Frontier Designs TranzPort Wireless DAW Controller

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Requirements: Mac OS X (10.2.8+), Windows 2000, or Windows XP operating system; one available USB port for Tranzceiver interface

Operational distance: over 30 feet (10 meters) typical

Frequency band: 2.4 GHz

Buttons/controls: REW, FWD, STOP, PLAY, RECORD, CHAN LEFT/RIGHT, RECORD-ARM, MUTE, SOLO, UNDO, IN, OUT, PUNCH, LOOP, SHIFT, PREV, ADD, NEXT, Battery, Backlight, Data Wheel (24 pulse/rev)

Indicators: RECORD-ARM, MUTE, SOLO, ANY-SOLO, PUNCH, LOOP, RECORD, LINK STATUS, backlit multifunction LCD display

Power: 4 standard 'AA' batteries

Included Items: TranzPort remote unit, Tranzceiver USB interface, (4) AA batteries, CD-ROM

Size: Apprx. 7 x 5.5 x 2 in.

Weight: Apprx. 1 lb.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-928-3236
(21 ratings)
Submitted June 15, 2006 by a customer from
"Simply can't be beat for the money. Rock solid performance backed by a company who believes in this product."
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Simply can't be beat for the money. Does what it's supposed to, supports tons of applications, and Frontier really stands behind this product.

Does exactly what's advertised and works with so many applications. I like the fact the using SHIFT + JOG WHEEL lets you control volume faders on your tracks.

Ease of Use
So simple to get up and running. I use this with Ableton Live 5.2 (Mackie Control Universal mode) and it's great. The only buttons that don't work as expected in Live are the loop start/end buttons but this is because the MCU Emulation was optimized for Cubase. The same issue exists with Tascam and Yamaha controllers too. It is my understanding native Tranzport support is coming in a future Live update. It's no big deal though as everything else works perfect.

Good build quality. Buttons are crisp and solid and I don't think they will wear out. Jog Wheel is smooth as silk. The unit operates on batteries and has a battery-life indicator. I was worried it would blow through batteries quickly but it hardly uses any juice. If you always have the backlight turned on of course you will consume more resource.

You can't beat this for the money. I have a Mackie Control Universal and never use it anymore. Sure the 100mm Pnny + Giles faders are nice, but the Tranzport is much more productive as you position it read more in front of you (on top of your synth perhaps?) and everything is just a hand-reach away.

Manufacturer Support
Frontier is quick to respond to emails of any kind. Their Forum is an excellent resource and their tech support people are very active on there. It's a great community with lots of positive people.

The Wow Factor
Cosmetically the unit looks very nice and professional.

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