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Monogram Launches Creative Console - Modular MIDI Controller
Hollin Jones on Fri, September 27th 0 comments
Monogram took everything they learned from Palette Gear and updated it in every way imaginable to create Monogram Creative Console for all creative editors.

If you've ever wanted to get more hands-on control than a regular MIDI controller can offer, Monogram's modular Creative Console hardware is well worth checking out. Plus it's designed for photo and graphics pros as well. Here's what the developers say about it.

Waterloo, Canada, September 2019 – Monogram Creative Console has launched on Kickstarter, marking the next phase of the award-winning modular hardware controller. Monogram’s innovative new Orbiter module combines a pressure-sensitive center disc with an infinite-turn encoder ring for 3 dimensions of control. With this release, customizable and magnetic sliders, dials, and keys were updated for more power and better performance.

“We want to change how digital creatives work by creating better tools that adapt to fit the way you work,” said Calvin Chu, CEO & Founder of Monogram. “So we set out to design tools that are more powerful, more versatile, and more adaptable to streamline and add efficiency for diverse creative workflows.”

Monogram Creative Console is versatile enough that you can seamlessly switch between tasks, workflows, or apps with integrations across the Adobe Creative Cloud and beyond. Powerful native integrations to industry leading software like Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, Capture One by Phase One, and more, are enhanced by advanced feature capabilities allowing users to adjust the responsiveness of each module including sensitivity, range and granularity. Customization is truly freeform with added functionality like MIDI protocol, keyboard shortcuts, macros, as well as joystick and mouse actions.

Following 5 years of research, development, and customer feedback, Monogram Creative Console meticulously crafted a tool that will seamlessly fit the job while still being adaptable to a creative’s expanding skills.

Monogram Creative Console gives photographers, artists, editors, music producers, and countless other creative pros a more affordable, customizable, and flexible new tool to increase productivity and reduce editing time. The console is available for pre-order on Kickstarter now.

WHAT’S NEW & PRODUCT FEATURES

Innovative New Orbiter Module Allows for 3D Controls and Color Grading
Orbiter is a revolutionary new way to color grade. A pressure-sensitive center disc is paired with an infinite-turn encoder ring for multi-axis control. Ergonomic and designed for precision, expression and portability, it includes powerful native integrations with Adobe Lumetri, Premiere Pro and After Effects. Orbiter unlocks greater software possibilities for a better color grading experience, including menu-free editing, the ability to color grade in timeline view, automatically create key frames, control over timeline navigation, content trimming, clip adjustment, and more.

A Better Way To Create

Endless menus, windows, and virtual sliders steal your focus from what’s truly important: your creative work. Monogram Creative Console helps build muscle memory with optimally spaced inputs, enabling menu-free editing and minimizing distractions. With increased focus on your work, you’re free to enter a flow state where creativity flourishes.

Flexibility with Native Software Integrations, Expanded Customization Options, and MIDI Support

Monogram Creative Console unlocks the full potential of editing applications through native integrations with industry leading software like Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, Capture One by Phase One, and more. The console can be customized to control any software through MIDI protocol, keyboard shortcuts, macros, as well as joystick and mouse actions. Users can customize the responsiveness of each module by adjusting advanced sensitivity, range, and granularity settings. MIDI support has been expanded and now includes features and modes like: control change, channel pressure, program change, note assignment, and per-module channel assignment.

Greater Portability

Monogram is the only console made to be fully modular allowing effortless portability and a seamless fit into any workspace. Each new module has been meticulously redesigned to optimize functionality and performance in a tiny footprint. Monogram is 40% slimmer than its predecessor, Palette Gear, and we've added 4x the functionality to each individual module. A single Monogram module can support up to 135 functions. The new ultra-slim design is CNC-machined from solid aerospace aluminum and finished in a premium sandblasted texture with an anodization coating for durability.

Monogram API Made Available for Third Party Apps, Opening the Door for Even More Native Software Integrations

Monogram SDK enables third party apps and developers to create hardware-enabled applications with an easy-to-use, high-level software API.
Backwards Compatible with Palette Gear Ecosystem
Monogram Creative Console is fully backwards-compatible. You can use Palette Gear buttons, dials, and sliders with creative console. Consoles using both Palette and Monogram hardware must use the new Monogram core for the best performance and full-feature support.

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