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Extend Your Creativity: External Controllers


Time is the most valuable commodity so I’m always looking for ways to be more efficient. I use the external controller system Palette, by Calvin Chu and his team, but the TourBox Neo is making waves as a great, affordable, peripheral external controller for all your creativity needs.

This little device is packed with buttons, dials, wheels, pretty much everything you’d expect from an external controller. Unlike Palette the TourBox Neo isn’t modular but the ergonomic design and the ability to ‘grab’ everything you need without much wrist movement seems ideal. At this time it is due for shipping in the USA only mid-late May 2021 so we in Europe will have to wait!

Like Palette this external controller can be used with all the major creative applications; Photoshop, Illustrator, FCPX etc, and I suspect, other non design applications. Midi interfaces, although come in a range of sizes, are huge in the digital music production arena so adding something as neat and resourceful as this into your workflow can only be a good thing.

TourBox NEO External Controller
Image © TourBox NEO

Chris Hauk at Mactrast explores the topic further;

TourBox Neo: The Ultimate Controller for Creators

Inspiration should never be blocked by tedious operations, and TourBox helps you with that. This powerful controller is like an extension of your hand, helping you create, think, and control intuitively. 

Dedicated to digital content creators like you, TourBox helps you easily navigate software, such as Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, and Capture One. You can also use it with drawing, video, and audio-editing software too. With a knob, wheel, scroller, and multiple buttons, TourBox will make your creation process much easier. The device is compatible with both Windows and macOS.

4.3/5 stars on Amazon: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

  • Frees you from the endless repetitive tasks to make the drawing, editing, & retouching
  • Versatile knob enables you to easily control the size, flow, transparency & hardness of the brush
  • Controls are precisely calibrated for ideal speed, accuracy, & acceleration
  • Ergonomic hands-on layout provides quick access to commonly used controls
  • Designed for use alongside a tablet or mouse
  • Graphic design software: Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, Capture One, & more
  • Drawing software: Clip Studio Paint, Comic Studio, & SAI
  • Video/audio editing software: Final Cut Pro, Premiere, After Effects, DaVinci, Audition & C4D
  • Works with Windows & macOS
  • Customize settings with TourBox Console software

.Read the full specs at: MacTrast

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