Faderfox EC4

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Universal MIDI controller

  • iPad compatible
  • Control Surface Script for Ableton Live included
  • USB interface with bus power supply
  • Class Compliant - no driver required
  • MIDI input and output as 3.5 mm mini jacks type B with routing and merge function
  • 16 Gridless push encoders (resolution = 36 pulses per revolution)
  • Encoder push buttons can send separate commands
  • 4 x 20 character OLED display
  • High resolution 14 bit mode
  • Programmable value ranges with min / max values
  • Data feedback prevents jumps in value
  • All encoders are fully programmable in the device via channel, type, number, mode, name etc.
  • Various types of commands such as CC, NRPN, pitch bend, aftertouch, program change and notes
  • Learn function for quick assignment via incoming MIDI commands
  • 16 Independent groups per setup for 16 encoders each (256 commands per setup)
  • 16 Setups with backup / restore functions include all controller settings and names
  • Compact design in black housing with metal front panel
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 180 x 105 x 70 mm
  • Weight: 0.35 kg
Available since May 2020
Item number 488836
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Controller type MIDI Controller
incl. software No
Micro In 0
Master Out No
Stand Alone Mixer Function No
Mobile Support No
USB Player No
Stereo Line-In 0
19" No
USB 1
5-pole DIN MIDI 1
Fader 0
Rotary Encoders 16
Bus-Powered 1
Additional Features Compact Design
Rec Out No
Weight 0,35 kg
Width 180 mm
Depth 105 mm
Height 70 mm
Phono Input 0
Audio Interface Input 0
Audio Interface Output 0
Booth Out No
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The EC4 MIDI controller from Faderfox

The Faderfox EC4 is a compact universal MIDI controller that can be used to control hardware and software instruments such as synths and effects units or, alternatively, as a DAW controller for recording applications. It is equipped with 16 gridless push-encoders and an OLED display to indicate the current parameter values, making it perfect for all manner of live performances, regardless of whether it is used with a hardware or software-based setup. The individual encoders can be switched to a total of 16 groups, which makes it possible to control up to 256 different parameters with the EC4, which can also be used to send a wide range of MIDI commands to external devices, including programme change, pitch bend, aftertouch, and many others.

High performance in a compact package

Despite measuring just 18 x 10.5cm (7.1" x 4.1"), the Faderfox EC4 packs an impressive number of features without compromising in terms of design and ease of use. To allow the EC4 to be integrated quicky and easily into the user's desired setup, the controller features both a USB port for software control and a MIDI interface with an input and output in 3.5mm mini-jack format for connecting external hardware. The user can thus access the parameters of external devices that can otherwise only be adjusted using shift functions or that for other reasons lack dedicated controls. The Faderfox EC4 is also USB-powered, which is why a separate power supply is not included in the scope of delivery.

For performers and producers

When it comes to live performances involving electronic instruments such as synthesizers and effects units, musicians can never have too many controls and encoders for controlling the various parameters. This is where the Faderfox EC4 comes into its own, whether as a controller for auxiliary functions in external devices or as a compact and clearly laid-out command centre for the user's entire setup. The EC4's combination of intuitive operation and an easy-to-read display make it ideal for recording applications as well as live performances, however, and it will cut a fine figure when deployed as a central controller for multiple synths in the studio.

About Faderfox

Faderfox is a one-man company that was founded in 2004 by Hamburg native Mathias Fuchß. As an electronic music afficionado, Fuchß made multi-functional and high-quality MIDI controllers for hardware and software instruments his specialty. Faderfox develops new ideas all the time, which are then implemented in controllers of all types and sizes, and the main focus in their development is on compact dimensions and a high level of functionality.

An enhancement to any workflow

Faderfox products are known for being suitable for a whole range of different applications, and the EC4 is no exception: The user can connect multiple devices via a MIDI chain and control them independently of one another using the EC4, for example, which speeds up the production workflow in the studio and makes it possible for live performers to put together significantly more complex setups without having to control every synth individually. The integrated learning function means that the 16 gridless push-encoders can rapidly be assigned the desired functions, and the 4x20-character OLED display shows which functions are currently assigned. Rotating the respective encoder in turn displays the relevant parameter value, thus ensuring that the user always has a clear overview.

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Theofilos Karatsourakis 11.10.2021
My first complex MIDI controller. Easy to use from the box and I will try to deep dive as times comes. The high quality is evident and I will explore the more advance features.
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Great little Controller
J Dog 13.09.2022
Great controller, actually not that hard to get your head around. I was worried I would be a little daunted at the menus etc, but I started flying around it pretty quickly.
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Small yet powerful micromodul
kammo 21.09.2022
Excellent controller, very small and compact with huge capabilities.

I use it in Bitwig Studio and I have to admit that it works perfectly with the associated script (available on github). With EC4 you can control literally everything.

It is well designed and durable, the encoders are excellent - the spacing is just right and I personally prefer the slightly "sharpened" encoders on top. The push encoder function is also great. The very good thing is that it has an OLED screen which is top notch - EC4 is very easy to program thanks to the OLED screen.

Faderfox controllers are a bit more expensive, but the quality is worth it.
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Very useful for live performances
303bassline 22.04.2022
Small footprint, great control.
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