Monogram Artistic Console
from $248 | Monogram

The Monogram Artistic Console features a collection of modular models which connect magnetically to one another in a configuration of your selecting.

The Monogram Artistic Console is a brand new set of modular, customizable controls that magnetically connect to 1 one other. They work properly with all kinds of packages and apps, providing direct tactile shortcuts for most-used duties and operations.

Key specs

  • Modular design
  • Every unit attaches by way of sturdy magnets
  • Strong Building with no-slip base
  • 5 completely different module classes: Core module (required/offers energy), Slider module, Dial module, Keys module, and the brand new pressure-sensitive Orbiter module
  • three completely different starter kits – Traveler ($399), Studio ($499) and Grasp ($799)
  • Appropriate with any program/app providing keyboard shortcuts
  • Home windows and Mac appropriate
  • USB-powered

Monogram is previously often known as Palette Gear, and these controls signify an replace to the unique providing. Backward appropriate, they supply higher customization by way of management sensitivity, a slimmer design and a brand new management module: the pressure-sensitive ‘Orbiter’.

In comparison with friends

Customizable RGB lighting helps with grouping controls collectively. Left is the brand new Orbiter module.

This design of the Artistic Console has one key benefit over nearly another product on this class together with the Loupdeck CT, Tourbox and Sensel Morph – modularity.

Additionally, not like a few of its friends, there are not any labels or names on particular person Artistic Console controls. Which is to say, the product appears particularly well-suited for knowledgeable consumer with a devoted workflow, quite than informal customers. Nevertheless it does function adjustable and assignable RGB lighting round every key, which can be utilized as a visible cue when grouping related features collectively.

You possibly can combine and match as much as a complete of 12 modules

The modular design additionally means you possibly can select the precise quantity controls you want and develop later if mandatory. For instance, a fundamental setup with a Core module and a Dials module (with three dials) prices $248 (one Core module is required to run/energy the console) . Monogram permits you to combine and match as much as a complete of 12 modules. It is value noting, the three accessible kits supply higher worth versus buying each bit individually.

Design

The controls are pretty minimalist in design and really feel very well-built. The highest floor of every management is machined aluminum and the underside of every has a non-slip rubber ring. I used to be happy to see the management factors do not present fingerprints very simply, regardless of being matte black.

Probably the most distinctive side of the merchandise’ design is the truth that you possibly can re-arrange the format of the controls to fit your particular person desire

Probably the most distinctive side of the merchandise’ design is the truth that you possibly can rearrange the format of the controls to fit your particular person desire. There are some bodily limitations, all the way down to proven fact that the modules join by way of pins and pads. However the modularity of the Artistic Console remains to be an enormous benefit over different merchandise on this enviornment.

In use

There are 5 completely different modules. Higher left is (Display screen+ 2 buttons) is the Core module, which connects and powers the remaining. The opposite modules embrace a set of three dials, a set of three buttons, a set of three sliders (not proven) and a pressure-sensitive ‘orbiter’ with outer click on wheel.

Notice: I reviewed the ‘Studio Package’ which incorporates every thing proven above. The unit was pre-production and the software program was in an alpha state of improvement on the time (now launched).

The Monogram Artistic Console takes a while to arrange, not solely to determine what features to assign the place, but additionally to search out out ergonomically what works. It took me about 6 completely different format iterations to work out what suited me finest. It took a matter of 5 minutes every time to comprehend {that a} sure bodily format might be improved and seconds to reorganize the controls (which you are able to do with out powering them off). It can save you completely different configurations for various packages/apps, however will clearly must bodily reorient the modules when switching.

It took me about 6 completely different format iterations to work out what suited me finest

One small factor that made me smile was the inclusion of a 2 meter USB-C cable within the field, which offers energy in addition to a knowledge connection. All too usually the included cables in these kind of merchandise are a little bit too brief for these of us who’ve their desktop pc on the ground.

The included software program may be setup to swimsuit a number of instruments and workflows

Monogram was particularly developed for the next Artistic Cloud apps:

  • Lightroom Basic
  • Lightroom 6
  • Photoshop CC
  • Premiere Professional CC
  • After Results CC
  • Audition CC
  • Illustrator CC
  • InDesign CC

These can be utilized as equipped or they’ll tailored to your most well-liked workflow. It can be used with another app that makes use of keyboard shortcuts, MIDI and even joystick features. And I used to be happy to search out that there’s a good tactile response to all the controls.

I used to be happy to search out that there’s a good tactile response to all the controls

The brand new Orbiter is especially cool: The interior floor may be tilted within the X and Y axis and you’ll assign completely different features to every. One instance of this, when working in Lightroom, is to have one axis assigned to paint temperature and the opposite, tint. The Orbiter additionally has an outer ring that may be assigned to manage a unique operate.

And maybe most essential: the sensitivity and vary of the Orbiter, in addition to the Slider modules, may be adjusted individually.

The brand new ‘orbiter’ (proper), consists of a pressure-sensitive middle disk that tilts within the ‘X’ and ‘Y’ axis, surrounded by an outer click on wheel.

The dials themselves shouldn’t have detents – which I truly most well-liked – and there are not any exhausting stops. The buttons press inward providing good tactile response. Nevertheless I did have some hassle remembering which buttons I assigned to which features.

I would wish to see a approach of splitting the controls for left and proper fingers, probably by way of two core modules

There are a few issues I believe may Monogram may supply that might add nice workflow enchancment. One is a further module with a touchpad, in order that I may get rid of my mouse. I would additionally wish to see a approach of splitting the controls for left and proper fingers, probably by way of two core modules. This might additionally open up extra choices for these with completely different mobility wants. That mentioned, it is refreshing to see a product that does not drawback folks utilizing both hand (or each).

The small display screen solely reveals which program/app and which profile is presently chosen.

Conclusion

Monogram clearly realized some key classes from their preliminary Palette Gear providing and the most recent iteration offers extra artistic potential and extra precision, together with a smaller footprint on one’s desk. The brand new Orbiter module is especially cool/helpful, particularly for duties like shade and publicity changes in Lightroom.

In fact, these modules aren’t low-cost, and there is a positively a studying curve. However like related merchandise, the up-front time funding pays large productiveness dividends in the long term.

What we like

  • Modularity
  • Construct high quality
  • General design
  • Removable USB Sort-C to Sort-A Cable
  • Extensive Vary of compatibility

What we don’t like

  • Dear
  • At the moment Adobe Digicam Uncooked preset must be manually configured
  • Takes a while to setup and efficiently combine into workflow

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