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Software manufacturers continue adding support for the AlphaTrack DAW controller from Frontier Design Group. Now you can use AlphaTrack with Mackie's Tracktion 3 and with Cakewalk's Guitar Tracks Pro 3. With AlphaTrack's innovative touch-sensitive jog/shuttle strip, LCD display, three touch-sensitive encoder knobs, standard transport buttons, user-definable buttons, and 100mm touch-sensitive fader, you have everything you need right at your fingertips to control Tracktion 3 and Guitar Tracks Pro 3. AlphaTrack also works well with MOTU's Digital Performer, Adobe's Audition 2, Apple's Final Cut Pro and Soundtrack Pro, Steinberg's Nuendo and Cubase (SX/SL, Cubase 4, Studio 4), Cakewalk's SONAR, Propellerhead's Reason, and Digidesign's ProTools.

Several AlphaTrack accessories are available now too. Frontier Design Group's online store has padded gig bags, custom-made for AlphaTrack. Slip your AlphaTrack into the zippered pouch, tuck the USB cable and optional footswitch into the front pocket, slide the strap over your shoulder, and you're ready to go.

In response to customer requests, Frontier Design Group has developed an alternate knob set for AlphaTrack. The set includes a fader cap and three knobs for the encoders. The new fader cap has a deeper curve than the original fader cap. The new knobs are more cylindrical than the original knobs, with protruding ridges which are easy to grasp. The new coating is slightly more textured while maintaining the touch-sensitivity of the knobs and fader. Any AlphaTrack owner who wants to buy the alternate knob set can go to Frontier Design Group's online store or contact info@frontierdesign.com for details.

Frontier Design Group is also pleased to announce that Ardour 2 now supports its TranzPort wireless remote controller in Linux systems. Simply connect TranzPort's USB interface to an active USB port, launch Ardour 2 and select "TranzPort" from the Options/Control Surfaces menu.

TranzPort is a wireless remote DAW controller which lets you arm tracks, set markers, navigate through projects, adjust pans, punch in/out, and more. AlphaTrack is a compact controller with a high-resolution fader for DAW mixing and editing. Both TranzPort and AlphaTrack fit easily on your desktop and are excellent companions for laptops too.

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