Palette Gear Modular Controller Now Has Capture One Integration

Looking for a more precise editing tool to streamline your workflow on Capture One? Starting today, the customizable and modular Palette Gear is now available for the latest version of the photo editing software on macOS. This innovative tool boasts of being the first fully modular hardware controller for Capture One, providing users with powerful new features and functionalities especially developed based on feedback from expert users.

How Palette Gear Can Improve Efficiency

Let’s have a look at how Palette Gear can speed up the editing process. Every improvement in video editing workflow is always appreciated. No one will argue with that, right?

Palette Gear is a customizable panel that lets you control applications like Premiere Pro, After Effects, Lightroom, Photoshop, Audition, Google Chrome, Spotify, and more. In this video, I take a look at how useful it can be for editing inside of Premiere Pro and I try to answer the "who is it for" question.

Review: Palette Modular Editing Controls

Image editing applications are full of controls that mimic physical interactions. We could adjust a photo in Lightroom using nothing but numbers, but we’re conditioned to drag virtual sliders to see how the change affects the image. What we’re actually doing is repetitively positioning the mouse pointer over specific locations to work those controls.

If you’re tired of hitting those tiny targets or want to potentially speed up your editing workflow, perhaps you should consider the real-life physical controls of the Palette system. Palette is a set of modular hardware pieces that can be assigned individual tasks and features. Think of a sound-mixing board, but for editing photos (although Palette can also work with some audio and video software, too).

Overall, I found that the Palette Gear Expert Kit made me a better editor, and actually made Premiere Pro CC a lot more fun – especially color correction. The fact that it's programmable, works with different apps and can be snapped together in whatever configuration you want makes it particularly useful for do-it-all graphics pros.

With their magnetic connection, Palette Gear makes it super simple to expand or shrink your workspace. If you’re traveling, it’s super easy to pack up your Palette modules and you can bring only what you’ll need while leaving the rest behind and easy to pick up once you arrive back home. The included display screen is OLED and allows you to see the currently active profile that you’re using, so you always know what functions are programmed to the modules.

I love editing photos. For me, pressing the shutter is only the first 10 percent of the adventure. So, any product that promises to not only speed up the editing process, but just as importantly, make it more intuitive, is an intriguing proposition. Enter Palette, which transforms editing from an exercise in mousing sliders to a real, tactile process.

As a composer who writes a lot of electronic music, I love physical faders. The ability to touch a physical slider and vary some parameter in real time connects me to the process much more than mousing a virtual slider. That's the same reason I've never been really satisfied by the sliders and toggle switches in Lightroom. I can control them perfectly well with a mouse and keyboard shortcuts, but I have little physical intuition or muscle memory for the process. Plus, it's just more fun to use real tactile controls. That's the idea behind Palette, which uses faders, dials, and toggle buttons to make your workflow more efficient and fun.

Palette Expert Kit

Score: 9.5/10 – Editor's Choice Award

"This is for content creators whose time literally is money. In my first test, I saved over two hours with the Expert kit, and even assuming a modest value of $15/hr of my time, that is $30 or 10% of the kit's value back already [...] Even with batch editing and automated processes, there will always be the need for individual item editing, which is where the Palette Expert Kit can help you further cut down on workflow time."

Palette Gear Expert Kit Review

5-Star Review – 95% for features, build & handling, and performance. Includes an in-depth review covering the basics of Palette and using the Expert kit in Photoshop.

"The Palette Gear Expert Kit is one of the most useful pieces of imaging hardware I have seen to date. An intuitive design enables you to configure the layout to your exact style of working and there are plenty of options when it comes to assigning commands from a multitude of applications."

Palette Gear Expert Kit Review

Palette is a very well made product that has the potential to increase your productivity and simplify your workflow. It consists of a variety of programmable knobs, buttons and sliders, all of which can be customized in a variety of profiles that work with most types of programs. The software is easy to use and full of options that will help you maximize Palette’s usefulness.

Overall, I have to say that Palette is an amazing product. It does exactly what it’s supposed to, and it does it well. It might not be a perfect fit for everyone, but even if you have very established habits and your workflow is dialed in, you might be surprised by how useful it can be.

Palette Gear Pro Kit Review

The Palette Gear modules are simple, affordable and super helpful. We liked using them and see their usefulness growing over time. If you want to save time and speed up your program functions, we recommend trying out Palette Gear.


Hands On: Palette Modular Photo Editing Controls

Editing without Palette is like shooting photos with a single button, while editing with the system is like shooting with enough buttons and dials that you don’t have to take your eye from the viewfinder to make adjustments. Palette allows you to edit without taking your eyes off the image to find a keyboard shortcut and, in many cases, can make a pretty significant dent in the time spent on each photo. While there were a few minor hang ups and a few settings that I wished I could assign to a control, Palette is a very well thought out system and is certainly worth a look for anyone who spends a significant amount of time editing photo

Assign Physical Controls Over Photo Editing with Palette

The product lineup consists of fully customizable dials and sliders which magnetically snap together to form a mix table which is said to transform routine editing tasks [...] the entire kit can be made to work with specific buttons within photo editing software. While various profiles can be used to support different workflows, the beauty of Palette lies in the modular nature of the kit.

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In just a few decades, the humble computer mouse has gone from cutting-edge technology to a rather ubiquitous device - and, in fact, one that seems a little outdated in an era of holograms and hoverboards. Trackpads and touch screens have already cast doubt on whether mice are the proper input method for modern computing, but neither has managed to kill it entirely.

Build Your Own Controller In A Snap With Palette

A new modular controller called Palette has started to ship. Made up of fader, knob, and button modules that snap together via magnet, Palette hooks up to your laptop via USB through its core module, which is the heart of the entire system. You then build your controller around it, adding up to 18 modules in total. It comes with an app that you run on your PC/Mac, which acts as the conduit between Palette and your software.

