The new Loupedeck+ offers console control for Aurora HDR, Capture One and Lightroom

Jun 20, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

The new Loupedeck+ offers console control for Aurora HDR, Capture One and Lightroom

Jun 20, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Non-Lightroom users have been a little jealous since the Loupedeck hit the scene. They want consoles for their respective applications, too! And the folks at Loupedeck listened. Now they present us with the new Loupedeck+. It’s a welcome update to the previous model with a more refined construction, new mechanical keys, custom dial control mode and support for more software.

As of right now, as well as the Lightroom compatibility of its predecessor, the new Loupedeck+ supports Skylum Aurora HDR 2018. Beta integration with Capture One is here, and more apps are on the way!

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On the surface, it seems not much has changed. Much of the work seems to have gone on under the hood and in software, though. According to Loupedeck, the specific upgrades include…

  • Mechanical keys with a more precise and sturdy feel
  • Improved build quality
  • Two dedicated customizable dials and seventeen buttons
  • “Custom Mode” that allows full user control of all dials
  • Configuration software built from scratch for an even better, faster and more stable photo editing experience

Both the original Loupedeck and the new Loupedeck+ share a very similar button layout. You’ll notice there are a couple of extra ones on the far left and right, though. What’s really different, though, are the ergonomics and the build quality of those buttons. But it’s still in keeping with their distinctive minimalistic approach.

As, essentially, the only company out there with a purpose built Lightroom control deck, they’ve carved themselves something of a unique niche. A niche they’re hoping to expand out into other platforms. Skylum’s Aurora HDR 2018, announced earlier today, already features support for the new Loupedeck+. Capture One is currently in Beta integration, so your experience may vary, but full support will be coming soon.

Loupedeck has told DIYP that support for other applications is also on the way, too. Hopefully, they’ll find a way to make it work for colour grading in DaVinci Resolve and Premiere Pro so filmmakers can take advantage of the Loupedeck+, too.

Aside from a design refresh and support for other applications, the Loupedeck+ also comes with a completely new custom mode. This mode gives full user control of all dials to perform custom functions. I guess we’ll have to wait until they start getting in peoples hands to see the full range of what they can be reconfigured to do.

They say that the software for the new Loupedeck+ has also been completely written from scratch in order to provide a more stable experience.

The Loupedeck+ is available to buy now for $229, and Loupedeck is offering a $50 cashback for current Loupedeck owners who wish to upgrade.

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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4 responses to “The new Loupedeck+ offers console control for Aurora HDR, Capture One and Lightroom”

  1. Laurent Marichal Avatar
    Laurent Marichal

    Better alternative for less money the Beringer xtouch mini in combination with midi2Lr tool! About 50 €

  2. Antony Cousens Avatar
    Antony Cousens

    Love my original Loupedeck. I am not someone who likes to muck about with hardware/software so having something like the Loupedeck that you can just plug in, install drivers and it works is fantastic (with a few customisable buttons/knobs). One downside is that, like all technology, it gets replaced with updated, improved gear and my gear envy comes out. ?

  3. joe_average Avatar
    joe_average

    i agree, i love my loupedeck. not necessary but so nice, and does make editing faster+easier. a little quirky having to reinstall drivers occasionally after adobe updates, but not a deal breaker. mechanical buttons would be fanatastic!!! i only use mech keyboards because… they rule. i will be upgrading!!! looked into midi editing hw/sw but it was looking like too much work (e.g. paddi, etc.)

  4. joe_average Avatar
    joe_average

    thanks for the info…i’m off to order and post a gently used loupedeck to ebay =D