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Control Lightroom With Rather Cool Analogue Buttons, Dials & Sliders

The Palette, which brings analogue controls to digital software, will be shipping this month.

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The Palette, a customisable analogue piece of hardware that give users hands-on control of software, will be available this month

Funded by backers on KickStarter, the Palette is made up of sliders, dials and buttons that can be snapped together to create individual controllers that are specific to you. Functions are then assigned to each of the modules which can be saved as profiles and switched between. For fans of Adobe Lightroom, the Palette gives you a really cool way to access, alter and control over 200 functions without having to remember even 1 keyboard shortcut. 

Discussing the integration with Adobe Lightroom, the team behind the technology say: "Control a slider with - you guessed it - a slider. In fact while you're at it, manipulate an entire tonal range simultaneously. You'll quickly find that control at your fingertips means a more satisfying and quick editing process."



The modules consist of Power, Button, Dial and Slider options. 'Power' is the brains behind the device and it's connected via USB while keyboard shortcuts and repetitive toggles can be assigned to the 'Button'. For functions that require finer control, assign them to the 'Dial' and the 'Slider' can be used to adjust, well, sliders. The Palette Desktop App use used to assign modules to specific functions, which can be done via presets or by mapping them individually. 

See how the Palette works for photographers in this video: 


You can pre-order an Aluminium Starter Palette kit for $119 (plus shipping) and there are also Aluminium Professional as well as a Wooden kit available. 




Visit the Palette Gear website for more information,

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themak 5 1.0k Scotland
13 May 2015 12:07PM
I want one with a big crank handle like a Victorian mangle.

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mkulle 4
13 May 2015 12:50PM
Great idea.
lemmy 12 2.8k United Kingdom
13 May 2015 1:04PM
It's what audio people have been doing for years, a hardware interface to software. I'm happy with the software interface personally but as this is a tried, trusted and successul idea for sound mixing etc, it should do well. Especially if the same set-up will owrk on Photoshop as well.

I wish them luck,
Gaucho 17 2.8k 2 United Kingdom
13 May 2015 4:25PM
Excellent idea and surprising no one has thought of it before.

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