Early in September, Palette participated in IFA Berlin, an electronics show based in Europe that attracts 245,000 international visitors and 1,600 vendors, as nominees for the International Design Centre Berlin's UX Design Awards. While demoing its Palette kits and talking to customers, the Kitchener-Waterloo company also managed to snag a Gold award under the category of disruptive interface.

At first glance, Palette looks like a piece of an audio mixing board or maybe a fancy controller for a video game. In reality, however, it’s a customizable input device designed to add tactile controls for photo editing programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.

After raising $158,470 through Kickstarter two years ago, Palette today launched its modular control interface to help photographers take their photo editing workflow to the next level. In case you haven't heard of it yet, Palette is a modular system of magnetically connected sliders, dials, and buttons that help photographers (and other creatives) do their work through precise physical touch rather than with on-screen digital controls.

Palette crowdfunded its unique modular controller in the hopes of giving you customizable, hands-on control over your creative apps, and it's finally ready to make that technology available to everyone. As of today, you can pre-order Palette kits that scale up depending on just how much tactile fine-tuning you want.

Testing: Palette Modular Controllers - Tested

I was recently sent Palette, a modular controller system designed to assist with photo and video editing. The freeform system, which raised funds for development and production on Kickstarter, just launched pre-orders to the general public. I've been testing it with my Lightroom photo editing, and found that it's sped up parts of my workflow.

Sliders, Knobs and buttons oh my: Palette Gear Unboxing and Sniff Test

Skip to content Enter Contest for FREE If you have ever thought how amazing it would be to have sliders, knobs and buttons to help with your photo editing in Lightroom or Photoshop then the Pallet could be for you. I reached out to Palette Gear to try out their system in Adobe Lightroom.

Mixing boards have long been the domain of DJs and music producers, but why haven't hardware interfaces caught on with designers and creatives? If Calvin Chu gets his way, they will. Chu is the inventor of the Palette, a snap-together mixing board that connects over USB to control all sorts of creative apps, including Adobe's CC suite.

Palette takes top honour at UX Design Awards in Berlin

Top photo: Ryan van Stralen, Palette's Head of Marketing and Community, holds the UX Design Awards trophy in the University of Waterloo Velocity Garage. Waterloo Region's Palette has won the top prize at the UX Design Awards in Berlin. Fighting off nine innovations presented by a diversity of companies -from flight management software that accounts for [...]


Grant & Union Inc. Palette ist ein personalisierbares Peripheriegerät. Das modulare Design erlaubt es, physische Knöpfe, Tasten, Schieberegler und andere Elemente zu einem Instrument zusammenzufügen, das der eigenen, individuellen Arbeitsweise entspricht. Ein Fotograf kann Palette beispielsweise für die Fotobearbeitung nutzen, indem er Schieberegler zum Einstellen von Kontrasten und Knöpfe zum Einstellen der Sättigung benutzt.

A huge number of adjustments in Photoshop, Lightroom, and the like rely on the use of a virtual slider. What if you could bring that control off the screen and onto your desk? With Palette Creative Controls, you can. This...


Palette Wins Big at UX Design Awards in Germany

Waterloo region’s Palette has won the top prize at the UX Design Awards in Berlin.

Fighting off nine innovations presented by a diversity of companies—from flight management software that accounts for passenger stress to a digital coach for spinal health—Palette was named the best user-oriented design of 2015, beating out brand names like Fitbit, Virgin America, Siemens, MTV, Krups and Miele.

Palette Modular Controller

Anyone that delves into the digital arts knows how difficult it can be to get the results you want with a keyboard and mouse; it doesn’t translate well to the screen. So anytime you’re able to take more control of your designs with your hands, you should jump on it. This is the case with the Palette, a modular controller system which allows users to build their own unique controller to fit their needs using dials and buttons.

Often, when a company releases a product, it is for a very specific use. Photo editors buy a stylus specifically for their photo editing and musical engineers buy MIDI controllers specifically to control their musical software. One company, however, has released some gear that can be used across different types of media - something that is increasingly important in this world.

Im November 2014 begann der kanadische Hersteller Palette ein Kickstarter-Projekt mit Hardware-Controllern für Lightrooom. Seit Juli ist das Produkt fertig. Im kommenden November soll die zweite Lieferung rausgehen. Wir haben es uns angesehen.

WATCH NOW: If you have ever thought how amazing it would be to have sliders, knobs and buttons to help with your photo editing in Lightroom or Photoshop then the Pallet could be for you. I reached out to Palette Gear to try out their system in Adobe Lightroom.

12:27 Fr,21.August 2015 [e] von blip] Spezielle Tastaturen, die besonders für den Videoschnitt zB. mit Adobe Premiere ausgelegt sind, gibt es längst -- eine Alternative (oder auch Ergänzung) dazu wird seit kurzem ausgeliefert. Palette Gear nennt sich das System, welches aus modularen Reglern und Knöpfen besteht, die sich nach Belieben kombinieren und mit Aktionen belegen lassen.

We are always on the lookout for different methods to control Final Cut Pro X as an alternative to our Magic Mouse with its Multi-Touch. These customisable controls from Palette are very different from the normal jog wheels and sliders on existing control surfaces.

July 27th, 2015 The Palette Gear comes in Aluminum and even "Cherry Wood" If you've ever done video editing or graphic design you know that there is a whole bunch of keyboard shortcuts available to help you save time. But what if instead of trying to remember all these shortcuts, you could just assign them to a physical controller?

Palette Gear Kits are programmable modules which click together to let users interact with software in a more natural, physical way. 23 Jul 2015 Filed under: Life Hacks Style & Design Creative practitioners now use digital software for a large part of their working process, but many still crave the tactility of analogue tools.

Tactile Infatuation

I've probably tired you with the amount of times I've gone on about how awesome tactile gear is as compared to touch screens. Well, I'd like to believe that someone at Palette heard my constant rantings. The Palette gear makes your work more hands on.

