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FaderPort 8: How to setup in Sonar

Published December 5, 2016


Step 1 - Select MCU mode

To use your FaderPort 8 within Sonar you'll first need to ensure the FP8 is set to MCU mode. 

  1. Power off the FaderPort 8
  2. Hold the first and second "Select" buttons on the FP8
  3. Power the unit back on
  4. Once the unit has powered up and displays "Select Control Mode" across the top of the scribble strips you can release the Select buttons
  5. Select "MCU"
  6. Press the eighth "Select" button ("EXIT" will be displayed on the scribble strip above this Select button)

You are now in MCU mode on your FaderPort 8 and will remain in MCU mode even if you power the device off. To change to a different mode execute the steps listed above but select a different mode (such as HUI or Studio One mode).


Step 2 - Configure Sonar's Devices and Control Surfaces

  1. Once you've opened Sonar, click the "Edit" drop down menu and select "Preferences"
  2. Click the "Devices" section under "MIDI"
  3. Make sure there is a check in the Input box for the FaderPort 8 and a check in the box for the Output box of the FaderPort 8 
  4. Click "Apply"
  5. Click on the "Control Surfaces" section
  6. Click the "Add new Controller/Surface" buton (the small yellow star icon in the top right hand corner of the Control Surfaces preferences)
  7. Select "PreSonus FP8" for both Input Port and Output Port
  8. Select "Mackie Control" for "Conroller/Surface" 

Your FaderPort 8 is now ready for use within Sonar.



Please contact PreSonus Technical Support by creating a Support Ticket at for further assistance.

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