
- Includes 50cm USB cable
Keystrokes (eg: F1, CTRL-Q etc) allows Version 2 to work with any software so a simple button-press could start your automation or play a hotkey. You could use it to control the LEDs on StudioScreen or mic-live logging in SureLog.
Availability – Shipped within 48 hours… I am happy to ship these to UK or Europe – Please click the correct payment link for your destination. Included is a 50cm USB cable plus instructions for use.
Version 1 (size: 100x100x50mm) : 10-input joystick
UK (inc Northern Ireland) : £50 via Royal Mail 1st-Class “Signed-For” postage (usually next working day)
Europe (inc Ireland) : £55 / €62 via Royal Mail International Tracked+Signed postage (3-5 business days)
Version 2 (size: 120x130x50mm) : 8-inputs (joystick, keyboard, RS232) plus 2x 5v GPIO outputs
UK (inc Northern Ireland) : £80 via Royal Mail 1st-Class “Signed-For” postage (usually next working day)
Europe (inc Ireland) : £85 / €96 via Royal Mail International Tracked+Signed postage (3-5 business days)
Drivers for Version 2 [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?
No – Version 1 is simply a joystick controller so is configured via the software in use. Version 2 uses a custom firmware so must be returned to me for re-programming (this is free but you pay the postage each way, ie: £4.40p to send 1st Class “Signed-For”).