Palette's hardware helps digital creators dial up their creativity

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The concept isn't new. Gamers have been using dedicated yokes, rudder pedals and throttles with Flight Simulator and aerial combat games for at least three decades. Even Super Mario racing games can be purchased with steering wheel controllers. But the Palette Kit from Canadian firm Palette is the most comprehensive set of alternative input hardware interfaces for Lightroom and Photoshop ever.

Press, Control, Edit with Palette

Have you always wondered why no one had created a different experience other than a mouse, or finger slider keypad for your computer? Well thanks to the folks at Ontario based company Palette, they have.

Palette Modular Control Interface for Photoshop | TheCoolist

Before the digital revolution, creativity was a manual enterprise. We crafted shape, light and sound with our bare hands, guided by the feel of the subject, not a readout on a digital display. Today, the most common creative paint brush is a mouse and a keyboard - as digital creatives temper their [...]


I’ve been beta testing PaletteGear hardware controls for Lightroom 6 / CC 2015 for the last four or five months. Over that time, I’ve gone from a blend of cautiously excited, to frustrated, to delighted, to surprised at how much I’ve come to depend on it. My present relationship with the hardware is something like, using it far more than I ever imagined, and simultaneously wanting it to do even more.

Palette Customizable Desktop Controllers for Designers and Creatives

Canadian company Palette has unveiled the latest iteration of its revolutionary desktop controls, designed to bring digital designers closer to their work. Incorporating magnetically connected sliders, dials, and buttons alongside a partnership with Adobe to ensure compatibility with all your favorite programs, Palette aims to revolutionize the design process for creatives worldwide. “At Palette, we’re interested in creating a new category of hardware and software that bridges the gap between the physical and digital in a way that recognizes we all work differently” explains Palette founder and CEO Calvin Chu. “We’re excited to see people use Palette’s hands-on controls to make interaction more natural and enjoyable.” Check out how the new hardware works above and head to Palette Gear to find out more.

In a world saturated by digital controls and on-screen buttons, the team at Palette is looking to create a more tactile future. Originally launched on Kickstarter, Palette wanted to change the way people interact with software by creating hot-swappable hardware modules.

Palette has launched a new photo editing controller, designed to enhance photographers' editing workflow by substituting the precision of physical buttons and dials for common onscreen interfaces. The device - two years in the making and derived from a Kickstarter project - is a modular system that features snap-together, magnetically connected sliders, dials and buttons that enable a faster and more precise and tactile editing job via physical touch.

overhaul your desktop workstation with customizable palette controllers overhaul your desktop workstation with customizable palette controllers all images courtesy of palette interacting with a desktop hasn't really changed for a very long time. the keyboard and mouse combination will forever engraved in the history of along side others like the wheel and the paint brush.

If you're looking for external hardware controls to help you with video editing, photo editing, music making, and more, there are plenty of devices out there for the job. However Palette is a modular controller setup that lets you dictate how you want your setup to look.

Innovativer Baukasten für taktile Software-Steuerung

Die kanadische Firma Palette hat einen modularen Controller entwickelt, mit dem sich insbesondere Kreativanwendungen besser bedienen lassen sollen. Herzstück des Controlers ist das Element für die USB-Verbindung zum Windows- und Mac-Rechner - Core genannt. Dazu kommen Schiebe- oder Drehregler, alternativ auch Schaltknöpfe, die sich über Magnete leicht mit dem Core-Modul verbinden und schnell umsortieren lassen.

Im November 2014 begann der kanadische Hersteller Palette ein Kickstarter-Projekt mit Hardware-Controllern für Lightrooom. Seit Juli ist das Produkt fertig. Im kommenden November soll die zweite Lieferung rausgehen. Wir haben es uns angesehen.

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Effizientere Fotobearbeitung mit Palette

Urlaubsbild Nummer 734 in der Bearbeitungssoftware. Blick auf die Uhr. 2 Uhr nachts. 453 Bilder kommen noch. Augen schwer, Lust vergangen. Die Urlaubserinnerungen werden zur Qual. Klick-klick klick. Immer die selben Drop-Down-Menüs. Bild drehen - drei mal klicken. Wie war nochmal die Tastenkombination? Das kann sich doch keiner merken.


MIDIコントローラ、ゲームコントローラ としても使えますけどね。 みなさーん! 今日もせっせとRAWデータの現像やってますかー!? 露光量とかシャドウとか黒レベルとか明瞭度とかいろんなパラメータがありますが、画面内のスライダーをマウスでドラッグして動かすのって面倒じゃないですか? シンセみたいに ハードウェアなボリウム&スライダーで直感的にいじってみたいとお考えの皆さま。コントローラの数も位置も自由にセッティングできる Palette Gear に熱視線を寄せちゃいましょう。 USBポートとOLED小型ディスプレイがついた Coreに、必要に応じて Button、Dial、Slider をマグネットで繋げて独自のレイアウトのハードウェアコントローラが作れるフリーフォームなスタイルがGood! PC/Macの画面上で操作したいソフトを選択。さらに、各コントローラに何のパラメータを割り当てるかプルダウンメニューから選択します。 対応ソフトは現時点で Lightroom CC、Photoshop CC、Illustrator CC、After Effects CC、InDesign CC、Premiere Pro CC。また Keyboard Mode、MIDI Mode、Joystick Mode の設定も可能です。 今後も対応ソフトは増やしていく方向みたい。これは何かと生産性アップにつながりそう。 現在プレオーダー受付中。Core、Dial、Sliderが1つずつ、Buttonが2つの Aluminum Starter Kitが199ドル です。 (武者良太) Pioneer PERFORMANCE DJ CONTROLLER DDJ-SB パイオニア(Pioneer) PCで始めるDJ [新装改訂版] (GROOVE for begginers) GROOVE編集部|リットーミュージック

Palette Gear : pilotez vos retouches photos aux manettes - Pixfan

La société canadienne Palette installée en Ontario vient d'inventer une nouvelle marnière de piloter vos retouches photos à l'aide de différents curseurs, boutons et autres molettes reliés magnétiquement ensemble pour offrir une expérience de retouche plus intuitive et précise. Palette entend fournir aux professionnels un outil qui change la donne.

