• Djblackjack

    this is great! but the connection of the modules look weak, meaning that any slight movement can ruin your gig. the idea is great…. but i don’t see how you can make the structure intact. maybe its good idea to connect the modules to the power module wirelessly (although you’ll have to find out how to power them differently.

  • DJ_ForcedHand

    OK, so here’s what gets me; why aren’t there other options for knobs, buttons and sliders etc.? I mean, I get that they have this modular interface for “total customizability” (which is cool), but those knobs and sliders don’t look very “DJ friendly.” Cross-faders and up-faders are normally paddle-shaped, not dished like the the up-faders of a mixing deck.

    Some immediate concerns: The knobs look very chunky/strong, but look like they don’t have much grip area (and they’re certainly not “rubberized” like most DJ controllers today). I imagine these knobs are not the push-in type, and there is only one color option… black. This is certainly an opportunity for Chroma Caps to come to the rescue (I imagine DJTT/ Chroma Caps has a plan to come up with an over-sized knob for jog wheels as well).
    I’m going to presume that the color we see on the edges of the modules are assignable so I guess that helps a little, but are they interactive? Can you assign the knob’s rotary (or linear for the faders) position value to light intensity or color? Do they blink?

    Moving forward: I know a lot of DJs like to swap out standard cross faders with Innofaders, is this an option? How about touchstrips like the ones from VMeter, is this an option? Velocity sensitive RGB backlit trigger pads are popular, is this an option? What’s a person to do if they want Midi-fighter-esque buttons with an LED color ring or a limitless rotary encoder? A backlit LCD is probably not in the cards (right now), but it might be an option users would want. There are a lot of human interfaces that don’t seem to be covered here, but could be useful… I’d never presume I’d cover all the bases of a topic.

    In summary, I like the direction this project is going, but if this is going to be “the customizable interface”, perhaps some other user interface options should be made available.

  • chris

    this is very nice.
    with a small software for testing tracks on the way.
    but for bigger one, there need a tuning

    f*ck NSA
    every time i’m writing with friends i had some shit of this Operation in brain. In german we had an word for such sick doing :”Faustrecht”. it means that the stronger one has all rights, but this is very ill and evolutionary similar to an unwashed animal.

  • synthet1c

    any chance that you could control your windows system volume with the knob?

  • cunguez

    I was very interested when i found out about Palette, as well as another project on Kickstarter Australia (I believe) where the designers are offering custom layouts on a 6×6 grid, they already have a web builder site up and running (their project obviously lacks the modularity but there are an increasing number of concepts from designers looking to offer greater customization). While I understand where the cost is coming from, I agree that for me, at least, it is somewhat prohibitive when I do the math and see the cost of a setup that would meet my specific needs. That said, I am still very interested in the software component…

    I am one of the people that Calvin and Ashish mention who are using midi controllers as a means of interfacing with programs other than those that are music based (in my case, I’m building a setup to work with lightroom). I believe that there is a very large market for a flexible, modular hardware solution with SOFTWARE that meets the needs of people like myself who are looking to use controllers in an unconventional way, and therefore have a need for a setup that is both very different from Ableton users, et al, in both layout and the ability to easily patch in to other software (such as Lightroom).

    Right now I’m in the process of putting together a controller that is basically a Midi Fighter 3D, a Livid Code v2, and a Griffin PowerMate all housed in a custom wood case. I’ve worked with Livid to produce a custom aluminum top plate and I have a friend doing the wood work. The look is similar to some of the Monome projects, just a bit more complex.

    Again, to Calvin and Ashish, while in my case I will have already build a system ideal for my needs, getting the controllers to work with Lightroom has been the most challenging part of the project. There are programs out there such as Knobroom and Paddy, but nothing as streamlined as what you seem to have already worked out. If you were to release the software separately, I know that I for one would happily pay for a license.

    As it stands, I’ve been able to put my controller together for less than $600 and I have 36 indented rotary encoder with 13 programable soft buttons on the Code, 16 arcade buttons and the 4 bank buttons on the Midi Fighter, and the PowerMate as a jog wheel – which, when put together would add up to a sum of money larger than I could afford if I were assembling a Palette system. Granted, I’m going a bit further than most Lr users might (to put it mildly) and were I to have the disposable income and could wait until June I would happily put together a Palette system, but to reiterate, I love the idea of being able to license your software. I know I’m just one person, but I would put it to you to consider letting customers have that option.

