Loupedeck has launched a crowdfunding campaign for its latest designer control pad, the Loupedeck Live S. The Loupedeck Live S directly competes with the popular Elgato Stream Deck in terms of size, features and price, and also boasts some additional attractive features.
The Elgato Stream Deck MK.2, which is currently $150 on Amazon (opens in a new tab)has 15 customizable keys…and that’s it.
Right off the bat, you can see the new Loupedeck Live S offers the same array of 15 customizable touch zones, but flanked them with touch-sensitive buttons and dials. On the left there are two touch dials and a touch button, and on the right there are a trio of touch buttons. And those tactile buttons aren’t just plastic blanks, they’re color coded with built-in RGB lighting.
In its Indiegogo blurb, Loupedeck describes its new offering as perfect for streamers who need to “control all” of their streams from “one easy-to-use interface”. Loupedeck highlights the ease and intuition of using dials to control volume levels alongside quick, configurable touch controls.
Software support is important to get the most out of any control deck: according to Loupedeck, the Live S is ready to work with many popular streaming apps including Twitch, OBS Studio, Streamlabs, Ecamm, Spotify , Philips Hue and Voicemod. For content creators, the Live S also includes plugins for apps like Adobe Lightroom Classic, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Audition, and Final Cut Pro. In our Stream Deck review, we noted Adobe application integration as a winning feature for the Loupedeck range.
Loupedeck’s PC and Mac software claims to offer users “unlimited customization”, and indeed there are plenty of options. You can customize the display with static or animated icons, and have up to 14 pages ready to browse. Additionally, screens may be context-dependent and change as you use different apps. You can easily download more plugins, profiles and icon packs from the Loupedesk marketplace.
The Loupedeck Live S went live on Indiegogo today, and the developers are already third-party funded. As always, it is important to note that Indiegogo is a crowdfunding platform and no product is actually guaranteed; treat any money for crowdfunding campaigns as investments, not purchases. That said, the developers say the Live S will start shipping in October.
At the time of writing, there are still Early Bird options available at €119 / £101, or around $127 (the first 100 units at a better price are sold out). Loupedesk says the Live S will retail for $179 if you want to wait for its official release.
There are bigger, more varied, and more expensive control panels if something like the Loupedeck Live S or Stream Deck doesn’t offer enough features for your needs. And, of course, Raspberry Pi aficionados can skip those pre-made controllers and create an alternative.