Cuando uno cree que al día de hoy ya está todo inventado, la tecnología te pega una bofetada y te demuestra que siempre hay algo nuevo para hacer. Este es el caso de Pallete , un controlador táctil que viene a cambiar el modo en que usamos los programas de edición y diseño.

Das 2013 von Calvin Chu gegründete Startup möchte mit Palette den Nutzern eine Art analoge Steuerung zurückbringen und die Steuerung von Software in vielen Bereichen intuitiver gestalten. Mit seinem flexibel steckbaren Steuersystem möchte Pallete PC Anwendern die Bedienung etlicher Programme erleichtern.

Palette 在兩年前 於 Kickstarter 成功集資 ,日前正式開售產品,它是一個模組化修圖配件,各組件包括推桿、按鍵與轉盤等,讓攝影師以物理方式進行影像微調,代替僅在屏幕改變參數,組件更可透過磁石拼合成各種形狀。 而此模組正式支援 Adobe PS、LR、AI、AE、InDesign 等軟件。 類比的話,或許就像人們使用繪圖版來修圖,比起滑鼠和鍵盤,有截然不同的感覺及適應性。看起來其實頗像混音器之類。 而且可以自行設定各組件相對應的調節項目︰ 攝影師 Ted Belton 的示範︰ 除了攝影師,也適用於製片人、設計師等︰ 目前 在其網站 預售價為 USD 199 (約港幣 1500 元) 的「Aluminum Starter Kit」,有 5 個組件,如果是 USD 899 (約港幣 7000 元),則為「Wood Professional Kit」,有 15 個組件,另外每個組件都可個別再購買,預計第一批將於 11 月正式發貨。 Source: Palette via PetaPixel

Palette 在兩年前 於 Kickstarter 成功集資 ,日前正式開售產品,它是一個模組化修圖配件,各組件包括推桿、按鍵與轉盤等,讓攝影師以物理方式進行影像微調,代替僅在屏幕改變參數,組件更可透過磁石拼合成各種形狀。 而此模組正式支援 Adobe PS、LR、AI、AE、InDesign 等軟件。 類比的話,或許就像人們使用繪圖版來修圖,比起滑鼠和鍵盤,有截然不同的感覺及適應性。看起來其實頗像混音器之類。 而且可以自行設定各組件相對應的調節項目︰ 攝影師 Ted Belton 的示範︰ 除了攝影師,也適用於製片人、設計師等︰ 目前 在其網站 預售價為 USD 199 (約港幣 1500 元) 的「Aluminum Starter Kit」,有 5 個組件,如果是 USD 899 (約港幣 7000 元),則為「Wood Professional Kit」,有 15 個組件,另外每個組件都可個別再購買,預計第一批將於 11 月正式發貨。 Source: Palette via PetaPixel

หลังจากที่มีการระดมทุนไปประมาณ 5 ล้านบาทใน Kickstarter วันนี้ Palette ได้ออกผลงานเครื่องมือตกแต่งภาพแบบแบ่งส่วน ที่ช่วยยกระดับการแต่งภาพไปอีกขั้น โดยเครื่องนี้มีทั้งปุ่ม สไลเดอร์ และ ตัวหมุน เพื่อเชื่อมต่อโปรแกรมเช่น Lightroom, Photoshop, Illustrator, AfterEffect, Indesign, Premier Por เป็นต้น ซึ่งหลายคนที่เคยแต่งภาพโดยใช้ LightRoom หรือ Camera Raw ใน PS คงเห็นปุ่มก็พอเดาได้ว่าทำงานอย่างไร แต่อาจงงว่าปุ่มไหนทำงานอะไร ไม่ต้องงครับ เพราะคุณสามารถตั้งค่ามันได้เอง และอุปกรณ์นี้ เป็นแบบประกอบนะครับ คือแยกเป็นส่วนๆ ระดับผู้เริ่มต้นก็ซื้อชุดนี้ ราคาประมาณ เกือบ 7 พันบาท ถ้าระดับโปรก็ซื้อ ราคาประมาณ 17,000 บาท มีลายไม้ด้วย หรือใครซื้อมาเป็นชิ้นๆ มาต่อก็ได้นะครับ มาดูวีดีโอการใช้งานโดยช่างภาพแฟชั่นคนนี้กัน โดยรวมผมคิดว่าทำงานได้เร็วขึ้นครับ หล่อด้วย credits: petapixel

Palette co-founder Calvin Chu has a problem with how people work. "Creative professionals spend so much of their time on the computer, and at the moment, they still use a very generic one-size-fits-all keyboard and mouse interface." It doesn't make sense, he says -- photographers, gamers, film editors, musicians and accountants all using the same interface? Surely there is a better way. "It should be specialized and made for your needs, and that's where we came up for the idea for Palette." Palette is Chu's answer to a world that's discarded tactile dials and switches for keyboards, mice and touch screens. It's a modular collection of buttons, sliders and potentiometers that can be programmed to do almost anything on your PC. We took a look at an early prototype of the customizable controller to reacquaint ourselves with the tactile world.

Engineers Calvin Chu and Ashish Bidadi have created Palette, and it’s something to be genuinely excited about. In fact, it may be the best Kickstarter project I’ve seen in quite a while. Palette is a “freeform hardware interface” that offers a fully customizable set of buttons, knobs and sliders for hands-on control of your software. Yes, please.

When engineers Calvin and Ashish got in touch with us to tell us about their upcoming Palette interface, we immediately got excited. That’s because a lot of people have thought up ways to speed up your post-processing workflow with everything from video game controllers to MIDI controllers, but none of them hold a candle to Palette’s potential.