    Best of luck to both of you, I love the project and look forward to what the future holds for you guys and for Palette! Cheers!
    Chris

  • Palette

    Thanks for the article Dan! Lots of great feedback that we’ll incorporate into our design before production. If anyone has questions, please drop us a comment here. We’re also still looking for beta testers so shoot me a message on Kickstarter if you’re interested! http://kck.st/1ayG8Kl
    - Calvin

    • Sean Y

      Imo, From a music control perspective, 16 controls is not nearly enough to justify the price. 400$ would nab me a much more versatile controller from any other company. Even as a complimentary control, it seems quite sparse…

      @Calvin: Do you have any comments / arguments to refute this? I’m very open to having my mind changed because I really do love the idea of the product your putting forth!

      Good luck!! I hope it takes off and we see more of this in the future!

      • Guest

        Hey Sean, great question. The value in Palette isn’t the sheer number of inputs but how you use them. Since you can customize everything down to the physical layout, you can make it fit your exact style. Each input is there because you wanted it there. You can build your dream controller.

        The fine-grained modularity also lets Palette grow with your needs. When you want to upgrade, you can always add or swap out modules in the future, instead of pawning off the gear you already paid for.

        The higher cost is due to the materials (lots of matte anodized aluminum enclosures, CNC machined knobs, light halo, etc) and internals (indivudual PCBs, LEDs, side connectors…) needed to get this slick experience. Plug-and-play setup and looking/feeling great when in use.

        Finally, the Palette software lets you easily map it to way more applications beyond music. I’m sure many of you pursue other creative passions like video/film, photography or design. You can use Palette to improve your workflow for all those activites too. So much room for activities.

        I hope that sheds some light on things! If you have any more questions, send ‘em over!

        - CC

      • http://kck.st/1ayG8Kl Palette

        Hey Sean, great question. The value in Palette isn’t the sheer number of inputs but how you use them. Since you can customize everything down to the physical layout, you can make it fit your exact style. Each input is there because you wanted it there. You build your dream controller.

        The fine-grained modularity also lets Palette grow with your needs. When you want to upgrade, you can always add or swap in modules in the future, instead of pawning off the gear you already paid for.

        The higher cost is due to the materials (lots of matte anodized aluminum enclosures, CNC machined knobs, light halo, etc) and internals (indivudual PCBs, LEDs, side connectors…) needed to get this slick experience. Plug-and-play setup and looking/feeling great when in use.

        Lastly, the Palette software lets you easily map it to way more applications beyond music. I’m sure many of you pursue other creative passions like video/film, photography or design. You can use Palette to improve your workflow for all those activites too. So much room for activities.

        I hope that sheds some light on things! If you have any more questions, send ‘em over!

        - CC

      • ydar

        Keep in mind that those prices are in CAD, not regular Dollar. CAD has a really low exchange rate. Especially when you are from Europe like me. 99CAD equals 60€ and 400CAD equals 274€. So the Price seems ok to me, if the quality is really as sturdy as it is promised.

    • Anski

      Just sent you a message about beta testing (Micah), we’re highly interested! Being able to bridge the gap of using the same tools I know and love as a DJ with the media production software we use during the day would be something I’d love to see what kind of holes a modular setup could fill. Cheers!

  • Djblackjack
  • efrazable

    I hate to say it, but I feel like the Behringer (did i spell that right?) CMD controllers are about as far as I’d go for a custom setup.

    http://www.djtechtools.com/2012/01/20/behringers-cmd-line-modular-dj-controllers-on-a-budget/

    • Dan White

      Are these just too modular for your taste? What about a Fader Fox controller like this one?

      http://www.djtechtools.com/2013/03/05/review-faderfox-uc3-midi-controller/

      • stefanhapper

        Too modular = too fragile

        Personally I would love a faderfox-type controller merged with a full 4-channel mixer. Or put differently: a more compact DDJ-SX without the jogwheels.

        • Prof_Strangeman

          You mean like FaderFox’s partner project the “4MidiLoop”?

          • stefanhapper

            The 4MidiLoop devices are MIDI controllers only. What I am looking for is a combined full-scale MIDI controller with a 4-channel mixer.

    • Oddie O’Phyle

      if i were to go modular in a controller i would probably go the livid route, although i’m pretty happy with NI.

  • Oddie O’Phyle

    i was checking this out about 2 weeks ago. the really cool thing about palette is that it isn’t only a digital controller for music, with the software it can be configured for many other applications.

    • http://kck.st/1ayG8Kl Palette

      Thats exactly right Oddie. But we continuing to make improvements to design to create the best freeform hardware platform. Thanks for your support!