Palette is a modular hardware interface that allows users to design controllers for software, such as sliders, dials, and buttons. That takes away typical keyboard and mouse combinations to allow users to determine what how they want to control applications.

Photographers, for instance, could use Palette to simplify photo editing. DJs could create their own interface for mixing music. With Palette, users can create their own sets of controls. Once you’ve arranged modules, you can then map controllers to various macros. The company is targeting photographers first to hit different industries and applications over time. Starter kits start at $99, with kits going up to $399 depending on how many different controllers users need.

Palette: Block-like modules that allow the user to create custom controllers, no hardware skills required.


The mouse and keyboard have their limits as input devices, especially for repetitive, high-precision tasks.

“What if there was a way that an interface could grow with your needs?” co-founder Calvin Chu said.

Palette‘s block-like modules snap together like Legos, allowing people to create a series of dials, sliders and buttons that perfectly fit their needs. The team sees applications in gaming, photography and more.

It launched today on Kickstarter, beginning at $99. The team eventually wants to add additional modules, such as joysticks.

Conclusion: Sold. The appeal for photographers is obvious. You can use a slider to fine-tune edits like color balance.

Trackpads and keyboards are great for many things, but there are some tasks where there’s no substitute for a physical dial, slider or button. In video editing, for example, there’s a reason that professional kit uses a rotary dial to move forward or backward through the video clip. Photo editing and audio work are also far easier with physical dials and sliders.

While there’s a whole world of dedicated hardware controllers out there, the Palette project on Kickstarter takes a particularly neat approach: a modular system that you can design to your own requirements. There’s a power block, button, rotary dial and slider, and you can mix-and-match them in any layout you like, and they can be made to work with any software


A Kit To Build Your Own Computer Controls

Touch screens and gesture technologies can seem like the end-all-be-all of interface. But they aren't. You only need look so far as MIT or Disney Research to see that in the digital age, tactility still matters.

That’s the philosophy behind Palette, a new Kickstarter project by Calvin Chu and Ashish Bidadi. It’s a collection of knobs, buttons, and sliders that snap together like Legos--and even glow on command--so that you can build a tactile interface of your own devising.

Waterloo-based startup Palette is building a moddable hardware controller for your computer that can turn into a complete mixing board, should you need one. It's a hand accessory that fits the description of something I've actually been looking around for based on the fact that editing video without some sliders for fine-tune scrubbing is a pain, and it's on Kickstarter now.

Co-founders Calvin Chu and Ashish Bidadi are seeking $100,000 in funding to make it a reality, and he already has over $60,000 pledged. Each starter kit unit includes one power module, one dial, one slider and one button, but you can add on more after the fact if you find you need more. They start at $99 for a basic kit, and should ship by June according to Chu if the project meets its schedule.


Spark with Nora Young: Hands-on Interaction

In a world of touchscreens, Calvin Chu wants to bring the physical back to everyday computing with Palette. Usability expert Jared Spool thinks it's about time.

Fotopolis - Pallete Gear - analogowy kontroler do obróbki zdjęć

Maciej Luśtyk 14 maja 2015 akcesoria Podczas fotografowania koncertów, przyglądając się realizatorom dźwięku i ludziom odpowiedzialnym za wizualizacje, wiele razy zastanawialiśmy się czemu jeszcze nie są dostępne kontrolery pozwalające na szybszą i bardziej dokładną obróbkę zdjęć niż za pomocą myszki. Takim rozwiązaniem jest właśnie Palette.

As any artist, designer or technologist will tell you, we rely on a wide variety of software in our day to day lives, from the Adobe Creative Suite to some sort of office bundle, as well as music and movie editing software. Each of these programs has custom controls on the software side, but on the hardware side we have the same set of tools: a keyboard and a mouse.

Gone are the days of buttons, switches and dials. We're all touchscreen and trackpad now. If you're among those that miss the tactile sensation and precision that switches and toggles offer and have $100 or so burning a hole in your pocket, however, you're right in the pitching sweet spot for Palette's Kickstarter campaign.

Do you remember when electronics used to have knobs and sliders? These analog switches were how we interacted with our AM/FM radios, televisions, and recording soundboards. Digital technology has pretty much done away with these components, yet it has also made working with our devices that much more difficult – why do we need keyboard shortcuts or convoluted menus just to brighten a screen? Well, some smart Canadians have developed the Palette, a customizable, easy-to-use hardware system that lets us do just that: controlling everyday functions simply and quickly by turning a dial or moving a slider up and down.

Whether it's a touchscreen, keyboard, or mouse, there are plenty of ways to interact with your computer, but sometimes you need something a little more tactile. Enter Palette, described as a "freeform hardware interface," that lets you create a custom controller with a variety of switches, dials, and buttons. It works with Mac, Windows, and Linux devices, and the creators say that they're working to support a variety of software right away, including Photoshop and Traktor. Each module also comes with built-in LED lights so you can work late into the night.

You can, pretty much, customize any keyboard to perform new functions and macros to simplify some of your computer work. However, pressing keys isn't always the most ideal way to perform every function. In fact, I can think up a bunch of tasks that can prove easier when used with sliders, knobs, and flush buttons compared to a mouse-and-keyboard combo. Pallete is designed to faciliate that.

Art exhibit showcases ordinary Kitchener residents

Waterloo Region Record KITCHENER - The City of Kitchener's artist-in-residence has collaborated with a hardware startup to weave the stories of seemingly ordinary people and how they connect in the community. The artist: Dwight Storring. The startup: Palette. The exhibit is called Neighbourhood Voices Interactive, and is on display in the Berlin Tower Art Space on the main floor of city hall.

You can, pretty much, customize any keyboard to perform new functions and macros to simplify some of your computer work. However, pressing keys isn't always the most ideal way to perform every function. In fact, I can think up a bunch of tasks that can prove easier when used with sliders, knobs, and flush buttons compared to a mouse-and-keyboard combo.


Having already raised $77,000 of a $100,000 Kickstarter target, and still with 31 days left to go, University of Waterloo students Ashish Bidadi and Calvin Chu are all but assuring they’re going to be successful. It’s fair to assume that the Palette freeform hardware interface product will go all the way.

Palette is the first freeform hardware interface that offers hands-on control of your favorite software, and it most appeals to creative professionals using software programs to alter their work.

“We’re planning to hit more than $100,000 and we really think we can do it,” Bidadi told BetaKit. “The first audience we want to focus on are the creative professionals- DJs, film editors, photographers, all of these people who use applications that have a lot of repetitive work and they’re constrained to a one-size fits all keyboard and mouse.”


Palette: Hands-On mit den modularen Controllern

Wer die Nase voll hat, immer alles mit fusseligem Trackpad und On-Screen Bedienelementen zu machen, wird diese modularen Controller von Palette lieben. Nicht nur für Musiker - wie man zu erst denken mag - gedacht, ist das Kickstarter Projekt auch darauf aus z.B. in Photoshop angewendet zu werden. Zurück zur Hardware heisst das Programm, zurück zu den alten Interfaces, nur modularer. Beim Hands-On mit dem Prototyp (Video nach dem Break) stellte sich heraus, wie einfach das Entwickeln von Controller-Layouts ist und dass eine WiFi oder Bluetooth-Version auch in Planung ist.

At the third HAXLR8R Demo Day, which occurred last Thursday at the Runway Incubator (located in the same building as Twitter), ten startups had a chance to pitch the "result of 111 days of madness" in Shenzhen. From Chicago upstarts Everpurse, which manufactures smartphone-charging purses, to Lebanon-based Roadie, which produces an automatic guitar tuner with the help of a tone-sharp smartphone, companies demoed a wide variety of offerings. Some, like Palette, a modular interface of custom controllers, were at the advanced prototype stage, while others, like Petcube, an interactive device for your pet that you can control with a smartphone, were fully functional.

Palette: Créer son pupitre de contrôle!

Cela fait longtemps que nous ne vous avions pas proposé un projet Kickstarter. En voici un, qui vient d’atteindre ses objectifs et donc si vous participez vous pouvez être sur de voir le projet se concretiser. Palette est un projet proposé par Calvin Chu et Ashish Bidadai, ce système est composé de petits modules rectangulaire ou carré qui se connectent entre eux. Chacun des modules peut disposer soit d’un bouton, d’un potentiomètre ou bien d’un slider. Le but étant d’affecter un raccourcis clavier à chacun des modules.

Palette — Kickstarting a modular DJ system

There’s modular, and then there’s Palette, the component-level build your own controller that’s looking for funding on Kickstarter.

Customizable Modular Interface Provides Hands-On Control For Any Software

I’m a sucker for cool-looking technology, but I’ll be the first to admit that some of these awesome gizmos are easy on the eyes, but not so easy to use. That doesn’t seem to be the case with Palette, a modular, modifiable hardware interface that can control any software.

The idea behind Palette is so simple and utilitarian that it took me a few minutes to understand what it’s actually for, which is pretty much anything you want. The actual hardware is an arrangement of customizable physical inputs—dials, buttons, and sliders. They’re all modular and either square or rectangle-shaped, so they fit together much like Legos.

Any graphic artist worth their salt probably knows all the keyboard shortcuts to Adobe’s Photoshop/Illustrator software, as is probably the case with any professional working in the music, movie, or programming industry, just to give some examples. However instead of relying on just shortcuts, wouldn’t it be better if there were external controls that we could use? That’s where Palette comes in, a set of modular controllers that one can attach to their laptop to bring with them on the go, or if they do not have space to set up a huge studio environment like a sound engineer or film editor would.


The people at Palette want to change that and have come up with a freeform interface controller that's affordable and versatile.

PALETTE – Modular Physical Controller for your Photoshop

PALETTE is a new kickstarter project which brings a new type of customizable physical controller. It is based on buttons, dials or a sliders which you can connect together to control different software including Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom as well as video editing software (and even music mixing and other application).

The two developers (engineers Calvin and Ashish) created a software which allows users to map Palette to commonly used functions in different software (so you can create different functions in different software). This should help users improve their workflow (think for example about using physical sliders in camera raw or Lightroom to manipulate your image).

If you use a number of software shortcuts or commands regularly you might be interested in a new free-form interface device which has been created called Palette, that allows you to build your own custom physical shortcuts and interface system.

The Palette interface system comprises of sliders, knobs and dials that you can link to commands within your computer software. Allowing you to physically control your favourite shortcuts with precision. Watch the video after the jump to learn more about the Palette project and see it in action.

Palette’s founders, from Toronto, Canada, think everyone—not just DIY’ers—should be able to build custom controllers for their computers. They have designed a snap together set of dials, sliders, and buttons that lets users build a custom controller, paired with a software tool for mapping the controls to any functions of any software. Their first target market is people who do photo editing, who, they say, are desperately in need of better controllers. Sets of Palette blocks sell for $99 to $399.

Palette – modularny kontroler z serwisu Kickstarter

Mówiąc o kontrolerach modularnych przeważnie mamy na myśli urządzenia o dość specyficznym przeznaczeniu, najczęściej symulujące pojedyncze elementy set-upu DJ-skiego lub wyposażenia studia nagraniowego, zaprojektowane w taki sposób by można było z nich stworzyć zestaw idealnie dopasowany do naszych potrzeb. Coraz częściej jednak termin ten odnosi się również do zestawów pozwalających nam stworzyć własny kontroler z części – modułów, tak jak to miało miejsce chociażby w przypadku serii Livid Elements.

Palette Snaps Together Controls for Music, Creative Software

It seems everyone is thinking in LEGO these days. There’s littleBits, which snaps together analog components with magnetic connections. There’s Patchblocks, which connects digital modules you can then re-program onscreen.
And now, there’s Palette, a set of controller blocks that snap together and connect via USB. It gives you knobs, sliders, and X/Y controls for manipulating any software – from music to apps.


Savner du de gode, gamle knappene?

I dag har de fleste analoge styrespaker og knapper forsvunnet til fordel for digitale knapper eller grensesnitt på PC- eller nettbrettskjermen. Noe av den taktile presisjonen har imidlertid forsvunnet sammen med digitaliseringen, og det ønsker oppfinneren Calvin Chu å gjøre noe med.

Palette er til stede på Kickstarter, hvor Calvin Chu etterspør 100 000 kanadiske dollar (580 000 kroner) for å finansiere prosjektet. Punger du ut 89 kanadiske dollar (500 kroner), får du tilgang til en startpakke med fire moduler når Palette lanseres til juni neste år.

Palette, proyecto de controlador modular en Kickstarter

Palette es un interesante proyecto de controlador modular que trata de hacerse realidad mediante Kickstarter y que ha sido ideado por dos jóvenes afincados en San Francisco. El concepto que defiende Palette es el de un controlador en el que los elementos de control se ensamblan entre sí de manera sencilla, como encajar piezas de Lego o Tente. Cada elemento (botón, fader, knob...) tiene su propia carcasa, que puede ser de madera o aluminio, y los laterales de las carcasas encajan entre sí pudiendo el usuario disponer los controles totalmente a su gusto.

Allow us to introduce you to Palette, a newcomer to the world of Lego-like controllers that will allow users to control virtually any software program with a chain of USB-powered modules. Currently raising funds to begin production via a Kickstarter campaign launched just last week, the Palette series of modules offers a new way to build one’s own controller using smaller building blocks. In the case of Palette, a series of dials, sliders, and buttons can be snapped together to create a custom unit, which can be individually programmed to control a number of tasks. Furthermore, every Palette module comes with built-in RGB LEDs, which users can control as well. You can check out the video introduction for Palette below and grab more information and contribute to the Kickstarter campaign by heading here.

İlginç ve bir o kadar faydalı içeriklerin destek aramaya devam ettiği popüler platformlardan Kickstarter üzerinde başlatılan Palette projesi, kişilere yazılım kontrol noktasında modüler yapılı fiziksel bir kullanıcı ara yüz sağlayabiliyor.

Site üzerinde Kanada merkezli olarak Calvin Chu tarafından başlatılan Palette, farklı malzeme seçenekleriyle üretilmiş bir çok amaçlı kontrol ünitesi. Üzerlerinde tuş, kaydırma tekerleği ve standart tekerlek kontrol birimi bulunan farklı bloklar halinde hazırlanan ve isteğe bağlı kombinasyonların kurulmasına imkan veren ürün, aynı zamanda dahili RGB LED ışık sistemiyle de karanlık ortamlarda ilgi çekici bir görüntü sergileyebiliyor. Örnek olarak fotoğrafçılara ya da grafik tasarımcılara kurulan özel uygulaması (Mac OSX uyumlu ancak Windows desteği gelecek) üzerinden yapılan atamalara göre ekstra tuş ve tekerlek desteği veren ya da DJ'lere ses kontrol ve düzenleme noktasında yardımcı olabilen Palette, isteğe bağlı olarak oyunlarda da kullanılabiliyor. Şimdilik sadece Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop ve Mixxx isimli yazılımlarına destek verdiği belirtilen kontrol ünitesi, ilerleyen zamanlarda bütün Adobe Creative Suite ailesi, Traktor ve Abelton gibi müzik ve Spotify ile Google Maps gibi yazılımlarla da aktif olarak kullanılabilecek.

As a filmmaker, like many I spend hours/days/months sat at my computer working on projects. Whilst I’ve gotten fairly savvy at keyboard shortcuts for NLE editing platforms, photo imaging software and colour correcting programs there’s only so fast I can work whilst operating a mouse/track pad and keyboard.
Besides a graphics tablet, there’s little other options without spending a lot of money investing in hardware which is either limiting in compatibility or proprietary to select software.

Enter Palette, a current Kickstarter campaign showcasing a modular hardware interface in an array of knobs, buttons and faders. Watch the below video for more:

Mit den Schaltern, Schiebereglern und Drehknöpfen des Palette-Systems soll die Bedienung von Programmen wie Photoshop und Premiere erleichtert werden. Die modularen Eingabegeräte lassen sich wie Puzzleteile zusammenstecken.

The ol’ keyboard and mouse combo have proven nearly as versatile as personal computers themselves, but there are still cases when a more responsive or intuitive physical interface is needed. For example, many musicians today use MIDI controllers and sequencers. Palette aims to be that alternative interface to computers, and one that adapts to your needs.

Haxlr8r third phase of the project palette boarded Kickstarter, modular external control group

Supporting the use of a computer terminal software, you can put each operation of other software on your computer (such as scaling) connected with palette, palette is an external USB can be spliced ​​button combinations (pictured above), when the combination of the two together After that, you'll be able to operate through these buttons figurative this software, such as pushing a button up, you can use the mouse to control the volume as the same one to control the operation of the software, which for a certain category of people are still very useful.

Palette freeform hardware controller boosts productivity

An interesting new and highly configurable input peripheral is progressing well on the Kickstarter crowdfunding website. The project is called Palette, which is summarily described as “A Freeform (Hardware) Interface That Controls Any Software”. In the examples on the Palette website we see interconnecting rotary, slider and button controls being used for certain functionality in a user’s software applications. The freeform peripheral connects via USB and supports Windows, Mac and Linux. Software targeted by the developers for extra Palette functionality is currently listed as Adobe Creative Suite for design, Tracktor and Ableton music programs and even web apps like Spotify and Google Maps.

Kickstarter で製品化資金を募る Palette は、「どのソフトでも使えるフリーフォーム・ハードウェア・インターフェース」。ボタン、スライダー、ダイヤルの三種のパーツがあり、ブロックやタイルのように組み合わせることで、用途や好みに応じたUSBコントローラを作れます。デモは続きの動画をどうぞ。

Palette Makes DIY DJ Controllers As Easy As Lego

We couldn’t help ourselves in covering Palette, a new build-your-own modular DJ controller concept coming out of San Francisco. It’s just so… cute.

When engineers Calvin and Ashish got in touch with us to tell us about their upcoming Palette interface, we immediately got excited. That’s because a lot of people have thought up ways to speed up your post-processing workflow with everything from video game controllers to MIDI controllers, but none of them hold a candle to Palette’s potential.


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A Kickstarter campaign is underway for Palette—a new modular/lego-type approach to building one's own controller. The USB powered devices can be added together to create multi-purpose controllers for any software and provide a variety of dials, sliders, and buttons, allowing one to create their own device. To get more details and contribute to Palette's recently launched Kickstarter, head here.

PALETTE - Controller zum Zusammenklicken, LEGO-Style

Okay, das scheint so das Thema des Jahres zu werden: zusammengeklickt und modular ist besser, noch besser, wenn man auch sonst über nichts groß nachdenken muss. Nach dem littleBits Synth Kit und den Patchblocks jetzt Palette, ein modulares Controller-Ensemble, bei dem die einzelnen Module (Drehregler, Buttons und Fader) an ein Hauptmodul angedockt werden, das über USB mit dem Rechner verbunden ist. Damit lassen sich dann via Desktop App diverse Funktionen für Apps definieren, mitgeliefert werden sollen zum Launch Anpassungen für Ableton, Traktor und die Adobe Suite.


Palette: a tactile interface to edit your photos

When you’re beavering away in your editing suite, converting images to black and white, tweaking the colour balance, and adjusting the levels, how do you work? Graphics tablet? Mouse? Keyboard shortcuts? A mixture? The team behind Palette is looking to provide a new, more tactile means of making adjustments and applying presets to our images. They’re hoping that Kickstarter can help bring to life their customisable, modular, hardware interface for editing.

This is Palette. Palette is a freeform hardware interface. It offers hands-on control of your favorite software. Connect sliders, dials and buttons to create a controller that is made to fit you. Unlike a point and click interface or a glass touchscreen, these physical inputs give you precision and control that you can feel with your fingertips. Simply interact with Palette to adjust any feature within your software ranging from basic games to professional creative suites. Existing interfaces, assume that you work exactly the same as everyone else, but you design Palette to fit your unique workflow.

A modular bit of hardware that can be configured for use with your favorite software using actual buttons, knobs, and sliders. Initially targeting image editors, it is expanding to musicians and many other applications, and replaces the traditional mouse and keyboard. It’s now on Kickstarter in a bid to reach a $100,000 goal

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A freeform hardware interface that offers consumers hands-on control of their favorite software. Palette assembles a physical user interface to any software by connecting elements like buttons, knobs and sliders. Initially targeting image editors, it is expanding to musicians and many other applications, and replaces the traditional mouse and keyboard. Palette is launching on Kickstarter for more information visit

Build your own modular controller with Palette

It's official: clip-together music technology hardware platforms are the trend of late 2013. We've already seen littleBits' Synth Kit and the Patchblocks modular synth units, and now we have Palette, a modular controller system that enables users to join together knobs, faders, buttons and the like to create their own devices.

An Inside Look At Palette Gear

Palette Gear is a customizable modular hardware interface. Palette Gear inspires you to build a physical modular interface customized to fit your needs. Each input module snaps together like Lego. This tactile interface allows you to think with your hands and is an overall beautiful user experience in personal customization.


Palette: Modularer Controller auf Kickstarter

And again comes a modular system for making music (and more) on Kickstarter. Only patch blocks , then littleBits and now range . The controller can be arbitrarily stuck together so you can finally cobble together his own favorite controller, not only on the tablet. Kits for Ableton, Traktor and Adobe Creative Suite to follow when it comes to the general start in June next year.

Palette Freeform Modular Hardware Interfaces

Palette is a freeform hardware interface designed by Calvin Chu and Ashish Bidadi who are currently trying to raise funds through Kickstarter crowdfunding. The system is made up of various modules which fit together to create customisable controllers to suit a number of purposes.

Potential applications include graphic design, photography editing, DJing and gaming but due to the free form nature of the controls and the accompanying Palette software they could be easily set up to interact with any programs. For example Calvin put together this configuration to help his grandmother use Skype.

Customize Your Hardware Interface with Palette’s Modular Controls

For the filmmakers that have become accustomed to creating and editing footage and music digitally, it might be a welcomed change to do your work utilizing knobs, sliders, and buttons instead of a mouse and keyboard in order to get the pinpoint accuracy you’re looking for. However, if the thought of abandoning the systems you’re used to scares you, no worries. Canada-based engineers Calvin Chu and Ashish Bidadi have designed Palette, freeform modular controllers that allow users to build and design their very own hardware interface and designate their software functions according to their workflow needs.

Palette can be utilized by a range of professionals, including DJs, music producers, sound engineers, and video editors. Coming in an assortment of knobs, sliders, and buttons, each module can be connected together, along with the Power Module, to design a unique interface called a “palette”. Your palette can be a set of only a few modules, or can be an extensive and intricate station. Once you find a design that fits your needs, you then use the desktop app to assign module inputs to software functions.

We've seen some pretty interesting attempts to create hardware control schemes for various applications over the years — like trying to get a MIDI controller to work with Lightroom, or setting up a game controller to edit photos. But what if you could build your own control system, one that you could customize to exactly the number of buttons, knobs, and sliders that you want? That's the promise of Palette, a soon to launch series of modular controls that you assemble like Lego.